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Poll: If you live in Texas or Oklahoma, would you be interested in meeting other Acaeum members one weekend this year?

Definitely, sounds like a party, ready whenever 25%       25%  [ 4 ]
Maybe, depends on which weekend we are talking about, need more details 25%       25%  [ 4 ]
No can do, too busy painting minis and polishing dice 50%       50%  [ 8 ]
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Post Posted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 9:44 pm 
 

About two years ago, I met with fellow Acaeum members Aneoth and KingofPain for the first of it's kind North Texas Acaeum meeting.  It was great, and led to regular meetings for all of us.  One key element was we were always buying, selling and trading from each other in these meetings (which eventually led to me buying Aneoth's complete collection).  This kind of swap meet is always a bunch of fun, whether it be trading modules, magazines, photocopied rares, whatever.  When King and I meet now we typically get a lunch, hit a few Half Price bookstores and raid the used games section, and maybe take it over to Generation X and their huge selection of new and used games and comics.
   Well, I think I speak for both John and I, the more the merrier.  It would be fun to add a few more Acaeum members to our fun and games, and maybe turn it into something a little bigger.
    I live a block off the intersection of Hwy 183/157 in Euless, TX, a very central location if you live in either Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, or somewhere south (say Waxahachie) or north (say Allen) of the main metroplex...it's about five minutes west of DFW airport.  There is a very nice La Quinta inn on the corner by the highway, which has a small (20 person) meeting room available for reservation.  
   I propose a get together on an upcoming Saturday afternoon for the purpose of a good old-fashioned bull session and "Swap Meet". Just bring yourself, or if you have excess RPG goodies, a box or two of swag to sell or trade, and we can hang out and get to know each other, and when that gets boring, all head for a cup of java, a bite to eat, or a RPG games venue. Right next to the La Quinta (walking distance) is a Starbucks and Dennys,  while about a half mile north is Generation X.  Gen X is pretty much the best stocked games and comics store in the entire D/FW area (If you've been to a stinking Lone Star Comics franchise, this place  has ten times the RPG merchandise).  If anyone wants to get a bit more ambitious, we can arrange a Half Price Books excursion (the Bedford, North Arlington and Irving HPBs are all within a 10-15 minute drive), and there is a pool hall/sports bar/drinking venue, Pockets, right across the street.  If you really want to get ambitious the rooms at La Quinta are under $70 a night for a room that sleeps two (ok, technically four, but I'm not bunking with anyone dude...)
  What I picture (or hope for) would be for at least ten of us to plan a Saturday meeting, everyone could chip in a few bucks for the meeting room (if it's too expensive we could just rent a room and hang out there instead, I'll check on prices).  I could bring along a few boxes of stuff to sell or trade, along with some rares for everyone to check out, hopefully everyone else could bring a cool item or two to share with everyone.  The agenda would go along with what everyone wanted, we could catch a lunch at Denny's, go over to Generation X and see what new (or used) items they have, set up a visit to one or more of the Half Prices in the area, or just hang out and talk and play games (If we pull this off I can be persuaded to pull out my copies of the original Dungeon!, Talisman, Arkham Horror, hell even a TSR minigame who knows what I have tucked away, if anyone wants to game).  
     If this even sounds remotely interesting, send me a PM, and we can try to make it happen.  I can't tell you how much fun King, Aneoth and I had when we first started getting together, just think you will be surrounded by people who UNDERSTAND what you mean when you throw out stuff like "OCE", "4th minus set",  "Lizard Logo",  "Woodgrain", "JonB", "Non-Cthulhu version" and "orange cover B3".  The first time we got together, we ended up talking for about three hours or so, it was great.
  If only a few people could or wanted to get together, then we could scale it down.  The agenda can be as wide open if we wish; if everyone just wants to hand out at Starbucks sipping Lattes or gaming in the back of Generation X the entire time, that can be arranged.  What I would like to do first though is gauge interest and see how many (or if anyone, King and I may be the only two Acaeum members in TX that care to meet, who knows) From the initial interest I can set up a mailing/email list and we can go forward from there.

