It's that time again. To get a ticket, you must do 2 things: 1. Self-Identify as a Tabletop Hobby Gamer (or be a relative, offspring, or friend of one) 2. Imagine a ticket for yourself FrankenParty is an "Open House" held near Lake Geneva, WI in memory of my friend and mentor E. Gary Gygax, who repeatedly opened his own home to gamers of all sorts. A volunteer in town hasn't picked up the tradition, so I'm doing it 'way out here in Sharon WI, 20 miles from the convention site. Some folks come for hours, others visit for minutes. Your party, your call. The music doesn't get too wild, nor do the people. We just hang out in a family-friendly atmosphere. Several traditions have emerged over the last four years. Most folks just chat and look around, and don't play many games (maybe it's the game-intensive atmosphere to come). We have abundant food & beverages, but leave most of your vices in the car, pls. If you do BYO (wine or beer is oft available tho we don't offer any), be careful about sharing; there are minors on the premises. FOOD highlights this year include a huge Virginia smoked ham that we got on a recent trip, heaps of our favorite "Ditka's" Chicago Italian Beef, and many sweets from Debbie's Bakery. (Dinner is from 5 to 7.) Volunteers are plentiful, handling refills and minor cleanup. The kitchen is a primary hangout, as it can fit 40 easily, but be sure to visit the loft (and remember the upstairs rest room, since downstairs is the overhead type c.1900, and slow). Visit my office and do a Fame Rub (and pic) of Gary Gygax's desk from the earliest TSR days. There may be several "Celebrity Chef" appearances, including Jason Bulmahn (lead designer, Paizo). Meet and chat with other industry luminaries (Kask, Pokorny, and more; see "The Dwarvenaut" documentary film for a previous FrankenParty). But we're all just Hobby Gamers here. We are a family. EVENT Highlights: I'm digging out some interesting art and collectibles for show 'n' tell, giving away free dice (as usual), and planning a Treasure Hunt with prizes. (Most of my used game stuff sold last year, so I don't expect to run a Flea Market this time.) , YOU WILL NEED the PDF attached. Important: See Parking Instructions! Best idea: Download and print before you head for GaryCon. Keep it on your traveling Flash drive. PARKING MAY BE LIMITED. Please try to coordinate rides & riders (on this board or directly). cya there.