Having just spent the weekend at Conpulsion 2014 in Edinburgh and having very mixed emotions and a wide range of thoughts I felt it best to compartmentalise those various elements and do a series of posts.
This is the first of those posts.
So, the positives.
Actually before we dig into that, some scene setting.
I go to Conpulsion to socialise with friends that I don't see very often. It's my "local" convention and as such it normally turns into a gathering of people I know where we catch up, drink alcohol, talk nonsense and maybe play games. I say maybe play games because that's not actually why I go which in itself is a bit weird.
Now with that in mind I look at the con from perhaps a different perspective than most attendees.
So what were the positives?
I got to spend some quality time with +Liz Mackie where we conspired to resolve every issue known to the gaming hobby. Well either that or we just talked non-stop about almost every conceivable hobby related subject we could cram in.
I also got to spend a little bit of quality time and even play a game with +Robert Stewart. Robert ran the first ever game of All Flesh Must Be Eaten that I played in at +ORC Edinburgh all those years ago. Even if his Hawaiian shirt was more "Jungle" than Hawaii for me ;-)
I had a long non-gaming chat with my good friend +darren stewart and we've made a pact to meet up again in the next few weeks to continue those conversations. Plus we can bitch about +myles loughran at the same time. Only because we both love Myles so much though, honest!
I also got to have fleeting (all too fleeting in some cases) conversations with other people I used to game with at +ORC Edinburgh.
Those aside I got to catch up with Liam and +Stuart Clark outside of the realms of Black Lion Games which I rarely get the chance to do these days unfortunately.
I also managed to immerse myself in my hobby for a whole weekend and remind myself why I'm part of such a great community of people.
Oh, and I also played a game. Just the one though... actually let's focus on the game in the next post.