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Andoran *****

Kyle Baird wrote:
Dan Luckett wrote:
I can't think of any way to slim down with out dropping $500-$800 on a tablet.
Kindle fire is only $200

That's what I was going to suggest as well. My wife and I got one for Christmas, and it seems to handle our pdfs just fine.

Andoran ***

Nook Color is about the same price, and, using an inexpensive program like EZ PDF reader, works just fine for PDFs.

Love having tons of books, PDFs and all my modules & scenarios on one little tablet.

Not to mention being able to really upset the players' stomachs with that color picture of Auntie Baltwin...

Grand Lodge *****

I've had a Cruz T301 Android 7" tablet since December 2011. $90 at Walmart though eBay can be cheaper. Be sure to upgrade to Android 2.2.

Cruz T301 at Walmart

It's worked great so far. You need to spend $5 on the Repligo PDF viewer for reasonable refresh rates. (Once the file is fully loaded, flipping pages is instant.) It does not have all the bells and whistles of a more expensive tablet (3G, GPS, camera, Flash compatibility, lightweight), but it does have b/g/n WiFi, a full-size SD card slot (up to 32 GB), weak speakers with a mini headphone jack, and a mini 2.0 USB port. It weighs 1 pound - heavy for it's size, but an easy trade-off for the price. It also lacks Flash so it is not compatible with most Android apps, but if your main purpose is to store/read PDFs, this little tablet is great.

Silver Crusade ****

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So...My girlfriend just went up a level in "Gamer Girlfriend". I'm now sporting an Ipad 2! Apparently, she heard my pleas, through incessant sighing and budgeting for an Ipad 2, and bam...I have one in my greedy little hand.

Andoran *****

Personally, I think an iPad2 is worth more than 1 level, but that's just me. :P

Congrats!

Silver Crusade ****

Yea, I'm not sure how the experience translates, but definitely at least leveled.

Qadira ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Michigan—Detroit

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Dan Luckett wrote:

So...My girlfriend just went up a level in "Gamer Girlfriend". I'm now sporting an Ipad 2! Apparently, she heard my pleas, through incessant sighing and budgeting for an Ipad 2, and bam...I have one in my greedy little hand.

Well, between your girlfriend and your wife you were bound to catch a break...

*****

Doug Miles wrote:
Dan Luckett wrote:

So...My girlfriend just went up a level in "Gamer Girlfriend". I'm now sporting an Ipad 2! Apparently, she heard my pleas, through incessant sighing and budgeting for an Ipad 2, and bam...I have one in my greedy little hand.

Well, between your girlfriend and your wife you were bound to catch a break...

Now he's a gamer gawd -- has a wife and a girlfriend ...

Grand Lodge ***

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber
Purple Fluffy CatBunnyGnome wrote:
Now he's a gamer gawd -- has a wife and a girlfriend ...

I'd be happy with a squirrel.

Andoran *****

Clint Blome wrote:
Purple Fluffy CatBunnyGnome wrote:
Now he's a gamer gawd -- has a wife and a girlfriend ...
I'd be happy with a squirrel.

Skip breakfast?

*****

squirrls??? where

*goes off in search of squirrls*

Silver Crusade ****

Doug Miles wrote:
Dan Luckett wrote:

So...My girlfriend just went up a level in "Gamer Girlfriend". I'm now sporting an Ipad 2! Apparently, she heard my pleas, through incessant sighing and budgeting for an Ipad 2, and bam...I have one in my greedy little hand.

Well, between your girlfriend and your wife you were bound to catch a break...

I consider us ancient egyptian married (Live together, and do everything a married couple would). We've been together 4 years, we have a kid, share bills, and she won't let me legally marry her unless I fork out for her "perfect" wedding. I have trouble affording an Ipad, so essentially we're never going to be legal. I call her my wife, she's got a ring on her finger, though technically she's a gf. I slip up between the two. Same girl, multiple titles. This stuff is complicated. Though it's funny you caught on to that.

Bottom Line: She's the woman I'm with, and if I don't screw up horribly will be the woman I'm with the rest of my life. Especially since she bought me an Ipad (joking...mostly).

Does that explain a bit better?

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

Dan Luckett wrote:
This stuff is complicated

I could tell you stories my friend, just sayin'

;-)

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

I must have missed all the talk about what a banker's box is a few weeks back. I was referring to the standard sized cardboard file box use to store, well files. They typically come in two dimensions, letter-sized and legal-sized, in various lengths. In my case, I use letter-sized plastic bins with hanging file folder tracks molded in the top where I keep all my paperwork. Other materials (books, minis, maps, notebook, etc) are stacked inside.

