For the first time, I went to a con with no aspirations to really play any games at all. I did play in the trios tournament with my new Tau army, but that is more of a late night addon than any serious game. Instead I set up a vendor table, put my armies on display there, and chatted with more people than I could count as they made their way through the isles!
Oh and there was even some one dressed up in a costume!
Oh well, bring on Templecon!
I went to Nova as a sponsor intending on promoting and selling my new DVD set which did very well. I donated a bunch of DVDs to be given away as prizes, I painted models for the Charity Army Give Away which in total raised over 10 grand, and I did seminars. Most of my weekend though was spent at my table, talking about my armies with curious visitors, and sharing my love for creating and playing the game with many, many people.
Curiously, one of the largest demographics of people I spoke to were families. Parents with middle school age children. There must have been something going on in the hotel, or they just wanted to pop in and see what was up. But however they rrived, they came. I spent hours talking with parents about how to get into the game with their kids, drawing upon my own experience teaching an after school warhammer game at my own school. There were so many curious parents who wanted to give into their kids desires, but also not break the bank! It is always entertaining to see a parents face when I show them a painted model, and how it looks when you open a box and see them all on sprue. That is probably the biggest hinderance and annoyance to parents when they get their kid their first 40k set for Christmas then realize what they are getting into after they open the box. So I got to show them what to do and what to expect and the proper way to start. All of them appreciated the advice.
It was fun to talk about the game with new people, and let the kids touch and examine the models. Had I known there would be so many kids and parents, I would have brought more variety!
Part of it, I suppose, was the fact that aside from the charity army, and the painting contest that was going on, I was the only one with painted models on display and definitely the only source of models you could get close to and touch. I sorta had the market on eye candy I guess. Such that it was, my Tau are far from complete.
I arrived at around 8pm on Thursday. My first Trios game was organizing as I was bringing in my stuff. I drove down after work, and would have made it in great time but I got lost in DC. GPS does not like all of the closely spaced off ramps!
I rushed to the tables, and pulled my Tau and threw some dice, and started slamming beers. Not long after I found myself in the VIP lounge with Mike Brandt and company, sipping scotch and feeling good. Then we went down to see some of the Narrative games going on, and I watched my friend John Stiening play for a bit, and that was it. It was about 3am, and I was wobbly and staggered up to my room knowing that 7am came all too early.
My first seminar was set for 7:30 am. I was doing a class teaching how to make my display boards. A dozen or so equally hung over folks showed up and off we went. It was a flurry of cutting, shaving, and flocking. We sprayed so much paint that the hotel security came in and yelled at us. But in the end, every one there created an awesome display and was leaving proudly with what was essentially a new army since a good display should drastically improve the aesthetic without competitng with the models. Some of these guys had never seen their armies on a proper display! A few hours later, I was left standing in a room of foam shavings and spray paint haze while the guys ran off to play their games. The seminar was a fantastic success!
So then I spent the majority of the day sucking down water at my vendor table and talking to great folks like Sean Parker. We talked about or love for Robotech from the 80s and how we got sucked into the Kickstarter for the new model game. We also discussed other stuff like Transformers and you name it. Oh and we talked 40k. He bought my set of DVDs and sent me this generous and flattering testimonial after previewing them: