Gen Con and GP Portland roundup MEGAPOST!
Doing GP Portland and Gen Con back to back has resulted in a slurry of jumbled memories, an SD card full of pictures, a lingering case of “con-funk,” and a wonderfully unnegligible wad of tips to torment my local bank tellers with (they think I’m a charity-case male stripper, I’m sure of it.)
GP Portland was more than a tournament. It was like a Magic convention dipped in chocolate. There were panels on all things Magic, including my very own stumbled-through digital painting demo and Q&A. Many of the questions were my own. Such as “By Captain America’s secret tattoo, why isn’t this working? It’s fine at home! Hey, where is everyone going?”
Liliana paid a visit. I know because I have this photo here on my phone. But whenever I try and recall exactly what happened, I get a sudden headache, sense of dread, nightmare visions of a zombie apocalypse, and curiously, a craving for Twizzlers and grape soda.
Also in attendance, Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts. Who finally settled once and for all that there are angels on Theros. And Elspeth is one of them. Christine Sprankle, Magic’s Master of Cosplay, gave a wonderful panel on her craft, and at the end, bestowed an Axe of Garruk on an unsuspecting, then delighted, future cosplayer. The staff conspired to get her this axe, as earlier in the event she’d proudly exclaimed that she was going to be Garruk at the next GP. I’m pretty durned excited to see that.
Team Panda’s Panda Samurai playmat found itself a home. It was prominently featured front and center on the prize wall, and they tell me it was the most asked about and sought-after prize. Go Team Panda!
Gen Con was it’s usual delightful madness. Welcome to all the new Minions, and the old-guard Minions that finally got their ID cards! One by one, we are becoming legion.
One of the things I love about Gen Con, is that it’s such a diverse group of gamers and games. I finally saw some L5R and Warlord cards come through for some alterations. I’m hoping it catches on.
Another thing that happens at most events, but I think I’m the only one to really notice, is that themes unique to each show begin to emerge. When someone wants a sketch or an alteration, some have a very clear idea of what they want, and others leave it entirely up to me. When left to my own devices, they’re usually a bit goofy, and a common thread will tie them together. In this case, beverages come to life. Milk and Oreo, Slurm, whiskey, wine, and coffee elementals are just a few of the twisted brain-children of Gen Con 2014.
I love meeting new fans. But even more, it delights me greatly to see friends coming back to see me again. And this Gen Con was the best yet. I’m so glad you all aren’t bored and tired of me just yet.
Thank you all for being the best reasons to do what I do.