Well, it’s been a little over a week since Gen Con 2019 wrapped and I imagine that everyone has had a chance to decompress and return to the ordinary world. Now that we have had an opportunity to reflect on our experiences there, did anyone get to play anything noteworthy at Gen Con?
I played in only one game. By the time I went to register, all the games I wanted were sold out. I bought some generic tickets, but this was my first year going to Gen Con without having 16+ hours of programming to run, so I was treating the experience more like a vacation than I usually get to. I’m not gonna lie, I took a lot of sweet, sweet naps in my hotel room.
The one game I did get to play was Unspeakable: Sigil & Sign. It was run off the books by some of the developers. It’s a game that is being released as a partnership between Make Believe Games and Cubicle 7. It uses Mark Rein-Hagen’s newish Axiom system, and it’s the third game they are releasing with that engine.
I’ve never played an Axiom game and while I found the presentation to be lovely (lots of cool little cards and dice and stuff to interact with), it’s still very trad with lots of key words written on both sides of the card and which face is up means different things, and the position of the word on the card has different interactions. I dunno, it sort of left me cold.
The conceit behind Unspeakable is that you play the cultists in a Cthulhu horror scenario, rather than the investigators. That is really the best part of the game and I think that as a concept it still has a lot of promise. It was a little White Wolf-y with lots of little factions you can belong to and stuff like that.
I’m really bummed I missed Casket Land at Games on Demand, but my copy is on it’s way. Anyway, what did everyone here get to play?