Sunday, June 2, 2019

EXPOsing Oneself

Just one of the halls at UK Games Expo 2019 at the NEC in Birmingham
Hi all!

Sorry it's been very quiet on here for the last month and a bit... Thankfully that's been mostly due to being busy with a writing project. Though, as usual, the regular brain irregularities of self-doubt, imposter syndrome, and thinking I should just pack in the whole RPG writing malarky and resign myself to a life in the underpaid and under-appreciated realms of retail, have reared their ugly heads along with other brain farts.

Anyway - writing project. Hurrah! Yes. Can't say too much at the moment, but it's taking an existing system and giving it a once over - taking out the unnecessarily wordy, the complicated, and the superfluous, and making it faster, cooler, and even more accessible than it already was. It's been cool so far, and good to get back into it again. If I can just get over the doubt, the self criticism, and general fatigue.

Meanwhile, this weekend was UK Games Expo in Birmingham. I've never been to one of these, usually only heading to London for Dragonmeet as it's easier for me to get to. Thankfully, I'd been given some monies for my birthday to cover some of the cost of this, and I thought it would be good to say Hi to some of the cool people in the industry.

Dragonmeet is big, but UK Games Expo is HUGE. That photo doesn't do it justice. And that's just one of the halls. In the background on the left you can see there's a double decker bus. A real bus. It's enormous. Just walking up and down the aisles and taking in all the stands was exhausting, especially after a 4:30am start to get there! Was worth it though, as I got to catch up with all the awesome people on the various stands, met up with my GM Stoo who was there plugging the playtest of his Greek mythology game Aegean, and got to see all the cool stuff that had been announced and released that I can never afford.

"Hot Dumbledore" mini from Knight Models as part
of their amazing Harry Potter miniatures game
I was only there for the one day, the Friday, but I managed to take most of it in thankfully. I must say many thanks to the awesome people at Cubicle 7 Entertainment for putting up with my usual badgering, and to the fantastic people from Fria Ligan for taking the time to chat (why they didn't have a bigger stand amazes me - some of the coolest games around and they only had the smallest of stands). Thanks to the chaps from Effekt Podcast (formerly Coriolis Effect Podcast), especially Matt who decided I was interesting enough to interview for an upcoming episode (mostly about my Harry Potter hack of Tales from the Loop), and to all the other people I got to chat with and catch up with.

I'm so sorry if I babbled at any time, or said something stupid. I was very tired...  I'll be more coherent at Dragonmeet I promise.

Okay, I'm going to try and catch up on the sleep, before getting back to the writing. Deadlines to meet!

Oh, and I need to work out prompts for #RPGaDAY... *wink*

Until next time, stay multiclassy!!


pookie said...

Nice to see you there.

David F. Chapman said...

Lifewise! Good to put a face to the name!!

The lair of layers said...

Hello, how are you work on WILD?

David F. Chapman said...

Slowly! It's getting there, but it's been put aside for a little while as I'm working on a short contract of paid work at the moment that takes priority. Once I've got that done I'll be back to working on WILD hopefully!!