Penguincon 2011: It was Fedorable

I plan on bringing all my four-player madness games. This includes PSone through PS3 games as well as a few surprises.

SuperDave wrote:

I plan on bringing all my four-player madness games. This includes PSone through PS3 games as well as a few surprises.

You love surprises.

Not that this is the right place for this discussion but I have both.

The PS3 sits in my living room and is used daily but only for Netflix and media streaming to the TV. And I have a growing collection of Blue Rays.

The xbox is used about every 2 weeks or so but just for games. It is, by far, the superior choice for multiplayer games as XBL is worth the price i pay yearly for it. Also, most goodjers use the 360 as their console for MP stuff.

If you don't care as much about MP gaming, then I'd pick up a PS3. I think it's better at handling media, the store uses real money, and I think they're taking their security breach very seriously. I doubt it will happen again. Also, if you like the Ass Creed series, you'll want to give Uncharted a chance. Those are some damn fine games.

Yeah, if you plan on dipping your toes in the GWJ console multiplayer pool, we are largely a 360 community.

carrotpanic wrote:
SuperDave wrote:

I plan on bringing all my four-player madness games. This includes PSone through PS3 games as well as a few surprises.

You love surprises.

Sure do.

... Why are my boxers on backwards?

That said, I might as well state my console goals for Pencon:

4 360s / 16 controllers
2 PS3s / 8 controllers
5 TVs 32" and up.

Modest goals, to be sure. I figure this way we're not taking up a lot of space but still have plenty of systems for people to game on and we can do some 16 player stuff on 360 should the occasion call for it.

Just got the go-ahead from my wife. I hope to be there Thursday night to wash away my travelin' blues.

Questions.

1) What is the food situation? Do we buy our own? If so where? And what is available? (French cuisine, stir-fry, tar-tar? )

2) On Oct. 14-16 how is the booze handled? We buy our own? Is it covered by whatever fees I am about to throw into the Internets?

1&2.) Both are kind of up in the air. As of right now, we have the money to pay for the venue (woo!) so the rest of the entrance fees go for add-ins like food and drink and fun stuff like prizes.

I can promise you that the con will be getting Pizza on Friday night and hopefully something also Saturday night depending on where our collective funds are. Breakfast is provided by the hotel every morning if you have a room (which took some doing). So that really only leaves lunch on Friday and Saturday that you guys are responsible for.

As for drinks, I don't think the con as an entity should be providing alcoholic drinks (for culpability's sake) but rest assured, if the last 2 pencons are any indication, I wouldn't worry about there being alcohol and there will be plenty on non-alcoholic drinks provided by the con =)

Chances are, I'll treat booze the same as we did last year and take a separate collection for it. I've learned that people have a tendency to buy their own beforehand with the intention of sharing it with people and when folks chip in, we'll take some general orders for when people go on runs. The booze issue tends to work itself out.

Any more questions, SB, don't hesitate to ask. There's 15 pages of thread of people to wade through to get answers and honestly, I'm not sure I've addressed everything yet.

Considering how much of a hit the pork was at the Mini-Pen Con, I will consider making more pork, except this time I want it to be freshly served somehow. Reheating the stuff is a pain unless I thaw it out over the course of two days in a refrigerator. There's definitely some learning ahead of me if I want to serve a massive amount of people with the best I have to offer.

I've got a 360 and 4 controllers, a PS3 and 2 controllers and you can just have my Wii. No, please take it.

drdoak wrote:

I've got a 360 and 4 controllers, a PS3 and 2 controllers and you can just have my Wii. No, please take it.

I'll take it!

@Dave: The only thing we can't do in the hotel, really, is heat stuff up there. If you want to turn your room into a slow cooker, be my guest but I'd rather not violate one of the few rules we've been given.

Strangeblades wrote:

2) On Oct. 14-16 how is the booze handled? We buy our own? Is it covered by whatever fees I am about to throw into the Internets?

I plan on making my own from scratch

Hey... I'm StrangeBlades's more beautiful half (that'd be his wife). This is my very first post on GWJ. I'm sooo excited about the meet up!!!We will be coming from 10 hours away in Northern Ontario. It'll be our first driving trip "across the border" and our first time down through the Sault. If anyone has any suggestions of places we should "pit stop" along the way, or interesting things to see (this is a super quick drive though... I might just have to hang out the window to take a photo) please let us know.
See you there!!

