Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I got my True Dungeon ticket!

Grishnash, Mad Latinist and I will be doing True Dungeon at GenCon this year, assuming no disasters prevent us from going. The event went on sale yesterday and is probably sold out already. It was almost impossible to get tickets, the website was so slow. Last year we missed out. But in previous years we've done pretty well. Mad Latinist is great at memorizing the charts necessary to get bonuses when casting spells, and Grishnash is great as a two-weapon ranger. (You fight using a shuffleboard-like chip sliding system.) Last year I was a rogue, and managed to disarm about 1/3 of the traps via a task reminiscent of the game Operation. I wasn't all that good at it, but I could fight somewhat decently.

This year, they have two versions: puzzle intensive and combat intensive. We're doing the puzzle intensive. It's overpriced ($38 for an approximately 1 hour experience) and totally dorky, but it is actually pretty damn cool. The lighting is very dark, and you're always fumbling for your "equipment" (wooden poker-chip like things). Solving puzzles under these conditions can be quite difficult, especially when working with people you don't know. Trying to "pick a lock" as a wall actually advances on you can be quite unnerving. And actually trying to escape from a prison cell by tying a string to a crossbow bolt and shooting it at the key ring to drag it back is a lot harder than it sounds.


Blogger Sarah said...

"assuming no disasters prevent us from going" - don't you mean, "assuming my lovely wife agrees to care for our adorable child"? : )

7:03 PM, April 22, 2008  
Blogger Zachary Drake said...

Oh most worship-worthy and divine beauty, your husband-slave, groveling abjectly before your gloriously radiant perfection, most humbly prostrates himself and begs piteously that you might care for Quinn while he makes pilgrimage to Gen Con, makes offerings of babysitting, professional massages, and other enticements in hope of currying favor, knowing full-well that he is unworthy of the boon he seeks.

7:16 AM, April 24, 2008  

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