Definitely hooked on cons now thanks too the crew of Happy Jacks!
Arrived Thursday evening coming in from Portland
Like a nomad seeing the Oasis in the desert, I’m exhausted from getting off work and jumping on a flight too Lax. Skip ahead 5 hours, with me planting myself into the Hilton’s bed, but feeling the per con energy I quickly found myself in the main ballroom meeting the veteran staff of the con, super nice! After introductions made and bsing around I’v finally get too sleep.
Friday morning I’m walking the halls of the Hilton early, seeing if the gaming has started but finding only a nearly vacant ball room beside a small pickup card game and Mike and Shan who I met the previous night. Quickly seeing that’s the action won’t start hours I retire back too bed until breakfast in the lobby. Fuck! I think, it’s time too game already! I’m down for just about anything. Finding a minis game called Gas lands I’m told Mechanically like Starwar’s X-wing, me and seven other drivers are in a demolition arena mowing down zombies and “unleashing hell” on each other, in seven deadly sins themed cars oh and the batmobile. the game ended for me driving Kamikaze into another player doing a fuck ton of 15d6 damage to a pc playing envy. Then Bowing out for my old school AD&D game at 2. I make my way too the second floor RPG area, finding the rest starting to roll up stats for PCs, all an all I got the tastes for the old school gaming style with a mixed experience of quick death and some X card worthy moments that from the players didn’t surprise me. Ugh eye roll. After finding a hoard of gold, silver, and copper the game fizzled out with the mostly intact partly making there way back too a town. I shacked the DMs hand thanked him for the game and found the Happy Jacks streaming room. This is it, I thought walking Tentatively into the room. I find Kimi and Stu setting up for the stream sheepishly introduce myself too them asking for pics and sitting in the audience for the game, with metal fans and a tripping of the GM on a cord on the ground making me grit my teeth in a split second of “oh fuck”. Who knew that Stu was so graceful saving himself! The show started and I watch intently until my human need for food left me eating a pizza and passing out watching the rest of the game in my room.
Saturday morning 3am
I signed up for a Larp that after walking on a group of gamers who where clearly sleep deprived, and myself not in the same energy found that maybe I should skip this one. Same as previous morning doing the lobby breakfast then back too the Happy Jacks room too meet and greet the rest of the crew. Jason, Adam, CaDave, Joey super nice too meet you guys!
2 pm my first HJ’s game, waking into RPG HQ on the second floor I walk in too see Tappy and Mac sitting at the conference table, nice too meet, big fan. Other players enter too play Tenra Bansho Zero, obscure game from the early 00s. We take control basically anime characters to fight in DBZ style high octane action scenes, with some interesting characters intro scenes too set the mood of the game, I think some of the pcs thought it was a different game or just didn’t understand the concepts, ether way I think about what I could have done differently and hope too maybe next con play a follow up game with out so many pcs so we can have a focused group dynamic.
I going too be honest after 4 hours of anime fore play too fight that barely started I had to get some calories in me or I’m going too rage on Someone. It you know what’s better then food... whiskey, how about literally 10 whiskys neet, please and thanks. Why not I just have too be on a flight back too Portland in counting down...6 hours. But first the recording of HJs con podcast, in short the pod was too long and I could feel Kimi trying too “Herd the cats” ending it just shy over 2 hour. Then it’s back too the bar, this is I feel the best part of the con for me in the hazy after glow of gaming and my first LA party I find that asking about the lifetime of gaming experience with the people that’s given me so much can’t be put into words. So thank you HJ crew, For making this Portland hipster feel welcome!