Winter Fantasy was great this year, all around. Five games, all with pretty much the same group of people. It's so nice being a full table, without that overflow that makes you have to swap people out. No strangers, no odd-man-out... Makes for a perfect time.
I played a barbarian for basically the first time, and it was a lot of fun. Dealing out damage in the 30hp range is a surreal experience for someone who normally plays a level 4 Rogue. But two-handed Power Attack is, truly, the most grossifying core D&D rule in the book. Add to that the creation card that let me make him an Orc Barbarian, and the fact that the Mark of Heroes campaign system let me swap out two levels of Barbarian for Fighter between slots, and I found myself playing a truly gross character.
Spree (the aforementioned Rogue) hit 6th level (Rogue 5/Swashbuckler 1), and I got to play him in one module in that mode... and the 3d6 sneak attack damage did, in fact, come up. Several times. At one point, a huge yeti let go of the paladin he had in his grasp, in order to grab the tiny halfling instead... Luckily, after letting the fighter go, the yeti did not survive long enough to squeeze the life out of me.
On top of the tabletop gaming, Keith Baker was also on hand. Apparently he ran the portion of my group that was present through a "DM's Mark" mod on Friday afternoon, and he apparently kicks ass as a DM. I am somehow not surprised. I got to talk to him a bit behind the autograph desk during a slow part of the Sunday morning slot... Asked him some questions about WoTC's plans for certain parts of the Eberron campaign, and found out that I had, in fact, put my finger on some things that Keith, and WoTC, intend never to detail, instead leaving that for home GMs to develop as they desire.
Which is exactly what I wanted to hear... I'm now thinking I need to ditch the rest of the module that the party is working on, and come up with an alternative ending; I really don't like where this thing's going, currently. I'll come up with something, I'm sure. I've got over a week before the next run...
It is, however, bedtime, and I'm yammering along. Good night.