The effect/affect question.Effect
is a noun. "The effects of this are yet to be determined."Affect
, when used in the meaning that jives with 'effect,' is a verb. "The man was so affected by this that he had tears in his eyes."Affect
only becomes a noun when used in a TOTALLY different meaning--that is, demeanor or mien. "Her affect went from joy to fury in the blink of an eye."
"The man was so affected by this effect that his affect changed entirely."
Get it straight, people! (This public service announcement brought to you by numerous published texts that have embarrassed themselves.)
Origins was a blast! Some nifty seminars (I especially enjoyed the ones about superhero games), and some great games. I also learned how to fence. *cough cough* Okay, that's a bit grandiose. I learned the five basic parries and attacks, and the basic foot movements. But it was cool, just the same! I've been thinking for a while about joining the fencing club here...
The hotel room was beautiful. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza, and the staff were wonderful, the building was lovely, and everything went very smoothly. Well, other than problems with the elevators one evening. But I'm sure I needed to work off all that food anyway. :)
I got to meet jesshartley
for the first time, and <"lj user="innocent_man"> again, both of whom are at least
as awesome as you think they are. In fact, I got to meet them in a Promethean game run by Matt, woohoo! Gorgeous, gorgeous game. I owe them photos when I can finish that roll and get it developed.
I spent far too much money, picked up a number of books at terrific prices, and bought a beautiful gold Egyptian silk scarf, and was heartily entertained by a corset salesman who is certainly a pirate at heart (in the good way). I also got to see the 20 minute preview for the sequel to "The Gamers." God, it's going to be hilarious. Two hours long, undead turkeys, and more character death than you can shake a stick at. Monte Cook is in it, and so are the Wizards of the Coast headquarters.
Oh, oh! And speaking of movies, I got to see a big-screen showing of HP Lovecraft Historical Society's production of "Call of Cthulhu." It's done as an old-fashioned silent movie--crackling film and everything. It looked so good! The production values really were quality, and bits of it were (I'm betting quite intentionally) funny, such as the crotchety old white-maned archaeologist with the eyepatch. If you're interested, you can buy the movie on DVD for $20 from Cthulhu Lives!--the HPLHS website
. Likewise can you acquire the hilarious and well-produced "Soggoth on the Roof" musical, written to the tunes of "Fiddler on the Roof." And I finally picked up a cooking apron--"Miskatonic University Culinary School." Har. Fear me.
I belatedly realized that the guy I sat around talking with all night long last year was none other than "Crazy Egor" himself. Okay, so it's not really incredible or anything, but it amused me. Crazy Egor has been a presence in RPGdom since the early days. It's the name of a dealership, actually--"Crazy Egor's Games Warehouse." The Crazy Egor guys have also supported and coordinate conventions and helped the industry along in many other ways. They're nice folks.
Also cool to talk to? Louis Zocchi. He runs GameScience, a dice-making company. What's notable about GameScience is that these are by far the best-made dice around. A long time ago, Mr. Zocchi began crunching numbers and playing engineer to come up with dice that were as perfectly balanced and truly random as he could manage. What's notable about Mr. Zocchi, and the point to my mentioning him, is that he's fun to talk to! He'll explain to anyone who asks what makes his dice special. He's so genuinely excited about it, even after all these years, that you can't help but be fascinated by talk of calculating angles, materials science and the best way to paint and polish dice. And along the way, he'll also show you magic tricks with a matchbox. He's just awesome.
I had a delicious
meal at a Japanese steakhouse across the street from the Convention Center (appropriately named "The Japanese Steakhouse"). It's one of those where the table is built around the grill. The chef was very entertaining; he used his spatula to play hackeysack with a raw egg, and flipped shrimp tails into his coat pocket. Small parties get seated together at large tables, so I got to meet a fascinating older couple who'd been recently married (so cute!). They had great stories to tell; they've been all around the world. It's a pity, I think, that Americans are so privacy- and space-obsessed. In some other countries, strangers can be seated together at the same table, and it seems like a great way to meet a diverse array of people you might never think of hanging out with, otherwise.