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The Bibliophile Supporting Member of TMP18 Jun 2018 8:31 p.m. PST

Our most recent gathering of the Second Saturday Scrum Club (the group that meets once a month for friendly fights across my dining room table) was devoted to playtesting the scenarios for Sellswords & Spellslingers I plan on running at Historicon in July. After our earlier club game with this system, Steve Braun smartly observed how the game is almost perfectly tailored for running a scenario based on the Robert E. Howard's "Beyond the Black River" in which Conan and his companions spend nearly the entire story attempting to evade the rampaging Pictish hordes in the wilderlands that the Aquilonian empire is struggling to colonize.

My aim is to run two linked scenarios based on the story in a four-hour time slot at Historicon. On my blog I've shared a good number of pictures on the preparatory work I've been doing.

I've never run a convention game before (indeed, I've only attended three game conventions in my life, the first being Historicon a little under a year ago), and I hadn't read "Beyond the Black River" since I was a teenager, though like many of its readers, it's seared into my memory and ranks as one of my favorite Howard Conan stories.

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Below are a few photos from my blog of the playtest game from a couple of weeks ago as well as the many pieces (terrain, cards, etc.) I'm crafting for the Historicon session.

SCRUM IN MINIATURE blog: link

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Again, terrain tutorial and lots of in-game photos at my blog, SCRUM IN MINIATURE: link

The Bibliophile Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2018 11:43 a.m. PST

And, okay, for those who really want to read about the playtest game, I encourage you to check out one player's excellent recap over at his blog, Third Point of Singularity. It contains spoilers, though, so if you want to play at Historicon and be surprised, I'd bookmark it for later reading.

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Crazyivanov19 Jun 2018 3:19 p.m. PST

Socould you run into Slasher, the good dog?

The Bibliophile Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2018 3:42 p.m. PST

Definitely! That's him in the third photo from the end! Gotta include Slasher!

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2018 9:06 p.m. PST

One of the best stories, for sure. Looks like a fun game!

Capt Flash25 Jun 2018 9:47 a.m. PST

Great job on this!

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