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Stormtalon
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Icon 1 posted July 22, 2005 11:02      Profile for Stormtalon   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
(initial aside -- does acually initiating a topic automatically disqualify me from the lurker-of-the-month club? I would so miss the complimentary shadowy corner they provide....)

Yep, this on-again, off-again (mostly on, tho, really) lurker (and king of the parenthetical asides) has decided to pop out of the non-euclidian corner he's fond of occupying (oooh, speaking of myself in the 3rd person, probably too pretentious. oh well, let's move on, shall we?) to cheerily announce that he's going to be making the trek from the frozen tundras of Minnesota all the way to the jungles of Atlanta for DragonCon!

Yep, I'm a freakishly die-hard gamer geek, but the one thing I've never done is actually hit a major convention. It took much poking and prodding ("you'll love it, really!" "You'll fit right in!") from my regular D&D group, too, almost all of whom are also going.

So the question is (and I suppose you're all wondering exactly when I'd be getting to the point of this rambler, well, here it is, mostly) are any of the GC folks gonna be dropping in on that most holy (well, maybe save for GenCon, or one of the things on the West Coast) mecca for gamer geeks?

(final aside and totally not on the subject -- also, any folks here who play World of Warcraft are more than welcome to fire off a hearty "Moof!" if they see me roaming around on ye olde Whisperwind server.)

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macmcseboy

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Icon 4 posted July 22, 2005 11:58      Profile for macmcseboy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
What you call mecca (that POS MEDIA CON called Dragon Con) is not exactly mecca... [Wink]

You should be doing World Con (aka Interaction, in Glasgow this year). World Con also Hosts the Hugo Awards, as a member you get to nominate and vote on the Hugos. [thumbsup]

Did I mention that you will party with you favorite authors and artists... I have even met Woz at one of these... This is what I call Geek Mecca... if you cannot afford Scottland, try NASFiC (only happens when worldcon is abroad)...

I will be attending NASFiC this year and LA Con IV in LA next year... hope to see you at the West Coast GC m00t!!! (more than fair warning)

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GameMaster
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Icon 1 posted July 22, 2005 13:02      Profile for GameMaster   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
/me cries
You'll had to remind me that GenCon has moved....
/me sobs

It was here forever, and I only went to the last one... Then they stole it. Moved it.

Ah well... We still have the largest music festival in the world, and all the ethnic festivals...

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Icon 1 posted July 22, 2005 13:07      Profile for N9IWP     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'd call the pre-Indianapolis ((Lake Genava, UW-Parkside, Milwaukee) GenCons the mecca (heh, Milwaukee GenCon was in the MECCA) of gaming.

Now it it is more of a media event with some gaming thrown in. And a alot more corporate that it was before (at least that is what I;'ve heard, I only wento to Milwakee 2-3 times, and never to Indy)

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Stormtalon
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Icon 1 posted July 22, 2005 13:10      Profile for Stormtalon   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ah, well, perhaps as far as generic geek meccas, aye, those are superior, but I'm mostly (it's all really a matter of scale and magnitude) a gamer geek deep down, and thus DragonCon and its sort of things tend to have a far deeper draw than some of the others out there. Roaming aimlessly thru endless gaming rooms interests me far more than voting for the Hugos, sad to say.

Besides, DragonCon will have Anne McCaffrey, and perchance I might be able to ask her if she remembers from some years back the time my mother and a friend visited for an afternoon (true story, this -- by their account, Ms. McCaffrey is a very gracious host and an overall pleasant sort). Truth be told, I don't expect she will, as it's almost 10 years gone, but would be interesting to see, nonetheless.


(scuttles back into the shadows and hides at the intersection of two parallel lines....)

Stormtalon

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