Galacticon Thoughts and Tournament Results Jul 16, 2018 11:38:38 GMT -5 Matt, Pariah, and 1 more like this
Post by Troy on Jul 16, 2018 11:38:38 GMT -5
My favorite time of the year finally hit and this year we were in Pittsburgh. Though I've been in Pitt many times to get to wherever the con was (via Nathan Wylde), it was my first real time in the city. Getting there was a breeze for a change. Met with NW and his friend Kathy who also attended the convention for the second straight year. She gave me a lovely dice bag she made for me. I call it my Nightmare Nikki dice bag because I had it made blood red. We were waiting for Jim Steel, so picked up Will while we waited as he needed a ride on Friday. From there we spent time until Steel's late bus (a trend for the weekend as it would turn out) finally arrived. We also found that GPS hates Pittsburgh as it kept making us go in circles until Will's phone finally got us to the hotel we were staying. TM got us a nice hotel though with a very reasonable rate. From there, we basically dropped off stuff until the game started. It was my first major league baseball game and I enjoyed it. Pirates won, they gave away free t-shirts and surprisingly an XL fit me just fine. Talked with several people and met EpicDave's family a bit. From there, we came back for the midnight release and saw Tom and Alex again which was very nice. Got a few hours of sleep and then it was time for breakfast. Met Vegas downstairs and we chatted for a while. The rest of the gang arrived and then Jim, Todd, Vegas and myself went to set up the con. It was a nice place this year with plenty of room. Despite my best efforts, I still had to move around a bit but it was still fun. People were pretty good at returning cards too. Met some great friends like Broc and Diana (congrats you two), Sam, Mike Fortune, Swarm and Matt (who pulled the usual swerve of someone saying they weren't coming and then appearing) and many others (some were at the game the previous night as well) plus some new people like Blechschmidt, Rudmanic and Scott. Tournaments went well if slightly chaotic (I had to cut the Indy tournament to 24 so we could make the wrestling show and do the first triple threat final). We went to the wrestling show which was nice. Andrew Palace was great, loved his card and signed my copy. Ophidian was very cool too. Shane Taylor was beastly in the ring but never saw him outside it. Didn't care much for the schmozz ending but was nice to see Jock Samson. Sunday went smoother than Saturday as I ran the women's and hardcore at the same time and split who could be in them. Might try something like that next year. The cup was some wild action and then it was time to go. Said my goodbyes and got to Greyhound.....my bus was an hour late (sigh) but I got home safely so I can't complain too much. Looking forward to next year even if I have to fly to it. If you haven't gone, please do so. It is well worth the time and the money and cuts my stress levels every time.