Dreamation for us tends to be an oasis between the Holiday season and the summer Convention season. Nestled snugly towards the end of February, we gather our wares and our gaming pants and head on over to Morristown New Jersey where we quickly find ourselves awash in wonderful friends and staff and an entire 3 days of board games, LARPs, Tabletop RPG, indie games, and artists. HitMouse has been coming here on an individual basis for years, between our members, and recently has started attending with the intent on getting our feet into the Indie game developing pool. This year we brought along our first board game, due out this summer, The Gnosis Conflict.
Run by our own Joshua Ferraiuolo with the assistance of the wonderful Daniel Song, we ran sessions of the Gnosis Conflict throughout the weekend to help people learn the game and introduce them to the mechanics of this beginner’s guide to war gaming. As you can see, folks got really into it and the race for tokens and salvage became intense.
Our tables were full enough where we had to start a second game, as there were more people than factions to play in one game. Players were given a pre-chosen set of units depending on their faction to help keep the complexity to a minimum and make sure players could enjoy the game to it’s fullest in the allotted time slots.
Everytime I managed to step away from Artist Alley to come check on the games and how people were enjoying them, I was amazed how often a different faction was winning, and how quickly things changed. Sometimes the cyborgs were winning, other times the monsters were eating everyone alive, and yet other times the army dudes would just blow everything up. One thing remained constant, everyone was getting into it, and by the end were smiling.