Better Late Than Never? My Gen Con 2015 Photo Recap

Gen Con crowds

Right after Gen Con this year, I left for a two-week family reunion. It was a blast, but remind me not to plan anything so close to Gen Con in the future. I didn’t even have time to host a game night before leaving, so most of those games from Suitcase Tetris are still waiting to be played. So although I did already mention some of my favorite things about Gen Con 2015, here’s a closer look at all the other things that didn’t quite fit there. Continue reading

My Gen Con Bag of Essentials

Convention Bag

I’ve been attending some gaming conventions in the past few years, and I’ve been refining the set of things I carry around with me during the day. There are still a few tweaks I’d probably make for next time, but while it’s fresh in my mind I thought I’d share some of the essentials I had at Gen Con this year. Continue reading

Camping at Arrowhead: Gear Stress Test Results

Stubb's Falls

I just wrapped up two weeks of camping at Arrowhead provincial park (a few hours north of Toronto). While there, I took advantage of the time and activities to put some of the gear I’ve accumulated recently through extended, real-world tests. Continue reading

Day 1 at Gen Con: The Big Picture

GenCon

Gen Con is big. Whether you count in attendance (more than 120,000 people), events (more than 11,000), or dollars (more than 50,000,000), it’s the largest annual consumer fantasy, electronic, sci-fi and adventure game convention in North America. Continue reading

Running Geek: Ultra X Training Camp With Eric Orton

RunCamp-Featured

As a continuation of my running training, I visited Jackson Hole, Wyoming last week to take part in Eric Orton’s Ultra X Training Camp. I ran over 50 miles, climbing almost 18,000 feet in the Teton Mountains. Continue reading

Phantasialand: The Best Theme Park You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of

Phantasialand

During a routine stop on a long drive through Europe, we ended up spending a day cavorting through Phantasialand, a theme park near Brühl, Germany. We had a heck of a good time, and, if you like theme parks, this one’s definitely worth a visit during your next trip to Central Europe. Continue reading

Ontario Provincial Parks: Healthy Parks, Healthy People, Free Admission

Free Parks admission in Ontario

One of the best things about summer is camping. Being outdoors enjoying the fresh air is tough to beat, even if there are bugs and the occasional bear to deal with. If you live in Ontario (Canada) or happen to be visiting in the next week or so, Ontario Parks has announced it is waiving day use fees at all provincial parks on July 17. Continue reading

New Mexico Space and Science, Part I: Spaceport America

The WhiteKnightTwo in its hangar at Spaceport America. Image courtesy Virgin Galactic

Walter White and Bugs Bunny may be the unofficial mascots of New Mexico, but it’s visionaries like Richard Branson, Elon Musk, and the folks at Spaceport America that are taking a left turn at Albuquerque and turning the empty deserts they find there into the Cape Canaveral of the Southwest. Continue reading

ConCarolinas: A Small Con With a Big Heart

ConCarolinas

ConCarolinas came to Concord, NC, May 29–31, 2015 in a new, more spacious location at the Embassy Suites. The con describes itself as a “general multi-genre multi-media convention.” In practice, this means that ConCarolinas has a little bit of something for everyone. Continue reading