Last weekend I attended a science fiction convention (Marscon) for the first time in some 20+ years courtesy of some friends I’d been telegaming with. It was a blast – particularly visiting with people I hadn’t seen for so long. Most remembered me, a few didn’t. Most I remembered, but a few I didn’t. Yet everyone was uniformly nice and fun to talk with. There was a bit of awkwardness as I used to, ahem, date women when last they saw me but fortunately such issues are rapidly becoming non-issues in our society. Highlights included:
- The hospitality of Carol, John, and Marcy
- Seeing friends absent for over two decades.
- Getting to play Antman in a Champions game
- Learning to play Munchkin
- Coming across a combined book of original AD&D manuals that was signed by Gygax.
- Seeing a 3D printer in action for the first time.
Other general convention observations:
- D&D is dead. No really. I saw exactly ONE game of it played all weekend and very few products. Pathfinder and retro-clone games in contrast, were everywhere.
- Steamgent (or steampunk as the kids like to call it) was pervasive. My winged Burning Man helmet fit right in.