GaryCon Recap

Last weekend was GaryCon, in beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where it all began. If you’ve never been to this con, I cannot recommend it highly enough. There are thousands of gamers, artists, and vendors, all there to pay homage to Gary Gygax, the co-inventor of Dungeons & Dragons. Also in attendance are dozens of luminaries from the early days of the hobby and TSR, most of whom are happy to chat, sign autographs, and receive free drinks at the bar in the evening.

I arrived Wednesday evening after a 13 hour drive from New Jersey, all done in a single shot. Since I brought both the regular batch of BRW Games books and a large selection of non-BRW products, including wargame titles from Decision Games and board games from Steve Jackson Games, I opted for a different setup for the booth:

The wargames turned out to be a huge success. By 11:00 on Thursday, they were almost all gone, and by 2:00 the last two were sold. Bringing them was an experiment; I wasn’t sure if they would sell at all. Experiment successful! I’ll be bringing a lot more of them next year, and to other cons as well. Overall, things went exceedingly well. A lot of people heard the Good Word of Adventures Dark and Deep, and I actually ran out of Castle of the Mad Archmage, and had to take orders (all of which have been submitted, by the way). The emails with the links for PDF versions of the books that people bought went out this morning.

There are actually four dealers’ rooms; the main one (where I was), an annex (which was under-advertised at first, but more signage was added and things apparently turned up), a room exclusively for Hackmaster, and an artists’ alley. Whew!

On the whole, this was a spectacular con, and I’m happy to be coming back next year. And now, more photos of the dealers and a few bits of gaming:

Totalcon 2019 After-Action Report

BRW Games had a booth at this past weekend’s Totalcon convention for the first time. We came prepared with the old standards – Adventures Dark and Deep and Castle of the Mad Archmage – and plenty of the latest books, but also had a large supply of old-school Steve Jackson Games board game titles like Ogre, Ogre Miniatures, and Car Wars.

I’m happy to report that the con was a success on all fronts. The convention itself is an amazing experience, with tons of board and RPG games happening, a vibrant dealer’s room and exhibitors hall, and a terrific staff that were more than happy and able to smooth over any rough patches and answer any questions. It’s billed as New England’s largest gaming convention, and I certainly believe it, with more than a thousand passes sold. Our own offerings were very well-received, and I’m pleased to say that many friends were made both in and out of the vendor room.

It was also good to see old friends like the Frog Gods, Jeffrey Talanian, Erik Tenkar, and many, many others. Although I need to rethink my “close the bar the first night you get there” strategy. Ahem. Although I did find a new brand of mead (Groennfell Meadery) that produces several flavors of excellent mead in cans!

I cannot recommend this convention highly enough. If you’re anywhere in range of Massachusetts, do yourself the favor and try to make it.

 

New Year’s Sale Going on Now!

BRW Games end-of-year sale! From now through New Year’s Day, you’ll get 20% off every pdf. That’s less than a buck for character classes like the Mountebank, and less than twelve for the Adventures Dark and Deep Bestiary. Say goodbye to 2018 and hello to some great bargains!

See you at GaryCon!

Just a reminder – next weekend we’ll be at GaryCon for the first time (woo-hoo!). Look for the BRW Games table in the dealer’s room, and there will also be sessions of Castle of the Mad Archmage on Friday and Saturday nights (both are sold out, sorry!).

Do stop by and say hi, if you’re in the neighborhood!

2016 Convention Calendar

Hey all!

Starting next year, we’re expanding our convention presence throughout the northeast, and will be including a greatly expanded number of select offerings from third-party publishers as well.

So far, here’s the (tentative) schedule of our appearances. Naturally, subject to change; this post will be kept updated as conventions are changed, removed, or added.

February 18-26, Morristown, NJ. Dreamation.

March 3-6, Lake Geneva, WI. GaryCon.

April 17-19, Trevose, PA. Philly Games Con.

June 29 – July 3, Morristown, NJ. Dexcon.

August 5-7, Hunt Valley, MD. Shore Leave.

November 11-13, Scranton, PA. Mepacon.

November 18-20, Cherry Hill, NJ. Philcon.

See you there!

Dexcon/OSWARP

Just wanted to put out a quick “thank you” to everyone who bought Adventures Dark and Deep and Castle of the Mad Archmage at this weekend’s Dexcon/OSWARP convention. Everyone should have gotten their download codes for the pdf versions of the books by now – if you haven’t, check your spam filter. They do tend to get flagged as spam for some reason.

Adventures Dark and Deep at GenCon!

If you’re at GenCon this week, be sure to stop by the OSR Booth (#2033). There you’ll be able to pick up all of the Adventures Dark and Deep books currently available:

  • Players Manual
  • Game Masters Toolkit
  • A Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore (for folks who are already playing another game, and want to bring in the ADD material as a supplement to add to your game)

They’ll have both the hardcover and softcover versions available, and if you send a picture of you holding the book to admin@brwgames.com, or a receipt showing you bought it, you’ll get a free pdf version. Enjoy!

Inaugural Convention Appearance a Huge Success

This weekend marked the first official convention appearance for BRW Games, and we not only had a lot of fun at this marvelous convention put on by Dexposure, Inc., but also had a near-sellout of our core rule books. Reaction from the gamers was enormously positive.

I only ran one session of the game myself, using the wonderful dungeon terrain produced by our partner Legendary Realms Terrain. That adventure, “Tomb of the Pirate King” will be available at some point for purchase. It ended up being a TPK, but it only came at the very end, when the players realized they hadn’t secured their boat when they arrived at the tomb, and it had floated away as the tide had come in. They otherwise fared well, and it seemed like the module was a fun one for them.

Dale and Mollie, my volunteers
for the convention

As mentioned, we completely sold out of the Players Manual for Adventures Dark and Deep, and only had one Game Masters Toolkit remaining when we packed up on Sunday afternoon. In addition, we sold a bunch of copies of A Curious Volume of Forgotten Lore (the supplement book that allows you to add the new character classes and/or combat system to whatever game you’re already playing), and special convention-only print editions of Treasure of Welthorp, the Necromancer, and the Witch.

Everyone who purchased a hard-copy book also received a code for a pdf copy through RPGNow.com. Those codes went out this morning, so look for it. If you bought a book at the convention and did not receive a code, first check your spam filter (they tend to get flagged as spam, regretfully). If it’s not there, you can contact us at info@brwgames.com.

Dale and Yours Truly

It was really great to see the reaction from the gamers at the con. The reaction on someone’s face when they “get” what the concept of the game is, is just priceless. I had so many people come up and tell me what a wonderful idea the game was, and then come back the next day, after having read the Players Manual, and buy the rest of the books because the PM was so cool. It really makes all the work worthwhile.

The next convention appearance will be Metatopia (in Morristown, NJ in November), which is a game designers/publishers convention specifically geared to matching up folks who are interested in playtesting new games with companies and designers in search of playtesters. It’s a really fantastic notion, and the first two were loads of fun. I’m very much looking forward to it, and might very well have a game or two in need of playtesting by then.