We had our 3rd RPGala today and it went very well. We had a bunch of great GMs who ran some great games along with food from Potbelly Sandwich Works. I know after each of these I say those who did not attend missed out but... you really missed out by not being there!
First, 9 or 10 of us met for brunch at Cosi. It was good to talk to some of you guys outside of the games as its not something we normally get to do at these events. I think I'll keep the brunch thing going at future meetings.
I continued my seemingly never-ending holy war for tables against the library but today, victory was ultimately ours. Some of the attendees exemplified the principle of 'Adapt Improvise and Overcome' by dismantling the stage and stacking its component pieces up to form tables. Brilliant! Then a group of resourceful skirmishers including Aaron, Dan, Mike, J and a few others scavenged the building for other tables before discovering the concealed cache of tables in a storage room. Well done!
Then it was down to gaming. It looked like everyone had a great time at their games. Personally, I ran a game of Battlestar Galactica. I'd like to encourage anyone who likes unobtrusive, fast paced systems to check this game out. I liked it and so did my players. Everyone picked up on the mechanics/rules within 5 minutes and the Plot Point system (similar to modifying/story changing systems in Spirit of the Century and Savage Worlds) reinforced great roleplaying while rewarding quick thinking and creative plans. Combat was bloody and to the point. IE- get shot once, you might be ok. Take a 2nd bullet to the chest and you're a goner. Long story short, after harrowing trials and difficult moral choices, the players put their frakkin' rear ends on the line and escaped the Cylon led holocaust on Caprica by the skin of their teeth and evacuated almost 120 other souls to boot. Normally RPGs based on novels, movies, or tv series make me nervous. How is canon to be handled, will PCs live in the shadows of the main characters, etc? There are so many stories to be told in the Galactica universe, I couldn't see any of that being a problem. I give the game a big thumbs up.
And we had some good food from Potbelly Sandwich Works. Which was nice. This too will continue at future events.
Finally, though I was disappointed to see some familiar faces from previous RPGalas were absent, our attendance went up again and our no-shows dropped from 10 to 2. Welcome to all the new members and attendees!
In summary, thanks to all who participated for a very enjoyable afternoon! Tell your friends and encourage other members to turn out for future events.
As always, I am happy to take all of your comments, praise, suggestions, or criticisms of the RPGala. You can post them here.
Or just send me an email. For example, catering and brunch were the ideas of group members, not my own. So yes, I do listen!