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Monday, May 11th, 2009
6:00 am
Good Times at the Essex

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Our photo album grows ever larger, this time thanks to our own SheepLord, AKA Brennan, AKA Painter of Gobbos. Over the weekend of Northeast Wars IX, Brennan managed to tear himself away from the miniatures room long enough to snap some great pictures. Like, for example, this shot of a player really getting into his dancer character during the Serenity roleplaying adventure Reaver’s Dance. Said dance involved a pole, apparently.

Side note: is it true that if you stand up during a roleplaying game, it counts as LARPing?

You can see more of Brennan’s photography in the Northeast Wars IX photo album, or view the whole stream over at our Flickr page.

Mirrored from Northeast Wars X.

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
6:00 am
A Picture of a Hundred Words
Wordle: Northeast Wars IX Convention Book

Wordle is a web application that generates a collage out of a mass of text, like, say the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, or the Call of Cthulhu corebook. In our case, this word cloud comes from the Northeast Wars IX convention book — which, by the way, you can download here if you want to see what was on offer last year. Just click on the image to the right to see it in greater detail.

The bigger a word is, the more frequently it’s used in the text. Going by our wordle, events scheduled in the post meridian seem pretty popular; so few gamers are morning people! These word clouds can also be customized, in that you can select the font type, color palette and even general orientation of the words.

There are forum threads of people who converted roleplaying game books into wordles, over on RPG.net, ENWorld and Storygames.

Mirrored from Northeast Wars X.

Friday, May 1st, 2009
6:00 am
The Future!

The epic struggle to achieve victory in the painting race for the Battle of Skull Pass is done and I have enjoyed a period of time away from my painting desk. But lately I’ve been feeling the need to have the paint brush and exacto knife in my hands once again. Also, I have been spending a little bit too much time on eBay and have somehow become the owner of the makings of three more armies (Empire, Lizardmen, and Beasts of Chaos) in addition to my nearly finished Skaven.

While I could chip away at my armies in solitude, I found it alot of fun to have to post my progress (and mock my stunty opponent).  So, I have asked Krug if I could continue to post here.  He graciously bellowed something about wrestling a yak which I interpreted as hearty approval.

So, what you may be seeing in the future here:

  • Converting on the cheap ( such as making a dragon ogre out of an ogre top and a cold one bottom).
  • Pimp my Chariot
  • Dr. StrangeMagnet or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Neodymium (a guide to magnetizing bases)
  • Blood Bowl team paint off!
  • A Stompa is a Wonda, but a Slasher is Flasher! (I am filled with the madness to try to make a Slasher Gargant for next year’s con)

Any thoughts or requests would be great.

Mirrored from Northeast Wars X.

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
6:00 am
The Prize!

As was twittered at the time, but not reported here, several new players were introduced to Warhammer Fantasy and a rousing Megabattle was waged (though why the ‘Good’ side would be made up of Skaven and Dark Elves in addition to Wood Elves will not be covered in this post).

When the dust settled, it was decided to give the painted Battle for Skull Pass set to the father and son pair of Steve and Ben Tyler.

Here is a picture of event organizer Brian giving the prize to a Warhammer Warlord of the future!

Mirrored from Northeast Wars X.

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
10:40 am
Nothing But Carnage 2009

Found circulating regional mailing lists and presented without comment — okay, maybe just a little. ;-)

FOR BEST GM RESULTS: Submit your games by fourth of July.
FOR BEST CON ENJOYMENT: Get your room now, Lake Morey Resort is 85% Full.

Dragons enchant and dungeon delve. Riggers evade as mercenaries incite negotiation gunfire. Come! Tend honor under long hard unappreciated games. Lend out roles in obvious unknown scenarios. Resolve, Eulogize, Submit! Unseen rewards require enduring commitment. Think it out now!

Since everyone continues requesting event themes, then here emerges messaging, enjoy! I am irate again. Can themes happen? Unlikely! Lest happen unkind familiarity, themes are gone now!

