I’ve been slack about updating the ole blog lately because July has been crazy busy. Nicole and I are leaving for Finland on Monday and we have to tie up all loose ends and make sure everything is on track for Gen Con before we go. In the midst of that Nik and I went to the Portland area over the weekend for her high school reunion and various family visitation. That same weekend Flying Lab moved its offices from Queen Anne to Belltown. The new location cuts about 15 minutes off my commute each way and I can get here on only one bus. I have also escaped the bullpen at last and have a private office I share with one other person that has a lovely view of Puget Sound. Belltown is the north end of downtown and has lots of new options for lunch, which is great. The office is also a 5 minute walk from Singles Going Steady, the best punk record store in Seattle. Woot.
Usually this time of year it’s all about Gen Con, but I’m actually more excited about attending Ropecon the week before. Don’t get me wrong, I love Gen Con, but this is going to be my 19th in a row and I know what to expect. I will enjoy myself for sure, but it’s unlikely to hold any surprises. This will be my first trip to Finland on the other hand and my first con in northern Europe. I’m really looking forward to seeing what Finland and Ropecon have to offer.
On the Gen Con front it looks like GR will (knock on wood) be able to debut the Wild Cards campaign setting for Mutants & Masterminds. This is the first of our George R.R. Martin projects and I think it came out great. Series author John Jos. Miller wrote a hugely comprehensive setting book, Steve made sure it’s eminently gameable, and Hal made it look awesome. I think M&M; and Wild Cards fans will be very pleased with the finished product. We’ve got some other Gen Con surprises in the works, but I’m not going to say more until I’m sure they’ll make the show.
Now it’s back to work. Much to still do before Monday.