Sunday, March 16, 2008

OSFES' Ides of March Game Day

The Ides of March fell on a Saturday this year and since none of us felt like visiting our local Orange Julius purveyor – besides the fact that it’s illegal to assassinate a Roman Emperor these days - we celebrated the day with gaming at the Skutt Student Center on Creighton University campus! Though a different Empire made its presence felt. Mason Hatfield as Boba Fett, Imperial ID number BH-9545, escorted by Storm Trooper Sam Cheek helped keep the crowds under control, rousting out suspicious presences – wait that’s our video game coordinator, Mai Tran. Thankfully they grabbed another hostage, err rebel scum, and let her go.

On the RPG gaming side, we ran a basic Dungeons and Dragons session in tribute to Gary Gygax, the man who started on that quest. There was also TMNT, Fluxx and others. Thanks to Dave Rosser, Micheal Maley, Ann Towney, and Rodney Ruff for braving the Senate and coming out to Game Master. Also Dale Meier, whose chariot was in the shoppe, for organizing our table games.
But with all that going on the room seemed sparse compared to Smash Brothers and Halo events going on in the next room. Super Smash Brother Brawl was released just a week earlier and with several systems running the game, we had people waiting to play. Of course we had scheduled a tournament for both it and Halo 3. Rock Band and Guitar Hero were quite popular also.
I will take one thing away from this day, the tremendous numbers of people involved in console or video games have convinced me to add another suite to The Omaha Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival. We will be having a video gaming room on our main hotel floor for those whose thumbs can handle it. It’s just our patriotic duty to train the virtual combatants of the future.
There will be another Game Day between now and OSFest along with the Family Fun Center evening we are organizing on April 10, 2008. Join us at 71st and Dodge, where a $10 donation will get you 20 tokens, food and a free attraction.
The Omaha Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival will be July 11-13th, 2008 at the Comfort Inn & Suites at 7007 Grover Street Omaha, NE. I hope to see you there.


  1. This was a blast. Thanks guys for running and hosting this.

    I too wish there were more table top gamers at the event. I came with some and will try to get more to show up at the next one.

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