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I'm going to run Combat Diaries on Sunday. I'll take the first six players who can absolutely play from 1pm to 6pm at my place.
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Con tip the third.

I alwas have a few games that play quickly and require little or no set-up in my bag. Some are story games that are written that way, and some are con scenarios with pre-made characters. I also keep a few small card and board games that are quick and fun too.

I do this because sometimes a slot falls apart for whatever reason and it's a good idea to have a backup plan.
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Another con tip.

The 3/2/1 rule.

I have no idea where this started but it's brilliant.

3 hours of sleep a day minimum
That's solid sleep not dozing off at a table or in the corner. Get at least a little REM, guys. This also goes up as you get older, but we older folks know that.
2 square meals a day minimum
A bagel and a cup of coffee is not a meal, neither is a bag of chips and a diet coke. Get protien, carbs, and some veg into yourself at least twice a day. Fiber helps too, trust me. It's also not all about the calories either, it's about taking a break and just feeding yourself while not going a hundred miles an hour.
1 shower a day minimum
Do I even have to explain this? You stink. I stink. We all stink. Get the stink off yourself, and change your fucking socks and underwear. Oh, yeah, and use deoderant. Use it.

This isn't actually a tip. It's a rule, a hard and fast one. If you break this rule keep your loopy stinky moochy self the fuck away from me.
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Con tip

Here's a new series about gaming cons, though a lot of this advice is good for SF and Fantasy cons as well as other esoterric geek cons.

Take Cash
A lot of small vendors and publishers either can't take your card or offer discounts for cash. It always seems like these are the vendors that have the book or trinket you want the most. Also, take your checkbook. While many of these vendors can't take your card, they will often take a check.
Another reason to take cash is that it makes getting meals a lot faster and easier, especially with big tables with multiple payment methods. This is almost guaranteed to get you to your game or event on time.
Lastly, quite a few small publishers run their own games and have some copies for sale afterwards, and cash makes that a hell of a lot easier.
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Ambercon NW 2

As an overall report the con was a lot of fun. It was great taking Ben down with us and hanging out with Jules and Yi Mei a lot.

The hotel, as always was a great place to be, and I drank more than I ever do, especially over multiple days.

If I had to pick a bad thing it was the main restaraunt. I'm really sick of the criminal practice of slicing up a steak for "presentation." Thanks for the dry, bled out steak. Also, seared ahi should be seared, not cooked through, and that was an uninspired sauce and some bland rice. I should have just eaten in the pubwhere the food is better and not rushed.

In fact, what I had in the pub was excellent, especially the pepperoni and mozzarella stuffed buger, and the chowder I had on friday.

As always their liqor selection is astounding. I poured a whole hell of a lot of Woodfor reverve down my neck for sure. Their new special drink the Bourbon furnace is quite tasty as well, although too sugary for more than a sip for me. Oh, and their new IPA is quite good and has a good flavor as opposed to most IPAs, which have no flavor.
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Ambercon NW

First up was Bliss Stage as run by Ben Bernard. It was just as harsh and emotional as I was hoping. The system worked well for us for the most part, and since Ben Lehman's other game finished early he got a chance to come and observe and take what he says were some really great notes. Everybody was really amazing roleplaying-wise and we all got to be totally heartbreaking in a really rockstar way.

Friday morninng I ran Nine Pieces of Flair. The players took the Amberite personalities and overlaid them onto the employees of Amberjack's restaraunt, one of those hellish places with shit all over the walls. It was a little daunting to try to do comedy in the morning, but once everyone decided that the key to the comedy was to stymie their character's ambitions.

Then I played in James Craig's Paranoia in Amber. It was artful. Hats off to Craig for running a classic Paranoia game and a classic save-the-universe Amber game and having them linked together. it was really fun.

That night was Sea Dracula, hosted by Pol Jackson, which was ridiculous and fun and definitely biased towards the lovely female players and their ability to actually dance. we played two games a murder mystery and a case of theft. In the first the jury decided that that, indeed, was an ugly lamp, and in the second we decided that, yes, Ms. Pouissonne Pouissoffe was prettier than Mr. Rogers. Nuff said.

I spent the long slot on Saturday playing Drew Wood's Dreadwood, a western horror rife with horrible things under the mines, ghosts, zombies, and unsettling feng shui. Definintely and old school mysterie game, and Drew kept us moving along at a brisk pace. The characters were seeded with secrets that preloaded action and clues. Nicely done.

That night I ran The Ruikei Project, an Amber/Akira mashup. Basically I gave psychic teens in Neo Tokyo hard choices that boiled down to have escalatingly awful things happen, or win by using your powers. Using powers set the story cclock forward and made things more intense for everyone. Unfortunately midnight snuck up on us and our actual ending was more contrived than intense. I am my own worst critic. Actually this was a really fun game, and I think I would play it every week. We all had a lot of fun being unabashed fans of the genre and framing scenes down to camera angles.

The last slot on Sunday was Scientific Progress Goes BOOM! a Girl Genius scenario run with Spirit Of The Century light by Jules Morley. It was a huge chaotic fun romp and everything I needed out of a final slot. Oh, and My Traveller boxer character (ala Mickey from Snatch) got to punch Othar Trygvasson in the balls.
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I am entirely unsure as to why lj shit out a single quotation mark instead of...

I just said this to a coworker "Now I run games to be creative and to foster creativity in my fellow players, before now, though, it was just pure egomania."