Normally Mrs. FrugalGM and I come in to Columbus on Tuesday, which is great because there is next to no line and you can get in some early Wednesday gaming. This time our schedules only allowed a Wednesday arrival and we didn't have our badges already so we did some line waiting. Nothing too painful.
|Half -Empty or Half-Full...doesn't matter 'cause I know where it is going...|
I had a HackMaster game to get to pretty much every morning at 9 and kept my afternoons open for traversing the dealer hall and my evenings free for friends and more HackMaster. I was told that the KenzerCo HackPack was to have an entire room to ourselves for gaming, but that room was essentially double-booked for every table. A lot of games, too many, didn't get run because of too many no-shows. Evidently the convention book did a poor job of listing games. Events were categorized by type (miniatures, RPGS, LARPS, etc), but the listings themselves didn't have some basic & essential information, like what game system was being run. I found 1(!) 1st Edition AD&D game being run, but I knew there were many. Unless you had the pre-program Excel sheet you were just SOL for finding games.
Of the six games I wanted to play I was able to register for two. One wasn't run and the other I couldn't attend because a game I did get in with generics went long. Now I could have tried to get into more games, but standing in line at registration was a PITA and I figured if I wanted to there would be openings I could get in with generics. I basically chose to take it easy at this con and not try to cram as much gaming as I could in. After years of organizing and then running two (or more) events a day and spending free time volunteering at a dealer booth.....this was a refreshing change of pace.
There were a couple of notable changes this year for the con. Quite noticeable was the lack of swag bags. I'm sure a lot of folks missed them, but I for one welcomed the change to coupon books. Now I did think many of the coupons in the book were lame, but I liked the idea that attendees had to actually visit the various booths to get anything. The Mayfair Bob & Angus pin made you go to the Board Game room, for example. If you wanted the item from Steve Jackson Games you had to visit the Munchkin Tavern in a hotel across the street from the Convention Food Court. Stuff from swag bags wasn't being discarded all over the convention because people didn't want it.
I did manage to get my hands on some old d30 dice at Lou Zocchi's booth. That guy will talk your ear off....which is great unless you have a headache like I did when I visited the booth. I was told the Live Dungeon folks bought out almost all his d30's so I only had two to choose from....so I got both. Sorry to anyone who had to have a Gamescience d30 from back in the day. After the con I managed to get a good China Marker (it was called a Litho Crayon #4) at an art store and went to work "inking" my die. The results came out pretty good. Pictured with my dice purchase was a the free Bones mini I did a quick paint-job with at the Reaper painting booth at the back of the dealer hall. Not my best work, but considering what I had to work with....
Acheson Creations. There was one particular small piece I was looking for and he got one in during the con, but was good enough to hold it for me, which was a surprise. I already have a few previous pieces primed and will have to get these ready for a good old-fashioned painting party. I love using these as accent pieces with other terrain bits.
|GM Nick from the RFI Podcast|
I WANT MY PRIZE VINCE!!!!!
Tumbler and Twitter feeds) AKA Tina Bongorno, had a little sign that said something to the effect of "50¢ Commissioned pieces drawn in 60 seconds." I think her only real rule was no references. This completely intrigued me. For fifty-cents I didn't even care if I liked the art...this I just had to see. All I asked for was a Dwarf with a big Warhammer. She took closer to two minutes to sketch this out and I was enthralled to the point that the hair stood up on the back of my neck. The ability to conceive of a picture and execute so quickly just...wow. We ended up going back and buying some prints and she had some great prices for commissioned work...something I hope to take advantage of later.