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Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming September 22, 2017

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Getting ready for this evening’s game session with the Friday night group.

This evening the Friday night players are going to get into The Dark Eye RPG, starting with character creation. It’s a rather involved process in the game, sort of a Life Path kind of affair, but set in a world (Aventuria) that has a very detailed, long history and background to it, so I’m looking foward to how they do with this. And am totally scared to death, for some reason.

Anyway, supper is done and the dishes await before the players arrive.

Have a good night, folks.

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Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming September 17, 2017

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

My feet are bothering me pretty badly, a lot of pain in the left foot where the blisters haven’t broken (but I feel like I’m walking on a small pocket of fluid or whatever), and my left shoulder is bothering me a lot. Here’s hoping the gaming will distract me from the pain that’s going on and focus on something else (i.e., the gaming).

The Sunday gamers and I will be wrapping up the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG scenario that they’re doing for the moment, and if time permits we’re going to start in on stuff for the The Dark Eye campaign that I’m planning to run, though probably won’t get to character creation until next weekend.

Meanwhile, it’s time to head into the shower, and then hobble upstairs to make some lunch.

Have a good afternoon, folks.

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming September 15, 2017

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Well, it’s Friday evening.

Time to get some Friday night gaming in with the regular players. It’s been a while since we gamed for a period of time on a Friday night. I’ve spent the afternoon reading some of The Dark Eye RPG gaming materials, but am not ready to run the system just yet. So tonight’s game will be another session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG campaign.

I’m looking forward to gaming this evening.

In the meantime, I need to make some supper.

Have a good evening, folks.

Getting Ready for Wednesday Night Gaming September 13, 2017

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Getting ready for an evening of gaming with the Wednesday night group.

This will be the first time that the Wednesday night players have gamed in some time (since the middle of June, in fact), as they took the summer off. I don’t know what we’ll be playing this evening, but I suspect they’ll want to play a board game of some sort, rather than rpgs, so as to transition back into gaming somewhat. I do know that Donna has expressed an interest in seeing some of The Dark Eye RPG gaming materials, so that will likely happen after gaming tonight.

Looking forward to playing with the Wednesday nighters once again! 🙂

In the meantime, I need to make some supper.

Have a good evening, folks.

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming September 8, 2017

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Getting ready for an evening of gaming with the Friday night group.

Not sure what the players want to do yet tonight, but there’s a strong interest in the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG campaign, as they were having quite a bit of fun with it. So I’ve spent a bit of the afternoon refreshing myself on the system and the campaign scenario they’re playing to this point.

Looking forward to whatever the players decide to play this evening.

In the meantime, I need to figure out what to do for supper tonight.

Have a good evening, folks.

Going to Game With Friday Night Group September 8, 2017

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Spoke to Kathy and the Friday gaming group.

Gaming is on for this evening. They felt that I would benefit from a bit of company, and they also thought that running a game would distract me somewhat from the pain in my feetsies.

They are so right.

And I’m looking forward to it.

Meanwhile, back to reading some of The Dark Eye gaming materials. Then a bit into the Coriolis – The Third Horizon stuff as well. 🙂

GenCon 2017, The Loot! September 6, 2017

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Finally, as promised, here are some thoughts with lots of photos of the stuff that I bought down at GenCon Indy (what is affectionately called “the loot”). Lots of photos in this one. 🙂 To read the report on my final thoughts of GenCon 2017, check out this journal entry.

September 4th, 2017

In terms of the stuff that I bought at GenCon, well… I went down to GenCon hoping to find certain products in the Exhibit Hall. I’ve not posted an overview photo of all the stuff that I purchased in Indy, because that wouldn’t do it justice, to be honest. So let’s start in on this stuff…

One of the first things I wanted to pick up at GenCon 2017 was a new set of dice to use with the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG. I was looking for something Arabian Nights themed or something with a scarab on them (since the game uses scarabs in a very interesting way in the rulebook and the various supplements). I was pretty pleased with these six-sided beauties. And the scarab glows in the dark!


6-sided scarab dice

Something else that I wanted to pick up at GenCon, well, I needed to since I was going to be running “The Dying Ship” scenario for Coriolis – The Third Horizon there twice, was the adventure itself and Fria Ligan/Free League Publishing kindly agreed to supply me with a rulebook and GM Screen for my use as well, through the good folks at Modiphius Entertainment. Here’s a photo of that game material.

