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GenCon 2017, Day 1 Report August 31, 2017

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Here is the report of the third day of the trip to GenCon 2017, and the actual first day of the convention proper. The report on the second day of my trip to GenCon 2017 can be found in this journal entry.

August 17th, 2017

I woke up this morning feeling much better than I had on Wednesday, though my back hurt something fierce from the lumpy, soft mattress on the bed. I took care of the morning ablutions (the hot shower did wonders for my back), and after he had done the same, SteveR and I headed down to breakfast after I took my morning insulin shot. This promised to be a busy day, as it was the first actual day of the convention, so a good breakfast was important.

I had a 2-egg omelette (cooked with some cooking spray, rather than butter), with spinach, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese, and it was satisfying and not too filling as the omelette the day before had been. The decaf coffee was still too bitter for my taste, so I drank a cup of it sparingly. SteveR and I headed back up to the Westin Indianapolis hotel room to get ready for the morning. We had planned not to go to the International Convention Center (ICC from hereon out) for the opening of the Exhibit Hall and the dealers’ section, as it would be more packed than ever to get in at 10:00 am. (Note: From some of the photos I saw on-line that morning, it was an absolute madhouse and sea of humanity, so I’m glad we didn’t try to go that early.)

Once SteveR and I went over to the ICC and got to seeing things in the Exhibit Hall, much of it is a blur (though I did take some photos here and there). I started off by going over to the Modiphius Entertainment booth, as I needed to pick up the stuff that I needed to run the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG games I was going to run on Friday and Saturday. T.R. Knight and his family weren’t working that morning, and I didn’t see Chris Birch there, but one of the folks working the booth recognised my name, and he brought me the stuff that I’d need to run the game – the main rulebook, the GM Screen, and the new scenario that was debuting there at the convention, “The Dying Ship”. SteveR was kind enough to carry the heavy Coriolis book and GM Screen material for me, since my shoulder wouldn’t bear the load. He was also eyeing the new Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game, but he didn’t pick it up (yet).


The Darkness is coming to GenCon…

From there, SteveR and I headed over to the Ulisses Spiele North America booth, and I was pleased to see that both Eric Simon and Darrell Hayhurst were there. I introduced myself to Darrell, though he recognised me (and my wearing the 2015 TORG ETERNITY t-shirt didn’t hurt!), and we talked about all manner of stuff pertaining to the game for a bit.


Darrell Hayhurst of USNA and me

I didn’t want to monopolise his time, however (that’s bad etiquette at conventions), so I spoke with Eric about The Dark Eye RPG, since I was thinking of picking it up as a possible alternative to the Trudvang Chronicles (whenever that comes out). A lovely young German lady who also works for the company (I think) talked to me about the game and made me a good deal offer on a whole bunch of the game materials (and I wish I could remember her name). The folks at the booth put the Dark Eye materials away for me, since I didn’t want to lug it around the dealers’ room and I didn’t want SteveR to be too saddled with the game materials.

From the Ulisses Spiele NA booth, I headed towards the other side of the Exhibit Hall, encountering lots of slow moving traffic, and people who don’t understand that you have conversations off to the side of an aisle, not in the middle of it (this happened a lot during the weekend, but that’s another story). SteveR and I worked our way over to the Exile Games booth, and chatted with Jeff Combos and his daughter (they grow up so fast!). I also saw Tom Cadorette there as well, and we chatted for a bit, and caught up with each others’ lives. The booth had a good amount of Hollow Earth Expedition (HEX) materials, but nothing new. I also checked out the Quantum Black RPG that was for sale at the booth (the two designers of the game were also there), but it does nothing for me in terms of the Cthulhu meets Ubiquity feel, and I would rather run the Chill 3rd Edition RPG if I’m going to play horror, to be honest.


