GottaCon 2015 This Weekend!

This coming weekend, I’m a guest at GottaCon in Victoria, BC—a simple ferry ride away from Seattle. I’m super looking forward to it! This’ll be my first time in Canada. :D Here’s what I’ve got on deck:

Game: Mythender

Day: Friday
Time: 7:00pm to 11:00pm

On the other side of this bloodied snowy plain stands Thor, God of Thunder and Mythic Norden’s warmaster. His thousands of einherjar charge at you and your two comrades. Mortals watch from the distance, unable to turn their gaze away from the oncoming storm. As the horde charges, you let out a bellow that drowns them all out, shaking the very earth beneath their feet. Armed with your sword, loyal wolf companion, and your wits, you and your friends dive into the fray.

It’s pitiful. These fools don’t stand a chance. You’re a Mythender!

Mythender is a roleplaying adventure game about stabbing gods in the face and sundering every mythic being until there’s none left. It’s a game about power and temptation, as you are constantly in danger of being the very gods you’re Ending – and when that happens, your friends will End you.

Check out MythenderRPG.com for info, play aids, and more!

Panel: Creating Hooks 101 Workshop

Day: Saturday
Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Where: Panel Room 6
Panelists: Steve Saunders, Rob Heinsoo, Douglas Lloyd, Rodney Thompson, and Ryan Macklin

Getting your players hooked can be one of the hardest things a GM can ever do. One of the most frustrating things, too. This workshop focuses on developing exciting, new, and interesting hooks, properly executing them, and more.

Game: Commander Windblaze and the Sky Legion! in Fate

Day: Saturday
Time: 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Nefarious masked forces have attacked the futuristic city of Technopolis and kidnapped several important scientists working on the mysterious Project Infinite. Only Commander Windblaze and her Sky Legion can save the day! Will you answer this call to heroism?

Come play Fate with one of its creators and try out some experimental rules.

Panel: World Building Panel

Day: Sunday
Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Where: Panel Room 6
Panelists: Steve Saunders, Jonathan Tweet, Alex Flagg, Ryan Macklin, Ryan Speck, and Mike Whitaker

Building a world to game in can be tough for many people out there. Whether you are a writer or a GM or whatever, it is no easy task. This panel focuses on gaming, but world-building tips can help anyone in a creative field or hobby. Learn the ins and outs of proper (and improper and insane) world-building from pros who do this sort of thing effectively on a near-daily basis.

I’ll also have a Backstory Cards demo deck with me, which I’ll be happy to show folks. I might also have some print copies of Mythender with me.

If you’re going to be there and plan on bumping into me, please review the rules of my “convention human game:”

If you are going to be at a convention I’m at and either know me or are Internet-acquainted with me, you are already playing a game. Because I will default to thinking that you are awesome, I’ll share the rules of that game:

You get a point for each of the following:
* Introducing yourself to me in an awesome (or at least friendly) manner. 1 point maximum — don’t keep introducing yourself, unless you’re Erik Scott de Bie.
* Being friendly as you pass by in the halls. Smiling at stuff. But don’t be all creepy-smiling.
* Buying me a beverage. (Doesn’t have to be alcoholic, people! Sometimes a Dr. Pepper is just nice to enjoy.)
* Having fantastic conversation over a beverage (regardless of whether you bought it for me).
* Telling people “thank you” for being a GM, server, bartender, cashier etc. in a way that elevates you beyond a passive rote phrase.

You lose a point for the following:
* Asking me how many points you have. That’s on you to remember.
* Asking me what the points mean or what winning might get you.
* Being noticeably unshowered around me.
* Trying to engage in conversation in the bathroom. Triple-loss if you try to shake my hand while in the bathroom. (Yes, someone has tried this with me once. I just stared at his hand, then the faucet, and back again until he got the point.)

You win if you have at least, oh, 10 points by the end of the convention. It’s on you to accrue these points, and to tell me after the convention how many you have and why.

Also: You get permanent -10000 points if you’re harassing others at the con. You know what, I won’t even joke about that; just don’t harass people.

Oh hey, if you have any tips on Seattle–Victoria travel, being in a Canadian border/tourist town, etc, please let me know!

– Ryan


3 Responses to GottaCon 2015 This Weekend!

  1. mysterious_stranger says:

    I signed up for Commander Windblaze and the Sky Legion! as soon as I saw it on the event list. How could I not with a title like that? I am a Victoria local, so if you have any questions about the city let me know.

    • Ryan Macklin says:


      I’m gonna carve out a tiny bit of time for Victoria, at least around the convention center. I have an appointment to do high tea at the Empress, because everyone has said to do that. And there’s a tobacconist I want to visit. If you have any other suggestions, please let me know!

      Also, what sort of weather should I expect in that part of town. I can look up weather projections, but they won’t tell me about micro-climates.


      – Ryan

  2. mysterious_stranger says:

    High tea can be a lot of fun, especially if you have a group. They bring out these towers of snacks and so half the fun of it is trying and arguing over them.

    Victoria is vibrant with festivals and other events in late spring/summer, but this time of year it is very sleepy. There are some neat shops to poke around in during the day, so maybe give yourself a little time to walk along Fort and Wharf streets and check out the antique shops, candy stores and so forth. You might get a kick out of Munro’s Books, which is a beautiful old bookstore and must visit for bookish types. Miniature World is also much more fun than you would expect, given that it exudes lameness in every way imaginable. It’s worth your time if you like dioramas at all. The Bard & Banker Pub is relatively close to the conference centre and is a fun, old fashioned pub to visit if you care for a pint. I’d also recommend visiting Craigdarroch and Hatley Castle, but both are probably too far away to fit into your schedule.

    Weather wise, Victoria-proper is usually a little warmer than the rest of the south island. It is right on the water, so it can get unpredictably chilly if the wind picks up. It will probably rain on and off this weekend, so if you want to do any exploring outdoors you will probably want to bring a jacket or umbrella just in case.