My Cangames Survival Story
The gang was here by 7am Saturday Morning, as we wanted for one more to show before we decided to wagon train to Ottawa in the morning. By 7:30am we decided to move on since there was hide nor hair of the the other fellow that would be coming along to the journey.
We stopped off at Tim Horton’s so that we could grab a drink and a bite to eat and then we were on our way. 45-50 minutes later we arrived at our destination and had to park a few blocks over and make the little jaunt to the Rideau Curling Club. This was where Cangames 2013 was being held. We walked in and were greeted by a fellow and he asked us if we preregistered (we didn’t) so with mini-clipboard in hand he handed them around to us. We filled in the details and handed it in at the registration desk and moments later we were in like Flint.
Looking through the book to see what games we could play and register for. I knew that I’d be running my game at 2pm and was looking for a slot at 7. The crew and I honed in at a 6 player slot of a homebrew/soon to be kickstarted rpg called “Superheroes Unleashed”. It seemed like the thing to try and we signed up for that. Once that was out of the way, the market square was open and it was time to see what games I could pick up on the fly.
The first thing that caught my eye was a role playing game that I had enjoyed in the mid-80’s called Time & Time Again (T2). by Timeline LTD. A Time travel role playing game in which characters are recruited by a government organization to travel to the past to correct or rectify situation via time gate.
The next purchase was an old Fantasy Games Unlimted box game called MERC. I had it in my rpg collection at one time and managed to trade it away long ago for something else. I picked this one quickly as well.
The biggest deal of the day for me was Victorian Second Edition Rulebook with GM screen for $3! At first I thought it was a typo and brought it to the dealer and he doubled check and said it was $3. So it was sold! I’ve been wanting a version of this game for so long now and glad to have it.
I had money set aside to purchase, The Legends of Anglerre core rulebook plus a companion from an old friend, John K. He was selling some games at Cangames and I had to pick this one up as well since it intrigued me. So that was my budget for the day. Four systems to add to the library (and maybe play as well!)
After purchases and looking through, we went to find a table to sit and chat and rest our feet until 2. That’s when a gamer that used to sit at my table before she moved to Ottawa joined us and we had a game of Star Flux (well three or four games of it). I glanced through the stuff that I had bought and was glad to have had opportunity to pick up a couple of the box games from yesteryear.
Dinner time rolled around and I grabbed a meal and then afterwards went down to the table where I was running my Dark Conpiracy scenario to set up. The game was slated for 5 players and I had 8 sign up. I managed to squeeze a sixth player at the table who really, wanted to play a game with guns, monsters and the dark future. I ran my scenario “A Strange Time With You”. ( I will go into details of this game at another blog). I think it was a smash and the players enjoyed it, though there were two key battles that were suppose to take place, but due to the ingenuity of one player they managed to bypass them without major harm!
Once my game ended and players begin to think of what to do for supper til 7pm game. We went out to Pizza Pizza and grabbed a bite to eat and went back to the hall for our 7pm game. There we were going to play a game of Superheroes Unleashed by Joshua John Kitz who designed the game and was running it. A very unique and simplistic system in which you design a superhero you want and the powers, activities and skills you want.
The adventure took place in Montreal in the 1970’s and we had some glitzy characters; a mastermind who wanted to steal the Grey Cup for some odd reason…. it was a fun time and quite enjoyable! Afterwards, we drove home in the silence and didn’t make it back til about 12:30am this morning.