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Warpcon... Where'd It Go?
Well just got back from Warpcon, and I basically had a really crap time due to one single thing:

This bastard cough.

Having been in denial (that I had a serious cough that wasn't about to go away anytime soon) when we flew into Cork Thursday afternoon, I moved quickly through the following stages of anger (that the cough was going to ruin my convention), plea-bargaining (I wouldn't actually do any roleplaying, and would just attend the more informal events), depression (when I realised that the cough was inevitably going to totally destroy any chance of me enjoying the convention whatsoever) and finally reached acceptance sometime around Saturday afternoon, when I retreated to my hotel room and pretty-much stayed there* until today, when we left for the airport.

Clearly, with the benefit of hindsight it was really stupid to have gone, but the cruel logic angle here is that I only know this because I went - if I'd stayed at home I probably would have got better, and would then have believed that I made a mistake in staying. Bit of a bummer all around really.

If you were staying at my hotel, and were kept awake by my coughing - my apologies.

The other slight (by comparison with the whole cough thing) pisser for me was a mixup that happened with an auction item I'd donated.

What I'd done was got a copy of the Slayer's Guide To Games Masters (which I wrote), stuck nice paper end-plates on the inside covers, and then did two things:

a) Got a whole load of people to sign the first inside end-plate (me; the other Critical Miss Guys; Matt, Alex and Paul from Mongoose; and basically all of the Irish guys that were mentioned in it).

b) Got all the people who signed (including myself) to scribble comments throughout the book (most pages had at least one comment), particularly in places where I'd mentioned them (i.e. they could do rebuttals or whatever).

Anyway I figured it was quite a nice item (still do). I think "unique enhanced content" was the slightly ironic / poncy phrase I was using to describe it.

But... somewhere between me handing it in on Saturday morning, and the auction on Saturday evening, it, well, disappeared. (I wasn't at the auction, because I was busily engaged in an attempt to force my tonsils past my teeth using air pressure alone, but I'm told that it just never came up for auction, and no-one was quite sure why).

Anyhow, if anyone does manage to find out where it's got to I'd be grateful if they could grab it and ensure that it finds it's way to the Gaelcon 2004 charity auction.

* Except for going down to the breakfast room on Sunday morning to get a coffee, and going out for a two minute walk shortly after because Stu said I should "get some air.

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mytholder From: mytholder Date: February 2nd, 2004 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gah. Was wondering where ye'd vanished off to. Boo to coughs.

Will keep an eye out for that book.
jonnynexus From: jonnynexus Date: February 3rd, 2004 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)


snesgirl From: snesgirl Date: February 3rd, 2004 01:18 am (UTC) (Link)

sounds like a lovely auction item...

I bet some heathen scum pilfered it.
jonnynexus From: jonnynexus Date: February 3rd, 2004 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: sounds like a lovely auction item...

Well as long as they hand it back, no questions will be asked. :)

At least - assuming that it does get found - the Gaelcon auctioneers will have a funny little anecdote to introduce it with.
my_name_is_fiki From: my_name_is_fiki Date: February 3rd, 2004 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: sounds like a lovely auction item...

I'm so sorry for not remembersing it...
I knew when I was sorting stuff out there was something niggling at the back of my mind, but I wasn't sure what.
If you'd been around I probably would have remembered.
Anyway I will locate and aprehend it from where ever it is now and guarentee its safe arrival at Gaelcon.
jonnynexus From: jonnynexus Date: February 3rd, 2004 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: sounds like a lovely auction item...

It's alright, really. No apologies required or wanted.

I mean, even if you'd realised that it wasn't there (and there's no reason why you should have done, given that it's a *hell* of a lot harder to notice the absence of something than the presence of something, especially when you're horribly busy), I'm not sure what you could have done about it - given that you'd have no idea where it was or why it was missing. (i.e. If it didn't manage to find its way down the chain to you there's not a lot you can do about it).

But if you can find where it's got to and bring it to Gaelcon I'd be very grateful. (And as I said before, at least there will be a little story with it. Given that Gaelcon and Warpcon like to poke gentle fun at each other, I'm sure this is an anecdote that can be used in the Gaelcon auction - they'll have to mention something, because the blurb I wrote on the inside cover says something like "Dear whoever bought this at the Warpcon 2004 charity auction".)
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 3rd, 2004 08:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: sounds like a lovely auction item...

Heh heh... I can see the arguments now!

Gaelconite: "We have to auction the good stuff from Warpcon as none of them can afford this kind of stuff!"
Warpconite: "If we don't let them have our cast off's for auction then they never raise enough"

Sorry I missed the gaelcon beta test, but they keep holding it when i'm snowbaording... still i'll catch the 'release version' in october

Stu (SJ)
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