Avalyn and i went up to San Francisco (well, technically Burlingame) for ConVolution
last weekend and had a great time. And for once i got the recap post done in a reasonable amount of time!
We got to SFO around noon. It took a little while for the shuttle to show up for the Bay Landing hotel where we were staying, but we eventually got there and checked in. After dropping our bags off we head down the street to the con.( Day 1 Morning and Afternoon: Registration and ExplorationCollapse )
At that point it was close to 3 and we decided we were starting to get fairly hungry, given that neither of us had had any breakfast. So we decided to walk back to the El Torito right across from our hotel. We had some food and some margaritas and then decided to go back to the hotel room and rest for a bit.
We got up and got ready and were heading back to the con for the parties and other evening stuff around 7.( Day 1 Evening: Parties and drinks and music performances and noise complaints and partiesCollapse )
But in any case there certainly weren't any games of Cards Against Humanity going over that noise, so we went back up to the party floor. We did some more dancing at Sir Lance's party, stopped by a couple other parties, swung by Black Hole one more time (I believe we got a second set of drinks, but i don't remember what they were) and were warned when we left that they weren't letting in any more people after that, which we were fine with. And it was about this point (shortly after 1 i think?) we decided it was time to head back to our hotel and crash.
Day 2:( Day 2 Morning: Continental BreakfastCollapse )
We ended up heading over to the con just before noon, and decided to check out the goblin castle siege. We'd missed the 10:00-12:00 construction of the castle, but we'd seen the game room staff constructing a whole bunch of cardboard bricks the previous day and were kinda curious. Conveniently as we approached the hotel we saw the castle set up right in the front lawn and wandered over just as they were getting started.( Day 2 Afternoon: Castle Sieges and TentaclesCollapse )
We decided to head up to the Hospitality Suite early for Alexander Adams' music set, on the theory that it would probably be croweded. It was a good theory, because there was someone outside the door preventing any new people from going in until other people had left, and three or four other people waiting in line. (Well, more of in a mob really.) Luckily we didn't have to wait too long for enough people to cycle out for us to get in again.( Day 2 Afternoon: Alexander Adams and Tricksy PixieCollapse )
The set itself was great of course. And partway through the other members of Tricky Pixie got up and joined him, so it was really half of an Alexander Adams set and half of a Tricky Pixie set, but that was fine with me.
When that was done we went to a panel on Magic Systems, which was interesting but not quite what i expected. We left a little early from that so we could go get in line for the Labyrinth showing with the Q&A with Wendy Froud, Brian Froud, and Toby Froud beforehand.( Day 2 Late Afternoon: Labyrinth Trivia and Movie and DinnerCollapse )
When we were done eating we went to a panel on "Spintronics", which is electronics that work based on the spin state of the electrons. Several parts of the lecture were definitely over my head, but i did find it interesting, especially because i just recently finished rereading Michael Flynn's Firestar series, in which spin transistors played a relatively prominent role, making it yet another way in which the 12-17 years old books still seem like they're set in the immediate future.
After that we headed back to the hotel and changed for the Goblin ball.( Day 2 Night: Goblin Ball and Jack SkellingtonCollapse )
Once the live performances were over we decided to see what else was going off, so we said bye to madmanatw and wandered off. We went by the game room and were happy to find that there was karaoke. We were not so happy to find that despite the fact that the karaoke had gone on until at least 1am, the game room was closing at midnight that night, ie in three minutes =P What kind of a con shuts down the game room at midnight?( Day 2 Night: Parties and Goblin Ball DregsCollapse )
After almost an hour of dancing the DJ announced that it was time to shut down. We tried to convince him that he should keep going since it was only 1am and the dance was supposed to go until 2, but he wasn't buying our DST shenanigans.
So we walked back to the hotel and crashed pretty shortly thereafter.
We got up at 8:30ish and went down to the continental breakfast, then turned around and went back to our room when we saw how crowded it was. We spent awhile getting ready and doing some preliminary packing before heading back down to breakfast around 10, at which point there were actually tables available. I decided to try the waffles this time, and made one each for Avalyn and i. After eating we went back upstairs, finished packing, checked out, left our bags with the receptionist, and walked to the con.( Day 3 Morning: Weapons Lecture PanelCollapse )
When the panel was over the panel moderators moved out to the lawn to set up for the live weapons demonstration. However we decided that we wanted to go by the dealers' hall first, since we hadn't been in there since the start of the first day. However along the way we got distracted by the end of the Storytellers panel, the other panel we'd considered going to. It turns out that the panel included Wendy and Richard Pini, along with Alexander Adams and a couple other people. The weapons lecture was definitely interesting, but if the pocket program had actually mentioned who was in each panel i probably would have voted for the Storytellers panel instead. We got to hear the last bit of discussion, and then the Q&A session. Including the person who, after the general advisory that we should restrict ourselves to brief and specific questions, decided to ramble on with some story about her work at a local school where she reads stories to children and blah blah blah until the moderator cut her off.
So when that wrapped up we went to the dealers' hall, where we ran into madmanatw again and Avalyn bought a small souvenir for her sister before we headed out to see a little bit of the weapon demonstration before we had to head back to the hotel. We got to watch maybe 15-20 minutes of people whacking each other with swords before we had to run off to catch our shuttle to the airport.