Gen Con is coming to Indianapolis Indiana, and I’M GOING TO GEN CON!!!! Four days of gaming, cosplay, fantastic art & nerdly fun. Attendance usually tops 60,000. (I take deep breaths whenever I think about the crowds. I can do this. It will be fine. I’m fine.)

I’m working the booth for my Local Game Store again for the first time in mumble-mumble years. GAMES PLUS Booth 1841 in the Exhibit Hall. Towards the back, a few rows over from the Art Show.

Big thanks to Games Plus for letting me hang out with them & sell things! Miniatures, modules, boxed games, and a ton of other incredible gaming fun stuff. All that and more. It’s a good time. The whole world goes by the booth.

We’ll even have copies of my book for sale. (this is called burying the lede. Yes, I spelled that correctly. Look it up.) Want a preview of my books? Check out the Books tab here.

Will you be at the original, longest-running gaming convention in the world, August 2 through 5? Stop by booth 1841 and say hello! I promise I won’t hard-sell. I will give you a sticker though. I have free stickers and bookmarks and loads of enthusiasm to share. We can talk dice, and superheroes, and glow in the dark gaming accessories (my personal obsession.)

But seriously. I am so stoked about this. Games Plus has been part of my writing universe for over 3 decades. I gamed there before I wrote a single story. I tested out my first novels by running the plots as tabletop RPGs for friends there. I’ve spent many a fond hour wandering the aisles, coveting fancy dice, discussing the pros & cons of rule systems, and swapping stories about fictional adventures.

And Gen Con was my first convention. It was the only one I attended for years and years. From Parkside through the Milwaukee era, and several years after the Big Move to Indianapolis. Then work  & life got in the way, and Gen Con just couldn’t get wedged in between Spouseman’s schedule and mine. <cue inspirational music> UNTIL NOW!

It’s going to be great. I AM SO EXCITED!!!

I may have mentioned that already. ANYway. See you there, if you’re going. If not, expect a report later.  It’s what I do.  I go places, and then write about them.

What’s that? Why is there a picture of a goat with this post? Oh. Um.

Why not a goat?


Eccentric Holiday Viewing

Because I know you are all dying to know, here’s the Chez Herkes list of preferred holiday movies. It is not an “Advent Calendar of Movies.”  Blizzard binge-watching, maybe. Overall Spouseman & I usually watch at least one from each category per year. Tradition is important.
    • Die Hard(s)
    • Lethal Weapon
    • Deadpool (new addition!)
    • Batman Returns
    • Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang
    • Long Kiss Goodnight
    • Iron Man 3
    • Go
    • Assault on Precinct 13

**Shane Black is to blame for several of these. The man has a weird THING about Christmas.

    • The Shop Around The Corner
    • The Bishop’s Wife
    • Bells of St. Mary’s
    • We’re No Angels
    • It’s A Wonderful Life
    • Christmas Carol in B&W w/Alistair Sims
    • ”  with Reginald Owen
    • all the Bing Crosby musical holiday movies: it’s a sub-genre on its own
    • The Ref
    • Bad Santa
    • About A Boy
    • Love Actually
    • Better Off Dead
    • Coming to America
    • Ice Harvest
    • Nightmare Before Christmas
    • Muppet Christmas Carol
    • Rise of the Guardians
    • Elf
    • Strange Days (New Year’s Eve, close enough )
    • Gremlins
    • Rare Exports
    • HogFather
    • Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas (otters!)
There are  holiday movies others love (or love/hate) that we will not watch:
  • A Christmas Story: worth special mention because I loathe it.  I could write a whole post on all the many reasons I find this movie repulsive for reasons both personal & political, but others have done such a good job I will leave that to the reader & the reader’s favorite search engine.
  • Reindeer Games. Singled out because I usually adore bad movies and dislike this one. It commits the one unforgivable sin for a bad movie: it’s DULL.
  • All the assorted Holiday Horror Flicks: I’m not against horror movies. They just don’t ring my bell, so to speak. Slapping some holly and tinsel on the genre adds nothing to its appeal.