The games are starting to roll in and you can be certain that we will bring….

Nothin’ But Carnage
Celebrating 12 years
Nov 6 – 8 , 2009
Lake Morey Resort, VT

Carnage really is a fantastic weekend dedicated to gaming. The Lake Morey Resort is gorgeous and has a spa and on-site movie theater, should such things interest your non-gaming family members, while Lebanon, NH, a merely thirty minutes’ drive to the south, holds a diversity of attractions, including more movies and tax-free shopping.

Get those rooms reserved now!

Mirrored from Northeast Wars X.

Sunday, April 26th, 2009
11:43 am
Northeast Wars X Wants You!

It’s a mere eleven months off, but we’re already making plans for the 2010 excursion of Northeast Wars. To that end, we’re having an open convention meeting on May 12th. Anyone interested in helping to plan and put on next year’s convention is welcome to attend. We are looking for, among other positions, coordinators for the various gaming tracks, street team members, people who know people and more. The May 12th meeting will discuss plans for the 2010 convention, expectations of staff and the timeline leading up to Northeast Wars X.

So mark your calendars: May 12th at 5:00 PM at Quarterstaff Games at 152 Church St. in Burlington, VT. As always, inquiries can be directed to northeastwars@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!

Mirrored from Northeast Wars X.

Monday, April 6th, 2009
3:42 pm
Save That Date!

And so Northeast Wars IX closes out. The battlemats are rolled up, the miniatures safely stowed and that lucky d20 is swathed in its silken shroud until the call to battle sounds again. A huge thanks goes out to everyone who made this year such a rousing success. Many conventioneers commented repeatedly how much fun they had and how impressed they were by the quality of gaming going on. So thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, attendees and especially the GMs who make the convention worth going to. You make it all worthwhile and we thank you profusely.

In other news, here on the forty-second floor of 1 Northeast Wars Plaza, staffers already look to 2010. Yes, that’s right. 2010. Northeast Wars will be back, this time April 9th through the 11th. Circle it on your calendars — once you’ve gone out and bought 2010 calendars.

In the meantime, keep visiting the website, as we will be posting throughout the year to bring you the latest developments on Northeast Wars X, including an extended timeline, special events and maybe even a contest or two. You can also keep up by friending us on Facebook, MySpace or Twitter, or joining our LiveJournal or web forum communities.

Mirrored from Northeast Wars IX.

Saturday, April 4th, 2009
5:45 pm
Read It Now

Live, on the ground, everybody at Northeast Wars is having tons of fun. The board game and RPG room has been rocking all day long, there’s all sorts of mayhem in the miniatures room and the impromptu video gaming corner has really exploded since it got running a few hours ago. It’s really weird hearing competing tracks from Guitar Hero II and Rock Band at the same time.

If you couldn’t make it this weekend, or are here and don’t already have enough to do, check out the conversation on Twitter. Just search for the hashtag #newars.

Mirrored from Northeast Wars IX.

Friday, April 3rd, 2009
7:00 am
Tally Up!

Let’s run the numbers, shall we?

  • 105 games on the schedule.
  • 53 GMs making this the best convention yet.
  • 32 pages in the conbook.
  • 12 hours until the first slot kicks off tonight.
  • 3 (anna half) months in the making.
  • 1 place to be this weekend: Northeast Wars IX!

Mirrored from Northeast Wars IX.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
5:11 pm
Twitter Nation

This weekend at Northeast Wars, if you have the means, join our Twitteralong. Twitter is a microblogging service where users post messages of 140 characters or less. In the case of events like Northeast Wars, twittering is a great way to organize spontaneous gatherings, inform people of something cool or awesome happening right then and there and sharing your experiences with other people, as well as keep up with things if you couldn’t make it this year. To learn more about Twitter, check out Scott Hanselman’s article How to Twitter. And as long as you’re making account, why not follow the official Northeast Wars Twitter feed?