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The Dying Ship adventure


The Coriolis – The Third Horizon stuff gifted me

As mentioned, I went by the Ulisses Spiele NA booth in the hopes of finding some material for the Torg Eternity RPG, but they had nothing available on the Thursday, though I was told that some dice and some t-shirts would be in on the Friday and Saturday. However, the other thing I went looking for at the convention was The Dark Eye RPG, since it actually sounded very cool and I’d heard some good things about it. The lovely Mhàire Stritter at the Ulisses Spiele NA booth told me some of the strengths and weaknesses of The Dark Eye RPG, and I was sold on the game, and bought a whole stack of stuff.


The Dark Eye RPG haul of books

For those interested, I’ve got the Quick-Start Rules, the Core Rules, the GM Screen (with the Inns and Taverns book), the Aventuria Almanac, the Aventuria Bestiary, Arivor’s Doom (scenario), The White Lake (scenario), Witch’s Dance and The Thorwal Drum (both Heroic Works scenarios), and several issues of the Aventurian Herald (not pictured). So much The Dark Eye goodness, but there were other things there at the booth I would have picked up if I’d been more up on my game knowledge of what was available. *sigh*

As it turned out, the folks at Ulisses Spiele NA got the Torg Eternity dice and the new t-shirt both on the Friday, so I was able to pick up a set of the dice (one to a customer) and the t-shirt. They’re both beautiful.

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Torg Eternity dice set


Torg Eternity t-shirt, front


Torg Eternity t-shirt, back

I also bought a whole bunch of old TORG supplements, as these will give me some additional material to use when running the new Torg Eternity RPG. I was rather pleased to have picked these up, though I worried that the weight would get me in the suitcases, though I needn’t have worried about that.


Old TORG RPG supplements

The filk band (at least I still think of them that way) Water Street Bridge was performing live at the convention, in one of the ICC hallways, and I saw some of their performance there and picked up three of their CDs. Wish I’d picked up the rest.


Three Water Street Bridge CDs

Over at the Stronghold Games booth, I managed to snag a copy of Terraforming Mars and also the supplement for the game, Hellas & Elysium. Lovely stuff.


Terraforming Mars and Hellas & Elysium

Phil Foglio was in the the Exhibit Hall selling stuff in the Author’s area, and I picked up a couple of books from him, the Myth Adventures graphic novel and the first volume of Girl Genius. He was kind enough to sign them for me.


Phil Foglio’s Myth Adventures and Girl Genius, Volume 1

Over at the Third Eye Games booth, I spoke for a bit with Eloy Lasanta, and also picked up the Pip System Core Rules and the Mermaid Adventures game (which uses the same rules). Both of the copies are signed.


Pip System and Mermaid Adventures from Third Eye Games

Also in the Author’s area of the Exhibit Hall, I stopped by Doug Bedwell’s booth and picked up a copy of his humourous sf novel, Robot Captain.


Robot Captain by Doug Bedwell

I also picked up a couple of dice bags that I couldn’t resist, and these will be holding my current gaming dice and some other stuff.


New dice bags and dice purchases

I also picked up a batch of t-shirts and several buttons at GenCon 50 but am not posting pics of them for various reasons.

For the most part, none of the purchases were actually impulse buys, other than a couple of t-shirts, the Phil Foglio books, and maybe one of the dice bags. Overall, I was pretty pleased with my purchases at GenCon 2017 though there were a few things that I wanted to purchase and/or forgot to purchase that I had wanted. But no use crying over spilt milk, as they say. My real regret here was that the folks from Fria Ligan/Free League Publishing (makers of Mutant: Year Zero, Coriolis – The Third Horizon and Tales From the Loop) weren’t at the convention this year, so I didn’t get to see them and the fact that there was no Torg Eternity merchandise (other than the dice and t-shirts) available at the convention. No real mock-ups of the game rulebook, though I did see one that Darrell Hayhurst brought to the Ulisses Spiele NA booth to show to people. And I should have picked up a couple of the other things available for The Dark Eye RPG, but didn’t know better. I did ship the initial purchase of The Dark Eye game materials home via FedEx, at what I feel was exorbitant prices, but if I’d waited another day, I could easy have shipped more stuff (though I’m glad I didn’t, given what the charges for the stuff that I did ship home cost).

