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1 minute ago, Barb Bliss said:

Vancouver doesn't suck.

I wouldn't know. I only pay for others to go there.🤔

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Just now, Konas said:

I wouldn't know. I only pay for others to go there.🤔

You'll want to change that.  If you go in the spring-ish time, make sure to check out Victoria Island.

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1 minute ago, Barb Bliss said:

You'll want to change that.  If you go in the spring-ish time, make sure to check out Victoria Island.

Victoria is amazing.

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7 hours ago, Konas said:

Shut Up and Sit Down does a con in Vancouver. Lindsey goes every year.

Might have to look into that hadn't heard of it before. It is literally on the opposite extreme of the country though.

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On 5/6/2019 at 11:54 AM, Thomas Browne said:

That's like PAX Unplugged tickets go on sale Thursday.

Unfortunately I can't make it this year :(  Conflicts with one of my local cons.

We are going to skip PAX-U this year too.  Budget can only sustain so much, and sadly PAX-U fell below our 'must do' threshold.  If they went to a pre-registered, centralized event system, we might change our mind.  It's a long ways to drive and a lot of money to spend, only to stand in line to find out if you can actually do anything.  (I'll definitely go back to Philly to enjoy Reading Terminal Market again, tho!)

 

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On 5/10/2019 at 8:48 PM, Zoxe said:

We are going to skip PAX-U this year too.  Budget can only sustain so much, and sadly PAX-U fell below our 'must do' threshold.  If they went to a pre-registered, centralized event system, we might change our mind.  It's a long ways to drive and a lot of money to spend, only to stand in line to find out if you can actually do anything.  (I'll definitely go back to Philly to enjoy Reading Terminal Market again, tho!)

 

And that is part of my issue with it too.  I said that basically I can do Origins more easily and for less money - and actually make sure I get what I want.

Even if it wasn't conflicting this year, I was 50-50 on going (mainly would have been going to see friends who are just moving inot the Philly area)

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GENCON EVENT QUEUE DAY!

Gencon announces their calendar in advance, and then uses a wishlist system to build out your calendar for the 4 1/2 days.  Then you log in at the appointed time (i.e. today at noon) and click a button to submit your wishlist to the Gencon supercomputer for cranking.  Of course, everyone is doing the same thing and the whole system pauses and shudders when the clock ticks over.  When you click, you can almost feel the power grid browning down and the earth's rotation stuttering a bit.

Anyway, the last two years have been unkind to us in the queue.  This year I got marginally better at about 8200ish (vs. I think maybe 14,000+ last year? I'd have to go look).  Mrs. Zoxe initially didn't get a number at all, but finally took a risk, refreshed the page, and found that she was 1,000 lower than me.  

When the dust settled, we didn't get into our painting classes (booo!) but I had plenty of other events to choose from.   #1 on my list was Dropfleet's Narrative Battle, and I got into that.  Mrs. Zoxe got into some writing events and a crochet class (crochet a dice bag! hah!).  

But we have things we can do and are not scrambling back through the catalog to make use of our time.  #nerdstress

 

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Getting excited for PaizoCon this coming weekend. Got into 2 lottery games and some fun seminars. Really looking forward to the Viking Meadery which is walking distance from the hotel :).

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30 minutes ago, WxCougar said:

Getting excited for PaizoCon this coming weekend. Got into 2 lottery games and some fun seminars. Really looking forward to the Viking Meadery which is walking distance from the hotel :).

 

Ooooh, Meadery. I didn't know that was a word.  :)

 

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19 hours ago, Zoxe said:

GENCON EVENT QUEUE DAY!

Gencon announces their calendar in advance, and then uses a wishlist system to build out your calendar for the 4 1/2 days.  Then you log in at the appointed time (i.e. today at noon) and click a button to submit your wishlist to the Gencon supercomputer for cranking.  Of course, everyone is doing the same thing and the whole system pauses and shudders when the clock ticks over.  When you click, you can almost feel the power grid browning down and the earth's rotation stuttering a bit.

Anyway, the last two years have been unkind to us in the queue.  This year I got marginally better at about 8200ish (vs. I think maybe 14,000+ last year? I'd have to go look).  Mrs. Zoxe initially didn't get a number at all, but finally took a risk, refreshed the page, and found that she was 1,000 lower than me.  

When the dust settled, we didn't get into our painting classes (booo!) but I had plenty of other events to choose from.   #1 on my list was Dropfleet's Narrative Battle, and I got into that.  Mrs. Zoxe got into some writing events and a crochet class (crochet a dice bag! hah!).  

But we have things we can do and are not scrambling back through the catalog to make use of our time.  #nerdstress

 

I'm laughing at your description of its effect on the earth, hahaha. Oh goodness. Glad it worked out pretty okay at least!

15 hours ago, WxCougar said:

Getting excited for PaizoCon this coming weekend. Got into 2 lottery games and some fun seminars. Really looking forward to the Viking Meadery which is walking distance from the hotel :).

Ahhh, that sounds amazing!!

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Just became aware of this local tournament/convention for those in the lower Michigan area.  

http://michigangt.com/

We're considering going up for the Dropfleet play on Sunday.

