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December 16th, 2014
I ran into two very familiar faces at Walker Stalker Con in Secaucus NJ: Judith O’Dea and Russ Streiner from George Romero’s zombie cult classic: Night of the Living Dead. It was an out-of-the-world experience to meet the two stars who appeared in the film’s opening cemetery scene. They played bickering brother and sister, Barbra and Johnny, and were the first to encounter Pittsburgh’s shuffling dead. Johnny started it all when he uttered that famous line: “They’re coming to get you, Barbra… There’s one of them now!”
After introducing myself, I showed them my zombie game, Shuffling Horror: Pittsburgh 68, explaining that it was inspired by Romero’s classic flick. Both laughed at the title reference (which a lot of folks don’t get). They both were even kind enough to pose with a game in hand!
I told Judith that her Barbra character was the inspiration for the game’s Sorority Girl character (Barbra’s state of shock inspired the game’s Breaking Point card, too). Johnny was the inspiration for the Jack of Zombies.
We then swapped stories about the Evans City cemetery (right off of Route 68). Judith had returned there a few years back and told me the place was still filled with that creepy, ethereal vibe. I told her about my pilgrimage there when we released the game, joking that the place seemed to be in black and white, just like in the movie! Just driving up that deserted gravel road gives you immediate movie flashbacks. You expect that one lone zombie in the distance to start stumbling toward you…
Judith and Russ are two actors who have made their mark in horror movie pop culture. Meeting them face to face is a memory this horror film fan will never forget!
Johnny: They’re coming for you, Barbra!
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December 11th, 2014
Hear ye! Hear ye! Gary Con VII (2015) is coming and you are herewith warned!
I am currently submitting our WEGS Old Skool events, one of which will be:
How Many Heroes Does It Take To Slay A Dragon?
This will likely be a Sunday event, 11 AM (pending submission approval). I ran this scenario at this past Gary Con (2014). Nine heroes tried to dispatch the dread dragon, Jrragnaraffen, the magical glaive dragon. They failed. To be perfectly honest, they only succeeded in annoying her greatly.
She has had a year to recoil and grow larger. In game terms:
She will have one more blood chip (from 50 to 100 more wounds)*.
She starts with a number of blood chips for each Gary Con to date.
This means that Jrragnaraffen (the magical glaive dragon) will have VII blood chips to supplement her 264 starting wounds**. If she rolls really well, that’s almost 1000 wounds.
Uh… Good luck?
* Calculation is (d6+4)x10 wounds per blood chip.
** As a minion, she is a Triple 88 (3 x 88 = 264 starting wounds).
Gary Con VII Event Details Coming Soon!
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