So I spent most of last weekend at Orccon/Strategicon, and it was my first gaming con experience ever, so I've got nothing by way of comparisons or complaints. I showed up, I played big long games that I love, I hung out with my friends, and I spent the weekend surrounded by men. Life was good.
Liz Rizzo was nerding it away in a huge session of Game Of Thrones, and I happily forced my way into the table, distracted her, and probably ensured that she lost soundly. Now, here’s the thing: if you go to her blog you’ll hear her speak with the most profound frankness about things like her purple friends, socially-conscious Hollywood schmooze fests, filmmaking, and, uh, a little more about her purple friend. But the open secret here is that she’s just a total geek like the rest of us. Don’t be fooled — she’s played Magic Realm more than I have. Don’t tell her I said this because I need to be really nice to her since she now has a job at a post-production house in Hollywood, and I’ll never know when I’ll need to pull a favor to get some post work done….
Now, what is clearly missing from this report of our meeting is any mention of my inherent hotness and my fabulous sense of humor, clearly. No mention of my goddess qualities whatsoever - well, besides my hot, geek cred. Some of you reading may remember that Dave from Blogography knows how to tell it like it is.
For my part, meeting Raphael was very cool, and seeing as he designed my kick-ass banner, I probably should have bowed at his feet. For some reason, I had expected someone less personable in person - look at me, jumping to a blogger stereotype. Anyway, he was very funny and nice in person, and actually quite sweet for sitting and talking to me for a few minutes while I was being demolished and agitated by my insane neighbor in Game of Thrones.
And, of course, what's most important is that I fought my way back - not to victory, but at least to third place and a thriving green area on the board.
UPDATE: Aaah, Much Better. Although perhaps a slight exaggeration.