Jeff Combos and his daughter at the Exile Games booth


All things HEX at the Exile Games booth

SteveR and I went all the way to the Paizo booth were more of the Ulisses Spiele NA folks, namely Ross Watson and Dean Gibert (his user name most places is TorgHacker), were working. I introduced myself to the two gentlemen, and we talked a bit more about Torg Eternity and some of the plans for it. Had a good conversation with Ross and Dean, and learned a few secrets about stuff coming up, among other things. Dean mentioned that there were going to be a limited number of Torg Eternity dice sets available on Friday and the new Torg Eternity t-shirts on Saturday. Aggghhhh! That meant that I needed to come to the Exhibit Hall early on both days to make sure I got one of each, though I was able to convince SteveR to get here if I couldn’t make it for whatever reasons.


Me sandwiched between Ross Watson and Dean Gilbert

After looking at some of the other merchandise in the Paizo booth area, primarly the Ulisses stuff, SteveR and I headed from there to the Koplow Games booth. Several of the staff working there, including the owner, were somewhat baffled when I asked if they had any dice that were reminiscent of the Arabian Nights stories or the like, while the customers around me were amused and curious as to why I wanted them. They couldn’t help me with those, but did have some lovely scarab dice that glow in the dark, and I bought sixteen d6s from them. Very happy with that purchase.

SteveR and I went back to the Ulisses Spiele NA booth, and I bought a ton (well, it was only 12 kgs worth) of The Dark Eye RPG books. We were both ready for lunch, so we left the ICC and headed back to the Westin, where we stopped at the FedEx store in the building, and I shipped the Dark Eye books back to Canada. Somewhat expensive, but worth it (I thought at the time).

After going up to the hotel room and relaxing for a bit, we headed down to Shula’s for lunch. The place was quite busy, but we got in easily enough, and had a nice table by the windows where the sun was coming in. I had their terrific club sandwich (minus the mayo) with a tall glass of water (actually, two, as I was feeling a bit dehydrated). We went back up to the hotel room, grabbed a few things to take with us, and then I headed over with SteveR to the J.W. Marriott to hopefully get into the Torg Eternity game going on there, “The Burden of Glory”. The trip to the J.W. took too long, and there were no vacancies in the game, so we sat and watched the game for around 1/2 an hour or so. My GMing style for Torg (and Torg Eternity) is very different from that of the fellow (whose name I don’t know) running the game, but it was insightful to watch the game, to be sure. SteveR said that he’d come to watch the game as he was curious about how it played, and he told me that he really liked the use of the three decks of cards. My appetite to run the game was so whetted. *sigh* I could have taken a couple of photos of the table at play, but just didn’t feel right doing so.

SteveR and I headed back for the Westin to take a bit of time off and relax a bit. Caught up a bit on my Twitter feed, and heard about the terrible attack in Barcelona. Terrorism is unacceptable. My thoughts were with the injured and the families of the injured or dead. I realised that I needed to read up on “The Dying Ship” scenario for the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG that I’d be running, and discovered something – it didn’t have any character sheets and there were a lot of handouts to give to the players, plus several maps that were needed to run the adventure! I started to panic, but SteveR calmed me down by saying that we should use the printer in the Westin lobby. We went downstairs to try that and when that didn’t work, I asked the Westin staff if they’d be willing to print out two copies of the character sheets as well as all the hand-outs and ship maps and the like, and they were more then willing to do so! In colour! We used the on-line version of the “Dark Flowers” Quickstart scenario and some of the material off that document. When the Westin printer started having problems printing the character sheets out (perhaps due to lack of ink, or some other malfunction…in either case, I felt somewhat guilty about things), SteveR went over to FedEx to do the rest of the copying for me. I want to thank the folks at the Westin Indianapolis for their terrific assistance with my printing and other issues this day. If you’re reading this, *Thank you!* very, very much.

By the time I finally started to breathe calmly again, I discovered it was getting on towards supper, and since I’d not really snacked properly during the afternoon, I was feeling somewhat light-headed. I took one of my glucose tabs, but that only went so far to help out in this regard. SteveR and I decided to go and eat at High Velocity in the J.W. Marriott area, and so we headed there. By the time we got there, I was literally on my last legs, suffering dizziness and blurred vision. (Too little food during the day, and a lot of exercise.) The hostess at High Velocity told us that the wait would be at least 45 minutes, but they took pity on me when I told them of my diabetic condition (and I guess I must have looked pretty horrible) as we were seated at a table in less than 15 minutes. Looking over the menu, I ordered a caesar salad and the fish ‘n chips. The Caesar salad was extremely salty (though I needed a bit of that, too), but the fish ‘n chips really hit the spot. When we left High Velocity, I was feeling much better but somewhat tired.


