A Thank You


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Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Melbourne aka trollbill

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As many of you who follow my posts may know, I am frequently a vocal consumer advocate for PFS members. I do this because I feel such advocacy benefits not just the members, but PFS and Paizo in general. Unfortunately, such advocacy sometimes means I can appear in an adversarial role opposing Venture Officers, 5 Star GMs and even Paizo employees. So I want to make it clear that even though I may occasionally act as a foil to some of you online (and the nature of the internet occasionally means things get heated) I respect the effort that all of the VOs, GMs and employees put into making PFS what it is. So thank you all for your efforts.

I will be traveling to GenCon this year and this will be my first GenCon as a Paizo volunteer. So I hope to meet as many of you as possible in a less adversarial capacity.

Thank you again,

trollbill

Grand Lodge 2/5

Are you going to be wearing a trollbill name tag?

Shadow Lodge 4/5

Everybody's got a social scheme or two and everyone acts a bit different online. The hard thing is recognizing and acknowledging that side of you exists.

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Melbourne aka trollbill

claudekennilol wrote:
Are you going to be wearing a trollbill name tag?

You know, I actually have done that in the past at other Cons. I probably should do that this year so that everyone has ample chance to run and hide.

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Oh sure, NOW he pleas for mercy...:)

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Florida—Melbourne aka trollbill

I prefer to refer to it as "extending an olive branch." :)

Liberty's Edge 4/5 5/5

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You know, if you read these boards long enough, you'll find that many people, now and then, violate the "don't be a jerk" rule. It happens, and I think it's just the nature of being able to post behind the computer screen (instead of confronting someone face to face.) So, I think people can be forgiven for their occasional lapses (and I completely include myself in this).

Nice message, TB, and thanks for volunteering at Gen Con! I hope it's a great experience for you!

Sczarni 5/5 5/55/5

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Ooo! Me, too!

This is my first GenCon, and I'm doing it as a Tier 1 GM. When I went to PaizoCon last year for the first time I had an amazing experience meeting lots of people that I previously only knew from the Forums.

I'm looking forward to having that same experience (tenfold) next week. Maybe I'll add a nametag to a hat, or something.

Fair warning: I give big hugs.

Dark Archive

I will echo trollbill's sentiment - I can get argumentative, and passionate about that argument, but I do deeply respect the hard work and effort put into this game on the part of the Paizo staff and the volunteers like the VOs. Even when I disagree with them :)

Incidentally, this will also be my first GenCon - I've only been to local Indiana cons before. I signed up for PFS in every time slot PFS was offered in. Every. single. one. We will see how much I regret this here in a week, and hopefully I'll get the chance to meet some of you who I haven't had the chance to run across in the past.

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Mark Stratton wrote:
You know, if you read these boards long enough, you'll find that many people, now and then, violate the "don't be a jerk" rule. It happens, and I think it's just the nature of being able to post behind the computer screen (instead of confronting someone face to face.) ...

and then you meet them face to face and they're the same....

*ow ow ow ow*

Dark Archive 5/5 5/5 Venture-Captain, Minnesota—St. Paul

Yeah, we totally should get two name tags for those that post under screennames. Who knows how many people I'll pass and not recognize for their posts on the forums?

Sczarni 5/5 5/55/5

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"You SO don't look like your profile pic."

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Akari Sayuri "Tiger Lily" wrote:

I will echo trollbill's sentiment - I can get argumentative, and passionate about that argument, but I do deeply respect the hard work and effort put into this game on the part of the Paizo staff and the volunteers like the VOs. Even when I disagree with them :)

Incidentally, this will also be my first GenCon - I've only been to local Indiana cons before. I signed up for PFS in every time slot PFS was offered in. Every. single. one. We will see how much I regret this here in a week, and hopefully I'll get the chance to meet some of you who I haven't had the chance to run across in the past.

As someone who has been to..oh, I think..the last 10 gencons I can tell you right now that you'll regret it. There's so much stuff in the vendor hall that you'll be missing out on. Even if you're not interested in in art, board games, card games, demoing games, anime paraphernalia, gamer t-shirts, more board games, table top games, RPGs, minis, containers for every gaming thing imaginable, Doctor Who, gamer furniture, larping equipment, or fluffy toys.. THERE'S NEW DICE. C'mon, what serious pathfinder doesn't need new dice?

This isn't even including stuff outside the vendor hall.

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Nefreet wrote:
"You SO don't look like your profile pic."

I've had multiple people tell me i DO look like my profile pic

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BigNorseWolf wrote:


I've had multiple people tell me i DO look like my profile pic

What about smell like your profile pic?

