S3E1 Spelljammer, GenCon 2022, Cyberpunk RED, RPG a Day

A sword-wielding warrior and his hamster companion ride a dragon through space

As summer ends, David and Ken get together to geek out about GenCon 2022, the resurgence of all things Cyberpunk, delve into the RPG a Day postfest, and venture into the mystical frontiers of Spelljammer.

  • Convention Hall
    • David’s thoughts on GenCon 2022
      • GenCon Website
      • Back up to 50,000ish people.
      • David hung out at the Writers Symposium area for most of the time. Inspiring and informative.
      • Had some good gaming with the long running living Star Wars campaign, Sparks. Had a cozy chat with the lead designer, James Hutt, from R. Talsorian Games and some fans of their games.
    • MEPACon
      • MEPACon Website
      • Small convention in eastern Pennsylvania
      • Moving from the Poconos to the SureStay Plus Hotel in Bethlehem, PA in Fall 2022. That means it goes from 45 minutes away to 15.
      • Ken’s hoping to go.
  • The Library of Role-Playing
    • Ken’s doing a post a day at Nuketown for RPG A Day 2022.
      • Questions like:
        • What is a great introductory RPG?
        • When were you first introduced to RPGs?
        • What would be your perfect game?
        • Suggestion Sunday: Recommend a game to friends
    • Cyberpunk RED and Tales of the RED module book
      • David picked it up after talking with James Hutt
      • Having read the first adventure of Tales from the RED, David is very impressed with how little text they have used to make a rich adventure.
      • Really inspiring and reminding David why he enjoyed cyberpunk in the past and Shadowrun in college. He’s actually even more impressed with the setting for Cyberpunk RED than Shadowrun, since its alternate history really seems like it could have happened and more heavily leans on the accelerating pace of technology as part of the reason why Cyberpunk is cyberpunk.
  • The Loot Locker
    • Weren’t able to participate in Free RPG Day? We’ve got you covered.
      • Reply to one of our tweets or mention us (@LairOfSecrets) on twitter to be entered into the contest.

Main Topic: The Astral Hanger Bay

  • Spelljammer – Adventures in Space
    • Released August 16
    • Boxed set containing:
      • Astral Adventurer’s Guide, a 64-page hardcover book
      • Boo’s Astral Menagerie, a 64-page hardcover book
      • Light of Xaryxis, a 64-page hardcover adventure
      • A double-sided poster map of the Rock of Bral, an asteroid-city
      • A sturdy, four-panel Dungeon Master’s screen
    • Spelljammer Academy
      • Ken and David, along with some other friends are playing through the mini-module series
      • It’s been a fun set of mini adventures so far, but now that all four are out, it’ll be a much better experience.
      • David may do a Seth Skorkowsky- style RPG review of it, pointing out what he liked, what he didn’t, and what changes he would recommend if you all ran it in the future.
      • Using D&D Beyond and Owlbear Rodeo
    • Spelljams – a WotC playlist for Spelljammer.

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Cover art for Boo’s Astral Menagerie. Credit: Wizards of the Coast

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