So! Totally went to Furfright this last weekend and had easily the best con I’ve had to date.
DAY ONE: THE GRUMPING
Thursday consisted of getting up entirely too early, trapping myself in my van with some of my best friends and our stuff and rocketing the whole thing in the general direction of Cromwell as fast as I could without being arrested or something. Kyr slept in the back of the can for pretty much the whole trip while Pony had to put up with my usual “I am driving now” hyperfocusing in the front. I was proud of this drive. Made record time and only needed one stop on the way!
However, six hours of driving will wear out just about anyone. By the time we got to the con, settled in our hotel room in the Super 8 and over to the con hotel, we were all grumpy, sleepy, grumbly old men and women. We stood in the too-long-but-fast-moving pre-reg line to get our badges and crap, then booked it back to the hotel and directly into bed.
DAY TWO: THE SETTLING
Woke up pretty early, washed off my stank and headed right over to the con. First thing I did was stop by registration to upgrade my badge to FrankenSponsor for the extra goodies. This was also my fifth Furfright, and each year seems to trump the last in awesomeness, so I figured I’d throw some extra money at it. I briefly caught up with Wolfgang and some other pretty cool dudes (and got stuck in an elevator with them for ten minutes, oh god) before wandering around the con.
Not really content with just installing myself in the tabletop gaming room for the whole con, I did some wandering. I made a quick cursory walk through the dealer’s den to get a feel for it. Didn’t stay, WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE, but I did nab me some raffle tickets from Tikky, and an invitation to Piecon (which I couldn’t attend, more later.) After that I caught up with Meander and settled into the gaming room for a while. THERE WAS PINBALL THERE AND I PLAYED SO MUCH OF IT MY WRIST HURT. I finally met Aurafox as he was playing some fightan gaemz and doled out the hugs! I failed massively at Pop’n’music for a while, then some more pinball until i went OH GOD FRANKENSPONSOR DINNER IS NOW.
I ran into Purple in the hallway and gave him massive hugs, then sat down in the ballroom and enjoyed the hell out of that dinner. I REALLY wish I hadn’t had such a big lunch, because that food was AMAZING. Watcher also had his tea thing set up and I grabbed some of the iced tea he had already made. So good. <3 I spent the rest of the evening wandering around, re-catching up with Aura and meeting Tahoe and Dingoroo and generally being a weirdo. I got tired pretty quick and headed back to the room to get some quality Z’s.
DAY THREE: THE GAMING
Woke up a bit late, got freshened up and headed out the con. It was BEAUTIFUL out! Perfect weather, compared to the crappy humid rain we had on Friday. First order of business was to hit up the pinball tournament. I got there a little early, so I checked out the dealer’s den some more. Grabbed a SUPER SEKRIT COMMISSION from Dingoroo I had been meaning to get for a while, and Tikky made me a micro badge, which is literally the best thing. People were asking me all over the place where I got it. Then there was pinball. Despite crazy sensitive tilt sensors and random machine resets, it finally got going. Aura was all poutyface because he didn’t get the trophy (because it was a paw, huhuhu). I managed to squeak out third place!
I stole Tahoe and Aura for food at the diner, where we giggled at Aura being a pickyplush, then trying clam chowder and loving it. When we drove back, the fursuit parade was going on in the parking lot. We were basically led through the sea of fursuits; I rolled down the window and started giving drive-by high fives. It was awesome!
I wandered and derped for a little while, hung out with Aura while he was in suit, then headed over to the poker tournament.
A brief history of me and poker: The last time I had played poker was one year previous, at Furfright 2010. I had learned to play poker 20 minutes before that tournament. I ended up being I think the 15th or so person to be eliminated out of 50-some.
My goal this year was to at least get halfway. I figured I’d be there for about two hours, tops.
The tournament started at 6:00. Two and a half or so hours later, Littlewolf announced that half the players has been eliminated. Woo, goal met, and I was still going!
Next thing I know, it’s another hour and a half later and I’m at the final table. WHAT. I managed to stay in with some good hands, had a TON of fun, and got 4th place. FOUR AND A HALF HOURS OF POKER, jeez. But so much fun!
I spent most of the rest of the night hanging out with Aura, Tahoe, Dingoroo, Codex and BEAR GRYLLS (I feel like a goober because I forget his actual name), putting off sleep as long as I could before I finally trudged back to my hotel and fell all of the asleep.
DAY FOUR: THE SADDENING
I woke up and got my shit packed. We, Pony and Kyr got the van packed up and ready to go before driving over to the con for one last hoorah. I caught up with Aura, Tahoe, Purple, Tilt and others at the fursuit games, watching the end of musical chairs. I wandered for a bit, then settled in the dealer’s room for the rest of the con.
[ WARNING. EMO DERP AHEAD. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK. ]
Around 3 or 3:30, the thought “you are about to have to leave” finally settled in my brain. I was hanging out at Dingoroo’s table with Aura and others, and it took just about all I had not to just break down in tears. This was new to me; I had NEVER gotten this broken up about a con, much less before I even managed to leave. Almost IMMEDIATELY after this happened, Dingoroo had to go and be a gigantic sweetheart and give me a giant bear plushie. I nearly broke down again.
We helped Dingo get his stuff up to his room, and I said some quick and extremely reluctant goodbyes. I hugged a few more people on the way out and crawled into the car. I had asked Kyr to take the first leg of the trip back so I could kind of take a little nap and compose myself. We grabbed food and gas, and as soon as we hit the road, I was a bawling mess in the backseat.
We got about two hours into the drive and switched up. I found it incredibly hard to focus, I was tearing up every couple of minutes, and just generally freaking out. I asked Kyr to take the wheel after about an hour and a half or so, and we managed to get home, albeit a little late.
The second I got all my stuff inside the door, I collapsed on my bed and cried myself to sleep like a doofus.
This con was the best one I’ve had to date, hands down. I really just did not want to leave, at all. Especially not as early as we did.
[ DERPY EMO DUMB CRAP IS NOW OVER ]
With all that said, here are some shoutouts!
Meander, Purple, Wolfgang, Jouva and countless many others: I’m sorry we didn’t hang out much at the con D: I got swept up in so much stuff and I always feel guilty when I can’t hang out with more people for longer.
Tikky: I’m sorry I missed Piecon. D: I TOTALLY got stuck in poker and couldn’t make it. Also, thanks for the micro badge, it’s probably the best thing ever!
Devilpony and Kyr: Thanks for putting up with my freaking out on the way home. XD I’m super glad you guys got to go this year and have a good time.
Aurafox: You are a GIGANTIC SWEETHEART GOOFBALL and I’m going to miss you SO MUCH. I’m really sorry if I seemed like I was being clingy. XD But now you have a mini-me so I can bug you forever!
Dingoroo: You also are a huge sweetheart, and I’d love to get to know you better and hang out and talk more. The bear plushies have a nice new home on my bed. :D
Tahoe: We meshed really well and you seem like a pretty awesome dude that doesn’t afraid of anything. :3 Hopefully should talk more!
Wag: R.I.P. your hair. I really think you could rock a bandana pretty hard like that. Also, invest in hats, your head’s gonna get SO COLD.
Poprock: GOD. DAMNIT.