One of the greatest movies of all time was Ghostbusters. It was followed up with one of the greatest cartoons of all time, The Real Ghostbusters (one of the most successful Movie-to-TV translations EVER). The mix of comedy, horror, and weird science was white-hot in the Eighties, and still maintains a loyal fan following to this day!!!

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August 16, 2022
It's that time again!

GenCon 2022 was held on August 4-7, and of course Ogre and I went. We haven't missed one since 2011 (except for 2020, but there wasn't an in-person one so I'm not counting that one.)

It was a little closer to "normal", but of course...

Normal can be a fairly relative term. Even as a guy who leans to the left side of the political spectrum, it did seem a little odd that the health and safety standards this year were actually more restrictive than last year's. The fact that they were expecting a lot more people is about the only reason I can think of that begins to make sense.

Fortunately, my friends at Point Hat Games made it this year. Their talking hat Brimley got them some great buzz this time (we think that Exploding Kittens and their lolcat-run booth not showing up greatly helped) and PHG actually ran out of some of their product on Sunday afternoon. I saw it happen! These are great people and I'm glad to have known their CEO for almost twenty years; I wish I could tell you about some of their exciting future plans, but I don't want to get turned into a frog.

"Anyone else feeling a bit stiff?"

"No, I'm not that Digimon that Fritz likes. Sheesh."

I hear Bezier's game "Cat In The Box" is pretty good...but dammit...

I'm not the only one who said they'd have made a lot more money if they were selling those stuffed cats!!!

So back at my very first GenCon in 2005 I almost got to meet Ernie "Winston Zeddemore" Hudson. Well, my streak of almost meeting Ghostbusters actors is now up to two: here to promote a game based on A Goofy Movie was...

Jason "Garrett Miller" Marsden. But since the booth was charging forty freakin' dollars for autographs or pictures, well, I had to pass on that one.

Now if only Maurice LaMarche or Laura Summer would show up somewhere I could end up failing to meet them at...

In better news, Naomi VanDoren showed up again, and this time I found a print I liked and bought it. Which is the one above.

Okay, time for the usual pictures of the haul.

The GenCon dice from Crystal Caste and Gatekeeper (once again, fortunately they're nowhere close to Keymaster Games), along with a Beholder mini and a Pathfinder mini. Being a blonde female human, dressed in red, brown, and some gold, with a bladed weapon in her left hand, this is as close to her as I'm ever likely to get to one my characters without ordering a custom.

Speaking of Pathfinder, the latest book Dark Archive was out, and as a guy with a wierd affection for the psionic classes, which Paizo mostly stayed away from in PF1, I was interested to see this. Their Focus Point mechanics looks to blend well with the classic Power Point flavor of previous DnD editions.

Also got to talk with Rob Heinsoo when I bought the Drakkenhall book for 13th Age. They're getting ready to do a kickstarter for a revised core book; I hope to get into that one.

Kind of a surprise purchase was Renegade Games' new Power Rangers RPG. It's the Essence 20 engine, the same as their recent GI Joe and upcoming Transformers RPGs; maybe with that in mind it should have been called the "Hasbro Essence 20" system. Anyway, it looks interesting. Go Go Power Rangers!!!

Yeah, I'll show myself out.

Just 252 days until the next one!!!

In other news, no new story yet, but I've been working on it. It should be complete before the end of the year, I hope.

--Fritz V. Baugh

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