Reflecting on MACE 2017

Ron and Jeff once again put on a great convention in 2017. With a Con over 20 years old, you often know what to expect from Mace. From time to time they embrace change or revisit old ideas from the past from time to time to keep things at the con interesting but the core of the con always remains the same, Its all about the games!

This year was no different, With tons of games lined up for everyone to play most everyone was happily busy all convention long. If it happened that you were between games there were over 50 free to play games this year as well as a large number of game demos being run at MACE 2017 to take part of will your next session started. Not to mention a fair number of vendors selling many awesome things!

This year I found myself with more free time than I usually have at MACE. I think this is due to a few Game Designer friends were not able to make it to the convention this year. Even without their presence MACE 2017 was the host to a TON of new games Many of them having recently run Kickstarters or actively running During the convention. I rounded up the con having the chance to play 2 games that are currently on Kickstarter.
Henchman, Hero’s Crossing & Loot Ninja. Loot Ninja was on, KS but did not make its funding goal.

It was just playing game Demos for me. I ran a game of Tales From The Loop on Friday and I absolutely LOVED IT! This was the first time I have ever run the game at a con or at home and the game went absolutely perfect. The group really got into character and it was one of the highlights of the whole con for me!

The other game that I ran was Star Wars D6 game. I had a great time but where our table was placed and my choice of where to sit at the table put me in the very center of the room. Sadly the volume of all the gamers made it very hard to focus on the game and I had a very hard time hearing two of my quiet players. We were able to power through and at the cost of my voice, the game was excellent as well.

This year saw the return of Pannels at MACE, I for one was very happy to see them come back. This year it was all about crafting with DM Scotty himself attending MACE! I had the pleasure of sitting down with and chatting about his craft and just getting to know him. I hope this kind awesome man will return to MACE in the years to come. he was amazing and the industry needs more people like him!

I did something that I have never done at MACE this year. I tried my hand at being a VENDOR! Many of you know that I have been crafting Crit Candles, D20 Candles with metal D20 dice inside of them. So I grabbed a dozen of them and decided to throw them on a table and see if anyone would be willing to pay me for these things. Expecting nothing and hoping to sell one or two. At the end of the convention, nearly all of them were gone. 8 Crit Candles sold and I traded two with other vendors for products of theirs.

Best of all I got to sit down and spend some time just hanging out with some of the great friends that I only get to see for those 3 days every year. I am glad to be home, and already looking forward to next years MACE.

#RPGaDay2017 Day 18: Which RPG Have you Played the Most in Your Life? #StarWars #DND

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For as much as I talk about D&D and as many years and editions of D&D that I have played. It might be surprising to hear that even having played D&D since I was 9, Star Wars RPG might just edge out D&D slightly for the game that I have played more than any other. Truly I can’t be sure. D&D probably is the real winner of the two because as a child we would play D&D everywhere.
Riding on Bikes heading to our friend’s house with no dice, Pick a number 1-10.. nothing stopped us from gaming. My players and I frequently had character sheets in back pockets and wallets. We were never unprepared.

Fast forward to my years in the armed service and D&D fell out of favor. The gaming friends that I had made were playing Star Wars, Rifts & Shadowrun. For many years I played and ran games every day. The vast majority of those games were Star Wars.

From the 90s all the way up to the introduction of 3.5 I continued to play a far more amount of Star Wars than any other game. God, I love that game.

Since 3.5 was introduced and West End Games went into hibernation D&D was back to the game of choice all the way up to FFG. It has seen a fair bit of play at the table as well over the years. So there you go. I’ll call it a Tie.

#RPGaDay2017 Day 16: Which RPG do you Enjoy using as is? #StarWarsRPG

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Star Wars, hands down is the one setting that in each of its incarnations I have not found myself with the need to adapt or alter. Every time at creators has dealt with this IP and bringing it to life they have taken such good care of presenting it. I never have found myself needing to alter it at once it hits my table.

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