– Gen Con 2012 –
Hi everyone. We wanted to send out a special edition of our newsletter to highlight some really great stuff that is coming up. Whether you're going to Gen Con or not, we think you'll be interested in a great new game we're highlighting below!
Like many of you, we're always on the look-out for cool new games. Well, we found one that really caught our attention and we want to make everyone aware of it. The game is called Wooden Wars, and it's making its Gen Con debut next week! The beauty of this game is its combination of simple rules and dynamic play, which make it ideally suited to the inner kid in all of us - whether you're 6 or 60.
How can we be so sure? We've played it ourselves, and it was a blast! In fact, we liked it so much that we're hosting the game and its creator, Thomas Foss from Skull and Crown Productions, in our booth at Gen Con!
Wooden Wars is a floor top game, which harkens back to the days of yore. Players command armies of sturdy wooden soldiers against each other. Victory is achieved by knocking over all the opposing side's forces with firing or melee, or capturing a key objective like a star fort. The rules of engagement are quite simple. Players can either move their unit a limited distance or fire. Firing consists of tossing a one inch rubber ball at the enemy's forces in hopes of knocking them over. There is no looking up rules or arguing if someone was knocked down or not - the visuals tell it all! Hand-eye coordination plays a significant role in firing, making it a great draw with kids of all ages!
Imagine two brightly colored armies marching towards each other in ordered line formations. From the outset, batteries of cannon hurl brightly colored balls of doom into the ranks, knocking over many a stalwart soldier. Infantry battalions return fire as cavalry race towards the guns in a gallant attempt to capture or knock them over. Officers rally their commands and dress ranks, while the grenadier battalions, the army's elite, march forward, dodging incoming balls or dusting themselves off after being knocked down. No rubber ball is going to stop them from their objective! This is war. This is Wooden Wars!
Although that's the game in a nutshell, a commander who uses tactics in maneuvering his force to utilize terrain advantageously and get better arcs of fire, or charging his battalions into the enemy, will win the day!
Hopefully, we've piqued your curiosity. You can learn more about Wooden Wars on the Skull and Crown blog. In addition, stay tuned to the blog for an imminent announcement of a new KickStarter project for Wooden Wars, which Thomas is working feverishly to have online early next week - before we all head to Gen Con!
During Gen Con, we'll have assorted troop samples for Wooden Wars in our booth, plus we'll be selling the limited stock Thomas is providing. Thomas will be running demonstration games throughout Gen Con, and we've included a schedule below for those of you that will be at the convention.
|Game ID||Event Type||Start Date & Time||End Date & Time||Loc||Room Name||Table Number|
|HMN1237824||HMN - Historical Miniatures||8/16/2012 20:00||8/16/2012 22:30||ICC||escalators by 212||Area 1|
|KID1237812||KID - Kids Activities||8/17/2012 10:00||8/17/2012 12:00||ICC||Exhibit Hall: Family Fun Pavilion||Open Area|
|KID1237813||KID - Kids Activities||8/17/2012 12:00||8/17/2012 14:00||ICC||Exhibit Hall: Family Fun Pavilion||Open Area|
|KID1237814||KID - Kids Activities||8/17/2012 15:00||8/17/2012 17:00||ICC||Exhibit Hall: Family Fun Pavilion||Open Area|
|HMN1237815||HMN - Historical Miniatures||8/17/2012 18:00||8/17/2012 20:00||ICC||escalators by 212||Area 1|
|KID1237816||KID - Kids Activities||8/18/2012 10:00||8/18/2012 12:00||ICC||Exhibit Hall: Family Fun Pavilion||Open Area|
|KID1237819||KID - Kids Activities||8/18/2012 15:00||8/18/2012 17:00||ICC||Exhibit Hall: Family Fun Pavilion||Open Area|
|HMN1237820||HMN - Historical Miniatures||8/18/2012 18:00||8/18/2012 20:00||ICC||escalators by 212||Area 1|
If you can't make it to Gen Con, check out the images below to get a feel for the game.
We've got some great stuff planned for Gen Con! First off, we'll have a booth at the convention, booth 1827, which is located along the second main side-to-side corridor within the hall. Just walk past the Catalyst booth, heading toward the Entrepreneur's Avenue booths, and you can't miss us. If you're in Indy for the Con, we hope you'll stop by, say "hello", and check out the cool new things we're highlighting.
We'll be showing off the current, updated version of Realm Works that will be used in our upcoming second phase of beta testing. If you saw Realm Works last year during its official unveiling, we think you'll be very impressed with the changes we've made as a result of feedback during the first beta testing phase.
We'll also be previewing our early prototype of Hero Lab on the iPad! This first version of the tablet release will turn your iPad into an in-play character sheet specifically for Pathfinder. The tablet version will be fully interoperable with your PC or Mac version of Hero Lab, so you'll be able to create a character on your desktop or laptop, move it to the iPad for use during your game, and then move it back to your computer for leveling up. Stop by the booth during Gen Con for a look at Hero Lab on the iPad!
This year, we'll again be sharing our booth with Mindgene, who will be demonstrating their virtual tabletop software, d20Pro. With the ability to import your Hero Lab characters into the d20Pro software, it's a great match. Come see how the newest version of d20Pro allows game play to be easier, faster, and anywhere.
Lastly, we'll have Wooden Wars available for sale in the booth, along with some product samples. Stop by to pick up some soldiers after you experience it for yourself in one of the demos listed above.
Over the course of Gen Con, we'll be hosting three seminars. Stop by and check out any or all of the following:
Our own Colen McAlister, whose voice many of you may recognize from the numerous podcasts on which he's participated, will be participating in a panel discussion on the topic of "How Technology is Changing RPGs". This panel will be held on Saturday, August 18, at 2:00 pm in the Crowne Plaza's Victoria Stn C/D and should prove to be a very interesting overview of technology's role and impact on the games we love.
Our popular Character Creation Stations will be in place for Gen Con, and you can find them inside the Pathfinder Society Gaming Hall, right next to the Pathfinder Society HQ. You can try out Hero Lab by building and printing a character for any events in which you're participating! Even if you just want to make sure your character meets all the necessary requirements, feel free to stop by and check out Hero Lab. Existing Hero Lab users are also welcome to update their characters between games; just bring your saved portfolio on a USB drive. Look for the big Hero Lab Character Creation Station banner!
We wish you safe travels to Gen Con, and hope to see you there!
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