Five Things Not To Tell A Dragon

…#3: “I have a big bag of gold right here!”


CritterCon 11

Con Day One (By Max)

Hiya, folks! I’m writing this late and so I’m going to just give a basic rundown of what everyone did. If I leave anything out, I’m sure a commenter will correct me.

Breakfast: was at Waffles From Outer Space. That was the last time all of us were in the same place today.

Gaming: Daisy, myself, Sasha, Silky, Luke, Misty, the rest of our home gaming posse, our critter friends from on the bus and that spaniel named Chance all spent the day gaming in various ways. We plated boardgames, card games, LARPs, RPGs, minis games and video games. There were some quick passes through the Dealer’s room, but it was gaming from about 9:00 am until midnight for most of us.

Grace, Auntie Caroline and Auntie Mary mostly played boardgames and card games. They walked through the dealer’s room, too. Not sure if they played any RPGs. At a couple of points, Auntie Holly joined up with them.

Auntie Avis walked the Dealer’s Room, played some boardgames, played in a 4 hour RPG session and went to at least 2 seminars.

Mr. C, Spike, Gabriel and Brian were all over the place. I know Mr. C and Spike were each on a couple of seminar panels and attended at least one more. All of the guys played an RPG or two. They all walked the dealer’s room. I think Gabriel did some open mic thing in the new Purple Dragon Inn they set up for folks to relax in.

Lunch: I know Mr. C had lunch at Tamalemania and I think Grace ate at Killerburger. Daisy & I grabbed lunch at a new deli, Moe’s Bronx Deli. Most of the rest of the NHT went to a new NHT only place in the underground area. It’s called Wild Style and I hear it’s pretty good. Oh, and Sasha, Buster & Chance ate at Pizza My Heart.

Games Played: I asked around and here are some of the games we all played.

D&D Hillfolk Seventh Sea Dread Fluxx Unfair Gaslands Scythe Elder Sign Terraforming Mars Gorilla City: The Beginning Dungeon Dice Bean Trader Squirrel Invasion Savage Worlds Munchkin Zombie Dice Love Letter Power Grid Gloom Kingdomino Once Upon a Time.

Dinner: The humans all ate at Mistress Diana’s Dungeon Diner. We NHT mostly had food delivered to our games.

The Big Costume Party: The theme this year was Star Power and you had to dress up as somebody from your favorite space based sci fi series or movie. Naturally, Daisy & I and the gang were decked out as Starfleet crew. Mr. & Mrs. C and several of their friends went with Guardians of the Galaxy. Mr.C. Went as Groot and never once said anything other than “I am Groot” all night. Mrs. C went as Rocket. There were also lots of Firefly and Star Wars and Whovians and others. It was a great party and it’s a good thing I did not activate the intoxication subroutine in my body, because Daisy & Janet both did and then got hammered. If you have never tucked two giggling women into bed, it’s quite an experience.

So that’s my rather short report. Goldie is up for tomorrow.

Be seeing you.


Doctor Silkmelon And Mister Porkwaffle Attend A Dance

…nothing at all like hilarity ensued

CritterCon 11

Trip Day Six/Con Day 0 (By Silky)

Hello everyone! It has been a fairly busy day, so let’s dive right into our recap.

Our first and only stop was at The World Famous Monster Cars Of Texas. This place has 205 cars, pickups, big rigs and motorcycles modified to look like monsters, or as Max said “mutant Transformers from Hell”. It’s a pretty interesting place and you can see how the mods on the cars has improved over the years. Some of them are pretty scary looking, but others are just kind of goofy. We were here for 90 minutes, plus another 15 in the gift shop.

(Sasha: I gave serious thought to tossing some nanites around, programmed to rebuild those cars and bring them to life.)

During the hour drive to the con, everyone went to the Slide Room and Daddy set it to Waterslide. It was a cool and refreshing and fun time. It was also during this time that we returned to our world.

(Goldie: Goodbye, alternate 1980!)

