Conventions and Events

Who at Tesco

What are the chances of walking into Tesco and finding a Scarecrow, Ood, Cyberman, Silurian and a Clockwork Robot?

Most days it’s probably quite unlikely. On this occasion though, a promotion for the Doctor Who LIVE event provided a chance to stand in a queue and have pictures taken with these very beasties. Alas, poor organisation meant I only got pictures with three of the five – I only came out for milk, at the Stockport Tesco Extra, and didn’t expect to stand for a whole hour waiting for a photo opportunity.

Who knows what might happen next time I take a trip out for fish fingers and some toilet roll?!

Real Expo-tential

Well, I’m off to the UK Games Expo in Birmingham this weekend, attending both Saturday and Sunday (which we did in 2008, but not 2009). Having the night there means the day can be more relaxed, providing more chances to play and the chance to get involved in stuff starting in the afternoon. I would like to play Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space, but right now it looks like it won’t be running until the end of Sunday – just when I’m going to be heading along home (long drive).

I’m kind of wishing I had the chutzpah to run a game of my own, but I’m such a damned wimp. I’m enamoured by the potential of running a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game using the DWAITAS system, which seems like a perfect fit. I could use the sample player character sheets right out of the box without any effort, running a game part-adventure, part-knockabout. I can see it being a bit like classic PARANOIA or Tales From The Floating Vagabond, a chance to play and have fun, but with a lower death toll than the former and a little less slapstick than the latter. We’ll see, you never know…

Maybe I’ll be consigned to playing – and getting annihilated in – a game or two of Agricola or Dominion; but. here’s hoping, that I’ll get a chance to play a RPG session (or two).

Reality Malfunction

Attended UK Games Expo on Saturday and Team TARDIS were in attendance. Basically, the team consist of look-a-likes who dress up appropriately and cause mild amounts of mayhem around an event. This seemed to involve running around, enigmatic stares and photo opportunities with Daleks. Another group came along dressed as stormtroopers (might have been these guys), so we had this unusual situation of the two sci-fi classics clashing across the centre of the event.

Here’s a picture of the Doctor looking more perturbed by the strangers in the background than the Dalek straight in front of him.