Los Angeles Area MiniCons 2002

L.A. MINICON REPORT

by Kray, Berkeley CA

Everyone collects something. I seem to be collecting cities in which I've attended a local NPL gathering. Until recently I had logged Boston, New York, San Francisco and Seattle; now I can add the City of Angels, having been to LA's last two minicons. Here's a rundown of the March 30 festivities.

I arrived at the home of Bartok's parents in La Mirada a bit after noon, having gotten a ride from LAX from Panache, MOL and Silence (only to discover that the car contained yet another passenger–congrats!*). Upon arriving, we were greeted by a smorgasbord of pencil-and-paper puzzles by Bartok, Elfman, Kegler, Tablesaw et al. After schmoozing/solving for a while, we began the scheduled program around 1 PM. Game presenters included Bluff, Panache, Music Man, Artistry, and Bartok. The latter two presented games that may be familiar from conventions: Body Language (presented as an after-hours game by T McAy in SF and Newark: a combination of charades and guessing answers to partially obscured questions) and Chain Reaction (two players take turns saying one word each to form a grammatically correct clue for a third teammate). We also engaged in a bit of what they call “Improv Flats” (also known as “Performance Flats”): improvised skits that clue parts of a base.

Somewhere in there we wedged in a terrific potluck dinner; even this vegetarian left full. There was also a “business meeting”, which mainly concerned plans for a Los Angeles bid for the 2004 convention; watch for that at the ConCouver business meeting. Although the official party broke up at around 9 PM, a few of us stayed on for some after hours gaming, including Twitch, Chrononauts, and the guessing games French Toast and Spanish Omelet.

* Just to clarify, MoL and Silence (who is the daughter of Panache and Manache) are expecting their first child. Her NPL-nom is, of course, Granache.

Attendees:

At Bartok's - March 30, 2002:

  • Artistry
  • Bartok
  • Bluff
  • Dot
  • Elfman
  • Game Dame
  • Kegler
  • Kray
  • MoL
  • Music Man
  • Panache
  • Sheila
  • Silence
  • Tablesaw
Guests:
  • Drew (guest of Bluff & Sheila)
  • Jennie (guest of Dot)
  • Stefano (guest of Kray)

At Bluff's - January 12, 2002:

  • Artistry
  • Bartok
  • Bluff
  • Conundrum
  • Dot
  • Elfman
  • Game Dame
  • Gypsy
  • Kegler
  • Kray
  • Manache
  • MoL
  • Music Man
  • Panache
  • Sheila
  • Silence
  • Tablesaw
Guests:
  • Krystal (guest of Bluff & Sheila)
  • Stefano (guest of Kray)

At Silence & MoL's - May 11, 2002 (Intercoastal Altercations):

  • Artistry
  • Bartok
  • Bluff
  • Conundrum
  • Dot
  • Elfman
  • Gypsy
  • Kegler
  • Manache
  • MoL
  • Music Man
  • Panache
  • Sheila
  • Silence
Guest:
  • Stefano (former guest of Kray)

Not in attendance at any of the above gatherings:

  • Sparrow (our best wishes for a full recovery!)

Pictures from the 2002 L.A. Area MiniCons

Pictures are for NPL Members only

The following pictures were taken by Artistry:

Silence & MoL's — May 11, 2002 (Intercoastal Altercations)

Other Resources

 
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