I was wearing my 'Mouse Rat' t-shirt on Saturday. It is a reference to a fictitious band in the NBC TV Show 'Parks and Recreation'. A guy asked me if he could take a picture of it. There is a first for everything I guess. I told him and his GF they could get the shirt at the NBC store, but I felt kind of special nonetheless.
The Dealer Hall was large and full of all kinds of things I know that I did not need, or at least could wait until I got home and ordered online at a discount. I am not apt to pay MSRP for most anything, unless it is just as cost effective to get it at a location because shipping would counteract the savings. I found the Crytal Chaste booth where I picked up my free Gen Con die. Since I am always buying more miniatures than I need, of course the Wargames Factory had new zombie miniatures available. I paid the $16 to get the new set, which came with a bonus sprue with the purchase.
I also came across a small booth selling even more miniatures and what caught my eye were some barbarians that were perfect for wildlings in my AGOT game. Badger Games I believe was the name of the booth, and Bronze Age Miniatures is the line of products for the mini that I bought. I also got his card to email him after the con in order to get more information on upcoming releases in the Barbarian line of figures. So many barbarian minis have the warriors wearing little or no clothes...for AGOT, I need some winter barbarians and this line may be perfect. Now, I just need to start painting more and stop buying more miniatures...
I ran across the Flying Buffalo booth where I saw and briefly talked to the Trollgod, Ken St. Andre. I lamented to him that I could not remember the book that I was supposed to buy off of him...he had no clue either. Someone else came up to talk to him, so I told him I would talk to him later. I did ask him where the Peryton Publishing booth was, which I still could not find. I sent a text to Tom K and he told me where it was by the aisle number. I walked past a few times, but there were two of Tom and Robin's friends (Monk I think) that I have never met before, so being the anti-social and shy guy that I am, I walked on by without saying a word.
At some point I was walking out of the Dealer Hall when they were filming a scene for the new Gamers movie. It was the actor from the Gamers 2 who played the female character in the movie (Christian Doyle)...he was dressed in a bathrobe and filming a scene where he was tripping over something. If you see a dude with a 'Mouse Rat' shirt in the background, that would be me doing my best impression of Ricky Gervais from 'The Extras'.
At some point also there was the costume parade...I had to wait for that to go by before I could get back to the auction. There was a very overly caustic Gen Con Volunteer yelling at people about taking pictures causing the parade of costumed geeks to stop here and there. Whatever dude.
Back to the auction for another check in, I noticed that for the first time in a long time, the Auction took a break from live auctioning because we had run out of items. The number of items in years past has gotten out of control for the live auction and this year Katie and Soren really tried to get that back under control. It is better to be able to take a half hour break on a Saturday than having to run items across the stage at break neck speed to be done in time for the Charity Auction, in my opinion.
I headed back again to the JW for my 6 PM T&T Stay Alive! game. I actually got back to the room about 430 and took an hour nap, which was soooo needed. I woke up and got to my 6 PM game where only 1 person was waiting for me. We waited a few minutes and started talking about joining Tom K's neighboring Spacers game, but then 4 guys showed up for my game, and we were back on. I have to say this was my second best group of the weekend. We came up with a cool mechanic for assigning stats to game versions of the player characters (in this game, I have been trying to have the players play as themselves in the zombie apocalypse). It is also during games like this one that I wish I had a recording or a video running, because it was a lot of fun with a great group of guys. The reaction of one guy to seeing a zombie in the hallway was priceless, as he ran back into the room where the PC's were screaming with arms flailing over his head.
Two people showed up for Robin's game at 9pm. However, there was no Robin. I have witnessed some of her Agua Teen games in past years and they seem to be alot of fun. I assured these two guys that Robin would not miss a game she is supposed to GM, and Tom tried calling her. I guess the rigors of running a booth and running games at the con got to her...
Talked to Josh Berling as he was running his Jumpers mega event in the room that I thought Peter and Lori were running their 37 Zombies event (more on that in Part 4). Josh is a well known and very entertaining auctioneer with the Gen Con auction. He is also the co-creator of the RPG Jumpers, a game I really need to sit down and play at the next Origins or Gen Con. Josh reminded me that he would be auctioning the first throw of the Cardhalla destruction for charity later that night as well.
Once again - from the JW, back to the Auction for a late night shift. I did get a quick picture of Cardhalla before they would destroy it later in the night. The TSR/WOTC portion of the charity auction was just wrapping up before heading into the standard charity auction for the Gen Con charity. The previously noted items were all going towards the Gary Gygax memorial. Alot of people talk about the stories that Tim Kask and Frank Mentzer tell about their days working at TSR. I prefer Harold Johnson's stories myself (mainly because I have been around the auction long enough to have heard many of Tim and Frank's yarns...Harold does not get on the stage to auction very much).
I helped the other volunteers sort through the thousands of items in the Auction Store, then watched and bid on a few items in the Charity Auction. I won one item - a Fat Dragon Games CD - Two Towers.
Now - Ratpack versus Cthulhu - talk about some form of awesome. That was quite possibly the funniest thing I have witnessed in a long time, watching these guys so humorously portray Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, and that other guy. Good stuff, until it reached about 2AM and I needed to get to my bed or I would be one of 'those' convention people that falls asleep in the hall.