Wednesday, August 1, 2018

There And Back - More From Alabama

F/SF authors on the theater stage

History of RPGs panel - I learned a lot!!!

Tables with local fan groups

Some really good cosplayers, in character

The marketplace, with authors, artists, and vendors

I don't know what they've got going on down there in Alabama, but I'm back from a truly amazing weekend at the library in Hoover, Alabama, which I think is part of the Greater Birmingham metroplex. The library has a lot going on - this kind of event is something  that they seem to do a lot, with the various events themed and aimed at the very diverse users of the library. It was all very well organized and run, complete with a shuttle bus between the two buildings being used.

I barely had time to catch my breath all weekend, let alone look at their website:


I was a small part of this; I was invited down to speak and run games by some fans of Tekumel who live down there, and we managed to make it all happen in a very quick time. I did serval talks on Phil and his creation, and ran two game sessions - one with 14 players, one with six - and everyone seemed to have a good time.

There were a number of local authors on hand, and the local fan groups all seems to have shown up. Lots of good cosplayers, including half a dozen young ladies from an anime series; one of them was doing a character who habitually had a cigarette in her mouth, and I was startled to see one dangling from her lip - being a real costumer, she'd made it all street-legal with a pack of candy cigarettes. (I didn't know you could still get those, any more!)

Everyone seemed to be having as good a time as I was, and I thought that this was one of the best events I'd ever been to in the last forty years!

More photos up next!