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    Costuming is recommended, certainly not required, and people not costumed will certainly not be the only ones there that aren't dressed up.

    De, I've been working on the assumption that those who can are going to try for the steampunk theme as much as we can.

    On that note, if anyone has extra things they can bring to help outfit the rest of us, that would be muchly appreciated.
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    Oh don't get me wrong, hun. I want to go - I just wanted to make sure I wasn't going to cheese anyone off by not being in costume.


    ....so someone mentioned cake....? *looks hopeful*
    Succ, I didn't dress up when i was there last year. just bring your flawless british accent.

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    Avast! Why must this always be when I'm at school, a few hundred miles away?

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    Yeah, the Light Rail is Baltimore and is all above ground and only goes North-South. The Metro, of course, is DC's rail system and, unfortunately, they do not easily connect (though for a short trip on Amtrak and some schlepping it CAN be done).

    I'm not sure if we're going to rent the large van again this year or not. We'll investigate this more when the meetup is closer.

    EDIT: As far as nearby places to stay, there's a post upthread that has some links to recommendations, but it might be best to see where others are staying in order to coordinate travel to and fro.

    As a side note, there's a new shuttle route from the Shady Grove Metro Station and BWI, that goes along the new ICC. If I remember correctly, it's only around $5-10. I think there are other routes too. Hope that helps a bit with transportation.
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    UPDATE:

    We just got back from speaking to a few of the hotels in the area and found one that is willing to let us use their breakfast buffet room free of charge so long as we don't leave a huge mess for the breakfast crew. Other places wanted to charge upwards of $200 for four hours and wanted us out by 11PM. It's a really great space with lots of tables for gaming, much more room than in our little house. So the plan is to game there at least Saturday night, probably from say, 7 until people go to bed. They want us out by 5AM, but historically that won't really be an issue. If enough people are around Friday night, we may take them up on the offer then too.

    So, if you're looking to book a room still, please consider booking at the LaQuinta Inn. The rates are reasonable and it's super easy to get from there to our place and back. I'm not sure it would be cool for us to use the room if none of us are staying there, though. Side benefit, if you're drinking, you have an easy hallway commute to your room!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeb The Troll View Post
    UPDATE:

    We just got back from speaking to a few of the hotels in the area and found one that is willing to let us use their breakfast buffet room free of charge so long as we don't leave a huge mess for the breakfast crew. Other places wanted to charge upwards of $200 for four hours and wanted us out by 11PM. It's a really great space with lots of tables for gaming, much more room than in our little house. So the plan is to game there at least Saturday night, probably from say, 7 until people go to bed. They want us out by 5AM, but historically that won't really be an issue. If enough people are around Friday night, we may take them up on the offer then too.

    So, if you're looking to book a room still, please consider booking at the LaQuinta Inn. The rates are reasonable and it's super easy to get from there to our place and back. I'm not sure it would be cool for us to use the room if none of us are staying there, though. Side benefit, if you're drinking, you have an easy hallway commute to your room!
    Sweet. I still need to nail down tyckspoon into a definite answer on his attendance. But I am definitely looking forward to this.
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    Sweet. I still need to nail down tyckspoon into a definite answer on his attendance. But I am definitely looking forward to this.
    Still planning to go. Was just thinking I should talk to you about length of stay/roomshare/etc so I know what to plan for.

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    Still trying to coordinate with people as to exactly what nights I'll be there, but I'll try to keep these arrangements in mind. Right now the options are to head to the airport Thursday after work (possibly taking a couple hours off in the afternoon, but I need to be there that morning) or early enough on Friday that Phil and I can hang out with peoples that evening.
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    Btw, I have interest in running the Dresden RPG while in town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mangosta71 View Post
    that Phil and I can hang out with peoples that evening.
    Wait.... I thought Phil wasn't coming. Has that changed? *hopes so*

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    AFAIK, it's not final, but he's on the "very probably" list as of now.
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    I think Krade is protesting the use of the word mad in in the phrase mad scientist as it promotes ambiguity. Are they angry? Are they crazy? Some of both? Not to mention, it also often connotates some degree of evilness. In the future we should be more careful to use proper classification.

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    Btw, I have interest in running the Dresden RPG while in town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mangosta71 View Post
    AFAIK, it's not final, but he's on the "very probably" list as of now.
    That's excellent news! The last I remember hearing was this...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gryffon View Post
    Btw, I have interest in running the Dresden RPG while in town.
    OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGZOMG
    I mean, yay!


