What I’ve Been Up To

It’s been quiet here. It’s not that I’m not gaming or writing, it’s that I’ve been writing so great many other things, and there’s only so much time I am able to spend at the keyboard.

The most important of those other things is the English translation of Astraterra, a project that morphed under my feet into the second edition of the game. Look for it in the first quarter of 2017.

Earlier this year, we also had the larp conference Solmukohta, on the Helsinki-Stockholm ferry. The pre-event highlights included End of the Line, the first official Vampire larp under White Wolf’s new management. Along with Mika Loponen and Kaisa Kangas, I also edited the two conference books, Larp Realia and Larp Politics (free downloads). I think they’re pretty good books, all thanks to our writers, and it was a pretty damn good con, at least for me. Conrunning on a boat was a calculated risk and could’ve gone south in so many ways, but the team pulled it off and the feedback is mostly positive. Next year, Norway.

In late 2015, we premiered the gaming convention Tracon Hitpoint in Tampere, a younger cousin of the anime and gaming convention Tracon. Hitpoint is dedicated solely to games. It skipped 2016, but will be back next year. I’m not organizing anything beyond the obligatory few gaming sessions or a presentation, since my conrunning energy for 2017 is directed at Worldcon 75.

Worldcon 75 is hitting Helsinki next year, and I’m the games program head. It’s going to be the culmination of a project I’ve been part of since 2013. I’ve travelled four times to the United States for it. I’ve worked for it in London and Stockholm, and will be adding Barcelona to that list next week. I’ve manned the convention’s promotional table at countless conventions. There’s a huge amount of time, money, and energy invested in it, and I’m looking forward to its fruition.

Oh, and I’m still trying to graduate.

Anyway, I will try to update this a bit more frequently, since two updates in nearly a year is just sad. I am currently playing in Pathfinder RPG campaigns Curse of the Crimson Throne and Reign of Winter, in their fifth and fourth books respectively, and will be doing big postmortems on those when they’re done. Likewise, I am resurrecting a Legacy of Fire campaign I originally started in 2009 just so I can finish the damn story. Finally, I have a one-shot of Vampire: The Masquerade scheduled for research purposes in a few weeks. There’s also going to be a report on the Barcelona Eurocon as well as some reviews, one of which has been in draft form for over a year after the WordPress editor ate half my work and really should be posted, especially since I got a free PDF out of it. Finally, I have a game of my own in the works. More on that later.