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ConFusion Wrap-Up

ConFusion in Dearborn is one of my favorite conventions. I’ve been attending for years, and it seems to just keep getting better. I missed it last year, because I was doing a Guest of Honor gig at MarsCon, which was also cool. But I was happy to get back to Fusion, too.


And not just because it meant I got to play D&D with a bunch of awesome authors … though that’s definitely a bonus. Here you see the party in miniature, setting out to explore a maze of twisty passageways, all alike. Three guesses as to which mini Sam Sykes was using:


Miniatures


Trouble was, I think we may have entered into an alternate universe where the laws of probability no longer applied. I mean, I can understand bad dice luck. I’ve rolled plenty of poorly timed 1s on the d20. But when our party rolled three 1s in a row during combat, it got weird. And then we rolled a fourth … a fifth … and finally six 1s in a row, which ended with Diana Rowland accidentally slaying the party magic user. Oops!


Diana Rowland


Saturday was pretty much a nonstop day, from Author D&D to panels to a book launch with ConFusion Guest of Honor Karen Lord, which was awesome. I read and loved her first book, Redemption in Indigo. Well, Karen is as smart and lovely a person as she is a writer, and I came away with autographed copies of The Best of All Possible Worlds and The Galaxy Game, both of which I’m looking forward to reading.


Oh, and I read from and moved some copies of Unbound, too.


The mass autographing went really well, but my favorite part was when Tegan showed up and gave me a beaded Smudge she had made. I love it!


Tegan gave me a Smudge!


ConFusion attracts a lot of awesome people, and I loved getting to just hang out and chat with people. I knew going in that there wouldn’t be enough time for me to catch up with everyone I wanted to, but I did the best I could, and I had a blast.


Unfortunately, I had to leave early on Sunday. My wife had texted me on Saturday to remind me that we had tickets to the Blue Man Group, which I had somehow managed to not add to my calendar. The show was fun, but I’m bummed to have lost the extra time to hang out.


There’s only one thing to do. I’ll just have to go back again next year to catch up with everyone I missed!


I’ve posted the rest of my photos on Flickr, in the ConFusion 2015 album. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. I’m still very much an amateur photographer, but I feel like I’m learning a bit more each time.


I hope the rest of you had as good a weekend as I did!





Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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jimhines
Jan. 19th, 2015 07:30 pm (UTC)
I just posted a pic of all my Smudges on Twitter.

Pic is at https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B7vHJWTCMAEMrnH.jpg:large and includes a much better view of the new spider.
deborahblakehps
Jan. 20th, 2015 02:04 am (UTC)
Wow--you must have the largest ever collection of fire spiders! (And, possibly the ONLY collection of fire spiders. But still, they're way cool.)
ckd
Jan. 19th, 2015 06:22 pm (UTC)
Have they announced dates for next year yet? More importantly, have they announced dates that don't conflict with Arisia?
jimhines
Jan. 19th, 2015 07:30 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen 2016 dates yet.
bigbumble
Jan. 19th, 2015 09:03 pm (UTC)
I had a swell time this weekend at ConFusion as well. No small part because of your presence. Your new Smudge is a real cutie!
jimhines
Jan. 19th, 2015 09:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks! So glad you had a good time!
beccastareyes
Jan. 19th, 2015 10:43 pm (UTC)
I think many vet tabletop gamers have had one of those games. One time, in a game I was in, the party gravity-manipulator tried to cause a small earthquake to act as a distraction to get us out of town, which gives you the idea of the power level of the game. The GM made a disturbing number of rolls (so many ones...) and ruled that we unleashed the Big One, destabilized a nuclear reactor nearby, and caused a cold war to go hot.

When you play big, you screw up big.

Said PC was retired by her player, who ruled that the character would retire from everything after a screw-up of that magnitude.
brithistorian
Jan. 20th, 2015 12:03 am (UTC)
It sounds like a wonderful weekend - having to leave a con to go see Blue Man Group definitely qualifies as an embarrassment of riches in my book. :D
jimhines
Jan. 20th, 2015 01:29 am (UTC)
I'm certainly not going to complain too much :-)
deborahblakehps
Jan. 20th, 2015 02:05 am (UTC)
Glad it went well! STILL waiting for you to go to a con I'm going to be at...
dionysus1999
Jan. 20th, 2015 07:04 pm (UTC)
It was a great con, your panels were a part of that.
margaret_y
Jan. 21st, 2015 02:28 pm (UTC)
I had tons of fun at the con! My favorite panel was the "panel of suck" with you, Merrie Haskell, Myke Cole, Robert Jackson Bennett and John Scalzi. Everyone was encouraging, yet realistic, and I laughed a lot and learned things, too. What more could you want from a panel?
jimhines
Jan. 21st, 2015 02:31 pm (UTC)
"What more could you want from a panel?"

Well, the Dumb Questions panel had chocolate cake...
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