    I am super excited for this. I just thought I'd say!
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    I'm familiarizing myself with the rules currently. I'd be using the setting they provide, which is Baltimore! And probably using the sample characters they provide, depending on time.
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    1. Dresden sounds awesome!

    2. I just learned that Heavy Seas craft brewery is locatyed in Baltimore. THIS MUST BE VISITED!!

    3. Steampunk ren-faire is still hopefully happening.

    4. Depending on children in tow, Faerie and I may be staying at the La Quinta. If we are coming without children.... maybe futon space? The details are still being discussed...

    5. Zeb, I am still trying to research our 'project'... (and another hippie belated burfday!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeb The Troll View Post
    That's excellent news! The last I remember hearing was this...
    I didn't want to say anything until I was certain, which I still am not. So that's still the official word. But now there's a much better chance that it won't be the final word.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gryffon View Post
    I'm familiarizing myself with the rules currently. I'd be using the setting they provide, which is Baltimore! And probably using the sample characters they provide, depending on time.
    From what I've heard, using the sample characters might be wise. When somebody here tried to start up a Dresden RPG group a few weeks ago, he allocated the entire first session to character creation. I don't know whether that was really necessary in the end, but that was the GM's plan going in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Philistine View Post
    From what I've heard, using the sample characters might be wise. When somebody here tried to start up a Dresden RPG group a few weeks ago, he allocated the entire first session to character creation. I don't know whether that was really necessary in the end, but that was the GM's plan going in.
    That's what the rules suggest. Character creation is a collaborative effort. If I did allow character creation, it would probably be in a forum thread, before the actual meetup.
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    I intend to come, and I hope Susan will be able to join me.

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    2. I just learned that Heavy Seas craft brewery is locatyed in Baltimore. THIS MUST BE VISITED!!

    4. Depending on children in tow, Faerie and I may be staying at the La Quinta. If we are coming without children.... maybe futon space? The details are still being discussed...

    5. Zeb, I am still trying to research our 'project'... (and another hippie belated burfday!)
    2. It is, and very close to us. Sadly, they only do tours in the middle of the afternoon on Saturdays, right in the middle of RenFest time.

    4. Absolutely. We already had that in the 'floor plan'.

    5. I am too, actually. We should chat. (thanks!)

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    I intend to come, and I hope Susan will be able to join me.

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    Awesome! Same plan as last year or are you guys going to try to make the RenFest with us this year too?
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    2. It is, and very close to us. Sadly, they only do tours in the middle of the afternoon on Saturdays, right in the middle of RenFest time.

    5. I am too, actually. We should chat. (thanks!)
    I'm okay with not doing a tour... but we NEED to get some of this beer! I have no local access!!

    I will see about calling you soon... hopefully later this week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeb The Troll View Post
    2. It is, and very close to us. Sadly, they only do tours in the middle of the afternoon on Saturdays, right in the middle of RenFest time.

    4. Absolutely. We already had that in the 'floor plan'.

    5. I am too, actually. We should chat. (thanks!)

    Awesome! Same plan as last year or are you guys going to try to make the RenFest with us this year too?
    I'll talk with Susan, but it's most likely same plan as last year. Susan doesn't like crowds much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gryffon View Post
    That's what the rules suggest. Character creation is a collaborative effort. If I did allow character creation, it would probably be in a forum thread, before the actual meetup.
    I was going to recommend either this, or you create characters for us.
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    Wait, wait - I get to meet Mauve *and* pendell in addition to all the other wonderful folks in this thread?

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    I'm okay with not doing a tour... but we NEED to get some of this beer! I have no local access!!

    I will see about calling you soon... hopefully later this week.
    Alrighty then. Done and done. Not unexpectedly, I'm practically tripping over the stuff. I'd like to take you to my beer place if you're up here early enough.
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    Mmmm, beer.
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    Alrighty then. Done and done. Not unexpectedly, I'm practically tripping over the stuff. I'd like to take you to my beer place if you're up here early enough.
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    I think I should take Hippie and Zeb to Frisco's.
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    You have a beer place?!
    Oh, do I. It's more like a warehouse, actually. It's a full blown liquor store but about a fourth of the store is just beer, everything from B/M/C to Rogue/Stone/Lagunitas to Ommegang and Duvel. Also, this is the place where I'm most likely to find any special releases or seasonals that anyone puts out.
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    I think I should take Hippie and Zeb to Frisco's.
    We've been there.

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    I think I should take Hippie and Zeb to Frisco's.
    Yes, yes you should!

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