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Post Posted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 10:47 pm 
 

Gah... I missed the Acaeum meet-up, too... I thought I'd have a chance to see and do more this year, not having a booth...

Ah well, there will be next year... Still had a great time, altogether!



  

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Post Posted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 10:52 pm 
 

jamesmishler wrote:Gah... I missed the Acaeum meet-up, too... I thought I'd have a chance to see and do more this year, not having a booth...

Ah well, there will be next year... Still had a great time, altogether!


Oh yeah and great to finally meet you James :)

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 10:57 am 
 

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 11:18 am 
 

wahay! that is VERY cool!

very nice indeedy! man that musta been so much fun getting that!

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 11:23 am 
 

killjoy32 wrote:wahay! that is VERY cool!

very nice indeedy! man that musta been so much fun getting that!

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:D Yes it was!

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 11:42 am 
 

Plaag wrote:
:D Yes it was!

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man i am fuming now that i didnt go - i really wanted to as well - and after seeing that badge - that would have been so much fun!

i am gonna PM the hell out of martin for the next year now to make sure i go next time!!

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 11:46 am 
 

The button itself would have been worth the trip.  Man, the memories you'll have every time you pull that baby out of your collection.  Very cool.


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 12:01 pm 
 

The Wham button is really cool... I think more of us will be making the trip the next year.   :wink:

  

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 1:00 pm 
 

Prufrock wrote:I was not very happy when they told me they sold out in the first hour.  I made it very clear I thought they were not too damn smart to come to Gencon with only sixty copies.  They left a lot of money in Indianapolis.  I think that is inexcusable.  They told me to go to thier site and sign up for a "second printing".  If enough people signed up they would do the printing.  It just shows they do not understand thier market.




I didn't hang around long enough to hear "the only 60 copies" part.  I got pissed and walked away after they told me the guy who did the 1E conversion bought a big pile of them.  Nice to know he got a good investment out of his work.  I look forward to seeing it on ebay.



Seriously, I'm really, really pissed.  I now officially hate Goodman Games with a passion I lack the words to fully describe.  Why'd they bother announcing this module on Dragonsfoot if they didn't want to sell that many?  Dumbasses.



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I didn't hang around long enough to hear "the only 60 copies" part.  I got pissed and walked away after they told me the guy who did the 1E conversion bought a big pile of them.  Nice to know he got a good investment out of his work.  I look forward to seeing it on ebay.

Seriously, I'm really, really pissed.  I now officially hate Goodman Games with a passion I lack the words to fully describe.  Why'd they bother announcing this module on Dragonsfoot if they didn't want to sell that many?  Dumbasses.

(If you think this post is harsh, I assure you that the words in my head are much nastier.  Much, much nastier.)




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Post Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 4:37 pm 
 

VermilionFire wrote:The Wham button is really cool... I think more of us will be making the trip the next year.   :wink:


Button is very cool and each one was unique with its own personel illistration as well. :D


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 5:23 pm 
 

Contrarian wrote:I didn't hang around long enough to hear "the only 60 copies" part.  I got pissed and walked away after they told me the guy who did the 1E conversion bought a big pile of them.  Nice to know he got a good investment out of his work.  I look forward to seeing it on ebay.

Seriously, I'm really, really pissed.  I now officially hate Goodman Games with a passion I lack the words to fully describe.  Why'd they bother announcing this module on Dragonsfoot if they didn't want to sell that many?  Dumbasses.

(If you think this post is harsh, I assure you that the words in my head are much nastier.  Much, much nastier.)


I just don't get what all the fuss is about -- but then I don't collect stuff younger than 15 years or so.  :lol:

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 5:27 pm 
 

It would be good to choose the most civil and constructive words possible and send them directly to Goodman Games.  They need constructive criticism.

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 5:50 pm 
 

bak... well sorta; in Rockford IL (NW of Chicago) en route to home. I'll hang out here until Wednesday morning tho, a lot to catalog and put away.

ACE meeting was very cool, just a light-gauge meet 'n' greet without a set time. Yup, I handed out some cookies and buttons and a bit later (after everyone cleaned up; all our baked goods are all-natural and all-butter), gave a private tour behind the scenes, with emphasis on the collectibles.

It's kinda weird to see stacks of OD&D supplements and almost a dozen whites (8 OCE's and at least 3 4ths/5ths) and piles of old Arduin and things like that (weird at least to SOME people; you guys may be an exception) -- but we're used to that, being the world's largest game convention with a heavy emphasis on hobby stuff.

