I haven’t had a chance to do a Vlog since coming back from PAX South 2016. Between the wife getting sick, my getting back to work right away on videos, and general physical recovery I have just been too busy to sit down and relay what happened. It was an exhausting, harrowing, and inspirational experience across the board.

   Friday morning started off bad, with my stomach decided it would be the perfect chance to have me wake up in the grips of nausea. Between that and general morning grogginess I was almost useless on Friday well thru the trip to San Antonio and our arrival at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio Hotel. Things got so bad at one point during the road trip that I apparently passed out while waiting for my wife to pull the car over so I could ‘evacuate’ my stomach. Memories are vague on this details, the drive up to San Antonio was harrowing and exhausting all told. The moment we got to the hotel and checked in (thank you Grand Hyatt for being amazing on that regard) I found the nearest bed and summarily passed out for several hours. Thankfully I woke up refreshed and stable, all things considered.

   The very first thing we had to do when getting into San Antonio, before even checking into the hotel, as stop by the area Denny’s and visit with Morvelaira, ManMorv, Kihira, PurpleMentat, and Apollocat. Morvy was holding our badges, and we had cash in trade for her. They were greeted by my best impression of “Death Warmed Over” for them, barely able to mutter a coherent sentence. Thankfully this first impression was reconciled later that day with a quick walk around the Expo Hall floor followed by dinner at a great restaurant called “Pizzarita’s”. Got a chance to sit down and coherently reconnect with Morvelaira, ManMorv, PurpleMentat and Apollocat. It was pleasant, friendly and over all great to finally be ‘alive’ again after feeling like a plague ridden zombie for so long.

Direwolf20 prepping for a panel.
Direwolf20 prepping for a panel.

   Saturday morning greeted me with the reminder that my knees are shot, and not quite as usable as they once were. This prompted me to use one of the walking canes I brought with me for just such occassions. I got a chance to finally meet Direwolf20 in person (which was epic), as well as QuetziSlowpoke101 (whom I have met before) and many other wonderful people. I perused the Expo Hall floor some more, got to see Banner Saga 2 briefly, as well as many other great things. I even got the chance to meet a viewer, Groeh, in person! 

Meet Groeh!
Meet Groeh!

   Sunday.. well we ended up being a bit more lazy on Sunday. This was really the day that realization set in: I am not as young nor as capable as I used to be. My plans for interviews of vendors / game devs on the Expo Hall floor was just too much for me to handle at this point considering the current state of my health. I need to lose weight, I need to get my ulcer back in check, and in general improve my over all ‘wellness’. This has now become the ‘new goal’ for me to achieve by PAX South next year. If I cannot get even a minor of improvement in the state of my health by mid-summer, I will not attend next year. This will give me a year off, with a chance for more time to get myself back ‘in check’.

My new 'family'!
My new ‘family’!

  Sunday night, the ‘final day’ of PAX South, was glorious and amazing: we got to go hang out at ForgeHouse with all of our fellow FTB / ForgeCrafters and generally be a massive family together. Bonds were created, friendships forged, and relationships rekindled. It was a great experience and truly made the entire trip worthwhile. TFox, GhostfromTexas, and MasterTrotter all ran some strange and crazy magic ritual on the grill and produced wonderous BBQ delights as a result. I got to watch Slowpoke almost fall out of a small paddle boat, and had the chance to meet new friends like Kleetho & Hermy and Raj from WeAllPlayCast as well as finally meet old friends like MidniteTemplar in person.

The trip was both a massive planning failure, and the biggest success I could have ever hoped for. Would I do it all over again? Hell yes, but I’d only with the help of my amazing wife. None of this trip would have been possible without her, this I will never forget. Big thanks to all my great new friends that I made at PAX South, and I hope to see your wonderful faces again soon.