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VinNay Guest Post – GenCon Trip Report

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 by Smarty Pants

Gencon 2012 is in the books.  This year I convinced 2 local friends to make the trip with me.  We were meeting a few college friends of mine, plus two other local friends who have since moved away.

The drive out was ok. One of my friends is a non-smoker and threatened to drive himself if we were going to smoke in the car.  I thought about calling his bluff, but didn’t for sake of party cohesion. It took us about 8.5 hours because we stopped frequently for smoke breaks and hit a White Castle along the way. Not sure what the big deal about White Castle is.  The burgers suck.

We arrived and I grabbed my badge in the VIG (Very Important Gamer) lounge, while my friends waited hours in line for theirs.  Yeah, that’s how I roll. I had a quick GM’s meeting with Catalyst because I was running some games for them, and then we headed up to the Shadowrun Meet and Greet. Many beers were had. The Meet and Greet moved to a bar and many more beers were had. We got a few Shadowrun rules cleared up for us by the design team.  Like using babies as armor, and using grenades as projectile weapons. Fun times.

My college friends arrived around 10pm, so we went to meet them. Catching up and more drinking happened.

VIG early admittance started at 9am Thursday morning. My head hurt, but I wanted to get into dealer hall before the masses to make sure I got a few things I wanted before they sold out. Like a Tardis bathrobe. And a creepy dice bag made by Abbotts Hollow.

We had a 10AM demo of Inevitable by our friend Lex, one of the designers of the game. Very fun if you like games in which you screw over your opponents. I picked up a copy. Spent the rest of the afternoon wandering the halls, trying some new games, and looking at all the costumes.

One thing they was awesome this year were all the food trucks.  Indy has had a food truck explosion. There were 10 trucks outside the con at any given time, rotating for lunch, dinner, and late night. Cheap and tasty.

Thursday night was our Shadowrun tournament (day 1), we ended up having to take two girls onto our 6 man team, one of which had not played before.  Grrrr.  They were fun, but it hurt us. Especially since they grabbed characters that really made us shuffle around our standard roles. Also our GM on day 1 was mediocre and seemed to favor the girls for interaction. Balls.

When the tourney (day 1) was over at midnight, we headed to play Are You a Werewolf?  Eric and Adrian (Buffalo friends) did not seem that interested, but once they played, they were hooked.  We did that until about 4am. Oh, and somehow we had a bunch of booze mixed in.

Friday we had a convention only SR mission (umm, I won’t both explaining what that means), and then day 2 of the SR tournament.  Day 2 was better, we came up with a kick ass plan to what was essentially A Train Job.  Bad part was, the GM didn’t pace us well and we didn’t finish in time.  He seemed a bit disinterested, and though he said we probably had the best overall plan we didn’t get the full points because he fucked us over on time.  So, in the end we finished 5th in the tournament and won zero swords. Sean (college friend) had been texting us to come to some bar for about two hours.  Apparently there were lots of hot girls in costume.  By the time we got there it was pretty dead, so we had a few drinks and . . . and . . . I don’t remember it gets fuzzy. I guess we had a bunch of drinks.

Saturday I was running some games for Catalyst Game Labs. They were fun. Got some kids interested in Shadowrun and demoed the game for a group of post grad physicists from Purdue.  Afterwards we were supposed to go back to the JW Marriot for a game of Paranoia, but some of us stopped off at the Cards Against Humanity World Championships.  I had been looking for this game for months because they sold out their kickstarter and was hoping they might have some for sale at the event.

When we got there, the game developers (a few college age kids) let us join the tournament, though they had no sets for sale.  I bubbled the final table. They gave us all free copies of the game. Classy kids. Great game. It’s like Apple to Apples for adults. Back at the JW, we got some food, and missed both Paranoia and Dread games we had scheduled.

Finished the night off with booze, more Are You a Werewolf, and Battletech Combat Pods. Combat pods are hard when drunk. Got to sleep around 6am. Hit the road for home at 11am.

Hmmm…..somewhere in here was the Gencon Ball.  Saturday night. It was like a prom for all the people that never got invited to prom in HS.

Here are some pictures from the con.