Those wacky BurntBoys came through with a pile of D&D oddities, the licensed stuff they mentioned, and a few other things showed up as well; Kaskoid put in his original Lizard Man TSR button, hoping for $20-30, and got $125 for it. True enough that you don't see 'em any more...

Hey MrMishler, I didn't have your button handy when you dropped by. Praps I should mail it to you. Also have buttons for 3 others who CLAIMED they would be there but didn't show up; praps I should auction 'em off next year and see if you'll buy 'em. ;> I do hope to have The Wham do more for next year's ACE meeting, of course... or maybe shift gears and have Erol or Darlene or somebody else do the custom art, and start a whole new line of collectibles. Hmmmm....

We did indeed have a pair of browns, nothing to scream about tho; the hottie had electrical tape holding it together but the booklets & ref sheets were all Gygax-autographed as someone commented, so it soared (imho) to $1950. Starting to rethink the value of the signature at this point, especially as Gary isn't doing so great and certainly won't ever be at another GenCon to autograph things. Anyway, the second one had a mismatched book 3 and no autographs, and topped out at $1100.

I did a lookabout for the items some of you had emailed me (Want Lists), but sadly absolutely nothing popped up, not even a Tricolor let alone a Dwarven Glory or Tamo/Inver bagged. Nor a Tsoj; musta been an off year, or praps our karma was offset by the stack of whites & browns.

I had a brainstorm a few years back and decided to run the best & rarest on Friday night; all you deep-pocket folks get your heavy spending done then, and have a good handle on how much you have left. (And I want you to spend it!) So we do the 'lesser' collectibles (like the other Brown!?!) on Saturday.

Thursday night we did semi- and full-collectibles from 6 pm onward; we zipped right along and finished by 11:30 pm. Friday night was of fairly typical duration, finished at 1:09... and I know exactly because Sat. morning they announced the results of the Pool, the first-ever, where all the auction staff bought times and the winner took the take. (::blush:: Cripes, people are betting on ME...) But Kaskoid brought it a huge batch of fantasy minis, and we had 5 hours of 'em instead of one, so Saturday ran severely behind-schedule most of the evening and finished very late, about 2:40. (And wouldn't you know, the same darn guy won BOTH pools.)

Auction bottom line: 11,283 lots (many with multiple items), total gross sales over $117,000. Thanks to our pooterdude (one Bruce Carson from Massachusetts) and his unique software that we've refined over the last few years, we took in all the items on Wed. thru Sat. and paid all the (roughly) 2500 sellers by 3 pm Sunday.

So now back to the real world... tho it takes a while for the GenCon high to wear off.

I'll be back, still pretty trashed tho.

  


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 6:08 pm 
 

Great post, Frank.  I was almost there while reading it.

Maybe I'll make it physically, next year.  Probably won't be much left of the Arctic to visit by then anyway.


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 7:03 pm 
 

Woohoo! A button still, for me!

Hmmm... a mailing might, indeed, be in order, as my luck with driving up north, even to Wausau, has been quite poor... I'll PM you. Thank you so very, very, very much!

That will go down as one of my coolest Gen Con acquisitions this year... and that includes a copy of The Order of the Stick: No Cure for the Paladin Blues which, I discovered upon purchasing it, had an excerpt from my Comics Buyer's Guide review of the first OotS book as the leading review on its back cover... :)



  

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 7:58 pm 
 

I got to tell you guys, the button is very cool.  Thanks to Frank for doing that and taking time to give me his autograph and personal tour of the Darlene paintings.  I was hard pressed not to come back to the auction, but I knew I would go after one of the skeleton drawings and I just do not have the money right now.

Next year everyone plan on attending the 1st annual Acaeum luncheon.  Details to follow.

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 9:33 pm 
 

Prufrock wrote:I got to tell you guys, the button is very cool.  Thanks to Frank for doing that and taking time to give me his autograph and personal tour of the Darlene paintings.  I was hard pressed not to come back to the auction, but I knew I would go after one of the skeleton drawings and I just do not have the money right now.

Next year everyone plan on attending the 1st annual Acaeum luncheon.  Details to follow.

Martin


You know what would be better! An Acaeum dinner on the Friday prior to the collectables auction.  Get everybody together about 7:00 and eat, talk and get merry for a few hours and hit the auction all in one swoop.  It would be a blast.  :)


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