And that’s it. The last post about GenCon 2017.

Time to get down to some of the reading of all this loot that I got down there. 🙂

As always, thoughts and comments are welcome.

GenCon 2017 Final Thoughts September 5, 2017

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As promised, here are some final thoughts and a bit of perspective on this year’s GenCon Indy for 2017. Think of these as random Musings and Ravings (sic) about the convention, and some pics of stuff as well. To read the report on my final day at GenCon, check out this journal entry.

September 4th, 2017

So, how was my GenCon 2017? I guess that depends on perspective, but of course, hindsight is wonderful.

When it comes down to it, on a scale of 1 to 10, I rate GenCon 50 9/10 from Tuesday to Saturday, and 4/10 from Saturday afternoon to the end of the convention.

My real regret is not meeting half my virtual friends who were at the convention.

One of the things I wrote about before I left for GenCon Indy in this blog was the fact that there were certain things I wanted to do and accomplish at the convention. For the most part, I think I managed what I set out to do, but there were some (major) wrinkles along the way.

For one thing, while I managed to pack as lightly as I could for the convention, with just a smaller suitcase (with a messenger bag inside it), an overnight carry-on bag, and a carry-on bag with my meds, both diabetes and other, I was a bit thrown off by the addition of the insulin therapy materiels that I needed to take with me. You’d think I’d have been used to that, given that I’ve been on insulin for several years now, but it’s not the same taking the insulin therapy stuff with me when going to a convention out of Ottawa. Still I managed. Anyway, back to the luggage… Even so, I found the luggage to be quite heavy (despite the Swiss Gear luggage being relatively lightweight) due to the fact that my left shoulder was bothering me quite a bit before we left, and this didn’t improve during the Tuesday morning trip to the airport and the flights and all. was a great help in this regard (more on that later). Suffice to say I’m glad that I shipped The Dark Eye RPG stuff that I picked up in Indy via FedEx (a goddess awful costly shipping, but what can you do?) home, as that cut down the suitcase weight somewhat, though I was afraid with several of the purchases I made after the stuff went out with FedEx (such as the old TORG supplements and the Terraforming Mars boxed set) that the suitcase was going to be too heavy come the Monday of travel back to Ottawa. I was spared this, to be honest, because SteveR and I split the weight of some of the gaming material between our check-in luggage, and that helped tremendously.

The hardest part of the convention for me was the Friday and Saturday, carrying around the gaming stuff to run the two Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG scenarios, and I was very grateful to have SteveR around to help me out by carrying the main book and GM Screen. My shoulder had given out on the Friday, and I was in intense pain for most of the week starting on Friday morning. Since I never got back to the Westin Indianapolis hot tub, as it was mostly body soup for the week once the GenCon attendees started arriving, there was absolutely no relief for my poor shoulder, and the lumpy, much softer than usual bed didn’t help. I was glad that I packed the extra pairs of underwear and socks, to be honest, given what happened Wednesday early afternoon, and I’m also glad that SteveR and I had stayed in downtown Indy this time around, rather than being 30 minutes away at a hotel like the Indianapolis Marriott North (where we stayed in 2015). That would have been disastrous.

When it comes to my health issues, well… What can I say? Other than the stupidity of not eating properly diabetically on the Tuesday of the flight to Indy that created the mess I went through on the Wednesday, and the business on Friday where the same thing could have happened, I would have been fine for the weekend. Except, of course, I overdid things on Saturday with the walk from the Westin to Union Station, and ended up with the bad blisters on my feet. From Saturday onwards, the convention this year was somewhat of a living hell for me, as the stabbing pains in the bottom of my right foot was like walking on broken glass without being a yogi trained for such things. I seriously considered heading back to Ottawa on the Saturday, but truth be told, I wanted to run the Coriolis – The Third Horizon game session Saturday night and I didn’t want to let SteveR down and all that. I stuck it out, but the wheelchair being manual and my inability to use the left shoulder and arm made me have to rely on SteveR for motive power, and I really do regret that. He was going through his own stuff at the convention (and I’m not going to mention what; if he wants to share the details, he’ll do so in his blog), and I really felt guilty most of the weekend. And, to put it mildly, I was somewhat depressed.

