I did think about bringing my Call of Cthulhu books, a plushie tentacled Cthulhu as a prop, and maybe a handwritten sign in the Open Gaming room that said "Want to go insane, die, or kill your friends? Play Call of Cthulhu!" I probably could have gotten a decent crowd for a con game and just run one of the adventures I own, but that would have been work. I wanted to play in a game of some sort, not have to always run, even though running is usually more fun for me.
But there was no World of Darkness, Savage Worlds, Paranoia, or really anything but the Pathfinder stuff. There weren't even any live action games going on for background color, surprising to me. There were some interesting and amusing costume players, particularly the girl dressed like Alice from American McGee's Alice, with blood all over her dress, and a plastic butcher knife. I didn't quite have the nerve to ask anyone to pose for photos, but they probably wouldn't have minded (since after all they dressed to be noticed).
There were no movies being shown, and Japanese animation wasn't being viewed until later in the evening. I saw one fiction writing panel, but it was by Mercury Retrograde Press, which looked perilously close to being a self-publishing "vanity press." Noteably, the company doesn't pay you up front for the books they publish. PlayOnCon needed a real writing track with some better known authors. Also, it could use some Guests of Honor to contribute their presence (no sign of them or any real celebrities, even minor ones).
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