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02 September 2013 @ 12:37 am
GenCon and San Francisco complete  
That was a delightful and draining two weeks. I made the perilous journey down to Indianapolis along with the love of my life and my friend Mark. We collectively took full advantage of our pre-con arrival time to enjoy the complimentary happy hour beverages at our hotel, followed by an delightful evening of socialization at The Ram brewpub. This presaged an amazing convention overall.

We had a booth. Specifically, this one.
IGDN Booth

Through the frantic convention, I managed to have the public release of my book and sell an impressive 29 copies over the span of those four days. I ran sessions of Spark, heard great buzz, got my contributer comp copy of the Hillfolk corebook and generally had a blast. Over the span of one year, I went from semipro to a full-blown professional in the gaming industry. It's a hell of an achievement and I feel like I actually accomplished something of significance for the first time since I moved into my first apartment. Also discovered they have a burgeoning microbrewery scene which will make next year extra interesting.

My lovely lady and I did make our trip to San Francisco afterward as a treat to ourselves. We stayed right downtown, took public transit over to Fishermans Wharf, visited several museums and generally saw the surprisingly temperate sights. Excellent sushi and clam chowder in sourdough bread were had. Most important of all, I was able to make the sojourn to the legendary game store "EndGame Oakland" along with "The Trappist" pub. It was good to finally visit, to meet Chris at the store, and generally see the sights. The SF journey was only hampered by my physical, mental and emotional exhaustion after GenCon.

So yes, I am back in town and far more experienced than I was a mere couple weeks ago. Life is good.
Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
ironphoenix: slicktoryironphoenix on September 2nd, 2013 02:35 pm (UTC)
John Kahane: pic#60610727jkahane on September 2nd, 2013 03:52 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that you had a good time at GenCon, and made a few sales. :)

Good on you for the vacation afterwards to San Francisco. I've been there once, about ten years back, and it's a lovely city. Didn't eat any seafood of course, since I'm allergic to the stuff, but it was lovely from what I remember of it. (Besides, I suspect you earned that vacation while working GenCon!)