On the positive side, I managed to take care of myself and my health for the most part, as through the insulin therapy and the sheer amount of walking prior to Saturday afternoon I was getting made me feel “off” several times, resulted in some dizziness at times and feeling light-headed. Fortunately, I had glucose tabs with me, and these were very helpful over the week in Indy. (Except of course the night where we went to High Velocity for supper, as I’d forgotten the glucose tabs.) I drank a lot of water and tried to stay hydrated, but wasn’t all that successful on a couple of days. For the most part, I pretty much followed the “8-3-1 Rule”, though there were several nights where I barely got 4.5 hours of sleep, but I made sure I ate the three meals per day – breakfast, lunch, and supper – and supplemented that with snacks twice a day, and got in my one shower per day… Even so, I lost 6.8 pounds over the course of the convention. I didn’t use as much antibacterial solution, relying more on soap, and did not catch con crud ::knock on wood::. Just the feelings from the heat and humidity, combined with the physical exertion at times, I guess, made me feel a bit dirty and grungy at times. I did have to adjust the insulin shots down during the convention, as my sugars plummeted from the physical activity at the convention.

Finally, there’s the pacing. One of the things that I promise myself every convention I go to, and GenCon is no exception, is that I’m going to pace myself. GenCon is one of those conventions where this is always a real issue, because it’s just sooooooo big that one just can’t see everything, and so one has to make the most of what one can see while one is there. Staying in a downtown hotel helped with this time management, for obvious reasons, and I did a lot more walking during the first part of the week (Tuesday through Saturday), and virtually none during the Saturday/Sunday period or on Monday. This was the biggest GenCon Indy so far, and the convention has spread out and expanded so much there was a lot more ground to cover. I had wanted to play in some games, but such was not to be, no doubt due to the running of the two Coriolis – The Third Horizon games and the hit-or-miss method of using Generic tickets. And after Saturday, that was made more difficult. I did get to play in some demos, which was fine, and I loved playing in the Aventuria Card Game stuff at the Westin, but I was pretty pleased overall with the convention, though I’d have liked to have played in some full games, rather than demos.

As I’ve noted earlier, GenCon is just too big to see everything. I did a bit of wandering around during the Thursday and Friday when I had the chance, and was able to take some photos of people and stuff that interested me. I think I was a bit jaded this year at the various gaming materials I saw, since most of my photos are of people and the like. One thing that I photographed on late Saturday afternoon was the balloon dragon that was quite impressive.


Balloon dragon

What was really cool about it, as per usual at GenCon, is there’s an auction/raffle where someone got to “slay the dragon” by exploding the balloons one at a time. I would love to have been there for such destruction, but the wheelchair days prevented this. That and I’m not sure I could take the explosive noise of the balloons popping, truth be told.

There were a lot of folks in costume over the weekend, and I took several photos of folks. One of the costumes I really liked was the Revolutionary Captain America. Great costume.


Revolutionary Captain America

Needless to say, one of the real highlights for me at this convention was seeing some of the folks that I like in the gaming industry. GenCon is certainly the place to do that. It was good to see Darrell, Dean, Eric and Ross from Ulisses Spiele NA; Robin, Simon and Gar from Pelgrane Press; Chris Birch and the folks from Modiphius Entertainment (they really do have some of the best rpgs out there these days, as witness the ENnie Awards); and Jeff Combos at the Exile Games booth. The real pleasure for me this GenCon was meeting Jeff Barber, totally coincidentally at the IGDN Social at Loughmiller’s Pub and my virtual friend, T.R. Knight, whom I’d not met until GenCon. He gifted me some cherry jam (it tastes delish, by the way!), but it was a pleasure meeting him and his wife and daughters. I’d wish we’d had more time to socialise, but GenCon is busy and his schedule was pretty tight. We did talk a couple of other times, and it was lovely bumping into them in the ICC hallways when SteveR and I were coming back from supper at the Marriott on Sunday evening. I also got to pick the brains of Darrell Hayhurst, Dean Gilbert, and Ross Watson about all things Torg Eternity, and had a good time chatting with them. Eric Simon and Mhàire Stritter of Ulisses Spiele proper were great as well, and I wish I’d talked more to the folks there about The Dark Eye RPG, as I’m now in love with the game. That said, for everyone I did talk with, there were others I missed. I didn’t get to see a lot of my Twitter friends and those I’ve only met virtually there, and I’m really sad about that. (No names here, but you know who you are!)

