Monthly Archives: August 2011
Growing old sucks. This isn’t just the blatantly obvious ramblings of an aging nerd realizing he’s just a few short years away from graduating from being “young” to being “middle-aged.” You notice many things about yourself and the world around you. You step on the scale and realize that you no longer suffer from that being underweight problem. Nothing works the way it used to; your joints start to creak every now and again, you start taking multivitamins to keep up your energy, and you start getting up in the middle of the night to take a piss. Sure, I complain, but I’m still a “young” man. I’m not giving up on youth completely until Ensure becomes a regular part of my diet.
It’s not just the physical things, either; You start to dread your own birthday, most of your favorite music is considered “the classics,” and when you’re in public, people stare at you because you jumped off the fashion train when the Miami Vice look was still en vogue. You start to feel out of place, like you’re part of a bygone era; or perhaps part of a Dr. Who prank in which you were drugged and dragged into a TARDIS and the “random” button was hit, and now you’re marooned in a different time. Even your hobbies have “evolved” (and I use the term loosely) with the times, leaving you to be that cantankerous old geezer with a shotgun sitting in his rocking chair on the porch yelling at the young’uns to “get the hell off his lawn.”
Well, folks, I have returned from GenCon, and I must say that this year was a blast! I got to try out lots of new stuff, and even picked up a few new games (before their release!). I had so much fun that I’m already planning next year’s trip. The entire GenCon experience will be related by VLog here, so stay tuned!
The above picture, if any of you were wondering, is of me (of course) with Shane Lacy Hensley. If any of you are fans of Savage Worlds, Rippers, or Deadlands, this name should be familiar to you. It was a pleasure to speak with him, as well as nab a copy of Savage Worlds Deluxe and get an autograph. Keep up the good work, Mr. Hensley!
Salutations! Today, I was going to post another text review of Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun. Unfortunately, real life and preparations for GenCon got in the way, and here I am, making excuses on my blog. On the plus side, though, it’s friggin’ GENCON!!! I feel like a little kid at Christmas! I’ve been bouncing off the walls for the past couple of hours, and our crew leaves within the hour. There will be plenty of pictures, to be sure, and perhaps a video VLog of the experience.
To those I will see there, I can’t wait. I paid for this trip back in March, and I will finally see the payoff.
Luggage is packed, the Wands of Wonder are charged, we have a whole case of potions ready, and we cleaned out the bank of our hard-earned gold pieces for the grand bazaar of nerdiness!