Pencon 2012

sh*t son. It's time to close down the International in IGWJD, cause Oily just got legit.

This will quickly become THE GWJ con. Couldn't be more epic (barring an actual dragon riding a bus to Cleveland doggy style)!

I wish I could attend, but travel is straight out for a while (while I recover from my far more modest castle purchase). Looking forward to hearing the podcast from PenguinCon 2.0 2012!

Ok, couple of clarifications on the booking of rooms for the nights before and/or after the official convention nights. I've just booked the first few (all by meself, look at me learning things!), so I've got the process all figured out now.

1) Friday and Saturday nights you can not book through me. If you buy a ticket to the PenCon from Oily, your room will be included in that ticket. Which room you get, well that's up to him. I suggest malt-based bribes if you have a specific room in mind.

2) If you want to stay any nights before or after the Con, you book them through me. Go ahead and book what you want online, then send me a PM to let me know. Include your actual name and the room you booked, and I'll apply the discount for you.

3) Weeknights are a different rate than weekends, they're currently discounted by 10%. This will show automatically if you book online. Don't be confused, the system isn't giving you part of the GWJ/PenCon discount. I'll apply that, and it's another 20% over and above the normal weeknight discount.

4) Because of the way we've blocked off the rooms for the Con itself, if you want to stay both before and after, you won't be able to book those on one reservation. You have two options in that case. You can go ahead and book both ends online (say Thursday and Sunday evenings) and then PM me for the discount. The only drawback with that method is since it's two reservations the system will hit you for two deposits. Alternately book one side of your stay (say Thursday evening) and then PM me your details and I can manually book the other side (Sunday evening). The benefit of this method is you'll only get hit with one deposit. The drawback with this method is if it takes me a bit to get the PM and make the booking, you run the risk of somebody else booking the other night. Either method works, whichever you prefer is fine with me.

HedgeWizard wrote:

I wish I could attend, but travel is straight out for a while (while I recover from my far more modest castle purchase). Looking forward to hearing the podcast from PenguinCon 2.0 2012!

3.0!

carrotpanic wrote:
HedgeWizard wrote:

I wish I could attend, but travel is straight out for a while (while I recover from my far more modest castle purchase). Looking forward to hearing the podcast from PenguinCon 2.0 2012!

3.0!

but it's #2 in 2012, no? Or do we number them from start? Either way, CASTLE!

HedgeWizard wrote:

This will quickly become THE GWJ con. Couldn't be more epic (barring an actual dragon riding a bus to Cleveland doggy style)!
We just have to hope that Gabe & Tycho don't hear about this, and turn it into PAX Central. Or at least that they make PAX Central during a different weekend.

HedgeWizard wrote:
carrotpanic wrote:
HedgeWizard wrote:

I wish I could attend, but travel is straight out for a while (while I recover from my far more modest castle purchase). Looking forward to hearing the podcast from PenguinCon 2.0 2012!

3.0!

but it's #2 in 2012, no? Or do we number them from start? Either way, CASTLE!

This will be the Third Annual PenguinCon. We have had MiniPenCons for two years now, but they are different, much smaller gatherings.

NSMike wrote:
HedgeWizard wrote:
carrotpanic wrote:
HedgeWizard wrote:

I wish I could attend, but travel is straight out for a while (while I recover from my far more modest castle purchase). Looking forward to hearing the podcast from PenguinCon 2.0 2012!

3.0!

but it's #2 in 2012, no? Or do we number them from start? Either way, CASTLE!

This will be the Third Annual PenguinCon. We have had MiniPenCons for two years now, but they are different, much smaller gatherings.

For geek's sake I propose MiniPenCons counts as 1/100th of a regular PenCon. That was this will be PenCon 3.05 (or however many mini's there's been).

NSMike wrote:
HedgeWizard wrote:
carrotpanic wrote:
HedgeWizard wrote:

I wish I could attend, but travel is straight out for a while (while I recover from my far more modest castle purchase). Looking forward to hearing the podcast from PenguinCon 2.0 2012!

3.0!

but it's #2 in 2012, no? Or do we number them from start? Either way, CASTLE!

This will be the Third Annual PenguinCon. We have had MiniPenCons for two years now, but they are different, much smaller gatherings.

This is all too much for me to keep track of. PenCons, and mini-PenCons and macroPenCons. In my head this event has become the defacto Gamers With Jobs Con Presented By Oilypenguin. He's going mogul, folks!

