12 to Midnight, Games

Origins 2007 debriefing part II: Thursday

07.13.07 | 3 Comments

While my partners in crime were resting their dainty heads in their hotel rooms, I got up at 4 am on July 5 for a quick shave and tooth brushing prior to giving my sleeping wife a quick kiss on the forehead and slipping out the door into the darkness. My flight left from Austin, which is a little more than 100 miles from home, and at 7:05 am. It was a dark drive, but short rain bursts kept me focused on the wheel. Fortunately, I made it to the gate with all of 15 minutes to spare.

The flight itself was relatively uneventful. I used the time to time study the adventures I’d be running. Now that Origins is over it’s safe to reveal that I hadn’t GM’d a game in more than two years, and I hadn’t even played in a game for more than six months. So yeah, I was feeling a bit rusty and more than a little anxious.

In my layover in Chicago I knew that I’d entered a foreign land when I found myself in the airport food court eating an egg gyro instead of the egg tacos we have back home. Not bad, but it could have used some picante.

After touching down in Columbus I wasn’t able to reach my 12 to Midnight partners right away, so I called the hotel and arranged a shuttle pickup. Jerry returned my call and we arranged to meet at the hotel. An hour later we were reunited and decided to visit the grocery store around the corner so we wouldn’t be inconvenienced later. This worked really well, as we had a supply of bottled water and peanut butter sandwiches to last us through the con. Between that and the hotel “breakfast”, I got away with only having to pay for one meal a day for most of my trip.

After stocking up our room’s refrigerator, we headed back to downtown Columbus to hook up with our group. Unfortunately I’d forgotten my badge back at the hotel, but it turns out I didn’t really need it. By this time it was 5:30 or 6, so we met in the hotel and walked across the street for some dinner. Considering my meals had consisted of bottled water, an egg gyro, and some diet Coke, I certainly didn’t argue.

Oh, did I mention meeting some people in the lobby? Not only did we find Ed, but also this guy named Trey. Yeah, just this guy who has been with the company for about two years, but whom I’d never met face to face. Then I met Sean Preston, for whom I laid out RunePunk. Then I met Jodie and Clint Black (and their daughters). These are all people with whom I’ve exchanged countless e-mails, forum posts, and even phone calls, but in some cases I had never even seen their pictures. Words can’t describe that amazing meeting, but I’d be willing to bet some of you who have attended national cons know exactly what I’m talking about.

After dinner we went up to Sean’s suite and after hanging out a while, we decided it was time to get in some gaming! Sean, Mike, and Stacy were very gracious about allowing me to run my introductory ETU adventure. They are great roleplayers, and considering it was my first GMing in at least two years I think we all had fun. By the game was over it was pushing 10:30 or 11, but Sean needed a smoke so most of the gang trooped downstairs. After 15 minutes, my long day finally started catching up with me so I went down to find them so ask about calling it a night. Instead, I discovered that my crew had found our man Shane Hensley. Jerry snapped a picture of me talking to Shane and even did a great job of making sure the bear trap keeping him from fleeing was out of the frame.

Seriously, Shane has been a huge inspiration to all of us at 12 to Midnight, going back to the month of our very first release. I can say with complete honesty that if he hadn’t given us such encouragement and support that we would have given up long ago. Getting to finally meet him in person (and he’s a super nice guy) and chat with him was a huge treat. Being connected to the Savage Worlds community has been a wonderful, positive experience in so many ways, but first and foremost because of the people.

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2007-07-16 07:35:57

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Comment by Jerry
2007-07-16 17:56:17

You took some great pics. I’m going to inform my readers so they can visit you for a peek.

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2007-07-17 07:49:33

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