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D&D Blog Hop: Day 18

Written by Darkwarren - Published on February 18, 2014

dnd40hopbadgeDay 18: First gaming convention you ever attended

The first gaming convention I ever attended was the Upstate New York Convention or UNY-Con held at a downtown hotel in Rochester, NY (think Buffalo only East) back in November 2004.

I actually had a great time. I won’t bore you with the details but here are the highlights:

The first night I met Mike Osadciw, one of the artists and creators of one of my favorite sci-fi roleplaying games: Battlelords of the 23rd Century by SSDC. He ran a one shot mission and I got my hands on a book hot off the presses. This is also when I found out I had earned my first rpg creator credit as they had taken several of my ideas for various pieces of equipment for the book.

  • I participated in the convention’s D&D roleplaying contest. Played a pre-made character well enough to be selected to continue on to the final round, which I later won.  The decision was via group vote and I’m kind of proud about that. My prize was a t-shirt from that year’s convention and a free admission pass to the next year’s convention.

The problem was that the convention didn’t happen the next year. Apparently it was losing money and the owners of the convention cut their losses and UNY-Con was no more. While I had a great time trying new games, meeting people, and winning t-shirts, the convention wasn’t perfect. During some of the downtime I met some other gamers who signed up to DM and GM other games – but backed out. They had signed up to GM enough games to give themselves free admission and then backed out in order to play other games – for free. None of my games were canceled, but I do recall reading one of them the riot act when he admitted he got into the convention for free since there was little to no accountability for these GM’s. I can only assume that he was not the only one and that this was indicative of how the convention was running at a loss. My admission certificate was not a total loss, it was transferable for a gift certificate to one of my local gaming stores.

I’ve tried a few other small conventions in my area at the local colleges and I had some good experiences but I’m still hoping to get to the big one: Gen Con aka ‘the best 4+ days of gaming. Remember that awesome wife I wrote about? She started asking me when I’d like to go.

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Written by Darkwarren

Matt W., aka Darkwarren, has been roleplaying ever since his older brother introduced him to the red box set when he was 7 years old. Since then he has game-mastered SSDC’s Battleords of the Twenty-third Century, WEG’s Shadowrun and Star Wars, and of course Dungeons & Dragons in a variety of forms. At thirty-four years old he takes turns on both sides of the screen with the group that he helped found in 2000 when 3.0 hit the stands and has met every week fairly regularly ever since. Currently they have been running a variety of the Paizo Adventure Path scenarios, so that’s his wheelhouse. He was almost famous when two of his adventures were green-lighted for possible publication right before Paizo relinquished the rights to publish Dungeon magazine.

Matt also has years if experience in improvisational comedy, fiction, and non-fiction writing. He is currently working and studying to attain a master’s degree in theology, to enhance his career as a religious studies teacher. Lastly, his greatest passion is his family, especially the three sons and dog that he shares with his wife in upstate New York.

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