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Fri, Oct. 4th, 2013, 11:59 am
Yesterday was the longest single driving day of my life. Seventeen hours in the car, starting at 7:00 a.m. Central and going until midnight. But at the end of the road was FenCon
A bunch of friends were there -- Tim, Russ, Tim, Rhonda -- along with some other nice folks, who whisked me and my stuff up to my room. And I already saw Heather Dale and Ben Deschamps.
Today I have the GOH luncheon, where I hope to not make an ass of myself in front of Cory Doctorow and Sandy Petersen. I also have a concert at 9:00, to be immediately followed by some awesome kinda gaming session w/Mr. Doctorow and Mr. Petersen. (I have brought my Zombie Dice and my primary gaming bag, the crisp pretty new Crown Royale bag I found at GenCon two years ago. I have the rules to RQ, D20, T&T, C&S, and Marvel Heroic Roleplaying on my iPad, along with Puzzle Quest, Dungeon Raid, and my current favorite, Giant Boulder of Death. My gamer cred is not only intact, it's gettin' kinda full of itself.)
I have an Interview the GOH panel at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, the mass autograph session at 1:00, another concert at 3:00, Scooterball w/Teresa Nielsen Hayden at 6:00, and a caberet slot sometime after 8:30.
And then, Sunday morning at 11:00, I moderate (if that is the correct term) Whose Line Is It Anyway?
So, yeah, kind of a busy weekend.
What are you
up to?This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1641464.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Fri, Oct. 4th, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
How did you manage to drive that far in one day?!
I'm not sure what I'll be doing this weekend. The weather looks to be rainy and humid and hot and my AC is having issues. Since it's the last weekend of hot weather and it gets cool at night, I'll just live with it. I have a RPG game tomorrow I need to prepare. Will try to take it easy otherwise.
Fri, Oct. 4th, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
Having an old friend over for dinner tonight, but otherwise a quiet weekend, and I have to come to work for two hours, so not a totally relaxing one.
Fri, Oct. 4th, 2013 05:54 pm (UTC)
How will you be serving him? *insert Hannibal Lector noise here*
Fri, Oct. 4th, 2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
With fava beans and a nice Chianti, perhaps? :)
Fri, Oct. 4th, 2013 05:06 pm (UTC)
I was planning to go to Fencon -- I have my membership and room reservation and everything. Unfortunately what I thought was allergies appears to be turnning into a nasty cold, so I think I am going to skip it. I could probably soldier on, but I would hate to spread this crud around, so I'm going to offer my membership and room to a friend.
Fri, Oct. 4th, 2013 08:37 pm (UTC)
It might be a cold, or it could also be a weird virus that's been going around. It acts like a cold, but it the cough tends to want to linger. I'd say get to your doctor if you can and then get some Robitussen for the cough. I had the stuff for about a week, then my parents got it so it is contagious.
I thought it was allergies at first too btw.
Having had it I just thought I'd let you know about it. Get well soon and don't forget the chicken noodle soup. ;)
Fri, Oct. 4th, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
Wish I could be there, my dear. I'll be here celebrating my kiddo's birthday (34!) and maybe do a bit of sewing. *chunkyhugs*
Fri, Oct. 4th, 2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
What am I up to? Oh, about 175 cm.
Fri, Oct. 4th, 2013 08:38 pm (UTC)
Up to? Later this evening, hootenanny. In exchange for running the signup, they give me an extra song.
This weekend, I need to assemble a songbook, with chords, for a workshop next weekend. Tuesday, going to Boulder to see Jake Shimabukuro for about the 5th or 6th time. He amazes me. Thursday, I get to open the Denver Ukefest with a concert, the ukefest runs through Saturday, and my Saturday workshop is called When You Wish Upon a Star, a sing/play along circle featuring songs recorded by Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards. Wish I could be in San Diego the next weekend, but instead, MileHiCon, where Seanan is a GoH. But probably won't be doing a concert or anything because, hey, backup musicians. The weekend after that - OVFF. Busy busy busy.
Fri, Oct. 4th, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
Well for me I might be running a new Pathfinder game tomorrow night. Definitely playing a new 3rd edition Shadowrun game tonight with my Friday night group with a bunch of new home rules a friend came up with. Most of which are pretty cool, even if I don't hyper minmax things like others in my group lol.
Other things? Well....heck I told you why not say it here too. I lost a lot of weight over the past three months and I'm down to 247lbs from 275 :D so I'm really happy about that.
Retired my old duster, which I've had in excess of 12+ years, and now wearing my 10th Doctor coat. :) Lots of good things happening lately. A couple sad things but I'm doing great today. :)
Thanks for the friendship man. It's helped more than I can say.
Fri, Oct. 4th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
How is 3ed Shadowrun different from others? I was in a SR campaign for a while until we got tricked into nearly committing a terrorist act and our team pretty much abandoned each other when it went south. (Player styles were too different for us to stay together. (I liked playing a good person and another player didn't.)
Sat, Oct. 5th, 2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
I haven't really played any other edition of Shadowrun enough, if at all, to tell you the difference. Sorry. Our group uses the point buy system from the Revised Shadowrun Companion for character building so you can get some interesting builds, especially with Paul's additions to the system. (of course it makes it difficult when two of the players minmax and try to get as many contacts, advantages or perks (something Paul introduced) as possible to make their character's broken.
The 3rd ed book isn't that well edited as it took us, I think, three years to find a rule that said target number modifiers didn't affect damage soaking roles. That piece of information wasn't in the relevant paragraph. It was later in the book in a tangentaly related paragraph. lol
If you want a pretty good newer system I'd say look into 5th ed. I like what I've seen, I got my copy at Origins. I haven't read it all the way through and Dave doesn't want to play it until he's had a chance to read the book all the way through. (presumably to find all the loopholes and power combos to make a broken character). It's got some interesting new rules and I really like the new way they determine dice pools (much easier in 5th). It also encourages better behavior in some respects as it has a reputation score. Well actually it has three. One is your rep in the shadows for how well you do a job. The second is related to how poorly you do a job, which you obviously want to avoid lol; and then there's the third. The third type of rep is your real world rep. As in you got on the six o'clock news for blowing up a busload of kindergarteners. This is one you REALLY want to avoid.
But yeah I can send you a link to the blogs my friends made. If you're in Michigan you'd be more than welcome to join us man :)
Sat, Oct. 5th, 2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
Now that you've talked about it, I think maybe the campaign was 3rd edition. I remember digging around for my 2ed books because there were conversion rules and the two editions were similar.
I'm going to wait until I joined a campaign before I get any more RPG books. I'm in Chicago's western burbs, Michigan is a bit too far to travel for a game.
Sun, Oct. 6th, 2013 06:57 am (UTC)
Understandable man. I didn't know where you were so I thought I'd offer a spot with us. :) Have you tried RPGnow.com to find a game or a local game store?
Sun, Oct. 6th, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
The offer is appreciated. I found the last shadowrun group on rpgnow. I may have to check it out again.
ETA actually it was penandpapergames.com or some site like that.Edited at 2013-10-06 08:14 pm (UTC)
Sat, Oct. 5th, 2013 12:36 am (UTC)
It's not *that* long a drive. You barely covered half the diameter of the moon! Well, I guess you'll cover the other half on the way home. Make sure to stop by at the Tycho Magnetic Anomaly!
Mon, Oct. 14th, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
I know Tom has SHI as he goes Dallas to San Diego, but does anyone know if he's OK?
(A friend of mine passed last week so I'd like to check up.)