The Essex has wifi access for guests and a public internet terminal in the lobby, so you can access Twitter via the web as well as via a mobile device.

If you do join in the Twitteralong, add the hashtag — explained in Scott Hanselman’s handy guide, above — #newars to the end of your tweets. That way, other people using Twitter can easily follow the action at the convention and you can follow what they’re saying. For example, clicking here, you can see that the tag’s already in use.

Go forth, gamers! Go forth and roll those dice! And then twitter about it!

Mirrored from Northeast Wars X.

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
9:06 pm
One Convention Book to Guide Them All

Even now, GMs and players are going to sleep with visions of six-siders rolling through their heads. Northeast Wars IX is only a few scant days away. If you’re not sure what you want to play, or aren’t sure what you signed up to play — or GM! — the last days before a convention can be nerve-wracking.

In order to reduce the overall level of tension in the world, we bring you the Northeast Wars IX Con Guide. With cover art by special guest Melissa Benson, this text guides you not only to the many fine gaming options available during the weekend, but also offers convention survival tips, suggestions for dining in and around the Essex resort and a few other special treats.

So download it. Print it out. Carry it around rolled up in your back pocket. Go ahead, we won’t mind.

Mirrored from Northeast Wars IX.

5:00 am
Getting Here from There

Our impromptu series in cartography continues, this time with a quick overview of the terrain surrounding the Essex, our hosts this weekend. Again, we thank our unofficial cartographer, Geoff, for his skill at making ink marks look like things. Folks coming out of town may find this useful in finding their way to the convention — or finding their way out again afterward — particularly if coming from the east along Route 15 or the southwesterly direction of Essex Junction and points beyond.

The whopping big X marks the spot of Northeast Wars. Slightly to the north and west of the Essex is the Essex Outlets shopping center. There are many fine places to find sustenance here, which we’ll get into tomorrow when we wrap up this little series.

Mirrored from Northeast Wars IX.

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
12:01 am
Preregistration Closed

As of now, preregistration for Northeast Wars IX has closed. If you missed the deadline, don’t despair. You can still get in on the gaming action at Northeast Wars. Just visit the con registration desk when you arrive at the inn and our friendly staff will be happy to set you up with a badge for the weekend or just that day in particular. A weekend badge for a walk-in conventioneer is $50, while Friday, Saturday, and Sunday-only badges are $10, $25 and $10, respectively.

The up-shot of all this is the convention is only four days away. Woo-hoo! See you at the inn Friday evening! If you’re not already planning to arrive early for the greet and game in the tavern, think about it. What better appetizer for a solid weekend of gaming than pub fare and even more gaming?

Mirrored from Northeast Wars IX.

Saturday, March 28th, 2009
10:15 pm
Cartography for the Discerning Conventioneer

When embarking on any expedition, it’s vital for the well-prepared traveler to know the lay of the land, especially in the kind of environ best described as “a maze of twisty passages all alike.” This phrase can be applied to both great underground empires and many aboveground hotels with equal accuracy.

And thus, to aid those peripatetic souls who have not yet ventured into the realm now known as the Essex, we offer this preview of a most excellent cartograph prepared by Geoff Duke, someone with much experience mapping lairs of creatures both eldritch and fearsome. Be sure to keep an eye out for the secret tunnel. Guaranteed to be free of giant spiders!*

* 90% of the time. Okay, maybe 80%. 60%, absolute minimum. 45%-ish.

Mirrored from Northeast Wars IX.

Thursday, March 26th, 2009
7:00 am
Charity Food Drive

Krug has made two decisions. First, he will speak only in the third person for the entirety of this post.

Second, there will be a charity food drive at Northeast Wars next weekend, to benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Helping out is easy: just bring non-perishable food items when you come to convention registration desk to pick up your badge. Our cheerful staff will take it from there.

And, as our way of saying thanks, for every three items you contribute, you’ll get a raffle ticket for a prize drawing to be held Saturday evening. Prizes have been donated by Steve Jackson Games and Quarterstaff Games, among others.

