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6 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 2nd-4th of March:  Do you attend any local conventions?

I do. 

 

6 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

If so, what is available at the convention and what do you participate in?

Rooting through the melt table. Classes. Last time: Frostgrave. 

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6 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 2nd-4th of March:  Do you attend any local conventions?  If so, what is available at the convention and what do you participate in?

Sometimes. If it's local, it's easy to convince myself to go. Normally, I just go there to "browse" and have a look at things. If there are conferences, I may attend several.

 

Last convention I attended was a geek convention, and it was a disaster. In a sports stadium, no rooms for the conferences, horrible acoustics, no water fountain so you had to buy or bring your own water, a financial disaster as some guests didn't get paid (maybe afterwards, but the organizer went AWOL for a while).

 

Other conventions I've attended locally (including previous cities I lived in): photo expo; travel expo; country fair; trade expos; plastic model kits expo.

 

On 3/1/2018 at 8:11 AM, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 1st of March:  Are you now, or have you ever been, involved in some form of Organized Play (Pathfinder Society, Adventure League and so forth)?  If so, how did you enjoy it?  Feel free to tell any funny stories of your experiences.

Nope. Haven't looked in a while, and the few times I did, none were available or easy to reach.

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Not really as I refuse to give WizardWorld any of my money. I'll sometimes go to "Oddmall" or "Con on the cobb" but those are no regularity.

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On 3/1/2018 at 5:41 AM, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 1st of March:  Are you now, or have you ever been, involved in some form of Organized Play (Pathfinder Society, Adventure League and so forth)?  If so, how did you enjoy it?  Feel free to tell any funny stories of your experiences.

 

I have been a member of the RPGA (I actually own all of the Legacy of the Green Regent stuff, which is really hard to come by!), as well as having tried to start a D&D miniatures competitive play in Champaign-Urbana, IL (I failed, mostly due to my son being diagnosed with Cancer at that time, he's all better now).  I ran a few events that were successful, but I didn't have the energy to do it. 

 

I joined the Pathfinder Society as a VERY early member.  One of my best friends was and remains a high level GM, so I have absolutely no issues with playing in it.  After JJ Frost left Paizo, and several issues with animals with hands (gorilla companions), many of my friends have soured on Pathfinder, even for home games, or "Darkfinder" as I've called it.  *sigh*

 

6 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 2nd-4th of March:  Do you attend any local conventions?  If so, what is available at the convention and what do you participate in?

 

I do not attend any local conventions.  There is someone that attends one of them that I would very much like to avoid due to traumatic reasons, but I do enjoy larger, non-local conventions when I can attend them.

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No Cons here we'll besides a rink-dink comic wannabe Con, called Border town. There is a new comic con over in Nampa Idaho (about 30 mins away) that started last year. My daughter is big into comic cons & went. She got to meet some actor that was on the Flash TV series. He played a cop that dated the girl Flash is seeing now. Oddly she ran into him in the hallway. He gave her a  ig hug & talked to her for a bit. Made her day. 

 

Regionally I have PaizoCon & whatever Cons that happen in Portland. For me to go to those I'd have to make it a weekend trip or so. As it's too far to do day trips. (about 6 to 7 hrs to Portland alone)

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7 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 2nd-4th of March:  Do you attend any local conventions?  If so, what is available at the convention and what do you participate in?

 

I am lucky enough to live close enough to Seattle to go to PAX West the years we have the money and then there's Emerald City Comic Con. I haven't been to ECCC since 2015 at this point and PAX in a couple of years because we were saving for our honeymoon. I'm sure there are lots of little nerdy cons in the area that I don't know about though. It'd be nice to go to some again.

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8 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 2nd-4th of March:  Do you attend any local conventions?  If so, what is available at the convention and what do you participate in?

I haven't yet....

 

5 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

For me, there are a bunch of local-ish cons.  So many that I have to pick and choose which ones that I attend.

 

I try and make Connecticon every year.  It is a multi-genre convention with roleplaying, miniatures, cosplay, anime, videogames, book and movie tracks.  There are plenty of workshops (I have done a sculpting and cosplay one in the past) and panels (World Building with Bandon Sanderson was fun).  But I mostly play RPGs and shop the vendor hall.  This year I'm taking most of the family (Middle Child went with me last year and had a mini panic attack due to the crowds, so she's staying home this year.

 

I just went to TotalCon.  It's about an 1.5 hour drive each way and I decided to commute the whole weekend.  It's mostly board games and RPGs, with a some video games.  I played a metric elf-ton of Adventure League this year and had a blast.  I can see me making this one into a regular event.

 

I have been to Captain Con once a year or two ago.  I guy I worked with had a pair of tickets, but he had to cancel as he had to go to Louisiana to help out some neighbors clean up flooding.  So I got his tickets.  I only ended up going for one day, and Daughter Dilvish ended up getting sick.  Played some PFS and they had a strong cosplay presence.

 

In NH, there is the OGC (Open Gaming Convention) that is supposed to be pretty game heavy.  I haven't made it to that one yet either, most likely because it is so close to Connecticon.  Though if I do, my parents live 20 minutes away from the venue so I have a place to stay.