I have created a file for every scenario still legal that includes pages printed from the Bestiary, printed and trimmed faction mission briefs, and the occasional visual aid (maps, handouts, NPC pics, etc). That takes up two entire boxes, but I only take the ones I will be using to the convention. I have a tubular steel (aluminum actually) fold-up rolling cart (just bought a new one yesterday) that can handle up to 250lbs of stuff. It can easily handle two file tubs, plus some odds 'n ends stacked on top if necessary. Works perfect for GM's who also organize and need to transport more stuff.

I have never attended a convention that required a plane ride, so I cannot really comment on how I would adjust my packing to accommodate that.

If you are interested in more detail to my personal convention traveling habits, feel free to PM me. I am always available to give some advice (good or otherwise) to a new GM...or at least new to convention traveling.

Andoran *****

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Bob Jonquet wrote:
I have never attended a convention that required a plane ride, so I cannot really comment on how I would adjust my packing to accommodate that.

I am currently working on a post that I will ummm, post, that will give advice for the traveling GM.

Silver Crusade ****

Which cart did you purchase specifically? I liked your setup at U-con. It seemed handy.

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

CART from Staples

I paid a bit less than this for mine, but it's the one I chose. They have some that are lighter in construction, and Walmart has them as well, but the tubular handle is not strong enough and bends if you place boxes, tubs, etc containing books and such.

Also, i don't use the flimsy cloth retainer that comes with it. I use a real cloth bungee cord/s to keep the stuff from sliding off when I turn corners or have to go up/down slopes and inclines. I bought something like THIS a few years back

Grand Lodge ***

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber

I've been hoping to do more travelling over the next year or so, so I need to do something as a GM. My next big Con is Origins and it's a playing Con for me. Anyone have advice on a player's size backpack? that can actually take some punishment from those heavy gaming books?

Andoran *****

Clint Blome wrote:
I've been hoping to do more travelling over the next year or so, so I need to do something as a GM. My next big Con is Origins and it's a playing Con for me. Anyone have advice on a player's size backpack? that can actually take some punishment from those heavy gaming books?

My suggestion

Very much worth the price. Sturdy and holds A LOT.

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

godsDMit wrote:
Very much worth the price. Sturdy and holds A LOT.

wow, just wow...that is an awesome item

*goes to contemplate financials

Now, if I could just fine the perfect gamer vest. hmmm...

BTW, THIS is the storage tub I am using

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

I have been using

www.companycasuals.com/LFGaPromo/b.jsp?id=6009645&parentId=

It is pretty sturdy has plastic reinforcements etc. I can fit a laptop, tablet binder about 3 books. 5 sets of dice and more.

I guess I am cheap I found it in good condition at goodwill for about 3$

It seems the death of mixed handbags and luggage would be goodwill or salvation army. Also a good place to pick up binders etc, if you want to have a store guide on hand.


I totally second the Bag of Holding.. my sister got me one for christmas year before last and its just been awesome.

tons of pockets and such for both books and, if its your thing, a laptop. (and if not its just another big ole hole for books!).

Love that thing.

(even if she and I were the only ones to get the 'bag of holding' thing..)

-S

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I use a Timbuk2 messenger bag ( http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/products/classic-messenger/2114694 ). They come in 5 sizes; mine is the "large" size (the second-biggest).

It holds an absolute ton of stuff -- I can carry a three-ring binder, four or five hardback game books, and a small Chessex miniatures case in the main compartment, plus dice and other odds and ends in the smaller pouches.

It's made of ballistic nylon, and is pretty much indestructible. The issues are that (a) they aren't cheap, and (b) since so much fits in it, I tend to put in a load that's heavier than I should be carrying on my shoulder.

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

From a physical health perspective, carrying a bunch of books in a back pack is better than a messenger bag. I use both. I have an iPad 2 that goes in the messenger bag with the dice, minis, maps and other light stuff. I bring the core assumption in my backpack with extra things like snacks, drinks, power cords, big minis...

It's worked out well so far and seems pretty balanced.

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Todd is correct that a backpack will likely help distribute the weight a bit more evenly. That said, I have an Ortlieb water-proof messenger bag that works great for me... I found it invaluable when living in Chicago and getting rained on at a moments notice during my long walks in the city.

We created a "mini-fig" case for our convention forays by taking a Godiva chocolate box and stuffing the smallest BattleFoam tray into it. It works well for us.

All I can say is thank your lucky stars you are in PFS and not a Warhammer 40K enthusiast- I remember hauling tons and tons of stuff around back the day when going to cons... nightmarish, really.

