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YSDC Games Day 5 30 October 2016

Fifth in this series of one-day conventions in bustling metropolitan Baildon (suburban Bradford). All images are cc-by-sa.

The usual Friday traffic woes, but I got there early enough to have a shower and a nap before the evening gathering.

The new navi shows things like "you could save four minutes by adding four miles"; I ignored it, and a few minutes later "you could save 34 minutes by adding four miles". Yeah, OK, that'll do.

This time there were four of us staying in the Ibis, and we walked along the canal to the Boathouse for the traditional Friday evening meeting.

The pub was comprehensively Full, so we sat outside in the cold and the dark. (All right, not very dark, nor indeed very cold.)

This is a very civilised Games Day: things don't start until noon, which coincidentally is when the hotel's free breakfast ends. Also, there were Cakes.

I ran "Still Bennies", a new Cthulhoid GURPS scenario: nobody died, though one was badly savaged by a killer sheep. (In fact, I gather there were no PC deaths in any of the games; it's a tricky line to walk, since a player whose character is killed off early will have a dull afternoon, but one wants there to be a sense of mortal peril. Maybe I should write an adventure where dead PCs can come back as ghosts or something.)

All the games ended reasonably on time, and we stood around chatting before heading off to Pickles.

Fewer people came to the evening event this year, but I got in games of Mysterium, Sushi Go and Coup, in between Lots of Food.

On the way back I went through the outskirts of Leeds and picked up the motorway there, but this wasn't significantly less dull than the centre of Bradford, and took longer; I shan't bother with that again.

The navi has a feature I was working on in my own design: you can ask it for service areas, restaurants, etc., not too far off the planned route, and get a listing of how far ahead they are.

The next YSDC Games Day will be on 30 September 2017, and ticket sales will be announced at

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