Today’s entertainment was a trip to Litchfield Park, west of Phoenix, for a mini gaming event held by a high school gaming club. It is called Laughing Moon Con, and is named after the Laughing Moon rpg created by Todd VanHooser, a high school teacher there. This is the second time I’ve gone. I like it a lot. Go in. Do some gaming. See your friends. Leave when you’re ready. No muss, no fuss. A good time is had by all. I had my little camera and took a bunch of pix, and this is how I spent Saturday, March 22, 2014.
Jessie Foster, leader of the Arizona Men in Black, is, I believe, the best known, and most popular gamer in Phoenix. He was the fourth person I saw that I knew at the con, and the first to get his picture taken.
I spent a little time teaching Purple Warrior Girl how to fight. Great costume and makeup!
I spent a couple of quality minutes with my favorite pirate queen author. Her trolls aren’t quite as big and mean as mine.
I invented anew game for the occasion. Troll Race used components from the Cave Troll game to serve as a board. Used some minis that Trollhallans sent me as game pieces. The combat system was rock/scisssors/paper and worked well. It was a game about trolls. It started as a race, but always ended in thuggery, with the winner of the last fight also winning the game.
The Arizona Men in Black were playing Munchkin.
Jim Miller spent his time playing Dust–sci-fie World War II action.
You know, Frankenstein’s monster was a zombie.
Kitt, the car in the old Knight Rider TV series, lives in Arizona now, and sometimes shows up for car shows and game conventions.
Con Chairman Donald Jacques was promoting the upcoming (May) LeprecCon with firings of his home-made trebuchet.
Don let me shoot it once. You see that tree behind the Con pavilion. My 5-pound shot knocked a piece out of it (just a branch) As a gunner, I was no threat to whoever might have been living in the target castle.
I spent a little over 3 hours at the Convention, had a good time, left when I got hungry. James and I went home, got some pizza, and went back to doing computery things–my life most of the time. Wrote a blog, this one, so it’s time now to adjudicate turn 4 of the Dominance 12 game I’m running for members of Trollhalla.
If you’ve ever fired a trebuchet, or gone to a mini-gaming event like Laughing Moon Con, or hugged a pirate queen, why not leave a comment?
Ken St. Andre, steampunk tai chi master, passes through the Gates of Steel to enter the World of the Weird.
I love hall costumes. Not enough to really get into that scene myself, although I would be totally willing to wear great costumes that others made for me, but enough to appreciate and enjoy it when the costumed folk surround me. Last week there was an anime con in Mesa, Arizona. I thought about attending but decided to only go on Sunday, and to only go to see the cosplay. I am not much of a fanboy for any particular anime, but at least the costume I wore made me part of the cosplay crowd, and made it really easy to talk to them. I took my camera along and this is what I found.
Pikachu and Ash were there.
Far future assassin. Awesome weapons and armor. Glad I was not his target.
Avoiding the old joke about horny ladies, I will say these pretty devil girls seemed very happy not to be in Hell.
A cat may look at a queen, and I looked at this one. I believe Wonderland is getting more psychedelic than Carroll’s Wildest Imagination.
And speaking of queens, here’s Marceline, the Vampire Queen from Adventure Time.
I really like the vampiriness of her costume, so I got this closeup to show her teeth. She doesn’t have to drink blood–she just eats the color red. Getting her teeth whitened wouldn’t hurt, though.
Kill La Kill–a high school frull of killer girls. Our heroine is Ryuko Matoi who wields one half of a giant pair of scissors.
Although cosplayers live to be photographed and complimented, many of them have no idea how to pose. This is the Before I got them to actually do some cosplay.
and this is after. All I had to do was suggest they come back to my place with me, and they got much more animated. Don’t you agree that they look much better while threatening me with unspeakable evils? (Just kidding. What would I do with two beautiful and dangerous young females? The world will never know. grin.)
Sometimes you just want to chill with your friends. Hanging out at Taiyo Con.
Are these girls wearing the scariest pajamas ever? The humanoid figure you see on their clothing is a titan from Attack on Titan.
From the huge to the tiny. When I left the Titanic twins behind, I met this radiantly beautiful fairy.
I asked about the mask. She just likes to wear it. I tried the line from the Princess Bride on her where the Dread Pirate Roberts defends his mask by saying he thinks it is very fashionable, but it went right by her.
