One of my commitments to myself for 2008 was to host a small story game dedicated convention at my house, and it happened yesterday. Nine people were invited, most of them people I play with in different groups, plus a couple of their friends. One guy was unable to make it, as he had caught a vicious bug, but eight people turned up at my door around 1pm on Saturday. They were Joe Murphy and his two gaming friends Calum and Jennifer, Joe Prince, Gregor Hutton, David Donachie, Gordon McDonald and Pooka. Picture on its way when the photographer gets back to me.
The plan was to have two groups playing in the afternoon, then have something to eat, and then again two groups playing in the evening. I polled everyone beforehand what they wanted to play, and put together a programme.
There will be AP threads for the different games (I hope, that was one of the tasks for the participants), so I won't delve into a detailed description here.
Joe Prince playtested his nearly finished Dragon vs. The Gun with four players in the kitchen, while I was running a Sorcerer & Sword/Charnel Gods session in the living room. Sorcerer didn't "ring" completely, though we had great scenes and meaty conflict from the get-go. I believe everyone enjoyed the Dragon/Gun game, as the group was still playing when we stopped for the dinner break. Pooka recorded the session.
After lots of homemade pizza, we delved into the evening session, with Gregor presenting Spione in the kitchen af Pooka leading on a game of Shock in the living room. Spione was not enjoyed by everyone, though I think there were both good and bad things about the session, while our Shock game was just - perfect? This was one of the darkest, deepest and most touching game experiences I've ever had, and to make a good session perfect we managed to finish all four story goals within the four hours of play. Every scene was so...fucking good, we couldn't believe it. Goosebumps all the way.
The first Nerdinburgh happened, and it was good. Thanks, everyone!