Feb. 18th, 2014

So, I hope that the gamers among you are enjoying this trip down memory lane with me. It's certainly been fun for me so far.

I'll be completing the rest of the entries, don't you fret. Don't know how good I'll be about them this weekend, as I'll be at Mysticon this weekend in Roanoke, VA with the family. Not a bad drive, and it's a fun three days. I'll be there in my official capacity as a member of the SJG MIB, so I'll be running some events.

Meanwhile, the guy who nominally started/coordinates this Bloghop Challenge has posted what they thought were some of the stories that stood out to him...and one of my entries (Day 4) made his list. Cool!

You can find his blog entry here. There's some good stories he links to.
Day 18: First gaming convention you ever attended.

Heh. Easy one. GenCon '89. It was the summer between the freshman and sophomore year of college. Dad suggested that he, my brother, and I drive out for the convention. We rented a car and left Tuesday night. Dad and I alternated driving, since my brother didn't have his license yet.

I still have the clipboard and the mug I got from that con. Also have more than a few memories
  • The 3 morning Dungeon Master workshop ("Neon" signs that say "Don't Adventure Here")
  • Narrowly losing out as the best player in the Villains and Vigilantes game
  • The AD&D open
  • The one non-gaming memory: Watching people "step-to" when Dad flashed the AmEx Corporate card (never seen hotel staff move like that before or since)
  • Gazing around in wonder at the dealers room

It sparked something in me that hasn't been extinguished yet. I still work cons, I just don't go to many "big" ones, usually due to some combination of time and money.


(x-posted to my FaceBook)


Frank N. Huminski

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