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  1. ReaperWolf

    ReaperCon 2018 RPG Events Thread...

    And just in case my gratitude was unclear, THANK YOU SO MUCH to those who attended the Dreadmere and Hillsedge Province & Barrowgate sandbox games at RC2018!!! I'm so thankful to have so many outstanding people in my orbit. It's thrilling to design and write content folks seem to be enjoying. >>ReaperWolf
  2. ReaperWolf

    ReaperCon 2018 RPG Events Thread...

    Ok time for a ReaperCon recap!! It was great... Not enough? Really thinking about going the PreCheck route to avoid annoying travel speedbumps. If you fly a lot, consider it. At a cost of $85 for five years that's like $17 a year. Worth it! The flight to DFW was uneventful. I hired a driver in a Lincoln Towncar. At 4 AM I'm in no condition to drive. The flight was full so it was a little cramped , thankfully I had an aisle seat but it didn't recline. 27D not the way to go on United, live & learn! ReaperCon is always a blur, this year more so than previous years. I can't explain why. Good grief, one minute I'm climbing aboard the Reaper Miniatures van at DFW on Wednesday, the next minute I'm checking out of the hotel a week later. I felt like I'd been zapped by a MiB neuralizer. This years venue was the Embassy Suites and the attached Denton Convention Center. Wow, a major step up from the previous years spot which was in a strip mall. Rumor has it the strip mall site was also host to roller derby and monthly gun shows. HUGE step up. Downright posh! The Embassy Suites was brand spankin' new and it showed. Very modern, kinda industrial and a bit chilly in terms of the design aesthetics, but very chic. The hotel had a living wall water feature and open atrium so I was diggin' it. I found the spot for my games and was thrilled with the location. It was centrally located behind the stairs to the 2nd floor and only a brisk 2 min jog to the elevators and my suite. This allowed me to easily go back and forth, take breaks and naps, and freshen up between game blocks. The first night I flew solo which is good 'cuz I sleep poorly the first night. I did get a roomie (from Frog God Games) for three nights, and then flew solo for another two days. The suite was spacious and comfy. A definite oasis and refuge from the rigors of the con. They even had a small box fan I could borrow so I actually got a few good nights sleep. Such a luxury. So my games were WELL attended. Make that VERY WELL attended! One only had 5 players but the rest of my games were over capacity with +1 or even +2 players bringing my three hour events to 7 or even 8 players. Each faction/band event only ran once unlike previous years when I ran each faction event twice. My Saturday night Hillsedge Province & Barrowgate sandbox game actually had 9 players. Kinda challenging to keep 9 players entertained in D&D 5e. Not something I could easily do with characters above level 3 but definitely good times. Players had a ball exploring Dreadmere and the new chunk of the setting on the other side of the Adonian continent. So in this year Dreadmere games I opted to make everybody hate the Bloodwolves. I opted to make the Bloodwolves enemies of all five factions. I resurrected the previously ousted factions giving fans the opportunity to reprise their roles as Disciples of Cthon and Bonehenge Covenant members. They didn't go extinct, they just went underground either figuratively or literally. Turf shifts constantly in Dreadmere, one minute you're top dog the next you're face down in the muck at the bottom of the pile. Some attendees were a little disappointed by my choice not allowing Bloodwolves to be playable this year but they took it in stride. ReaperCon fans are adaptable an very gracious. They're one of the reasons ReaperCon is my favorite convention. Take heart my lovelies, next year the Bloodwolves will have their own storylines and will be playable bringing the number of playable factions/bands to 6. I've been talking with Ronald and we've got big plans. Next year is gonna be HUGE for Dreadmere and ReaperCon 2019. We're talking podcasts, live streams, you name it. Each Dreadmere event centered around the Crowsfeast (Halloween) masquerade ball hosted on by the Bloodwolves in the Greenboughs Theater as a show of power and prestige. The PCs as members of the various outlaw bands crashed the Bloodwolves' shindig and perpetrating some major shenanigans. Each of the adventures had a different goal: kidnap, steal, implicate, assassinate, etc. There were also a few side-quests and goals which could be discovered along the way. The Disciples of Cthon, down but not out, snooped around and caught wind of a Disciple artifact was on site, they reacquired it and used it to resurrect their leader - the monstrous Red Herald. So players got to play the larger arc of the dance macabre from multiple angles through the eyes of the various faction members. It was a gas and the inherent continuity made running later games easier and easier. Many of the players played through all the events so lots of friendly familiar faces. At times they got to witness what other factions were up to but the limited 3 hour time meant no interference preventing narrative paradox. I'm so grateful for such great players and fans of Reaper's Dark Heaven Legends setting. They really are the best! Ultimately the Bloodwolves were with egg on their faces as the suffered one reversal after another resulting from the PCs' mischief. It was glorious. No PC fatalities to report, it's very hard to kill PCs in D&D 5e unless you overspec the opposition which I'm careful not to do. As I watched fans wandering the convention, I was so proud to see them wearing t-shirts with the Dreadmere logo. Lots of excited chatter about the setting so next year there should be something juicy for them in the swag bags... So a huge shout out to Reaper Miniatures for hosting an outstanding event and being such generous patrons. Thanks to the artists Alison, Gene, Izzy, Wiebe, Chris, Rhonda, Erin, Michael P. and so many more for inspiring me. So much fun and too little time with such outstandingly talented people. I ran 27 hours on the clock but I did manage to sneak in a few off the clock games totaling another 8 or 9 hours. I ran one FATE Core playtest of one of my original settings (to be named later). Monday night I ran a 9 player game of OneDice fantasy. Good times, ya'll were crazy! So that's the long and short of it. Last year it took me months to do my recap so even though it's been a few weeks (to let the dust settle) that's not so bad. Special thanks goes out to Ron Hawkins and Adrienne Hawkins for killing it! Without your love and dedication ReaperCon wouldn't be THE convention of the YEAR. So much work goes into the event I can't imagine. Thank you so much for all you do! Till next year! >>ReaperWolf
  3. ReaperWolf

