Tonight Wendy and I went to the Toronto Science Fiction Convention. Despite me being quite a hardcore geek I had never been to one of these things before and didn't have much of a sense of what it would be like. Somehow I was expecting hordes of people dressed as Klingons and lecture halls with speeches by famous speakers. It wasn't much like that at all. They felt the need to post a weapons policy telling everyone that firearms were not allowed, no seriously, not allowed, not even fake ones. I also got to see the use of 'peace knotting' outside of a DnD roleplaying game for the first time. Given that and the fact that there was definitely a lot of folks who were clearly stereotypical geeks in their lack of communication skills I wasn't entirely disappointed in my expectations but there was only one person wearing a Star Trek uniform and the average age was probably 55 - much higher than I had thought. Thing is though, I like geeks and I found myself really having a good time with the people there.
I was apparently was off on the scale of things too. I went to three panel discussions and the crowd attending ranged from 4-12 people. Thankfully this allowed the audience to step in and really participate in the discussion and given that this is a forum that attracts all kinds of people knowledgeable in many very esoteric and specialized fields the discussions were really interesting. There was a talk on weapons and armour which I enjoyed but didn't participate much in but I really got into it with the panelists (in a good way!) in the Game Design discussion. I would have happily invited any of the folks on the panel home to have a good chat about things and maybe a game or two and that has got to be a great sign for how tomorrow will go as we are going to be at the convention the whole day.
I generally have a policy of not doing anything. Sthenno and I have this sort of arrangement where will be forcibly drag ourselves out of our dwellings to get together now and again because both of us know we *should* go outside but we both find ourselves dreading actually doing anything. Because of this unhealthy attitude I usually am hesitant to do anything new so Wendy needs to kick my ass to get me out the door. Usually that works out great though sometimes I just put up with it and think about the video game I could be playing. This convention, though I harboured deep suspicions about it, has so far been a really good experience. If it continues as it has I will have a great time and be pleased I went even though I will have had to leave my house for someplace new twice in just two days - a tremendous sacrifice to be sure.