About this time, 4 years ago, I was quaking in my boots as I planned for my first excursion to Lake Geneva for Gary Con VI. "I finally get to meet these people who seem to get me!" ...followed by the dreaded, "What the hell am I going to wear in that weather?"
I ran no games. I immersed myself in it completely...and laughing at Doug's table is still, all these conventions later, in my top memorable experiences. As was the greeting I received in the bar the first night...which Bob will not let me live down.
(It also turned out to be an on-site interview, though I didn't know it at the time. Good thing, that.)
I'm jittery as I prep/pack for Gary Con X, but the anxiety is a different flavor after a few years' exposure. Now it's, "I get to see MY PEOPLES! My FAMILY!" ...and still, "What the hell am I going to wear in that weather?"
This year I am running a paltry 4 games, 2 slots each for 2 DCC Lankhmar adventures (1 pending publication, the other... well, mine. It might be more of a sandbox, depending on the table. And that worked brilliantly at the off-book game last year.) Oh, and Rat-Snake circles are happening in the lounge this year after hours. Every night, if y'all want.
I simply cannot WAIT to see those of you who'll be there. I will dreadfully miss some who aren't able to attend, but I promise to make the most of it on your behalf.