Thursday, March 17, 2011

Gearing up for Gary Con

One week from today, Steve and myself will be hurtling north again.  This time, however, it will be more due north, than east.  We are headed to GaryCon in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  The Con is March 25-27 and promises to be a fun time, both in gaming and celebrating the life of the Troll's friend and mentor, Gary Gygax.  As I'm sure most of you know, Gary Gygax worked with TLG for almost 8 years before his passing.  A day hardly goes by that Steve or Davis doesn't quote something he said.  I won't go into them here now, but suffice to say, they are always smiling in the retelling. 

As our last foray into the wilds of the US, we will be "wired", sending out tweets, facebook posts, blogs, hopefully even some youtube videos.  This last video we did, What is Best in Life Vol. 1 is going to be turned into a series of informative and likely very humorous videos chronicling the days in the lives of the Trolls.  For you twitter fans, we will be using a couple hashtags throughout GaryCon, our usual #trolllordgames and #garycon. 

The last trip we took was exhausting.  It was about 18 hours to All Things Fun in New Jersey and it was non-stop, since we were pressed for time (in true Troll Lord fashion, we were late to the live video broadcast by about 30 minutes).  But all in all, it was a great trip.  I've mentioned before that Steve (back then Stickboy), our buddy Kenneth and myself have taken many a trip together around the country and Canada.  For a time, I lived in Baltimore.  Steve came to visit me one day on leave from the Army and after being there a few hours, I said:

You wanna go to Quebec City?

In true Troll Lord fashion, he responded:

They got Dr. Pepper up there?

I said:


And that's all it took, we hopped in my ancient automobile and took off, stopping only for an hour to rest near St. Johnsbury, VT.  Now, we of course did this trip on the spur of the moment.  In winter.  When we left Baltimore, it was very mild.  When we got to Quebec City, it was about 2 degrees Fahrenheit.  We were (are) idiots.  We left Maryland with a light coat, no hats or gloves.  And of course we got in about Midnight, so most things were closed.  But we were young and idiots, so we just started hitting the bars and warming up that way.  We finally found a place that would take us for a night, the Auberge St-Louis.  The next day we spent wandering around that beautiful city, eating great food and walking around.  And yes, we did find some Dr. Pepper. 

Since it was only a short leave, we stayed that day, then headed back out for the long drive back to Balto.  Steve tends to fall asleep fast on these trips and this was no exception.  But somewhere in western Massachusetts we almost hit a deer, it just leaped out of the woods and caused me to swerve and sway all over the road.  After that, he was up for the rest of the trip.  By the time we got back, we were both hairy, smelly and tired.  But it was a great trip, one we talk about a lot.  Those times when you just get on the road and go, without a care in the world.  While the trip to Gary Con has a purpose, and a good one at that, it's still that same exhilaration--Road Trip!

Let us know in the comment section of this blog if you are going to be at Gary Con, we can't wait to see everyone!

Thanks, Tim


Robert said...

I'll be there by about 5:30 Friday afternoon.

Omote said...

Quebec... what more needs to be said!!! ~O

sajflorida said...

Flying in Thursday afternoon. Can't wait. Get your game on!

Tim Burns said...

excellent! can't wait to meet all of you guys in person. should be a lot of fun.
and yeah, Omote, it was a really cool trip and the city is just beautiful.

charleyp1 said...

See you guys in a couple of days. BTW, where in B'more did you live? I'm from DC but I have lived around B'more in the past (Columbia, Severn).

Tim Burns said...

charleyp1 -- i lived across from patterson park, on e. baltimore st. i liked balto, the inner harbor was starting to revitalize back when i was there.