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SF Recap

Long weekend, but Conquest SF was well-organized, well-attended and everyone involved was extremely hospitable. We sold some stuff, sat on some panels, Kate played games in the kids room, made friends with another girl, was very tolerant of our need to do boring adult things.

We took BART into the city one night to have dinner with Book of the Righteous author Aaron Loeb and his lovely wife Kathy and Blue Rose contributor Jeremy Crawford. We got a tour of Aaron’s day job at Planet Moon Studios, and briefly met Book of the Righteous artist Ken Capelli, who also works there.

On the other hand, our friend Randy was at the con and he’s a docent at the San Francisco Zoo. When he heard about Kate becoming a Zookid, he was really interested and took us to the zoo on Sunday afternoon and gave us a total back-stage/guided tour, loading Kate up with lots of information about the SF zoo programs, introducing her by name to all the animals, telling hilarious stories about their personalities, giving her access to “employee only” areas and introducing her to other employees and teens in the program. It was a VERY cool experience for her. Sadly, we forgot her found peacock feathers in the hotel room when we checked out.

The flight back was trouble-free and recovered our one checked bag promptly and without issue. We were home by cab by 9:30. Unfortunately, as we were getting out of the cab (which was parked angled into the street slightly) a minivan with a family and small children inside tried to squeeze past the cab… the van collided with Chris’s door (I was already in the house, turning off the alarm) and after half an hour the cops finally showed up to make a report. Chris reflexively said, “Oh, I’m sorry!” as he got out of the car, and the bitchy woman in the van started in. “It’s going to take a lot more than sorry…” Great. Hopefully between the cab’s insurance and the van-family’s insurance no one is going to try to pin the repairs on us!

16 comments to SF Recap

  • I dunno how it works on the Left Coast, but over here a driver that hits a stopped car is responsible for the accident, just like with the rear-ending rule. My pointy haired boss from my defense job ripped a door clean off of another car (he was passing on the right using a parking lane AND he was speeding). He was sure he’d win in court (based on what I do not know). He did not.

  • I dunno how it works on the Left Coast, but over here a driver that hits a stopped car is responsible for the accident, just like with the rear-ending rule. My pointy haired boss from my defense job ripped a door clean off of another car (he was passing on the right using a parking lane AND he was speeding). He was sure he’d win in court (based on what I do not know). He did not.

  • I dunno how it works on the Left Coast, but over here a driver that hits a stopped car is responsible for the accident, just like with the rear-ending rule. My pointy haired boss from my defense job ripped a door clean off of another car (he was passing on the right using a parking lane AND he was speeding). He was sure he’d win in court (based on what I do not know). He did not.

  • I dunno how it works on the Left Coast, but over here a driver that hits a stopped car is responsible for the accident, just like with the rear-ending rule. My pointy haired boss from my defense job ripped a door clean off of another car (he was passing on the right using a parking lane AND he was speeding). He was sure he’d win in court (based on what I do not know). He did not.

  • The law is the same out here on the West Coast. That bitchy lady is gonna be REALLY bitchy when her insurance company gets done with her.

  • Hmm… most of the reports I’ve been reading from ConQuest seemed to indicate that the attendence was very poor and that many of the scheduled RPG sessions did not run for lack of players. I’m glad to hear that it was good for GR.

    • I do know that the orgnanizers had to replace their RPG coordinator shortly before the show, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there were all sorts of problems with RPGs. In fact, the RPGs may have sucked completely for all I know, but the place was packed and using every available area for games of all other types. The historical minis guys were wall to wall in the hall next to the dealer area.

      I overheard a loudmouth jerk who sat behind my chair for two hours and bitched about being “gouged” for having to spend $30 for a day pass and talking about how Shield was going to kick ass, my thought was “Yeah, if you’re spending $30 to sit here and bitch, I can see where that’s not good value. Most people paid their $30 and, you know, played games all day.”

      I definitely would not have called attendence poor! I’m surprised that people would say that.

  • Hmm… most of the reports I’ve been reading from ConQuest seemed to indicate that the attendence was very poor and that many of the scheduled RPG sessions did not run for lack of players. I’m glad to hear that it was good for GR.

    • I do know that the orgnanizers had to replace their RPG coordinator shortly before the show, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there were all sorts of problems with RPGs. In fact, the RPGs may have sucked completely for all I know, but the place was packed and using every available area for games of all other types. The historical minis guys were wall to wall in the hall next to the dealer area.

      I overheard a loudmouth jerk who sat behind my chair for two hours and bitched about being “gouged” for having to spend $30 for a day pass and talking about how Shield was going to kick ass, my thought was “Yeah, if you’re spending $30 to sit here and bitch, I can see where that’s not good value. Most people paid their $30 and, you know, played games all day.”

      I definitely would not have called attendence poor! I’m surprised that people would say that.

  • Hmm… most of the reports I’ve been reading from ConQuest seemed to indicate that the attendence was very poor and that many of the scheduled RPG sessions did not run for lack of players. I’m glad to hear that it was good for GR.

    • I do know that the orgnanizers had to replace their RPG coordinator shortly before the show, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there were all sorts of problems with RPGs. In fact, the RPGs may have sucked completely for all I know, but the place was packed and using every available area for games of all other types. The historical minis guys were wall to wall in the hall next to the dealer area.

      I overheard a loudmouth jerk who sat behind my chair for two hours and bitched about being “gouged” for having to spend $30 for a day pass and talking about how Shield was going to kick ass, my thought was “Yeah, if you’re spending $30 to sit here and bitch, I can see where that’s not good value. Most people paid their $30 and, you know, played games all day.”

      I definitely would not have called attendence poor! I’m surprised that people would say that.

  • Hmm… most of the reports I’ve been reading from ConQuest seemed to indicate that the attendence was very poor and that many of the scheduled RPG sessions did not run for lack of players. I’m glad to hear that it was good for GR.

  • I do know that the orgnanizers had to replace their RPG coordinator shortly before the show, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there were all sorts of problems with RPGs. In fact, the RPGs may have sucked completely for all I know, but the place was packed and using every available area for games of all other types. The historical minis guys were wall to wall in the hall next to the dealer area.

    I overheard a loudmouth jerk who sat behind my chair for two hours and bitched about being “gouged” for having to spend $30 for a day pass and talking about how Shield was going to kick ass, my thought was “Yeah, if you’re spending $30 to sit here and bitch, I can see where that’s not good value. Most people paid their $30 and, you know, played games all day.”

    I definitely would not have called attendence poor! I’m surprised that people would say that.