Nerd Louisville Presents: Slur Your Role IX on May 22
by Nerd Louisville staff
Nerd Louisville Presents: Slur Your Role, a night of roleplaying games and boozing in the belly of Kaiju on Oak Street. Grab your lucky dice and come on out to play games with the Nerd Louisville crew.
Walk-ins are welcome to the event, but we highly encourage showing up right at 4 pm to secure a spot at a table in the game of your preference. Check in at the front of the bar where we will be managing sign-ups.
We’ll have some of our stand-bys, like D&D, but also a few brand new roleplaying games for people to try out if they’d like:
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►Achtung! Cthulhu, run by Andy
►D&D (Multiverse – Ruins of Hyboria), run by John
►Savage Worlds – East Texas University, run by Jonathan
►Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, run by David
John’s D&D game will be Louisville D&D Multiverse games, where you can play the same character in a variety of Dungeons & Dragons games that all agree to permit each others’ players. So, if you’ve played in any of the Multiverse games, you can use that character (or create a new one).
As always, please tip your bartender! Check out the Slur Your Role IX event page for more details and a map of where Kaiju is in Germantown!
Written by Matt McCloud
Lexicon was a true gamer’s convention with literally tons of games to be played and hundreds of players to play with. They had board games, card games, miniature games, war games, live-action roleplaying games, and even virtual computer games. So much energy was spent making it a great gaming convention, while the extraneous “stuff” found at other conventionss is largely put to the side. There were no panels, cosplay, or much else to distract a hardcore gamer at Lexicon.
It was easy to locate the two main rooms where Lexicon’s games were being played: the open gameplay room with seating for at least 300 and a smaller room holding about 200 people for scheduled demo play. Kerry Breitenstein, of Twilight Creations, was in the demo room with a bright and cheerful face. Kerry was testing out a new carrying case for her game, Zombies, and demonstrating its many fun and creepy expansions.
She also demonstrated other games, including Jupiter Rescue in which players are robots trying to save humans on a quickly disintegrating space station before the humans all transform into “Creeps”. I thought it was an entertaining game for just two players, but may be biased as I had the best teacher: the game’s creator.
As the day went on, it quickly became standing room only in both rooms as hundreds of avid gamers came to play some of their favorite games including Kingsburg, Catan, Carcassonne, Last Night on Earth, and more. There was an enormous gaming library for free use of the most popular games including many a bingo online game around but being stuck in the corner made it a long and tedious process to check out games, especially as the crowd grew. The Dealer’s area was also stuck in the corner. It was pretty bare bones, with offerings of games from the local game stores and a few t-shirt and knick-knack dealers.
Out of the hundreds of tables full with gamers – and yes they were all full – there was a mere smattering of 10 or so RPG games run by a few game masters. Pathfinder, Shadowrun, and Dungeons & Dragons joined a few local developers bringing out their products for a test run. One local developer, Joe Meade of Mystic Forces, guided players through a few preset adventures of his making. Joe said he loved seeing all the players at the convention.
“It looked a little more board game and card heavy than RPGs,” he said. “So, I was a little more limited in the market but I was having a good time.”
He mentioned that the Lexicon people are super nice and very friendly. He said they make you feel at home here. On that, I wholeheartedly agree.
At another table, I met former Lexicon vendors Chris Chancellor, Kitty Faulhaber, and Cassandra Florence playing Kingsburg. In the course of conversation, I discovered they’d been to all three Lexicons and enjoyed coming this time strictly as gamers.
“So far, we enjoy just being here to play the games,” said Kitty. “Everyone here tends to be pretty cool. You walk up and it’s like ‘hey, what are you playing? Can I just sit here and watch for a little while?’ And usually people are totally cool with that.”
Chris said he liked seeing everyone here and how the convention has grown.
“Even (Friday) it was already packed!” he said.
Kitty said that the people in charge at the Lexicon made a good decision in a smaller venue. She said it is really helping them grow slowly and really let the people who wanted to be here to be here.
LexiCon is a great local gaming convention that knows how to pack them in. Overall, LexiCon does one thing extremely well: board games. Whether they’ll choose to expand other formats, like tabletop RPGs, is still uncertain.
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Episode 11 – Gamer Law Podcast
In this episode, we talk with Christie Ballenger, JoAnne Sweeny, and Lars Smith of the Gamer Law Podcast, a local podcast that discusses the intersection between games and law. With topics like the legality of modding and license agreements, the crew of this podcast are off to a great start. All three work in the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.
- Introductions: JoAnne Sweeny, Christie Ballenger, Lars Smith
- The bizarreness of Law faculty
- The Genesis of the Gamer Law Podcast
- Copyright & Games
- Preferences of Games; PC v. Consoles
- The Sorority Girls Dressup Game
- Topics on the Gamer Law Podcast
- EULAs – End User License Agreements; What do they really mean?
- Selling your soul in contracts; what happens when you own a soul?
- Development Hell; what happens when a game takes so long to come out? Duke Nukem, anyone?
- Bungie and the changes to Halo as the development changed
- What games is everyone is playing?
- The order of the Elder Scrolls
- How to better make a sandwich?
- The Parade of Horribles and the complete lack of responsiveness; specifically, to Mike
- Mass Effect, Dragon Age
- Baldur’s Gate and the controversy of Transgender NPCs; Sand in vaginas
- Sexuality & Romance in RPGs; Making out with alien chicks; Ed Greenwood on Forgotten Realms sexuality
- Edwin the Evil Wizard
- Legal questions around normative communities and government intervention
- Social acceptance for gamers
- Contraband & violation of copyright law
- Women in coding & programming; Clippy & the feedback from women in that character’s development
- Gamergate, political correctness, and the Gamer Law Podcast’s next episode
- Tabletop gaming, Slur Your Role, etc.
- A return to Sorority Girls Dressup; Undertale
- Good Ole Games, Steam for Planescape
- Shadow of Mordor; Tolkien and the Hobbit Movies
- Smite & Grimdawn
- Vanderpump Rules
- Who’s the funniest?
- Mike Pfaff
Episode 10 – ConGlomeration
In this episode, we say farewell to our intern, Amber, and reflect on her time working with Nerd Louisville. Then, Matt and Amber discuss their time at the ConGlomeration Science Fiction & Fantasy convention here in Louisville.
Matt will have an article out soon with more details about the convention and his time there.
- Amber gives us a recap of her internship; her favorite moments and struggles
- Matt & Amber take over the podcast
- Thanks to Rogue Cthulhu for sharing floor space
- Amber participated as a “redshirt” in some RPGs
- Recap of the HP Lovecraft lecture and the Whisperers in Darkness Cthulhu movie
- A Cthulhu / Star Trek mashup game and shoutout to “Spock” and “Kirk”
- Some celebrities at ConGlomeration, including Jenna Busch – girls in fandom, etc.
- Amber watched the live podcast she can’t remember (pretty sure it’s All Games Considered)
- Rogue One trailer and women in Star Wars, Superman v. Batman being crappy except for Wonder Woman
- Cosplay at ConGlomeration and lunch with the Storm Troopers
- Amber’s foxtail and the dealer’s hall
- Shoutout to our sponsors at the convention: Role of the Die and Heroes, Comics & Gaming
- Amber’s favorite moments and nerding out
- Improvements ConGlomeration could make for next year
- Panels and artwork; The Masquerade
- Tight budgets at conventions
- Sign off
- Mike Pfaff
- Amber Robinson
- Matt McCloud