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RustyCon last weekend, NorWesCon in April

I was a convention book dealer once again last weekend - an occupation with echoes of my past life as a real bookseller, and the structure to provide reasonable conversation with strangers who may well become friends.

My motivation was a combination of wanting to find new homes for the couple hundred or so books I own that I'm willing (almost eager!) to pass on to other people, and an increasing interest in establishing new friendships here in the PNW. I would really prefer not to repeat the Twilight-Zone-like experience of my first OryCon, where every single aspect of the convention was just like the several hundred cons I had been to in the past, but all the people I saw were vaguely familiar looking complete strangers.

Living on Vashon means that it takes extra effort to get out to events, and I generally don't manage to scrape up the enthusiasm for things that are only a couple of hours long (why I almost never come to Vanguard). Going to a convention where I'm just attending results in seeing a few interesting panels, but I don't have a good framework for striking up conversations with people (what I really want). Running a table means there's always *something* to talk about, even if it's just an info-dump about what's being sold.

At RustyCon I learned that some people have already heard if they had a table at NorWesCon. While I haven't heard directly from them, when I checked their website I'm listed, so I expect I'll be at NorWesCon instead of SakuraCon this year.


Jan. 12th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
As that is well after when the Dealers Room closes, and I'm staying in the hotel and don't need to fret about the ferry schedule, I would be delighted to participate!

Do you have a write-up somewhere on what the game is like?
Jan. 14th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
There are multiple things. First, you have a look at my past LJ entries about previous shows to see what they've been like.

As far as how the game is played, the Wikipedia entry explains the show pretty well. There are six panelists and two contestants. In each round, I ask the panel a fill-in-the-blank question. The panelists write their response to the question, and the contestant's job is to try and figure out what answer was most often given by the panelists. The more matches, the more points. After two rounds, the contestant with the most matches wins the game and goes on to play for a fabulous bonus prize.

Google "match game" and look at the videos if you want to see an example of the actual show's game play, or there's also a brief snippet of one game played at last year's Westercon online.


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