Saturday, August 16, 2014

#GenCon2014 Day 2: Autographs Galore

After posting yesterday's update, I headed down to the dealer's room to wander around, spend money and get as many autographs as I possibly could from famous game people.  I succeeded most pleasantly.

On the way down, Anna and Elsa from Frozen:

After much wandering around the independent booths, I came upon my first major stop, Palladium Books.  There I pulled out my ancient copy of Robotech RPG to several comments as to how well worn it is from years of play.  Kevin Siembieda was on hand to sign and talk Robotech for nearly a half hour.
 Various painted up Robotech Tactics minis and sprues

 Wave 2:
 The game pieces weren't for sale because according to KS, customs delayed them for 'inspection'.
We also discussed a lot of what went on regarding the kickstarter and the various reactions.

 A few supplements I didn't have.


 A custom set of 6mm scale Cyclones done by a fan.


 At the KenzerCo booth, I managed to get my KODT issue #200 signed by Jolly Blackburn, David Kenzer, and cover artist Larry Elmore Of Snarfquest fame and picked up a few comics I was missing.




The Zombie Orpheus booth got my copy of Dark Dungeons the Movie and several copies of the comic signed my JR Ralls (movie also by producer Ben Dobyns)

  

 I also got to meet Andy Dopieralski from Gamers 3: Hands of Fate
 

More wanderings brought me to the "Puppet Forge' where I met the wife of Gordon Smuder who ran the 'Yeti' at the Puppet Slam. They had Dork Tower puppets:


She informed me that John Kovalic would be at the SJ Games booth signing autographs.  After a quick bite to eat, I headed over there w/ plenty of time to spare.

Demos
 Nihon sheets for sale

Stacy Beckwith, Phil Reed and Kali Dugan


They get real excited about 'Exact Change'.
video

Then it was waiting in queue to get autographs.  There was a pause as he signed some prototype figurines but then I got a bookmark and my OGRE T-shirt signed by him:



 I also got a pick w/ Larry Corriea, author of the Monster Hunter,, series.  As guest of honor, apparently they forgot to put his books for sale in the book store.
And Didymus from Labyrinth


Lots of costumes ranging from junk to unbelievably good.  Not sure what the evening will bring.  Possibly a movie.

After a collapse nap, went to supper at the 'Ram'.  While the food took forever, we did watch the end of Star Wars and most of ESB which reminded me of a minis game I saw earlier in the day.


On the way back, we ran into Nathan Rice of Zombie Orpheus/Gamers/ etc. fame.



That made the whole delay worth it. Everything happens for a reason.

We met  Andy Dopieralski on the back up to the room for some videos and recovery.  He was getting ready to put in G3:HoF for the showing before he went to collapse himself. Tomorrow will be the last swing through the halls and then leaving. :(

#GenCon 2014 Day 1A

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#GenCon 2014 Day 1B

As continued.  After a short break, I decided to do some sight seeing for a few hours, just wandering around the convention, checking out where everything was.  Even at 9:30 at night, the gaming halls and hallways were filled w/ people:




Then came the puppet slam.  A rough, adult humored puppet show by the Lazy Knights of Felt . Buffy vs Twilight Vampires.



How a Gamer is made.  Pathfinder spoof :

Fighter being devoured by a Gelatinous Cube.

The closing act was the "Happy Dance" which had everyone singing along and stamping their feet. 



 I ran out of memory on my card and the others were in my murse so I only got about the first 10 min of the show.  My painting friend has more on his camera he's going to upload and the puppeteers are supposed to be uploading their rehearsal to their FB page.  I have to say, this was the height of the evening. 

 More video of the show Pt I, Pt II, Pt III

The day closed out w/ an aborted attempt to hit the "Ram" lounge and/or find some food.  Ended up heading back for some stadium brats and a soda before getting back into the room and collapsing. Tomorrow's plan is to hit the floor early to search for swag and sigs then play it by ear. 

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#GenCon2014 Day 2A: Autographs Galore

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Friday, August 15, 2014

#GenCon 2014 Day 1A

I have arrived in Indianapolis. This is the view from my hotel room:


A quick shower and getting my badge from the press room, A quick trip to the floor before it closed.



 There I got to meet Jen Page of 'Gamers' fame and picked up her new film 'Project London'
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Then over to the Zombie Orpheus booth where I met producer Ben Dobyns who produced the the Gamers films and Dark Dungeons.  JR Ralls was at the showing (which we mistimed) and so hopefully I'll meet him tomorrow and get some autographs. Then to the SJ Games booth so I could get the release of Knighmare Chess before they got sold out and chat w/ some SJG people.


 We then went to Munchkin Tavern for some (expensive) food before heading back to the room to decompress for a bit.  Tonight we have tickets for the 'Late Night Puppet Slam':
Gen Con’s 1st annual Late Night Puppet Slam! Join your host, Furry J. Ackermonster of Transylvania TV, for an hour of hilarious and sometimes slightly naughty skits from some of the hottest and funniest puppets around. This is an adult puppet show; not for kids!
This should be interesting.  Pics to follow in 1B.

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#GenCon2014 Day 2A: Autographs Galore

#GenCon2014 Day 3: Last Sweep

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