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TotalCon Anticipation

Eric Summerer
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As I write this, we're just under 48 hours away from the official start of Total Confusion XXV in Mansfield, MA. Despite my proximity (the Boston area's only a couple of hours away from my home in South Central CT), this event hasn't been on my radar. However, this year, we were delighted to be asked by the convention organizers to attend as Guests of Honor for the event. Tom's flying up from Florida, and Jim Reed is driving in from PA as well. I'm tremendously excited for all of this, and I wanted to highlight some reasons why.

1 - It's been a long time since I've seen these guys. Despite my working closely with Tom and Jim on the production of The Dice Tower, I haven't actually seen these guys in almost two years. Our last meeting was at Origins 2009. While a good portion of Team Dice Tower was able to attend the 2010 Origins, Tom and Jim were not, and it was especially strange to be doing "official" Dice Tower things without the Big Cheese himself in attendance. Even outside of gaming, it will be nice to hang out with these guys again. This is doubly true since I will be missing this year's Origins due to the birth of our second son in June.

2 - I'm in a bit of gaming drought. I'm in a community theater production of Godspell that goes up in April, and rehearsals have conflicted with my usual Sunday night game group. I've been trying to compensate with lots of yucata.de and Cyberboard Merchant of Venus, but there's only so much you can do before you need to interact with other human beings in person. As a side note to this, I have a number of games, that I've either received or purchased, that haven't seen table time yet. I think a convention is an opportune time to get them played.

3 - I'm looking forward to making some new friends. Yes, it's wonderful to reunite with people you haven't seen in a while, but it's also exciting to know that there will be a bunch of like-minded gamers here that I haven't met yet, just waiting to sit at the table and play something. In addition to meeting new people, I'm also interested in observing the culture of a new convention. Everybody does things differently, and I can't wait to see how it all works.

4 - We have a podcast to put together. Episode 200 (and possibly 201) will be from TotalCon, and I enjoy the challenge of doing something outside our usual box. Despite the work, I'm very proud of what we were able to do with the Origins 2010 episode (175, if you're keeping notes), and I think we can use some of the lessons learned to put together a good snapshot of a regional con experience. Our goal will be to capture the experience of the event for those who attend, while still producing an entertaining show for those just listening at home. Expect a lot of session reports as we play a bunch of games, and get reactions from others at the table. It'll be a bunch of editing, but I'm up for the challenge.

I should really try to contain my enthusiasm, or I won't be able to concentrate on any work that I need to do before leaving.

Oh, who am I kidding? I'm off to pack a tub of games! See you at TotalCon!
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Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:34 pm
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