The girl in pink was standing with the girl in black when I took her picture, and wanted to be photographed too. I mentioned (lol) how dangerous they looked, and whispered to Pinky that she was the one who really terrified me. That really made her smile and she said she liked me.
Not all of the dangerous characters and great costumes were worn by women. This guy with his twin swords was posing almost nonstop, often with ladies who liked his killer looks.
Deadpool was there. He seemed to be mostly a beast of burden for the girl he was with, but he had the better outfit. Heh, it would have been great to get him into a faceoff with that furure assassin character or maybe the ninja up above.
Here’s another guy with a suit of armor I’d really love to own. Maybe he’s supposed to be Riddick, or maybe he just likes the bald look. I kind of like it myself.
A lot of the costumes were amazing with great props like the swords, guns, guitars, horns, and such, but I talked to this guy in the LAPD armor from the computer game Fallout with the Pip-Boy. The Pip-Boy 3000 appears in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. It’s an electronic Personal Information Processor (PIP) manufactured by RobCo Industries in the mid-21st century, and acts as the player’s HUD in the game. (info courtesy of the Fallout wiki)
The Lady in Red was a vendor selling elf hats from the Legend of Zelda. I came within an inch of buying one, even though I can’t think of any reason for ever wearing it. Simple but cool.
The newly-dead don’t all lie down and molder. This one was ready to defend herself and had the cutest freckles and engaging smile when caught off-guard.
Short, blonde, female Naruto, but dangerous all the same. I truly love the dangerous ones. I showed her this tai chi guard and push posture to get her into action instead of just portrait mode. Knowing some tai chi has its benefits.
Is that an owlbear I see lurking in the background?
Very handsome wolfman–I didn’t ask him to pose, just caught him going about his business.
Rushing into the Dealers Room, she stopped to let me take a photo, but she forget to smile. This is what happens to beautiful young anime characters once they get middle-aged and world-weary.
Volunteers make any convention run. These kids were in costume and doing their duty, even tho the need for volunteers was mostly gone by Sunday afternoon. I salute Con volunteers everywhere and thank you for your time and effort.
Colorful. Great hair. Has a boyfriend.
Storm of the X-Men was blowing in as I was blowing out.
Maybe she’s here. to apprehend Deadpool. She certainly looks ready for action.
And that’s all, folks. I am sure I missed some great costumes, and didn’t go to any panels or see any of the anime stars on hand, but I had a fun hour taking pix and talking to the people in the lobby. I don’t know if Con promoters and producers would want me to say this or not, but people, hotel lobbies are free. If you can’t afford to pay the high prices of attending today’s many sci-fi, fantasy, media, anime, comics cons, you can still go and hang out in the lobby where you may get a chance to talk to the participants, see great costumes, take some photos, and otherwise enjoy yourself. It is a lot better than staying home and playing computer games all afternoon–though there is nothing wrong with playing computer games, and I play a lot.
Next weekend I will be a gaming guest at DarkCon 2014, and I think I’ll wear my steampunk tai-chi master costume again–at least for one day. I will be doing a panel on Saturday morning with three other more notable game designers than myself (Tom Dowd, John Wick, Todd VanHooser), and I should be running some Tunnels and Trolls for anyone who would really like to play. Bring your characters and your dice and come game with me! You can learn all about DarkCon here: https://www.facebook.com/events/162229360629080/. I will be taking pix, and should have another Con report here in a week or ten days.
If you ever indulge in cosplay, or take pix of those who do, why not leave a comment? If you were at Taiyo Con, you should certainly leave a comment and tell what was best about the Con for you.
My spam email is full of messages saying “Lucky you, you’re going to Las Vegas.” Because I’m fairly close to Las Vegas, I do like to go there once in a while. Actually I went last week. Visited family and played a lot of games. Only got into a casino once on Sunday just before I came home again. Lost about $5 playing video poker. I’m not really the last of the big spenders.
A fun thing that I did on Saturday night was cruise up and down Las Vegas Blvd. which is known as the strip. Alas I forgot to bring my camera on the trip, but there should be an internet picture I could use.
It was a long slow ride up and down the strip in bumper to bumper traffic, but fun.
When I checked out of my hotel, I picked up some flyers for other attractions in Las Vegas. Here they are: 2 reasons to return to Las Vegas.
If anyplace deserves a Zombie Apocalypse, it’s Las Vegas!
I am not a big fan of zombies, but I would have gone there. Do you think it’s the kind of place where one could take a date?
If you ever visited Las Vegas or saw anything weird there, why not leave a message?