Today Brendan hosted a day of massive gaming at his house. I think this might be the first day of just gaming for the sake of gaming (not con related) in a long long time. I used to do that sort of thing all the time in High School, but not so much anymore. Good times. We got together around 1 PM, played many many games of Race for the Galaxy, a playtest of Rocket Rummy Race, Brendan ran Awesome Adventures, more games of Race for the Galaxy were played, and then a playtest of the setup and character creation for War for the Throne, and broke around 9 PM.
The War for the Throne playtest was quite a bit of fun. The guys came up with a Norse/Beowulf type setting, with druids, raiding fleets, and three sons- a mad druid reformer, a driven angst-filled warrior raider, and a learned scholar. We had a pretty good conversation about the themes and essential assumptions of the game- I have some very concrete ideas about what play is supposed to be like, and the GM advice really needs to support that. I think everyone left with a better idea of what the game is supposed to be, and very eager to playtesting this. I’m looking forward to starting it up- probably sometime after Gencon.