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May 2nd, 2016
09:52 pm

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MidAmeriCon II
Is anyone else disappointed with the party rules for MidAmeriCon II?
"The MidAmeriCon II party complex will be located in the Kansas City Convention Center (KCCC) on the exhibit hall floor in the heart of the Fan Fair."
"As a reminder, all open parties will be held in the Fan Fair in the convention center"

But what about suites?
"Small closed parties can be held in the hotel. They must be private — that is, you cannot post party announcements in the hotel, in the newsletter, or publicly on social media. They must also be quiet — no loud music or other noisy activities. The hotel does not do party blocking so there could be general public in surrounding rooms and the hotel will close the party if there is a noise complaint.

If you want to have a larger party outside of convention space, several of the hotels have function areas that can be rented, but you will need to buy all supplies from the hotel."

So, that sounds like a real wild time.
"the KCCC requires that no food or beverage be served in the convention center without Aramark’s express permission."
"Come up with fun and creative ways to engage attendees beyond the typical room-decorations-and-snacks party."

Because you won't be having your party in a room, and you'll all have to serve only pre-approved snacks.
"Our corkage waiver for the Exhibit Hall allows parties to serve their own snacks, soft drinks, juices, and bottled water. However, substantial meal-like foods will need to be acquired through the convention center’s caterer at a cost."
"You cannot give away or sell your own alcohol."
"We anticipate the convention center hours to be as follows:
  • Wednesday, August 17th 12pm ‐ midnight
  • Thursday, August 18th 10am ‐ midnight
  • Friday, August 19th 10am ‐ 2am
  • Saturday, August 20th 10am ‐ 2am
  • Sunday, August 21st 10 am ‐ midnight"
"You should close your party at least 30 minutes before the KCCC shuts down for the night for clean‐up."

Any sort of 4am pulse check is going to be very disappointing.

Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
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December 15th, 2015
01:49 pm

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Somewhat gamy
Since my last post about it I've created a bunch more YouTube videos. More Realm of the Mad God videos, more videos of me playing The Unfair Platformer, a video about my experiences during Halloween ComicFest, a video about the Spirit of the Century RPG, and a video of me playing Zombie In My Pocket, which is a free print-n-play solo play game. If any of those things interest you please check out the videos and let me know what you think.

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October 29th, 2015
12:13 am

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Look at me! Look at me!
I have committed the sin of internet video. If you go over to YouTube and search on "Kevin G. Austin" you'll find my channel. Not many videos there yet. So far it's just one video of me playing Realm of the Mad God and four videos of me playing The Unfair Platformer. To understand the "The Unfair Platformer" videos I suggest you do a search on "Unfair Platformer" and watch a few other people playing it before you watch my videos. I could also suggest you try playing it first, but I'm not that cruel. I'm planning on having non-game play videos as well, though they'll all probably be pretty geeky. I'm working on one now that's about the Spirit of the Century RPG and at least one video on gaming related things I've picked up at the Dollar Tree.

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October 28th, 2015
04:31 pm

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It was a graveyard smash!
Is anybody planning on going to any of the participating comic book stores this Halloween for Halloween Comic Fest? Has anybody done this in the past? If so, what was your experience? I've always missed Free Comic Book Day because it's been the same weekend as Demicon. I'm hoping to make it to at least two or three stores by bus before they're all out of everything.

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October 7th, 2015
01:49 pm

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Spooooky!
Has anyone tried using any of these figures or set pieces in a role-playing campaign? Any reactions positive or negative from players? Certainly a lot cheaper than anything from Dwarven Forge.


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July 14th, 2015
01:34 pm

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"Be prepared!" - Tom Lehrer
Two takeaways from this story.
  1. Whatever you're doing right now might be technically legal.
  2. Always remember to carry at least ½ ounce of marijuana with you in Fargo or you might be cited.

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September 4th, 2014
05:30 am

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I've created a few Amazon "Listmania!" list lately. Here are two:

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June 19th, 2014
08:40 am

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I'm just a little ray of sunshine
Has anyone else been following the West Africa Ebola outbreak story? It's like watching people play a game of Pandemic where you really, really want the players to win.

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May 28th, 2014
08:27 am

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Zen Without Zen Masters
I've loaned my copy to a couple of you, and probably mentioned it to a few others. Unfortunately up until now it's been difficult to get a copy of your very own. That problem has been solved because they've finally issued a second edition of Zen Without Zen Masters.

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May 20th, 2014
06:09 am

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Yet another Minicon poll

Which version of the Guests of Honor list do you prefer? The version in the News section of the Minicon 50 home page:

Minicon main page: Our Guests of Honor will be authors Jane Yolen, Larry Niven, and Brandon Sanderson; musician Adam Stemple, and artist Michael Whelan.
5(45.5%)
Minicon 50 home page subheading: With Jane Yolen, Larry Niven, Brandon Sanderson, Adam Stemple and Tom Doherty.
3(27.3%)
Minicon 50 home page sub-subheading: The guests of honor will be author Jane Yolen, author Larry Niven, author Brandon Sanderson, Musician Adam Stemple and publisher Tom Doherty.
1(9.1%)
Minicon 50 home page News section: We are proud to announce the Minicon 50 guests of honor: author Jane Yolen, author Larry Niven, author Brandon Sanderson, Musician Adam Stemple and publisher Tom Doherty.
2(18.2%)

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