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Friday night was open gaming night at E3.

I had no idea what a magical night it was going to be.

Now, E3 is a coffee bar rock band church. No really. Once a month, our friendly neighbourhood comic book store owner hosts opening gaming night there. All the coffee and soda you can drink for free while playing board games, card games and rpgs in one of two rooms. Either the coffee house room or the rock concert auditorium (where services are normally held.).

Jonathan had just started Red Dragon Inn board game when Cliff's round of Monty Python Fluxx ended. Cliff and I were hanging out, shooting the shit, when Emily comes in and asks if we are interested in playing some D&D. Cliff casually responds, sure.

Then she mentions it's Dark Sun. Cliff is more eager to play now.

You see, the next edition of Dark Sun is due out on Tuesday. Cliff has spent the past month eagerly counting down to the date like a child waiting for Christmas. A chance to play the old Dark Sun setting before the new one comes out would be a welcome appetizer before the main course.

We go into the auditorium and find an rather innocuous looking group gathered at a round table. Since I am not playing I sit to the side, while Cliff pulls up a chair.

The GM (game master) pushes a rather nice set of laminated pre gen (pre generated) character sheets toward Cliff for him to choose from.

The usual geek banter is shared and then it is revealed.

Oh, this isn't the old Dark Sun campaign.

This is the new Dark Sun campaign. The one that comes out on Tuesday.

You see, the GM had gone to GenCon and picked up a copy of the main rule book and monster manual.

At this point he opens a tote bag and pulls out THE BOOK.

It could have just been the lighting but I swear a heavenly cascade of sunlight appeared from above and spotlighted that book as he offered it to Cliff to read.

It's at this point I see a look of pure happiness on Cliff's face.

Oh wait, I have a picture.

Oh nevermind. This is the picture where Cliff reached a state of nirvana upon turning to the AUTOGRAPHED title page.


I ended up joining the campaign.




Another geek was carrying an Amazon.com box around. Nothing odd there, until I hear from the other D&D (dungeons & dragons) table:

"Do not tell me that is a giant Dr. Manhattan heroclix?"

and the more beautiful response:

"It is."

And it was. The gentleman picked him up at Comic Con a few weekend back.

I should have placed a mini (miniature statue used as visual place holder during a roleplaying game.) next to him for scale.

See those ballpoint pens in a container behind him? They would have come up to his knee. So about 6"/15.2 cm from knee to top of foot.

Yeah, he was GIANT.

A view from behind

Near the end of the night, Dr. Manhattan shows up during a battle. Jokes about the difficulty of the new Dark Sun campaign are made.

All in all, a fantastic evening.
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Friday, April 9, 2010

Secret Headquarters Presents: Monthly Off-site Open Game Night!

Friday April 9, 2010
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location: Element 3


A place to come play games of any kind: board games, card games (collectible or not!), miniatures games, RPGs, whatever you like. There will be several dozen smaller tables and a couple of bigger tables.


Element 3.
3540 Mahan Dr
Tallahassee, FL 32308-5624, US


April 9 6:00 PM to midnight


Free soft drinks (Coke, Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, Sprite) and possibly some specialty coffees will be available. Yes, it's FREE with unlimited refills.


Games! Any games you want to play or let someone else play. Snacks. Some friends! And be prepared to be totally sidetracked by some game you weren't even expecting to play!


Saturday April 10, 2010




Saturday, April 10, 2010
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The Tallahassee Highland Games & Celtic Festival is held at North Florida Fairgrounds at the corner of South Monroe St. and Paul Russell Rd.


Tickets are $10. Children under age of 10 are FREE.
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Nintendo released a list of their 2008 line-up. Entry mostly for my reference.


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Saturday, Jonathan installed and beat Portal.

(Portal is a single-player first-person action/puzzle video game developed by Valve, consisting primarily of a series of puzzles which must be solved by teleporting the player's character and other simple objects using the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device (the "portal gun"). The goal of each puzzle is to reach an exit point. The "portal gun" and the unusual physics it creates are the emphasis of this game.)

At the end of the game, he received a cake, a cute binary cake, as reward for finishing the nineteen levels.

The Portal Cake

That's all good and well, but he deserved a real cake for such a victory.

So I baked him a Portal Cake.

Jonathan's real life Portal Cake prize. With the November issue of WIRED in the top left corner, and Jonathan's feet to the right.

This cake is great. It really is so delicious and moist and no attempted murders were involved in the creation of it.

Random Fact

Look at me still talking when there is Science to do!
-Still Alive by J. Coulton

If Jonathan's personality could be summed up in one line, this would be it. Whenever I hear Still Alive, I think of him, and the science he could be doing if he wasn't talking to me.

Everybody, sing Still Alive with me!

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