HedgeWizard wrote:
NSMike wrote:
HedgeWizard wrote:
carrotpanic wrote:
HedgeWizard wrote:

I wish I could attend, but travel is straight out for a while (while I recover from my far more modest castle purchase). Looking forward to hearing the podcast from PenguinCon 2.0 2012!

3.0!

but it's #2 in 2012, no? Or do we number them from start? Either way, CASTLE!

This will be the Third Annual PenguinCon. We have had MiniPenCons for two years now, but they are different, much smaller gatherings.

This is all too much for me to keep track of. PenCons, and mini-PenCons and macroPenCons. In my head this event has become the defacto Gamers With Jobs Con Presented By Oilypenguin. He's going mogul, folks!

QUIET YOU! Are you trying to ruin his hostile takeover?

OK, I'm as confirmed as I ever am for anything, I just booked "the clocktower" for the day before and after PenCon -- fingers crossed I don't get kicked out. My hope is that it can be the home-base for whichever of the podcast crew I can get to attend. Very excited to go to something like this where I'm not the host, and i can just be stupid the whole time!

I thought this was already going to be happening in the nearer future. I might be able to manage this one.

So not to bring the whole booze thing up again, but.... mixed drinks. We gots them. Or more appropriately, we'll have them.

My license will not allow for hard alcohol (so sadly no Scotch or Brandy tastings), but we can sell mixed drinks, as long as the result is less than 42 proof/21% ABV. Basically the grocery store version of various liquors.

These have never been offered on site before, but it's something we're looking at adding to the menu. Is there any interest in this type of drink amongst you guys? If so, let me know what you'd want and I'll try to work it into our initial selection.

Teneman wrote:
So not to bring the whole booze thing up again, but.... mixed drinks. We gots them. Or more appropriately, we'll have them.

My license will not allow for hard alcohol (so sadly no Scotch or Brandy tastings), but we can sell mixed drinks, as long as the result is less than 42 proof/21% ABV. Basically the grocery store version of various liquors.

These have never been offered on site before, but it's something we're looking at adding to the menu. Is there any interest in this type of drink amongst you guys? If so, let me know what you'd want and I'll try to work it into our initial selection.

My wife has put in a request for dark & stormys - if you can't source the ginger beer (non-alcoholic), we can bring a couple of six-packs with us.

Teneman wrote:
Is there any interest in this type of drink amongst you guys? If so, let me know what you'd want and I'll try to work it into our initial selection.

Depends on the pricing relative to beer, but yes. Definitely interested.

Tanglebones wrote:
Teneman wrote:
So not to bring the whole booze thing up again, but.... mixed drinks. We gots them. Or more appropriately, we'll have them.

My license will not allow for hard alcohol (so sadly no Scotch or Brandy tastings), but we can sell mixed drinks, as long as the result is less than 42 proof/21% ABV. Basically the grocery store version of various liquors.

These have never been offered on site before, but it's something we're looking at adding to the menu. Is there any interest in this type of drink amongst you guys? If so, let me know what you'd want and I'll try to work it into our initial selection.

My wife has put in a request for dark & stormys - if you can't source the ginger beer (non-alcoholic), we can bring a couple of six-packs with us.

Not sure how to say this, but I think I love your wife, Tangle.

I have on good authority that the only mixed drink needed is vodka and mountain dew.

Also, does this mean wine is an option or is that a separate thing?

carrotpanic wrote:
Tanglebones wrote:
Teneman wrote:
So not to bring the whole booze thing up again, but.... mixed drinks. We gots them. Or more appropriately, we'll have them.

My license will not allow for hard alcohol (so sadly no Scotch or Brandy tastings), but we can sell mixed drinks, as long as the result is less than 42 proof/21% ABV. Basically the grocery store version of various liquors.

These have never been offered on site before, but it's something we're looking at adding to the menu. Is there any interest in this type of drink amongst you guys? If so, let me know what you'd want and I'll try to work it into our initial selection.

My wife has put in a request for dark & stormys - if you can't source the ginger beer (non-alcoholic), we can bring a couple of six-packs with us.

Not sure how to say this, but I think I love your wife, Tangle.

oilypenguin wrote:
I have on good authority that the only mixed drink needed is vodka and mountain dew.

Also, does this mean wine is an option or is that a separate thing?

Vodka and mountain dew? Good God man, that's.... unholy.

And wine has always been an option, absolutely.

Teneman wrote:
oilypenguin wrote:
I have on good authority that the only mixed drink needed is vodka and mountain dew.

