New York Comic Con Update


Sarah Darkmagic - Posted on 12 October 2010

Thanks to the RPGA and Wizards of the Coast I was able to attend New York Comic Con and run some D&D games for the attendees. First, I want to say I had an awesome time. The last few weeks have been a little rough on me and being around people who genuinely just wanted to play the game and didn't know or care about the current D&D dramas was exactly what I needed.

And that's one of the awesome things about cons like PAX East and NYCC. While some of the attendees may be current D&D players active in the online community, many of them aren't. Heck, many of them have never played D&D before but have secretly always wanted to try. They see the excitement at the tables and decide to join in.

And I helped get a fair number of them into games. I spent a lot of my time during NYCC working as a greeter. I stood near the entrance of the play area, handed out the free comic and just engaged the people walking by, asking if they would like to play a game. If I was told before the trip that I was going to do this, I would have freaked out, but since I was there, my helper instinct kicked in and I went for it. It was one of the highlights of my weekend.

I met a lot of people with that look of wistfulness in their eyes as they watched others play D&D. When asked if they would like to play, many responded that they'd been away for too long and wouldn't know how. I loved how the wistfulness often changed to joy when I explained we had people here who would love to bring them up to speed and sessions dedicated to new players. And thanks to the great discussions many of you have had, I was able to point out things in the new Essentials player's book that would appeal to someone who has played D&D before but didn't enjoy the original 4e classes.

Beyond greeting, I played and ran some games. We were short a few players for a Gamma World game on Friday, so I jumped in to make a full table. Gamma world is so much fun and seeing the people at my table (many of them a fair bit younger than myself) enjoy it was just wonderful. I ran three sessions of the D&D Encounters catch up which was great too. My first table was much better than I was, they wanted to do a lot of role play and exploration. Being around people who just wanted to play and didn't care about all the debates refilled my creative reserves.

Outside of the game play area, I didn't do much at the con. I saw one of my friends from college who had a table in Artists Alley. Also, I finally was able to give 3D D&D a try. While my group wasn't the most enthusiastic, I really enjoyed playing the barbarian and trying to smash the wraith. Rolling a 20 made some of the a bit more excited as we got loot.

So yeah, awesome time and I can't wait to volunteer some more for the RPGA. I firmly believe we're all part of a great community and that you have to give as much as you take. I still have quite a bit of debt to pay off, but I don't mind it a bit. Many thanks to the wonderful RPGA judges and marshalls who helped make this trip an absolute treat and made me feel at home, to the NYCC attendees for being so nice, and to Chris Tulach for the wonderful conversations and keeping me sane. It was also great to see Phil (ChattyDM), Lou (AlioTheFool) and Seamus (icu_seamus).

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Glad that you had a great time. Being around people who are excited and enthusiastic about your hobby is always fun.

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