Nexus 2014 – 1, Nexus 2013 – 0

Nexus Game Fair logo

Yesterday, my Nexus 7 (2013 model) bricked. It hung at the Google screen, not even proceeding to the colorful Android X. Trying a factory reboot resulted in multiple “/cache” errors, leading me to think that the internal flash drive is corrupted.

Fortunately, it’s still under warranty, so I’ve packed it off to Texas for repair. In the meantime, I’ll just have to survive with this “ghost arm” feeling of a missing appendage.

Even more fortunately, I’ve a much happier, completely unrelated Nexus topic to occupy my thoughts: the inaugural Nexus Game Fair, June 19-22! This brand-new gaming convention has set out to restore the glory of gaming in downtown Milwaukee, and I’m very much looking forward to it.

As a matter of fact, I’ll be a guest at the convention, along with Jolly Blackburn, Mike Carr, Chris Clark, Bob Coggins, Dave “Zeb” Cook, Jeff Easley, Todd Fisher, Matt Forbeck, Kenneth Hite, Tim Kask, Dave Kenzer, James Lowder, Matt McElroy, Frank Mentzer, Merle Rasmussen, Monica Valentinelli, Jim Ward, Rob Wieland, and Skip Williams.

Besides general hobnobbery, I’ll be running several events (with prizes!) and taking part in a couple of panels. Here’s my schedule; please do sign up or stop by!

Thursday, 3 p.m.—Invasion of the Saucer People: A cooperative card game of 1950s sci-fi invasion. 2 hrs., event 41154949

Thursday, 6 p.m.—Chambers & Chimaeras—CORE RPG: Roleplay in the world of 1980s fantasy cartoons. Gain CORE RPG playtest credit and a special d6! 4 hrs., event 11184948

Friday, 4 p.m.—Super Power Smack Down!: Gain playtest credit for a new pub-style comic-hero dice game! 2 hrs., event 42164952

Saturday, 10 a.m.—Game Design: Increasing Your Chance of Success: Join Chris Clark, Matt Forbeck, Lester Smith, and James M. Ward in a discussion of getting your game to market. 2 hrs., event 53104836

Saturday, 1 p.m.—Crowdsourcing: Kickstarting Your Own Creation: Join Kickstarter veterans Matt Forbeck, Kenneth Hite, Matt McElroy, and Lester Smith in a discussion of running a successful project. 1 hrs., event 53134840

Saturday, 2 p.m.—Monster Con!: A card game in which you play one of 16 classic monsters, undercover at a horror convention, trying to capture the guest of honor: Desiré Delamort! All players keep their monster suit after the game! 2 hrs., event 43144951

Saturday, 5 p.m.—A Ghost of a Chance: Can you, as a spirit, solve the mystery of your own murder? Gain CORE RPG playtest credit and a special d6! 4 hrs., event 13174947

Sunday, 11 a.m.—Wolf Man’s Curse: Victorian England is a great place to live—if you’re rich, and if you’re not a wolf man. Unfortunately, in this card game, your family fortune has been squandered and you’ve suffered a gypsy curse. Can you become rich again without slaughtering the local peasantry? 2 hrs., event 44114950

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