The following took place Friday night from roughly10 PM to 3 AM.
One of the nice things about where we live is that we’re just a couple hours drive from several awesomely nerdy annual conventions. We go to at least 2 and sometimes as many as 4 conventions a year. Gaming cons, comic cons, anime cons, they’re all fair game because cons are nerd paradise, especially after hours.
Of all of the cons that we go to, Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio is my favorite. I’ve gone every year for 6 years running and have amassed a large posse of awesome friends from all over the world. Thanks to social media we all keep in touch. We continually look forward to next year when we’ll all see one another again and inevitably add a few more folks to our entourage. Origins is smallish as far as cons go but that’s what makes it so much fun. You can actually hang out with people and shop and game and it’s all very relaxed and groovy.
Given the awesome time I always have at Origins I was expecting good things, but what I got was a truly epic weekend.
Andy went up on Wednesday and I joined him there Friday night. I found him sitting in the back of Big Bar playing Shadowrun with some friends. As soon as I got there, all the guys began not so subtly saying “look behind us” and then started passing me cameras. Gaming at the table directly behind them were Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day. There are pics, so it’s true.
Amusingly, the only other game I had ever played at a con before Friday night was a game of Munchkin that I played with Steve Jackson. Sorry Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day, I beat you to that one by about 4 years. 😛
Here’s a link to TableTop featuring Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day playing Munchkin with Steve Jackson.
That went on until well past midnight. When we finally departed the back room, we immediately ran into some friends from Chicago. While talking to them, Grant Wilson, formerly of Ghost Hunters, and Mike Richie, game designer and President of Rather Dashing Games, came over and hung out with us for a while. Turns out they had gotten to know Andy a bit over the few days before I got there. Man, what a great couple of guys! They did a game together called “Four Taverns” that I’ll review in tomorrow night’s post. Our friend Nigel did a game for Rather Dashing as well but I’m going to get to him later and I haven’t played his game yet.
I’m throwing in a plug for Rather Dashing Games here because and Grant and Mike are both really great guys and tomorrow you can read about how it’s a really great game. Rather Dashing Games Go to the site. Buy things.
After that we ran into our friend and wonderful artist Nigel Sade and his adorable girlfriend Sarah and super fun cousin Steve. Well, any time we run into Nigel we can pretty much plan on hanging out all night. So that’s what happened. In fact, that happened every night… and that’s why all the rum’s gone. Nigel’s a really cool artist who does a lot of sci-fi and comic themed stuff in addition to more serious artwork. He just finished a Darth Maul that I must have and we’re currently bartering for a Daredevil tattoo design. 🙂 Check out his work. He’s a great guy and a great artist.
That ALL happened Friday night.
Stay tuned tomorrow for part 2, wherein I play and review “Four Taverns” while looking rather dashing, finally win a game of Risk thanks to my bad nipple juju, and encounter a Dalek.