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YSDC Games Day 9 (ConVocation 2020) 02 October 2020

Ninth in this series of one-day conventions, which this year of course happened on-line.

I've been to several "virtual conventions" but none of them has seemed to have any connective tissue to it, nothing beyond the actual games. This one was better; is very much the creation of Paul Maclean, and he did a live audio show on the Friday night and another on the Saturday afternoon (with interaction via, alas, Discord).

Available upload bandwidth at his place is quite limited, but he managed some live-ish video.

Ready for the first game - with award-winning game accessory the Eternal Journal.

The first game I played in was Dean Engelhardt's Smoke Green. In Arkham during the mayoral election campaign, the cigarette maker who's been endorsing the rival candidate turns up murdered, in a way the police don't want to talk about. Just what does make that distinctive green smoke anyway? (A rare exception to the guiding principle of "burn it down first, ask questions later") Ink for this session was Diamine Emerald.

On Saturday evening was The Dreaming Ward run by Lee Carnell. Various people with sleep disorders come together to try a new therapy. This got off to a rough start thanks to problems getting the hang of the Foundry VTT, but was a highly atmospheric game even if the key events felt slightly more on rails than one might ideally have liked. (Diamine Oxblood.)

Finally as far as my games were concerned, Lee ran Dead Boarder on Sunday afternoon; it's a short demo scenario and the backstory doesn't entirely fit together, but with a bit of spanner-work I think it could be reassembled in a more consistent shape. (Still not sure if a certain handout was meant to have English script mixed in with the Greek.) Diamine Onyx Black.

No Boathouse on Friday night, no Pickles on Saturday (well, never again, as it's now closed down), no mysterious trips on Sunday. But still plenty of interaction with a great bunch of people.

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