We’re at 387 con-goers. That’s a bit crazy- last year was under 330, so it’s a relatively huge increase. I was a bit worried that we’d have a huge flood of sign-ups when the third round opened this past Thursday, and I’d get shut out of all the remaining LARPs I wanted to play. But happily, that didn’t happen, thanks (at least in part) to the record number of LARPs we have going on this year. I think our current plan of renting hotel suites to run more LARPs in is working out.
In fact, I got top choices across the board, which makes me super happy.
I’ve got 6 LARPs on my schedule. Not bad. I actually briefly considered choosing my LARPs so that I could get the max of 10 LARPs. I have something of a “gotta catch ’em all” attitude towards LARPing. But that involved picking LARPs that were shorter over LARPs that I wanted to play more and also would involve missing the dance on Saturday night. (And cutting back on sleep, but let’s be honest- I never prioritize sleep over LARPing.)
Saturday morning- Triple Blind then The Great War Upon Us. Triple Blind is a LARP that involves generating randomized characters with three variables each- base character, cover identity, and secret group. I’ve been meaning to try out Triple Blind for a long time, since it seems like it would be really easy to run and can be replayed (and even the GM can play if they want to.) Maybe something to bid for smaller cons that need another game. I’ve heard it’s good but can be inadvertently wacky. The fact that it starts a bit later than most Saturday morning games was a considerable draw for me. (We should totally have more 1 hour and 2 hour options throughout the whole con.)
As for The Great War Upon Us, I’m super thrilled about getting into that one. It’s a one-shot introduction for the upcoming boffer campaign LARP, Invictus. It’s running twice at Intercon- I got into the later run.
I’m a little surprised and disappointed that the other run of The Great War Upon Us, and Senate Chambers (the non-combat follow-up) don’t seem to be filling. I’d hate for the GMs to come away from this thinking, “there’s just no audience for boffer LARPs at Intercon.” At least Oracle of Amun, which is from the Shadows of Amun boffer campaign, filled. I’d sign up for Senate Chambers if it wasn’t running against other games I’m dying to play.
I just really want to play a gladiator or a legionnaire.
Saturday afternoon, I’ve signed up for Osiris’ Gate, which is set in the Egyptian afterlife. I’m extremely excited for this one.
Saturday evening, I signed up for Second Dawn. It seems like it’s from a genre I don’t typically jump for, but the game has a lot of great players and I’ve really liked these authors in the past.
Sunday, I couldn’t decide between an Iron GM game and G.I. Joe: Metamorphosis. I think the Iron GM contest is really awesome and serves a very important purpose in our community (producing small, easy to run LARPs for anyone to run) and I want to support it and take a risk and get something random to play. I also heard good things about last year’s G.I. Joe LARP. But I’m actually not at all familiar with G.I. Joe… so once again, I dithered until the decision was made for me, then took one of the last slots in the later Iron GM games.
So excited for Intercon M! And it’s less than 3 months off… Wow. Time to get some casting questionnaires going, right?
Can I start costuming yet?