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!

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7 thoughts on “MACE 2008

  • November 10, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Hey dude, thank you very much for filling in for me. Happy ending: I’m now back at like 98% of my regular health now, thanks to basically doing nothing this weekend other than drinking fluids and vegging out to Japanese dramas.

    Thanks again.

    Down 40% though? Wow. I know that a lot of my friends were concerned as well: Mostly the fundage thing: The $30 pricetag to come and play a few sessions was a little too much for them this year. Hopefully next year, though.

  • November 10, 2008 at 11:00 am

    As one of the two brothers from the Fiasco playtest, I just wanted to comment that I really enjoyed the game and thought everything came together nicely. I will be interested to see how the final product turns out.

  • November 10, 2008 at 11:18 am

    I’m sorry I wasn’t able to attend. The $ just wasn’t there this year. I’ll have to ave up for next time.
    I’m glad you had a good time and that Fiasco went well. High Point is a nice town.

  • November 10, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    I really liked the Fiasco playtest, too. I don’t think I’ll ever look at a fast food chicken joint the same again. ;-)

  • November 10, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    I’m glad you guys had a good time! I hope you get a chance to read the manuscript, give me your comments, and maybe play it with your local group. It was great to meet you, Chad and Andi.

    Tom – next time!

    Andy – you are lazy and weak!

  • November 12, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    As the other brother (the one that ended up dead) I’ll say that I agree with the previous sentiments. It was definitely an enjoyable session (apart from my pathetic acting). :)

  • November 13, 2008 at 7:30 am

    It was great to meet you, Clarence!

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