Gamer Bling did go to Gen Con this year. And, like last year, it was a last-minute thing. And there was much fun discovery at Gen Con, for which new reviews will be coming along.
This year Gamer Bling’s annual lemming-like migration was enabled by Adrian “Danger Girl” Swartout, who remains an awesome chick; and Steve Gerke and the other top… men of AvatarArt as well as Keith “I won and you didn’t” Baker, both of whom were pretty much the deciding factor in Gamer Bling’s attendance; and Luke Peterschmidt, who, unlike Rob “I program great stuff” Bowes this year, had a spare bed.
It was, in fact, Thursday morning, give or take, that Luke called Gamer Bling and said, “I have two beds in my room, and I’d hate to see one go to waste.” So Gamer Bling knew that, at the end of the 9-hour drive from Charlotte to Indianapolis, he would be able to crash on a nice bed rather than lug an air mattress and sleeping bag up to a room. Which, since the aforementioned 9-hour drive would start at dinner time, and thus Gamer Bling would arrive in Indianapolis at two in the morning or so, might be more effort than he’d have left in his body, which would mean he’d spend the first night zonked in the driver’s seat of his car in the parking garage.
Luke is an old compatriot of Gamer Bling’s, from back in his TCG days at WotC ten years ago. Luke is also pretty darned (a) cool, (b) smart, and (c) employed, even if on a freelance basis. Which means he was buying the room whether Gamer Bling snored in the other bed or not, which made the price very much to Gamer Bling’s affordable liking.
Luke may also be Gamer Bling’s nemesis. Gamer Bling says this because the two of us are roughly the same height and weight; and both sport fair hair, pale skin, and goatees. So if the compatriot is Luke Peterschmidt, then Gamer Bling is Like Peterschmidt. The similarity is so strong that Gamer Bling once dressed up as Luke for Halloween at work. And one of our mutual friends at work didn’t notice until Gamer Bling closed within a ten-foot reach.
Except that now Luke shaves his head. Gamer Bling did that once twice, but it made The Gamer Bling Official Companion cry, so Gamer Bling stopped doing that.
Looking similar is, of course, not enough to make someone a nemesis. No, the reason Luke may be Gamer Bling’s nemesis is that during the time Yours Truly worked at WotC with Luke, if something good happened, Luke got the credit. If something bad happened, Gamer Bling got the blame.
Case in point: Gamer Bling was at Gen Con at the Day of Thunder, at which much loud L5R awesomeness was taking place. There were large 8-foot-tall banners on stands in the booth where the quarterfinals were taking place. These banners were each supported by a center pole with a crossbar at the top, and these crossbars had large pointy tips (each larger and much, much pointier than Gamer Bling’s fist) at each end. Gamer Bling caught a movement from the corner of his eye: a clueless gamer (a common encounter in urban areas) with requisite backpack was backing up. The backpack bumped into a banner; clueless gamer did not notice and backed further up. 8-foot banner begins to fall, and the large pointy tip arced down toward the crowded aisles looking for a brain in which to embed itself. Gamer Bling leapt in and caught the center pole of the banner, preventing it from injuring anybody. From across the aisle, Gamer Bling heard coworker Mindy “Mouse” Sherwood-Lewis call out, “Great catch, Luke!” Gamer Bling turned slowly around and favored her with A Look™, for which he got an “Oops! Sorry!”
At the same show, Luke accidentally knocked something over in the booth—crash!—and someone yelled at him… using Gamer Bling’s good name. Hmph.
(As a side note, a couple years ago Gamer Bling was playing What Were You Thinking? with all his high school friends and their spouses. The question came up, “Who in this room gets blamed for the most stuff that they didn’t do?” Yours Truly was the unanimous choice. And Gamer Bling felt muchly vindicated.)
So anyway, Gamer Bling set out for Gen Con this year at 5 p.m. Gamer Bling Official Expansion #2 was very excited, because he knew that Gamer Bling was going somewhere that Pokémon cards were sold. And, at 5:05 p.m., no joke, Gamer Bling Official Expansion #2 called. “Are you there yet?”
No, Gamer Bling got there after 2 a.m.
And, the next day, as he was walking along the sidewalk to the convention center, he ran into someone who had worked at AEG. Gamer Bling had worked alongside this gentleman for three and a half years. And Gamer Bling was excited to see that he had a wife and two kids.
Up until the fine gentleman turned to his wife and said, “Honey, you remember Luke?”