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Gen Con 2014 report: Religions, Sokol Keep, and parties

Scott Frazier gets religion.
Scott Frazier gets religion.
Michael Tresca

Day two of Gen Con began with a Rev. Scott Frazier’s Make Your Own Religion: Creating a Believable – and Entertaining – Fictional Religion. It was an hour and a half session that explored all types of religions in fantasy and how they should be approached from a designer’s perspective, providing the same definition and terms Frazier uses in his college classes to discuss real world religions. It was a fascinating opportunity to see how polytheism should really work and discuss the struggles between belief and dogma, heresy and orthodoxy.

Davian Jarzan Dryadson the 20th
Michael Tresca

Next up was Secrets of Sokol Keep. The overview of the adventure is posted on the Adventurers League site:

Decades have passed since Sokol Keep was reclaimed, and a small garrison placed there along with a beacon to help guide ships. Now, that beacon has gone dark, and the garrison has disappeared. In Phlan, rumors circulate that something ancient was discovered in the grounds beneath the keep, dating to before the clerics of Tyr built the small fortress. Uncover the secrets of Sokol Keep!

Sounds interesting, right? Well, it was definitely interesting – and deadly – as there was a psychotic Halfling in the party who was as much a threat as the undead encounters they faced. When the party wasn’t fighting with each other, it was being slaughtered by three animated armors – a total party kill. The group started over from that point fighting just two animated armors and things went much better, but it was an enlightening demonstration of how 5th Edition’s new “tough love” approach to newbies can be brutal.

Then it was time for Gen Con’s Tyranny of Dragons Launch event. Several dragon artifacts were on display at the Georgia Street Pavilion, hosted by Davian Jarzan Dryadson the 20th. There was also music and giveaways, which turned the event into something of a geeky rave.

The ENnie Awards took place at the same time and was well-attended. For coverage of the ENnies see here.