Harley is lame,
But the Vinotok Rawks.

It's been said here before, but it bears repeating: 

"So much going on that I don't have time to talk about it."

Which is good, really, right? If I had the time, I'd likely be unemployed and have nothing to write about. 

Anyhow, the news that's fit to report, in summary:

  • Gen Con rocked as Gen Con always rocks. I miss my people, and it's a shame I see so many of them only once a year.  I got into: comparing scars with Astrocat (he won, by about a foot); chilling with DCCfan and his kids (and hear a dad point at one of my maps and say, "Do you remember how you almost died here?"); meeting Paul Kemp; hosting a great panel discussion that almost ended in a Jets vs. Sharks style brawl; meeting Jeremy Jones of Kobold Quarterly;  teasing the Paizo staff that all our DCCs were Pathfinder compatible; finally seeing Goodman Games win an ENnie; finally spend quality time with Hershberger and Brenden ... and I know I'm forgetting things. It was fun, a lot of fun, and we'll be back again next year. My one regret is not running any games for all the folks I love, which brings us to ...
  • Tacticon, where I *did* run games. A whole lot of 'em. Maybe not Iron GM style, but still 4 sessions in 24 hours. The players were downright awesome, ranging in age from 60+ (she was just getting into RPGs) to 10 (he had never played 4E before). A blast. Tacticon is just the right size for a "gamer's convention;" big enough for critical mass, not so large that the people get lost in the shuffle. A DGA board member invited me to return as guest of honor for next year's GenghisCon, so that should be fun. Those Denver Gamers know how to take care of you. Plus, my father drove down 4 hours just to show up for lunch, so it was kind of a 4 star weekend.
  • Interviews. Whew, who is sick of  hearing about Harley, yet? The Tome Show interview was announced a couple posts ago, and now the Kobold Quarterly Interview is up. Jeremy Jones, the same visionary that brought us the Shared Worlds summer camp is responsible for the interview. He did a great job, and made sure I didn't sound too stupid. I need to run some games for him, or write him into an adventure or something, as he's been nothing but great the entire time I've known him.  
  • 4E DCCs/Master Dungeons ... are doing awesome. Haven't read one bad review yet. (They're coming, I'm sure.) We've been working on these for a long time, so it is great to see people using them in their games. Next batch hits the street next week, and Joseph has some incredible plans in store. This isn't an attempt to drum up enthusiasm, it is just a recognition of the crazy things he has planned. Seriously. Madness this way lies.  
  • Technobi getting married in Italy while I'm in Colorado. This one is a bummer for me. I've let down a friend and missed an important date. Grumble. 
All right. So all in all, a pretty lame update. How about something exciting? How about an adventure into the unknown? 

Okay, but only because you asked so nicely. 

This weekend H and I are backpacking up over the Maroon Bells (14,000 feet, baby) in time to make it to the Vinotok festival, billed as:
"Based on a smattering of Viking traditions and entirely fabricated, full-contact drinking ritual, Crested Butte's Vinotok festival is hands-down the best pagan ritual we know of."

"Saturday's activities commence at dusk with an event inexplicably dubbed, Mumming, during which CB residents parade through town dressed in medieval garb, pausing at restaurants to sing cheers and slam shots. Then there is the "Passion Play," an elaborate act in which the Green Man - representing the most virile guy in town - beheads the Great Grump, a 20 foot tall effigy on wheels symbolizing last year's gripes.

The play doesn't always go as planned. "I missed part of the thing," says one-time Green Man Alan Bernholtz, "because I was too busy being fondled." Finally, the Grump - along with splintered skis - are burned in a massive bonfire. Then the people disrobe and rage late into the night."
Heh. Now that's my kind of party. 



At 3:19 PM, Blogger Jengenritz said...

Vinotok sounds like win.
Actually, it sounds like a Nightwolf event with fewer pointy-hats and more production quality...so double-win.
Let us know how it goes!

At 10:40 PM, Anonymous Dieter said...

Full contact drinking ritual?

You better give use some pictures.

At 10:46 PM, Blogger saurus said...

oh god. mummers and morris dancers. i believe stan rogers called them best as "cute little people who dress up in white suits and have little green sashes and pork pie hats with feathers in them and they tie sleigh bells to their feet and hankies to their wrists with long white hankies and they kind of prance around." ... "And there's nothing really alarming about this except for the fact that every once in a while they will arm themselves with cudgels or bludgeons or some kind of blunt instrument like that and to the accompaniment of accordion or violin they will hit each other again and again and this is some kind of entertainment or British fertility ritual or something."

At 12:09 AM, Blogger Grimbones said...

I'm hoping for the second version, S.

And yeah, D, the camera is charging as we speak.


At 1:02 PM, Blogger Matt said...

I would say "all we have is stinkin' regional festivals out here," but then again I hear that at least one person gets stabbed or shot every year at the strawberry festival. Plus the Polish festival has live polka music with organized dancers in costume, which when you include beer and sausage and the fact that it is held in the middle of one of the numerous satellite ghettos of Toledo it sounds vaguely similar except the fires only happen every few years.

Still, Vinotok sounds like a friggin' BLAST (and potentially safer)! Have a great time. :)

At 9:12 PM, Blogger Grimbones said...

"...and potentially safer."

Definitely safer, but:

Our friend (Matt) went a couple years. You're supposed to hurl something you want to rid yourself of into the bonfire. A stranger standing next to Matt tore the car keys from Matt's hands and hurled them into the bonfire.

So no gunshots/stabbings, but plenty of randomness.

Man, I miss you, Matt. (Not the Matt w/o car keys.)


At 10:35 AM, Blogger saurus said...

(hijacking the thread here...)

i'm reading the reviews over at en world of 'sellswords' and the comment is such:

"The trick, for my group, was reminding them that, yes, they actually COULD interact with the entire setting for the adventure. Jump out a window, land on a minion, swing from a rooftop, etc. Once they realized the options before them, all heck broke loose (in a good way)."

is that something that's 4e? because correct me if i'm wrong, but didn't we used to do that stuff all the time? were we 4e before 4e was cool? i'm confused here.

At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

tek in da' house!!! Just got back from Italy with a blushing bride and definitely want to say I missed my bro, but he was there in spirit. And wait till we talk about Joel :)!! Anyway, love you bro and can't wait to see you!

At 10:09 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

Hmm... is this post rife for speculation about the hijinks Joel got up to in Italy?

I'd say yes! Speculate away... I know I can't help it.

At 5:45 PM, Blogger Grimbones said...

Speculate away!

(I know I am.)



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