BookCon and Stream of Annihilation

So this weekend was packed for me, between attending panels at BookCon and trying to catch some of the one-shot DnD games played at Stream of Annihilation.

BookCon

My favorite panel had to be Holly Black (The Coldest Girl in Coldtown) and Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows). Not only have I recently read great books by both, but they were a lot of fun, especially together. Aside from the hilarious personal stories they shared, some standout moments included:

  • The two of them describing their writing process, and their massively divergent schedules–Holly Black apparently writes twice a day, in the afternoon then again from midnight to 5am.
  • Leigh Bardugo discussing the differences between her two series. The first one is the story of a chosen one, while the second one specifically focuses on characters that aren’t chosen, and that no one cares about.
  • The revelation that Holly Black has elf ears. I honestly didn’t know this was a thing.

Stream of Annihilation

There were a lot of one-shot, 1.5 hour long sessions, but I’ve only watched two of them so far. Both are great.

Tower of the Curator A group of adventurers enter a tower, questing to find a particular object–if they can get past the tower’s denizens.

Between engaging NPCs, an interesting encounter, and memorable characters, this made for a fun session. I especially enjoyed the contrast between the roles played by Critical Role’s Matt Mercer and Marisha Ray. Matt was a no-nonsense cleric who wanted to get the job done right, while Marisha played a more freewheeling bard.

Girls, Guts, and Glory A party is shipwrecked in the midst of their quest, left picking up the trail of their mission. But their biggest challenge will be to determine what is and what isn’t a threat to them.

Matt was the dungeon master for this game, crafting an engaging story where the players had to put themselves back on track after being thrown off-course. The players are all from the same gaming group, coming in with a pre-existing adventuring party and dynamic. Their characters were cool, and the role-playing was very engaging–most of the players are actresses and it showed. They seem to have some material available online, and based on this session, I will definitely be checking it out.

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