January 29th, 2016
On Friday at Gary Con this year, I am running a series of events in honor of Gary Gygax, the father of role-playing games. The series is composed of three consecutive events, each dedicated to exploring one of the classic adventure modules in Gygax’s “Giant Series” (aka the G series). Get ready to go head-to-head against the hill, frost, and fire giants. Actually, in this case, it would be head-to-kneecap…
For convention play, games will focus on each module’s key scenes and encounters, allowing players to face some of the best challenges and most fearsome opponents found in these classic modules. WEGS Old Skool Fantasy rules will be used to run the encounters.
The Wickedly Errant Game System allows quick character generation and encourages over-the-top heroic encounters. In each session, players will get to experience the full gamut of adventure gaming: from rolling up characters to taking a heroic last stand. All rules will be taught.
Here’s what’s on our giant menu:
G1-Storming the Steading (WOSF)
When: Friday @ 10am – 2pm
Get ready to take on some Hill Giants and their friends as we throw down the classic Gary Gygax module, Steading of the Hill Giant Chief (G1). What will your band of heroes discover within the timber fortress of the Nosnra The Despicable!?!
G2-Rifting the Jarl (WOSF)
When: Friday @ 2pm – 6pm
Get ready to slip and slide your way through Gary Gygax’s classic module, The Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl (G2). What adventure awaits you in the icy stronghold of Grugnur, the Lord of Frost Giants?!?
G3-Playing with Hellfire (WOSF)
When: Friday @ 8pm – Midnite
Get ready to fan some giant flames, as you venture into the fiery realm of Gary Gygax’s classic module, Hall of the Fire Giant King (G3). Do you have what it takes to extinguish the plans of Dread King Snurre Iron Belly and his cohorts?!?
If you cannot join us for these sessions,
we are running several other WEGS Old Skool events at Gary Con.
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January 17th, 2016
Our Shuffling Horror Shuffle Board campaign has ended: we did not fund, but we did not fail. Over the course of our 28 day campaign, over 100 backers joined our efforts. Each and every pledge kept this campaign moving forward. From the start, the Shuffle Board maintained its upward climb (right up until the clock struck midnight on its final day). We ended close to one third of our 18k goal.
A pretty amazing accomplishment for GameWick Games’ very first kickstarter campaign.
Since its launch in late December, I’ve joked that the project was my full time job before and after my regular full time job. It was a lot of work, but not at all unexpected. There was never a lack of things to think about, plan out, and dwell upon. And there were a LOT of lessons learned along the way. The feedback I received on forums and the direct messages of our backers was very helpful, too.
One huge benefit in launching this kickstarter was that, once live, it forced me to get all the production details set and ready to roll. The plan was to deliver the Shuffle Board and all rewards within two months after funding. With the final proofs and the token samples behind me now, I’m even more prepared than before.
Alas, funding just wasn’t in the cards this time.
In film speak, this is not “The End”. We will just call this “The Intermission”. Time to head out to the lobby, grab some popcorn, and get ready for what’s next. There will be some exciting relaunch news coming soon.
I want to close by saying “Thank You” to all of our friends and fans who backed our efforts; your support has encouraged this quirky little indy game company onward. Good things are coming.
Keep on shuffling!
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January 9th, 2016
This is the last Call from Cthulhu.
No… Really… Only a few days to go! Don’t miss out!
And here are two recent reviews we’re pretty proud of:
Tom Tiernan, The Board Game Clinic: “While other games simply mimic the film or television series they are based on, Gamewick Games go beyond simple imitation. <The Shuffling Horror> game creates a sense of you being a part of the experience itself. You get the feeling that Larry <the game designer> knows these films so well that he can take you into the film to relive it, time and time again.”
Amelia Laughlan , Another Dungeon: “The development of the Shuffle Board seems to be a response to playtesting feedback and GameWick Games’ innovation in seizing the opportunity to improve their game while simultaneously getting the word out about future titles, plus their dedication to their theme all has me deeply impressed.”
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January 2nd, 2016
We are gearing up for our fantastic journey to Gary Con VIII (March 3 – 6, 2016), a yearly convention held in honor of Gary Gygax, the creator of Dungeons & Dragons. This is our third march to wondrous Lake Geneva, WI – the place where fantasy roleplaying games were born. We have prepared a sumptuous menu of WEGS Old Skool Fantasy events to sate the hearts of those seeking marvelous adventure.
All sessions are introductions to WEGS (the Wickedly Errant Game System), a system that is a homage to the earliest days of Dungeons & Dragons. Rules will be taught. Our Old Skool Fantasy is designed for over-the-top dungeon crawl fun; character creation is a breeze and the heroic action is epic. Here’s what’s on the menu:
B2 Keep on the Borderlands (WOSF)
Thursday @ 2pm and 8pm. Duration: 3.5 hours.
Get ready for classic dungeon crawling fun! We’re cracking open Gary Gygax’s module Keep on the Borderlands and heading straight into the dread Caves of Chaos. The cultists and minotaur and owlbear and oozes are waiting! Maybe even a wight if you pick the wrong cave. Fantastic heroes will be created in minutes and, moments later, face-to-face with terrible foes.
March 4th! Events
Friday. Three Events: 10am, 2pm, and 8pm. Duration: 3.5 hours.
We have a special series of games planned for Friday, March 4th, the day designated as GM Day in honor of Gary Gygax (who passed away on March 4th, 2008). This full event info is posted here: Against The Giants at Gary Con.
Dingbitt’s Dunge O Doom (WOSF)
Saturday @ 10am and 2pm. Duration: 3.5 hours.
A rag-tag party of sword-n-sorcery heroes are plunged into the randomly generated dungeon run by Dingbitt, a devilish halfling rogue. His magic dungeon is chock full of treasure, traps, and monsters. The deeper the party delves, the bigger the booty (and the greater the peril, of course). It is up to the heroes to decide what it shall be: fabulous trove, worthy opponents or, perhaps, just to find a way out? Priorities change fast after you leave Level 1!
The Sat Nite Special: Sci Fi Double Feature
Saturday @ 8pm and 10pm. Duration: 2 hours.
Get ready for some retro chills and thrills! We have back-to-back sessions of our Shuffling Horror game planned. Pittsburgh 68 kicks off at 8pm for those who like Night of the Living Dead style zombie survival fun. Roswell 51 kicks off at 10pm for those who like 1950s space invasion horror.
Last but not least… our Gary Con finale…
How Many Heroes Does It Take To Slay A Dragon? (III)
Sunday 12pm – 2pm. Duration: 2 hours
Come join the dragon-slaying party and let’s find out. This will be the third time we have asked this question at Gary Con. The answer was not nine in 2014. The answer was not ten in 2015. Players are herewith warned: Mighty Jrragnaraffen, the magical glaive dragon, has had yet another year to recoil and grow larger. Screaming and running off the edge of the battle mat is always an option. New players are most welcome as the WEGS Basic Old Skool System (BOSS) rules will be used. No character sheets: just pick your class (Warrior, Ranger, Mage, Sage, Trickster), take five poker chips, four dice, three skill cards, and you are ready for adventure.
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January 1st, 2016
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