The Sausage Fairies Come Out At Night

…which is good, because they’re kinda strange


Dog Con 7


Day 14, Con Day 1: In which we review the wedding & party, everybody just plays the hell out of games, then parties like it’s 1889

8:30 pm

The wedding went off perfectly, with Morris the Cat officiating. For cats, having Morris do the duty was like Jesus marrying two humans. When he walked out, every cat and dog in the placed gasped.

(Jazz: It was an incredible surprise and an honor.)

(Flash: He was great! A god among cats!)
(Leon: I got a tear in my eye when I saw him.)

(Roxy: I wept like a kitten.)

There were hundreds of sentients at the wedding and the whole town of Critter City watched on big screens all over town.

(Jazz: The Girls were beautiful in their peach colored collars, ribbons and the diamond earrings.)
(Flash: And Lulu, my Best Bitch, was snazzy in her new tuxedo paint job.)

Once the wedding was over, there were a zillion pictures and then the crazy big buffet dinner. After that were toasts and speeches. Sasha went completely sappy when she gave hers.

(Jazz: It was so sweet! She was crying and telling Flash what a great brother he was and how she loved him and was proud of him. He cried, too.)

(Flash: It was allergies.)

(Leon: Dude, you were sobbing like a baby! You used a whole box of tissue.)

Once all that was done, it was time to party! We had at least 500 sentients there. Rather than give a blow by blow, I figure I’ll just let the critters comment on stuff.

(Sasha: It was very sweet watching Flash & Jazz dance while Frank Sinatra sang to them.)

(Daisy: OMG! I got to meet Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy and Mr. Sulu and Lt. Uhura and…)

(Silky: I loved seeing Bob Hope and Errol Flynn and John Wayne.)

(Lulu: I got to meet K-9. He’s pretty smart, but his speech software blows.)

(Daisy: …and ALL the Doctors and Captain Picard and Tony Stark and Lt. Commander Data and four James Bonds and some Klingons and…)

(Leon: You know, horses are pretty nice folks. I hung out with a few of them.)

(Roxy: The otters were a hoot. Who knew they could play jazz?)

(Sadie: Dean Martin and Johnny Carson were funny.)

(Jazz: Dad does a pretty good Louis Prima impression. Even Louis was impressed.)

(Sasha: You should have been there later on when he did his Tom Waits impression and sang “Open Invitation To The Blues”)

(Flash: Yeah, well, after Jazz sang “Why Don’t You Do Right” in the Jessica Rabbit style to me, it was honeymoon time.)

(Daisy: …and hobbits and Gandalf and HARRY GODDAMN POTTER and Hermione and Ron and Dobby and Dr. Banner and Mrs. Peel and Mr. Steed and…)

(Sadie: It was pretty cool how, after Flash & Jazz left, everything changed from the Sands Hotel in Vegas, 1962 to the Fillmore West, San Francisco, 1969)

(Roxy: Kind of mixed with a rave and a battle of the bands. It was VERY cool how those “Matrix Bracelets” let us learn how to play any instrument AND know the words to any song.)

(Daisy: …and Mal Reynolds and Clark Savage Jr. and Monk Mayfair and Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle and Captain Jack Harkness and…)

(Sasha: It was pretty cool watching Mom, in those leather pants & jacket, sing “I Love Rock & Roll”, then see Dad & Uncle Spike do “Layla”. They were tearin’ it up!)

(Sadie: Lots of people went off to those holosuites. What was up with that?)

(Daisy: …and Groot and Rocket and Steve Rogers and Miss Romanov and Dr. Crusher and Jadzia Dax and Sarah Jane Smith and…)

Lulu: Yeah, it was a night to remember all right.)

After the party was over, we left and were back on the bus just 5 minutes after we left, but dog tired, so we all hit the sack for a good 10 hour nap. (Note: between the wedding, dinner and party, we were in folded time for 12 hours)

The Rejuvenox wore off while we were asleep, so we all woke up in our old physical forms. Better than being dead, I guess.

(Silky: Goodbye, taut tummy and firm boobs!)

Our first convention day started with a bang up breakfast at Chez Mom’s and then we all scattered to thr four winds for gaming. It broke down kind of like this…

The critters (accompanied by Arcadia) went off to play in some LARPs, with the old hands showing the newbies the ropes.