The Exhibit Hall was as usual, massive. Actually, more massive than the one in 2015. (Not really surprising given how GenCon has grown and the fact that this was the 50th anniversary of the convention.) I’m not going to go into details about the Exhibit Hall and dealers’ room since it was…just too big. And to be honest, the fact that I was wheelchair-bound on Saturday and Sunday meant I didn’t get to wander and see as much of the hall as I would have liked. I will say that some of the best stuff I saw was at the smaller dealers, those tucked away, and some of the really fun stuff was in the Entrepreneurs’ Avenue. That said, most of the game manufacturers were there, with some exceptions, but there were also folks selling game accessories, steampunk clothes and gear, kilts and other items associated with the culture, t-shirts, buttons, Doctor Who merchandise, dice bags and dice accessories, books, art prints and… well, you name it, you could probably find it here. Some of the stuff that I saw really impressed me, but I had come to GenCon Indy to purchase specific gaming stuff that I was looking for – primarily some Torg Eternity stuff (nothing was available other than the dice and the new t-shirt), some t-shirts (I think I bought too many, but c’est la vie), and The Dark Eye RPG. I was also hoping to find some of the old TORG RPG game supplements, and lucked out with that. I also picked up a couple of games that I wasn’t planning on – Terraforming Mars and Mermaid Adventures – and I’m glad I did so, and would have picked up Photosynthesis and Five Tribes, but didn’t know how to ship them home after I’d done The Dark Eye mailing through FedEx and wasn’t sure I’d be able to take them back with me in the luggage.

I didn’t get to play in any full fledged games, mostly due to the fact that all the games I wanted to get in were full by the time my place in the game registration queue came up and had bad luck with Generic tickets (again). Plus there was the fact that the games I could get into were also scheduled around the times I was running Coriolis – The Third Horizon. However, I did sit and watch a lot of games when I had the chance and really enjoyed what I saw. This included some Photosynthesis, Torg Eternity, and several others. I should have tried to catch some of The Dark Eye games as well, but such was not to be. I did manage to play in some Aventuria games with a guy that I met at the Westin, and had a lot of fun (winning a couple of duels helps the enjoyment, I think). 🙂

This year, I used the mobile phone to take a lot of pictures of stuff at the convention (mostly for personal use) and did a good degree of tweeting as well. I used my tweets of the convention to keep a record of my time at GenCon 50 this year, and they have proved invaluable for these convention reports. Didn’t really get to use the mobile phone to set up socializing or anything, with the exception of two things that I’m not going to discuss. Am I sorry about the stuff I didn’t get to see or do? Sure, but again it comes down to making sure you pace yourself as well as the health and other restrictions that you have for yourself. And I’m proud to say that I stuck to my own lifestyle and physical limitations (for the most part, with one glaring error).

That leads me to discussing the hotel… What can I say about the Westin Indianapolis? The hotel was right downtown, with less than a five minute walk to the ICC, and the room was very nice. I actually went through the ADA service that GenCon offers to get the hotel room, and was glad that I did. Comfortable, accommodating to those with physical injuries, and a built-in mini-fridge as well! The staff at the hotel was extremely nice, and were so helpful during the convention – the photocopying of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon material, the business with the soiled clothes (1 of 2 of my pairs of pants), the events after the injury and the wheelchair (well, okay, that was mainly the head of security on Saturday) – and the place was relatively busy all the time once the convention started. I liked having all the gamers around, but it wasn’t claustrophobic as was the actual ICC and some of the other venues. Overall, I would stay again at the Westin Indianapolis without any hesitation at all.

