Various updates to some hanging threads.
New Game Group
The Northlands Game group met over pizza. We are going to be playing Pathfinder as I expected, which is good. We are using variations of of our former Pathfinder characters (so yes, starting at 1st level AGAIN). I am going to be playing Oisín, a Cavalier (not a Paladin). All the characters are half-brothers; Dad got around a lot. I need to read up on the Cavalier some more and decide what cause he takes up as his own.
Gen Con Updates
I will be going to Gen Con this year. So far I think I am only going to run three games. Dinosauria! (one for adults and one for younger people) and a revised Obsession. Obsession was a HUGE success in my mind, but every group wanted to kill the wrong guy from the start, which is fine, but not at all what I wanted to see happen, so the adventure is the same, the first Act will be slightly changed. So if you played Obsession before, this will not be different enough to play again. I do want to run a kids game, there are more families coming to Gen Con than ever before and I want to support that.
I think the issue with me not finding a good sci-fi game is I tend to link Sci-Fi more to properties (Star Wars, Star Trek) more than I do Horror or Fantasy. The closest thing I ever got was Star Frontiers. I think, given what I am mostly likely to do with a Sci-Fi game, is stick with d20 3.x. There are plenty of good sci-fi games that use d20, including some of my faves Star Wars and Star Frontiers (sort of d20-there are SF elements in d20 future). I am going to have to give it a try sometime to see how it all works out.