Fish ‘n chips at High Velocity

Heading back to the Westin from the J.W. Marriott, I saw this game being played in one of the many hallway alcoves in the ICC, and couldn’t resist the picture opportunity, as it was just so cute.


A game of Oh, Gnome You Don’t! in the ICC area

Got back to the hotel room at the Westin feeling…tired. Just felt like a long day. With a bit of time before my insulin shot, I sat back and read most of “The Dying Ship” adventure one more time. After all, the Darkness is coming tomorrow at GenCon…for two days only. 🙂 Need to be read up on the scenario, obviously.

Also took a couple of other pictures in the hotel room, one of my lovely scarab dice, which will see use tomorrow. hehe (However, those will wait until the loot photos at the end of the convention.)

I took my insulin injection, and followed this by having a bowl of Cheerios with some milk. SteveR joined me in this endeavour (the Cheerios, not the insulin) and we chatted amiably about the day at GenCon 2017 and how things had gone. We both hit the beds, and continued talking for another half hour or so, and then turned off the lights. I didn’t sleep all that easily, but don’t remember the clock reading 1:00 pm. It was a long day, and I would need my rest for Friday and the first running of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG.

Anyway, so that’s the wrap-up on the third day of the trip to Indy, and the first official day of GenCon 2017. Next up will be the Friday report, when I get the chance.

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RPGaDay in August – August 31st: Gaming in 2018? August 31, 2017

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Day 31 – What do you anticipate most for gaming in 2018?

I can’t say there are any rpgs that I anticipate coming out in 2018, though I am looking forward to the upcoming The Trudvang Chronicles and supplements for the Torg Eternity and Coriolis – The Third Horizon rpgs.

That said, I would like to be able to run a decent length campaign of one rpg in 2018, preferably science fiction and/or fantasy as well as some good (and memorable) gaming experiences. I’m looking forward to convention gaming at CanGames 2018 and perhaps one other gaming convention. And I would dearly love to play in a couple of rpg campaigns as well, since I find running games every week to be somewhat exhausting and creativity draining at times.

And that’s it for this year’s #RPGaDAY in August! That was fun, illuminating, but also somewhat exhausting! See you in 2018 for the next incarnation of the project! 🙂

GenCon 2017, Day -1 Report August 30, 2017

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Here is the report of the second day of the trip to GenCon 2017. The report on the first day can be found in this journal entry.

August 16th, 2017

Woke up this morning feeling somewhat tired. While the bed looked really appealing when we got into Indy yesterday (Tuesday), the mattress was rather soft and a bit lumpy for my taste, and undid all the good the hot tub had done for my back and shoulder the night before. Today promised to be long day, what with the unofficial start to GenCon 2017 and the fact that the Will Call line was expected to be longer than ever. I was also going to spend the evening at the Indie Game Developer Network (IGDN) Social at Loughmiller’s Pub, so it would make for a somewhat long day. However, one step at a time.

SteveR and I took care of the morning ablutions, and then set out to find some breakfast. I was feeling somewhat queasy in my stomach, but attributed that to the fact that my body clock was off from the travelling, and we headed down to Shula’s for breakfast. It was relatively quiet when we got there, and we had an easy time getting a table. (It wouldn’t be that simple on Thursday, but that’s getting ahead of myself.) Wandering into the buffet section of the restaurant, I decided right away that I was going to order food off the menu. SteveR agreed with me on this, and so we went back to our table and ordered breakfast. I had a 3-egg omelette with mushrooms, spinach and mozzarella cheese, with bacon and toast, and had a cup of decaf coffee. The omelette was just too large for my taste, but it was delicious. Filling. I realised that for the next morning, I needed to cut it down to 2-egg omelette, and have them cook it without butter. Still, it was delicious. On the other hand, I found the decaf coffee to be a bit more bitter than I like it.


