Monday, August 3, 2015

#GenCon2015 Day 3: The Ugly, Bald One

Started out the day fairly casual.  After hauling stuff to the car and settling the bill, I went to the showing of the House Rulez series, a bizarre mock 'Reality Show' made many years ago but just recently finished.  After, they had a Q&A session w/ Ben Dobyns, Sarah Sanders-Ode, Nathan Rice and Chris Ode.


Christian Doyle and Monica Zelak (Natural 1) in the hallway:
 I finished off the day by watching a selection of ZOE/DG short films, mostly produced through their patreon system.  Syphilitic Vampire Ninjas. I will be signing up for this.

Also they are planning on the KS for Journey Quest Season 3 in January and Gamers: The Series ASAP.

One cannot leave GenCon w/o buying dice.  This year it was difficult.  I couldn't find any that really 'wow'ed' me and I have tons of generic commons.  They guy at Chessex hooked me up:
Black/Starlight/Red (CHX26458).  Beautiful and go perfectly w/ my new dice tower.

Also got a few GenCon 15 specials and souvenirs for the spawn from Crystal Caste.




And w/ that my Con was over.  :(  Now to save up for next year.


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Sunday, August 2, 2015

#GenCon2015 Day2b: Wait? Who Are You?

Continuing...

Some of the best Drow costumes I've seen:
Walking down the hallway, I saw a guy wearing and OGRE shirt.  Him seeing my hat, we got to talking. When I mentioned that I supported Nihon, the lady w/ him asked "Wait? Who are you again?"  Turned out she was Jen Atkinson, Line Editor for OGRE at SJGames.


A very long wait at the Battletech simulators from  the old 'VirtualWorld' sites resulted in me getting my @ss kicked 5 ways to Sunday.  10th out of 13.  Ah well.  It's been 20 yrs since I've done it.  Then up to a screening of Gamers3: Hands of Fate introduced by Carol Roscoe, Brian Lewis and Steven Wolbrecht. and a photo of me w/ Ben Dobyns.


I had to skip out on the end because it was running late and I had a ticket for the premier of Chaldea: War Room, an up-coming web series.    The art and production were very good and the story was entertaining. Definitely worth a watch when it comes online.  I got the DVD since I had a ticket and the spawnlings watched it first thing when I got home.  "This is really good' and 'This is exciting' were two comments.

After the showing I went back to the room to collapse.  Even at 1am, things were hopping:


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Saturday, August 1, 2015

#GenCon 2015 Day 2a: Swag & Autographs

Have spent most of the day in the Vendor's Hall, wandering around, getting autographs, picking up 'needs' and a few 'wants', and chatting w/ as many people as possible.

 Kevin Siembieda from Palladium books.  Spend quite awhile talking with him about systems, players, GM'ing, trolls, etc.  he did answer one burning question for me.  W/ the 'Earth Defenders' minis coming out, I asked him why he went w/ the T-55 tank instead of the more modern T-72 or T-90.  His response?  Because it looked the coolest.    Works for me.


The KS/Con exclusives assembled and mostly painted.  They are really nice minis.

Jolly Blackburn of Kenzerco w/ my signed copy of the 25th Anniv. of KODT. I asked him if there was any more in the drama over the KODT Live Action and he told me the KS organizer has 'gone silent'.

And my gamers/Zombie Orpheus Entertainment bonanza:
 Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe from Gemers Live and Sarah Sanders-Ode from House Rulez
 Christian Doyle and Steve Wolbrecht w/ a special message for a friend.

Carol Roscoe, Brian Lewis, Nathan Rice, Steven Wolbrecht, Christian Doyle.

From Steve Jackson Games:

I got a personal demo of the OGRE card game prototype which is being finalized now.  This is going to be one of my purchases when it hits the shelves.
 Phil Reed and Andrew Hackard


Howard Taylor drawing in Schlock Mercenary #11

 John Kovalic signing the T-shirt verboten at the local elementary school:

Swag:




some Cosplay:





More after I get some food in me and my feet stop hurting as much.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

GenCon2015 Day 1: YOUR Bell Sucks!!

I have arrived.  Made good time on the road but almost forgot about the time difference again. A quick refresher shower and some organization then a short trip to the floor before one of two main events for the evening.



With only a little while, two tables were closest to the door.

The Chaldea booth w/ Jen Page (I have tickets for tomorrow night):


And the guys from Dog Might Games.  Makes of some sweet wood gaming accessories:


 I picked up that monocromatic blue beauty in the middle.  More pics later.

 We chatted for a bitbefore I had to run off and get in line for Gamers Live: Curse of the Blind Swordsman.  The title of the post is a reference to a line in it.  It was fully videoed w/ sound effects and crowd participation.  A few very short clips from it:

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 Couldn't get my camera to take any decent pics w/o flash so I did these instead. Next up is the 'Late Night Puppet Slam' which I went to last year and had an absolute blast at.  I'll update later w/ hopefully some more video.

Update:  Only a little video.  They didn't allow video or pics so I shut it off.  Honestly I was really disappointed in the show this year.  Nowhere near as entertaining as last year and they threw in a bunch of politics. Really soured the evening.  Short clip before I shut the camera off.

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Some pics of my new dice tower:





Really nice woodworking, paint, and felting.  The drawbridge is removable and stays in place using a few small magnets as shown above. I'm looking forward to breaking this in at the next game session.

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