Everything got bigger at Conception this year and there was a strong sense that it was at maximum capacity. On-site accommodation was booked out and many players stayed off-site and travelled in. It seemed like we might have laid on too many Pathfinder games but in fact we needed to ask people to step in to run a few extras. We increased our Pathfinder game slots substantially from 123 last year to 151 this year plus our first LARP. All game reports have now been entered so please check your Paizo account now to make sure your games were reported correctly.
We were delighted to welcome lots of new faces at Dragonmeet 2014. Many new Pathfinder Society numbers were handed out to players who hadn't tried the Pathfinder before and we were proud to spotlight some new Pathfinder GMs, too. It probably goes without saying that there were lots of goblins about – causing havoc as players or as monsters. There was happy chaos all around but sense and order were imposed by Jen Loesel who had a steady hand on organising the event!
The theme was pirates at this year's OddCon and Friday night saw a hall full of players in full regalia along with parrots, captains, inflatable lego pirates and Mr Smee – all competing in the famous OddCon quiz. The theme continued with "The Glass River Rescue" and "No Plunder, No Pay", sea monsters, wrecked ships, pirates and missions to protect fisherfolk from sea cats. But it wasn't all nautical. [Photos by Crispy]
"Tabletop" met "Re-enactment" at Fayre Times Festival in Billericay, Essex. This was a first run for this event and Pathfinder was represented by Dwarven Forge's Jens Loesel who set up a stall with scenery and live demos of Pathfinder Beginners Box Bash in 3D. On the next table, Luke from Age of Essence LARP Group was running a very lively Pathfinder tabletop game for all comers.
You were brilliant – one and all! This year it was our goal to make it a truly international event. It was so good to get so many lovely people from Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, Slovakia, Switzerland, Australia and America. Please come again and bring all your friends. We were so grateful to our GMs. This year we had such support that we could spread the load and let (almost) all our GMs get a chance to play, as well as referee. Please keep volunteering. You were awesome.
Richard Pett's 'Crooked' is complete and ready to grab on with all tentacles and pull you in. It's a tale of weird horror set in a pseudo-Victorian fantasy world. It's equal parts Lovecraft and Conan-Doyle. Steampunk? Maybe, but I prefer to think of it as corpsepunk. You'll never see your reflection the same way again.