The Screaming Alpha Relaunches at Gen Con!
I suppose the first order of business is an explanation. Where has the Alpha been? Why the sudden disappearance?
Truthfully, I ran into some pretty severe economic turbulence that just took up all my attention. It’s tough to concentrate on the painting bench or the word processor when you’re obsessing about where your next month’s rent money is coming from. I always meant to put up a formal announcement and explanation, but I kept kidding myself that things would turn around and I’d get back to a normal schedule “soon.”
Well, weeks became months and the Alpha fell off my radar. I just put my head down and tended to my RL affairs. I considered closing the site up, but decided that I was too proud of the work to let it disappear.
Then over the last few months things have gotten a bit better for me. I was fortunate enough to pick up quite a lot of work for the 2010 US Census this summer, and am on a fairly solid financial footing for the time being. I began to think seriously about con season.
My absolute favorite thing I’ve ever done for the site was last year’s trip to Indy to cover Gen Con 2009. It was all new and scary, but I learned a lot and I longed to take another bash this year with that experience under my belt. I decided to take the plunge and go for it.
I’ve acquired some flash new gear, both video and audio. I’m bringing a proper tripod this year, graciously loaned by my ace photog stepfather (thanks Mark!). The same source produced a beautiful set of wireless Sony lavaliere body mikes which should be able to defeat even my arch nemesis, the fabled Gen Con PA system. I’ve got new gel insoles in my shoes to avoid a repeat of last year’s horrible blister fiasco. In short I’m ready to rock.
So in the short term everyone can look forward to a blizzard of Gen Con coverage. After that surge, I’m going to have to dial back the updates from the old weekly format, which just got to be too much work. My current plan is to update biweekly, with the schedule to be established after things get back to normal after the big show. Watch this space for more details as they become available.
I owe quite a few reviews from last year, including one for my pal Mikko over at Dawn of the Lead. Rest assured that I haven’t forgotten any of you, and the pile of review minis on my newly-dusted-off painting bench ensures that we’ll not lack for material for the foreseeable future.
I’m truly sorry for disappearing the way I did, and I hope that the Alpha’s readers old and new can forgive my blunders and join me in looking forward to a fabulous new era of The Screaming Alpha.
Your Humble Editor
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