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Gen Con Begins

For the first time in 12 years, I'm not going to Gen Con. I didn't think this would bother me, but I find myself thinking that the gates opened this morning at the (wrong) convention center in the (wrong) city of Indianapolis. Most of my card gaming buddies and RPG designer colleagues are wading through the crush of sweaty gamers. Some friends are talking to Charlie Krank (for the second time in two years) about finally publishing "Pulp Cthulhu", a wonderful 1930s adventure book. Deals are flying, every publisher has new wares hot off the presses for the occasion, and the ENnie Awards ceremony will be held, perhaps crowning my friends at Green Ronin with another well-deserved win or three.

But I've been telling myself for years that I'd write this novel, and I'm doing it. By Monday I might have 35,000 words or so. And I'll continue to plug away until it's done. I think it'll be a fairly quiet weekend.


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Jul. 24th, 2003 06:53 pm (UTC)
I'm with you, oh my brother!
But it's not nostalgia for me, it's a touch of the old "what if." I've never been to GenCon, and this was going to be my first, but several things intervened:

  • Finals are being handed in today.
  • None of my gaming friends will be there.
  • GenCon didn't list any activities, so I didn't know if there'd be a tourney for my favorite (dead) game, Battletech CCG.

But we're virtous, getting stuff done.

Jul. 24th, 2003 11:21 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm with you, oh my brother!
This weekend is also the Company Picnic, and yet somehow, I don't think you are missing that quite as much.

See you there next year, maybe?
Jul. 24th, 2003 11:16 pm (UTC)
Alas, Me, Too
This will actually be the second Gen Con I've missed in about twelve years. So no last-time-in-Milwaukee nor first-time-in-Indy for me. Next year I must go, since if the timing is what I think it is, I'll have a book with my name on it out at the same time. (Unlike this year, when I am T.H. Lain.)

If I weren't booked solid this weekend, I'd propose a Gen Con exile's game night. Of course, there's always Trivia night at the Cajun Bayou to consider for Monday. We made second place last time, and I'm sure it wasn't because of your absence. Still, we should test the theory by having you there this time.

Jul. 24th, 2003 11:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Alas, Me, Too
T.H. Lain unmasked, right here on LJ?? Quelle shock. I must alert the media.

Which book will be out next year at Gen Con? I'm curious. Has it been announced yet?
Jul. 24th, 2003 11:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Alas, Me, Too
It's not much of a scoop, I'm afraid, since Murry Leeder and I have already outed ourselves over at wizards.com. I don't think there's ever been a code of silence about the identities of the nine T.H. Lains, though most have been content in anonymity. I just wish we'd been able to do the "Will the real T.H. Lain please stand up?" event at Gen Con. But maybe that was too much effort for such a weak joke.

Next year's book is Mistress of the Night, the second in the Forgotten Realms priests series. Bruce Cordell's Lady of Poison precedes it by a few months. While they're stand-alone books, mine will feature a few characters from the Sembia series. And I'll be getting back to work on it any minute now . . . just as soon as I can stop fooling around online.

Jul. 27th, 2003 12:00 am (UTC)
2000 Words!
I wrote 2,000 words today instead of going to the company picnic. Pretty good for a day's work, if I do say so myself. Unfortunately, I'm starting to conclude that my novel my require more than the 90 to 100,000 words I originally planned. Feh.
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