|The Sagamore Ballroom, where all the Pathfinder Society|
games take place.
I ended up at a table with the Venture Captain of Norfolk, which is right around the corner from DC. Joe was an amazing GM. He ran us through The Confirmation (#5-08, levels 1-2), which is designed to simulate a final test for an aspiring Pathfinder. Khygar is my first Pathfinder character. He's a Dwarven fighter with the foehammer archetype, which basically means he likes to hit things with his hammer quite a bit. One of these days I'll get around to posting his backstory--I'm pretty pleased with how he turned out.
After the PFS game, I headed over to Paizo's Adventure Path Q&A panel. This was my first seminar of the Con and I learned something important: they don't come anywhere close to selling out. I'd have been much better served by just showing up at the event without. I'm not sure why people would pass on an opportunity to have live interaction with the three guys that develop Paizo's leading product line.
|Every game you play earns|
a single token. You can use
two tokens to roll the dice
for a special GenCon boon.
Get a 20 on your roll, and
you get free Paizo products!
After that, I had to book it over to the Westin for a session on using HeroLab. GenCon is huge! If you have events on opposite sides of the Con, you could be walking the equivalent of seven or eight blocks to get from one to another.
|HeroLab character sheet for one of my|
PFS chacters, Averitt. He's a Taldan
rogue and a huge dick to anybody
not from the crumbling empire.
Best tip of the seminar: if you have an idea of what you want to do, take a look at the coding content for an attribute that does something similar. You can copy that content and then drop it into your own custom content.
I slipped out after the first hour of the session. I enjoyed it, but it was already 2:00p.m. and I needed something to eat. After stopping at one of the ubiquitous food trucks for an Italian sub, I wandered back to the Con.
Insider tip: Plan you Con so that you have off peak meal times. Lines can get atrocious during normal lunch and dinner hours. By scheduling your meals early or late, you can walk straight up somewhere for a meal without having to waste half an hour in line.
Back at the Con, I wanted to check out Paizo's booth at the Exhibit Hall. Unfortunately, the line was out the door and around the corner. People were saying it was over an hour's wait. So, I decided my time would be better used just wandering the Exhibit Hall. I'll do another host that does nothing but talk about the Exhibit Hall, but for now, let's just say that it's massive.
After a few hours wandering the exhibit hall, it was time to run up to CVS and pick up a couple of Diet Cherry Cokes and snacks for that evening's Pathfinder Special.
|The Hall is huge. This picture, taken on the panorama setting on my phone, distorts things. But there are almost 1,000 people playing the same scenario in this shot.|
Without spoiling the plot, it was fun. And by the end, we knew which factions were being retired. Thankfully, not the Grand Lodge (shocker!). Unfortunately, my second character, Averitt, was of the Taldan faction, which did get the axe. He'll be returning as a member of the Sovereign Court.
After the PFS Special, it was midnight. I slipped over to Scotty's Brewhouse for a drink. Scotty's is the official PF bar in Indy during GenCon and I wanted to check it out. At that hour, things have pretty much quieted down. Doing a bar solo was pretty lonely at my first GenCon. This was definitely one of the times that I'd have liked to have had my friends with me. After a couple of drinks, I caught a taxi back to my place and got ready to get up and do it all over again!
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