Me at breakfast at Shula’s


Steve at breakfast at Shula’s

We went back up to the room for a bit, and SteveR and I decided that he would head over to the CVS Pharmacy again to search for a couple of things, while I went down to the lobby and waited for him. (I didn’t want to spend too much time in the hotel room.) After he got back from the pharmacy, we would spend a bit more time in the room relaxing, and then would head for the Convention Center to collect our registration stuff for GenCon 2017 at the Will Call area. From there, we would head to lunch. And it was while I was sitting in the Westin lobby that I had my…accident. Suffice it to say, I spent what felt like an hour in the Westin lobby bathroom, with my pants, underwear and socks messed up, as I waited for SteveR to return to the hotel from the pharmacy and help me out. The hotel took the soiled clothes, and would clean them, returning them around the supper hour the next night, but in the meantime, I just felt humiliated, helpless and just plain depressed. And SteveR and I would be late for Will Call. This whole incident was due to the fact that I’d not eaten for close to 6 hours the day before during our flying experience, and when it was all over I vowed that I wouldn’t let this happen again at the convention or during our return trip to Ottawa. Anyway, not going to dwell on this any longer and I’m not even going to mention this again.

Once we’d returned to the hotel room and I’d dressed in clean clothes, we headed over to the International Convention Center (ICC from hereon out), and boy was the place packed! More people than I’d seen in one place in a while. We went and joined the Will Call line, and I figured it would take a long time.


The Will Call line, looking forward


The Will Call line, looking back

I should have known better. The Will Call process took less than thirty minutes, and the line moved along at a really good pace. We got to the desk area, and the GenCon 2017 staff there made the process relatively painless and pretty quick, but it was a madhouse of activity and I have to say that I’m glad I wasn’t working the Will Call area. Will Call took less than thirty minutes. Here’s another pic.


The Will Call area, when we got there

From there, SteveR and I went to the Event section of the booths, where the line was much shorter than I’d expected, and we both bought some Generic tickets. I was hoping to get into a game of Torg Eternity during the convention, and thought I might play in a couple of other things as well. While waiting in the lines for stuff, I’d been tweeting with my virtual friend, T.R. Knight, and we actually arranged to go to lunch with T.R. and his daughters. SteveR and I hustled to get to the Circle Center Mall, and we met them in a relatively quiet section of the food court area.

It was a pleasure to meet T.R. and his daughters. T.R. and I have been good virtual friends for a bit now, and this was the first time we met. They were already eating by the time we arrived, and though I didn’t really feel like eating (as I still had a rough feeling stomach), I realised I needed to eat. Fortunately, we were in the part of the Circle Center Mall where one of my favourite food places, Maki of Japan, was, so SteveR and I grabbed some food from there and rejoined T.R. and the girls at the table. I can’t remember what we ate there, but the conversation at the table was lovely and I felt like I had just met someone that I’d known for years. We chatted for a while about all manner of things, and T.R. presented me with the jar of home-made cherry jam that we’d talked about for several weeks on Twitter. T.R. and the girls had to return to the Exhibit Hall to continue helping the folks at the Modiphius booth set up. We agreed to chat a bit more when I saw him next, as I was sure that I’d see him at the Modiphius booth later on during the convention. Sadly, I forgot to take a photo or three. *sigh*

SteveR and I returned to the ICC and we went over to the GenCon 2017 (GenCon 50) merchant booth in the halls that was being run by the good folks at OffWorld Designs. The line-up was pretty long to get to the merchandise, but we managed.


