I took off last Friday from work so I could drive down with people to VA to try out Valor. Very, very glad that Jyn and I left Thursday night, rather than Friday morning. We barely made it from kumir_k9
's house to sans_peur
's house because of the snow coating the road. Managed to get my car off of the road (there wasn't a chance in hell I was going to make it up her steep driveway) so it wouldn't be hit by snowplows, climbed into van with kumir_k9
and headed off.
Drive was pretty fun, we just chatted about random stuff most of the way down. The weather sucked until we got about halfway through NJ, where it turned to light rain instead of snow/sleet/sludge. We ended up meeting a bunch of the crew that drive up from VA to play Madrigal, which was neat, since they never get to stay for dinner afterwards, and I hadn't had a chance to really talk to any of them out of game before. Great people, lotsa fun.
We then headed out to the campsite. I don't know what the real name of the campsite is, but I have a new name for it - Camp Mud. Because man, there was an impressive amount of mud there, inches deep, everywhere. Red mud that caked everything. Ugh. The PCs were housed in three big cabins that were heated and had bathrooms attached. I grabbed a bunk in the one close to the tavern, because I'm lazy and didn't want a long walk in the cold at a site I was unfamiliar with.
I did get to see an old friend - very briefly - at checkin, but never got a chance to catch up with him, because he was busy doing checkin, and then I never found time to talk to him before game started, and he wasn't around after game ended. Sad.
Game was kinda slow, but I had fun. Had a bunch of neat conversations with people that I was hoping to, and watched the tournament. I competed in the trivia/riddles competition, and did all right, although I didn't win. I was sorta surprised that I was in it at all, since I know virtually nothing about history, and every other question was a history question. I was happy to get *any* of the history questions right, and was quite pissed at myself for missing one of the riddle ones. But I felt like I made a respectable showing of it, which was ok. I also ended up with a magic shield by accident, which was sort of amusing.
Actually, the best part of the weekend for me was after the king (yes, THAT king) arrived, and we were playing music for him. (That was cool, but not what I'm mentioning now.) The guy hosting the tourney started handing out components to everyone who was playing music, and I looked down, and saw that I was holding, "A Page of Jericho's Music". Omi promptly burst into tears, which led to some fun roleplay with a variety of people regarding Jericho's music, how it had ended up so far from RH, and a magic flute. I have no idea whether or not the plot members down there had any idea that the person who played Jericho was actually at their game, but it was a neat touch.
It was wierd to have game be over when I woke up Sunday morning, but at least we got off the site early. Spent several hours cleaning the tavern with various peoples, and then headed off to have lunch. The drive back took a bit longer than it should have, due to us hitting horrible traffic around NYC. Didn't get back to Boston until after midnight.
Since then I've been mostly vegitating in NH. Nice and relaxing. Yesterday D took the day off from work and we watched Naruto together. Lotsa fun. Tomorrow I head back to work.