Friday, July 31, 2015

One day is not enough

Even if it's one of the best days ever. 


GenCon for the first time since 2009. :)

I went to witness the KoDT Live Action Series premiere. Even though I was a backer, one of two with priority for this event, it was more about showing support for Jolly, Barb, and Kenzer and Company. 

1d10p Premiere Table 
1. Zombie Orpheus Entertainment are legends. When Ken Whitman backed out of the event, ZOE saved it. Stop reading and post a thank you on their Facebook wall or support them on Patreon. 
2. The GenCon staff was incredible. This is now my Official Favorite Con because of the way they reacted to the situation. Professional and compassionate. 
3. Kenzer & Company did all they could to help their fans. That's how they roll. 
4. The actors are fantastic people and perfectly cast. The movie itself is magical stuff. 
5. I have the best movie prop thanks to them and Craig Zipse. :)
6. Two beers in and this is a little sappy, but shut up!
7. I hope the movie does not get trapped in controversy and everyone that wants to gets to see it. 
8. My memory is good. Very good. I won't let anyone else be taken without a fight. 
9. If she says the K word, give Barb a hug. 
10. Jolly can write a fantastic script. Let's hope this isn't the last time we see the Knights live. 
P. Thank you, Dave Kenzer, for the perspective. ;)

Monday, July 27, 2015

If you need help...

I'm tired, so this isn't going to be very good. 

I don't do Facebook drama, so it was a unique experience watching my News Feed blow up this morning with the latest news about the Knights of the Dinner Table Live Action Series. It was all extremely terrible and heartbreaking to watch. And I guess I should join with everyone else saying never give money to Ken Whitman again. It's getting recorded all over the internet by people with bigger audiences than mine. And I don't really want to write about that anyway. The only thing going through my head (apart from dragons, dragons, glitter nail polish, travel anxiety, I'm a little hungry, beer, "shut up and dance with me", and tired) is...I want to write about the people that got hurt. Not the one who did the hurting. He doesn't deserve any more words. 

All I want to say is that Jolly Blackburn is one of the sweetest people I know. He might say otherwise, but he really can draw. ;) He's the best storyteller. And if you're lucky enough to know him, you know how kind this guy is. How he really cares about his fans, this world, these characters. 

Barbara Blackburn lets me talk her ear off at cons and spill out my heart about ridiculous things. ;) Once upon a time we played best friends in an online HackMaster game. Chimi and Gabby 4ever. 

The most at peace I have ever been includes one night at Sarah Con ;) when a bunch of us sat around a campfire in the yard after dark, talking about stuff.  

They've let me cry on their shoulders and sneak into an awards show. They raised the sweetest little girl. They've opened their home to us. I've signed the door to the loft. And who am I but one of a bunch of fans who I am sure have similar stories. 

They are awesome people who deserve to have their movie be seen, to have a fun party on Thursday night, and all the good stuff coming their way. I think they'll get that. They always look for the good, even when it feels like a great time to get angry and hit things. They have a big extended family of fans watching their backs. Looking at that Facebook feed, it was easy to think today was a big drama, but Barb said it was good, too, because it was bringing out all of this support. They got to see who really cared about them. I want to be like that, always finding the upside. So inside of the heartbreak and the terrible, it was great to see all of those voices supporting our friends.

Note from Jolly: KoDT LAS GenCon

"Hey folks, Ken Whitman canceled the After Party out of spite apparently. We are working on a new venue and some entertainment for backers. Now I don't have access to the kickstarter data and Ken's not providing it. So I have no idea who paid/backed for special seating and/or the after party. If you are reading this (and please spread the word because I know a lot of backers don't check here) please contact me at jolly at kenzerco dot com. If we can get a list and get some details (time/place) we'd love to have you and thank you for supporting the project. There are some great folks helping with this effort - I will reveal who they are when they are ready to release the details. All I can say that despite Ken's behavior this is a great industry filled with a lot of great people still. In short - Ken can't take our party away. ;)"

-Via Facebook and Kickstarter

(In case this helps get the word out. If this relates to you, please contact Jolly.) 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Tonight's HackMaster session in one sentence...

"Someone out there has a broken goddamn spleen, so get out there and heal them!"

-Takane

Thursday, July 09, 2015

KoDT LAS

Comment I posted on the KoDT LAS Kickstarter today:

I’ve been actively involved with Kenzer & Company since about 2003. KoDT was my introduction to their products. I play and promote their game HackMaster. I volunteer to help them out when I can. These are the nicest people in the world. They take care of their fans. This is the worst thing I can think of happening to them, that someone might steal their credibility and worse, betray their trust. 

I backed KoDT at $450 for my husband and I to attend the GenCon premiere and after party. I have not received anything except my KoDT Covers hardcover book. I’m a little surprised I got that at all. Two of my friends also backed at a level to receive the book and actually got TWO copies, when they were only supposed to get one. They returned the second copy to Jolly in exchange for the HackMaster GMG they actually expected and Jolly was able to give that book to another backer, another good friend, who did not receive his. 

