This was my first year at GuadaComaCon and I found it an enjoyable little convention. My GURPS: Prime Directive game was scheduled first thing in the morning. A single, willing victim showed up to play the adventure. When it was clear there would not be any more players, the Tekumel group invited us to join in that game hosted by Jeff Dee. We proceeded to play what I would call "the weirdest dungeon crawl ever!", but Tekumel is a strange world setting. I played a warrior-priest and was the point man as explored a dungeon through various rooms. One filled with blinding light, another with thick smoke, another with sweaty mist, another room with stinky six-eyed lizards and finally a room filled with magically animated torture devices! The party survived all this and we stopped play for a lunch break.
Later, I jumped into the Star Navy: 5150 game. This was only the second time I played the game. It took some time to recall the rules and the abstract nature of the game. As we played, some good tactics arose from the chaos. I'll definitely take what I learned and apply it to the next game.
I was slated to run two games at the convention; GURPS:PD and Song of Blades and Heroes. Neither game was played. I was a bit miffed after the event because I had spent so much time in preparation of these games the week before. But, I've recovered my sense of perspective now. I understand that Desert Scribe wants to keep the convention informal and friendly. I have attended conventions where the collective excitement gets sucked out of the room because somebody has decided that this game or that game absolutely *must* start at the prescribed time. This year, I was unfamiliar with the community that supports this convention and their gaming preferences. Next year, I'll try to present a game that more closely matches the groups' interest.
There are some nice photos of the con at Starbase Ares. Please check them out.
UPDATE: an even bigger photo dump of the games at the con at Brazos Evil Empire.