Fear The Con 2013: Atomic Robo The Roleplaying Game

Editor’s Note: Fear The Con happened the first weekend of May, 2013.  The entire Funnybooks crew was there enjoying the…

Robo-Cover-600pxEditor’s Note: Fear The Con happened the first weekend of May, 2013.  The entire Funnybooks crew was there enjoying the festivities and…yeah, we’re WAYYYYYY late with this coverage, but today you’ll get Paul’s review of Atomic Robo RPG, yesterday we saw Tim’s feelings about the event, and on Friday, Paul’s review of Thistledown John‘s Chill game.  Take it away Paul!

Yeah…I know we’re about two months late (almost three) with our Fear The Con wrap-up articles.  To a certain extent, part of it was laziness, while another was difficulty in trying to find the right words.  See, some of us IoMers actually skipped out on the last session and went to see Iron Man 3 at the AMC Dine-IN Theaters.  Not only that, my session 5 game was a particularly rough session because of some issues with my fellow players.  It hardly felt like it would be fair to review Fear The Con itself, as really…for myself (Tim’s experiences, posted later this week, are different), I didn’t really embrace the full FtC experience this year.  I did play in five sessions, but I cut out on Wing Night early to party it up with the Funnybooks crew.  You can hear the result of that in the drunken podcast we recorded. 

I really did have a blast in St. Louis this year, and played in some tremendous games.  Those looking for the typical convention experience need not apply – Fear The Con has two or three dealer tables, and panels?  Nah.  It is almost 100% a gaming experience – three-to-four hour gaming sessions, three a day, two days in a row.  Cheap food, beer and soda, and tons of time spent playing tabletop games.  It’s truly a fantastic experience, and, other than the aforementioned experience with slot 5, I enjoyed every single one of the games I played. 

Later this week, I’ll tell you about the Chill game I played.  As for Year 6 of Aron’s And A Little Child Shall Eat Them is more of an experience to HEAR rather than to read about.  We’ll be dropping the audio soon(ish) here on the site.  If you haven’t listened to the last couple of years, jump no it – they’re fantastic.  My sesson one game, Tim’s Dresden Files game, was my first foray into playing a Fate-based game.  As a relatively inexperienced gamer, my primary experience is with Savage Worlds, so jumping into something else was a little intimidating.  Luckily, Tim as a GM helped us (most of the players weren’t experienced in it) to pick it up really quickly, and we were off to the races.

Which set us up nicely for session 2, which is what I want to focus on today – Atomic Robo RPG: The Fungus Among Us.  My review of the session after the jump!