Guest Writer Time! Katherine is a friend of John and Angela's from Herioc Interactive Theatre (heroicit.net) who volunteered to write the blog about Nebraskon.
This was my second Anime Convention EVER and my first time at Nebraskon, so I probably stood out as the total con n00b next to John and Angela, who even flew all the way up from Texas to help us promote Heroic at the con!
Most of our time spent was at our booth running a Heroic-inspired Assassin game. The premise was pretty simple; people were split into three different teams: Fighters, Rogues, and Mages. You gain points by killing people from other teams but to kill them you had to remember your catch phrase. One thing that might get in the way of points for your team is everybody also had a team inspired defense.
Fighters: "Prepare to Die! I smite you!"
Rogues: "From the Darkness, I assassinate you."
Casters: "I set your cycle to Death!"
Defense "Mage Armor"
Friday night, we didn't allow for any level ups (which would allow you to buy more skills). What this did for the game was create roving death squads which would find and kill poor little nerds without a flock. Talk about high pressure, go down the wrong corridor and you might find yourself face to face with six members of a death squad grinning manically.
Saturday morning, we allowed for level ups which allowed people to buy more attacks and defenses as well as one time only potions or poisons to attack with. It was over Saturday that a couple players made themselves a name as being the ruthless elite. So, to give them a challenge we sent out a couple 'boss' characters with higher level stats. I know a lot of them had fun with it, hunting and stalking people from the booth looking for the bosses.
One time, when John, Angela and I were going over to Perkins for lunch we had a squad of no less than ten people stalking us to see if John was a boss.
Saturday night, we ran our informational panel about Heroic Interactive Theatre (heroicit.net) complete with 4-5 newbie modules and I have to say it was a lot of fun for me but I also think it was fun for a lot of the people who showed up. Hopefully, we will see them at games in the future. ;)
Sunday morning came and with it the winding down of the con. For our final panel about the Assassin game, we ran a show down last one standing game. It seems the elite who made a name for themselves earlier were the first targets to be killed with smaller people throwing themselves to their deaths just at a chance of seeing these people killed.
Great time overall! This is Katherine signing out!
Note: if you want more details of how the game is run so you can run a mini-game for yourself, let me know via comments/emails and I'll see if we can get something posted for ya'll! -Angela