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