Yeah, I know. GAMA doesn't do administrative stuff well, their software is weird, etc. Don't care. Still love this con, and attendance was up this year, so that's great to hear. Let's see some pictures!
This year was special because my daughter Teagan was in attendance, and ran her first con game. So we picked her up from her last day of school on Wednesday and hit the road.
|We stopped at Grandpa's Cheese Barn on the way, because obviously.|
|Michelle doing booth assembly.|
Back to the booth, then: We couldn't get it entirely set up, because most of the flooring hadn't been delivered. See, funny story, UPS randomly decided to deliver half of our flooring to our house in Cleveland, rather than the hotel that we'd specified as the delivery address. So...huh? But, Amazon and UPS worked with us, and got stuff shipping down to us. So we set up as much booth as we could...
|TRAVIS IS A MONSTER.|
We got dinner at Bare Burger, a lovely little place across the street from the convention center that serves (you guessed it) burgers, many of them made from bison or wild boar. Very tasty food, though I think the staff isn't used to Origins. When I walked in, I just had Teagan with me, and the host said, "two?" And I said, "no, eight, they're just not here yet. Actually, we're both four people." He just kind of blinked. I said, "dude, it's gonna get a lot weirder than me this weekend, best be ready."
|Teagan contemplates burgers.|
|Tim & Travis.|
|Cheyenne, Michelle's shirt, and half of Chris' face.|
|You thought I was kidding?|
|Buy one of each!|
|The booth from the other angle.|
|I believe this would be the infamous "anime weird ninja school" game where they give out candy.|
|Like a Cedar Point ride.|
We wound up playing in a game of Feng Shui 2nd Edition, which was lots of fun. I was a magical cop named Stephen Wei, and lots of fun Jet Li-esque shenanigans were had. Michelle was a sorceress thrown forward in time to handle some Chi weirdness. We fight crime!
The games was really well-run, I think. There were a couple of moments were the GM paused to explain things for a bit too long, but it wasn't an ongoing problem, and the fight scenes (which are important to Feng Shui were evocative and quick-paced). This was run through Games on Demand, and they have yet to disappoint. My Grade: A
|The GM, some sheets, my pen. Very minimalist.|
Friday was the day that Teagan was going to run her game of Cat. I was supposed to be free until 2 so I could be with her for her first hour of the game, but Cheyenne got sick and lost her voice, so I had to run two Chill games back to back. Which was somewhat exhausting, but hey.
So the first game went fine, but it ran over a bit. I took a break close to the end to go get Teagan going, but Michelle wound tagging in. I should note Teagan did some cosplay that day:
|With her friend Noe.|
|Looks cool, though, dunnit?|
|Sometimes, a balloon is just a balloon.|
First thing: Teagan and I played in a game of Barbarians of Lemuria retooled for Thundarr, the Barbarian!
Now, my dad used to watch Thundarr with me on Saturday mornings, and it was a show we liked. I didn't have time to show Teagan much of it, but she got a sense of how it worked. She played Princess Ariel, I played Ookla the Mok, and we beat up a bunch of evil monsters and destroyed the Moon Men and saved the world. It was pretty awesome. The GM kept things moving and moved the spotlight appropriately, and, most important, he played off the 10-year-old at his table nicely; he didn't talk down to her or just tell her what to do (which is good, because Teagan can have great ideas on her own if you give her a minute, but she'll go along with whatever folks suggest in a game otherwise). My Grade: A
|Fightin' rat monsters!|
And then more Chill! +Monica Valentinelli had asked me to run a game for her, so I gathered up some folks and we played a game of Chill in the Big Bar, at a Geek Chic table. I liked this game; it's quick and tense. I think maybe I will use it as a con game going forward. No PC deaths, though the monster used the Chill discipline at the end and threw everyone for a loop.
|Captain America came to visit.|
|Monica and Jerry review their mission.|
|Bat Lord: Banished! Woo!|
And then Sunday! Sunday morning at Origins means only one thing: Clay-o-Rama! It was weird this year, though. I had eight people signed up, but only four showed, so it went really quickly.
|Preparing for battle.|
|Chill book, tokens, dice, and a character sheet. You know you wanna buy it.|