Best dream ever

Friday, February 29th, 2008 by Dawn Summers

So, I’m at some kind of sporting event — maybe the US Open…and I’m up in the top section. I look down and Tom Brady is posing for some pictures in the first row of my section with some bald kid, I guess it was sick or something.
I gasp and instinctively say ‘Hi Tom’ and wave furiously!
He glances up, but doesn’t say anything.
I’m all oops, sorrry, finish with the sick kid. He finishes posing for pictures and climbs up to where I am. You got a football? I say yeah…cause evidently dreamworld Dawn carries around regulation footballs in her bag…I toss it to him, he catches it and signs it for me, He then gets in his stance and gets ready to throw it back and I say “No! I’ll never catch it…I’m no Randy Moss.” He laughs and says “You can do it,” and throws a perfect spiral right to me! I totally catch it and I’m so happy, he climbs up to me and gives me a big hug. And then he says “it’s not your fault!” And then I say “it’s not yours either!” And then we both say “offensive line” at the same time. We’re so adorable me and Tom.

Quote of the Day

Sunday, January 27th, 2008 by Dawn Summers

Think about it Dawn, if the Patriots lose, Tom Brady’s self esteem will be crushed…and then, that’s when you make your move. -Jordan

Fantasy Football: Year six

Monday, September 24th, 2007 by Dawn Summers

Team is totally defeated and in last place.

Fantasy Football: Year six

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007 by Dawn Summers

This year’s stellar team will be helmed by the stellar arm of QB Drew Brees. So yes, look for Brees to get injured early and be out for the season.

The rest of the squad in no particular order:

Santana Moss
Donte Stalworth
Joseph Addai
Willis McGhee
Antonio Gates
Matt Jones
Adam Vinateri
Baltimore Defense

My fantasy football quarterback alum…

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007 by Dawn Summers

Michael Vick indicted for dogfighting. Really.

via Karol

Daunte Culpepper released from Miami. I used to love him so very much.

Ok and because we seem to be in a youtube state of mind, here’s the funny SNL “Really” segment on Michael Vick.



Fantasy News

Thursday, April 19th, 2007 by Dawn Summers

I came in second in Fantasy Basketball despite half my players being injured through the season and my forgetting to play the other half.

My baseball team has finally left the league cellar and now that they have been aptly renamed the “Boys of Summers” (I mean, honestly, how did I not think of that before?) I’m sure they will duplicate their basketball brethren’s success.

My Fantasy Baseball Team Lineup

Monday, April 2nd, 2007 by Dawn Summers

Víctor Martínez (Cle – C,1B)
David Ortiz (Bos – 1B)
Robinson Canó (NYY – 2B)
David Wright (NYM – 3B)
Hanley Ramírez (Fla – SS)
Juan Pierre (LAD – OF)
Jeff Francoeur (Atl – OF)
Pat Burrell (Phi – OF)
Carlos Delgado (NYM – 1B)
Delmon Young (TB – OF)
Torii Hunter (Min – OF)
Stephen Drew (Ari – SS)

Roy Halladay (Tor – SP)
Aaron Harang (Cin – SP)
Mariano Rivera (NYY – RP)
Jorge Julio (Fla – RP)
Ervin Santana (LAA – SP)
Derek Lowe (LAD – SP)
John Patterson (Was – SP)
Mike Pelfrey (NYM – SP)
Freddy García (Phi – SP) DL

As per usual, should things go horribly wrong, we blame Alceste and P. Oscar.


Friday, February 23rd, 2007 by Dawn Summers

Stupid Dwayne Wade. Now my fantasy team has lost him AND Yao Ming.


And Alceste.

Stupid Yao Ming

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006 by Dawn Summers

It appears that I was first in my fantasy basketball league all season. And then:

The Rockets initially said Yao had only suffered a bone bruise. Now, Jones said he hopes the injury will not require surgery. Without Yao, the Rockets lost to the Clippers 98-93. The injury ruins the best start of Yao’s career. He was averaging 27 points and nine rebounds – both career bests – and had topped 30 points in four consecutive games before scoring 22 in Friday’s 97-78 victory at San Antonio.


Of course, this wouldn’t have happened if he wasn’t on my team…so…there’s that.