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Late Thursday, January 23, 2003
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What's Going On? Being Guests of Honor

We've just gotten back from a big trip up to Boston where we were the Special Gaming Guests of Honor at a major science-fiction convention called Arisia, and needless to say, we had a phenomenal time.

Being Guests of Honor is obviously extremely cool. They gave us the red carpet treatment, putting us up in the Presidential Suite (with some of the other GoHs), giving us gift boxes and treats and inviting us to a dinner with the other big shots. The program book featured a multi-page article about us, complete with a full-page photo, which meant that we were frequently recognized and treated as VIPs everywhere we went. It was a hoot!

We spent the whole weekend running from place to place. We were on discussion panels, we hosted a game show, and on Saturday, I worked an 8 hour shift as the waiter in our Pop Tart Cafe. Check out the scrapbook for the full report.

Our panels were all well attended, with my Saturday afternoon talk on game design being positively crowded. Fortunately, for those of you who could not attend, I have a written version of that talk which I've posted here this week. (On the other hand, only those in attendance got to hear the secret ideas I've been contemplating for a Chrononauts expansion...) I was so busy I didn't get to see any of Alison's sketch-off with other artists (called "Dueling Easels") and missed most of Kristin's talk (on Publishing a Game), but from what I could tell, like everything else, it was all great fun.

So overall, I think we'd have to say that being among the Guest of Honors was terrific. We look forward to doing it again someday.

But as if all that weren't enough fun for one weekend, we also made the trip home memorable by stopping off to visit the founders of Cosmic Wimpout, whom we've admired from afar for lo these many years but have never met until now. Check out the travelogue for details of this pilgrimage.


Have a great week!

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Thought Residue
Arisia was held in the same hotel where, in 1983, I played in the first-ever Live Action Role-Playing game: Rekon-1. Wandering around those hallways and function rooms again brought back many memories... perhaps my favorite was the somewhat-famous moment when I beat the rap for Negligent Genocide, 19 years ago, in the very same room where Fluxx and Volcano tournaments were being run this weekend.

The new governor of Maryland, Republican Bob Erhlich, has announced his support for decriminalizing medical marijuana! (Dude, if you'd said that sooner, I would have considered voting for you.)
I can't wait to try the new Almond Snickers which I've seen advertised. I've never been big on Snickers, but with almonds instead of peanuts it could be just what I was wishing for on 12/6/1 (though actually, if you can find them, Russell Stovers' Almond Clusters are really quite perfect already...)


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