Had a busy busy busy weekend over Memorial Day. Hookers and blow and martians and bricks and jam…no, wait. That was something else.
WARNING: here be a lot of game geekery talk. Feel free to skip from Friday to Monday if you’re worried your eyes might glaze over.
Friday: Spent the morning doing Con weekend prep- packing, sorting supplies, etc. Then it was off to meet Fergie at Chaosium at around noon. There was already an SUV waiting for us, so i loaded it up with boxes of books and other such goodies whilst Fergie took care of some other stuff. Couple hours later, we arrived at the hotel, unpacked the truck, and got to work at setting the booth up. This time out, we had two large tables- very nice. We ended up using all that space, too.
Now that i’ve been helping out with Chaosium’s booth for the past 2 years or so, i’ve really gotten a sense of the camaraderie that exists between most of the dealers there. You get to know familiar faces, and there’s (by and large) none of the backbiting and petty squabbling that exists in, say, Corporate Slavestate #34. Everyone is working together two common goals: make some money (duh), but more importantly, Have A Fun Time.
At any rate, after about 4pm i took off for home- time to get ready for the Ministry/RevCo show! Dinner and a change, and we were ready. We got to the Fillmore at around 8, parked, and walked in. Not a lot of people when we showed up, but the venue filled up quickly. We met up with a few of our friends there, and at one point saw Jello Biafra walking around! I thought of going up to him and saying something, but at the time the opening band was playing, so i figured we wouldn’t be able to hear each other anyway. Still, i had hopes that he would get on stage at some point, since he’d appeared on both the new Ministry and RC albums, but alas, it was not to be.
RevCo was swell. Al didn’t sing, just played guitar, and had three guest singers join him- one was Luc Van Acker, not sure who the other two were. They put on a great set, though it was mostly comprised of older material- “Beers, Steers, and Queers”, “Let’s Get Physical”, etc.
Ministry was plain brutal. Better than when they played in ’04. Getting Tommy Victor to play lead was a damn smart move on Al’s part- the guy can still shred with the best of ‘em. A good number of songs off the latest album, some from House of the Mole, and some old classics like Stigmata, So What, Pslam 69. I didn’t go into the pit this time- just wasn’t feeling it. I did stay at the edge for part of it, and saw a couple guys go down pretty hard. Ben came away with a swollen jaw and a limp, so it must have been good. And man am i damn glad i remembered to bring my earplugs. Holy FUCK were they loud. Afterwards we hit the “Official After Party” at the DNA…hmmm, sleep?
Saturday: ACK! FUCK! SLEEP! Getting up at 7 to be at KublaCon at 8:30 after not getting to bed until 3am means…uh, 4 hours. Ouch. But dammit, there was a game starting at 9am i wanted to hit, so i dragged myself out of bed, and got to the hotel in plenty of time. Mike Siverling always runs a fun game, and this one was no different. I usually don’t play Traveller anymore- in fact, i never play it except when Mike is GMing one at a Con. Next up was Duane’s “Shambles” RPG game at 3:30. Shambles is essentially a game where you play the part of zombies, and it’s quite a lot of fun. I managed to squick Duane pretty well (he doesn’t have the stomach for most horror movies, yet he writes a game about zombies. Go figure) by taking out some high school cheerleader in a particularly gruesome manner. Once that game finished, i was thoroughly wiped, so i checked into my hotel, wandered around for a bit, and then passed out.
Sunday: Next day was booth duty for me. Fergie was as mellow and as congenial as ever. Lots and lots of people, all of them very nice and…well, they’re gamers. Rare that you’ll meet an asshole amoung them (although they do exist). Tons of t-shirts sold this time around. We had almost 15 different designs to choose from- very popular. I was happy to see many people picking up Secrets of San Francisco (the book i just finished working on). Hell, i even had a few people ask for autographs. Okay, one of them was Damon, but i didn’t know the others, honest!
Once the dealer room closed up at 6, i had time to kill before Duane’s ParanoiaXP session at 8, so i tried a demo of a new board game called Redneck Life. Quite a fun little game, i gotta say. Object of the game is to have the most teeth at the end, as you end up losing teeth through your life path of graduating from school (you could get as much as a high school education, or be as dumb as a 4th grader), geting hitched, divorced, hitched again, spawning multiple kids named Daryl or Bettie Sue, and buying an atrocious car (complete with pix of real vehicles!). Couldn’t finish the game due to time constraints, so i zoomed off to Paranoia. I think about 14 of us were there waiting for him to show up- when he did, he was dressed in lab coat, goggles, the works, completely in character from the start. There was some mass confusion as to who could be allowed in the game- keep in mind that games at cons cap at 8 players per session, and even that is stretching things for a GM. But Duane, ever the trooper, decided that he would forge ahead with 13 of us (kicking one guy out for lying about which order he showed up). Even with some players with no prior Paranoia experience had a grand time. I can’t remember the total number of clone kills, but i believe it was in the neighborhood of 46. Zap!
Finally…sleep, blessed slee- aw shit! Have to get to the dealer room to help Fergie again. Bad night of sleep, so i think i was running on 3 hours. Oooof. Thankfully it was a short shift, as the room closed at noon. Packed up, and just like that, another KublaCon was over and done with. And again, i was left with the feeling that there was so much more i wanted to do, but i just didn’t have the time. One of the reasons why i keep on coming back to KublaCon (and the other two cons that happen locally). Plus it’s fun.
But wait! The weekend STILL isn’t over! Zoomed home, unpacked my crap, then it was off to S.F. to get my left arm filled in by Idexa. Went well, and my forearms are now complete! At the end of the session, i found myself wanting to schedule another session, even though one wasn’t needed. Weird. With that the weekend finally came to a close. And a damn good one it was. I didn’t end up spending that much money at the con- mostly food and hotel. I bought one book (and that was discounted), and one new card game.
Next time, though- no damn show before a con (or in the middle of one, like the last DunDraCon!!)