Waiting in line for GenCon merchandise

I managed to buy myself one of the GenCon 50 t-shirts that depicted the fully winged dragon in gold, while SteveR picked up a special anniversary t-shirt for Tammy and a t-shirt for himself (can’t remember which version of the t-shirt he picked up). We walked back to the Westin, and dropped off our purchases at the room, then headed out to the Hyatt see if I could find the room where I was scheduled to run the two Coriolis – The Third Horizon game sessions. SteveR and I walked around the second floor of the Hyatt to see if we could find the Directors rooms where I’d be running the games, but for the life of us we couldn’t. By that time, it was getting late in the day and we both wanted to relax a little bit back in the hotel before heading out to Loughmiller’s Pub for the Indie Game Developer Network (IGDN) Social. When SteveR and I got back to the Westin, the lobby was *packed* with folks checking in to their rooms. Turned out there was an electrical problem of some sort that was wreaking havoc on the process. Once back in the hotel room, I lay down on the bed back in the room at the Westin, and fell asleep for about 3/4 of an hour. Lovely nap.

After getting up, I took a quick sitz bath and felt a bit more human again. The rest had done me good, as my stomach was relatively calm. Headed over to Loughmiller’s Pub, but SteveR said he had to go back to the hotel room for something. I wandered through Loughmiller’s looking for a table for supper and reached the back without recognising anyone I knew (at least I didn’t think I did). At the back of the Pub, at one of the tables there, a fellow was sitting and I thought I recognised him – and then I saw the Biohazard Games t-shirt and realised it was Jeff Barber! This is the guy who created the waterworld (or waterpunk) Blue Planet RPG, and a fellow that I’ve been wanting to meet for at least 20 years! Oddly enough, Jeff recognised me since we’d been recently tweeting and he recognised me from my image there and my blog, and invited me to join him for dinner. I did so, and we had a pleasant conversation about all things Blue Planet and Upwind.


Sitting with Jeff Barber at Loughmiller’s

SteveR finally came in and joined us and we had a good meal. The Cobb salad that I ordered for supper didn’t agree with me all that much, so I ate rather more sparingly than I had intended. Didn’t even finish the beer that I ordered. *sigh* SteveR was still having problems and took off for the bathroom, and when he came back he ate sparingly and then excused himself and headed back to the Westin hotel room. Once Jeff and I finished dinner and talking, I wandered around a bit and met several other people that I knew, including Eloy Lasanta of Third Eye Games and Simon Rogers and Cat Tobin of Pelgrane Press. We chatted a bit, and I had a pretty good evening (notably after the earlier difficulty I had). After talking with a few people and giving them my business card (which will hopefully lead to some editing and/or writing gigs), I was feeling worn out and headed back to the Westin.

I wasn’t quite ready to head up to the hotel room, so sat down to just drink in the gaming atmosphere of the Westin lobby (there were already some gamers in action, mostly board games, by this time). I texted SteveR, who was up in the room, and convinced him to come down to the lobby for a bit and just sit and chat. He did, but were both pretty tired and SteveR looked a bit green around the gills, so we headed up to the room around 10:30 pm, and I dealt with my insulin shot and had a snack of Cheerios and some apple, before crashing for the night around 11:30 pm.

Anyway, that’s the wrap-up on the second day of the trip to Indy, and the day right before the official start of GenCon 2017. Next up, the first day of GenCon, 2017!

RPGaDay in August – August 30th: RPG Genre Mash-Up August 30, 2017

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Day 30 – What is an RPG genre-mash-up you would most like to see?

To be honest, I can’t answer this question. There might be a genre mash-up that I would like to see, but I probably wouldn’t know what it is until I saw it mentioned or the game came out. 🙂

RPGaDay in August – August 29th: Best Run Kickstarter August 29, 2017

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Day 29 – What has been the best-run Kickstarter you have backed?

The three best-run Kickstarters that I have backed to this point have been the Atlantis: The Second Age, Coriolis – The Third Horizon, and Torg Eternity RPG Kickstarters. All for pretty much the same reasons: They have not forgotten which product the Kickstarter is focused on and they have communicated with the backers very well.

‘Nuff said.

GenCon 2017, Day -2 Report August 28, 2017

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As promised, here is the first of my GenCon 2017 reports. I don’t know how long these will be, but I plan to write one for each day based on Twitter posts that I took about the convention and all, enhanced somewhat, so these are likely to be long posts. Additionally, there will be one or two retrospective posts with my thoughts about the convention overall. So enjoy.

