(Cos you know someone had to do it)
What are some of the awesome bits from Hydra, that other people may or may not have seen happen? These were them for me:
Golden Dragon Tavern: My favourite game this tournament, just the thing to get warmed up, and a hell of a lot of fun. Mad props to my brother Zeenor (Norman) who put up with me all night without resorting to violence (I have no idea why!!) Best bit: Really hamming up the stupid barbarian bit while that damn useless bard (Hannah) tried to teach me a bawdy limerick. I swear we must have gone back and forth for 15 minutes with me continually stuffing it up, but she stuck to it and eventually I got it right - then she stiffed me on her end of the deal. Typical. Honourable mention to the barmaid (Christina Guyer) for also putting up with constant "When do you get off?"s, and the Amazon (Nik) who ended the game with me in brilliant fashion by both of us raging and destroying the tavern in the ensuing brawl. In which I got my ass handed to me
Bad Things in the Bayou: I actually can’t say what my absolute favourite thing was in this game as it’ll ruin a plot point, but this game was SOOOO much fun. Arguing with my Aunt Charlene (Naomi) about selling my house, trying very unsuccessfully to get in good with my childhood sweetheart (Alice), and finding out my hero (Hunter, the Blanchard Beast killer, played by Idiot) is just now a sad, drunk, old man. A very nicely run and scripted game.
32 AR: AKA Demon Apocalypse LARPing… Possibly my second favourite game (although there are about 5 “second favourite games”) I really liked the dynamic between the different groups of characters. Favourite moments by far were the secret conversations between my wife (Alice again) and myself on various subjects - Although Alice is quite new to the LARPing scene, she did awesome and the interactions between Victor and Eleanor were at times uplifting, intense, emotional, and sweet, and they really helped me get into character. My biggest regret about this game is that Victor Daurian’s last words were “Help!” and not “Eleanor, I love you!”
Fall of the Jaguar Gods: OH. MY. GOD.. Best. Family. EVER. It was awesome to sit down before the game with Sak’ K’uk (Ellen) and K’inich (Melissa) and plan how we were going to make the Jaguar Gods fall. All three of us were on exactly the same page, wanted to accomplish the same goals, and everything went better than we ever hoped for. By the end of the game my daughter was a God, and my granddaughter was queen of THREE countries. DAYUM.
Office Secret Santa: To be honest I was a little worried about this one being a bit too close to reality, given I work in local government. There were certainly elements there that I recognised, but the characters are sufficiently caricatured that it didn’t turn out to be a problem (however, I could still put IRL names to some of those people…). Favourite moment was when Comms and the PA (Christina) got their shit together and systematically started getting people fired. Being made interim head of IT and then having the photocopier fixed 15 minutes later (all my PA and my doing, of course…) only reinforced how competent we were
World Summit of Evil: A nice fun light game to end with. To be honest this was probably my least favourite game, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it! I must confess I was a bit lost in this one - I didn’t accomplish any of my goals and then got killed off at the end. Still it was a lot of fun being (yet another!) loud obnoxious twit, and constantly sniping at The Colonial (Nasia?) was heaps of fun. Apparently in the super-villain world, no one knows anything, or has anything, but they can get it for you “later”…Ah well. Seeing the groups working together was pretty cool.
All in all I had a fantastic weekend and really enjoyed the opportunity to meet a whole bunch of you guys that I really only know through this here site here. I will be back! (You may start groaning now…)