Archive for Gen Con 2018

Alexandria RPG

Posted in Conventions, Dungeons and Dragons, GURPS, Interview, Pathfinder, Star Wars with tags , , on September 19, 2018 by boccobsblog

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Directly across from the chaos of the exhibit hall at Gen Con 2018 was a quiet sanctuary of pure awesomeness. The Alexandria RPG library was a room with about ten tables piled with RPG books, as well several well-stocked shelves of gaming treasures. Today we sit down with the chief librarian to learn more about this amazing find.

What can you tell us about Alexandria RPG?

– We are a nonprofit lending library that shares RPGs with as many people as we can via events.  We also work with teens, PTSD service members, and soon senior citizens.

What was the impetus for starting an RPG library?

– I have been the deputy manager of gaming at Emerald City Comicon for a few years new and tossed the idea out to fill space.  The manger thought it sounded fun and a few weeks before ECCC 2017 I was asked if I could still do the library.  I ran out and bought some exrat books to fill in holes and add a wider variety dropping like $2000 in a couple days.  Then was laid off the next month.  But that first event we had like 400 books or so and people loved it. We got kids playing RPGs for the first time and had people asking if I would come to their show.  Part way through that first show we got a box of donations from an old friend of mine in Iowa.  He mailed them out when he heard what we we’re doing.

Needless to say people loved the idea so we put our heads down and ran forward with it. We are now near 1800 books and over a 100 different systems.

If you could roleplay with one historical figure, who would it be and why?

-Thomas Jefferson.  I figure he was super smart, self taught, and well read. I bet he had a wild imagination that he kept locked away.

Do you think Andrew Johnson would cheat on his rolls?

– As in the 17th President? Sure he would, he was a politician.

What is your favorite book in the collection?

– My first book is in the Library, my AD&D players handbook my brother and I bought at Sears in 1982. It still has the price tag on it $10.57.   That book has tons of memories for me and the comic shop my family had.

Which cons will you be attending in the near future?

– Friday we will be at PAX West last year was huge there for us, we hosted 100 games in four days. I only brought GMs for 6. The rest we’re people that just wanted to play.

We just did Dragonflight 39 last weekend

We will be at RenCon two weekends after PAX West

Working on trying to get to PAX Unplugged

Jan we have OrcaCon

How can people help Alexandria RPG?

We have a Patreon people can pledge to even a $1 a month helps get us a van rental or new boxes. They can donate funds via PayPal on our website or via our email donations@alexandriarpg.com.  we also take book donations. They can reach us at the donation email for information on sending books

Also follow us on social media because that helps too. We have a YouTube channel and if we can get enough followers we can make a buck or two off videos there as well.

Money is always needed. I have put a couple thousand dollars into the library this year and a couple of other people have as well.

As a reminder we are a 501c3 and registered as a charity in Washington state.

You can learn more about Alexandria RPG at their website: https://www.alexandriarpg.com/

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Minuteman Miniatures

Posted in Conventions, D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Dungeons and Dragons with tags , , , on August 29, 2018 by boccobsblog

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This year at Gen Con I stumbled upon a busy booth in the hallway leading to the Lucas Oil Stadium. The company, Minuteman Miniatures (not a reference to the latest Stormy Daniels interview) 3D prints miniatures using your face. According to Miniatureyou.com:

Using advanced new methods of 3D scanning and liquid-resin 3D printing, Minuteman Miniatures has developed a way to create custom gaming miniatures with your actual face. In other words, we can create a Miniature You™.

Our digital sculptors combine your 3D facial scan with a selection from our range of male and female bodies to create a one of a kind miniature bearing your exact likeness. From a Greek Hoplite to a Fantasy Wizard, we can create the perfect miniature for your next game.

Our 3D scanning process is performed in person at local scanning events and gaming conventions, and is finished in less than two minutes. Once we have your facial scan on file, we can create a Miniature You™ at any point in the future – today, tomorrow, or two years from now. And the best part? Our facial scans are always 100% Free.

How does it work?
At Gen Con the MM team was scanning attendees with handheld devices that recorded a 3D image of the face and hair. You would then choose a body style for them to affix your grinning mug. They had a variety of styles and poses to choose from, most were medieval fantasy and matched iconic Dungeons and Dragons character classes. They even had mounted figures which were especially nice. Once you’ve had your grape scanned and chosen a body style, your mini is 3D printed and shipped to you. Currently the process takes about 8-10 weeks, according to the gentleman at the booth.

What bodies are available?

Historical Wargaming

  • Greek General
  • Roman General
  • Napoleonic French Colonel
  • WW2 American Captain
  • WW2 German Officer

Dark Ages

  • Mounted Norman Knight
  • Scottish Warrior in Chainmail
  • Scottish Warrior in Scale Mail
  • Viking Warlord

Sci-Fi

  • Imperial Legionnaire
  • Corrupted Legionnaire
  • Space Ronin

American Revolution and Civil War

D20 Adventurers (Released at Gen Con 2018)

  • Barbarian, Male
  • Barbarian, Female
  • Bard, Male
  • Bard, Female
  • Cleric, Male
  • Cleric, Female
  • Druid, Male
  • Druid, Female
  • Fighter, Male
  • Fighter, Female
  • Paladin, Male
  • Paladin, Female
  • Ranger, Male
  • Ranger, Female
  • Wizard, Male
  • Wizard, Female
  • Warlock, Raven, Male
  • Warlock, Raven, Female
  • Warlock, Dragon, Male

How much do they cost?
The miniatures are $30.

Where can I get scanned?
The MM crew will be available at the following cons:

HurriCon 2018
Thu, Sep 27, 2018 8:00 PM Sun, Sep 30, 2018 5:00 PM
Park Inn by Radisson Resort & Conference Center Orlando

OctoCon 2018
Sat, Oct 20, 2018 3:30 PM Sun, Oct 21, 2018 4:30 PM
Mythicos Studios

Gamehole Con 2018
Thu, Nov 8, 2018 5:00 PM Sun, Nov 11, 2018 7:00 PM
Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall

Gary Con XI
Thu, Mar 7, 2019 5:00 PM Sun, Mar 10, 2019 5:00 PM
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

It is a pretty cool concept, and I look forward to the day I can scan my players at home and 3D print them out for a game. Check it out.