GEN CON 2014 RECAP
Sunday, the last day of the con. Decent day. Said goodbye to a lot of people — Mike, Rose, and Audrey left, said goodbye to Porphy and Marie-Claude.
I was surprised to find chloedykstra, who I know casually from the Internets, there with her friend Sam Whitwer (the vampire from Being Human). Chloe’s good people. We talked Vampire for a minute or two before she had to leave.
Eddy and I got bored and decided to follow a long-standing White Wolf tradition of inventing cardboard games. Kung-fu: The Fighting is his, Space Vampire is mine. Rich edited Kung-fu while Eddy edited Space Vampire.
At 4, the Exhibit Hall closed. We started packing up all our stuff pretty quickly. Pictured: Jason “Baron Samedi,” Eddy, Monica. Thanked a lot of the retailers who helped us out, like Chessex and CritSuccess, as well as Cubicle 7. Did a few trades with other retailers — “hey, you want a copy of Werewolf20? Great, what do you have for me?” sort of thing. As a result, we ended up with the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire and SW: Age of Rebellion rulebooks. Rich thrust the former into my hands and said it was mine now because I was, after all, working on a sci-fi property. Heee. Michelle came over from the booth she’d been working at and almost literally threw a few Shadowrun shirts at me before scurrying away.
We managed to package everything on a single skid by 7pm and left for supper. I played Musical Hotels again and was moved from the JW Marriott to Jason’s room in the Hyatt Regency in the PNC Center.
OPP crew was down to Rich, Eddy, me, and Jason. With no con and no flights until the afternoon, we were all able to sleep in. Felt good. Took the last picture there with another shot of the Artgarden around 10am while Jason was still sleeping.
Waited for everyone to be awake and check out, got our bags secured away with the hotel, and went out to eat. We had lunch(ish) at Harry and Izzy’s with Steve, Mandy, and Mandy’s boyfriend whose name I forget, all from DriveThruRPG. The plan was that five of us would head over to the airport in a cab together and trickle out as our flights came.
Mandy said that, statistically, one of us would have a delayed flight. They all turned to look at me.
So Mandy and her SO left (they were taking the train) and the rest of us went to the airport. First Jason left, then Steve, then Rich, and then Eddy and I.
And then my 7pm flight was delayed.
I wouldn’t be too worried except I had only had a 40-minute layover to begin with, and the flight landing in Toronto at 11:30pm would be the last one of the night.
So I made backup plans with the gate agent, who helpfully reserved me on a flight to Toronto leaving Newark in the morning. If I didn’t make the connecting flight that night, I’d be able to secure a hotel room and do it later.
So I landed in Newark, and started running, despite the schedule showing that the flight to Toronto would have finished boarding by the time I got off the plane. I was in Terminal C and needed to get to Terminal A. Fortunately, I wasn’t the only one heading back from Gen Con, so the hope was that they might hold the flight a few minutes for us.
We went to the AirTrain (an airport bus) and got there just as it pulled up. It shuttled us to Terminal A, where we ran out and burst into the building about 25 feet from our gate, just in time to hear the announcement that they were boarding Group 1. Apparently the flight landed a few minutes late, so we were literally just in time. Had we not made that AirTrain when we did — had any of the steps in between not worked out as they did — we would have missed it.
It was a small plane, three seats wide, tiny aisle, no overhead compartment on one side. I was on that one side. On the upside I had both an aisle seat and a window seat.
Advantage to flying at night: you’re above a lot of the glare. I could see the Milky Way out the window for most of the flight.
Landed at 11:30pm at the ass-end of the terminal. Like, no skybridge, we walked out onto the tarmac. There was one gate past where we parked. The “terminal” was only about 20 feet wide and the walls were constructed of the kind of corrugated metal you often see used for sheds.
We walked through progressively larger terminal sections for 10 minutes or so until we were back in the “real” building. I didn’t see anyone from any other flights, so if we weren’t the last of the night, we were close. Just a few airport workers.
By the time I got processed it was just past midnight. Got a cab, came home around 1am. Fell asleep.
Gen Con: exhausting, but well worth it. One of these days I should play some games there.