As for the stuff that I bought at GenCon (what is affectionately called “the loot”, I’ve discussed a bit of that above, but I’ll leave that for a separate post with a ton of photos. hehe

Do I have any regrets about GenCon 2017? Yep, I do… Given the size of this convention, one just cannot see the whole convention and do everything that one would like to do. First off, I regret not seeing more of the Exhibit Hall and the Dealers’ Hall (I think I may have seen 25% if I’m lucky). Secondly, I regret not getting to the GenCon Museum, which I really would have liked to have visited. I regret not getting to play in any Torg Eternity or The Dark Eye games, ’cause that was something I really wanted to do at the convention. I wish I had spent a bit more time (heck, a lot more time!) at the Art Show and Authors’ Avenue. I deeply regret not getting to meet and spend some time with virtual friends, old and new (that I’ve met the past year or so on the internet; you Twitter folks know what I’m talking about!). Most of all, I absolutely regret taking the actions that led to my feet blistering and the cellulitis, as that put a huge damper on my convention on the Saturday and Sunday. All of that said, I enjoyed myself for the most part, but am somewhat relieved that I can’t do this convention every year (unless one of the game companies flies me in to it! :)) Just too expensive to do every year, between the airfare and the hotel room costs. And the fact that one has to book rooms so early. And the fact that I’m getting old and that this was a tough convention to do given my state of health.

And that’s it. GenCon 2017 is now well and truly a wrap for me, other than all the great reading material I’ve got from the convention. And the memories, both good and bad, of course.

As always, thoughts and comments are welcome.

GenCon 2017, Day +1 Report September 4, 2017

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Here is the report of the seventh, and last day, of the trip to GenCon 2017. The report on the sixth day can be found in this journal entry.

August 21st, 2017

I woke up on the last day of the trip to Indy feeling somewhat out of sorts and rather sore in various parts of my body. Not to be unexpected, given everything that happened on Saturday. However, today was the day to fly home to Ottawa, so it was time to get up and at ’em (as they say). Woke up relatively early, since there was a lot to do in the morning before heading for the airport. I was having a rough morning of it, cramps or nerve pain in my left underthigh and you-know-where from the awkward leg position from long periods in the wheelchair. Standard, generic wheelchairs aren’t designed for people with long legs. I suspected some of that pain would only get worse as the day wore on. Needless to say, my feet were hurting and the blisters were…there. The feet were…pretty swollen. So I figured that flying would be… difficult, to say the least.

I showered and shaved, and then SteveR took care of the dressing on my right foot. We went down to Shula’s and had our usual breakfast. I had wanted pancakes or oatmeal, but the carb load would have been too much for me this day and I didn’t want to take any chances. In any event, I had come to conclude that the breakfast was too expensive if not eating from the buffet and if one has special, dietary needs. After eating, we returned back to the hotel room to finish the morning ablutions and pack the rest of the toiletries away in the check-in bags. I checked us out of the hotel and collected the bill on our way to the airport (there was no line at the Westin Indianapolis front desk). Check-out was a breeze. We headed for the airport around 11:45 am. Here’s a picture of me getting ready to head out of the hotel room for the last time.


Me in wheechair leaving hotel room for last time

We arrived at the Indy airport, and after getting me a wheelchair (a bit more comfortable than the one in the hotel, but still manual), we checked-in for the flight, and then made our way through American security and over to the gate area, where the kind lady who wheeled me all the way through everything left me in the care of an agent there. SteveR and I learned that we would be pre-boarding ahead of everyone else because of my inability to walk. During our trip from the ticketing area to the security area, before the gate entry, we saw the gaming area for GenCon attendees that the Indy airport folks had put together.


Indy airport gaming area

Once at the gate area, the agent took us over to a small bistro-like restaurant, Au Bon Pain, and had a delicious, fresh Caesar wrap and some soup and water there for lunch. It was really good, and hit the spot. We returned to the gate from which the plane would depart, and sat and relaxed for a little while before the pre-boarding began. I’m not going to say much about it, but one gets through the jetway in the wheelchair and then trundled onto what is called an aisle seat and strapped down as if straightjacketed, and then taken ass backwards onto the plane. Humiliating, and somewhat painful.

Once the flight from Indianapolis to Toronto got underway, it was comforting. Here’s a pic outside the window.


View from 31,000 feet on the Indy to Toronto flight

I don’t remember what we did for food, if anything, once we got to the Toronto International airport, but we went through the process of an agent wheeling me through to the gate area, though this time taking longer because of tag-team wheeling with two other passengers through the Canadian Customs part of the trip. Once at the gate area for the Toronto to Ottawa flight, we sat back and relaxed there.