(Daisy: Wow! That Dungeons & Dogs LARP was hella fun!)

(Silky: It sure was! I got to play a fighter and I kicked ass!)

(Jazz: We cats played in the Cats & Caverns adventure. I was a mage and Roxy was a thief.)

(Roxy: We killed a Greater Mummy!)

Grace & Mary & Caroline & Ginie went into the Hall O’ Boardgames and were there most of the day.

Miranda and Lauren mostly played video games.

Spike, Brian, Avis and I did a tour of the Dealer’s room and then played in several RPG sessions, including the new D&D, Traveller and Over The Edge.

For dinner, we all went to Big Slabs O’ Meat for lots ODF, well, meat and other, lesser foodstuffs. Filled up from that, we waddled back to our rooms to get ready for the Con Party.

(Sasha: I LOVE that place! I almost overdosed on meat.)

Now, normally, this big shindig is held on Wednesday night, but this year they moved it to Thursday night because half the con was at the wedding party. Very cool of them to do it.

The theme for this year’s party is “Steampunk Villainy” so we will all be going as various Evil Geniuses, Masterminds, Mad Scientists and Vile Criminals. They have three bands playing, including Abney Park. Should be a fun Victorian time.

The critters and Lauren and Arcadia will all be here in our room watching old “Aircat” and “Bark Savage” serials. There will be a mountain of snacks.

(Leon: AIRCAT! Fuck yeah!)

More blogstuff tomorrow.

The Clever Girl Who Liked Secrets

…other peoples secrets

DogCon 3: Day 3, Part 1 (and part of Day 2)

Busy busy busy! Quick recaps of con things past below.


3:00 -4:00: Seminar (panel): “Old Gaming Farts Tell All”
Went very well. I was surprised how many young folks showed up to listen to a bunch of us greybeards talk about the old days.

4:00 – 6:00: Cruising Dealer’s Room & Other Con Areas
Bought games…watched games being played…marvelled at the cool terrain and stuff in the minis games

6:00 – 7:00: Pizza Dinner
Ate at “JimBob’s Texas Style Pizza”, which is a whole lot like Chicago style, but (if you want) served on a cornbread-like dough with heavy emphasis on beef (or, in one case, goat) in many forms. Yummy!

7:30 – 10:30: I’ll GM my segment of the “Open To Close Dungeon”
Big fun! My segment saw 9 players (maximum is 12) fighting their way through a cavern filled with undead spiders and a grove of poisonous fungi. When I left them, they were trying to decide if they should fight or run away from the Lich on the 8th level.

11:00 – 2:00: The Secret Event. I have no clue what the hell it’ll be.
The theme was “Doctors Only” and we all got appraised and then assigned costumes. I was Fu Manchu & Spike was Doctor Demento. Doc Mystery, who is a real life doctor, got to don a ripped shirt and be Doc Savage. There were at least 45 different doctors, with multiples of some (especially the Whovian, Sherlockian & Trek kind). A splendid time was had by all.


8:00 am – 12:00 pm: GMing “All This And World War, Too”
This was a time travel game in which the characters were trying to either stop or change or insure WWI. I used Basic Roleplaying rules. It went very well, with the final outcome being that the war did take place, but was over in less than half the time and the Computer Age started WAY early.

12:00 – 12:30: Eat & run
Burgers…onion rings…chocolate malt

12:30 – 2:00: The all pet (& human) LARP “Castle Of The Undead”
The Girls & Abby were on the winning team! (Flash was in an All Cat LARP that Grace described as “half sleeping cats, half crazy cats on speed”) Winker was a cleric, Lucy was a thief and Abby was a fighter. It was, by human standards, kinda slow paced, but by dog & goat (and parrot, pig, cat and miniature horse) standards, it was pretty thrill a minute.

2:15 – 3:15: Rehearsal for the radio play “Mobsters VS Monsters”
This went pretty smoothly, as you might expect from actors who have had the script for over a month.

3:30 – 4:00: Actual broadcast of the above.
An amazingly hitch free broadcast, during which most of us played multiple parts. The sound effects guys where incredible and the band was quite talented, too.

