Janaki had never been to a con before and I really wanted her to meet my friends out in western Mass, so this was the perfect con to get two birds with one stone. Also, cons are huge energy drains; we both find those kinds of crowds really tiring but as gaming gatherings go, Jiffy Con is pretty low contact.
My buddy, Pete has a daughter, Kalista, who is a special needs kid and the Jiffy Con childcare allowed them both to attend. Pete had a nice weekend and it was nice to introduce a long time friend to a bunch of buddies from another part of my life. Kalista had a good time, I think, but she’s non-verbal, so it is hard to suss out her more subtle thoughts. We were worried she was really going to meltdown on the car ride home due to boredom but it turned out Tom Waits pacified her and allowed her to rock out.
We got there right on time in the morning and a Shock: game that I thought I was facilitating in the afternoon was going on right there and then. So, I jumped in and ran the game. Shock: is easy that way. I will write more about the Shock: game later, just wanted to give a more general overview of the weekend here.
Janaki and Pete were a table or two away, playing Julia’s new game, Tales of the Fisherman’s Wife and from what they told me, they had a good time. It was really cool to look up during a bathroom break at our game and see my lady-friend gaming a few tables over.
Next we headed into town and found a gluten-free lunch and just walked around town until our next game, Misspent Youth. It is amazing to see how far this game has come. I have seen it through its various stages of development and I think Rob has made a sweet-ass game.
There were lots of gluten-free dishes for dinner! Fantastic! I need Josh’s meatball recipe.
Sunday was a nice day of chilling out. After Rob showed us around his beautiful new town, North Hampton, we ended up at a local park and met up with a bunch of folks. The weather was absolutely perfect. We found a shady spot and watched an ill-advised game of nut-ball, the less said of that game the better. You win this game by not playing.
We played some elbow tag. Anyone else’s hips sore from this? I’m just not used to sprinting around quite like that.
It was a splendid weekend.