Go Play Northwest 2018 — Nothing but Excellent Games

This year, I had the pleasure of being dragged across the country by my good friend Tracy to attend a tabletop RPG convention that was a truly special event for me. Every single game was somewhere between very good and truly exceptional, and I got to play a whole host of games I had always wanted to try along with some new discoveries. Across the entire convention, I only played a game I had played before one time, and that one game (Night’s Black Agents) was one of the best sessions I have ever had the pleasure of GMing. It was a great pleasure to see old friends and new, and my games were so good I’ve decided to write them all up briefly below!

The Dreaming Crucible

Growing up is trauma. Maturity is bought with blood. You will find it — in a land where magic dwells and enchantment rules. Have you bravery enough to wrestle with demons? Wisdom enough to resist beguilement? Nerve enough to grow up?

Fall of Magic

Magic is dying, and the Magus is dying with it. We travel together to the realm of Umbra where magic was born.

The start of the scroll itself (source)

Downfall

Build a society you truly care about, and lovingly destroy it.

Our Traditions for the spires

Bluecoats of the Watch

BLUECOATS OF THE WATCH is about the meanest gang in Duskwall: The City Watch! Play as the inspectors, enforcers, and guardians that hunt and capture the scoundrels in the darkness.

Everyone’s favorite game of industrial fantasy scoundrels! (source)

Dialect

A game about language and how it dies.

A late game image of our Isolation’s progress as we discussed our legacies

Good Society

Romance. Scandal. Manners. Welcome to Good Society, the Jane Austen tabletop roleplaying game.

More notecards and setup!

Danger Patrol (Pocket Edition)

Action adventure roleplaying in the World of Tomorrow!

Essentially what my character Dr. Tesla’s costume may have looked like (source)

Night’s Black Agents

Night’s Black Agents brings the GUMSHOE engine to the spy thriller genre, combining the propulsive paranoia of movies like Ronin and The Bourne Identity with supernatural horror straight out of Bram Stoker. Investigation is crucial, but it never slows down the action, which explodes with expanded options for bone-crunching combat, high-tech tradecraft, and adrenaline-fueled chases.

What a cover, right? (source)

The Mind of Margaret

Inside Out, the roleplaying game

Our initial setup, with character info facing away from me and our emotions lined up down the center.

Final thoughts

This was one of the best conventions I’ve been to, hands down, and I’m hoping to see some or all of these people very soon in the future! Go Play Northwest was, for me, a very welcoming and fun experience, full to the brim of people who were there to play games, feel feelings, and make everyone feel included. I’d highly recommend it to anyone based on my weekend up in Seattle.

Usable security researcher and tabletop RPG designer