Mace West 2019

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Once more we have returned home from a Mace convention. This was our second trip to Mace West and I wanted to take a brief moment and look back on it. On our first year, we had a blast. It was our first time traveling to a convention with the main intent to be vendors in 2018. It was a good success last year and we were eager to see if one year later that we would have a repeat performance.

The trip up on Friday morning was a slow slog through the rain. I hate driving in the rain so I was very relieved once we arrived. Having a few cons now under our belt table set up was quick and easy. So shortly after arrival, we were able to kick back relax people watch and vend.

This might have been the first time that I have arrived at a convention and had not felt rushed for time to get ready for a game or get the table set up. I must say that it was nice to have that time to come down from the stress of the drive.

For me, the highlight of the convention was meeting new people and playing some fun games. As always I play Mace Cons lose and ride my luck for finding games to play in. Somehow Con luck never fails me and I end up in a great game every time. (Knocks on wood) I know one year my luck will run out on me. This year the trend continued and late on Friday night as luck would have it I got into a pickup game ran by the Great DM Scotty!

So myself along several of my close con friends sat down to a game of Survive the Night. A game by David Kish. It’s a fast-paced D6 horror game that uses face paced speed of play to keep the focus on the story. The game we played was Aqualung. Where we found ourselves as teens locked in a slowly flooding sewer being hunted. Let the games begin! The game plays well do DM Scotty’s style of running and his terrain system also complements it well. Just like any good horror game not all of us made it out alive but man we did we have a ton of fun!

Sadly our weekend was called short as we tried to beat the Storm front home on Sunday in an effort to avoid another slog in the rain on our way home. Unfortunately, that was not the case and we left in the rain and remained in the rain the entire way home. My luck has remained that if I have clear weather on the drive home. I get ConCrud.. Or I get to drive home in a wall of water. I think I am at the point that I would rather Crud next time. MAYBE.

Looking at future trips to Mace West I think both Missy and I are going to try to get in more game time at the convention itself. After all, we are gamers first and foremost, Vending is great but we both always want to experience everything that the con has to offer. After all, a gamer needs to game!

Product Spotlight: HG3D – Cellar Door – Raghaven Collection

Continuing the spotlight feature some cool and simple 3d Prints that are out there to be found today I picked Hobgoblin 3D Cellar Door. Hobgoblin-3D  has a huge collection of 3D prints that you can pick up at DTRPG. I like the cellar door as it is a simple print and surprisingly out of the many entrances that I have in my collection of doors. This happens to be one that I have never seen.

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Publisher: Hobgoblin-3D
Price: $2.99
Link: DTRPG 3D Print Cellar Door

Hobgoblin-3D is proud to present to you the Cellar Door from the Raghaven Hamlet Collection. This 3D Printed terrain piece has been digitally sculpted, scaled to fit 28mm systems and optimized for Home Use 3D Printing.

One of our core focuses is to provide an affordable entry level into 3D Miniatures and Terrain. Meaning after a one time purchase, the product will be yours to download and print out as many times as your printer can handle. As a result, saving you both time and money

Inside the pack, you will find an.STL file, our product T&Cs, and an in-depth instruction manual. Providing you with print settings, recommended materials and a construction guide (if applicable) below.

 

Kickstarter Spotlight: The Mimic Chest From Polymorph Crafts

Today Polymorph Crafts is launching a Kickstarter for The mimic Chest. Now unless you follow Polymorph Crafts social feeds or you follow me on Twitter you probably haven’t heard anything about The Mimic Chest.

So for those of you who do not know what the mimic is, it’s the culmination of a very ambitious a dream of the Polymorph Crafts to bring the combination of Wood & Magnets together to craft something unique. The Mimic Chest is a gaming accessories chest held together by 200! magnets, that breaks down almost completely. When broken down you get 5 wooden Vaults, 3 Dice Vaults, and 2 Pencils Vaults. 5 Card trays, a coaster, a Dice Tower and a Dice Tray. Held together by magnets and a leather carrying strap.

 

 

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Runkle Plays Games was one of a select few people that were given the privilege of getting an advanced look at The Mimic Chest, there were twelve sent out and I have one. Normally this would be the part of the blog where I would burst into a full-fledged review of the product.

But there was a slight hiccup as the strap on my case had an issue and needed for the team to send me a replacement strap. Also while this Kickstarter is still alive I will be attending MACE.con and my little Mimic will be coming with me.

So instead of a one-man and maybe is gamers hands-on opinion of The Mimic Chest, we’re going to go ahead and take this to an RPG & Board Game Convention and let people play with it get their impressions of the chest. I may even do a few videos! That’s something this Blog has never seen! When I return I will have an in-depth review, as well as my thoughts and other people’s opinions on The Mimic Chest.

For now, I will leave you with two small yet cool clips of the Dice Tray and tower. Believe it or not… That Nat 20 was one take and the first dice ever down the tower… I had a pretty damn big grin. after.

 

 

 

 


Till I return, Here is a link to their KS project.

The Mimic Chest

#RPGaDay2017 Day 12: Which RPG has the Most Inspiring Art?

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So here we are on Monday the 14th and we are playing a little bit of catch up today. After a good weekend and I realized that I had slipped up and forgot to keep up with my days. So let us get to today’s, wait three days ago’s question.

I am going to go with three systems. Two have set the bar so high recently that I think they should be considered the standard in what other game companies should try to reach. The artwork of Fragged Empire & FAITH. These two games breathtaking art just brings their worlds to life in a vivid fashion. I am a huge fan of the art in both of these products.

Fragged Empire

Fragged Empire has wonderful artwork that makes keeps you wanting more and makes the whole book a pleasure to read.

FAITH

Faith takes it one step further and the cards and sheets you use are all crafted with the intent to draw you further into the game.

 

TALES FROM THE LOOP

Recently I have had another game pull me in close with its artwork and I wanted to know everything I could about it. I look forward to finding the chance to get this game on the table soon.