Category Archives: Pros and Cons

Capclave 2016

Now that the torture laughingly called cardiac “rehab” is about over, I’m easing back into my former life of conventions and conferences, starting with Capclave. I love Capclave. It’s small, informal, and all about books. No cosplay, no movies, just … Continue reading

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Farpoint, the sequel

Today was the first full day of Farpoint. And it was…slow. Real slow. Okay, well, that’s a picture taken before it opened but, tell ya, it didn’t feel much busier throughout the day. It seemed like attendees were studiously avoiding … Continue reading

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Farpoint, Day 0

I am at Farpoint again this year because I like it. Intimate it is, cozy, demonstrated by the reading I did to an audience of exactly one. Hey, that’s one more than I had last year. I got there at … Continue reading

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Let’s play!

I love board games. I’ve got probably fifty or so, mostly tactical and strategic kinds like Squad Leader and Wooden Ships and Iron Men. I have a lot of the old Avalon Hill titles and some modern ones, like Fortress … Continue reading

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Stalking Alastair Reynolds

I have been an Alastair Reynolds fan ever since I picked up Revelation Space and got my mind blown. Man, you gotta read the series. Just gotta. So when I heard that he was the Guest of Honor at CapClave … Continue reading

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Let’s Do the Time Warp Again…

I went to MonsterMania again this year. It was in the same place, the Hunt Valley Inn. I set up my table in exactly the same spot: right next to the same guy, Tj O’Connor: Deja vu all over again, … Continue reading

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Quest for People

I was perusing the local convention scene a couple of weeks ago and came across this: StarQuest, a Trekkie convention to be held in Frederick, MD, just a little ways down the road. Now, I am not a Trekkie. Sure, … Continue reading

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Dover ComiCon 2015.

  One word summary: Wow. I mean, wow. Just wow. The little town of Dover, Delaware, a place familiar to we Air Force types who’ve traversed the nearby base at one time or another, had themselves a fine little Comicon. … Continue reading

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Awe. Some. Con.

I went to AwesomeCon 2015 because I’d never been to a reaaally big con as a vender (vendor, whatever) and, well, you only live once. As far as we know. I showed up on Thursday, a day before the official … Continue reading

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Games, Guns, and Motorcycles

During ID4 Con (see below), I met Dave Fisher, who runs a game store in Martinsburg, WV called Your Hobby Place. He invited me to a BBQ that his store and several others were hosting on May 16th and, well, … Continue reading

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