Celebrating its 3rd year in business, Furnace 2008 was our largest to date, with approximately 70 attendees. A huge variety of games were on offer, and we were lucky enough to have no less than six authors running their own games, including: Newt Newport with both SimpleQuest (now OpenQuest) and Monkey, Neil Gow with Duty and Honour, Mark Galeotti with Mythic Russia, Graham Spearing with Wordplay, John Ossoway with Cthulhu Rising, and Andrew Kenrick with Six Bullets for Vengeance. Other games included Savage Worlds, Heroquest, Hot War, Fate 2.0, and many more, in a wide variety of settings.
If you’d like to see the full list of games run, view the final programme.
Several vendors joined us at the event. Jim from Patriot Games brought along a wide range of stock, including games tailored to the programme, many of which sold immediately following gaming sessions! The Collective Endeavour also had their trade stand up and running, and we were honoured to have the Duty & Honour hard copy launch at Furnace. d101 games were a core demonstrator of games, launching Hearts in Glorantha, and running many games of SimpleQuest (now OpenQuest) and Monkey.
Unfortunately, some people were unable to attend and were sadly missed. Darran and Russel’s excellent con book pulled out all the stops as usual.
We asked attendees how Furnace 2008 was for them and here’s what some of them said…
“The location was wonderful, the food great, the accomodation incredibly comfortable (I wanted to kidnap the bed) and the company unbeatable. Great con guys, Thank you very very much!” – Tressy Arts
“I’d like to add my thanks to the fine organisers of this wonderful con, and to everyone I played with. I had a terrific time and will definitely be back next year.” – Scott Dorward
“Free coffee twice a day was genius and kept me on form and with it when otherwise I might have flagged. A reward for GMs who ran 3+ games was equally well received and stands a strong chance of me running another 3 next time round. Everyone is friendly and approachable. The venue can feel a little squished, but actually I think that helps the family friendly feel. To all those that didn’t come