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Post Posted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 9:54 pm 
 

We dont need a meeting room at the LaQuinta Mike....your den is big enough.  :P

You know me.  Any weekend is good except the weekend of November 4th and the weekend before and after as my pending nuptials are that weekend and I will be in Florida the weekend after that.

I'll bring the beer.  :D

  

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Post Posted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:07 pm 
 

Kingofpain89 wrote:We dont need a meeting room at the LaQuinta Mike....your den is big enough.  :P

You know me.  Any weekend is good except the weekend of November 4th and the weekend before and after as my pending nuptials are that weekend and I will be in Florida the weekend after that.

I'll bring the beer.  :D


I thought we'd just drink Bud....I know your appreciation for thin, watery, tasteless American beer!

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Post Posted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:14 pm 
 

I don't live in TX or OK, but if the meeting wasn't too far away, I'd consider driving for it :D


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 12:32 am 
 

grodog wrote:I don't live in TX or OK, but if the meeting wasn't too far away, I'd consider driving for it :D


         Allan, you could always make a weekend out of it and spend the night either Friday or Saturday...the rooms at the LaQuinta are about $65 a night, and I live about a block away.  It would be a straight shot down 35 for you to the DFW area, but probably about a 4-5 hour drive I'd expect.  If there was another Acaeum member in Oklahoma City that wanted to come he could hitch a ride, otherwise it would be a long lonely drive.  Gus Landt lives in north Denton.   But you are welcome of course.  If you want to come down, let me know some weekends you are available, since I know your schedule often takes you out of town. Hell with the skins on the wall you have (all the work you have done in the hobby) you would be the guest of honor!!!!!

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 12:45 am 
 

Badmike wrote:It would be a straight shot down 35 for you to the DFW area, but probably about a 4-5 hour drive I'd expect.  


Mapquest says 5.5 hours, which sounds a LOT closer than I thought it would be.  I may have to give this some serious thought, now, Mike :D

Badmike wrote:If there was another Acaeum member in Oklahoma City that wanted to come he could hitch a ride, otherwise it would be a long lonely drive.  Gus Landt lives in north Denton.  


I'd be happy to carpool where possible, of course.  I wonder how much a cheapo flight could be on Midwest Express, Southwest, or someone like that....

Badmike wrote:But you are welcome of course.  If you want to come down, let me know some weekends you are available, since I know your schedule often takes you out of town. Hell with the skins on the wall you have (all the work you have done in the hobby) you would be the guest of honor!!!!


LOL, I think the rumors of my accomplishments have been greatly exaggerated to be a GoH, but thanks for the (misguided) sentiment, at least :D

In terms of dates, we're in NJ from Labor Day week through Sept 11th, so it would have to be later vs. sooner for me to attend, probably not until October/November/December (we're not travelling for Thanksgiving or Christmas this year, so they're definitely possibilities).  

We could even plan a game session, right?  It would be fun to play/run something, too, like Kuntz's Chambers of Antiquities, Dark Druids, or somesuch!


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 1:36 am 
 

grodog wrote:
LOL, I think the rumors of my accomplishments have been greatly exaggerated to be a GoH, but thanks for the (misguided) sentiment, at least :D

In terms of dates, we're in NJ from Labor Day week through Sept 11th, so it would have to be later vs. sooner for me to attend, probably not until October/November/December (we're not travelling for Thanksgiving or Christmas this year, so they're definitely possibilities).  

We could even plan a game session, right?  It would be fun to play/run something, too, like Kuntz's Chambers of Antiquities, Dark Druids, or somesuch!


Hell, don't sell yourself short, Gro.  You've hobnobbed with enough Biggies to keep the rest of us enertained the entire weekend with just the second hand gossip and stories you know.....

    Forgot that everyone doesn't have the same aversion to flying I do....If this comes about you might check Southwest airlines, my wife flew to Kansas City a month or so ago for $100 round trip.....that might be less than gas costs you.  DFW airport is five minutes away; Love Field is about 15-20 minutes.  Anyone wanting to fly in, I could very easily pick up, or you could take a shuttle.  Cheap airfaires might make it possible for those in the outlying areas like Houston, San Antonio, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Lubbock, etc to attend.  Keep that in mind if this thing gets off the ground and you are interested....
     It would be fun to run Cairn if we had enough gamers there...
     Late Sept/Oct would be good.  I'm also at home for the month of Nov and Thanksgiving, but for most people that's a travel weekend, still it might be worth exploring. It will be fun if it all comes together.

