I thought I would do a quick recap of Dreamation. Nothing fancy, just my thoughts from the last few days.
The con started off pretty well. I had been on the fence about attending at all due to the distance of the commute. All of the double exposure cons used to be run out of a hotel in East Brunswick, which is around 10 minutes from here. Since last year they've moved to Morristown, a 45 minute drive to the north. That's a little further than I feel comfortable commuting nowadays as gimpy as I am. I agreed to help out if they really needed me as long as they could find me some crash space. As it turns out, the person who is usually in charge of the boardgame room couldn't make it this time and there was a severe GM shortage.
Really, I think I attend these cons now for socializing or inertia more than anything else. I've more or less burned out on board gaming in general. It's been over a year since I've been to any of the local boardgame meetups or even to the gaming days with the Bills. The con is a nice way to get back in touch with old friends though and I spent most of my time there shooting the breeze when not running games.
In preparation for the con, I unboxed the HP mini netbook that I ordered and brought it along. Connie had a voucher for a free netbook for ordering every channel known to man from Dish Network and I've wanted something lighter to carry around with me when on trips. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from the mini but it exceeded my expectations in almost every category. It's so light (compared to my laptop) that its weight is almost non-existent. It also functioned at a much higher level than I had feared, running applications with only minimal load times as well as playing all of my video files with ease. I transferred over a hundred and someodd episodes of Bleach which I recently downloaded and spent part of the con watching them on the netbook. All in all, this might be the best tech purchase I've made in years.
So here's what else happened at the con:
- Rediscovered love of cup-o-noodle
- Listened in to a conversation between two people repeatedly referencing a BGer as 'The Oriental guy'. Proceeded to interject that 'Nowadays, we prefer to be called Chinks.'
- Ran a crapton of boardgames, mostly going from table to table to teach the rules and jot down info on the run sheets before moving on.
- Slept as well as I could considering I was in with a room of strangers
- Brought back two board games pulled from the prize table, one of which is The Ten Commandments which apparently allows players to play God (Mmmmmm sacrilegious)
- Still have 41 prize points
- Spent some time talking with Curt Covert of Smirk and Dagger Games. Was informed there is an updated version of Hex-Hex in the works that will hit the market this summer. Proceeded to squee in a manly fashion.
- Curt also showed off a new prototype game that he's pitching which, if picked up, may also lead to an animated tv series.
- The guy is amazing.
- Ate almost nothing but ham and cheese sandwiches and cup-o-noodle soupv
- Except for going to an Indian restaurant with Lori, Dave, Vien, Bill, Karen, and Bernie.
- Realized I really don't like Indian food.
- Went back to ham and cheese sandwiches.
And that was more or less that.