Jan. 18th, 2008 08:02 pm
air_n_darkness: (Scream)
2008 World Championships for Magic: the gathering will be in...wait for it...Memphis-fucking-Tennessee.


While we will not be involved with that as PTO's, we will still be involved. I suppose I should also plan on entertaining WotC bigwigs at some point during that week.

Man, this is sooooo cool. Scary. But cool.


Aug. 6th, 2007 09:19 pm
air_n_darkness: (big butts)
We just rolled to 4000 positive feedback on Ebay! 1000 uniques in just over 7 months. If I really turn up the heat, I might be able to hit 5000 by the end of the year or soon after.

They like me! They really, really like me!

EDIT: Damn you Ebay! They suspended someone who'd given me positive feedback- which meant they deleted the feedback and that dropped me back down to 3999. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Edit #2: Back up to 4001! Yeah!
air_n_darkness: (goomi)
So, I've decided spending the money on a broadband card/supscriptions for the laptop was worth it. We travel so much, and hotel's charge waaaay to much for internet. Oddly enough, the nicer the hotel, the more likely they are to charge for internet, I've noticed. But anyway, that means I can update daily, even from the event! Wheee!

It was a super-slow day for me, which wasn't unexpected. Last year Gen-Con actually cancelled all the Thurs events except VS because the Thurs attendance sucks. No such luck this year, but they should have.

To start with, I have wound up working the Yugi-monster this weekend instead of VS. I don't really mind working on the Yugioh stage, but I was looking forward to being on the VS stage again; I know so many more of the players. But I have officially become Kristen's (scorekeeper-guru) minion from now on, so I go where she goes, and she switched to Yugi. At least I get along w/ her and Dave(registration support guy and our on-site lawyer:) really well.

I did discover today that I am not completely devoid of nurturing impluse. Kristen has her two-month old daughter, Erin, with her. Well, Kristen was off solving a crisis, and Erin woke up from her nap, crying. Usually, I'd a) ignore the cries in the hopes that Kristen was on her way back or b) call Kristen on the radio and go "help". But she sounded so pitiful...and it doesn't help that she's such a tiny thing that she looks like a little doll. I picked her up and cuddled her till she fell back asleep. Damn her cuteness power! I was bewitched I tell you, bewitched!

Still don't want one though:P

We actually cancelled two events because of lack of interest, and only had 62 people in todays Regionals. Since those usually have a min of 100 people, I'd call it slow.

The new World of Warcraft TCG however, is a definate success. They actually had over 100 people in one event, on a fraking Thurday! I am so very glad I'm not working that stage. It's not the volume of people; it's the fact the UDE didn't finalize there organized play guidelines for WoW until this fracking morning. As in, "we scheduled all these events, but aren't really sure how we want them run." OMFG! I love these guys but, seriously, get a clue! It's great to test out new formats at conventions, but figure out how you want things run BEFORE you get on-site and then communicate that to the people who will actually be running the events and dealing w/ the players. *sigh* So glad I'm not on that stage, so glad...

On the positive, looks like I'm going to have a repeat of Gen-Con Indy; Lee, Dave, and I get off at the same time each night, so we are doing the dinner thing again. There's a great little sushi place across the street from the hotel, and that's where we, along w/ Carlos, one of the Yugi judges, headed for dinner. Yum, yum, yum. I had uni, and cho-toro, and tamago of course. I also orderd a spicy tuna roll, but honestly, I did that so I'd have something to swap out with the guys with. Got to try salmon roe and squid (I'd never had them as sushi before), and Dave's catapillar roll. Also, the chef made a roll specially to order for Lee (he's a vegetarian), a Califonia style roll, with cream cheese and avacodo in it. OMG, it was sooooo good! The avacodo and cream cheese went so well together. I have GOT to make those when I get home.

eek, it's almost midnight! I need to crash- long day tomorrow.

air_n_darkness: (dressed)
From an organizers's standpoint: 4 32-player, 1 36-player, 1 26-player sealed flights, 1 22 team 2 Headed Giant flight, 14 8-man drafts. 1 36-player flight on Sunday plus drafts, number unknown. Almost ran out of product. 30% increase in attendance over comparison numbers. In otherwords, a good day.

From a retailer's standpoint: OMFG the singles I will sell! This set is HOT!!! Plus, on-site retail met my goal for the day, AND I picked up some good cards to fill holes in my stock.

From a player's standpoint: OMFG the combos I can do! This set is BROKEN! But why, oh, WHY did they bring Thallids back?

From a judges standpoint: What do you mean it is now highly possible to pull not one, not two, but THREE rare cards per pack? Can we say "screw the card pool in Limited?" Yes, yes we can.

In short, this block is on track to be the most successful block since Tempest. And that is saying something.

I think I need to up my intial product order.

Incident of the day: Player snuck in vodka. Player then proceeded to get drunk and during one of his matches spent the entire time telling his well-endowed and corseted female opponent that she "had boobies. That's cheating. You can't have nice boobies, that's cheating." He was removed from site, natch. But not after siting down to play a draft deck without adding any basic land to it:p Had she called a judge at the time, instead of us hearing about it second hand an hour later, he'd have been gone sooner.

Oh, and DCI Reporter version 3.0 sucks dead doggie doo
air_n_darkness: (goomi)
*Lynson's phone rings*

*Lynson gives directions*

*Lynson hangs up

*Lynson dies laughing*

Player Question? "Um, hi, I found the convention center, but I can't find the third floor"
air_n_darkness: (go to your room!)
*Conversation snippet from the weekend*

Mike:...go to Chinatown and get some pr0n.
Larry: Prawns? You mean the big shrimp? Yeah those are good in a cream sauce.
Mike: *straight-faced* Yeah, especially the tentacley ones in a milky white sauce.
Everyone else in the vicinity: *dies laughing*
Larry: What?

Yes, people, he IS that clueless.

Sadly, I heard it second-hand, since I was working the Yu-Gi-Oh! events. Ah well, I still had my share of fun. Sunday I got to make the guy who lost his brothers's 7th place Nationals trophy AND his card binder dance to get it back *evil grin*. If he'd come up right after it was turned in, Dani and I wouldn't have given him such a hard time. But it was almost 2 hours later! And it was a fraggin' 10 tall trophy!

Of course, the guy who left an envelope containing around $500 in cash laying on a table topped dancing boy in the stupidity department. These people should be glad we have judges who a) sweep the area for lost items regularly and b)are honest.

I swear, I'm going to have staff shirts made with RTFC on one side and WYS on the other.

er, that's "read the fucking card" and "watch you shit" respectively
air_n_darkness: (magical)
Slow, slow day for YGO sides; Nationals scooped all the players, as to be expected. So I've been spending my time down/uploading this neat Dr Who mood theme that I saw on [ profile] abrokenspoon's journal.

Thanks [ profile] wondertwins_inc! I likey. Lots.


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