Man, what a trip. This was the first time I’d taken the train, and it was a blast. I traveled with the crew from Advanced Maneuvers, and got to learn all about non-profits from some lovely business folks on the way from Philly to NYC. I glued grass to bases during the train ride, and took stock of what I needed to finish painting once I got to the hotel (Carnivean, Seraph, Thagrosh and Blighted Bather, mostly). Wednesday night was filled with fond hugs and cold beverages as I met up with friends from all around the world.
I managed to find respite with Captain Spud, as he finished up his Infinity Terrain. I got some work done on the Seraph while waiting for the owner of my hotel room to arrive and check-in. After that, it was more painting in my room after a shower.
Remember the 1-2-3 rule for conventions:
- 1 shower a day
- 2 meals a day
- 3 hours of sleep, minimum, a day
Thursday morning kicked off Iron Arena at 10AM, and thus I began the con with my customary first PG Shift. Since I wrote the software we use to track the 526 players and 946 games that were played in the Iron Arena at Templecon this year. Once we got everyone registered and playing games, I was able to sneak in some time painting while waiting for the first batch of players to finish and report their games.
One of the highlights of the first Iron Arena shift is that you get to help organize and display all the pretty things that Iron Arena players can win. There were the customary tokens and widgets from Privateer Press, along with some cool posters. Additionally, they brought us some amazing color art prints, a few of which we’d never even seen before:
One of the hotly sought after pieces of art on the Iron Arena prize table.
Once my shift was over at 2pm, I kept on painting at the IA desk, keeping staffers company and chatting with whomever stopped by.
Then, I got the notification I’d been waiting for. My package had arrived at the front desk. What package? The one with the…
Boy, are these things cool. They’re peel-n-stick, and all of the embroidery is nicely embossed is actually 3D! I love having something to give folks when we finish a game, and these will suit that purpose handily. Special thanks to my art department over at LNWC Design!
Now that I had my swag to give out to folks I played games with, I was ready for Iron Arena. I played games until almost 3AM, when I finally decided I should go to bed. After all, I did have a 10AM PG Shift.
But, wait, isn’t 10AM when the Privateer Press Keynote starts? Did I really put myself on shift during the keynote?
Nope. I had signed myself up for the 6AM to 10AM shift instead. So, off I was to get my 3 hours of sleep.