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 11:44 am 
 

Member Gus Landt has PMd me to say he's in...maybe he can come and show off all the goodies he is going to pick up at Gen Con this week... :cry:

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 1:11 pm 
 

Dallas is about a 5 hour drive for me also (Little Rock). My collection consists of about 5 easy to find hardbacks, so I am not in the big leagues yet (I'm barely in Little League truth be told), but I think it would be fun. Anyone else interested in Arkansas (or points east) could PM me. Not saying I would for sure show, but depending on the weekend, it may be do-able. :)

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 3:25 pm 
 

khartsfield wrote:Dallas is about a 5 hour drive for me also (Little Rock). My collection consists of about 5 easy to find hardbacks, so I am not in the big leagues yet (I'm barely in Little League truth be told), but I think it would be fun. Anyone else interested in Arkansas (or points east) could PM me. Not saying I would for sure show, but depending on the weekend, it may be do-able. :)

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    Rooms are under $70 a night, make a weekend of it!  Since I have had a bit of interest I'm going ahead with some preliminary planning. The meeting room at the La Quinta is small but workable, and the cost is $100, which is reasonable for the entire day.  I wouldn't rent it if we don't get at least ten definites.  What I will do if we decide to have this thing is designate a special auction to defer costs; one held before and one after the meeting. I would throw in a bunch of stuff for the before auction, maybe I could get everyone that comes to bring an item or two  for the after auction.  You know you have to get rid of those AD&D 2nd edition psionic power cards or the Spellfire decks or Dragon dice you have accumulated anyway..... :wink:
   Still haven't heard from a lot of Acaeum members I know of from the D/FW area.....

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 3:28 pm 
 

well as i couldnt get to the gencon - am curretly trying to persuade g/f that it would be a cool idea to go to Dallas for the weekend sometime in the autumn ;)

she pulled a face at first time of asking, so will work on it :)

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 3:52 pm 
 

killjoy32 wrote:well as i couldnt get to the gencon - am curretly trying to persuade g/f that it would be a cool idea to go to Dallas for the weekend sometime in the autumn ;)

she pulled a face at first time of asking, so will work on it :)

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Just think of all the money you'll save...there's NOTHING to do here!!!

Except for the used bookstores...the game stores....Acaeum members selling their stuff....eating out....drinking and playing pool.....

Hmmm, maybe your wife is right.  Hey, at least it won't be 100 degrees then, it might actually drop to around 90 or so by October!

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 5:17 pm 
 

Badmike wrote:Just think of all the money you'll save...there's NOTHING to do here!!!
And overseas shipping costs will be reduced by whatever you can pack in your suitcases.  :)

  

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Post Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:15 pm 
 

Badmike wrote:Just think of all the money you'll save...there's NOTHING to do here!!!

Mike B.


Regarding that....The Dallas Comicon and SciFi Expo is the weekend of the 29th.  Are you planning on working a booth there that weekend Mike?  If so, well that weekend is out.  But if you aren't planning on it that could be worth thinking about.

The Texas State Fair is going on the entire month of October.  For any of you out-of-towners that were thinking about coming but arent sure if you can make it....it is the largest state fair in existence.  Where else are you gonna get deep fried Snickers, boudain, fried alligator tail, foot-long corn dogs, ostrich burgers, Greek gyros, and funnel cakes all in the same place?

Dave & Busters is always a fun hangout.  Pretty decent food, lots of drink, billiards, darts, arcade games.  Had my first Irish Car Bomb there.  8)

Just thought I'd mention a few options.  Of course if I have my bachelor party the weekend of the 29th, we can all just go to a strip club.  :twisted:

  


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Post Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:57 pm 
 

I just sorted through my work (Juniper) travel schedule for the near future on Monday; I'll be in CA the last weekof September, again the last week of October, and then in DC the 2nd week of November.  I'm definitely interested, even after reading KoP's description of the state fair cuisine :P :D


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Post Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 11:55 pm 
 

I actually have a weekend in October where I'm supposed to be in Dallas, falling asleep at some work thing. I think leaving to attend a "very important seminar"* over at The Acaeum gathering would be perfectly acceptable. :)

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 1:04 am 
 

Xaxaxe wrote:I actually have a weekend in October where I'm supposed to be in Dallas, falling asleep at some work thing. I think leaving to attend a "very important seminar"* over at The Acaeum gathering would be perfectly acceptable. :)

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* especially a seminar on beer!