Grand Lodge 5/5 Global Organized Play Coordinator

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Nefreet wrote:
"You SO don't look like your profile pic."

Yes I do!

Grand Lodge 3/5 Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Diego aka Michael_Hopkins

Michael Brock wrote:
Nefreet wrote:
"You SO don't look like your profile pic."
Yes I do!

Maybe I should start making some sort of face mask..... Just in case you visit PaizoCon next year......

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Captain, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero

It's okay bill, no need to pretend to respect me. ;) Say hi to my wife on the HQ table if you can. She'll be the one with the purple and blue hair, if she doesn't dye it back in prep for work. I'm stuck in Reno through the 1st. XP

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Hitokiriweasel wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:


I've had multiple people tell me i DO look like my profile pic

What about smell like your profile pic?

Depends on what it/I have been rolling around on.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Hitokiriweasel wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:


I've had multiple people tell me i DO look like my profile pic

What about smell like your profile pic?
Depends on what it/I have been rolling around on.

...

Okay, so you rolled in it.

Seriously, without being too harsh, it is probably smelling better than some at the convention... *coughs*

*dry gallows humor indicated*

That all aside, huge shout-out and thanks in advance to folks busting their butts to make this thing a reality. Saw last year Paizo's work for the first time and was insanely impressed (especially for the 5-99 and 6-00 specials!)

Don't have a bird-mask, but I do have black hair.

EDIT: CRUCIAL ADVICE FROM someone who has been going to Gen Con since '94... GIVE YOURSELF SOME 'DOWN TIME'. You'll thank yourself come Saturday night/Sunday morning.

Sczarni 5/5 5/55/5

Pathfinder Starfinder Society Subscriber

Sound advice.

I scheduled a morning slot free just so I could sleep in =/


As a long time GeCon attendee let me give out some advice,

Spend some time just walking the con. The dealer's room can take hours to see. The auction is vital if you like old/rare games.

Get a real meal away from a game table every day. Nothing but junk food for 4 days is a really bad idea.

Dress comfortably. Unless you are actually in the costume contest don't wear a costume. The Con makes for a long day and being uncomfortable can make it unpleasant as well.

BATHE EVERY DAY. If you are a sweaty sort bathe morning and night. Your fellow con goers will appreciate it. Trust me on this. You don't want to be that one.

Liberty's Edge 4/5 5/5 Venture-Captain, Virginia—Richmond aka Slothsy

Nefreet wrote:

Sound advice.

I scheduled a morning slot free just so I could sleep in =/

This was the one thing I regretted about last year's Gen Con experience (that and running 8 unique scenarios). Not only does a sleep-in make everything a little better, you can also get to the dealer's room when it opens. (This was the vital flaw in my plan to pick up something for my brother-in-law. Curse you, Star Trek games!)

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Jessex wrote:


BATHE EVERY DAY. If you are a sweaty sort bathe morning and night. Your fellow con goers will appreciate it. Trust me on this. You don't want to be that one.

I have a personal rules for the hotel room I stay in:

All occupants in the room must bathe at LEAST once per day.

All occupants in the room must have clean clothes for each day of the convention.

No smokers. Even if someone's careful and just 'do it outside' it still clings to the clothing and adds to illness factors.

Dark Archive

So, since this thread has been hijacked, allow me to send out something I used to send to my judges back in the day.

#1 Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. Drink a ton of water. Tasty beverages with salt in them, while being fun will dehydrate you fast at Gen Con. So, for every 20 ounce Dew/Pepsi/Coke you have, follow it up with 60 ounces of water.

#2 Pack protein. Your going to be pushing yourself hard all day, have something with protein in it to keep giving your body the right kind of fuel to use. Candy is great, but the crash behind it is hard.

#3 HAND SANITIZER. People are dirty dirty dirty. Always sanitize your hands starting a slot, ending a slot, after leaving the bathroom. I burn through the stuff at big cons. I learned my lesson after contracting whooping cough at a Gen Con.

#4 Get a lot of sleep. I've been the snoring room-mate, I've been with a snoring room-mate. Ask your hotel staff for ear plugs, sleep masks etc. I've been there when someone wouldn't turn out the lights, or snored. Wear a mask and some ear plugs. Just have something loud enough to wake you up in the morning.

#5 As above. Bathe, and please please please - wear comfortable clothing, no one has come to see the dark side of the moon. So please make sure your clothes do their job ^_^

Most of all, have a good time. Because this is fun for everyone. Enjoy yourself, make new friends, see old friends - and go out and Murder, Death, Kill some bad guys!

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