Anyway, I figured I'd give it another shot and see how it goes. So lets all set into my way back time machine and turn the clock back to 2am on Wednesday, June 28th when our story begins.
Franticly packing is how it began. This is really no surprise nor was it unusual. I've developed this sort of habit of never bothering to take care of anything that needs to be done for a trip until the very last minute. In the case of origins, the last minute was around 2am when I wokeup from a 3 hour nap or so. I then proceeded to try to stuff all of my belongings into a couple of bags and tried very hard to rememeber if I had forgotten anything in the process. The latter actually worked out quite well overall since I didn't have any really major snafus along those lines.
By the time that 6:30am had rolled around I was set to go. Actually I had been set to go before then but I figured I should wait until it was actually light out before I left. I also struck down the idea of getting some more sleep before I started the journey, figuring I could rest at origins if I got there early. Big mistake. All in all, it was around 8:30am before I even made it out of jersey. I'm sure that most people have heard of the flooding and storms in the northeast that was running amok with the state last week. Well, I managed to drive right into the middle of it and spent around 90 minutes stuck in gridlock traffic as tractor trailers jackknifed left and right and morons ran into one another. Overall, I would have been better served if I had just went back to bed and left at my original departure time of around 10am.
The drive was pretty non-eventful after that. Pennsylvania was a pain in the ass like always and I spent a good chunk of the time with my mp3 player listening to showtunes. There were some instances of blindingly heavy rain storms but they were generally short-lived. You know the ones that come down out of nowhere and turn the road into one gigantic blurry mess no matter how fast your windshield wipers are going. You find that you can't see more than 15 feet in front of the car and all you can see are the dashy white lines of the road lane markings.
I rolled into columbus around 3:30pm and checked myself into the Hilton. sherilyn70 had already checked in earlier but was nowhere in sight as I collapsed on my bed and gave serious consideration to spending the next few hours contemplating the back of my eyelids. Sherry did however leave her swag bag out with all the spiffy whozits within displayed for the covetous to view. In the end, that was one of the things that got me out of bed and moving again. I gave Chelle and Todd a ring to let them know I had arrived and ventured out to go pick up my badge. On the way there I bumped into sherilyn70 and her SO Bob. There were also some other people but I'm cruddy at names and faces at even the best of times.
So here's the shot from the top of the escalator upon entering the convention center. The lines for the various badge pickup and event registration booths were pretty light, another reason to get all of that crap done before the hoard of gamers arrived later in the day. Here I ran into the first SNAFU of the day as it seemed that someone from playroom entertainment had already picked up the badges earlier in the day. This was no problem but I had hoped to be able to check and make sure all of my event tickets were correct before the chaos the next day. I did however manage to finagle a swagbag wherein I found a KoDT comic, a pack of clout starters (POGS!) and more assorted crap.
I twiddled my thumbs for what must've been a couple of hours, doing god knows what I can't even recall now. [Ahhh! Now I remember. I went with Paul Gerardi who's with NECA (the makers of the NBC CCG) to his booth in the exhibitor hall. It was a sweltering mess in there since the air conditioning hadn't been switched on yet and I helped in a small and minor way with setting up the booth by opening up boxes of cards and things along those lines. I also bumped into Randy (Gencon Keeper) and Rennie while there. Everyone chatted for a bit and then it was time for me to get ready for the playroom party.] At that point it was time to venture to the Big Bar on 2 at the Hyatt for the playmaster party. We were all gathering there to learn some of the games that we would be demoing during the con and otherwise touch base with one another. I was supposed to meet chelle and todd at the event and had been schleped Shadows Over Camelot since they were interested in playing. (On a sidenote, I brought that damn game a buncha places where we would all meet over the course of the next 4 days or so and it never ended up being played.)
Here's a picture of sherilyn70 on the left and Chelle on the right from that night. We ended up playing through games of Dead Man's Treasure, Knights of Charlemagne, and Unspeakable Words (a Cthulhuesque word game).
Here's Chelle and Todd doing their siamese twin impression.
Here's another of what I can only assume is a throttling scene.
I'm not sure exactly how long the playroom event went for but it was pretty late when things started to clear out and I really needed to grab something to eat. I hadn't stopped for food while on the trip to Ohio and I knew that feeding time was going to be iffy during the con in general. Luckily, Chelle, Todd, and a pair of their friends were also interested in snackage and we wandered off to the hotel resturant for a burger. I also got to meet the person that Chelle thinks I resemble, personalitywise, from amongst her friends. By that I concluded that she felt that we were both bloody-minded misanthropes or something along those lines.
Anyway, bit of din-din, passed on dessert, and wandered my way up to bed and went to catch a few zzzz's.