I was out of town most of last week. I got a little bit of artwork done, but nothing else of substance creatively. So that’s the word count update. Beyond that, I learned a lot, and have a bit of news.
Before we get to the past, let’s look at the future a little bit.
I had plans to run Go Action Fun Time at G3: Gaming for Charity Game Marathon next weekend, but they did not actually schedule my game. It has always been my policy that I do not announce events that do not have actual time/space coordinates. I’ll have GAFT in my car when I attend, but I cannot guaranty that it will be played.
Note to game event organizers: struggling game designers are willing, nay even eager partners in drubbing up publicity for your event, provided that you actually include them.
I’ll show up anyway, drop some money in the fishbowl and maybe just play for once.
In contrast, I have three games scheduled for Crit Hit 4, and I will be loudly announcing the particulars in the coming days.
Last week I went to Flagstaff on business, camped in the forest, then went to Las Vegas to attend Amazing Comicon, then went back to Flagstaff to pick up Rey, as she is spending most of the summer at my house. (Which, FTR, is her legal address anyway).
Things I learned in no particular order:
Ruby Vroom, my 2015 Subaru Forester, has an ideal speed that is appropriate for picking your way down jeep trails without startling elk.
For me, paying a little more for gas in Flagstaff is worth not having to glide into Kingman on fumes.
The nacho loco appetizer at El Capitan is just an absurd amount of food.
The north rim of Sycamore Canyon in the Kaibab NF remains one of my favorite areas to camp. Ruby and I found the end of Forest road 56C. I didn’t get any writing done there, but I got some thinking done, which is an important step.
The brief camping excursion was the only part of the journey that I did any real documentation on. But that’s another post for a different blog.
Amazing! Las Vegas Comic Con is over-all a fine event for what it is, but I could not, in good faith recommend travelling to Sin City just for the event itself, especially not if you live in Phoenix. ALVC is a fraction of the size of Phoenix fan Fusion, and while the vendor hall is substantial, the porgamming is miniscule, and other events are non-existent. It is, in truth, more skewed to actual comic fans that Fan Fusion, and comics dominate the vendor hall and much of what programming exists. So if that is your focus, you might enjoy the weekend.
If you are a more casual fan, however, one day will be more than sufficient.
Of course, I went for the company:
Going to a con by yourself can be amusing, and maybe even educational. Going to a con with good friends is fun. Going to a con with your costumer girlfriend is very fun.
Even if you are not in costume.
My link dump from the Con:
Anomaly Comics are trying to combine augmented reality apps with regular graphic novels. Meh. But the novels themselves are good quality. http://www.experienceanomaly.com/anomaly/
They also put out tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/user/ExperienceAnomaly
Tiki God comics gave me a bookmark and are rewarded with a link: https://www.tikigodcomics.com/
Frameless hangars is an interesting product if you still ahve space on your wall. www.framelesscomic.com
Wayward Nerd is a travel site for, well you. https://www.waywardnerd.com/
Bookmarks because someone on the internet is Wrong:
You might infer what they are wrong about.
Anyway, I did not make word count. So it goes.