Sunday, May 30, 2010

Home from MarCon

We are back from MarCon safe and sound. Mocha is resting here by my chair and seems to be satisfied. Mac has been in for cream, but she is busy being mad at us. We Will need to apologize.

Marcon was a good convention, even though it was our third in a row. This is one of the cons that has a dealers room that sets my lungs to acting up, but it did not seem as bad as in years past. The gaming area jaws better than the dealers room, so I ran a game Saturday night. I enjoyed myself and hopefully others did as well. It was a little unusual as the CP speed for the game was 16 to mid 500's, and for the way the zombies were behaving. I will be continuing to run this sequence of adventures at Origins and then Storm Con.

I will try to find the time to write up Rodney's tavern, including the surly Dwarf Rodney. He does have a lot of good drinks for a run down tavern. He also has some serious defensive runes on the place. Thayles will need some explanation as well, and maybe somebody will find the elusive Alexander at some point, or maybe just his body up and shambling about.

For now, bath and sleep. Holiday tomorrow, I will be observing it and giving thanks to our veterans.

-- Post From My iPad

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Marcon preparations go forward

OK, it is late Thursday night and I am busy making prints and packing. It looks like it is going to be a long night, but that is just the way it is at the Secret Clanhold.

I am looking forward to Marcon. We will be seeing a good number of friends, some new folks and have some good conversations. I get such good ideas from talking to people.

-- Post From My iPad

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

We are trying to increase our programs and output.

Despite being in the middle of a three week convention run we are trying to move forward at the same time.

I suppose it was bound to happen again, but hopefully we are both better prepared mentally to add a couple of projects to the schedule.

I have started doing a series of Card Talks on the DS game blog. Hopefully this will start to get people thinking about the different possibilities provided in the cards and the game.

I am moving along on getting a series of picture galleries up on line so people can study the cards at their leisure and make choices. I have also made these downloadable so people can experiment with the cards in their games.

We are also starting a GM rewards program that is small at this point. We don't want to promise more than we can deliver. We will evaluate the response to the first steps and move forward from their.

Sue has returned from walking the dog and cat through the neighborhood. It is time for me to get my printing assignment and get back to work.

-- Post From My iPad

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Gamemasters needed at Marcon

As usual we are running behind, but if we were ever caught up, people would want to know what we did with Mark and Sue.

We have two tables scheduled for 7:30pm Friday night.
There are two tables scheduled at 9am, 2pm, and 7:30pm Saturday.
We also have two tables at 9am Sunday morning.

Gamemasters will get a Marcon DS Badge, something we are just starting. Each con we are at will have it's own badge. GM's will also get a $5.00 Gift card for each game they run.

On Saturday night I will be running a DS open CP game at 7:30pm. There will be six seats and those who GM at Marcon get seats first. Whoever runs games while I do will be getting extra Gifts for running those games.

Yes, we are slowly working on a plan to reward GM's for the kindness shown to us for running games at conventions Sue and I are at. I am not sure what we are capable of offering, but this should give us a good start.

-- Post From My iPad

Things are starting slowly

After two shows in a row I am having a lot of trouble finding the energy to get anything done.

Doing conventions stimulates the imagination about all of the things we could be doing. Sorting out the concepts and prioritizing them has my brain in slow motion. Even after completing the first task we have to ask ourselves if we have the time to do all, or any, of these great ideas.

Plus, the house is becoming a real mess, but we did get Mocha out for a shave. I think I lost half a dog. She is, however, much more comfortable in the heat.

Well, I need to get to doing something about all these on line art orders and preparations for Marcon.

Oddly enough I am looking forward to Marcon.

-- Post From My iPad

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Overheard at AnCon

"I have got to remember to bribe the GM BEFORE the game."

-- Post From My iPad

Friday, May 21, 2010

Up, Groggy and Moving towards AnCon

I have arisen from my great slumber with a slowness that I shall consider as soon as I get more coffee inside me.

Most of the con merchandise is in the van and ready to go. I have a lot of gear to pack this morning. I am taking the printer and accessories to be able to make prints in the hotel room at the show.

I am looking forward to being at AnCon.

-- Post From My iPad

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I have finished the WereCat prep

I got the Werecat set 23 done here, made a sheet to insert for the deck sheet to put in the market, and I got the last piece of art from Sue to start putting together the Tigrean set. I am thinking a character set next to finish getting the Tigreans and Griffon's rolling. Set 24 Tigrean, Set 25 Characters One, Set 26 Griffon. That is, at least the plan.

I am trying to do this in steps, set up the press sheet, do screen shots of the cards for the Gallery, post the Gallery, Create the Card list sheet, Ship the order to the printer, then finally put it up as a pre order in the market.

Even though we are in the middle of a series of conventions I feel very relaxed. I feel like I am getting work done at a good pace.

OK, looks like it is time to head back home and dump this work from the iPad to the computer to do the web work.

Hey, this is fun!

Life, better than all the alternatives, so you may as well enjoy it.

-- Post From My iPad

Working with Sue at Good Beans Cafe

Right now Sue and I are enjoying a good work session, cupcake, and cappachino. Good Beans Cafe is between downtown Flint and Hurley hospital on Grand Traverse. I can't say it is for everyone, but if you need a place to work away from the studio it is good. Free WIFI available.

WOW, I sound like an ad.

We got through the ComiCon in pretty good shape. We only slipped up and ate fast food Saturday night, and it was not as good as I remember. Either fast food has gotten worse or I have become used to good food.
OK, back to work.

-- Post From My iPad

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tuesday, a good day to do some experimenting.

In a little while I need to pack the pre-orders for sets 18 and 19, but for the moment I am doing web research. Today I will see if I can share a photo from a third persons Flickr using this software.

This is a picture of Susan at Anthrocon 2008. Pretty lady!


-- Post From My iPad

Friday, May 14, 2010

Doing ComicCon

Final morning prep for ComiCon. I am actually looking forward to the next three weeks, it should be interesting.

We will be there from Noon to 7pm, those are the dealer hours. We live about an hour's drive away so we will be commuting for this one.

-- Post From My iPad

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Convention Prep and Have you heard?

Preparing for conventions. I am behind, as usual. So here is a story for you.

Did you hear about the Valarian who charmed the 22 patrons down at Rodney's Tavern? It was several hours before we could get him out, and several days before he could walk normally.

OK, not my normal fare, what can I say.

-- Post From My iPad

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Just a note.

Yes, I am here. Right now I am prepping for a game. Spider - Spawn are on the menu. Zombies eating a merchant, and the new Core game cosmetics as treasure. So, on with it.

-- Post From My iPad