Saturday, November 25, 2006

The Future of GMing

While this is a little rough, the News at Seven (edit) totally blows me away. While I don't see this type of thing replacing a good GM, I definitely think that as a game aid, there is a lot of potential here. Combine it with a more intuitive software Gaming Table (this is what currently exists) and some good "off the shelf" gaming modules and I think that RPGs could expand its base a lot more quickly. Or we can take the whole thing online with Skype and custom Avatar Overlays. Now we have an online rpg experience that I can get behind.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Go Play Northwest

In the great city of Seattle, Washington, at a moderately nice hotel, there shall be a weekend of those games we like to play. We (a committee of five that includes myself, John Harper, Tony Dowler, Phil LaRose and Mike Sugarbaker) are currently scouting locations and generally trying to finalize a time. Right now, we are heavily leaning towards one of the following weekends:

June 1-3
June 8-10
June 15-17

Our favorite is June 8-10. That's Friday through Sunday. Yes, we will have full-on gaming on Sunday. (Friday will be a little less structured.) June 15-17 has Father's Day in it so it is the least likely of the bunch.

We currently think our location will be a hotel in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Food and drink are plentiful nearby and things are just generally swell there. The problem is that rooms will be more expensive - we don't yet have a quote that feels solid enough to relay to you all - and we will likely have to ask a touch more for covering the meeting space. That's just how it has to be in a place like Seattle proper.

As far as scheduling events, we want to follow the Forge Midwest model and keep things fairly loose, but we will be applying some technology to try and make things a little more transparent, both before and during the event. This will probably just amount to a wiki page.

It would be great if we could start to get an idea of who's interested in coming. Since we're posting this notice in multiple fora, we'd like to not do that part here in the forum thread. To express your interest in attending, send email to Feel free to include any preferences or commentary in your email for our reference. Some things you could possibly tell us that would be helpful:
I will be renting a hotel room
I will be sharing someone else's room or staying off site
I'm not sure if I will be renting a hotel room
Game(s) I want to run
Game(s) I want to play
How I heard about Go Play NW
Comments and suggestions

This thread is of course for anything else you might do besides RSVP: express excitement and undying love, complain, tell us we're stupid, etc.

West Coast represent! Gooooo Play!