GenCon & San Francisco: Day 2 – Dungeons & Teddy Bears

Day 2 was an early start with Teddy Bear Chainmailing at 8am. We met up with Torrance and stopped off to grab some breakfast before trying to find where the class was. Which, after we had walked over to the Convention Centre, we realised was taking place in a hotel back near where we were staying :-/ Well the walk gave me time to eat my muffin πŸ™‚

The class was fun. We were given a teddy, a bag of chain links and 2 pairs of pliers (unfortunately we couldn’t keep those) and instructed to start by getting a pile of open links (twist slightly with the pliers) and closed links. From there we were shown how to start putting these together, basically building a strip to go around the chest of the bear. Once I had the pattern down it was fairly easy. Then I had to create two smaller strips which were added above my original section, front and back, and connected over the shoulder. My bear looked like he had a chainmail halter top πŸ˜€

Rach decided to go for a bondage/thing look and Torrance had the best looking bear IMHO with a chainmail bikini!!

After the class finished we wandered back to the Convention Centre to cheer Aldrac on in his foam fighting event. Tobril, Ben & John also joined in and it looked like they had a lot of fun. Though Aldrac was walking with a limp later πŸ˜›

Leaving the guys to their fighting, Rach & I decided to have a look around. There were a lot of games being played, most of which I’ve never heard of. We also checked out the D&D section, where we may have upset a guy doing a demo for the new Neverwinter Nights expansion pack when we told him we played DDO instead πŸ˜›

There was also a massive area of booths selling every geeky thing you possibly imagine! We didn’t get chance to cover the whole thing and I suspect I’ll be dragging Rachel back on Saturday. But we did pick up some lovely playing cards from the Albino Dragon stall, a company I follow on Twitter, illustrated with Goonies & Princess
Bride art.

That afternoon was our main event – all of us were running a True Dungeon. If you haven’t heard of this before, it’s a LARP adventure where you have to solve puzzles, ‘fight’ enemies, in the style of a D&D campaign, with tokens being randomly handed out as equipment & gear. Having never done this before I felt a bit out of my depth – until we hit a room with a 5×5 light puzzle! It felt really good actually knowing what to do!

The hours flew by and it was fun. But I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much without the guild being there.

That evening we had the DDO party that Samius & Lessah had arranged. Tolero from Turbine was there with swag, including signed art work of the new raid boss – and he looks awesome! We had a fun few hours meeting other DDO players as well as having a giggle with Lessah.

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