Paying a visit to the Queen!

The Queen City, that is.  Cincinnati, the Queen of the West, as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow named it in his poem Catawba Wine.  We will be demoing Grisleigh End: Estate of Confusion there this weekend at CincyCon 2015.

(Sniff, sniff. Do I smell bacon?) That’s right!  CincyCon often makes reference to another nickname of it’s home, “Porkopolis,” but whether that’s due to the city’s history with the pork industry or the fact that the organization running the convention is The Gamers of Ohio, Indiana, and Northern Kentucky (OINK!) is a matter into which we shall not delve.  Regardless of such trivia, it’s a great game convention put on by a great group.

This will be our second year at CincyCon, and we’re looking forward to it with eager anticipation.

CincyCon 2014

CincyCon 2014

Defending the End!

Actually, von Krakenjaeger is doing double-duty today, demoing Grisleigh End: Estate of Confusion as well as representing the Airship Passepartout as a weapons specialist, dueling with both nerf guns and umbrellas at the Symposium Games of the International Steampunk Symposium in Cincinnati, OH.  We hold high hopes for his success in these endeavours, both for the sake of his compatriots and in order that he might continue to introduce more gamers to the wonders and delights of a bit of good-natured backstabbing.

We also hope that some of you might be in attendance and able to join in a game!  If not, be sure to look over our itinerary and see where our paths will cross next.  And remember that Grisleigh End games go on wheels so, if you can’t make it to any of our scheduled dates, drop us a note and we’ll see if we work out another opportunity.  Until then, keep your brollies sharp and your nerfs dry!

Time to Get Our Steam On!

We have confirmed our travel arrangements and are thrilled to announce that we will be attending the International Steampunk Symposium this weekend.  Specifically, Grisleigh End: Estate of Confusion will be there on Saturday, April 25th.  Actual times are a bit vague at the moment as our representative, the ever-steamy Viktor von Krakenjaeger, has an umbrella duel or some such nonsense to attend to, but he has sworn to run as many games as he can manage.

So polish up your monocles and pince-nez and keep a weather eye out for the man with the kraken crest and be sure you get a seat in the next chance to win the Grisleigh fortune!

Lexicon 2015

We loved LexiCon!

LexiCon, a fan-run all-gaming convention in Lexington, Kentucky, held its second, very successful convention this weekend past, and we were there to join in the fun.

Due to a bit of confusion on our part we weren’t pre-registered for the event ( listed the event and took my registration, even though it wasn’t being used by the LexiCon folks, which I didn’t discover until 4 days before the event started) but the event staff graciously accommodated us and provided a great location to demo Grisleigh End: Estate of Confusion. We were 15 feet from the registration table, so -everybody- came past our spot.

Ran some great games, each with a new happy heir, and received lots of fantastic feedback.  Had several requests to run it more times during the con, and to come back for a demo day at the FLGS The Rusty Scabbard. A couple of folks wanted to buy a prototype copy and, of course, lots of people excited about our Kickstarter campaign in 2016! (Not as eager as we are, I’ll bet! 😉

Got to see a previously-unthought-of strategic combination of Action Cards, which is always awesome.  We love it when players discover new ways to play the game!

We will definitely have LexiCon on next year’s calendar, and you should, too!

VonKrakenJaeger teaches Grisleigh End: Estate of Confusion at Lexicon 2015

VonKrakenJaeger teaches Grisleigh End: Estate of Confusion at Lexicon 2015

Let’s Go to Lexicon!

Between planning next year’s KickStarter campaign, revising cards, wordsmithing the rules and demoing Grisleigh End: Estate of Confusion a bunch on and around International Tabletop Day, things are crazily busy here at the old End of late, but we wanted everyone to know just how excited we are to be going to Lexicon in Lexington, Kentucky this coming weekend!  This will be our first time at this convention, and we’ve heard Very Good Things(tm), so we’re really looking forward to it.

We should be set up first thing Saturday and run pretty much all day.  Baron von Krakenjaeger will be representing again, so look for the top hat with the cephalopod crest!

Hallacious Party Happening!

“The more the merrier!” may be a cliché, and patently false in innumerable situations, but it continues to be applicable to many games and, of course, mysteries.  For what classic cozy mystery would be complete without a gathering of the suspects into a single room?  The nervous shifting of the gaze from one person to another, each one allegedly wondering which of the others could be the villainous murderer?  The anticipatory tension building as the investigator drones on about the building of the case, the gathering of evidence and elimination of false clues? Rising towards a climactic denouement as everyone present becomes increasingly certain either that the killer is about to claim their next victim, or that they themselves are about to exposed as the killer?

Perhaps the lights go suddenly dark and a shot rings out in the blackness, followed by screams and bodies crashing into walls, furniture, the floor!  Or someone’s absence is suddenly called out in alarum – if they’re not here, are they dead or preparing to claim their next victim? A dramatic fainting draws attention to one point in the room as gentlemen rush forward to catch the over-stressed innocent.  Someone discovers that all doors from this room are locked.  A bloody weapon is found unexpectedly and all draw back as if it would lash out at them on its own.

All are possible in their own times and places, but the key is the gathering.  It is an expected element of the genre and so we include it in Grisleigh End: Estate of Confusion even though the players of this fabulous board game aren’t seeking a murderer but rather an abandoned fortune.   Come on down and join the party.  Maybe you’ll be the one to take home the prize!

The Hall with suspects