    I'm looking at a weekend in October.  I'm free all month, I was shooting for 6-8th because it's far enough from any holidays except Columbus Day (Monday 9th), which could make a nice 3-day weekend for some of you guys. Plenty of time to recover from the Margaritas and jello shots. So if we decide to do this we have October 6-8th, 13-15th, or 20-22nd to choose from.  Once we get a few more interested, we can vote on the best one.
   I am waiting to hear from more DFW based guys...I know you are out there!  Even Austin and Houston Acaeum members should be able to make a short drive and spare a weekend.  For those of you in Fort Worth or Dallas, no excuse at all, you just need to make the trip out Saturday, if we have this thing and you aren't in attendence,  you'll regret it forever.....  
   As regards to the State Fair, I doubt we'd have time.  There is plenty to do to keep us busy I figure just in the area. I've made up a little itinerary (so sue me, I have time on my hands) of what we could expect to do. I think most of the activities could keep us busy, if nothing else the meeting room at the La Quinta can be filled with board games, RPGs, videos and refreshments so we can easily kill an entire afternoon.  A trip to Generation X will kill another hour. If anyone wants to visit a local Half Price Books, there is another hour or two.  Lots of places to eat, and a pool hall across the street serving alcoholic beverages.  A Starbucks within walking distance.  King can show us his D&D cartoon bootleg videos.  I'm stymied to come up entertainment more solid than that!!!
   I think the main focus will be on just hanging out, but when/if we know more about who might come, we can fill out the itinerary a little better. If we can get Grodog to come, we could always impose on him to run a OSRIC scenario.  
  Unless King wants a Strip Club Preview or something, we could give him one of those....
  If I have to resort to the purely crass bribe to get more people signed on, I will.  Maybe a giveaway of something cool....namely something that has been sitting in my store for months that hasn't sold.  I do have plenty of stuff sitting around that would work nicely as door prizes.
  If this does happen, I'd like to have something solid by the end of the month so we can start making firmer plans...so if any of the weekends above work for you, let me know.

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Post Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 7:32 pm 
 

grodog wrote:I don't live in TX or OK, but if the meeting wasn't too far away, I'd consider driving for it :D


Gee, I live in Plano and I was in Hurst last weekend ... I should check in here more often.


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Post Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 9:38 pm 
 

Ethesis wrote:
Gee, I live in Plano and I was in Hurst last weekend ... I should check in here more often.


         We'd love to have you Steve....meeting is tentatively set for Saturday October 7th.  I'll have some more info by the end of the month, but that seems to be the best date for the meet.  So far only myself and two others (Kingofpain and Gus) have given a definite.  Hopefully as the time grows closer we can get a few more.  Remember, if you don't want to spend the entire day, just hanging out for an hour could be an alternative, shake some hands, have a soft drink, and meet some of the faces behind the names (this means you Gaunt!!!)   :D
      Anyway if interested PM me or post here....the more the merrier.  It would be great to get at least five and hopefully more to meet that day...

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Post Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:00 am 
 

Badmike wrote:meeting is tentatively set for Saturday October 7th.


So far that weekend looks clear for me too, Mike, but flights from ICT to DFW on American are looking too expensive ($370-ish roundtrip), so that plus a hotel puts it way beyond my weekend excursion slush fund (I could by some R modules for that!).  Are there any cheap hotels in the area, or is there any chance I could sleep in a spare room at some benevolent member's home?  

I asked Heather to check into discounted fares, since she's the queen of finding good deals, so I'm hopeful that she'll find much-reduced fares out there.

I guess I could always look into driving too, but a 5-ish hour trip makes it worth my time to fly, if possible :D


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