My package was supposed to include front row seats to the premiere and admission to the party. I have not received any tickets or emails or any sort of confirmation for either event. I am flying across the country in three weeks to attend this premiere with no assurance that we will be allowed in, apart from knowing Jolly will take care of it. Except this shouldn’t be up to Jolly to take care of. In addition to movie props and more 20 Years of Covers books, Ken has sold front row seats to this event at considerably less than I backed for. How many seats can there be? The venue wasn’t even determined when he started asking for money for those seats. 

When I found out the second part of the series was going to be shown at Nexus, I was upset. I always thought the premiere was set for GenCon. I’ve held off watching any of it to at least make that experience a little bit special.  

Honestly, I didn’t care about rewards. I wanted to help my friends have a dream become reality. I saw the way they lit up when they talked about this. I had the resources at the time to help and wanted to do something good for them. I did not want to finance Ken’s tropical vacation or his new car. I have no proof that is what my money went to, but I have no reason to believe otherwise. 

The lack of consideration for backers of this project is staggering. Banning people from contributing, calling them names, ignoring their questions, and lying are not appropriate methods for dealing with an angry customer. I don’t know that this project was ever intended to be reality. I can imagine Ken either thinks he’s going to pull this off or is sitting at home putting off thinking about it in the hope it will all go away. 

Truth is, even if he does pull it off, I’d never support another project from him based on the way he treats people. I’m sorry my friends have gone through this. He used and abused them. Ken Whitman does not deserve another thought from us. 


Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Dice of the Day

I don't care what Starbucks says about ice cubes. I know dice when I see them. 

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Live blogging HackMaster!!

Sort of. I guess its not live blogging if I don't post to the blog until the game is over.

So far we've determined that vanilla wafers make good emergency mini bases. Kill the monster, eat the base.

We need to talk about your animal companion. She's huge and she's eating all the food. 

They found Uncle Dil's diary. 

"I swear at the door." Takene didn't find the secret door. 

Can we poke it with a stick? Hells yeah. 

Me: Skeletons!
Dwarf: Meh. 
Goddamn it. 

Because the game is the perfect time to trim the cat's claws... ^^

We're going to hold hands and do the safety walk through this cavern. Cue "Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun."

Oh no, not the fucking coupons... (There's a story here.) 

"Well, I was an internationally ranked player..." (And another story...) 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Dice of the Day: Late Edition

I can still make it before midnight! Here's what this year's Origins dice from Crystal Caste look like! 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

H.Q.


I have serious social anxiety. 

Like, I usually want to run away. I'm better in small groups. Probs why I like the raising a glass with friends part of the con versus OMG the crowds... The thought process goes something like this: Why am I here? No one wants me here. They're tolerating me to be nice. I'd better go so they can have some real fun. I don't know what to say. I'm not funny enough. I'm dressed weird. I hate my hair. Why can't I be cool like them?

It's better now that I know social anxiety is a thing. Before that it was because I was shy, antisocial, weird, mean, and wrong. Oh, and it was all my fault. It would help if I'd be nicer. That was what I thought until I read that other people actually freak out and want to run away in crowds of people, that not everyone knows what to say, that even some of the people I think are awesome in social situations sometimes feel that same way, and yes, some of us do better than others. 

Toastmasters helps a LOT. TM makes you practice not only public speaking, but leading and socializing, too. I fully recommend checking out a local club (mine is Boise Club) if running away screaming seems like the appropriate thing to do when faced with a bunch of strangers or even a bunch of friends. 

Having a home base helps, too. If it totally sucks, I can always head back to the Kenzer booth. I can't thank them enough for this. It's like a temporary fort. Also, its familiar, not only because Kenzer, but Retail. That's something I understand. That's the best answer I can give for why the hell I'd take vacation and travel across the country to help out at this booth. When the con socializing gets scary, there is this safe place where I can do what I know. 

I heart you, booth.

And I'm grateful I'm allowed to hang out there when I know that they are working and I hope I help more than I get in the way.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Affected.


Going to lose a couple hours sleep tonight celebrating today's Supreme Court decision regarding Marriage Equality. Posting this picture because I've seen a lot of stuff today saying, well, if you're not gay this really doesn't affect you. Which is true, but at the same time, it does affect me in that I got to watch two of my best friends treated differently by the state we all call home. I knew Kira (left) before she met Jamie, saw her go through a lot of stuff to get where she is now, and yes, it does have an impact, seeing your friends get treated badly. 

Face and I were married out of state, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kira and Jamie were married in Seattle, Washington. When Face and I got home, nobody questioned our marriage. When Kira and Jamie came home, they had to jump through a billion legal hoops to get Kira's name changed and make sure they were covered if one of them were sick or hurt. Basically all of the things you would have to do if you were not married and wanted to change your name or designate who the doctor calls when you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Because Idaho didn't share Washington's opinion. Why? Because. Yeah, just because.

I haven't been to church since high school, but I still think of myself as a member of the United Church of Christ. Since 2005, the UCC has accepted gay marriage. They've fought for it. Today, not only do my friends get to have their marriage accepted in every state, my church finally gets to practice its faith the way it wants to. That also affects me. And everyone who believes in that respecting freedom of religion stuff. Affects me as in getting all teary at Starbucks reading about the decision. I'm not a teary person unless its about cats or, apparently, Mad Max Fury Road

So I'm off to raise a glass to everyone in the US being treated a little better today, but especially my friends.