The flight home from Toronto had a similar pattern to that of getting aboard the plane in Indy, but to be honest, this time we barely made the flight and I got aisle seated into the plane with a good number of passengers already aboard. No doubt almost late for the flight due to the tag-team business I mentioned above, but also because SteveR and I were the last passengers off the flight from Indy to Toronto.


On the tarmac, waiting to leave Toronto

We arrived in Ottawa, and SteveR’s parents met us at the airport. My mom was at my place, waiting for me to get home. We didn’t have any problems with the baggage and the like in Ottawa, as it was already whirling around on the baggage carousel, as I was helped off the plane and into a wheelchair, again the last folks off the flight. We decided to go to Boston Pizza for supper, since it was close to 7:30 pm by this time, and neither SteveR nor I had eaten since lunch, other than some snack food we’d brought with us and some ginger ale and pretzels on the two flights. It was when we got to the Boston Pizza location at Walkley and Conroy that I remembered I’d have to walk from the parking lot at the rear of the building to the front entrance! That was the longest, most painful walk I’ve made in a while. But I think the food was worth it! I had the half-rack of ribs with a salad, and a beer. Goddess knows I needed it by then.

After the late supper at Boston Pizza, SteveR’s parents drove me home, and SteveR helped bring in the luggage for me. Another incredibly painful walk from the car up the stairs into my house. Mom was there waiting for me, and after she helped me do some of the unpacking (notably the toiletries and the laundry from the suitcase and overnight bag), she headed home. I took a couple of Tylenol before crawling into the bed. I was so tired, that I had a good night’s sleep despite the pain in my feet. I woke up around 9:00 am on Tuesday, the 22nd, and made a doctor’s appointment for that afternoon.

And that’s it, the final entry about the actual trip to Indianapolis and the events of GenCon 2017. This was a very long Monday, due to the medical issues I was dealing with, and I’m glad that I got home that evening.

In any event, I’ll be writing just one or two more posts about this year’s GenCon, a retrospective of sorts, some thoughts on the convention, and some photos of my loot from the convention.

As always, thoughts and comments are much appreciated. 🙂

GenCon 2017, Day 4 Report September 3, 2017

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Here is the report of the sixth day of the trip to GenCon 2017. The report on the fifth day can be found in this journal entry. Note that this blog entry is quite long and has some photos in it, so be warned. 🙂

August 20th, 2017

I woke up this morning in the bed at the Westin Indianapolis hotel feeling groggy and somewhat tired. I didn’t sleep well the night before, and my right foot felt very bad. Both my feet were swollen but not as badly as they had been the day/night before. SteveR and I went through the morning ablutions and I showered and all, after which SteveR replaced the dressing on my right foot. He told me that it looked a bit better than it had the night before, so I was relatively optimistic, but Goddess did it hurt like heck. We ended up having a late breakfast at Shula’s, due to the medical attention that I needed first and then the wheelchair trip to the hotel restaurant.

I told SteveR that I wanted to go to the Exhibit Hall, if possible, for a last look around at stuff, and because I wanted to say goodbye to several people there. Then the afternoon and evening would be spent back at the hotel hobbling around and packing for the flight home to Ottawa on Monday. The trip from the Westin to the ICC was interesting and different because we had to take elevators rather than escalators, but we managed to get to the Exhibit Hall in good time. The ICC hallways were still relatively busy, though not to the degree they’d been the previous three days, but there was still good traffic.


ICC hallway traffic on Sunday

There was still a good amount of business going on in the Exhibit Hall, even though it was Sunday, and lots of vendours were selling some stuff at discounted prices. Stopped near the Cheapass Games booth as I loved the sign, and took the photo seen here.


Booth business at Cheapass Games on Sunday

It was rather awkward getting around with SteveR pushing me in the manual wheelchair, as the various convention folks just didn’t really want to get out of the way. SteveR and I wandered the Exhibit Hall for a bit, and stopped at the Ulisses Spiele NA booth to say goodbye to folks. Everyone there wanted to know what had happened, and I told them briefly about Saturday’s “incident”. SteveR and I headed for the R. Talsorian Games booth so he could say goodbye to some folks as well, and that was kind of nice to see. We paid a visit to the Modiphius Entertainment booth after that, and I was pleased to learn that they had sold out of the copies of Tales From the Loop that they’d brought in, but also that they’d sold several copies of Coriolis – The Third Horizon based on the two games of such that I’d run at the convention.

