Friday, August 25, 2017

Gen Con 50 (2017)

Another Gen Con has come and gone. Like most, I spent a majority of my time working in the auction. I also ran 3 RPGs (Tunnels & Trolls x1, A Game of Thrones D20 x2), got a chance to check out the dealer hall for about an hour on Sunday, and played a few games. I will talk more about the events I ran in a different post.

This year I drove in on Tuesday night, arriving at my hotel at the Crowne right around 10:30 pm. After one last meeting for work on WED morning, I spent the rest of the day helping with the Auction set-up and intake for sellers dropping off their items. Once the GM HQ opened, I waited in that line to get the Peryton Gamer group's badges, went to dinner with Harold and Jeff, then met up with the Peryton gang to hand over those badges.

The auction this year was massive,with about 2000 more live auction items then we normally have to deal with and over 10K items in the consignment store. I was able to break away each day to run my RPG games (T&T on Thursday, AGOT on both Friday and Saturday). The Friday collectible auction did not wrap up until 1:30am. Saturday was quite hectic as we spent most of the morning and early afternoon selling items as fast as we could so that we could remain on schedule for TOVA at 2pm and then the Charity auction at 7pm. By the time the Charity auction was done, it was also close to 2am. I did arrive to my AGOT RPG event an hour early on Saturday and was able to get my first sit down meal since Wednesday evening at the sports bar in the Marriott.

I did not spend too much in the auction, officially only buying 4 games:
  • The board game 'Belfort' which included two expansions for only $32. A game I already had, but only one person was bidding on it and I knew Ed or Frank would gladly pay more than half price for the game if offered to them. I kept the expansion and sold the game to Ed for $20.
  • The board game 'Cowboys', another one I already had, but it was in the shrink wrap and no one was bidding on it so I took it for only $3. I will throw it in my prize bag for when we run Circus Imperium in the future
  • The board game 'Venus Needs Men' (shrinkwrap) for only $5; I will also throw that in the prize bag.
  • Finally, I have a copy of the MB big box game 'Samurai Swords' in the shrinkwrap for only $20. A game that normally sells for much higher and one I have always wanted. The version with the name of 'Shogun' is more the collector's items because of the trademark issues that forced the name change, but I am gonna open it and play it anyway - from what I remember a great game.
  • I picked up a few other games as well; when sellers do not pick up their unsold items by 2pm at the auction, our Charity guy first goes through and pulls anything he wants to store for next year. Once that is done, we then can take what we want. I grabbed a few things that will also be destined for my prize bag.

The Auction got all us volunteers nifty Tom Wham inspired badge holders this year. The yellow button I got from fellow auction volunteer Jim K. The Gen Con 50 Pin was a gift from the Auction to me (as an auction manager of the Pit)  On Sunday I also got the following:
  • the T&T app in the dealer hall where I was able to earn a T&T dice bag with two d6's by completing 'Naked Doom'
  • the Nefarious expansion where I finished 2nd place earning an 'Evil Genius' ribbon and some promo cards
  • the Traveler dice set was from Matt T who used my event ticket for 'Can you survive character creation' since I could not make it but he gave me the dice since he already had a set

And a few pics from the Dealer Hall where I finally met and talked to both Liz Danforth and Steve Crompton at the Flying Buffalo booth.

After getting the auction room cleaned up and all our supplies loaded back on Ed's truck, it was close to 6pm on Sunday and then we met at Buca for our annual end of convention meal. Before heading back to Toledo later that night, I briefly chatted with Tom, Robin, and Brett at the Crowne Plaza lounge/bar. I also talked to Randy for a bit ahead of one of my games on Thursday (I believe).

Friday, December 9, 2016

More Meandering Progress

So my "monster a day" challenge fizzled and failed; work is busy and family life even more so. Maybe there will be time to squeeze in during the holidays to get things completed. Here is the first preview from the upcoming manual:

Art by Jacob Blackmon, used with permission 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Gen Con 2016, Part 1

Sitting here on a break during my business trip to Malaysia, figured I would finally get around to writing about Gen Con this year. The prelude to GC was stressful as I decided the best thing I could possibly do before driving to Indy was get into a car accident. The Tucson is now in the great auto graveyard as its life force has run out. I will miss the vehicle that took me to and from Indy many times between 2009 and 2015.

With my rented Jeep Compass, the boy and I headed to Indy on Tuesday night after first stopping somewhere in middle Indiana at a Meijer to get some snacks and drinks for the week. Called ahead to the hotel to check-in since a traffic back-up could have prevented us from arriving before midnight; but we got there just after 11pm.

Wednesday we spent setting up for the auction since both of us were working as volunteers this year. The boy took well to my fellow volunteers and worked hard and spent most of the day checking sellers' items into the auction. He did quite well.

We stopped at the Crowne to get a burger and some hummus in the restaurant after finishing around 6pm at the auction. Ahead of that, I went to the GM HQ to get all the Peryton Gamer group's badges that would be handed off later that night. I had a game to run at 9pm that I was utterly unprepared for once again, an increasingly frustrating habit I have found myself in. While I was probably going to be good with what I had, not feeling 100% and the boy being a bit tired pretty much finalized the notion to not show up, which I am not all that proud of. My vow from this point on I will never cancel or miss another game that I commit to running. The Quitter's Club ends now for me. Also hooked up with Tom and the LARPers, dropping off the badges and giving Tom a key he could use to store the LARP props since most of their games were next door at the Union Station. The boy got some more reading in, 1984 for the upcoming school year.

Thursday morning - we are at the auction by 830am. We left at about 130pm along with Harper and his daughter Brooklyn to run our Circus Imperium game. 8 players showed up with Harper/Brooklyn set to play with generics. Another friend of ticketed player also showed up so Brooklyn and Harper were OK with using only space so the other dude could also play. Fun game where 7 or 8 teams of beasts were ultimately whipped and rammed to death. Brooklyn had the win in hand, but took it well when it seemed multiple people were interfering with her ability to finish the race. I gave her a prize as well since she really was a bit picked on and most any other person would be upset. 

Back to the auction after the game where we worked the rest of the night. We made it back to the hotel and stopped at the restaurant close to 11pm, past the time they normally served burgers. However, our server from the previous night hooked us up with burgers and fries that we could take back to the room along with some complimentary beverages as we waited.

Friday was pretty much the same schedule as the previous day. We had a full table with 9 of the ticketed players showing up and a group that pretty much knew each other which is always fun. They did have one extra ticket which they gave to the one standby player. Levi was also there; he had played in the game the previous day (was the first die on Thursday). This game featured one player with an awesome 'whipping' sound affect; he whipped his beasts so much that he was forced to abandon his chariot as it was about to fall apart. A lot of cab changing and fighting between the racers as well. One guy way in the lead played it too safe and one bad cornering decision led to the victory from the boy who with his father had also played in our game last year.

....oops, back to work. More to come later.