Posts tagged with "ambercon" - Faerye Net 2010-11-09T18:02:43+00:00 Felicity Shoulders Ambercon Northwest FAQ 2010-11-09T18:02:43+00:00 2010-11-09T18:18:42+00:00 <p>In my new vein of <a href="" target="links">attempts at unusual con reports</a>, here is a report on what I&#8217;ve been doing since last Thursday (since I&#8217;ve not been blogging, or even reading twitter, or responding to many emails&#8230;) I was at <a href="" target="links">Ambercon Northwest</a>, a gaming convention dedicated to the worlds of <a href='' title='More info about this book at' rel='powells-9780380809066'>Roger Zelazny&#8217;s Amber</a> and the <a href="" target="links">Amber Diceless Roleplaying System</a>. It is held at McMenamin&#8217;s <a href="" target="links">Edgefield</a> and it is <em>awesome</em>. Only read ahead if you care at all about Amber and/or gaming.</p> <h1>Questions most often asked of me at my first Ambercon Northwest</h1> <p><em>Questions not asked: I can&#8217;t recall fielding any questions about my hair, which is unusual. Even at World Fantasy I got questions about my hair, and out in the workaday world, it&#8217;s almost daily.)</em></p> <p><strong>Aren&#8217;t you a little young for Amber? How&#8217;d you get into this?</strong><br /> At the first meeting of my critique group, <a href="" target="links">Dave Goldman</a> prefaced a comparison to Amber with &#8220;This would only occur to someone of my generation&#8221;, and I had to show him the margin note where I&#8217;d written the same thing. I think I&#8217;m an honorary member of the sci-fi-reading class of 1971, since the way I read science fiction as a child and even as a teen was to go to my father and ask for a book. Sometimes I even held my hands out in a ritual gesture, waiting to receive the next Science Fiction Book Club hardback. This is why I&#8217;m Generation X/Y (cusp!) and my childhood SF favorites were by Asimov, Simak, and Zelazny.</p> <p><strong>How did you find out about Ambercon?</strong><br /> The fabulous <a href="" target="links">Lee Moyer</a>, illustrator extraordinaire, posted his latest <a href="" target="links">Tarot-inspired T-shirt design</a> for Ambercon Northwest on Facebook. I was immediately mad to know more. Amber? Con? <span class="caps">NORTHWEST</span>? (As it happened, Lee ended up coming to <span class="caps">ACNW</span> for the first time this year himself, after years of designing their shirts, and we saved the universe together at least once.)</p> <p><strong>You&#8217;re from Portland?</strong><br /> Oh yes.</p> <p><strong>How did you not know Ambercon existed then?</strong><br /> I DON&#8217;T <span class="caps">KNOW</span>. I&#8217;m starting work on a theory of geek insularity, though, thankee very much!</p> <p><strong>Which was your favorite game?</strong><br /> <em>(Look of slack-jawed indecision)</em><br /> I think next year I&#8217;ll do even more Amber games. There are non-Amber games that Amberish people would enjoy &#8212; mostly using the system or diceless &#8212; and those were fab as well, but there&#8217;s something about Amber. Still, I didn&#8217;t regret signing up for a one, even the one I found out afterwards was a <span class="caps">LARP</span> (my first.) That one, trying for a <em>Princess Bride</em> feel, was <strong>hilarious</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Are you enjoying your first Ambercon?</strong><br /> Ambercon was a busy, fabulous, full four days of top-notch gaming. I can see why people cross continents and oceans to get to it. I want to come next year, and run games, and stay at Edgefield so I don&#8217;t have to drive home every night, and come the next year, and help the organizers out&#8230;I&#8217;m sort of in love. May all roads <em>always</em> lead to Amber!</p>