    ReaperCon 2018 RPG Events Thread...

    A quick update. Due to an oversight I booked a Barrowgate & Hillsedge Province game 8-11 on Saturday night. Whoopsie! I planned to omit that one so I only had one demo on Saturday AM. On the plus side I do have a nice big slot from 1PM - 8 PM to do what I want so I'll have a selection of tasty games ready to roll including Paranoia XP, OneDice (super secret project), TimeWatch, and Ashen Stars. Now for the 24 hour rollercoaster. >>ReaperWolf
  4. ReaperWolf

    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    All of the official ReaperCon Dreadmere and Hillsedge Province tabletop rpg events have pregens provided. There is a signup, seats are limited but I encourage folks to swing by even if the event is full. Sometimes I seat +1 and no-shows are not uncommon. >>ReaperWolf
  5. ReaperWolf

    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    For those curious I have left a few slots open anticipating freetime to run the following games: Paranoia XP OneDice (super secret playtest) TimeWatch Ashen Stars FATE of the Floating Vagabond I plan to run something Wednesday night to test out my webcam for the purpose of recording our game sessions. >>ReaperWolf
  6. ReaperWolf

    ReaperCon 2018 RPG Events Thread...

    The Hillsedge Province sandbox events will be what you want them to be. Full player agency to explore any of the corners of this new playground. Hillsedge Province is the easternmost corner of Vestonia in Western Adon on the other side of the continent. It's a very different feel from the wild west frontierism of Dreadmere. Just as perilous but very different flavor with old entrenched nobility struggling to come to terms with the rise of the middle class bergers and the prevalence of adventurers. It's a gas! >>ReaperWolf
  7. ReaperWolf

    ReaperCon 2018 RPG Events Thread...