August 15th, 2017

I woke up at the ungodly hour of 5:30 am. I say ungodly, because I’ve retired from work so don’t really have to get up this early any longer, but such is life when you’re heading for Indianapolis and GenCon 2017. I was a little bit groggy and tired when I woke, though I’d had about five hours of shut-eye. I was also a little bit stressed as, to be honest, I was concerned about all manner of stuff – notably having to take the insulin and all the damnbloody medications down with me to the convention. I did my morning exercises for the shoulder, showered and shaved, and continued with the packing for the trip, since all I really had left to pack were the meds and some of the toiletries. My shoulder started to bother me a lot during that process.

SteveR and his mother arrived around 7:30 am as we had to be at the airport for 8:00 am, and putting all the stuff in the car and everything went pretty smoothly. My mother came with us to the airport to see me off, and I could see she was worried about stuff, but didn’t have the chance to pursue the matter with her. The drive to the airport was uneventful, and we talked about various things. I had this funny feeling as we were driving to the airport that I’d forgotten something, but couldn’t figure out or remember what it was. Check-in at the airport was relatively easy, though we had to handle it at the actual Air Canada desk, as for some reason the automated system wouldn’t accept SteveR’s name when he tried to check-in. I think it had something to do with him buying the tickets, so his ticket stuff had to be handled first. I was pleased to learn that my check-in suitcase was well under the limit for the weight allowance. Yay! 🙂 Once we were checked in for the flight, we learned that we’d go through U.S. security and customs in Toronto, but wouldn’t have to deal with the check-in luggage. That was fine, since it meant less carrying stuff and my shoulder was hurting quite a bit. Naturally, when we went through Canadian Security, they had to check that my insulin was actually what I claimed it to be, so opened the freezer bag to check the gel packs of ice and the insulin itself. *sigh*

Once we got near the gate where the plane was going to take off from, we went in search of somewhere to eat breakfast. We settled on the Byward Taps restaurant for the meal, and that’s when I discovered what I’d forgotten – my little pill container with the morning’s medications! Damn it! I ordered breakfast, my usual consisting of scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast with some coffee. The meal was, to put it mildly, pretty disgusting. I’ve never seen bacon dripping with so much fat, and the eggs were scrambled without any salt or pepper and were…they just didn’t taste right. Hmm.


Sitting in Byward Taps waiting for breakfast

Back to the gate we went, and the boarding for the flight to Toronto went pretty smoothly. The flight was less than an hour, and was quite smooth as well, with a bit of turbulence along the way, but nothing unusual. In Toronto itself, we didn’t have a lot of time to get to the gate and do lunch, as we had to go through U.S. Security and Customs. That was not a pleasant experience, to be honest, as we had to wait in the Customs Clearance line for some 75 minutes, and I actually thought we weren’t going to make the flight. Naturally, U.S. Security also decided they had to check the insulin out and opened the freezer bag as well. (I was told that I was a randomly selected passenger for search.) Given that both flights had a beverage service on them (biscuits and ginger ale on the Ottawa-Toronto flight, pretzels and coke on the Toronto-Indianapolis flight) and I didn’t eat any food during the 6 or so hours that we had to deal with after breakfast, I was hungry by the time we got to Indy. Little did I know that I would pay the price for this in a big way on Wednesday…

We arrived in Indianapolis without incident, and collected our luggage and then hopped in a tax for the drive downtown to the Westin Indianapolis. We checked into the hotel, which was quite nice, without problem and got all the luggage up to the hotel room. The room appeared comfortable, and I was pleased to see there was a built-in fridge. Very nice! The bathroom was a bit strange, as it was a handicap room, so there was a sitting bench and two railings in the shower which couldn’t be used as a bathtub. (Wish I had taken a photo of that.)


