California Dave and I arrived at Big Mike's house on Wednesday, just in time for the happy hour. There is nothing better than a perfect manhattan served straight up and ice cold, along with a few hors d'oeuvres. An hour later we were feeling refreshed and on our merry way to the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC).
The three of us completed our preregistration online weeks ago, meaning that GAMA already has our money. Now we only had to wait a relatively short time in the preregistration line to pick up our badges, event tickets and freebies from the terminally confused staff on the bad side of the counter.
The entire process was ridiculous. At every other convention I've ever attended or crashed, the check-in process consists of handing your credit card and a photo ID to the attractive, helpful and completely soulless female automaton on the bad side of the counter, who then smiles at you, verifies your information and hands you a packet that consists of your convention ID badge, any entry tickets you've paid for and a stack of freebies. She then wishes you a nice day and you are dismissed. This isn't what happens at Origins.
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Having checked in we took a stroll around the grounds to see what was up. Not much, as it turned out, but we did talk to a few game masters who were setting up for tomorrow. I got a few pictures of our invasion of Syria.
|Invasion of Syria|
The set up shown here is about half complete. I gathered that the entire game will take over four hours to play.
|A Desert Scenario|
There's a lot more, but it's going to wait until later. Subsequent posts will include a game review, several events that we participated in and seminars on writing by various authors.