1. A Year Ago...
...after the last Gen Con I said D&D with Porn Stars will be throwing a party next Gen Con. It'll be big and it'll be loud and it'll be a year in the making and the paint will peel from the walls.
And then I said: If the DIY RPG scene wants to, in less than 5 years it can run this town.
2. The First Thing I Did...
...when I got to my room was stand and go "One" and then slide over two feet and go "Two" and then slide around the bed and go "Three" and I kept dong that all over the room, trying to count how many people could fit in it.
Probably maybe enough kinda--if they were all thin and careful and managed to make it 4 whole blocks from the convention center and the staff didn't notice them crowding through the lobby.
I mean really to be clear I was worried sick. Also I'd just realized there was a very big hole in the seat of my jeans and likely had been for several hours.
Stokely had been reading up on Indiana state sex crime laws. They are not generous: blowjobs, for example, are a crime, as is having an erection while outdoors.
And Green Ronin was up for more awards than us.
It's always good to make peace with the worst-case scenario. In this case: the party will suck, there'll be nothing to celebrate anyway, and we'll all be arrested for nudity and boners by the Indiana sex police.
3. And then I beheld two figures...
...striding boldly in the sickening heat. Jez Gordon and James Edward Raggi IV, arrived from distant lands. We found a place, I ordered something with rum and pineapple and, basically, for five days straight....everything was completely perfect in the world.
The Bastille really does await, and the guards really are drunk:
|Left: False Patrick, Right: me, Center: some plush fuck.|
This was Patrick's first time in America, his take here.
|"Hello sir! Do you like roles? Do you like playing? Do you like games?|
Do you like fantasy? Do you like horror? Do you like fantasy horror? Weird or normal fantasy?
Excellent, perfect! Step this way! Dead players you say? We can help. Here at LotFP we make the best modules
supplements in the business, buy 4 get a 5th free. Maze of the Blue Medusa? No sir it is sold out,
however may I offer you this fine, all-weather, hypo-allergenic cloth Maze of the Blue Medusa Map?"
L to R: Me, RPG connoisseur of brilliant taste, Raggi, Jacob Hurst whose Swordfish Islands sold
out, too, and Mike Hubris in profile.
|Charlotte Stokely at the hotel incompletely censored by half a Sir Larkins sticker.|
Previous (and even less SFW) attempt at OSR sticker-modeling here.
|Me, Stokely, charming fan with excellent taste, Mike Mearls.|
They had a Marilyn Monroe vent at this bar which kept blowing Stokely's skirt up.
Mike and I talked about nuclear terror and making games for like 4 hours.
|His jaw moved, too.|
|Raggi with Nicole Pate in Flame Princess cosplay|
|Indiana Museum of Art|
Left: False Patrick, Right: me, Center: a sample of Vantablack, the blackest substance in the world--of course James wants to bind something in it
|The True Spirit Of Gen Con|
|Vornheim in the Gen Con museum, next to Aaron Allston's Strike Force|
|Ela Darling, with part of her convention haul|
|Narrativist RPG Uberczar Ron Edwards (left) and OSR layout mastermind Jez Gordon (right) posing as Frost Giants for my upcoming Amazons book|
|Brendan Necropraxis' book sold out and also he's buff|
|Jacob Swordfish Islands Hurst, James Edward Fucking Metal Raggi, Patrick Embarassed Constantly Because British Stuart,|
Stacy Contessa Dellorfano, Jez Feral Gordon,
You might feel tempted to find symbolism in the fact that Patrick was uncomfortable
standing on a piece of glass held up by thousands of tiny anonymous doll people but you'd be
forgetting he's always uncomfortable.
|Improvised team vs team dungeon--Patrick kept rolling up 1 hit point|
characters and died 3 times in one game. They say he writes well.
|Halfway through the game one night before the awarda I got a text from Trollsmyth saying he'd|
fallen ass-backwards into the Presidential Suite at the Marriott, did I still need a place
to have the party?...
|A bunch of people that are in these other pictures (and Zzarchov, hiding) but most important and dead-|
center is Chris H, who gets special mention because I ran into jussssst when I was trying to haul the liquor
over to Trollsmyth's suite on Ennie-morning and volunteered to help. Note his
home-made Flail snail patch.
|But would the party have any raison d'etre? We approached the vast hall with trepidation....|
The Ennie hall was wayyyy more packed than last year and the room was a George Perez cover of slavering foes
|Stacy kicked it off...|
|Broodmother SkyFortress winning a judge award was a foregone conclusion|
Go to 1:17:59 to see the crowd yelling "We love you Jeff!"
|Reading Jeff's Speech--the best Patrick and Zak picture.|
|Mike wins for Hubris, flips off the entire audience (50:43)|
tells me he's gonna publish Demon City
|Patrick winces his way through the Ennies, visibly cringing every time|
someone says something American and banal, on his way to
winning two Ennies for Veins of the Earth.
Best Writing (40:33)--where he's the only person nominated who
wrote a book solo--and (along with Scrap Princess)
Best Monster/Adversary (1:37:27)
|Patrick and Raggi at peak embarrassment as people (and me) yell The King In The North!|
as Raggi goes up to collect Kiel Chenier's Best Adventure Gold Ennie for Blood In The Chocolate,
overcoming massive, organized online harassment, openly supported by
the Atlas Games reps sitting right in front of the stage
|Jez, Mike, me, Raggi......Patrick|
John Wick (the 7th Sea one not the gun one), me hugging Mark Diaz Truman
Mike Evans, Raggi
Mike Curry (7th Sea systems guy)
(Not pictured because they won nothing) the Green Ronin team
|OSR party storming the Marriott--Ela Darling in the lead.|
Patrick saw how big the party was and left immediately.
|Trying to tell the crowd to quiet down because we have 4 floors complaining about us.|
There's video of me yelling at the crowd and being interrupted by a guy in
a Captain America shirt who told us to party harder:
|The home group ably adapting to local nerd culture|
|So of course we got kicked out of the suite and relocated to the bar downstairs. Left: Jon Peterson, curator of the Gen Con Museum and author of PlayingAt The World Ken Hite of Trail of Cthulhu and Vampire 5e|
|Here is Ken Hite doing the Cabbage Patch, Michael Pfaff drops a glass, Jez massages his wrist, I tell a story and Ken Baumann stands completely still|
|Raggi had fled by this point so he didn't|
see Ken had the greatest shirt in the history of metal
Meanwhile, online in fake-life the jackals were out in force harassing the OSR post Ennies:
|...it's been very difficult.|
|I looked at his wife and was like "I understand your pain" and, in her lovely Finnish accent, |
she was just like "He loves the controversy" and went back to knitting socks