It's been five years since I've been to GenCon. A lot has happened since then -- the convention's moved from Milwaukee to Indianapolis. I've had two kids. I've changed jobs. And I've found myself wanting to play games that aren't Dungeons & Dragons.
My schedule for GenCon is coming into phase with reality as I figure out exactly what games I'll be playing, who I'm meeting with, and when I'll be doing it all. The biggest changes to my schedule are the addition of Spirit of the Century and Battlestar Galactica at the expense of my Dungeons & Dragons events. I'll miss playing D&D at GenCon ... but I can play D&D any time. These games I'll only get to play once, or perhaps a handful of times in a short campaign (if I'm lucky).
This time on Radio Active … it's all GenCon, all the time. I'll look at what events are scheduled, how to keep up with happenings at the con, and talk about what I'll be doing at the world's biggest gaming convention.
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GenCon 2007 looms large on my gaming horizon. While I'm going there to game, I'm also going there to shop. I know some of what I want, but the best part of GenCon is the stuff I don't know I want -- the new games, tools and just plain neat stuff that lurks in the exhibition hall, just waiting to be discovered.
An old virus hoax stumbles back to virtual life with a debunking bait-and-switch that points to a real threat, then repeats the same tired warning.
Date Captured: 8/6/07
Subject: Serious Virus Threat per CNN Report Be cautious of this. Here is a link to the snopes page: http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/postcard.asp
PLEASE SEND THIS TO EVERYONE ON YOUR CONTACT LIST!!
Go to the bathroom of a non-geek, and you'll probably find some fairly benign reading material -- maybe a copy of Field and Stream, may be Real Simple, maybe the nearly-ubiquitous Chicken Soup for the [insert demographic here] Soul.
We had our last full Game Day before GenCon yesterday, featuring the concluding chapter of the Khelez-Mar dwarven campaign. We've also been scrambling to do last minute preparations for GenCon and pounding away on transfering data from our campaign web site to the new wiki.
I ended up not making it to the gym on Thursday, but I did walk to work so I got some exercise. I made a concerted effort to get there on Friday, despite it being Game Day (which usually end up being frantic to one degree or another) and road a stationary bike for a half hour while listening to the Dungeons & Dragons Podcast.
I'm glad to see that some of the more mainstream publications are coming to the realization that ethanol is a boondoggle that's going to end up costing us billions, both at the gas pump and at the dinner table, without making a significant impact on global warming emissions. The latest of these articles is by Jeff Goodell at Rolling Stone , and here's the point that I think everyone needs to understand:
The summer reading list is going well. Since I finalized the list in Radio Active #51, I've finished Rainbow's End by Vernor Vinge, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, and Pushing Ice by Alistair Reynolds.
The fiction pile is growing surprisingly short, with only Jim Butcher's Storm Front and John Scalzi's The Last Colony remaining.
With vacation looming large in August, I find myself in need of a few more books for the road.