OSWARP went really well, even if attendance was a little under our expectations. Hopefully next year we'll grow, and will eventually be able to go solo. As it currently stands, OSWARP 2015 will again be co-located with Dexcon in Morristown in the first weekend in July.
|The old school team dungeon crawl|
The various OSWARP events seemed to go well. Michael Curtis was there running a bunch of Dungeon Crawl Classics games, and they seemed to be well-attended and enthusiastically supported. There was an Arduin game that I really wish I could have played in, and other assorted RPGs, either from the classic years or modern OSR games. I myself ran Tomb of Horrors using the AD&D 1st Edition rules, and it was a great time; three PCs killed, three teleported out of the tomb stark naked. That's what I call a successful adventure. :-)
Special thanks go out to "Badmike", who sent along a box of old Judges Guild material to hand out as swag. Most generous, and most appreciated!
|The new D&D Starter Set was a big hit|
Speaking of 5th Edition, naturally this weekend saw the debut of the Starter Set and the Basic Rules. One of the dealers had a stack of Starter Sets, and they did a brisk business. I got the very first one they sold at the con, as a matter of fact. I'll be posting much more about the game in coming weeks, but my cautious optimism seems to have been justified. It's a good game.
Another highlight of the convention was the "Greyhawk Reborn" folks. They're doing a 5th edition based Living Campaign set in Greyhawk (with Wizards' knowledge, which amounts to tacit approval). They're certainly enthusiastic enough, and their tables always seemed to be full. Of course, being the Greyhawk fan that I am, it's something that I've been keeping an eye on, especially since it's based in my neck of the woods, but it was great seeing it in action and talking to some of the guys. Their campaign is set in (I believe) CY 611, which puts it outside my normal time-frame, but still something to look for. I'm sure they'll be expanding their convention presence in the future. (Here're their Yahoo and Facebook pages; I don't think they have a straight-up website.)