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You Pick It—I Review It: GenCon Edition

Posted By Phil Vecchione On July 31, 2009 @ 4:00 am In Gaming Conventions,Reviews | 27 Comments

GenCon is just under 2 weeks away, and I am in full swing making my final shopping list, when I noticed that I had forgotten about all of you guys who are not going to be able to attend. So for all of you that cannot attend, I wanted to do something for you.

One of the great parts to GenCon is the convention floor. It is row after row of gaming stuff; booth after booth of games, dice, miniatures. I love to shop at GenCon. My favorite, is to find new games and gaming accessories, while getting a chance to talk to the creators.

Since US federal laws prevent surgeons from implanting video into my head and share the experience with you, virtually, I am going to do the next best thing. I want to go out on the convention floor and find something that you are curious about, and bring it home to review for you.

So today, I want you to choose what product I should pick-up and review. Now don’t get crazy I do have a few conditions:

  • RPG Rules or Gaming Accessory only—While I like board games, card games, and such, the Stew is an RPG blog, so lets keep it to an RPG rulebook or gaming accessory. I would rather not review an adventure either since they rarely are meaty enough for a full review.
  • Something new—While just about anything can be found out on the convention floor, I am not going to review the AD&D A-Series adventures (though they are awesome). Please pick something that has recently come out that you have not had a chance to pick up at your local gaming store.
  • Something we have not reviewed before– While we are not product review site, we have had the chance to do some great reviews. Check out our Review section for all our past reviews. Obviously, don’t pick one of those.
  • Lets not break the bank—While I love you guys, my bank account has its limits. So lets keep this to about $30.

Now with those parameters in mind, I leave it up to you to figure out what I should review. In the comments section, put down your choice of what you would like me to pick up. On Monday, I will announce the item that I am going to pick up, and after GenCon I will put together a review of the item for you.

About  Phil Vecchione

A gamer for 30 years, Phil cut his teeth on Moldvay D&D and has tried to run everything else since then. He has had the fortune to be gaming with the same group for almost 20 years. When not blogging or writing RPG books, Phil is a husband, father, and project manager. More about Phil.




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27 Comments To "You Pick It—I Review It: GenCon Edition"

#1 Comment By Rob Lang On July 31, 2009 @ 5:40 am

How about Dominion Rules 3.1. Release this year and you’ve not reviewed it.

Oh, and it’s free!
http://dominionrules.org/

#2 Comment By mhensley On July 31, 2009 @ 5:54 am

Give HackMaster Basic a try. It’s:

A. New – just came out last month.

B. Cheap – just $20.

C. Did I mention it’s awesome?

#3 Comment By RedBaron96 On July 31, 2009 @ 6:44 am

Here’s another vote for HackMaster Basic. Combat rocks! All the rules you need to run the game are all in one book.

#4 Comment By theEmrys On July 31, 2009 @ 6:45 am

I’d definitely add a vote for HackMaster Basic. What I’ve tried so far is awesome and it’s a great time to get in on the ground floor.

#5 Comment By MountZionRyan On July 31, 2009 @ 7:18 am

I vote for Realms of Cthulhu by Reality Blurs (Savage Worlds+Call of Cthulhu=Awesome!)

#6 Comment By Revil Fox On July 31, 2009 @ 7:56 am

Hackmaster Basic would be great!

#7 Comment By davethegame On July 31, 2009 @ 10:07 am

It is an adventure (though possibly a game too?) but I really want to read a review of John Wick’s Yellow Sign.

#8 Comment By Weezoh On July 31, 2009 @ 11:04 am

Reality Blurs’ Realms of Cthulhu here too!

#9 Comment By DrOct On July 31, 2009 @ 11:25 am

Realms of Cthulhu get’s my vote!

#10 Comment By Aramax On July 31, 2009 @ 3:30 pm

Cthulu-Cthulu-Cthulu!

#11 Comment By jeff On July 31, 2009 @ 4:04 pm

Another vote for Hackmaster Basic!

