I love cons. Well, let me back-up here:
I grew-up on conventions; I used to love cons. But I haven't been to a comic book/gaming convention in going on 10 years and that one was a bit of a bust. So I used to love cons; at this point, I'm more in love with the idea of a con than with cons themselves.
However, I desperately wanted to attend at least one convention in 2011. I know the season is just gearing-up, but conventions have waned so much the last 20 years that I think the season may actually be winding down, and I haven't been to a single one. So I decided to throw my own.
It isn't so much a convention as just a get-together of old friends with whom I used to attend conventions, but I plan on running it like one (you know, kinda - in the spirit of one, at least). They should be coming up Friday evening, when we'll all get settled-in, catch-up and reminisce, have a few drinks, eat, and watch movies before crashing-out. Along the way, we'll probably make characters for a game of Dark Conspiracy I plan on running either Saturday night or Sunday morning/afternoon (whichever comes first - con rules), but we aren't likely to start gaming that night.
You never can tell, though.
I definitely plan on napping the entire time - no full sets of sleep (con rules) - and I'll be sleeping on the couch. It's in the living room, so it's kind of like the lounge. I'll leave the TV playing sci-fi and fantasy flicks all night just to stay in the right frame of mind.
If we don't start drinking and gaming Friday night, Saturday's the day. I plan on Kahlua in the coffee and straight into the bag from there. By late afternoon, I should be knee-walking drunk. I expect someone to zip a Crown Royal bag into their pants and dance a jig at some point. I'm not saying who, just that I expect it. I also expect not to remember doing it.
I already have the basement setup like an alley just because that's the way I stacked things when I first moved, so I may try to sell my friends some comic books and old games. They'll wait until Sunday to low-ball me. I'll be disappointed but hungover and won't want to have to restack everything, so I'll likely give them away.
Monday will come too soon and I know I won't be able to see my friends again IRL for some time, so it will be bittersweet, but I'll be glad to return to normalcy. I also have plans that can't be missed, so it'll be right back to the grind - not even a single day to really relish the fun we had and gel the memories before it's right back into the fray of everyday living.
Hopefully we'll make plans to do it again in a few months, or even the next year - just to be sure - and hopefully the funding will be there for when the time rolls around and everyone will be free and eager to repeat the adventure. Either way, At-Home Con 2011 is happening and I couldn't be more excited about it!
© C Harris Lynn, 2011