I just got back from MACE 2008, where I pinch-hit for Andy “I am laid up with Asian Death Cough” Kitkowski. Attendance was down 40%, which is ominous and not really unexpected given the economy, but there was still a room full of roleplaying games and gameage going on at all times. Unable to run Andy’s lunatic sessions, I ended up rolling a one-player session into Jeff Collyer’s PTA game (where my Edges were “The Dark Arts” and “The Dork Arts”) and running a playtest of Fiasco in the evening for five people, four of them pretty new to this sort of thing. I hadn’t tried it with five and it worked fine – they ended up with a very dark and funny story about two feuding brothers waiting for their father to die, with the women in their lives conspiring toward their own ignoble ends. There was some murdering, some pathos, two car crashes (one real and one faked), and a lot of laughter at the table. Outside of gaming I got to spend some time getting lost in High Point with the gracious and always-burning Luke Crane, which is such a pleasure. Luke also gave me some important notes on Brighton Beach attire and attitude for my Russian Mafiya PTA series. Come to MACE next year!