Gen Con 2014 Review

We’re back, and we’re talking about Gen Con. Again. This is our third episode about the world’s largest roleplaying convention, and Scott has still not managed to make it there. No, instead he gets to sit here and write blurbs to go with discussions of how much fun other people are having. Not that he’s bitter. Oh no. Not at all.


You should have seen the first draft of this post.

Matt has already posted an article about his trip to Gen Con 2014. Paul and Scott were too lazy to read it, so Matt had to tell them all about it in person. Happily they remembered to put a microphone in front of Matt first, so we don’t have to find some way of attaching Matt himself to this post.

junction box

Last time we tried uploading Matt, the local junction box suffered.

You may notice a bit of a drop in sound quality this episode. This is because we were unable to use our state-of-the-art recording facility (Paul’s shed) for reasons that will be explained next episode. That episode should have been this episode, and this episode should have been, um, probably this episode as well. All will be clear in a couple of weeks.

R’lyeh Roulette

In this episode, we play a game of sorts. No, this isn’t an actual play recording — Scott hasn’t been allowed to do that since the injunction. This is something a bit weirder. Matt has catalogued all the spells listed in every Call of Cthulhu supplement that Chaosium have published and entered them all in a spreadsheet. It is the only spreadsheet around that inflicts 1D10 SAN loss. Normally you need Powerpoint to do that kind of damage.


“Moving on to the next slide, you should begin to feel your soul being sucked out through your eyeballs.”

Given access to such a resource, of course we had to abuse it horribly. This abuse takes the form of a game we started out calling R’lyeh roulette, but also ended up as Lengian lucky dip, Tcho-Tcho tombola or the Pnakotic pools.


Swimming in the Pnakotic pool is not recommended.

To play this game, we rolled a bunch of dice (a D8 and two D10s, if you must know) to randomly select one of the 752 spells in Matt’s spreadsheet of horrors. We then tried to work out how we would based a scenario around this spell, brainstorming ideas as we went. Sadly we never got the entry for Attract Fish. We may have to save that for a follow-up episode.

Of course, not every spell we selected was suitable, but Paul has kindly edited out most of the terrible choices. If only all life worked that way. What was left was rather fun, and the next game is to see which of us can use all these ideas ahead of the others!

Edit: As the estimable Mr Steve Dempsey points out in the comments, the Saaamaaa Ritual is from William Hope Hodgson‘s _Carnacki the Ghost Finder_ stories. Considering the number of times Scott has referred to these as his favourite supernatural tales, the oversight is doubly embarrassing.