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September 6, 2007 - Convention season fallout

With the regulars: Mike, Allan & Chris.

The show starts out with a look back at how clever we hoped we were when presenting this year’s Ogre’s Choice Awards, which looked somewhat less clever once a theorized D&D 4e became reality. We share some of the reactions we’ve heard over the WotC announcement (2:44); some folks are angry over the secrecy, but not us. At about (9:15) Mike has a horrible product idea that would get folks sued, maybe, but someone should take that chance! Some Gen Con follow-up ensues at (12:30): the podcast scene; the Ennies; Spirit of the Century winning more awards in addition to ours; vague thoughts on changing the D&D Miniatures Game. At (15:40) Chris brings up the black hole that was Gen Con’s news coverage. True Dungeon seems to have taken place with hardly a murmur resulting (18:15), though interesting reports from Guardian 6 have trickled in. We talk of White Wolf, and of Monte Cook’s World of Darkness not seeming to have the expected momentum (19:40). We give Paizo’s Pathfinder volumes more love (20:40). The WOW CCG boosters in Gen Con bags = another bad sign for the game (23:20). There’s nothing but good signs for BattleTech and Shadowrun, though (24:30).

The first true rant of the episode arrives at (26:20), when we discuss Fantasy Flight handling North American distribution for Rackham, just before the latter filed for their version of bankruptcy. FFG might be better served keeping to its own projects, like the Mutant Chronicles CMG and Kingdom Hearts TCG (we mention both in passing) (31:00).

At (32:20) Mike relates his observations from the Penny Arcade Expo ‘07 (or PAX), and makes the inevitable comparisons to Gen Con. He notes ample evidence that PAX is already considered a major marketing venue for video games (StarCraft 2 and Halo 3 both made appearances) (35:30). Could PAX and Gen Con become the two-prong marketing approach for conventions?

Toward the end of the show (42:45), we talk a bit about ConQuest ’07. The local show has some troubles of late, yet plans to move cities soon, is stretching the brand name to Vegas – ambitious ideas that could be a big gamble.

Currently Playing starts at around (48:40): Chris has done nothing but BattleTech lately; Allan has been maintaining his weekly D&D campaign. Mike tried out the StarCraft Board Game at PAX, and saw various other things in open gaming there.

And finally, we announce (at 52:20) that Chris shall no longer be a “regular” on the OgreCave Audio Report, but we’ll hold a seat for him at the table for venting those pent-up rants from time to time. Thanks for riding shotgun with us for so long, Chris. We’ve enjoyed the ride, will continue dutifully in your absence, and are happy to provide you more ammo in the future.

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# 2007-09-22 by svenogre |