Furnace 2009 marked our fourth consecutive year of a fast, furious and fantastic weekend’s gaming. We maintained our size with just over 70 attendees, and the Garrison Hotel once again hosted the event. With over 30 different systems being played, split between indie games such as Dogs in the Vineyard, Dead of Night, and 3:16, and traditional games such as Call of Cthulhu and D&D 4e, there was something for everyone.
If you’d like to see the full list of games run, view the final programme via the link below.
Following on from last year’s successful launch of Neil Gow’s Duty and Honour, we were honoured to host the launch of the naval follow-up, Beat to Quarters, as well as Graham Spearing’s Wordplay, with both authors running these games for attendees.
For the first time we held a raffle for all attendees, with approximately 20 prizes up for grabs, including copies of a range of games run at the con.
On the trade stands, Jim from Patriot Games joined us again, offering a wide variety of games and t-shirts for sale. We were also pleased to welcome Bob from Reapers Revenge for the first time with dice galore, and the Collective Endeavour returned, both selling and running games.
We asked attendees how Furnace 2009 was for them and here’s what some of them said…
“I’ve been to every Furnace so far (since 2006) and this was perhaps my best. I had a great time, and I can’t wait until next year’s Furnace to be back again!” – Dom Mooney
“A real joy. Thanks to all the organisers and everyone I played alongside. I recommend this con and must make sure I don’t hang about on booking next year.” – Glyn White
“Overall an awesome friendly con that I would recommend to anyone…..will I go back next year? You bet your ass I will.” – Mick Reddick
“Furnace 2009 was a fab con, and it was wonderful to meet folks old and new and play some fine games. Highly recommended, tick good.” – Indy Pete
“A fine convention yet again, I’ve been to all four and this year was as good, if not better, than any of the others. It’s the only con I know where you have to turn away people wanting to run games, ‘stop, stop, we’ve got too many!’.” – Evil Gaz
“All in all I thoroughly enjoyed Furnace. Good people, good venue and good games. It’s definitely on my list of Cons I really need to make an effort to get to from now on.” – Jez Gray