4:30 – 6:00: Seminar (panel): “Ok, Go Ahead And Tell Us About Your Character”
This was less horrific than you might expect, mostly thanks to a 5 minute limitation on each audience member. We panelists got only 3 minutes to critique each character as presented. We tried to be positive, even when said positivity involved lying our asses off.

6:00 – 7:00: Dinner

7:00 – 8:00: Shower & Catch Breath
Mission accomplished!

Am now starting Traveller game. Rumor has it that ’round midnight, single malt scotch will drop by.

Slug Fondue

…the next foodie craze

DogCon 3: Day 2, Part 2

Too busy partying at the “Doctors Only Party” to write up the day. Will do it tomorrow. And speaking of tomorrow, my rather insane schedule…

8:00 am – 12:00 pm: GMing “All This And World War, Too”
12:00 – 12:30: Eat & run
12:30 – 2:00: The all pet (& human) LARP “Castle Of The Undead”
2:15 – 3:15: Rehearsal for the radio play “Mobsters VS Monsters”
3:30 – 4:00: Actual broadcast of the above.
4:30 – 6:00: Seminar (panel): “Ok, Go Ahead And Tell Us About Your Character”
6:00 – 7:00: Dinner
7:00 – 8:00: Shower & Catch Breath
8:00 – 2:00: Play in a Traveller game

More bloggage at some point.

The Heartpounding Adventures Of Doctor Tempest And The Steam Devil

…from the January, 1887 issue

DogCon 3: Day 2, Part 1

Ok, here is my day so far…

Breakfast was at “Waffles From Outer Space”. Once again: BACON & BUTTER SYRUP!

10:00 – 11:00: Seminar (panel): “Son Of Ask A GM Anything”
This was the return of the infamous seminar from last year in which our then pregnant with twins moderator got the rest of us to sing Bohemian Rhapsody. This year, we had a packed house and answered many great and sometimes strange questions, about half of which actually pertained to gaming/RPGs. Unsurprisingly, our moderator again brought her karaoke machine. This time, the whole bunch of us sang The Time Warp and Sweet Transvestite from Rocky Horror Picture Show. I’m told that you could hear that final “Let’s do the time warp again” on the other side of the convention center.

11:00 – 12:00: Cam Slave Booth visiting friends at GenCon
Ok, so I’m known for using some hyperbole from time to time, but…but…THIS WAS THE MOST AWESOME EXPERIENCE SINCE THE INVENTION OF THE ORGASM! Holy shit, I mean, I’m seeing GenCon and talking with my friends from New Hampshire and strolling the dealer’s room and meeting folks I know at booths and…WOW! Worth every penny I spent on it.

12:00 – 1:00: Lunch
Was at a hot dog joint called “Dogville”. My chili dogs were so good, I almost wept.

Now it’s off to get the muddy spa treatment with Grace, The Girls and about 10 friends.

Mrs. Wangdoodle Gets Down & Funky

…in the Motor City

DogCon 3: Day 0, Part 2

Right now, it’s almost 9:00 PM and Spike, Doc Mystery & I are almost ready to go to the Pre-Con Party. I am really looking forward to this.

When last I blogged, we were looking through the 1910 Sears Vatalog style con books. There are, as there should be, many games of all sorts and plentiful activities to do if you want a break from gaming. I won’t list my entire GMing/Seminaring schedule now, but I will say that I’m running at least one game a day, doing at least one seminar a day and once again participating in a live radio drama. All this in addition to playing games, accompanying the critters in LARPs, hanging with my homies, going to a spa and doing who knows what else.

The Pre-Con Dinner with friends was the largest yet: 24 people. This included Lori & Brian Curley…Spike, Mary & Miranda Jones…Doc Mystery, his wife and daughter…John Kovalic, his wife and daughter…Gabriel Gentile…Ed Metheny & Sophie Legace…Samantha & Paul Dutcher and others. The chosen restaurant was a pan-asian place called Ring of Fire and the food was all kinds of awesome.

Note that our pet sitter, Sharon and all the critters (and our hired pet sitter, Arcadia, who is a veterinary student) were all totally tuckered out after many hours at the Animal Theme Park. Indeed, Flash & Winker were so soundly asleep that at first I thought they might be dead.

Now it’s off to the party. More bloggage tomorrow.