#12 Comment By Troy E. Taylor On July 31, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

Give those boys at Kenzer some love. I add my vote for Hackmaster-Basic. That is, if I get a vote. (Checking Gnome Stew bylaws ….. Hmmmmmm).

#13 Comment By DNAphil On July 31, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

Ok…the voting as it stands:

Hackmaster Basic: 6
Realms of Cthulhu: 5
Dominion: 1
Yellow Sign: 1

Its a close race so far…lets see how the weekend shakes out.

#14 Comment By Liverpuncher On July 31, 2009 @ 5:20 pm

I’d like you to review Hackmaster Basic. I’ve read the rules – but we’d be interested to read your take on the next generation of Hackmaster.

#15 Comment By Muscar68 On July 31, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

HackMaster …… Duh! :)

#16 Comment By BigYAvenger On July 31, 2009 @ 8:26 pm

Hackmaster Basic.

#17 Comment By chatdemon On July 31, 2009 @ 10:11 pm

Just one question.
What’s the point of asking for a review of something you obviously already own and enjoy?

#18 Comment By DNAphil On July 31, 2009 @ 10:22 pm

@chatdemon– For sure it sounds like Liverpuncher has read the rules, and sounds like he want’s the Gnome take on them. For some of the others who have commented, I think many, like myself, have read some of promotional material that has been released for Hackmaster Basic, but have not had the chance to get their hands on the whole book.

For those that are rooting for Realms of Cthulhu, is that book out yet? I was checking out Reality Blurs site and there is no indication that is it out or that it will be out at GenCon. Thinking I will fire off a quick email to the site and see what’s up.

Thanks for the votes so far…looks like Hackmaster has still got the lead.

#19 Comment By chatdemon On July 31, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

@DNAphil

I wasn’t directing that at anyone in particular. Like you, I’ve read the previews and whatnot for HB, but I decided it’s too different from Hackmaster4e for my tastes.

The review I’d like to see is probably the long awaited full release version of Pathfinder RPG, so I can decide whether to buy it for use as optional material for my 3.5 D&D game.

My point was just that for me, once I’ve bought and enjoyed a product, I really don’t care what the reviewers think.

#20 Comment By DNAphil On July 31, 2009 @ 10:49 pm

@chatdemon– I have to say that for Hackmaster I am curious about the changes in the combat system, it seems a real departure from the previous version. I am also curious to see how the tone of the game has changed from the previous version.

As for reviews after the purchase, I would say that what I get out of them, is a chance to see if I agree with the writer. So if I really love a game, and then read a review of it, I find it interesting how someone else has read the book and had such a different view of the game. It becomes less about what I think about the book and more about what I think about the reviewer’s take on the book.

#21 Comment By ProfessorMass On August 1, 2009 @ 11:25 am

Hero System 6th Edition, please. It’s supposed to be on the floor in PDF on CDs.

#22 Comment By Weezoh On August 1, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

@DNAphil – Advanced copies are supposed to be there at Gen Con for Realms of Cthulhu. It will be brand spankin’ new.

#23 Comment By Tamburlain On August 1, 2009 @ 11:20 pm

Please consider reviewing the 2nd ed. of ‘Victoriana’, which was just released in July.

#24 Comment By Storyteller On August 2, 2009 @ 1:54 am

I would personally like to get another voice or two reviewing Gaming Paper. http://www.gamingpaper.com/

It’s cheap and I know they’ll be selling it. A review would be greatly appreciated! I’m right on the fence about buying it.

#25 Comment By Ulairi On August 2, 2009 @ 11:27 pm

HackMaster Basic gets my vote.

#26 Comment By NiallNai On August 3, 2009 @ 6:35 pm

Another vote for Realms of Cthulhu.

If I’m allowed a second, I’ll throw in Eclipse Phase if they have advanced copies there.

#27 Comment By Sewicked On September 30, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

I’ll be a lone voice in the wilderness. What about Hellcats & Hockeysticks. The game’s not new (according to the website) but only recently printed in the US.


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