Back from “Vacation”!

Do you ever get back from vacation feeling like you need a vacation?

I’ve had a great couple of weeks. This is the first significant break I’ve taken from the blog in 7 years. I missed writing, but it was a good fit not to have to write while I was trying to relax. Emphasis on “trying.”

It was actually a really busy couple of weeks. I drove to Virginia (13 hours, several close calls with a full bladder. I never learn), then drove to the Outer Banks (6 hours) for a 32-person family reunion. I had a blast hanging out with my family on the beach, cooking and eating great food, and teaching/playing lots of board games. I only worked an hour or two each day, and it was late at night after everyone went to bed.

I actually did have a few days that were mostly relaxing between the beach and Gen Con. I mostly hung out with my niece, read, and worked on some game designs. I also ate a lot of the world’s best ice cream, Gelati Celesti.

The “vacation” ended with 4 days at Gen Con, a 60,000-person gaming convention in Indianapolis. Stonemaier Games didn’t have a huge presence there because we don’t have any products in stock, but we had two well-visited tables in a demo room near the main exhibition hall. Despite having to pee pretty much the entire time, I enjoyed meeting a number of backers, bloggers, reviewers, and fellow project creators and publishers. Also, the people watching at Gen Con is awesome because of all the cosplay. It’s perfectly normal to see Thor sitting next to a female Doctor Who sitting next to Gandalf (my favorite story is a Gandalf cosplayer who kept walking up to large groups of people in the hallways and shouting, “You shall not pass!”)

Oh, and I got to see the Cones of Dunshire played in real life! It’s a Parks and Rec thing.

And now I’m home! I have to say, I really missed my cats.

Here are some photos from the trip:


Jamey Anna Andrew
Me doing what I did for most of the vacation: Walking around showing my niece things (in this case, my brother).
Patty photobomb
My favorite photobomb of the trip.
Gelati Celesti
Gelati Celesti
SM with Casey
Me with one of our Stonemaier ambassadors and some new Viticulture players.
My favorite cosplay of Gen Con.
I have no idea what this cosplay is.
The Cones of Dunshire: It's all about the cones.
The Cones of Dunshire: It’s all about the cones.


6 thoughts on “Back from “Vacation”!”

  1. Aww… She’s cute as a button. 🙂 Where’s that ice cream? I want some. And I can’t believe you didn’t get it’s Dragon Ball Z. Skimpy outfits got the brain distracted, huh? 😉

  2. Ha! I came here to tell you it was Goku and Vegeta (but barely enough clothing to tell). And also, that it was SO GREAT to meet you and hug you in person! Yay! I’m bummed I didn’t see Cones of Dunshire, Ben would be proud! 😉 Good thing you work for yourself and can take a day or two off to recover! 🙂

    • It was great to meet you too! I’m so glad that you and Jeff and the kids could stop by–you all are the best. I look forward to hearing about your Gen Con impressions on your blog (I wrote more about the convention in detail on the Stonemaier blog).


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