 

While cost can be a factor (as mentioned, when you add in the cost of a hotel it adds up quick), my biggest limiting factor is time off from work.  Most conventions seem to run from Thurs-Sun these days, and I only get 10-12 days of PTO a year.  Four of which are dedicated to RCon.  I tend to commute to the conventions as I don't mind the driving; I used to drive two hours each way to game with my H.S group every weekend, so that doesn't really bother me as long as I'll be spending most of the day at the venue.

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I used to attend local cons. 

When I lived in the SF Bay Area, I'd attend all three big cons there - DundraCon, KublaCon and PacifiCon almost every year.   Did that for a decade. Quite often ran 40k, Necromunda and Space Hulk Games.  Even had a vendors booth at several of them. When I moved back to Denver, my intention was to do the same thing with GhengisCon and TactiCon, but that never ended up happening. 

That's because the way the Denver cons are run didn't generate the same excitement as the Bay area cons.  I'm not talking about how well run they are, or how much fun I had at any given con - it came down to the registration process.   

 

One of the things the bay area cons used to do was have registration open for the next con while the attendees are still "high" from the last con. A lot of times you could register for Kubla at Dundra, Pacific at Kubla and Dundra at Pacific (don't know if this is still the case).   That meant I was almost always "locked in" to attending the next con, which helped keep me excited about it EVEN IF none of the games in the pre-registration book were exciting to me. The Denver cons never did that (again, it could have changed, but it wasn't the case at the last one I did), and as a result I ended up missing a lot of cons.  The last couple I attended were strictly because Heisler and his group brought in someone like Gene Van Horne to teach classes. 

I always had fun when I went - it was just getting excited about going in the first place. 

Son and I went one small con here in Iowa last year, but it wasn't well organized at all (they literally changed the weekend of the con the week before it was supposed to happen).  There is supposedly a bigger, better one here that I didn't find out about until after the fact last summer - hope to catch that one this year.   In a couple of weeks my son and I are going to do a marathon drive out Adepticon to spend a few hours there on Saturday, then turn around and come home. 

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11 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 2nd-4th of March:  Do you attend any local conventions?  If so, what is available at the convention and what do you participate in?

 

To my knowledge there aren't any truly local cons.  Adepticon would be somewhere in the 4-5 hour drive range + traffic, but I've never been.

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13 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

I have been to Captain Con once a year or two ago.  I guy I worked with had a pair of tickets, but he had to cancel as he had to go to Louisiana to help out some neighbors clean up flooding.  So I got his tickets.  I only ended up going for one day, and Daughter Dilvish ended up getting sick.  Played some PFS and they had a strong cosplay presence.

 

There is one other notable feature to captaincon. There's a resaraunt near by called Chellos, that has some really amazing clam cakes and fried fish on Fridays. My group always makes sure to end the Friday night gaming early enough to hit that up.

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15 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 2nd-4th of March:  Do you attend any local conventions?  If so, what is available at the convention and what do you participate in?

 

I've been to lots of local cons over the years.  Last two years I've been a volunteer at Halcon in Halifax NS.  I've been on the guest services team and got a chance to meet some interesting people.  Lots of miniature board gaming happens of course, and a really small miniature painting contest.  

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21 hours ago, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 2nd-4th of March:  Do you attend any local conventions?  If so, what is available at the convention and what do you participate in?

Trumpeters Salute would be the biggest tabletop/wargaming/miniature gaming convention we have in the Vancouver area. But it's quite small compared to most I've heard about in the US. 

Its actually coming up in a couple of weeks but I don't know yet if my work schedule will allow me to attend.

 

VCon is a long running but small scifi/fantasy convention that has little focus on gaming.

The times I've attended have mostly been spent in the vendors and artist/art halls.

 

Vancouver FanExpo is the biggest nerdfest we have. It has very little focus on any kind of gaming though. I go there primarily to meet artists and celebrities I'm interested in. Though I don't go every year.

 

I'd been going down to Seattle for PAX Prime for a number of years to help the Reaperfolks out at their paint and take until they stopped coming due to ReaperCon now taking place the same weekend.

 

I have also been down to PaizoCon a couple of times to help then-ReaperBryan out at the paint and take. I don't actually play their games though, but I did have fun meeting people, including forumites, while I was there.

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On 3/2/2018 at 5:27 AM, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Question the 2nd-4th of March:  Do you attend any local conventions?  If so, what is available at the convention and what do you participate in?

 

Strangely enough, there is an annual convention in my town that has been going on for decades, and yet, I've never been. Not really sure why. I think the main issue is that I usually forget about it since there isn't a whole lot of advertising around these parts and I'm also usually a bit dry up on funds at the time since it comes right after Christmas. That said, they do a lot of Pathfinder, M:TG, etc. so I would almost certainly enjoy it.

 

Hmmm, maybe next year. :p

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 I've never been to a gaming convention. I've never really had much interest in going to one, since every time I game with strangers there's somebody who manages to rub me the wrong way and I just want to smack them.

 

I'll probably be going to the CT Gamer Con at the end of March. It's literally about a mile from my house at the local casino, and pretty cheap to get into. If I get bored or annoyed I can always bug out and head home for a bit.

Plus, that's the same weekend that John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band is playing the free show on Friday and WAR is playing on Saturday, so I'll be heading down there anyway.

 

 

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I've always (until this past year) lived in basically the middle of nowhere, so the closest conventions were 2-3 (even up to 5!) hours away. I don't know what's all around me down here, so no, I haven't gone to any local conventions.

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