Handy Haversack wrote:
So they are! I think I'm already mentally overbooked.
Happens to me every year. I always say to myself, "I'm not booking much this year, I want to play more casual, pick-up games in the bar and restaurant areas" and then end up booking more than I thought. Good problem to have, I guess!
There's more newer games than I had expected--5e, 3.5e, things I haven't heard of, 2e . . .
The organizers have been vocal about accepting a variety of games and the variety has increased as the convention has grown, no question. Plus, 5e's very recent release last year positions it well to have a strong showing as gamers of all sorts "try the new game." Overall, I have not noticed a material change in feel away from "old school," though the con is obviously much bigger now. My experience is that, for the most part, people tend to self-select into groups of like-minded folks and get along fine.
You know how it is... on the bigger forums there's a lot of friction over editions because some people have nothing better to do, but in real life, at the conventions, people tend to spend their limited and valuable time actually playing and talking with like-minded folks. These online-based editon warrior types seem to fade into the background.
I also realized that I've never been a player for AS&SH, and outside of the con, I don't know when else I'll have the chance.
Well, you will get a chance now! Looking forward to hanging out, man.