Gen Con 2000: WotC Party
Friday 11 August 2000: Wizards of the Coast Party
We were invited to a party at the Wizards of the Coast suite, up in the Presidential Suite of the Hilton. As you know, this is the same hotel where we are staying. The Presidential Suite is just much larger and cooler. How could we say no?
Tatyanna and Brooks
The nicest thing about a Presidential Suite is the extra large king-size bed. Checking its sitting comfort are Tatyanna and Brooks Banks, offame.
View from the top
I could not resist taking this picture from high above the MECCA. By day we travel down below in labyrinths of architecture and of the mind. Of course, the easiest way to solve a labyrinth is to look at it from above.
WotC crew cuts loose
Employees of Wizards are a happy bunch. They have a lot to be happy about and hugs are far from uncommon.
Peter and Melissa
Peter Adkison, founder of Wizards of the Coast, is a legend in our gaming industry. Back when WotC published The Primal Order, TSR could have destroyed WotC. I guess he has a lot to laugh about. Melissa parties with Peter on top of the gaming world.
Tom, Robin, Brooks
Tom Ko is the head of the RPGA, the WotC gaming club. With him is Brooks, the Southern U.S.A. gentleman that was charming all the ladies. Of course, Brooks has only eyes for Robin, but who can blame him?
It might seem appropriate to see a card magician at a Wizards party. But, is he just a prestidigitator or does he know true Hermetic secrets? He did not say, though I suspect the pestle and mortar in his pocket would tell an interesting story...
Melissa and Peter reprise
There is one happy woman and one happy man. 'Nuff said...
Tatyanna and Drew
Drew Wormington is the Internet specialist for, a web based collectibles dealer. In addition, they host talk-shows at conventions that are then webcast. Tatyanna you all know by now... :)
Jerome Blake, Tatyanna, and Drew
Living in Los Angeles, I see movie actors rather frequently. However, few have been as charismatic as Jerome Blake. Throw in the goob factor - Jerome played 7 different roles in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace - and you have the ingredients for a good Chimera mini-interview. Jerome played Rune Haako, Mas Amedda, Oppo Rancisis, Horox Ryyder, Orn Free Taa, Graxol Kelvyyn, and a Trade Federation Delegate. Drew and Tatyanna were hanging out with Jerome when I caught them in this shot.
Jerome Blake and Dennis
Jerome Blake using a Jedi mind trick on Dennis Barger of. Now he'll get better terms from the suave collectables dude.
Jerome and Robert
Jerome is interpreting Steve McQueen and I am doing my Peter Lorre from an old Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode.