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Gen Con 2014 Day 4

Not a lot to say about the last day of the convention.  Mostly it was running around, returning unused generic tickets for a system credit, and getting the last few items from the Dealer room or Anime Artist Alley (which they renamed it to something ridiculous that doesn’t make any sense to me and just about killed it).  And then spent 5-6 hours on the road back home with the group I was with. 

Highlights of the convention:

  • Meeting Jim Butcher (he recognized the items on my Stetson as belonging to Armor, which surprised the living hell out of me! Very cool guy)
  • Checking out the Fantasy Flight booth and seeing their new goodies that are coming out (pics shall be forthcoming) like the XCOM board game, Star Wars: Imperial Assault and Star Wars: Armada
  • Talking with one of the developers at Fantasy Flight for Imperial Assault and XCOM
  • Talking art and hanging out a bit with artists, such as Lar DeSouza of Blind Ferret Entertainment and Lance Red, and Scott James
  • Using my game pushing powers to sweet talk Sohmer, the founder of Blind Ferret Entertainment, into buying the Xwing mini’s Core Set (he is definitely into the game and also wanted to know how many players could play, where you could get space mats, which you can get battle mats from Chessex or space mats from Gale Force Nine…he also wants a Star Destroyer huge ship. Fantasy Flight, I’m not saying you should hit me up and channel my powers…but you should totally hit me up and channel my powers)
  • Playing several games, such as Elder Signs by Fantasy Flight, a demo of DAMAGE REPORT by Break From Reality Games, Lascaux (a now discontinued game) by Mayfair Games
  • Renting a bike and peddling around Indy using a rent-a-bike service called Bikeshare.  That’s apparently a thing in some of the larger cities..and I’m all for it!

The rush to get to Butcher on Saturday was nuts.  He had two signings, one on Friday and one on Saturday.  Friday he started signing books at 3, but people had lined up at NOON.  So when we showed up at 2:30, they had long since been capped.  Poor guy had to put ice on his wrist at one point, so they had to also limit how many things to sign.  So we got to the doors of the Dealer Room at 9 am, and played some of Elder Signs while we waited for them to open.  At 10 am the doors opened.  I and two of my buddies managed to get in line at 10:01.  By 10:02 the line had already snaked back around past where we were.  They capped it off at 10:10.  Like I said, it was nuts.

A nice bonus to having Butcher there though was seeing several Harry Dresden cosplays walking around.  Was very good stuff indeed. 

Also the Tilted Kilt was a fun place.  Kind of like Hooters, but a little classier I suppose. 

I walked away with a nice amount of goodies.  A few art pieces, a foam case for my Xwing mini’s Corvette and Transport, a vinyl star mat for the Xwing minis game, a mug and shirt from the Ram Resturant and Brewery, a Skull push-pin from the PVP Online webcomic, a shirt from Oomba for playing Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock, and the Rebel Aces expansion pack for the Xwing minis game.

A good vacation, well needed, and the exhaustion well earned.

And now for pictures to follow

Gen Con 2014 Day 3

(late post, this was going to be posted yesterday, but you’ll get the reason why it was delayed in a second…)

Too tired for much detail. Lots of stuff. Jim Butcher, Yay! Tilted Kilt, hottie waitresses, yay! Gaming, dealer room…things.

Also confirmed my powers as a game pusher as I literally managed to cause Sohmer of Blind Ferret Entertainment (producers of Least I Could Do and Looking For Group) to jump out of the Booth with a declaration of “I’m getting this game!” This happened after I showed him the Rebel Aces expansion I had bought, told him its not a complicated game, and confirmed that 98% of the game will be them hold the ships and going “pew-pew” at each other.

Gen Con 2014 Day 2

Well, today was a busy day. Played a game of Dungeons and Dragons, hybrid of 3rd edition and some other elements, and had a close encounter with reanimated giant boa constrictor skeletons. Two in fact, but its OK. I was a rogue and survived.

My buddy, playing a wrestling Mage, was pretty much out wrestled and lost an arm, a leg, and was split in half. He became DED dead.

Ran around in the dealer room, artist alley, and at one point we rode rent-a-bikes around.

That’s apparently a thing. Fun tho!

Also went by fantasy flight again..son of a bi-they released a third faction for the game! I suspected they might, but now they did. More money gone! And more ships for Star Wars Armada…AND a ground based minis game called Imperial Assault.

Well played Fantasy Flight.

Final note…came across another Cavalry man wearing a Cav Stetson. So I’m not the only former soldier roaming around in a Stetson here.

I’ll have to become more noticeable somehow…

Tomarrow: more browsing the dealer hall, artists alley, and getting books signed by Jim Butcher of The Dresden Files! Woot!

Gen Con 2014 Day 1

Made good time on the road to Indianapolis, even with all the construction we ran into. Day one was mostly traveling, but I did get to see Lar DeSouza briefly and poke in the dealer room.

Fantasy Flight has something planned to be announced tomarrow for the Xwing minis game. My curiousity is piqued significantly. Plus they have the Rebel Aces pack AND Wave V large ships. Dammit, money is gone before I hand it over!!!!

Gen Con Bound!

Well, I will be in a few hours, but the point still stands.  Due to this, I will be off the grid, outside of some random posts maybe, until Sunday.

If you’re going and want to say hi, look for the man with the Stetson.  And probably let me know who you are, I am easily startled and tend to flee.  If you at least greet me with a “Hello, Tank” that should at least buy you a few seconds of confusion with which to follow up with.  And possibly to use a big net. 

These things happen at Gen Con.

Back to Normal for Gen Con

And no more crazy hours.  Normal workdays for me…for at least two days!  Then I’m off for a few days for Gen Con! 

Can I get a woot?  No?  Ok, I’ll live. :P

In case you’re wondering, Gen Con is a big gaming convention, both a public one and a trade show where they showcase the latest tabletop games, among others, and do seminars on the state of the industry how one can get into it.  As well as a lot of other stuff.  I typically frequent the dealer room and the artists sections (both Artist Alley and the Anime Artists Alley). 

So yea, if you’re going there, you might see me.  Look for the US Cavalry stetson.  As of last year, I’m still the only one there wearing one.  If you want to make actual plans to meet, drop a line and we’ll see what can be worked out, like meeting in the food court on a specific day and time in the convention hall (for example). 

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