Off to Gamex 2016

Good tidings of GURPSDay, folks. I hope you’ve got some gaming goodness lined up for the weekend!

Just a few odds and ends today, as I’m gearing up to head out to the super fun Gamex 2016 in the morning.

First and foremost, while I’ve still got your eyes on the page, I’m requesting email questions from you readers for some upcoming projects. I’ve been thinking about dipping a virtual toe into some kind of audio content to complement all the written material — people occasionally ask if I’ve ever considered doing a podcast, and I think a lot of folks prefer listening than reading, at least at certain times and maybe for a little variety — and answering reader questions seems a solid place to start. So, if you’ve got any questions about GURPS, gaming in general, “Dear Mook”-style advice, movies, books (basically anything that fits under the “geekery” in Game Geekery), drop me a message and we’ll see where it goes.

Okay… Gamex. If Los Angeles is close enough to you to be a possible long weekend destination, I really recommend checking out any of the three Strategicon conventions throughout the year. There are RPGs (both organized and open play), board games, card games, video games, war games, LARPS, great merchants in the dealer’s room — they’re always a good time, and I pretty much structure my year (vacation time and whatnot) around the three Strategicon weekends in February, May, and September. Fun games, fun people, fun weekends!

Earlier this year, at Orccon 2016, I spent very nearly the entire convention weekend in my hotel room, ravaged by some ancient disease clearly thawed from an antediluvian glacier and weaponized by jealous organizers of other conventions. As of now, I appear to be in what passes for “good health” for me, with no foreign maladies — so, fingers crossed, the Gamex forecast is good.

The game I’m running, “Beware the Boogeyman,” is done and written. I’m mostly happy with it, and just need to spend a couple hours today actually printing hard copies of everything I’ll need. If I get that done and my bags packed up, I’ll try to get it all posted for download — if not, you can expect to see that package next week when I get back.

There are, as usual, a lot of really fun RPGs being run, but I purposely kept my schedule light this weekend so I can catch up on sleep. Averaging only 4-5 hours of sleep a day for the past month or three is probably not a great idea, so I plan to spend a lot of time in glorious, recuperative unconsciousness. I’m basically GMing Friday afternoon, playing in games on Saturday afternoon and evening, and GMing Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. This vacation might actually be vacation-y!

Whatever you’re doing this Memorial Day weekend, I hope it’s a blast. Until next week — get those questions in, be good to yourself, and revel in the awesomeness of your own geekery.

Random Geekery I Enjoyed This Week

  • Captain America: Civil War (so good! 9/10)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (a fun couple hours, 7/10)
  • Game of Thrones (Hodor, you magnificent bastard)
  • Penny Dreadful (deliciously dark)
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (solid finale, I thought, and looking forward to next season)
  • Orphan Black (Tatiana Maslany, you are a treasure)
  • World of Warcraft (I haven’t leveled this much in years!)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard, is there no realm of gaming you won’t dominate on my hard drive?)

 

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2 Comments

  1. Hope you had a great time at Gamex. I was at KUBLACON (KUBLA!). Due to my arthritis, I had difficulty getting around. I rented a rollator – basically a walker with four wheels to get around. My games went off OK. I did have a glitch of two. In my first game, my GM screen kept falling over, and I misplaced some maps. Arrrgh! My second was a little better.
    The hotel is undergoing renovation which meant that most of the onsite restaurants were closed. Many of us were not happy.

  2. Ewww… yeah, lack of food makes gamers *kuh-razy*! 🙂 Glad your games were all right, though. Little things like the screen falling over, players don’t even notice! Hope you got to play a little too.

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