So Krug has spoken, so shall it be.

Mirrored from Northeast Wars IX.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
7:18 am
Artist in the House: Melissa Benson

Northeast Wars is pleased to welcome back Melissa Benson, a longtime friend of the convention and well-known fantasy artist. Melissa originally attended Northeast Wars in the 1990s when the mischief in the mountains was just getting underway.

Ms. Benson has a long history with the gaming hobby, going all the way back to 1993, when a little company calling itself Wizards of the Coast started collecting art for a card game by the name of Magic: The Gathering. The Shivan Dragon, pictured right, is an iconic example of her work. She has since gone on to illustrate cards for many more collectible card games, including Shadowfist, 7th Sea and Jyhad, as well as other gaming-related pieces, such as commissioned character portraits.

Many samples of her work are available for viewing on her website, as well as the opportunity to purchase prints, gift items displaying her art or even commission her for an original piece.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming Melissa back to Burlington for another Northeast Wars!

Mirrored from Northeast Wars IX.

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
8:33 am
Preregistration Closes March 30th

All things come to an end, including the preregistration period for Northeast Wars. At the time of this posting, there are a mere 136 hours remaining for convention hopefuls to get their preregistration information submitted via the Register page.

In addition to saving money compared to buying a badge at the door, which goes for $50, preregistering allows conventioneers to reserve seats at the game of their choice, sparing the need to rush the sign-up sheets upon arriving at Northeast Wars.

Moreover, the group registration deal, for war bands of five or more, ends with the preregistration deal as well. This is a great opportunity for gaming groups to hit the convention en masse in economy and style. You can read more about that on the Register page as well.

Remember, get your preregistration form submitted before the close of March 30th!

Mirrored from Northeast Wars IX.

Monday, March 23rd, 2009
5:00 pm
Lights, Camera, Dice!

The Saturday of the convention, April 4th, Brian Pickard from Penobscot Films will be on location, interviewing folks and videotaping play as it happens for inclusion in a featurette about gamers and gaming. If, during Northeast Wars, you come across someone slinging a camera and talking to folks, don’t be shy about stepping up!

The featurette will be a bonus feature of Slayers: The Undead vs. The Braindead, a horror/comedy film about a group of gaming buddies who must confront the vampires encroaching upon their town. Slide on over to the website to check out their teaser trailer and find out how you can be part of the movie making process!

Mirrored from Northeast Wars IX.

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
9:54 pm
The Painting of Skull Pass - Goblins Day 38


The goblin contingent of the Battle for Skull Pass has arrived ready for battle in all their painted glory. And in case you cannot make it to Quarterstaff Games in Burlington to check them out in person, here is a picture.

If you are curious about Warhammer Fantasy and have never played before or have only played a few games, you should definitely sign up for MINI312: Warhammer Skirmish Battles on Saturday morning, where you will be provided with an army as well as a patient person to teach you the rules. More experienced players can also sign up, as they can either use their own armies or borrow one at the con to play some great skirmish games.

Any and all interested parties should stay for MINI316: Warhammer Megabattle: The Battle for Papelotte, which finishes off Saturday in a wild conflict of several armies clashing across the board.

During the course of the day, we will award these painted goblins, the painted dwarves, and some gift certificates or other prizes as well in such a way that experts and new players alike can have a chance to walk away with something cool.

Goblins rule!  Dwarves drool!

Mirrored from Northeast Wars IX.

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
4:23 pm
Fear the Gamemaster

Still not sure about the finer points of running a convention game? The podcast Fear the Boot recently posted an episode all about different takes and methods of customizing your game for a convention setting. Moreover, they recorded the episode live at the close of their own convention, Fear the Con, so you can hear from GMs themselves coming fresh from their experiences that weekend.

Once you’ve listened to that sage advice, hustle over to the Event Submission page. We’re taking events right up to April 3rd, and there’s still time to get into the official convention book.

Mirrored from Northeast Wars IX.

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