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YSDC Games Day 2 23 March 2014

Yesterday was the second one-day convention organised by the crew.

As last time, I made a day trip of it: three and a half hours of driving each way, for around five hours of gaming. What can I say, I enjoy driving, though for the next one I'll probably try to stay overnight in the area. The convention is limited to 25 members (plus five GMs), and essentially consists of a single role-playing session by each GM, all running simultaneously.

I had an emergency backup scenario available in case of GM indisposition, but in the end it wasn't needed, so Bughunt: Fiorina will have to wait for another day. So I ended in playing in Paul of Cthulhu's game of Machine Tractor Station Kharkov-37, a scenario with which I was slightly familiar (having used it in my WWII campaign) but about which I'd forgotten the details. (In any case, that party took one look at the setup and sensibly moved on; playing with the original configuration, it was our job to work out what had happened.)

We achieved this with a remarkably low casualty rate: three NPC soldiers died, but this was probably inevitable (shut up, we couldn't have safely let them in no matter how much they pleaded), and nobody in the party shot any other members (though it did, perhaps, come close). I think this is the lowest death rate for this scenario that I've ever heard of.

Apart from this there was lots of general chat, and discussion of plans to expand the show, another reason to try to stay nearby; there's already a pub meet on the Friday night and a curry outing afterwards, and this "extra" time may become even more substantial for future events.

As always, many thanks to Paul and the crew for organising this, and I'll hope to see you at the next one. Which is in September. Hmm, I'm sure I can come up with something Cthulhuish set in the Second World War.

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