What a Weekend!
Well another Gen Con has come and gone, and as always Hunters Books was there to enjoy the weekend with our fantastic community. It was wonderful to see new and old faces alike, and we couldn’t have asked for a better experience. For those of you who joined in on the festivities, and for those who didn’t get the chance to make it, let’s take a look back at some of the great times (and check out some awesome pictures)!
This year had some fun surprises for those who were able to pop in. Anyone who had a chance to come visit were treated to a first look at The ABCs of RPGs that was Kickstarted earlier this year. We had the Children’s Book and the Activity Book both on hand for people to get a look at, and some of our backers also got to pick up their copies right there on the spot (don’t worry if you couldn’t pickup at the convention, the rest of the books will be in and ready to ship starting in September). We couldn’t have asked for a better reception, and we are still humbled by all the support we have received from the gaming community at large! Since it seems to have gone over so spectacularly we already have many plans for more great content to come, so be on the look out for more details on that in the coming months.
That wasn’t the only thing going on at the booth though, and Outbreak: Undead.. also had a few little treats for survivors who dodged the undead hordes and made it safely to our little Stronghold. We had a first look at the upcoming Outbreak: Undead.. 1st Edition Fifth Anniversary which is a full color Print-On-Demand release of the book that started it all that will be debuting soon on DTRPG.com! Additionally, The Gamemaster’s Companion was also on display for a first look and will also be releasing shortly – it will serve as a solid companion to the Starter Kit for 2nd Edition and will bring things in line for the launch of Pandemic Play before the full kickoff of 2nd Edition later on this year with the full Core Rules (and other special surprises)! Speaking of Pandemic Play, we had a series of new card sets available that will can be used in organized play – the Fight, Survive, and Rebuild decks that feature many new Gear and Trait cards based on the deck theme (including never before released ones).
We even had a visit from the Rag and Bone Man who had some handy items for trade that are Pandemic Play viable, and survivors could cash in some of their valuable Survival Points to get their hands on them. It was quite the little cache of supplies he dropped off in our booth, and the survivors who stopped by were glad to be able to get their hands on some needed gear to help them get through the zombie apocalypse of Pandemic Play. He even had a fresh supply of Candwiches on him that will certainly keep survivors fed in the coming days that they were no doubt grateful to acquire. We also found out that a group of survivors over on Facebook have been tracking after him, and rumor has it that their efforts will have a direct effect on organized play and what might be available in the near future! What we can be certain of is that we will be seeing a lot more of this mysterious character in the months to come, and that he will likely be a vital source for the survivors that are trying to get by in this mad world.
Of course everyone also had a chance to hang out with Ivan, Chris, Alex, Caleb and the gang who were all holding down the fort at different times. Good conversation, lots of laughs, autographs, and general merriment were to be had during our visit to Indy for the gaming extravaganza of the year. Connecting with long time friends and making many new ones is the greatest part about coming to Gen Con every year – we appreciate every moment that we have to spend with each and every one of you. You are the reason we are here making the things that we love a reality, and with you we plan to keep that going for many years to come!
When it comes to Gen Con we can’t just roll in with an exhibit booth and call it a weekend, and we had a great offering of games for everyone to participate in. The main official offering this year was a series of three Scenarios that will be featured in an upcoming supplement bringing a new official campaign setting to the world of Outbreak: Undead.. (one of our most requested features for the game). The Scenarios also provide a fresh narrative experience for anyone new to the system or campaign setting, taking your survivors from Day 1 of A World Crashing Down all the way to Day 300 and beyond in a progressing story. Based on the reactions of everyone who got to participate in this preview it is shaping up to be a stunning success that we are excited to be able to bring to you as we continue pressing forward. The sessions themselves were run by the developer of the Scenarios and Setting, Alex, as well as some of our volunteers this year (the original alpha playtesters for the same Scenarios).
We were excited to see such a warm reception for these new Scenarios, and we even had a session go over the “Max Players” limit that we had set because we just can’t turn you away when you want to play our games! Everyone who participated had nothing but good things to tell us. Thanks to all those who provided feedback on these sessions, your insights are invaluable to us when approaching the content we produce. Rest assured we will be reviewing all of your ideas before we release the final product.
That wasn’t the only thing we had to offer this year, however, as Ivan carried on his tradition of running the Gen Con Special! In this Scenario the players get to play as themselves during a zombie outbreak that happens in the midst of Gen Con – a place where you are least prepared to deal with that sort of situation. This has become something of a fan favorite that people hope to get in on each year, and this time around was no exception as he ran for a sold out group (sorry to all those who weren’t able to get in this time). Another fan favorite also returned this year in the form of House on the Hill – freshly updated for 2nd Edition! Thanks for coming out early on a Sunday to participate in the madness, it isn’t easy to have to slay hordes of undead right at the start of the day. The teams get big points for a creative approaches, pity we didn’t have more time see your plans through – in both of these special events!
Of course it wasn’t just our officially scheduled games that were going on over the convention, as there were offerings of both Outbreak: Undead and Outbreak: Deep Space to join in and enjoy being run by our amazing community. There were simply too many for us to go into detail on them all, but we would like to give a mention to at least a couple of these as we appreciate everything you all do to support us (like all the fine folks with MAMS Gaming who had loads of Outbreak games going over the convention)!
Our long time friend, Tino, ran a number of games over the convention, touching both Outbreak: Deep Space and Outbreak: Undead.. (with a touch of his own house rules that we love, he showcases wonderfully how adaptable the game is to your own preferred style). He is a spectacular Gamemaster and truly an artist at his craft, and his tables show that is spades. Be it getting through The Longest Night, dealing with the Thing in the Ice, or looking into the Eye of Horus you can bet that you will have a heck of a time when you sit down at these tables. He always comes prepared with tons of custom designed assets that truly bring the experience to life. If you ever get the chance, do yourself the favor of experiencing one of his sessions – you’ll be more than happy that you did! Don’t believe us, just ask any number of the players who participated in his games this year and we are sure you’ll hear even more great reviews of his skills (and we know for a fact folks are out there singing his praises).
Another long time friend of ours, Brett (you might recognize him from the Starter Kit), was also running some Outbreak: Undead.. over the weekend, debuting his latest Scenario to the world – All is Hushed at Shiloh (among others). This is a unique take on the zombie outbreak genre that sees an alternative history situation during the American Civil War where a group of unsuspecting soldiers are forced into dealing with a nightmare situation. It brings a little taste of the supernatural to our normally simulation based system that breaths a fresh take on the zombie zeitgeist. Believe us when we say you’ll be seeing more of this one in the future! That doesn’t even cover his work on updating some of the 1st Edition Scenarios for 2nd Edition, like taking a visit over to the Fair King Zoo and taking in all the horrific sites.
As we said, there are many more that we just couldn’t begin to go into, so please know that we cherish and appreciate all that you do for us! We really couldn’t ask for a better community.
While survival horror was the word of the day on the gaming floor, we also had great things for all the younglings and families that joined us. All weekend we were hosting special events of The ABCs of RPGs where families could come join us for some coloring and general fun. It was a wonderful way to relax for a little while during the chaos of the convention, and we love all the creativity of the kids and adults alike (you’re never too old for a good activity book). Plus you got to spend time with the author and illustrator at a one of a kind event. It was an absolute honor hosting this little gathering and spending a little quality time with you all!
If you didn’t have a chance to make it out this year try not to stress, we are already working on our plans for next year. You heard it here first, Hunters Books will be back again for the big event in 2017! So be sure to come out and hang out with the crew once again, and we’ll be sure to have all sorts of fun surprises in store once again for you to enjoy.