According to the great Gail Simone, it’s Cosplay Appreciation Day today. And who am I to argue?
I’m a huge fan of cosplayers: to me, as a creator, there’s nothing more flattering than watching someone put the effort into recreating your characters (though I’ve yet to see anyone lop off a finger for the TRUE Dork Tower/Munchkin cartoon look).
ANYHOO, I’ve done a non-zero number of Dork Towers about cosplay over the years.
Gamehole Con/Dorkstock 2017 is done finished, and a wild weekend it was.
Without question, this was the largest, most successful Dorkstock we’ve ever pulled off, and all praise should go to this year’s director, Nancy Hutchins, whose put together an amazing slate of games and fun and Igor Bars.
John Ickes, Alex Aulisi, David Michael and all the Dorkstock volunteers were also outstanding.
The entire Gamehole Con crew was fantastic. Dorkstock absolutely could not be what it’s becoming without them. This is a terrific show that in five years has gone from a Good Idea to a Great Regional Con. The organization, attention to detail and professionalism behind the show is obvious. Bonus: it’s a hoot!
Surround yourself with good people, folks. They take the bullets for you.
It was an exhausting three (nearly four!) days, so I’m using today to recover a bit. But look, Saturday night, THIS happened:
Guys? We were PLAYING DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS FOR CHARITY!
I mean, really!
Not gonna lie: it sure beats biking sixty miles with a duck on your head. (And both were about six hours long, to be fair. SERIOUSLY: no contest).
I don’t expect anyone to wade through every hour of that video, but the fun quotient was off-the-charts. I was literally crying with laughter at times. YES, I know this makes for terrible television, but you can focus on Pat or Tom or Erin or Guarav or Ed or even Pat some more who are MUCH BETTER AT THIS KIND OF THING THAN I AM and also prettier. But everybody’s got to start somewhere.
Here are Five Things I Learned While Playing D&D for Charity:
Chris Perkins is an amazing DM, and I need to up my DM’ing game.
Last night saw the usual fabulous reception for convention guests, and afterwards, we all got to play a little True Dungeon. Driving to the Alliant Energy Center parking lot, I was surprised how many cars were already there – you know, for a non-convention Thursday night.
Turns out, there was such demand, Gamehole Con opened up some of the halls, for open gaming. And it was already bustling!
I saw the Dorkstock/Loony Labs area, and wow, it’s a LOT bigger than Dorkstock’s ever been before. Nancy Hutchins and John “Shadowcat” Ickes have put together an amazing lineup of events, far more than Dorkstock’s ever seen in the past.
My own personal schedule looks something like this:
FRIDAY (today, slackers!) 12 Noon – Dorkstock Opening (Mendota 5) 7 pm – “What’s New with Munchkin and Dork Tower?” 10 pm – Cash ‘n Guns Midnight Madness(Mendota 5)
SATURDAY, Nov. 4 1 pm Igor Bar Bake-Off 6 pm Celebrity D&D Extra Life Live Streaming Event (Kegonsa 192)
SUNDAY, Nov 5 10 am Munchkin Tournament Final Round 12 Noon Cash ‘n Guns Showdown at Noon
That seems light, but much of the time I’m not actually running things, I’ll just be hanging out at the Dorkstock/Loony Labs area, playing a ton of games. GAMES! I know, right?
Anyway this is me, rushing off to grab some prizes, then make it back to Gamehole Con for the Dorkstock opening.
By the way, we have our first Mimic sightings, and they look GREAT!
GAMEHOLE CON is nearly here, and with it comes DORKSTOCK 2017 – a teeny tiny little division of the show!
Nancy Hutchins, this year’s Dorkstock Director, has put together the largest one yet! Huge thanks to her for all her help (particularly since I’ve been occupied with other things – I’ll be less of a do-nothing slacker next year, honest!)
Thanks also need to go out to Alex Aulisi (Dork Storm Press’s Business Manager), John “Shadowcat” Ickes, Frances Moritz and David Michael, who’ve been helping across the board with logistics and more.
As per usual, Gamehole Con will feature a plushie I’ve designed, based on a classic roleplaying monster. This year it’s Chesty the Mimic. All proceeds will go to charity, and I’m happy to say this year that charity is the FairShare CSA Coalition – the organizers of Bike the Barns (you know: me cycling huge distances with a duck on my head).
Chesty joins previous Gamehole Con plushies Derpy Owlbear (2015) and Bully Bullette (2016). I believe this now officially makes it a menagerie.
(As per usual, if there are any left over, I’ll post details on how you can get them).