“What kind of shit-fit did you throw the last time someone tried to schedule your convention game in a ballroom like you’re playing fucking Pathfinder or something?”


I’m not sure I’ve ever not played a con event in a big, open room. Even times when we were the only game, we were in some big, echo-y space that made understanding other people nigh-impossible for me.

I think, unfortunately, “convention locale” and “ideal roleplaying environment” are inherently at odds with each other. If someone has a counter-example, I’d love to hear about it.

I’m also sure that Paul Beakley will post an answer to this that reveals the true nature of what he’s getting at, which may be about expected levels of intimacy, or the difference between tournament play and something else. /sits and waits

The List: https://plus.google.com/+PaulBeakley/posts/SCyvyFEEbsv

18 thoughts on “#INDIEGAMEaDAY2016

  1. Like most things, the West is more civilized in this regard.
    We’ve got BBC and also we’ve got Go Play NW (horns emoji) which is held in a dorm during a slack quarter at Seattle U.  There’s an enormous amount of common-but-secluded space in the dorm in addition to the ballroom where they hold the Friday night dinner and the game planning donut and the giveaway tables.  Games at GPNW can have exactly the level of isolation they desire.

    This year I played one game in the ballroom, and that’s where we played tony dowler’s awesome hoot-and-holler AW / Car Wars hybrid, and the ballroom setting was great because passers-by were really taken with all the cool game bits that Tony kitbashed.

  2. My FB community in South Korea holds our annual mini-con* at a large cabin in the countryside. Traditionally, it has been held in November, making it pretty chilly outdoors. This year, however, we are moving it to mid-October, so hopefully a number of the games will take place out-of-doors, making for a much more intimate atmosphere.

    *Our mini-cons attract between 30-50 players every year. It’s enough to make for a fun event! Our community is over 600 members strong, but those players are scattered all across the country.