TotalCon begins this TODAY! If you haven’t pre-registered don’t worry. You can get your ticket on site. There are heaps of games, events, panels, and fun to be had.
This year I will be in attendance with Troll in the Corner owner & Indie Talks host Ben Gerber. Ben, as a Guest of Honor, is running a few events and is also sitting on a slew of panels. Be sure to look at Ben’s Schedule to see what he is doing.
If you are coming to TotalCon this year, I’d love to meet you. Below you can find my public con schedule. Just look for the tall guy wearing either a black or gray Wargaming Recon t-shirt. If you like us on Facebook you will be able to see a photo of me during the con to make it easier for you to find me.
Friday February 21
1-3pm Arrival/Stairs of the Immortal: Duke Crestfaul and the Lightess/Small Board and Card Games: Big Fun!
Hoping to arrive for 1pm. If I make it in time and if there is still space I’m hoping to play either in Guest of Honor Jay Libby’s Stairs of the Immortal RPG or Guest of Honor Ben Gerber’s Small Board and Card Games event. Don’t play many RPGs so it’d be nice to try something different and although I own a copy of Love Letter I’ve never played it. No matter what happens it is sure to be fun.
This is a great time to visit the vendor room and then walk around taking photos. There’ll be a lot of people playing games and fun stuff happening.
I’ll be dining in Pike’s Peak with Guest of Honor Ben Gerber. If you see us don’t be shy, feel free to come up and say hi!
6-7pm Perusing the Con
There are numerous events I need to pop by. You can find me visiting:
Guest of Honor Peter “Blix” Bryant’s Blixapalooza in the lobby.
7-11pm Convoy to Malta
Convoy to Malta is a War at Sea event (GMed by Dan Eustace) in the minis room. Dan has taken the standard War at Sea game as created by Wizards of the Coast and he’s enhanced it with resources, info, and ideas from the excellent Axis & Allies ForuMINI online community. Dan’s events are always a blast. If you’re not playing in anything at 7pm you should try to get into the game.
11pm Podcast the Day’s Events
When I return to my hotel room I am recording my thoughts on the day. With luck I may even be able to edit and release the recordings from the con, for your listening pleasure. This will most likely be a LIVE recording you can watch on YOUTUBE! Should warn if you watch the live recording I may be imbibing alcoholic beverages so it will be for mature audiences only. The actual podcast episode will be safe for all per usual.
Saturday February 22nd
A guy has to eat. The hotel serves a good breakfast buffet. This is a good way to meet other gamers and catch up. Feel free to have breakfast with me if you’d like (everyone pays their own way).
11am Writing for RPGs (Auditorium)
Industry guests discuss the process of writing for a roleplaying game. The panel is moderated by Jenn Gerber. Looking forward to learning a lot about the writing process.
Noon-2/3pm Lunch/Family visit
My wife and infant daughter are coming to visit and check out the con. My wife has never been to TotalCon before and there’s a lot of people who want to meet the baby.
1-5pm Hanghai Hustle
GM Mike Paine is running his Hanghai pulp wargame. After my family leaves Mike said he’ll make room for me to play even if the game is half over. Mike is one of the GMs I ALWAYS look for at a gaming convention. YOU. NEED. TO. PLAY. THIS. GAME.
5-7pm Riding the Rocket TSR’s First 5 Years
Guest of Honor Tim Kask discusses the first five years of TSR’s existence covering how they made Dungeons & Dragons and hopefully Chainmail too.
Consider this an informal meetup. Any who wish to can join me for dinner at the hotel restaurant Pike’s Peak. Everyone pays their own way but we can have a meal and discuss the fun at TotalCon. If you see me don’t be shy, feel free to come up and say hi! Please try to connect with me BEFOREHAND so I can be sure everyone is together before going into the restaurant. Makes it easier on the restaurant staff.
11pm Private Event
I can’t speak about this but please know it has the opportunity to open quite a few doors for Wargaming Recon.
Sunday February 23rd
11am Open Gaming
I’ll be around to game for a bit. Got a game you’d like to play? I’m also bringing some board/card games to play. Maybe I’ll pack X-wing minis too
Jonathan J. Reinhart is an editor of Troll in the Corner where he writes about wargaming. Jonathan also is the owner of the Wargaming Recon podcast. He has been gaming with miniatures since 2000 and playing board games from a young age.
He's played a myriad of games such as: Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Warmachine, Starship Troopers, Axis & Allies: War at Sea, Flames of War and Warlord Games' Black Powder rules. War at Sea and the Black Powder rules are his current go-to games.
Jonathan enjoys casual, fast, fun, and group board games. Sitting Ducks Gallery, Zombie Dice, Guillotine, Pandemic, and Carcassonne rank high on his list. He is a retired local politician with a B.A. in Politics & History, which provides a useful background for historical gaming. A casual World of Warcraft player, he became a Kingslayer as Viktrious the Blood Elf on 4/23/11 and followed that up by slaying Deathwing on 5/9/12.