Ooh! Real-life Canadians!

Since you're coming through Michigan, I can't help you on interesting things to see. Now if you lived further east, the answer would obviously be Niagara Falls, but... *shrug* I know nothing about Michigan. Other than, avoid Detroit.

Come a day early and hit Ceder Point if it's still open.

I have a decent group of friends in Michigan.

They spend probably half their time making fun of the entire state. I've been to Detroit twice, Troy once, and one other city once.

It's best just keep driving until Michigan is behind you

There's some cool stuff...

Thin_J wrote:

I have a decent group of friends in Michigan.

They spend probably half their time making fun of the entire state. I've been to Detroit twice, Troy once, and one other city once.

It's best just keep driving until Michigan is behind you :P

This is sound advice.

oilypenguin wrote:

Come a day early and hit Ceder Point if it's still open.

And this is definitely what you should do with the time you save skipping Michigan.

So, thoughts: I can't get there. But I love swag. And also t-shirts.

AnimeJ wrote:

So, thoughts: I can't get there. But I love swag. And also t-shirts.

That's funny because I love admission fees that mean everything is paid for.

;p

The shirt issue will be discussed shortly here. Hopefully we'll have something to announce this week.

We could always add a swag-only package. Of course, it wouldn't be cheap. Someone other than oilypenguin would need to be in charge of sending out such stuff, as you might not get it until May even though it was available in October...

har de har har.

You got your stool, stow it.

I'm hesitant to add a swag-only package since that's that much more swag that needs lined up. Despite the jokes, I really, really don't want to add more stuff for us to do by also needing to mail stuff out. Since, at least the plan is, all our swag will come from sponsors or, if there is a charge, we're just breaking even on it.

There are a number of us planning on coming from the Detroit area if there is any interest in working out a carpool from there.

carrotpanic wrote:

There's some cool stuff...

Coolest thing we ever saw was a giant interstate-side billboard advertising a gentleman's club creatively called "Chix" located on "Dix Avenue". So of course, the billboard proudly proclaimed that you should go and visit "CHIX ON DIX" in big, bold, neon colored letters.

That was the highlight of my last trip to Michigan. The sign, not the club. The club sucked dix.

[size=1]we didn't actually go to the club[/size]

Thin_J wrote:
carrotpanic wrote:

There's some cool stuff...

Coolest thing we ever saw was a giant interstate-side billboard advertising a gentleman's club creatively called "Chix" located on "Dix Avenue". So of course, the billboard proudly proclaimed that you should go and visit "CHIX ON DIX" in big, bold, neon colored letters.

That was the highlight of my last trip to Michigan. The sign, not the club. The club sucked dix.

[size=1]we didn't actually go to the club[/size]

Yeah, Dix is Downriver. Which is, ironically, where the "hix" live. (Not to be confused with Hix Rd., which is in a nice area)

Well, thanks to the EA press conference, we know what Battlefield game we'll be playing at Pencon11:

Bad Company 2!

(Battlefield 3 comes out on 10-25).

Still, in a way this is good news. No excuse now not to pick up this great, great game if you're bringing your PC. I can promise you that you'll get your $10 out of it over just those 3 days.

Edit: Oooo open beta in September. Room for both!

I make this solemn oath to you all:

If the series 6 finale of Doctor Who falls on the same weekend as this event (and it might depending what day in Spetember it picks back up), I will do everything in my power to ensure that we watch it as grandly as we possibly can.

oilypenguin wrote:

I make this solemn oath to you all:

If the series 6 finale of Doctor Who falls on the same weekend as this event (and it might depending what day in Spetember it picks back up), I will do everything in my power to ensure that we watch it as grandly as we possibly can.

Whoo! I'll be able to play whatever I want for a whole half hour!

SuperDave wrote:
oilypenguin wrote:

I make this solemn oath to you all:

If the series 6 finale of Doctor Who falls on the same weekend as this event (and it might depending what day in Spetember it picks back up), I will do everything in my power to ensure that we watch it as grandly as we possibly can.

Whoo! I'll be able to play whatever I want for a whole half hour!

Seconded. Haven't seen a single episode of Dr. Who in my life. Is it any good?

Yes. First couple seasons of the new series are on Netflix. I highly recommend watching the first 2 seasons to see if you like it.