My mentality around games gives me a unique perspective and I find myself latching on to events in the area that appeal to gamers and non-gamers alike. I could write essays on the magnitude of a Gen Con, or the importance of a Who’s Yer Con, but I wanted to take a moment and showcase another event that is approaching in just a couple of weeks. Endless Dungeon!
The Endless Dungeon was created by the Crit Confirm group and its best described as Pathfinder on steroids mixed with Choose Your Own Adventure Books with a charitable twist. I remember the first experience I had with Endless Dungeon over a year ago, when I had a few minutes to kill and decided to see what it was all about. Those couple of minutes started stretching out and the next thing I realized, an hour had passed while I was captivated by the players on stage and interaction with the audience.
The thing I love the most about Endless Dungeon, (besides the witty banter on stage), is the impact an audience member could have on the gameplay. You see, you don’t just sit there and watch people play a game, instead you can go up and make a donation for charity and pick something to insert into the action. If you’re feeling generous, you can send someone a gift of health or a unique weapon from popular culture. If you’re feeling devious, you can get a trap, a monster, or a vicious cake that turns into Miley Cyrus. (That last one actually happened.)
Over the past year, Endless Dungeon has created an entirely new type of gameplay that’s interactive and fun to watch or participate in. This year’s event at INDY Popcon is shaping up to be the best yet, with even more ways to make memories for all involved. The Endless Dungeon event will be running on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in a room across from the main vendor hall at Popcon. Just look for the signs that beckon you in. It’s an event that’s free to watch, so don’t be afraid to pop in and grab a chair if want to relax a bit. If you’re looking for something truly unique, check out the charity art auction times each day. Talented artists will be creating art based on the gameplay and then they will be auctioned off to help raise even more money for the Indiana Blood Center.
If you have a few minutes, make the payment to get on stage and play a few rooms with a professional Dungeon Master that will definitely make things interesting. I can promise that you’ll have some great stories to share at the watercooler on Monday morning. Don’t end your Popcon experience without some time in the Endless Dungeon, even if you’re a “non-gamer” like me. It took just that first experience to make me a believer in the power of gaming for charity and the impact was so great that I am volunteering my time to help others have the same experience. Come see me on Saturday, June 18th for some ideas to make your own memories in the Endless Dungeon.
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