Sunday, February 26, 2017

TotalCon Recap - Updated

This year started out being merely good, but at least for some of us...Ended up being great!

This year, when we pre-registered, we did not get as many games as we wanted.  Chewy even voiced concern that maybe it was not worth going this year (gasp!).

Because Michael needed transportation to his community college class during his (high school's) vacation week, and a small bout of sickness on his part, Chewy and I both ended up having to work on Friday.  So, we did not even get to the convention until Friday evening (whereas normally we would have arrived by noon).

However, things improved from there!

The convention moved to a new hotel this year and mostly this has been for the good...Including a pool both that both Willow and I can agree on!  There was plenty of parking, and plenty of places to eat.  Our room was decent sized with a pull out bed/couch -- Michael kinda liked having his own space (although he at first complained that the room was smaller than normal (it was not)).

Michael has been awesome and on his own most of the time.  He has had great games, including one that he liked so much, he bought the game -- it was some movie based game. On Saturday night, he played a role playing game that was Game Mastered (GM) by one of the people who helped to design and write many of the first D&D games. They played the game with 1974 rules the GM gave Michael a lot of praise and the player of the game award. Meanwhile, Chewy actually was able to get into a game he originally wanted to play when we pre-registered, but had been sold out.  He ended up being able to play Cyberpunk with the creator of the game, who praised him for being the sickest mad scientist he has ever known and gave him the award for best player.  More importantly, Chewy enjoyed talking with this man who was a great influence from his college years.

Meanwhile, while I haven't had such luck in my gaming this year, I have spent some nice quality time with Willow without distractions. So nice to get away!

My only complaint...We have a king sized bed...Which should fit me, Chewy and Willow comfortably.   One can only express surprise that an eight year old can hog a king size bed!!!   (Hence I am up at 5 a.m. writing this post!!)


Well, my experience got even better today!  My original game was cancelled, but I was able to get to play a Gygax Memorial Ticket to Ride Europe.  This is with the same Game Master that Michael had on Saturday night.  He introduced me to some people as the mother of that kid who was shy, but then did really well last night at his game (apparently getting applause from all players)!  Which made me a proud mom!

The guy is a legend in gaming (both board and role playing) and since it was the last day, people kept coming up to him for autographs and to thank him for his influence in their lives.  We played the game, which I had never played the European version, and he told stories.  It was awesome! And then,  I came in 2nd place...Before him!!!  A personal interesting story...A great way to end TotalCon 2017!

Arrival--time for junk food!

Into the pool!

Michael playing the Producers game.

Willow loved painting miniatures this year!

Someone craved pasta from the restaurant in the hotel...eating in bed at 9 p.m!

Conveniently, someone pointing at my rails--I am red!

My 2nd place marker, ahead of a legend.  :-)

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