The hotel room at the Westin

SteveR and I went back down to the lobby, wanting to go to Marsh’s to do the shopping we needed, but it turned out that the chain of stores had closed and the nearest grocery was Kroeger’s. I was a bit concerned about that, given what I’d heard about Kroeger’s but needn’t have been. We took a cab to the grocery store, picked up the footstuffs and pharmacy items that we needed for the most part and then cabbed our way back to the hotel. SteveR and I dropped the stuff off at the room, and then he went over to the local CVS to find what we were still lacking (he needed vitamins and I was in need of some Gold Bond Diabetes lotion and a pill container) while I started unpacking and tried to do my shoulder exercises again.

By the time SteveR returned, minus the pill container and the Gold Bond, but having found pretty much everything else, we relaxed for a bit longer. I went back down to the hotel lobby to give him a bit of time on his own, and saw that people were starting to arrive at the hotel for the convention.



Two views of the Westin Indianapolis lobby

SteveR joined me down in the lobby for a bit, and then we went up to Shula’s and had a lovely, if expensive, meal. Let’s just say they know how to make steak. We went back upstairs to the room for a bit after sitting a bit longer in the lobby, and then we changed into bathing suits and went down in search of the hot tub. The swimming pool, contrary to the advertising, was unheated, but the hot tub was just what my poor shoulder needed. Marvelously relaxing, and the pain went completely away. We returned to the room, and after taking my insulin shot and snarfing down some Cheerios, we crashed for the night. We were both very tired.

I remember thinking that I hoped to see some friends, both those known to me and those still virtual, but I had no firm plans for the day other than getting my badge and registration stuff for the convention. Besides, I don’t really know all that many people at GenCon, so… I just wanted to have a good night’s sleep and relax before the start of the convention.

Take the convention one day at a time, and just have some fun.

And there you have it folks, the first day of the Indy and GenCon trip for 2017. Somewhat long, yes, I know, but I trust it was enjoyable reading. The next entry will deal with GenCon Day -1, the 16th of August.

And So 2017’s GenCon Review Begins… August 28, 2017

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As promised, I am going to start posting up reports about my trip to Indianapolis for GenCon 2017 today. While I don’t think I’ve caught con crud ::knock on wood::, I am suffering with the foot blisters and some associated ailments (including the side effects of the two antibiotics I’m taking), so I’m not sure how often or when these blog entries will be posted. So bear with me.

These posts are going to be quite long, I suspect, and are likely to involve a few photos here and there (as I took a few as did SteveR). For those who have no interest in the gaming hobby that I love and the reports from GenCon, just skip these posts. They’ll be clearly marked. For those of you who want to read these and get a feel for GenCon 2017, I hope you enjoy. Please comment in the appropriate section, or add your thoughts about the convention if you were an attendee. Thanks. 🙂

RPGaDay in August – August 28th: Film/Series Quotes August 28, 2017

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Day 28 – What film/series is the biggest source of quotes in your group?

Egads. This one is tough because I have three gaming groups.

That said, I think that The Musketeers, Babylon 5, the Star Wars films, and classic novels and book series make up the majority of quote sources for my gaming groups.

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming August 27, 2017

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Getting ready for an afternoon of gaming with the Sunday gaming group.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to game today given that my feet are really bothering me today and I’m in a modicum of pain, but I’m hoping the distraction of gaming will make me feel better and allow me to focus on something other than the blisters and cellulitis.

We’ll be continuing on with the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG campaign this afternoon, and I’m rather looking forward to this, as I’m hoping to bring the first scenario for the Sunday group to a close.

Anyway, time to head into the bathroom for another sitz bath, since I’m not yet allowed to shower properly. After that, SteveR will hopefully arrive with some lunch.

Have a good afternoon, folks.

RPGaDay in August – August 27th: RPG Essential Tools August 27, 2017

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We continue on with #RPGaDAY in August.

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Day 27 – What are your essential tools for good gaming?

As far as I’m concerned, the essential tools for good gaming are the game system rulebook, the adventure that one is running, and some paper, pencils/pens, and dice. The last are optional, as not all systems use dice, but for those that do, they are essential. Finally, the last essential tool is a good understanding of the game system that one is running, and having a good feel for the adventure that one is running since the adventure will never go as the GM expects.