So last weekend we had our mostly-annual Trogland meetup. I say "mostly" annual because we missed last year for the first time since we started doing this thing back in '07. Things just kinda fell apart in 2018. At this point, it's mostly just me planning the thing with some input from some of the others. Not that I mind, really, but it's a significant task.
This year, though, I think went pretty well. We had a different venue which was a little smaller, but our old location inflated the price on us about 700% which was undoable. Sunday we actually spent in the game room of a local game shop, which was actually kind of cool.
We operated at a bit of a deficit this year. I was glad we had some cash left over from previous Troglands to break even. May need to tweak some things for the future, but overall not a big deal.
I think this year's Trogland went quite well. One of the cool things this year was that several of the kids were actually old enough to participate. I guess we're getting to be that age. I mean, we have been doing this for 12 years.
Games at the Trog.
So we played games, of course. I mean, that's what we do. Didn't get to run the Fate game I'd pitched, but after the massive Battletech encounter, several of the participants weren't up for a longer time commitment.
I got to play Stuffed Fables again - still only made it to the junk-pile page, but thoroughly enjoyed it. Played through Mysterium as a player, which was fun even if I was terrible (I'd been the ghost the previous 2 times).
The Mind is a very interesting game in its staggering simplicity.
Sheri played a game called Comanauts, which I understand to be similar to Stuffed Fables but with a darker, more serious sci-fi theme.
I got to play Pandemic again for the first time in years - and, for the first time ever, we won.
Unearth was enjoyable, though we didn't get to play a whole game.
I think the board game highlight of the weekend for me was Spirit Island - will be making a post dedicated to that one.
And, of course, I got to run the Battletech scenario, which always takes a long time but I always enjoy. Ran this one as a double-blind where both sides felt like they were the underdog and a countdown timer brought other conditions into play. It went just about exactly like I'd hoped.
That's just what I made it to the table for (or observed). LOTS of other games were played. Lots more fun was had.
It was a good time, as always.
Oh, and on Sunday at the game store we picked up Folklore, which we heard great things about from some other attenders and we're planning to try out tonight.