    For those curious here's what's on tap: Five action packed three hour events each focusing on one of the outlaw bands as they attempt to thwart the nefarious Blood Wolves, a vicious faction of swaggering half-vampire rakes who've attempted to take over the town and region of Dreadmere. Each adventure takes place on the night of Crowsfeast, the Adonian equivalent of Halloween. Not coincidentally that same night the Blood Wolves are hosting a gala masquerade ball in the renovated Greenboughs Theater, formerly the sanctuary held by the Knights of the Maggotcrown. Each adventure consists of a single overarching goal such as assassinate, sabotage, steal, kidnap, and implicate but has two secondary objectives and at least one secret objective. If the PCs are successful they have a chance to change the course of Dreadmere's future preventing the beloved locale from falling into the clutches of the vampire Warlord Emile Van Storme and his Blood Wolf cronies. So eager to see how things unfold. See ya'll in a few days! >>ReaperWolf
  8. ReaperWolf

    ReaperCon 2018 RPG Events Thread...

    Ok so we're a few weeks out and my tables are filling up fast. Great news!! As always I encourage folks to swing by even if the table is full as sometimes people who register don't show up. An empty seat makes me sad so I'll go looking for players. Since each of the outlaw band/faction events is only playing once there are limited opportunities to participate in this years events. FYI, each of the previous years events from RC are going into the Dreadmere sourcebook in the Appendices. So anybody looking for a peak behind the development curtain? >>ReaperWolf
  9. ReaperWolf

    ReaperCon Gaming Submissions Now Open

    The Blood Wolves are the antagonists of this years games. They represent the crushing oppressive will of Warlord Van Storme and Darkblood's vassals. The factions old and new are united against the Blood Wolves. >>ReaperWolf
  10. ReaperWolf

    ReaperCon 2018 RPG Events Thread...

    Also thinking about bringing and running Paranoia XP this year. Saturday or Sunday night. >>ReaperWolf
  11. ReaperWolf

    ReaperCon 2018 RPG Events Thread...

    For the record, I didn't schedule an evening Saturday game but I will have a few tasty selections. With all the fantasy I'm thinking I'll bring some sci-fi. >>ReaperWolf
  12. ReaperWolf

    Gaming tips...

    All of the official ReaperCon 2018 Dreadmere and Barrowgate events have pregens. >>ReaperWolf
  13. ReaperWolf

    ReaperCon 2018 RPG Events Thread...

    All of my events have been submitted. Dreadmere will never be the same. A great upset grips the 'Mere. All the activity has attracted the attention of Warlord Van Storme, servant of Gabriel Darkblood. The Warlord has ordered his Blood Wolves to bring order to Dreadmere. With the establishment of the garrison, the Reeve's and the Sheriff's authority has diminished as has that of the 7th Margraive Bruno Hauptman of Graymoor. Turf boundaries have been redrawn, the future of Dreadmere will be determined by the actions of the bands: River Widows, Duskwardens, and Knights of the Maggotcrown. And that's not all. Old bands step from the shadows to oppose the usurper Warlords: Disciples of Cthon and Bonehenge Covenant. See ya'll in a couple of weeks! >>ReaperWolf ReaperWolfs_TabletopSchedule_2018.xlsx
  14. ReaperWolf

    ReaperCon 2018 RPG Events Thread...

    I'll review my events today and give the thumbs up. After that they get approved and will appear on the schedule. >>ReaperWolf
  15. ReaperWolf

    ReaperCon 2018 RPG Events Thread...

    We're still finalizing my events but a few have been posted to a new scheduling system. Will post new events and review previously submitted ones tonight. I'm using the same schedule as previous years: 3 hour events, three Thurs, Fri, and Sat and one on Sunday. Bands/Faction events are as follows: Duskwardens Knights of the Maggotcrown River Widows Disciples of Cthon Bonehenge Covenant The Blood Wolves have pushed their way to prominence in Dreadmere and they're looking to cement Warlord Van Storme's influence in the Dreadmere region. It's time for the bands to unite and push back. Hard. We're also premiering a new piece of the Dark Heaven Legends setting every night from 8-11 PM (or longer) allowing ya'll to sandbox explore/experience Hillsedge Province/Barrowgate on the other side of the Adonian continent. We've been hinting at this content in the Dungeon Dwellers releases. This is your chance to experience it first hand. All of my games will use the D&D 5e rules with original content such as custom races, magic, etc. More details to follow... >>ReaperWolf