Gen Con Blog 2: Mythic Party

The ultimate reason that Gamer Bling went to Gen Con—which is to say, the straw that cruelly broke the camel’s back—was to support Mythic Party.

Mythic Party was a swagalicious dungeon crawl hosted by Steve Gerke of AvatarArt fame and mastered by Keith Baker of Keith Baker fame. Seats at the table were auctioned off for the Gygax Memorial Fund of charity fame. Prizes were donated by various manufacturers and supporters. And, at the end of the game, the players got to walk home with the lewt.

Now, AvatarArt had collected much great swaggy prizes. And Gamer Bling exerted his influence acquiring other prizes. But, ultimately, a mythic pile of swag at Mythic Party just wouldn’t seem very mythic without an Ultimate DM Screen of Dooooom!

Since Gamer Bling had disposed of the custom Styrofoam padding and box in which his Ultimate DM Screen of Dooooom! had been shipped, he had no real choice but to hand-deliver it.

This was a tough call for Gamer Bling, since he knew the Ultimate DM Screen of Dooooom! could be eBayed for many bucks, even in these tough economic times which have far less to do with Obama and Bush and far more to do with government regulators requiring banks to make sub-prime loans to people with crappy credit ratings (and now punishing those same banks for their unbridled greed in making government-required subprime loans to people with crappy credit ratings). Hello, their credit ratings are crappy for a reason!

But Gamer Bling decided it—donating the swag, not making bad loans—was The Right Things To Do™, so he tearfully agreed to donate said prize and proceeded to process his way through the four stages of grief. Well trained psychotherapists like The Gamer Bling Official Companion will tell you that these stages are Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. But real guys know they’re Denial, Blaming Others, Self-Reproach, Heavy Drinking, and More Denial.

At Gen Con, Gamer Bling met Sean Pecor, fellow North Carolinian and owner of many portal sites, who proclaimed that he was bound and determined to keep the high-bid seat so he could win The Ultimate DM Screen of Dooooom! And there was much biddage, and much money was raised for charity. Nigh unto $3000. Which sets us a goal for next year.

So, after the Mythic Party and the L5R party and other such partyage, Gamer Bling found himself playing a game of Innovation with Rob “I program great stuff” Bowes and other Lone Wolf groupies. It was about 2:30 a.m., and, without cause or provocation, Gamer Bling flipped open his cell phone to see if anyone had called. And lo! There was a text message from Sean Pecor. Which was strange, because the text had been left like five minutes before, and Gamer Bling was in a quiet area, and the phone had never made a noise. Go figure.

The upshot of all this was that Sean Pecor had indeed kept the top seat, and, when time came to divvy up the loot, he realized that the only thing he wanted was The Ultimate DM Screen of Dooooom! So he took it and waived his right to any other bling. And when he got back to his room, he realized that (a) he was never the DM, (b) arranging to ship The Ultimate DM Screen of Dooooom! back to his house would be a pain, and (c) he knew somebody who loved it so.

Thus it was that at 2:45 in the morning that ownership of The Ultimate DM Screen of Dooooom! was transferred back to Yours Truly, and it made the trip back home to Charlotte with him.

This probably stuns you as much as it did Gamer Bling. But Sean put it simply: “It was totally worth it. I had a blast playing. And I have no use for this, and you do.”

So thank you, Sean, for supporting charity and for being Ultimately generous. And thank you Keith, for running an awesome session, and thank you Steve, for being a great host.

And, since Gamer Bling ended up at the end with everything that he started with, it appears that he did nothing to help and deserves no thanks whatsoever.

Waaaaaah!

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~ by Gamer Bling on 18 August 2010.

One Response to “Gen Con Blog 2: Mythic Party”

  1. Woot!

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