Social Media for Game Conventions

Social Media for Game Conventions

Yesterday I came across a twitter post from SnowCon, a weekend gaming convention held in mid-January in Maine. ((Check out http://snowconmaine.com for more info.)) It's months after the convention, but here they were, still working on their twitter feed. That's pretty neat – most conventions with social media accounts only seem to remember to use them right around their event. There's a quick ramp up to remind people that the show still exists, a flurry of posts from the actual event, maybe a post thanking people for coming (and we'll see you next year), then about 45 weeks of silence. This is not effective use of social media. Back when I was running SAGA, the RinCon Gaming Convention was our main event. It was a convention that started at about 225 attendees and grew to around 800 before the organization decided to take a year off and regroup. ((The convention is now growing again, under newer hands. It did a bit...
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Marvel Heroic: Christmas with the Hulk

Marvel Heroic: Christmas with the Hulk

Just in time for the holidays, it's Christmas with the Hulk! This action scene for Marvel Heroic Roleplaying is all about giving your heroes a very difficult challenge: stop the Hulk's mad rampage throughout midtown Manhattan. With the televised trail of destruction, this action scene could be your group's prologue to the Civil War event. Are you ready to see if your heroes can stop the Hulk? Download Christmas with the Hulk and find out!...
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Marvel Heroic: Allied Watcher Characters

Marvel Heroic: Allied Watcher Characters

My friend Jason asked a question about handling initiative in Marvel Heroic Roleplaying when there is an allied Watcher character. When the heroes choose that character, does the Watcher get to choose who should act next as if a hero player was choosing, or as the Watcher? My preference when running a roleplaying game is to do as little work as possible. In this case, where there is an ally – let’s say Black Widow is tagging along with the heroes – if I controlled her as a character, I’m basically playing a dice game with myself. I’m making her attack rolls against the villains; I’m making the villains’ reaction rolls against her; the heroes are just sitting around as I’m rolling dice against myself. Instead, I would just place Black Widow on the board as an asset for the team rated at… well, she’s got a lot of d8s there, maybe a Black Widow d8 (asset). That way, I can...
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