A few weeks ago I gave Pathfinder fan and friend of many of us here at Paizo, Paris Crenshaw, a tour of our office. Last Saturday, Commander Crenshaw returned the favor by giving a bunch of Paizonians a tour of his workplace, the USS Nimitz!
The weather was quite frightful—pouring rain and freezing winds—but inside the supercarrier was delightful. Paris gave us an amazing tour, assisted by Lieutenant Commander Lucas Jung, RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32.
Approaching the USS Nimitz on the pier at the Naval Station in Everett, WA.
We paused for a group photo up in the flag mess where the Admiral's staff dines.
We stopped by the Admiral's office where the décor included a table whose surface was covered in challenge coins.
The fact that Pathfinder Society Challenge Coins would be totally awesome was not lost on any of us.
How can you knot be impressed by this fancy rope-work!
Winding our way through the ship we got to see the nerve center where the fleet is monitored from, the tactics center, and some other fancy control rooms. The banks of computers, switches, radar screens, and buttons made a truly impressive sight to behold, but sadly, no pictures allowed.
It was a good thing Paris and Lucas were there to show us around, as the interior is easy to get lost in.
Looking down the length of the ship.
Scuttle holes allow for emergency access in case regular exits are blocked.
Possibly the most exciting part of the tour was getting to go up to the pilot house, the bridge, and the air traffic control room at the very top of the ship’s tower. While we couldn’t sit in the Admiral’s chair on the bridge, we did get the opportunity to sit in the Air Boss’s chair and see what he sees from his perch in the air traffic control room.
Sutter feels the need, the need for speed.
Myself and my son Mikey by the USS Nimitz bell.
Everyone had a wonderful time and we are incredibly grateful to Paris and Lucas for showing us around. It was quite an amazing experience! (And of course, we left a nice big box of rulebooks for the crew to enjoy in their library after we left).