Thursday, March 10, 2016

Garycon.... Aftermath.. Swag and Sigs

Con Swag Bag

Upon my Check in at GaryCon, I got the Gold badge level ($130.00) Swag bag

The content as Follows: 
GaryCon Events Guide
Badge and badge holder
Pathfinder hard cover Module
KODT Comic (Forgot to get this signed while I was there)
DCC Module
3 Chaos Wars Miniatures
1 Set of Gemstones dice
Dwarven Forge Kickstarter Card
Dragonlock downloads for a 3d Printer (Not that I have one)
Goodman games Scratch off adventure
Mission I.S.S card game for 1 to 4 players
Gary Con Shirt
 Gary Con GM Shirt
4 Cups, the black one is the GM Cup and has the perks of all the cups









My Purchases

I was actually hoping to sell more cookies in order to finance my purchases at the con, but that did not happen so I only made a few purchases, they were very calculated for a few reasons... 

One, for a signature and I was impressed with the Firefly game system

Two, To help out a budding artist and show her some support

Three - To buy a print I have loved since opening the red box when it first arrived in our hobby shops.

Fourth - To show additional support to our Aussie Friend

This is the probably the only con I have went to where I did not come home with all sorts of dice, I even missed out on the Gary Con 8 sided dice because I thought Saturday morning I would be safe to get them so I did not even get any additional con swag




By Simon Todd's daughter Bernie











I actually only bought the one Dice and the Pic, Heath knew I was was pretty bummed out Saturday and gave me 2 dice (these are better than the GaryCon Dice anyway) 

THE AUTOGRAPHS

Other people value autographs a lot more than I do, that is one of the reasons I miss out on getting things signed, I would rather pick someone brains than ask them to sign anything... 




Ended up selling this because I need Funds for my Home Heating System Replacement fund.




Jason Bulmahn, Lead Designer @ Paizo




Larry Elmore, Artist  and Frank Mentzer





Luke Gygax





Larry Elmore, Artist
Merle Rasmussen, original creator of Top Secret who sold the rights to TSR





Ernie Gygax

 This is my travel copy of the PHB, I will still use it and not think twice is the sig gets ruined


The Character is the one I played in the Hobby Shop Dungeon at Garycon, also signed...















WRAP UP

I will wrap this whole journey up in the next few days, still getting my thoughts together. Not sure if these are my final thoughts or my nearly final thoughts... It is a memory and I love to game with many of the people I met at another time... 


I had an epiphany this morning, my being at Gary Con was simply a check mark on things I had wanted to do. 

The Drive home simply was tough and horrible, I will never do that again by myself. I would have to trust the person who agrees to drive with me that they would not back out... 


I had an amazing time for the most part and was treated fairly well by everyone. It is not something I feel compelled to repeat even though I missed out on several things I wanted to attend.  



Con blur aside, I got called the weirdest thing to happen to a certain minister who thought my inserting him in my Toon game was was an insult. The same minister who I walked up to and said he needed a board with a cross on it to go with his monk outfit and then I had to explain the "Monty Python and the Holy grail" reference to him



Being called weird is fine, some people just do not get the nature of more serious role playing games like TOON and I feel sorry for that lack of joy in their lives




I heard a lot of complaints that no one was finishing the game objectives, I was very bored in the Hobby Shop dungeon that took forever for me to get into the game and then ended after a short time..The highlight was throwing the doggy toys for Kaecie, Ernie Gygax' service dog

Update... this was no reflection on Ernie or the game itself... The players as a whole made a HUGE blunder that led to boredom... and someone used Burning hands on the Fire Giabt DOOOHHH


All of my other games completed their objective and although I wish I could have stayed for the rest of my Minion game, the Firefly game by Daniel was FN Awesome... Not to mention Margaret Weis took real joy in playing with all of us. She made feel special by seeking my out the next day as she said she would in order to sign my Firefly book....  


Talking to VIPs several times, not once did any of them ask what games I was running. I understand they really don't care, but some polite conversation might be nice, I am sure I came off as either a total fan or someone who has disdain for their status

Maybe my expectations were higher, but while it was good, there was a lot to be desired

The entire crew at the Party on Saturday night was pretty awesome 



Before I came to my decision, I was even thinking about a few games that I would develop for next year (or any Cons i may attend)

So I was thinking of doing a 3 Part "Pirates of Darkwater" series
Writing a full 4 hour TOON exploration game
Classic Ravenloft may be a cool 6-8 Hour game
Barring any setback and if I can get my furnace replaced, I am tempted to attend either next year or the following year.



UPDATE  - A year later  March 2017
I plan on going back to GaryCon in 2018. I have started to write my games. 
I will doing a 4 hour Toon game
A Dangerous Journeys game
"So you think you have an Attitude" "So you think you have an Attitude , Too"
PODW
Aaaahhhhhh
Quest for the Gate Between Worlds(all games subject to change)


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