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18 hours ago, Zoxe said:

Just became aware of this local tournament/convention for those in the lower Michigan area.  

http://michigangt.com/

We're considering going up for the Dropfleet play on Sunday.

Interesting. That's less than an hour away from my house. Maybe @Lindsey and I can make the trip for a day.

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1 hour ago, Konas said:

Interesting. That's less than an hour away from my house. Maybe @Lindsey and I can make the trip for a day.

The buzz on the Dropfleet discord is generally favorable on it.  Tho it sounds like a true "tournament" and not a convention with a lot od vendors, classes, and free play. From what I can tell, there's no cost to enter the venue, but you do pre register for games. 

We're interested but the logistics get weird. DFC is on Sunday, with 3 rounds of 3hrs each. Even starting at 8am, and allowing some time for breaks and cleanup, it's probably a 12 hr day. That puts us home very late on a "school night." My vacation schedule is running on fumes.... 

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5 minutes ago, Zoxe said:

The buzz on the Dropfleet discord is generally favorable on it.  Tho it sounds like a true "tournament" and not a convention with a lot od vendors, classes, and free play. From what I can tell, there's no cost to enter the venue, but you do pre register for games. 

We're interested but the logistics get weird. DFC is on Sunday, with 3 rounds of 3hrs each. Even starting at 8am, and allowing some time for breaks and cleanup, it's probably a 12 hr day. That puts us home very late on a "school night." My vacation schedule is running on fumes.... 

Hire a driver and cushy car.  Sleep on the way home.  😉

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On 6/10/2019 at 10:09 AM, Barb Bliss said:

Hire a driver and cushy car.  Sleep on the way home.  😉

Dunno if I can get an Uber to haul us that far, but I did sign up. 😁😁

 

 

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GENCON

GENCON

GENCON

GENCON

That's all for now. 

(PS:  Gencon is less than 2 weeks away!)

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On 7/19/2019 at 7:35 PM, Zoxe said:

GENCON

GENCON

GENCON

GENCON

That's all for now. 

(PS:  Gencon is less than 2 weeks away!)

I clarified with @Konas this weekend that you're going to GenCon (because of the Kingdom Death booth) and now I feel silly for have ever asking.

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56 minutes ago, Zoe said:

I clarified with @Konas this weekend that you're going to GenCon (because of the Kingdom Death booth) and now I feel silly for have ever asking.

Given our current life circumstances of hoping to get a job that’ll force us to move it’s highly unlikely I’ll be able to go this year sadly.  I’m allowing myself to back a couple of kickstarters to help ease the pain.

if we do go....it’ll be a one day pass.

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10 hours ago, Zoe said:

I clarified with @Konas this weekend that you're going to GenCon (because of the Kingdom Death booth) and now I feel silly for have ever asking.

I will be heading straight to the KDM booth when doors open!  Depending what he has and what mine line position is, I might or might not stay.  Last year I was in line for over 2 hours - got some cool stuff, but nothing I "needed." The Gencon promos won't sell out in the first morning, so I can waltz up at my convenience later in the 'con. 

What's weird, is that I don't have a lot of other stuff to go shopping for; most of my weekend will be seeing people I only get to spend time with once or twice a year.  

Events:  6 hour Dropfleet Narrative event (Thursday), and two Freeblades narrative events on Friday. I don't have any events on Sat or Sun.

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10 hours ago, tgpumpkin said:

Given our current life circumstances of hoping to get a job that’ll force us to move it’s highly unlikely I’ll be able to go this year sadly.  I’m allowing myself to back a couple of kickstarters to help ease the pain.

if we do go....it’ll be a one day pass.

Sorry to hear, but I had a mentor that used to say, "First things first."  Best of luck in your search!

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6 minutes ago, Zoxe said:

Sorry to hear, but I had a mentor that used to say, "First things first."  Best of luck in your search!

Thanks!  It’s always possible fortunes change but I’m guessing eventually the passes will sell out.  I’ll buy dice throne and dwellings... at end even Midara to ease the pain.

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18 minutes ago, tgpumpkin said:

Thanks!  It’s always possible fortunes change but I’m guessing eventually the passes will sell out.  I’ll buy dice throne and dwellings... at end even Midara to ease the pain.

Shhh, not so loud. 😉 My visa starts to vibrate and jump around every time it hears the M-word campaign mentioned.  (So far, I've been strong).

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1 hour ago, Zoxe said:

Shhh, not so loud. 😉 My visa starts to vibrate and jump around every time it hears the M-word campaign mentioned.  (So far, I've been strong).

Comes with a promo box of free minis if you back at the through the portal pledge level.  😈 

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Gencon has come and gone. I'm sitting here on the couch with a pretty good case of gencon plague (double sinus infection).  Gencon was super cool, and we had a great time. 

I'll be heads down over the next few weeks getting ready for reapercon.  Trying to get a diorama done and maybe a Freeblades army to play there.

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13 hours ago, Zoxe said:

Gencon has come and gone. I'm sitting here on the couch with a pretty good case of gencon plague (double sinus infection).  Gencon was super cool, and we had a great time. 

I'll be heads down over the next few weeks getting ready for reapercon.  Trying to get a diorama done and maybe a Freeblades army to play there.

ZICAM!!!  Take it before you go, during the con, and for a few days after you come home!  Kids, they never listen...

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