WJ

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

In terms of what backpack to use, I have a day trip hiking backpack. It has lots of pockets, lots of space, two areas for drink bottles and is heavy duty.

Grand Lodge ***

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber
godsDMit wrote:
Clint Blome wrote:
I've been hoping to do more travelling over the next year or so, so I need to do something as a GM. My next big Con is Origins and it's a playing Con for me. Anyone have advice on a player's size backpack? that can actually take some punishment from those heavy gaming books?

My suggestion

Very much worth the price. Sturdy and holds A LOT.

And ordered

Silver Crusade ****

I needed a new backpack. I've settled on this.

Osirion *****

I picked up a gaming backpack at GenCon a few years ago and it has been the best pack I have ever owned. I think I paid $25 bucks for it with a coupon, I think they normally go for about $40-$50. I don't see one on this site, but they do have a gamer backpack and a handy haversack that both look nice.

Silver Crusade ****

Got a picture?

Cheliax ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Tampa aka Dominick

I bring all my things in a rolling cart. There are a myriad of items. This biggest saver of space is the iPad and laptop.

I have the standard from Office Depot. Its cheap and if it gets destroyed I buy another and re-use the salvageable parts for repairs. Often I fins the handle breaks most often followed by the wheels.

For those who can't afford it, think again, iPad 1 units are selling on eBay for about $200-$250. I bring my iPad and often a Kindle to loan. Tablets are very good investment, especially for a DM. Used Kindle and other tablets are often dirt cheap.

I often run conventions and I appreciate my DMs who being an iPad!

Osirion *****

Dan Luckett wrote:
Got a picture?

I cannot find one online. It is blue and black and holds 6 rule books neatly, build in holster for cell phone and special padded laptop pocket. Holds my nook, power cords, decks, dice, pens and pencils, and has lots of internal pockets and its designed to have luggage locks placed on it.

They may not make it anymore, I have had it a few years and it is really sturdy and has really absorbed all kinds of abuse. Now that I am talking about it if I find one online I think I'll buy it.

*****

I generally cart all my stuffs in a rolling duffle bag for major conventions ...

it has enuough space and pockets to make sure that I don't forget anything when I'm far from home and it helps save my back.

for closer to home stuff, I have an expandable nat'l guard backpack that I got from my brother.. I can fit all my books (crb - uc), dice container, two multi-file folders with scenarios and maps and pens and pencils as needed.

***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Indianapolis aka Red-Assassin

Those Nat guard Backpacks are great.

*****

Chris Bonnet wrote:
Those Nat guard Backpacks are great.

I know ... I lurve mine ... tho the inside is COVERED in purple glitter from my dice rolling tray whistles oops

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

Clint Blome wrote:
And ordered

Me too...now just need to avoid sitting near you and mixing up our bags ;-)

Grand Lodge ***

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber
Bob Jonquet wrote:
Clint Blome wrote:
And ordered
Me too...now just need to avoid sitting near you and mixing up our bags ;-)

I guess it's a good thing we arent sharing a room at GenCon :P

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

I got one too!

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

We could start a cult!

Cheliax ***** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Midwest Bags of Holding Holders

Andoran ***** Venture-Lieutenant, California—Fresno aka Sarta

Todd Morgan wrote:
Midwest Bags of Holding Holders

I had two of the zippers blow out on my bag of holding, so I switched to a waterproof Timbuk2 messenger bag and have loved it.

Sczarni *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules Subscriber

Just got a BoH. I'll try and change the logo on it so it is showing a 1, since that is more frequent for me.

Grand Lodge ***

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber
Rene Duquesnoy wrote:
Just got a BoH. I'll try and change the logo on it so it is showing a 1, since that is more frequent for me.

And then we were 4

Andoran *****

Clint Blome wrote:


And then we were 4

*Ahem*

I think you mean 5. ;)

Grand Lodge ***

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber
godsDMit wrote:


*Ahem*

I think you mean 5. ;)

My bad....

can we form Captain Planet?

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

one more and we have an adventuring party...Fellowship of the Bag!

Grand Lodge ***

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber
Bob Jonquet wrote:
one more and we have an adventuring party...Fellowship of the Bag!

I think we have our table for Scotty's

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

Clint Blome wrote:
I think we have our table for Scotty's

I would be up for that. Now to find a GM. Someone really obnoxious...wonder what Dragnmoon is doing ;-)

Andoran *****

My wife is probably going to be upset if I tell her she can't play at the table just cause she doesnt have a 'Bag of Holding', especially since she is the one who bought it for me. :P

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight

Run a druid...she can play the animal companion ;-)

*keeps a sharp eye out for Mrs. godsDMit

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