Saturday, August 6, 2011

GenCon Saturday Night

Well, 4 days of crazy gaming and generally goofing off are now coming to a close. I spent the day going to seminars, closing up my business in the auction room (bye-bye 4E stuff) and shopping for the wife and kids. The boys will be elated with the new LEGO mini fig bits that I picked up with the proceeds from my auction items.

The auction is really a great way to fund a few of your purchases when you come to GenCon. Most of us who've been gaming for a while, probably have a few surplus items lying around, and it just makes sense to run 'em through the auction. The company that runs the auction gets into you a bit with commission and what not, but it's still nice to be turned loose into the exhibit hall with some spare cash in your pockets.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Swords & Wizardry Whitebox Tonight at GenCon

Posting from my Droid here but just wanted to see if anyone wants to game while here at the con. I'll be in the lobby outside the RPG area in the JW Marriot, near 201.

GenCon Day 2 More Madness

OK, so yesterday's Will Call line was maybe 45 minutes. Day 2 was a nightmare for those poor devils. I heard 2 hours and it was certainly The Mother of All Convention lines, doubling back upon itself before running out the door, down the street and God knows where. I think that next year to spread the OSR cheer, some of us should run games of S&W Whitebox up and down the line just as a service for our fellow gamers. Speaking of the OSR:

OSR Booth FTW!

So, yeah dropped by first thing and threw down on some OSR goodies. I'm going over there to hang out for a bit, maybe run into some of the blogging crew. Hopefully run some S&W Whitebox tonight. I had to hit the auction first thing this morning to drop off some items. I always dig through the stuff I don't want pile of junk to fund more goodies.

Oh yeah, shock of all shocks, old Scadgrad got in on a Pathfinder session where I got to play a Ninja. So, of course I flipped out and did some backstabbing for like a gazillion points of damage, which of course the bad guys shrugged off because they have like 5X gazillion HPs. Was a good session though and the DM ran a fun, loose game with not too much in the way of power gaming. Ninjas are so sweet. :)

Scadgrad is da Black Ninja lurking on da rooftopz

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

GenCon Day 1 The Will Call Line; a Cautionary Tale

Made it to Indianapolis in about 10 hours, easy ride up with the Mrs and Dan over at Tales from the Tower. Had some rain a bit of the way, but all-in-all, not bad. Wednesdays are pretty much just a get here and get your stuff stowed away. I really must warn you about the perils of the Will Call line. In the name of all that does not suck, please get your registration sent to you via mail so you don't have to participate in this frosty Hell:

OMFG Look at this Damned Line

The line stretches all the way back to Chicago. I'm not kidding, it's just simply ridiculous. One can walk right up and register off the street in just a very few minutes, but woe be the gamer who registered early and decided to brave the Will Call line. I think most of these poor souls waited at least 45 minutes and I heard of some hour-long waits. Ouch.

In other news, LEGO Minotaurs are way cool:

Holy Minotaurus Batman!

I'll have some more pics tomorrow. Also, I just downloaded my S&W Tome of Horrors Complete and it's everything that I thought it would be. On a quick skim it's just an incredibly impressive collection.

More tomorrow...

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Off to GenCon

D is for Demon (Vrock)
Leaving for GenCon in the morning, very early in fact. It's about an 11 hour drive from Richmond and I'm droppin' the Mrs off at her BFF's house in Cincinnati. The kids are off to spend some time with the grandparents. I suppose next year, the 2 boys get to tag along with dad. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing some of the OSR crew and picking up some nifty OSR product. I'll try to post a few times with pics of the entire sordid affair.

I finished up my grades today for my 3 online class and so now I've a few days to get back to the drawing board. Still have a bunch of demons to draw and it looks like I'll be pitching in some illos for Mythmere's new monster book.

In other news, I've conscripted the other artists in the family to help me with my next d20 list. I'll have some grubby Zombie variants when I get back from Indy complete with guest illos from the wife and 2 of the kids.