By THOMAS F. JOHNSON
Given that I was too dense to take interviews at RinCon, I might as well give a summary of my experiences.
-It was surprising how easy it was to get in with my press credentials, and it was also surprising how many women were there. It was still mostly guys, but I do think that at least 20 percent of the con-attenders were women.
- Most of the game store-owners of Tucson were there, and I was acquainted with many of them. Most sold game books both old and new (I bought a copy of “Grimtooth’s Traps” for only $1.50), though there was one very neat little Renaissance Faire-type cosplay shop run by a woman and her husband. The woman said she didn’t play games, though her husband did, as she was too busy making the stuff for their shop.
-Though I was too busy to get the opportunity to play at any of the many Tabletop RPG sessions at the event, and had to leave too early to meet the guests, I did get the opportunity to playtest the game “Crazy Uncle Otto’s Vault,” which this nice couple was trying to get officially published. It was a fun little “press your luck”-type game, and if it ever comes out, give it a try. I did give them some suggestions on how to improve their game, since it was a playtest, and they seemed quite receptive.
-There was surprisingly little cosplay there, thought there were two women cosplaying Ramona Flowers and another woman in an excellent costume of a Magic the Gathering character. But the best cosplayer there was a man in an excellently elaborate steampunk cyborg costume. (You can see a bit of near the end of the video.) He said had multiple stages he added on day-by day at larger cons (though not here). He also invited me to Wild West Con (a steampunk convention) next May, and I think I may have to take him up on it.
BY: ANDRIA SKANSE
By MEGYN FITZGERALD
By: NINA ELLIOTT
By EDWINA FRANCISCO
By VANESSA AVILA
By APRIL GEORGE
If you would like to help the Ronald McDonald House, here are a few things you can do:
- Volunteer! Go to http://www.rmhctucson.org/get-involved/volunteer, fill out a Volunteer Application and email it to Christine LaBoy.
- Chef for a Day. Contact Ashley Milne with a group of twelve or less and volunteer to make a meal for the families.
- Collect Pop Tabs (the metal tabs off of soda cans) to donate. Get your friends to do it too! The Pop Tab program pays a lot of the House bills, and tabs can be dropped off at the Ronald McDonald House Monday-Friday.
- Donate books, DVDs, new toys, and other items on the Ronald McDonald House wish list.
- Check out the website to find out other ways you can help!
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona
3838 N. Campbell Ave, Bldg. 6
Tucson, AZ, 85719
With MYLO ERICKSON and a host of others
By MEGGIE COSTELLO-KESSLER
By: TESSA CASE