I have been home from GenCon for around a week now. Per usual, GenCon did not make for a relaxing vacation, but it did make for a great one all the same. I had a room to myself, a rare treat for GenCon, but it was connected to a room shared by several of my friends, so there was always company about. We stayed at the JW Marriott; and I was well-pleased with the hotel overall, and our rooms in particular. I had a chance to eat at the hotel's sports bar, but not their upscale restaurant. I look forward to staying there again next year.
I arrived on Wednesday and met up with friends. We picked up our con badges without any difficulty. I was/am a VIG, and they had a short pick-up line because we had all signed up to run games. We had dinner at Weber Grill. Though I have forgotten our waitresses name, she did a stellar job and was cause for us to go back once (or maybe twice) more later in the con. Also, Weber Grill's pineapple upside down cake is a true delight.
On Thursday, I played a couple of Starfinder Society games. My android mechanic/pilot/data scientist, Fujita-5, pursued an alien's prophetic dreams and helped find some missing archaeologists on Eox, an undead world. I was supposed to play Dungeon Crawl Classics that evening, but skipped out because my buddy Sean wanted to do some prep work on the games we were all running on Friday and Saturday.
Friday morning, I played another Starfinder Society game. Fujita-5 helped broker a peace between drug-addled yetis, gnollish farmers, and an angry unicorn with a grenade launcher on its head. Later that evening, I ran a 4E D&D game written by my buddy Sean. He provided me with a perfectly acceptable series of combats, but I brought it to life with dwarven family drama. The players might have been there for Dungeons & Dragons, but I gave them Dwarves & Divorces (& Death).
I spent the entirety of Saturday helping Sean, Tina, and Mike run a multi-table 4e D&D event. At times, I had a normal sized table; other times, I helped moderate a table of twenty-four PCs as they protected the town of Cardy from a demonic incursion. I was pleased to run the small bit of this event that I wrote-- a fight against a treant lich, hanged ghoulds, and skeletal squirrels.
On Sunday, I played another game of Starfinder Society. Ansley Green, my human envoy, traveled to a library to recover information about the Scoured Stars. Along the way, she ate an interesting meal (she is always up for new experiences) and, once there, contended with Hellknight arsonists. Later, I joined Seant, Tina, Mike, and my buddy Andrew for a game of Rising Sun (a fantasy military board game in which rival clans war for Japan).
Now March (and GaryCon) can't get here soon enough. I am ready to start the con circuit all over again.
Listening to: an iPod (finally)
Reading: "Brother, I'm Dying" by Edwidge Danticat
Playing: Words with Friends
Eating: mostly vegetarian
Drinking: coffee and water