Tuesday, April 03, 2012

The Great Geek Retreat

Last weekend, we went off to a small bungalow in the jungle for a geek retreat, or as we called it, The Great Geek Retreat.

It was less of a geek retreat as a geek trade show: there are very few gamer geeks in Sri Lanka (table top gamer that is). So me, Sootch, and Johann decided to bring in a bunch of non-gamers, and expose them to:

- RPGs
- Board games
- War games 
- Card games

We also figured while we were at, we'd have a hell of a barbecue and hit them with a lot of booze.

When we got to the bungalow, we set up a viewing area and put Monty Python and the Holy Grail up for them while Sootch and I prepped the barbecue and Johann ran around town looking for last minute supplies. The Holy Grail is particularly special geek movie to me, not just because its such a key piece of gamer canon, but also because it was the first movie I ever watched in the US.

We ran two Call of Cthulhu games after dinner -- it was their first time role playing, and none of them had any idea of what to expect. What started out as pretty mundane investigations, quickly ended up -- in horror!

The next morning we switched out to some Z-Man card games, Swashbucklers of the Spanish Main was a big hit. We had planned on Last Night on Earth and Battlestar Galactica, but people were too tired and braindead from the night before so instead we pulled out an old GW game -- Brewhouse Bash!

Sootch got a lovely print of this done on a plastic sheet. Brewhouse Bash is a pretty relaxed, silly game, but it teaches tactics and strategy very quickly. It also teaches rules lawyering and arguments very quickly, but this is of course more of a genre-wide problem...

After that, we headed on back. People seemed pretty pleased with the event, and most were interested in role playing.

The stage is set. I just need to get off my butt and run a game now. 



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