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marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Wednesday, July 4th, 2007 06:21 am

I'm off to Origins. I'm not taking the work laptop, and my current plan is to be offline except possibly to check in for my return flight. I return Sunday night

Those of you who'll be there, I look forward to seeing you. Everybody else, I'll miss you.

marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 03:10 pm

Hmmm....I have once again failed to plan ahead. I think I really want to go to Balticon in a couple of weeks, but I still haven't arranged for a place to sleep. Anybody going and want to sell me some space on their floor? I could really do with a fandom fix, even if I don't actually know of anybody I know who's planning to be there...

marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Tuesday, January 16th, 2007 05:23 pm

NOTE: If you went to Vassar with me, you may be interested in the last couple of paragraphs even if you're generally uninterested in convention reports. Just saying...

Arisia was this weekend. Friday I got there just in time for the Victorian Ball. They had live music, which worked out quite nicely, and the Pugliesis called/MCed/taught. There were a good number of quite good dancers, including some new people who caught on quickly. I hope some of them made it to the tea dance on Sunday. (I didn't.) After the dance I wandered around a bit getting a feel for the new hotel, and did some hanging out in the Con Suite and the like. Then I got tired astonishingly early (around midnight) and headed home.

Saturday afternoon I got a chance to try out a cute card game called "King's Blood". It's basically an Uno variant with a heredity theme, incredibly cute artwork, and a couple of features supporting the theme and making it not Uno. Of course, the guy who was teaching the rules had them completely wrong, so I kept finding things as I flipped through the rulebook to the extent that we were playing a completely different game.

Except for a couple hours filking (late-ish Sat, Sun afternoon), I think that's it for the stuff I did. The weekend was primarily characterized by spending time with friends, which I really can't complain about. And this was the convention of "OMG You'll Never Guess Who I Saw!"

So I'll tell you. But first, some of the unsurprising people I hung out with.

Read more... )
marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Tuesday, July 4th, 2006 01:13 pm
Back from another great trip to Origins. I'm not sure quite how to convey exactly how much I love this convention. It seems to me to be everything a gaming convention should be: tons of gamers coming together to play lots of games, try new ones, meet new opponents, and generally have fun.

Origins )
marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Saturday, February 18th, 2006 10:35 pm
It's been a week. If I don't write this soon, it won't get written, and I'd rather like to write it. Ubercon was last weekend. I decided to go with a couple of days before the evnet itself. We had a blizzard. I played a lot of great games. More under the cut.

Ubercon )
marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Monday, August 22nd, 2005 10:51 pm
I wasn't planning to post about GenCon just yet, as I still have a playtest report to write from notes, but...

A company called Cheese Weasel Logistics, who make a very cool product called the Card Coffin, have been nice and friendly every time I've been to their booth at a convention, and who not only kindly donated a Card Coffin to the NSO at Origins '04 when I asked at their booth, but gave me another one when I stopped by to thank them during Origins '05 (I didn't ask this time, honest), ran a very cool meta-game at GenCon this year. It started with a man standing outside the Exhibitor's Hall with an exclamation mark over his head announcing loudly, "This item starts a quest."

Quest )
marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Wednesday, July 13th, 2005 12:05 am
Well, I'm home. Not for long, I head out again soon to DexCon on the "LARP Scholarship", as I believe [livejournal.com profile] mnemex termed it. While I'm here, I thought I might write up a little convention report for Origins from the notes I jotted down on the plane on my way home. I may write up thoughts on some of the new games I played in the future.

Wednesday )
marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Tuesday, April 12th, 2005 03:19 am
(55m24s just now!)

I-Con was very pleasant. I spent a lot of it working, and the first half kind of frustrated that I had to keep cancelling my programming because we didn't have the equipment in place in time as I'd hoped. However, once we finally had the 4 systems up and running, everybody who participated seemed to have a good time. The first half of the finals were tight, with no way to determine which of two players was in the lead. Then one had some trouble with level 4, and a clear leader emerged.

The two highlights of the event were watching a guy dressed as Link (complete with boffer sword and shield) playing Zelda, and hearing the sound of the sword being picked up come from three televisions close enough together than none was finished before the rest had started. Seeing people complete dungeons simultaneously (one picked up a triforce piece while the other was still holding it over his head) was also really cool.

Saturday night's filk was boisterous. A little more inebriation and derailing than I prefer, and there wasn't enough water, but it was over all pleasant. Post-con diner run with Bards and assorted hangers-on was everything I could desire in a dead-dog, possibly the best part of the convention for me. I was that lovely combination of sleep deprived and relaxed from not having anything else I need to do that leaves me friendly and relatively unreserved, and the company was appropriate to that mood.