|This pic is actually from Saturday...but don't tell anyone.|
After my games, I went back to the room, dropped off my miniatures and books, and then headed back to the Auction after grabbing some snacks. I think I bid on one item (Bean Trader) which I did not win; otherwise, I just worked in the Pit and that was about it. On the way back to the hotel, I ran into Kopfy (Tom K) of T&T and Peryton Publishing fame as he was walking either to or from his Thursday night CoC game. I sat down in the almost empty room and listened to him get his game started. Caed (the other Robin) was there as well. I hung out for a bit, but my empty stomach was screaming for the tube of Potato Chips that I had waiting in the room.
(Now, I know that the Gamers Live event was Friday night and I know I talked to Nathan before that event actually occurred. My brain cannot decide if this actually happened on Thursday night when I was walking back to the auction or Friday morning on my way to the auction).
On my way to the convention center while walking through the Marriott walkways, I saw Nathan Rice from Dead Gentlemen and Gamers fame. I briefly talked to him about how much the boy and I enjoyed his movies and he was very pleasant, introducing himself and asking what my name was. We talked a little about the Kickstarter and the new movie they were making as well as the Gamers Live event on Friday night. I had another run in with the Gamers on Saturday, which I know for sure was on Saturday...will get to that later.
On Friday morning, I was supposed to meet Ken St. Andre (the creator of Tunnels & Trolls) and help him run his T&T game that morning. He had invited me to help him run the game a few weeks back on Trollhalla, the T&T fan site. Unfortunately, I was the only one on the schedule for the morning in the Pit of Despair, so I wanted to drop by before his game and at least let him know, if he even remembered that he had invited me to help him. I eventually found the room in the old original Marriott where his game was being run, but I was 20 minutes early and no one was around. Oh well - I would eventually talk to Ken and apologize in the dealer room.
I worked at the auction which is kind of a blur, and then I returned to the JW to run my second set of AGOT games. Did I mention more information on those sessions could be found here? The first with Steve and Stephen was challenging mainly because my fears of being unprepared came true. There was also one difficult player in the group that seemed to bring things down a bit. My suspicions on this person were justified when after she and her boyfriend left the table, Steve told me not to get upset about her actions - it was not my fault and she was quite disruptive in the game because of her attitude. I freely admit that I was not at my best in that game, but it was nice to hear that from Steve.
After the game, we went to dinner at Hooters with Joe, Andy (Flailbear), and Ben and continued to talk about Game of Thrones and gaming in general. After almost 2 days of little or no food, those Burger sliders (which was just a burger cut in quarters and put on 4 different smallers buns) and onion rings hit the spot.
I eventually got back to the auction for my late shift. There was a a guy that was complaining about how he thought he was bidding on Blood Bowl Trolls, but what he actually got was dwarves. I looked at the minis and they were old school 2nd edition dwarves - so I was interested in them. I doubt I would have bid up to $31 if I was present, but I told the guy they were 2nd edition miniatures and they would be easy enough to strip with some Pine Sol and repaint. He initially decided that he would in fact buy them after all, but then changed his mind and offered them back to me. I paid for them and chucked them in my bag. After 2+ days at Gen Con, I finally spent some money.