From there, we wandered around a bit, and came to the author’s section once more. I had heard about Doug Bedwell’s novel, Robot Captain, and decided to stop by the booth and pick up a copy of the book for myself. Chatted with the author a bit, too.


Doug Bedwell and his novel, Robot Captain

We then headed over to the Paizo booth to say goodbye to the rest of the Ulisses Spiele NA gang and the folks behind The Dark Eye RPG, and that was somewhat bittersweet. Fond farewells. Made the mistake of going past the OffWorld Designs booth, and I am ashamed to say that I picked up three more t-shirts. *sigh* From there, SteveR and I visited the Pelgrane Press booth to say some goodbyes. Finally got to say hello and goodbye to Gar Hanrahan. We talked a bit about our lives and the gaming we were doing at the moment (both work and play). He’s a lovely fellow, and I’m sorry I’d only got to see him on the last day of the convention.

By this time, both SteveR and I were a bit tired, and my feet were just too painful to keep going, even in the wheelchair, so we headed out of the ICC and headed for the Circle Center mall and the food court. We grabbed a couple of hot dogs and a bottle of water each at the A&W there. A decent hot dog there, of course, but I found it a little bit greasy for my taste. We headed back for the ICC and the Westin, but on the way saw the display of costumes called the Dragon’s Hoard once more and had to take a photo of them. Just sorry that I forgot to take one of the side area where they had the Firefly costumes worn by Inara Serra (played by Morena Baccarin). *sigh*


The Dragon’s Hoard of costumes

SteveR and I headed back to the Westin from the mall, and stopped off at Capital Grounds to pick up a chocolate chip muffin. We then got back to the hotel room, and when I got out of the wheelchair my feet were swollen and both were hurting badly, as well as my thigh muscles from sitting in the wheelchair. I sat for a while with my feet elevated and that helped, as did the water and the muffin. SteveR relaxed somewhat as well, and he clearly needed it as he looked a bit pale. I called down to the Westin lobby and learned that I could take care of checking out of the hotel the next morning from the hotel room. That was something of a relief, as the wheelchair limited my mobility and I didn’t really want to get caught in a line-up for check-out the next morning. After a bit, we both got up off the beds and started in on the packing of the suitcases and the like until we were ready for supper.

We decided to go back to High Velocity in the J.W. Marriott for supper, but at the last minute remembered there was a decent place in the Marriott Downtown, though neither of us could remember the name. We made our way to the Marriott Downtown and found the place – the Circle City Brew and Grub – where we had our final supper in Indy. We ordered our food, and when it came I couldn’t believe the size of the Emerald Garden (salad) and the huge Troll’s Delight (turkey leg)! Here’s the visual proof.


Emerald Garden (salad)


The Troll’s Delight (turkey)

While the turkey was delicious, as it had an interesting smoking method applied to it as part of the cooking process (and thus its reddish pink colour), that was just too much food for this Canadian boy with Type 2 diabetes. I did it justice, I thought, eating about half of one side of the bird leg and enjoyed the meal for the most part.

SteveR and I returned to the Westin hotel, and continued to try and finish off most of the packing for the trip home. The trick was to distribute the Coriolis – The Third Horizon, the old TORG RPG supplements, and the Terraforming Mars materials between us so the check-in suitcases wouldn’t be too heavy. Once we got that sorted out, the rest of the packing for the night was relatively easy. After finishing off the packing, I took my second insulin shot of the day, had some Cheerios with a bit of apple, and then relaxed for the next 30 minutes or so just re-checking some of the packing and keeping my feet elevated. And at least I was out of the damned wheelchair. We crashed around 12:35 am, though I couldn’t fall asleep until around 1:15 am. Foot pain.

In any event, the next post will be about the trip home to Ottawa, and then I’ll be writing just one more post about this year’s GenCon 2017, a retrospective of sorts, some thoughts on the convention, and some photos of my loot from the convention. As always, thoughts and comments are much appreciated.