Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Meeting Larry Correia

 

Last week, Terry @kaladin and I met up in Layton, UT with Randy Weivoda @randyweivoda (and his lovely wife, Sarah), Katie Koppelman @katiekoppelman, OmegaPaladin @omegapaladin, and Rupert err.. Ruder err.. Rooster err.. Rudert @jasonrudert.

Most of us were attending SpikeCon, which was a collection of several different nerd conventions all rolled into one delightful convention. There were a variety of panels, an art show, a cosplay show, book signings from several of your favorite authors, and my favorite: beer. The convention was located at the Davis Conference Center inside the Hilton Garden Inn. There were several items up for a charity auction, both silent and not-so-silent, including books, art, and a few other things, such as a chance to play a tabletop RPG with none other than Larry Correia.

The RPG had originally been listed under the silent auction, but as it was the top 6 bids who got in, they ended up redoing the auction with a not-so-silent one. Terry and I managed to score two spots for us. We felt extra good about the donation because the proceeds went to Big Cat Rescue out of Tampa, FL. https://bigcatrescue.org/

I was super nervous about meeting one of my all-time favorite authors. Nothing a couple beers couldn’t handle though!

The RPG was called Gritty Cop RPG, and Larry is currently alpha testing it before he releases it into the wild. If you’re familiar with tabletop pen & paper games, it’s a very simplified character creation that I thought was similar to a few other games I’ve tried, but a considerably more entertaining process, and very well done. We were able to get the game explained to us and have our characters created well within an hour. We got such perks as “Cut the Red Wire”, which gave +1 to Explosives, “Brute Squad”, which gave +1 to Hand to Hand, and “Too Old for This Sh-t”, which I do not remember what it gave. Terry took the last perk and every time I would be impulsive, he would throw his hands up and yell “I’m too old for this sh-t!” in his most exasperated tone. This happened frequently. There were also disadvantages that you could take one of in order to gain an additional perk. Terry took “Dirty Laundry”, which Larry promised would come up later in the game, and I took “Good Is Not Nice” which gave -1 to my public relations.

Game play was mostly D6, but the stress level mechanic required a D20, and decisions or counts got a D8. Very easy to pick up for people who aren’t familiar with tabletop games, and I imagine a great way to break someone into them.

Larry’s daughter, Hinkley, was there to hang out with us and had previously played the game. I was tickled to meet her as she’s a witty, clever, fellow gamer chick. She related stories to us about their previous gaming sessions. She’s an up-and-coming writer herself, and I have no doubt that anyone who is into more nerdy literary adventures will be seeing her name soon if they haven’t already done so.

Our party of six was comprised of Rock Steele (a Gray Man who blends into his surroundings and is able to infiltrate any group with ease), Sherman Washington (a pretty boy from a wealthy family with the most punchable face you’ve ever witnessed), Lizzie Hammer (a bat-out-of-hell greenie driver who vomits at the sight of dead bodies), Sgt Ted Roberts (a grizzled older officer with nerves of steel and a take no BS attitude [also a real life officer]), my partner Jack McConnell (an old guy with dirty laundry in his past who is too old for this sh-t), and me, J.D. “Grumps” Grumpowski (a crabby, mentally unstable forensic specialist with an itchy trigger finger and a shotgun). We had a couple of NPCs, played lovingly by Larry: Lt. Winters (our super awesome and dependable superior), Hamish “Fox” McCloud (our intern who would never bring beer to poor old Grumps), and several crooked cops.

Our adventure began with a call at 2AM for a multiple homicide at a greasy diner called the NightOwl. Five bodies lay in the bathroom, riddled with shotgun holes, with a blood trail leading to one of the bodies: a retired officer. Because he was “one of ours”, we set off to solve the mystery of his murder, finding a corrupt police force and following all the tropes of a classic gritty cop movie along the way.

My first action was to pick a fight with a suspect’s mother, gaining us valuable information about the location of the suspect and his buddies. We showed up to a gun fight, lost a CI to some bad guys, raided an evidence room, almost screwed up our PR with the media, scared a victim’s mother half to death in a squad car, infiltrated a crime ring, found a friendly judge who gave us fill-in-the-blank warrants, attended a fancy party, and murdered an entire platoon of bad guys during a set-up. My last action was to give a cheesy one-liner before shooting an RPG into two Suburbans surrounded by bad guys, killing all but one, who was willing to turn over state’s evidence. We managed to get two of the ringleaders tossed into prison, the third was killed right before I blew up the SUVs.

Terry and I made it back to our hotel room around 2 AM, exhausted and excited. This was the most fun tabletop experience I’ve ever had and I will most certainly be purchasing this game when Larry releases it. I can’t recommend this game enough! It was also a great memory for Terry and I to build together and we’ll be talking about this for years to come!

