TotalCon 2016 – Wargaming Recon #153

Dilly Green Bean Games' TotalCon 2016 Cocktail Hour Class Photo depicting some of the incredible industry guests, con staff, vendors, and the only member of the press...your's truly.
Dilly Green Bean Games’ TotalCon 2016 Cocktail Hour Class Photo depicting some of the talented industry guests, con staff, vendors, and your’s truly too.


TotalCon is one of the most exciting, entertaining, and enjoyable tabletop gaming conventions in New England.  They successfully combine RPGs, board games, old school RPGs, minis gaming, and live events together for a truly geeky time.  This year was the 30th anniversary for the convention.  We cover the con in this episode.

Events Attended

  • Tiny Epic Galaxies with industry guest GM Ben Gerber
  • Convoy to Malta War at Sea Game with GM Dan Eustace
  • Writing for RPGs panel with industry guests Michael Curtis, Jeffrey Talanian, and Mike Pondsmith
  • My wife and daughter visited for the afternoon
  • Riding the Rocket the First 5 Years at TSR panel with industry guest Tim Kask
  • Playing 1775 with listeners (and friends) Patrick and Cary
  • Dilly Green Bean Games Cocktail Party

Problems Encountered

  • Hotel under renovations despite promising con it’d be finished before Feb 1, 2016
  • Guests were given wrong rooms
  • Interior of some rooms were covered with plaster dust (on the bed, TV, etc)
  • Problems with the water in some bathrooms. Turns off randomly, only gives scaldingly hot water in spurts
  • Telephones were not hooked up/operational in some rooms
  • Furniture haphazardly tossed into some rooms
  • It impacted all rooms but surprisingly it heavily hit suites and rooms for industry guests
  • More than 60 parking spots are filled with construction debris and tractor trailers storing items
  • Construction debris could be found in some hallways making it difficult for attendees with limited mobility to get by
  • The hotel’s restaurant had exceedingly slow service
  • NONE OF THIS WAS TOTALCON’S FAULT.  They did their due diligence but the hotel gave them incorrect information.

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