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Gen Con 50 games wrap-up part 3 August 24, 2017

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And the conclusion of my Gen Con gaming posts. Read on for Pinball Showdown, The Sword of Zaldor: A Fantasy Escape Room, and Here, Kitty, Kitty!

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Gen Con 50 games wrap-up part 2 August 22, 2017

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Since my first Gen Con games wrap-up post ended up being so long, I decided to break it up into separate posts per day of gaming. So, without further ado, here is my summary of my Friday gaming.

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Gen Con 50 games wrap-up part 1 August 22, 2017

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20863249_10155060707918155_8257465401688659497_oGen Con has been my favourite convention/festival since the first time I went there seven years ago. It’s always been my best event for sales and the atmosphere is so welcoming. The tens of thousands of gamers who descend upon Indianapolis are the friendliest bunch of geeks I’ve had the pleasure to be with. And unlike even other massive fan events, the celebration of geekdom spreads well beyond the convention centre and takes over all of downtown Indianapolis. It is the most inviting place for a gamer to be.

There’s one thing I’ve been doing wrong most of the years that I’ve gone, however. I keep missing the point: the games.

Usually, the gaming I take in at Gen Con is an unplanned scramble of trying to find something to play (a rather daunting problem for someone bad at improvisation), without knowing a vast majority of the games there and often not having any company to do so (a fairly insurmountable problem for an introvert). This goes about as well as one might expect. Not to say that I haven’t done my share of gaming there, but it tends to come about more as a happy accident* than through any effort on my part.

This year, I decided to change that pattern. I thoroughly perused the event catalogue and made selections that I submitted the moment event registration opened, scheduling my Thursday through Saturday evenings full up.

It was absolutely the right idea for me. Even though I was strapped for time getting to all my events, I felt much more at ease having a set schedule and I got to try out a number of new games. I didn’t feel like I missed out on the true fun of Gen Con, as I do sometimes when I struggle to find something to play (and often don’t manage to).

In fact, I enjoyed the games I took in this weekend so much that I wanted to write up a summary of them while details are still fresh in my mind. Thursday’s results follow; Friday and Saturday will come in later posts. Due to length and the fact that this is only really of interest to me, the rest is hidden behind the cut tag.

* speaking of happy accidents, have you heard about the new Bob Ross game?
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X-Wing Miniatures: Death Star trench run November 26, 2016

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I took some shots this week of a custom made scenario my husband constructed for Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures and couldn’t resist sharing them. Enjoy!




The game board was constructed of wood with a printed graphic overlay. The turrets were printed on heavy stock paper from a free downloadable template, with painted balsa stick barrels. Backdrop is a star field Gripmat  and of course the ships themselves are from the game.

Gen Con! August 14, 2012

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I’ll be with my publisher Brain Lag at Gen Con in Indianapolis, IN this weekend. We’ll be in Author’s Avenue in the exhibit hall with my first book Aurius and the very first appearance of my second book Halcyon! This is an exclusive world premiere, so come to Gen Con to get your copy before anyone else! Ever wondered what would happen if a computer virus infected cybernetic implants? Now you can find out…

Hope to see you there!

Gen Con! August 10, 2010

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Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by my table at Gen Con!  I had a great time and it was wonderful meeting all of you.  Extra special thanks to Jeanette LeGault, the director of Author’s Avenue, for giving me a place to share my work, and to my fellow authors and table neighbours, who made me feel welcome.  I definitely hope to do this again!

Sale information for Aurius will go up later today, so please stay tuned!  For now, convention photos are available here.

Off to Gen Con! August 4, 2010

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New art:

A second poster I made for my table in Author’s Avenue at Gen Con Indianapolis this weekend.  We’re leaving in just a few minutes.  Hope to see you there!

Preparing for Gen Con! July 30, 2010

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Gen Con Indianapolis, where I will be selling my novel Aurius, is next week!  In preparation, I made a poster to hang behind my table in Author’s Avenue:

Hope to see you there!

Hurricane Ridge September 25, 2008

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The final photo from Washington has been posted:

Yeah, there’s really no way to grasp this image except at full size, so do feel free to click the thumbnail and view close-up.  This photo was pieced together by hand in Photoshop out of five 16:9 pictures I took at the top of Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park.  There’s really no other way to grasp the immensity of the views there.

A burst of inspiration yesterday brought together some disconnected ideas for a story long in the works – really, my third developed novel idea, after Eyes of a Dragon and The Fire Within – which means that I have another story that’s pretty much ready to write.  Need to outline the story arc so I at least have a vague idea of where it’s meant to go, and world-build.  It’s a shame that all my different fantasy novels have different methods when it comes to magic, so I can’t reuse worlds I’ve already spent the time to develop.

So, that story, working title Dreams to Tears, is ready to write, and after the development I did for TFW recently, I think that one’s about ready to rework/rewrite as well.  These are in addition to the still untitled, failed epic comic turned novel, the opening of which I have already written, and Halcyon, my NaNoWriMo project for this year, which has been pretty much ready to write for some time.  I may lament about not having enough time to write, but I hope I never run out of ideas.

I did finally finish up the last scene I began writing in Eyes about a month and a half ago, I just need to sit down and force myself to start writing and continue with it.  I’m currently in a lull as the main characters have split up, with one group having a lot going on and the other with hardly more than character development to fill the time and pages.  There’s certainly enough of that, what with recent story events, to be interesting, it’s just the starting that I stall on.  Once I get past this part, I should be fairly good through ’til the end of the story, though given that I still don’t have a clear world built, I’ll still have a bit more cleaning up to do.  Still, I’m optimistic.

No time to work on the story this weekend, sad to say, as we’ll be out yet again.  Jans and I are attending Phantasm, a small gaming convention in Peterborough, Ontario.  While it seems unlikely anyone reading this would be able or interested to go, if you happen in on the con, stop by the Classic Battletech table.  Jans and I will be the only ones running it.