The Con Game

GenCon 2012

Ahh gaming conventions. In my 50+ years I have been to my share; VEGA, PolyCon, even the grand daddy of all game conventions, GenCon! These events can be unique and fun experiences and if done correctly, bring memories that will last a life time. That’s why in 2010 I took my middle son to Gateway, a Southern California convention that is part of the Strategicon family of conventions. If memory serves, there were right at about two thousand attendees back then and the boys had a great time. D&D all over the show, miniatures battles, seminars, LARPS, anime and my son even won the Guitar Hero competition that was held. They do it right at this con and now back here in 2018, it’s time for another trip!

In May my youngest son (17) and I will be going to Gamex and I am so excited my shoes are dancing without me! This con is virtually the same as Gateway (and Orccon, their third convention) just different date and a few different gaming options offered. It is true that all three of my kids are hardcore gamers in their own way. But my youngest is a tabletop roleplaying junkie like me. So this con experience is going to be epic. Both of us are heavily involved in The Dungeons and Dragons Adventurer’s League (yeah, AL for short please) and this con will not disappoint. At this stage the game schedule hasn’t been released, but if my information is correct there should be near a hundred AL slots over the weekend.

But that’s not all! It’s a three-hour car ride to the event. My car should be packed with 5 nerds and we can, and will, be rolling in laughter and conversation the entire time. Paint-and-take will happen. The D&D Epic should be…well…you know. EPIC! I hear attendance is close to five thousand now as opposed to two thousand last time I went. All heresay of course but now, over the next couple months, I will feature a series on Con attendance that will follow the journey with my son to Gamex and gaming nerdvana!

The first leg of that journey has Hotel Reservations set with receipts saved, conversation with my son about going and approval from my wife to take the trip and spend the money. Check, check and check! Next time we will discuss planning, expenses and other preparation!


Surf, Sand and Make Believe


The sunset above was not where I was this weekend. But pretty close. So imagine this while I share my experience this past weekend.

Myself and two friends took a trip west to The Pacific Ocean last Friday. It was a pre-planned event that about ten people were invited to a month or more in advance. Now, I don’t travel well and the culture in my city (region) says that gamers are a gamble when it comes to dependability. But I needed to get away. I was looking for some relief of the stresses home life has been throwing at me lately. Messenger started chirping and the talk escalated to something that sounded like a real fun excursion. So I climbed on board. Cleared the schedule, built a character as per DM specs and began adjusting my head for the journey.

The date came fast and soon it was the day before and as expected people started dropping off (or just stopped communicating at all). Quickly ten became seven. Which eventually turned to five. Hey five is still great, that’s almost a perfect sized table. Not too big, not too small. The mix of ages and experience levels was still good and I really wanted to go. On departure day we lost two more. So there would be only three; my longtime friend (and host) and a young player I knew from Adventurer’s League play who I had gotten to know quite a bit but still didn’t know well. But I really wanted to go. So, as per the theme of the weekend, I rolled the dice and went.

NATTY 20! I had such a great time. my fellow players and I, scaled down to three, had a weekend of fun food, friendship and D&D. Quality players, quality dungeon master and a fine quality game system, adjustable on the fly, were just what the doctor ordered for this gamer. Even better, plans are in the works for our next trip! I’m betting the turn out will be much better and that we will even need another table.

This is why I do what I do. I love gaming. The friendship and fellowship can’t be beat. The story telling provides a kind of entertainment that can not be duplicated and my creative outlet is golden. Everything I do in my life wraps around three things in descending order: God, My family, and gaming. Hopefully next time I will snap some pictures like I promised. NEXT TIME!!


We All Need an Extra Life

I set a reminder today that the Extra Life United event was streaming today. It started at 10:30 and at that time I am usually very deep into a project.  I just clicked it on which has made me stop and think how wonderful it is for a culture group like gamers to come out on common ground to help other humans; particularly children. I got three of my own and one of them has been to a Children’s Hospital for seizures. So, as I listen and watch, my heart breaks for children that are sick or broken. Beyond that does much need to be said? Help children if you can, love them and appreciate those stewards who are on that Twitch Channel and at Extra Life who hold this awesome event and give gamers an outlet to be conduits of love. Check it out HERE!

Extra Life


I love gaming! Yes, I know you are all aware of that. But what you may not be aware of is that I love God even more. No wait, please don’t leave the page! I still love games! In fact, He made me that way. Yes, God created me with a love and desire for games. It is only too obvious. But what is funny (well maybe funny isn’t the right word…ironic maybe?) is that I have only just started admitting that to myself. I have tried all my life to find what makes me happy AND could also help me make a living. Retail has been my bag for the most part. But truthfully, I absolutely hated it. Wait…hate is a strong word. But Loathe is much stronger! So, I will use that. I loathe retail and the black spot it put on my heart. But, no, I don’t mean that like it sounds. My retail jobs in the past have brought many good things to my life and I appreciate them. Many of my friends, including my wife, I met through those retail jobs. I have a unique skill set that was given to me by my past career choices. But I never was receptive to God’s will for my life and career. I received salvation long ago (1982). But my story is extensive and complicated and never included doing away with my preconceived ideas for jobs and making ends meet with God’s will. But now it does. A tragic and life threatening event took place April 2016 and God shouted for change in my life. Too bad it took something shocking to bring me around.

But now, through prayer and supplication, God has told me this, gaming is where my calling is at. The road I have been travelling and learning on was meant to bring me right here where I stand. Ready to serve and glorify God through games and gaming. So, over the next few days, weeks, and months you will see that taking off. My ideas are many and my list of things to do if vast. But with The Lord’s help it will get done. Here are just a few things that you will see very soon:

  • – new articles, new reviews and new content
  • publications – because I LOVE Dungeons & Dragons!
  • Youtube and Twitch Channels – I have always wanted to host one.
  • Gamer Immersion – Let’s have fun!

It only gets better from here. What I am is excited. This should be great! What I also am is a normal dude; with flaws, hang-ups, and issues just like everyone else. Jesus is at work in my life and this is what he wants from me. What I am not is some kind of weird holy roller who says “Love Jesus or die!”. No, I’m coming at you with games. I am not going to try and persuade anyone to do anything. That’s for God to do. No judgement, no ceremonies, no bibles to the face. Let’s just game together.

What I also am is a stay home dad. This has been very fulfilling in my life and I work hard to help my family succeed and for my kids to excel in life. It is a decision my wife and I made about eight years ago. To be honest we have had to make some real tough sacrifices to do that. We used to have abundance; now we live lean. This has taught and grown us a lot through the years and the journey has been tough at times. But things change and although going back to a regular work environment is not in the cards for me yet, I do have the capacity to try and scratch out a bit more income to help support the finances in my household. So any support that you, my precious community can provide will go far to help us out. Even a like for a video, a comment, or a couple bucks through patreon or paypal will do so much and is an appreciation I will try to express every time.

Now, ON WITH THE GAMES! Let’s have some fun and a tone of creativity and go away better for it. Please, please if you would like to see specific content or have any ideas to share, comment below and let me hear them. I want to grow and get better at this. Thanks for reading and blessings to you all!