Another GenCon has come and gone as of last week. This was my 11th year going, and it is just as fun as the first – especially now that we know some tricks. This year, however, was a bit different in that it was more of a tour of the local eateries and breweries more than games. We did get in our normal events, but one of my more memorable ones was hitting up 4 different local breweries. We also added Giordano’s pizza to the list of places we must go for food. Just dont be in a hurry. Webber grill was as good always. We did hit up St. Elmo’s for their world famous shrimp cocktail – and it did not disappoint.
Here are the photos from the week: GenCon 2016 Photo Album
Finally approved, I am heading on 2 different trips coming up in August and September. In August (3-7) I will be heading up to Indianapolis, IN for the annual GenCon Indy event. This will mark 11 years for a couple of us, and 10 of others. It is 4.5 days of gamer heaven with events 24 hours a day starting Wednesday afternoon. As we plan on being there around 1pm or so (depending on schedules) we will have an epic week. Then, in September, dad and I are heading to Portland, Maine from the 3rd to the 10th. Other than some great seafood and a trip down to Glouster, MA for whale watching, we will have plenty of time to see a lot of stuff in that area of the country, and I will be able to knock a few more of the remaining states off my list. Gonna be some good times coming up! Now, just have to get some things planned out for Portland.
Finally. It is the only word that comes to mind. Ordered at GenCon 2014, I was given the shipping date that was 6 weeks out. I should have had the die at the end of September 2014 or beginning of October 2014. In December of that year, I contacted them. No reply. I attempted to get ahold of them via FaceBook. No reply, in fact, they deleted my posts. No status update anywhere on the site or FB. I continued to try contacting them, and when they did, it was always “they are being worked on, but the machines (enter broken term here)” however they were constantly showing all kinds of new materials they had for making dice out of on the “broken” machines. So here I am, nearly 2 years later after spending a stupid amount of money on a single die. Well, it came in the mail yesterday.
We did it again this year, GenCon 2015 in Indianapolis, IN. I have been heading up since 2006, and in 2007 a couple of us started going the whole 4 days. It has been a blast, and an excuse to be a geek and let our inner children run loose for a week. The core of our group have been getting hotels for the full run since 2008 and this year we are back in the big one. Some 1100 square foot, 2 bathroom, 2 room behemoth of a room less than 3 blocks away from the convention center at the Hilton.
So I realize that most of the last few posts have been rants. And granted, we all need to rant now and then in order to release the pressure build-up of dealing with the stupids on a daily basis, it also makes for a pretty boring and negative blog. So, now it is time for something completely different.
Yep, another cabin weekend has come and gone. And as always, much too quickly. It started as a rainy, swampy Friday, but by Sunday, we were in full on perfect spring. Much beer was consumed, bourbon was sipped, pipes and other tobacco was smoked and home-made and store bought food consumed. And good times were had by all. This trip marks the 15th anniversary of the Cabin Weekends, which started in winter of 2000. Great friends and great times are had each and every time we all get together. Cannot wait until the next one!
Yep, gonna play the part of a geek for a bit and discuss a game that is an escape. I don’t play it a ton, but there are times where I just lose myself for the weekend and immerse in the World of Warcraft. Yes, the same game that gets blamed for poor life choices of some extreme cases (parents ignoring children, 20-somethings who don’t bathe…) Every few years, they release an expansion, which brings a whole bunch of new content, monsters, spells and useless achievements we just HAVE TO HAVE!