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There are 19 comments.

  1. C. U. Douglas Thatcher

    We met Mr. Correia at the last Salt Lake FanX and picked up a book from him. He’s one of the few authors who appeared absolutely tickled to talk about his books and what he enjoyed about them. Sounds like a lot of fun!

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    • July 11, 2019, at 3:21 PM PST
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  2. kelsurprise, drama queen Member

    J.D. Snapp: We showed up to a gun fight, lost a CI to some bad guys, raided an evidence room, almost screwed up our PR with the media, scared a victim’s mother half to death in a squad car, infiltrated a crime ring, found a friendly judge who gave us fill-in-the-blank warrants, attended a fancy party, and murdered an entire platoon of bad guys during a set-up. My last action was to give a cheesy one-liner before shooting an RPG into two Suburbans surrounded by bad guys, killing all but one, who was willing to turn over state’s evidence. We managed to get two of the ringleaders tossed into prison, the third was killed right before I blew up the SUVs.

    In other words, your average, run of the mill, Ricochet Meetup. Been to one yet? Sign up today!

    • #2
    • July 11, 2019, at 5:03 PM PST
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  3. Arahant Member

    J.D. Snapp: and Rupert err.. Ruder err.. Rooster err.. Rudert Jason Rudert.

    Rude-Dirt

    • #3
    • July 11, 2019, at 6:38 PM PST
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  4. Randy Weivoda Moderator

    Julie, Katie tells me you also got your picture taken with Jim Butcher! 

    This was a great time and we’ll have to get together for another SF convention some day. Maybe if Chicago gets the bid to host WorldCon in 2022 or if New Orleans wins the bid to host it in 2023. For more reporting on this convention, you can read the comments in this post.

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    • July 11, 2019, at 7:30 PM PST
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  5. Judge Mental Member

    The game setup sounds like L.A. Confidential.

    • #5
    • July 11, 2019, at 7:32 PM PST
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  6. Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    J.D. Snapp: and Rupert err.. Ruder err.. Rooster err.. Rudert Jason Rudert.

    Rude-Dirt

    Ru-dair.

    • #6
    • July 11, 2019, at 8:21 PM PST
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  7. J.D. Snapp Moderator
    J.D. Snapp Post author

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Julie, Katie tells me you also got your picture taken with Jim Butcher!

    This was a great time and we’ll have to get together for another SF convention some day. Maybe if Chicago gets the bid to host WorldCon in 2022 or if New Orleans wins the bid to host it in 2023. For more reporting on this convention, you can read the comments in this post.

    I did. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to take my own selfie and his assistant took one of the most unflattering pictures ever taken of me.

    • #7
    • July 12, 2019, at 5:51 AM PST
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  8. J.D. Snapp Moderator
    J.D. Snapp Post author

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    The game setup sounds like L.A. Confidential.

    It was based on that movie. :3

    • #8
    • July 12, 2019, at 5:52 AM PST
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  9. J.D. Snapp Moderator
    J.D. Snapp Post author

    kelsurprise, drama queen (View Comment):

    J.D. Snapp: We showed up to a gun fight, lost a CI to some bad guys, raided an evidence room, almost screwed up our PR with the media, scared a victim’s mother half to death in a squad car, infiltrated a crime ring, found a friendly judge who gave us fill-in-the-blank warrants, attended a fancy party, and murdered an entire platoon of bad guys during a set-up. My last action was to give a cheesy one-liner before shooting an RPG into two Suburbans surrounded by bad guys, killing all but one, who was willing to turn over state’s evidence. We managed to get two of the ringleaders tossed into prison, the third was killed right before I blew up the SUVs.

    In other words, your average, run of the mill, Ricochet Meetup. Been to one yet? Sign up today!

    Well, nobody almost died at this one. :P

    • #9
    • July 12, 2019, at 6:55 AM PST
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  10. HankMorgan Coolidge

    J.D. Snapp (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Julie, Katie tells me you also got your picture taken with Jim Butcher!

    This was a great time and we’ll have to get together for another SF convention some day. Maybe if Chicago gets the bid to host WorldCon in 2022 or if New Orleans wins the bid to host it in 2023. For more reporting on this convention, you can read the comments in this post.

    I did. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to take my own selfie and his assistant took one of the most unflattering pictures ever taken of me.

    No pic, no proof.

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    • July 12, 2019, at 7:34 AM PST
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  11. Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw Member

    J.D. Snapp (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Julie, Katie tells me you also got your picture taken with Jim Butcher!

    This was a great time and we’ll have to get together for another SF convention some day. Maybe if Chicago gets the bid to host WorldCon in 2022 or if New Orleans wins the bid to host it in 2023. For more reporting on this convention, you can read the comments in this post.

