A Non-Gamer Goes to Gencon 2013

A Non-Gamer Goes to Gencon 2013

<!-- P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } --> Our time at Gencon was cut woefully short this year due to lack of babysitting (one grandma just started a new job, and the other is a teacher…yeah, I understand Gencon’s overlords don’t want to hold it the same weekend as PAX or another big con, but if maybe they could hold it sometime that is not the week school begins in my state, that would be great). We arrived Friday evening and left Sunday afternoon. Because of this the weekend felt rushed, since we had to pack four days’ worth of awesomeness into two, but hey, short Gencon is better than no Gencon. Since we didn’t get to Indy until 6, I assumed we’d be waiting in line a while to pick up our badges at Will Call. I figured the locals would be getting off work and coming to grab their own badges…but I was wrong. There was no wait. Not even sixty seconds. Not even ten seconds. We walked right up and got our stuff with no trouble. The guy in the booth turned out to have gone to our alma mater as well, so we chatted about that (sorry I didn’t get your name, cool friendly guy!). <!-- P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } --> We were meeting a friend for dinner, but he wouldn’t arrive until 9, so we wandered around the convention center a bit, discovering the arcade room, which was packed with elderly arcade games including The Simpsons and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and others my husband knew but I didn’t because I never played many...
Live Event! Fiasco: Podcasters Special on Google+

Live Event! Fiasco: Podcasters Special on Google+

If your Saturday nights are as crazy-busy as mine (which is to say ‘not at all’…) why not tune in to the Fiasco: Podcasters Special this weekend as a handful of game-gab cognoscenti gather on Google+ to debase themselves for your amusement? The roster will be: Rich Rogers (Canon Puncture, Screen Play), Megan Pedersen (The Jank Cast), Ryan Shelton (Roll For News), and Alex Mayo (Geeky and Genki) – with moderation provided by Mark Diaz Truman! The fun starts at Saturday April, 20th @ 6:30 EST and you can RSVP...
Samurai at the Frazier History Museum

Samurai at the Frazier History Museum

The Husband and I spent part of Labor Day at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville (formerly the Frazier Historical Arms Museum, I don’t know why they changed the name since it’s still almost completely a weapons museum). We of course left our toddler son with his grandma, since both the permanent and temporary exhibits consist primarily of artifacts in glass cases. Unfortunately some other parents just dragged their kids along; there were well-behaved older ones, but you can hardly expect a toddler to be capable of staring at cases of samurai armor for an hour or more. Did I say samurai armor? The exhibit was Samurai, a traveling exhibit of armor, swords, masks, bits and bobs showcasing the history of samurai. It’s at the Museum until September 20th so if you’re in the area, go check it out. It’s worth it (even if the rest of museum tends to get tiresome after a while; as someone with little interest in weapons, looking at case after case of firearms wears my patience thin). Here are some pictures to tempt you further: [widgetkit...
Gen Con Report Day 4: The End

Gen Con Report Day 4: The End

Sunday we hauled ourselves out of bed and started packing. Even though we hadn’t bought much, it still seems like we had way more stuff than we came with, which always happens. I put on my favorite outfit- cute skirt, Hello Kitty t-shirt, Hello Kitty shoes (no, seriously), knee socks, adorable lion necklace, and braids. I was like a pastel Sanrio nightmare. I hit the only panel I planned on for that day: a 9 a.m. discussion on how to end your stories. Once again, I was entertained but not particularly informed, as most of what the panelists suggested was pretty basic stuff. My husband had been waiting outside the dealers’ room with a ton of other people until it opened at 10. By the time I got there around 10:10 the crowd was clear, so I waltzed in and over to Meg Lyman’s table. The cuttlefish print I bought on Saturday made me so happy that I decided I needed more. I told her this, she seemed touched and I think she actually gave me a discount on the other two pieces I purchased. I met the husband outside True Dungeon (we’ll have to do that someday, maybe when the kid is old enough to come and enjoy it). He had a massive pyramid of Warhammer miniature boxes. He’d already bought a new rules book which is REALLY pretty, at least, as pretty as 40K could ever get. He spent a couple hundred but it was still far cheaper than buying his army elsewhere. I don’t remember what they are exactly. Death Angels? Something like that. They look...
Gen Con Day 3: SHAZAM!

Gen Con Day 3: SHAZAM!

Saturday came after Friday, as it usually does. Saturday I couldn’t drag my butt downstairs to the treadmill; in fact, I didn’t even get up at the time assigned to the alarm clock, which is why I missed my first panel. That day I costumed as one of my favorite superheroines- though she’s partly my favorite because she has a costume that isn’t made of spandex or particularly slutty-looking. Mary Marvel is the twin sister of Captain Marvel, and if you want people to yell “Shazam!” at you all day, wearing a Marvel Family costume is the way to get it done (there is also Captain Marvel, Jr.). Now, I wore her original costume from way back when- and by that I mean the 1940’s- not her white costume from The Power of Shazam or her black latex costume from when she accidentally acquired Black Adam’s powers. It’s simple, comfortable and shockingly recognizable- last year I was surprised and pleased how many people professed to be Marvel Family fans. This year was not different. I posed a LOT and got to talk to some very cool people, including one guy who was taking pictures with all the superheros he saw to show his nephews that he really knew superheros, then asked me to sign a card for them as Mary Marvel! (and only one person called me ‘girl Flash’…I can forgive that since the Marvel symbol and the Flash symbol look very similar) The panel I missed was The Business of Writing. I actually hate the business of writing. I like writing, but I hate submitting, researching, networking, reading...
Gen Con Report Day 2: Everybody Loves Owls

Gen Con Report Day 2: Everybody Loves Owls

Friday I actually managed to drag my lazy ass out of bed at 6 a.m. and hit the treadmill in the hotel’s exercise room. It’s a really nice place; the treadmills even have little TVs with cable on them. There were some guys already working out, which was kind of annoying as I like to work out in privacy (since I probably look like a moron doing it) but was also good, because when there are other people there you don’t want to look like a pussy so you try harder. Then I hauled myself upstairs and put on Friday’s costume: Athena, complete with laurel leaves and owl. The owl was a burrowing owl puppet by Folkmanis (burrowing owls = not native to Greece, but he look liked an Athenian owl). I just tucked his legs into the hand-pocket and safety-pinned him on. He stayed up surprisingly well. I discovered two things during the 14 or so hours I wore this costume: If you want people to like you, just pin a stuffed animal to your shoulder Seriously, walking along, people kept glancing at me and smiling. I thought, “Wow, people really like Greek mythology!” Then I realized they weren’t smiling at me- they were smiling at the owl! Every time I stopped for a picture the photographer commented on my owl. Kids loved it. I heard one girl say, “She has an owl! I want an owl!!” (sorry parents, I didn’t mean to). So if you’re kind of socially awkward and want to make friends, pin a stuffed animal to your shoulder and you will instantly be Mr/Ms...