I just had a terrific weekend. I was a Guest of Honor at VulCon 1, the newest gaming convention to hit the Phoenix scene. The theme was Roman and there was both a hippodrome and a coliseum, not to mention a huge statue of Vulcan, the blacksmith of the Gods, dominating the hall. (However, most of the games were American. ) I brainfaded and did not bring my digital camera on the first day of the Con. I thought of it on the second, and took a few pix, but the best stuff here all came from Tatiana, the Con photographer. I’ll just borrow a few of her pix to show you what fun you missed.
Although I only played in two games, they were both long and hard-fought, and that’s 2 more than I usually get to play in. Alas, there was not much interest in playing Tunnels and Trolls. So I played Nuclear War and Giant Risk instead.
Before the Nuclear War tournament ended, it was time for the surprise VulCon Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Of course I attended, and it was a good thing I did because:
Alan Emrich, who is a war-gaming buff of epic proportions came in third. After the ceremony we all got to meet Vulcan Himself.
Sunday wasn’t quite as busy. I had hoped to be in a Settlers of Catan tournament Sunday afternoon, but the guy running it was late, so I wound up playing Giant Risk instead. I haven’t played Risk for at least 10 years, so it was a kind of Blast from the Past, and the competition wasn’t really first class, but being good at things means winning the games you ought to win. I won.
A lot of other fun things happened, but I need to wrap this blog up, and get it posted. All in all, it was a very good convention for me. I had a great time, and carried off a lot of trophies. My thanks to the convention staff for having me as a Guest, and for putting on such a fun convention. Everyone there seemed to enjoy it a lot. If it comes back again next year, I will definitely go again.
If you’ve gone to any good gaming Cons lately, or if you were at Vul Con, please leave a comment.