As we drove into the Critter City dome we saw video ads for a new restaurant, Tamalemania! And the newest All Goat Review, starring our sisters, Abigail & Beatrice. There were also ads for various con events.

(Misty: Odds of The Doctor eating at that tamale place? Dead certain!)

(Daisy: Yep, Daddy loves his tamales.)

(Sasha: Have to get tix to see Abbie & Bea!)

Our rooms & suites this year are at the brand new Hilton Underground Hotel. Critter City has been putting all new and many old businesses underground for the last three years. This has freed up a good chunk of land inside the dome, most of which is now set up as assorted pet parks.

(Penny: I need to try out that cat park.)

As soon as we NHT got to our spacious suite, Sasha ported in our pals from home. It was great to see Ollie, Snowy, Moose, Happy, Willy, Hector, Suzie, Pixie, Clara and Buster. There is also a new friend, Chance, who Sasha insists is just a springer spaniel, not a young boy in a spaniel body.

(Sasha: Yep, he’s just a nice young dog!)

(Chance: WOOF! Hahahahaha!)

I should note that while we are at the con, the Bus and all the SmartBots went off to BotEarth 3-B for a little vacation of their own.

(Luke: I wonder if the Bus will meet another nice vehicle for some…well, I’m not sure what.)

After an hour of everyone getting settled in, our now huge (34 sapients!) group headed over to grab our badges and swag bags. Turns out this year’s con theme is Spies, so the badges look like badges for MI6, CIA, KGB, and a host of others, including UNIT, IMF and U.N.C.L.E. The swag bag was a heavy duty cardboard briefcase. The con book inside was done up like a training manual and a bunch of dossier files. There were the usual discount cards for local businesses, a Spy vs Spy card game, a couple of spy dog/cat/pig/bunny/ferret minis, a commemorative D20 and a cool ballpoint pen that can fire little Nerf bullets. The wait in line to get this stuff was pretty short and the PA system was playing Bond movie theme songs.

(Leon: Leon Crane, Agent of S.H.E.I.L.D. here, baby!)

(Max: My name is Bunnington, Max Bunnington, of MI6. License to thrill.)

(Daisy: Ooh, baby!)

We left the convention center and walked across the street to our traditional hot dog lunch at Ed’s Big Weenie. We ate chili dogs and corn dogs and all sorts of hot dogs. As always, they were great. You just can’t beat Ed’s Big Weenie!

(Sadie: I love Ed’s Big Weenie.)

The next few hours were spent reading the con book, napping, talking with friends who had just arrived at the con and for a few of our party, getting laid.

(Max: Hey, rabbit here!)

(Luke: Hey, old horndog here!)

Around 6:00 we all went to dinner with about 40 more friends. We went to Curry On Eating! and had some of their excellent Indian food. I had a mild curry, as did Mom and several other folks. Daddy, Uncle Peter and a bunch of other nuts had the hot curry, and it must have been very hot, judging from the sweating.

(Luke: It was two hours before I could feel my tongue again!)

Once dinner was done, we all strolled around town for an hour, then headed for the pre-convention Ice Cream Social/Bourbonfest. Those of us not feeling like partaking of booze ate some ice cream, then returned to our rooms. Sasha, Janet, Buster, Snowy, Sadie, Ollie and Chance the definitely a dog, all played games. I think Mom, Auntie Mary & Auntie Holly sat and chatted a while.

The rest of us showed up about 1:00 am in varied states of inebriation, except Uncle Spike, Moose and Pixie, who don’t drink, and Auntie Avis and Hector, who only drink a little.

(Roxie: Folks, Silky has some great stories to tell after about her third shot of bourbon.)

(Leon: The one about her shitting on Nixon’s shoe was hilarious!)

And now everyone is asleep and I’m finishing this up. Tomorrow, it’s con time!

De beaux rêves, mes amis.

Destination Sign When We Started: The Little House On The Prairie
Destination Sign When We Stopped: Nehwon