The pictures finally showed!

The pictures finally arrived! Jeepy Creepys that is some SLOW internet….

Okay, here is the first of a few posts of an event I went to called Khankon (www.khankon.com) in Shanghai. It is a table top RPG convention mostly for Chinese folks (Table Top RPGs are gaining ground here but more on that later) with a smattering of board games and card games thrown in. First off, the place was VERY COOL. I was an old jazz club from the 60’s and 70’s. Very few bands still played there but the restaurant on the upper floors was still operational (I did not eat there so I cannot tell you how the food was), but the downstairs where the games were held still had original woodwork and everything.

 

As you can see, it got REALLY packed down there, and a lot of fun games went on both of the two days. One odd thing was the only a few Chinese players and western players would jump ‘borders’ as it were. Most of the English speaking people stuck together and most of the Chinese natives stuck in their own little groups. I was really curious to ask the Chinese gamers what they liked and disliked, but my Chinese is not that good so I didn’t. I also noticed that most of the western players were playing 5th Edition D&D and no one was playing Pathfinder… whereas most of the Chinese RPGers were playing Pathfinder mostly with two groups playing 5th ed and two groups playing Chinese created RPGs (characters will be posted soon).

 

 

Okay, here is the portion of the blog where I plug my book. Showing the book to many people at Khankon was a lot of fun. I am kind of an introvert so it was a big deal to approach people and ask them to take a look at something I wrote, but gamers are usually a pretty cool bunch of people (except in that first picture, that is the founder of Khankon being a smartass with my book *CURSE YOU DAN!**).

Luckily, everyone really liked it and I even got a few sales out of the deal. The coolest thing though was the direct feedback. When you write a book you do it mostly in a vacuum and hope people will like it, so when they say things like, “This is fun.” “Where can I get one of these?” and “I suppose I won’t beat you up with a sock full of quarters and ditch your body in an alley.” It makes a lot of it worthwhile (well, maybe not that last one, luckily no one actually said that to me though).

 

 

Finally, here is some left over random shots. The Game of Thrones boardgame which is a LOT of fun even though I got smoked like a cheap cigar. The Chinese character sheets I promised as well as the picture of the guy who ran the 5th ed game I was in. Lastly, this little girl that kept following me around and asking me what I was doing, and let me know how bad my dice rolling was in a game of Descent I was playing.

Thanks kid.

 

 

Oh, China. *shakes head sadly*

As some of you already know, this past July 25th, I have been in China for five years. There are some great things about China, some bad things, just like anywhere. This post is going to be about some of those things.

This past weekend was the Mid-Autumn Festival (do not ask me, since the first day of Autumn is actually September 22, just one of the weird things about this country), which were also the days of Shanghai Khankon (www.khankon.com) and I attended to show off “Castle of Blackwood Moors” as well as the computer game I am working on. It was a lot of fun! I got in on a game of 5th Ed Dungeons and Dragons, and I enjoyed it a lot. It plays a lot cleaner than 3rd edition or Pathfinder in my opinion.

But now the bad.
I took a lot pictures, mostly of people reading my book and trying the computer game, but the internet is so weird here. Copying the photos directly does not work so I had to email them… which I did three times since September 17th… and they still have not showed up.

That is all I am going to write about right now. Hopefully the pictures will show up soon so I can finally post them.

Have a good week fun friends.