Also, does this mean wine is an option or is that a separate thing?

Vodka and mountain dew? Good God man, that's.... unholy.

And wine has always been an option, absolutely.

Yes. It is. I bring this up as a certain ginger's proxy. He's a monster.

Teneman wrote:
oilypenguin wrote:
I have on good authority that the only mixed drink needed is vodka and mountain dew.

Also, does this mean wine is an option or is that a separate thing?

Vodka and mountain dew? Good God man, that's.... unholy.

And wine has always been an option, absolutely.

That is definitely disgusting.

That said - i will require many vodka and club sodas.

MANY.

Spoiler:
Not tooo many. I have to play it cool so Rabbit will like me.

Will there be a lime-wench? If so, I shall require the services of said wench's limes.

SO, not to be THAT GUY but does this mean there's no chance for a homebrew tasting? I'm more than willing to ship in a bunch.

I love the specificity of "21% ABV"

By my calculations, a manhattan made with 60% aperol, 40% whiskey would yeild you (with 10% water from shaking) exactly 21% ABV. Set!

But honestly, good beer is just fine for me.

Wait, so what does this mean for the possibility of white and/or black russians? I'm still an alcohol noob, so I don't know if Vodka and Kahlua fall under the "hard liquor" category.

Vodka per Wiki is usually 80 proof, so that's right out. But I believe (believe mind you, I'm a noob in this side of things atm too) that there is "grocery store" vodka that is intentionally diluted to 42 proof or lower. If I'm correct in that belief, then yes, white/black russians of the weak variety would be possible.

The question now, which I'm investigating, is what kinds of liquors are available in the <42 proof variety. I have vague recollections from my younger days of the non-hard liquor-licensed grocery stores in the area carrying a whole assortment of stuff that would qualify.

rabbit wrote:
SO, not to be THAT GUY but does this mean there's no chance for a homebrew tasting? I'm more than willing to ship in a bunch.

Homebrew competition is a thing that's happening. There's some restrictions on where/when/how to keep us all legal like, but it's definitely a thing that's happening. Sadly, it was rigged as my Finger In Your IPA was a shoe in to win (I made it a contractual requirement!). Even more sadly, I'm down to only a six pack of said beer, which will never survive until October, so the competition is wide open again.

Sounds like it'a all about the ABV of the final mixed drink. Black russians will be way to potent. White's are probably fine if there a bit whiter than usual. Khalua is 20% and vodka is 40% alcohol. Traditional mix is 2 vodka, 1 Khalua, 1.5 cream (or non dairy creamer). So that puts you at 22% ABV before ice.

This is the result of mixing good Whisky with bad Rum.

Teneman wrote:
My license will not allow for hard alcohol (so sadly no Scotch or Brandy tastings), but we can sell mixed drinks, as long as the result is less than 42 proof/21% ABV. Basically the grocery store version of various liquors.
I don't think this will be a problem for GWJ, but man, Ohio has one hell of a screwy Liquor License policy. Hopefully with time you can get them to treat you like adults, because this policy is just one big can of worms for you.

Atras wrote:
Teneman wrote:
My license will not allow for hard alcohol (so sadly no Scotch or Brandy tastings), but we can sell mixed drinks, as long as the result is less than 42 proof/21% ABV. Basically the grocery store version of various liquors.
I don't think this will be a problem for GWJ, but man, Ohio has one hell of a screwy Liquor License policy. Hopefully with time you can get them to treat you like adults, because this policy is just one big can of worms for you.

These kinds of discussions always make me leery about moving back east with my wife someday. Eastern states seem to have totally screwball liquor laws.

Agent 86 wrote:
Atras wrote:
Teneman wrote:
My license will not allow for hard alcohol (so sadly no Scotch or Brandy tastings), but we can sell mixed drinks, as long as the result is less than 42 proof/21% ABV. Basically the grocery store version of various liquors.
I don't think this will be a problem for GWJ, but man, Ohio has one hell of a screwy Liquor License policy. Hopefully with time you can get them to treat you like adults, because this policy is just one big can of worms for you.

These kinds of discussions always make me leery about moving back east with my wife someday. Eastern states seem to have totally screwball liquor laws.

I know. There is something wrong with the law when you can marry your cousin but not buy alcohol on a sunday.

Home brewing equipment acquired. Now to start making beer, then making bear that will hold a candle in the competition. I'm thinking a nice raspberry ale.

CHeck out the threads here on homebrewing. Its the gift that keeps on giving.