Wednesday, January 10, 2018

BASH Con Memories

I have lived in Toledo now for almost 30 years, and I have been attending the annual gaming convention at the UT campus, BASH Con, for most of those years.  Back in 2009, on a slow Friday evening, myself and this other guy were sitting at empty tables, waiting for players to our games that would never show up. We decided that I would jump over and play in his game and on that night; I was officially introduced to Tunnels & Trolls.


In 2010, I met this guy (we'll call him Tom) and his wife (Robin) again in the registration line. I had not played T&T at all in the year that had passed. Once again, the game that I had planned to run was a non-event, either because no one showed up or because anyone that did show up was still in the long registration line (a common theme at BASH Con unfortunately), so I jumped in Tom's T&T game again.

The Friday night T&T game became a yearly fixture for us at the convention. It turned out that Tom and Robin dabble a bit in small press publishing. Their company is Peryton Publishing and they gave me my first shot at getting in on the writing action before I started my own logo with Darkshade Publishing. In 2011 when my then 11 year old step son was ready to join us, it was the start of my yearly Sunday morning AD&D game, which despite one off year in 2016, is still going strong.


In 2013, Tom and I (mostly Tom) somehow orchestrated an appearance by Ken St. Andre as a special guest for the weekend.


This was also the same year the step-daughter made her first appearance at a convention actually playing games, complete with some Barbie dolls to keep her company (she was only 8; in hindsight, maybe a bit too young).



Those are some of the highlights for me. Meeting new people that would become good friends and fellow collaborators. Looking forward to many more years to come. Below is an archive of all the blog entries from Tom, Robin, Beckett, and Paul to fill anyone in on many more details cool happenings.

2009: 
Tom

2010: 
Robin
Tom

2011: 
Robin
Tom, Part 1Part 2 Part 3

2012: 
Robin
Jerry, Part 1Part 2

2013:
Robin
Tom, Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4
Jerry, Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
Paul

2014: 
Robin
Tom, Part 1Part 2Part 3
Jerry
Paul

2015:
Robin
Tom

2016: 
Robin
Tom
Jerry
Beckett

2017:
Jerry


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