    I did. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to take my own selfie and his assistant took one of the most unflattering pictures ever taken of me.

    Worse than the one you shared in one of the PITs?

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    • July 12, 2019, at 7:52 AM PST
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  12. Columbo Member

    … play a tabletop RPG with none other than Larry Correia.

    I know nothing of either of these. To me an RPG is:

    But … I do love me some JD (@juliesnapp)!

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    • July 12, 2019, at 8:55 AM PST
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  13. Judge Mental Member

    Columbo (View Comment):

    … play a tabletop RPG with none other than Larry Correia.

    I know nothing of either of these. To me an RPG is:

    But … I do love me some JD (@juliesnapp)!

    I would ordinarily have the same interpretation, but having realized what she meant, I was surprised when she fired the role playing game at the two Suburbans.

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    • July 12, 2019, at 8:57 AM PST
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  14. J.D. Snapp Moderator
    J.D. Snapp Post author

    Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw (View Comment):

    J.D. Snapp (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Julie, Katie tells me you also got your picture taken with Jim Butcher!

    This was a great time and we’ll have to get together for another SF convention some day. Maybe if Chicago gets the bid to host WorldCon in 2022 or if New Orleans wins the bid to host it in 2023. For more reporting on this convention, you can read the comments in this post.

    I did. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to take my own selfie and his assistant took one of the most unflattering pictures ever taken of me.

    Worse than the one you shared in one of the PITs?

    Worse because I was actually trying to look nice but the lighting was awful and she held the phone too low so I look about 50 lbs heavier than I actually am.

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    • July 12, 2019, at 9:05 AM PST
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  15. J.D. Snapp Moderator
    J.D. Snapp Post author

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Columbo (View Comment):

    … play a tabletop RPG with none other than Larry Correia.

    I know nothing of either of these. To me an RPG is:

    But … I do love me some JD (@juliesnapp)!

    I would ordinarily have the same interpretation, but having realized what she meant, I was surprised when she fired the role playing game at the two Suburbans.

    I fired Colombo’s version of RPG at the Suburbans in the RPG (Role Playing Game). 

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    • July 12, 2019, at 9:05 AM PST
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  16. Aaron Miller Member

    I have only met a couple minor celebrities. One was Raph Koster, lead designer of a popular video game I played a few years before. When I ran into him at a game developer conference, it was a stereotypical experience. I quickly realized I had nothing to say beyond hello.

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    • July 12, 2019, at 10:04 AM PST
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  17. J.D. Snapp Moderator
    J.D. Snapp Post author

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    I have only met a couple minor celebrities. One was Raph Koster, lead designer of a popular video game I played a few years before. When I ran into him at a game developer conference, it was a stereotypical experience. I quickly realized I had nothing to say beyond hello.

    A few years ago, I got to be a zombie extra in a movie where most of the cast were from 90s boy bands. Most of them were very pleasant to chat with, what little time we had to chat, and I didn’t have much to say beyond hello. Larry was a bit different, and once I got to talking to him, he has a quality where you feel like you’ve known him forever. It’s a quality my husband also has and I think it makes for a very likable person.

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    • July 12, 2019, at 10:18 AM PST
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  18. Randy Weivoda Moderator

    J.D. Snapp (View Comment):

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    I have only met a couple minor celebrities. One was Raph Koster, lead designer of a popular video game I played a few years before. When I ran into him at a game developer conference, it was a stereotypical experience. I quickly realized I had nothing to say beyond hello.

    A few years ago, I got to be a zombie extra in a movie where most of the cast were from 90s boy bands. Most of them were very pleasant to chat with, what little time we had to chat, and I didn’t have much to say beyond hello. Larry was a bit different, and once I got to talking to him, he has a quality where you feel like you’ve known him forever. It’s a quality my husband also has and I think it makes for a very likable person.

    Terry is beyond likeable. He’s downright lovable.

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    • July 12, 2019, at 10:32 AM PST
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  19. J.D. Snapp Moderator
    J.D. Snapp Post author

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    J.D. Snapp (View Comment):

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    I have only met a couple minor celebrities. One was Raph Koster, lead designer of a popular video game I played a few years before. When I ran into him at a game developer conference, it was a stereotypical experience. I quickly realized I had nothing to say beyond hello.

    A few years ago, I got to be a zombie extra in a movie where most of the cast were from 90s boy bands. Most of them were very pleasant to chat with, what little time we had to chat, and I didn’t have much to say beyond hello. Larry was a bit different, and once I got to talking to him, he has a quality where you feel like you’ve known him forever. It’s a quality my husband also has and I think it makes for a very likable person.

    Terry is beyond likeable. He’s downright lovable.

    I think so too, but I could be biased ;)

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    • July 12, 2019, at 11:57 AM PST
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