Why "Day 0?" Because LOAF and Chris decided to turn up the day before the show started.
Byydo: Hey! Last time I was in BWI the crab wasn't in a lexan case... What a terrible world where even giant stained-glass crabs aren't safe. :(
LOAF: Stand back, I've got a crystal skull! Anyway, yes, this is a giant glass crab in a giant glass case. It's at BWI airport. At least it's
Maryland-specific... the AirTran baggage claim in Atlanta had, I kid you
not, giant plexiglass ants all over the ceiling. I guess it's to welcome you
to Atlanta... hey, wait, that's pretty cool. Nevermind.
ChrisReid: This day was really terrible.. all sorts of scary Atlanta people, no place to really comfortably sit and like ten hours to wait before I found another Wing Commander fan. We need to coordinate arrival times next year.
Joe: "Welcome to Maryland--the sexually-transmitted-disease capital of the world!"
Death: "Scary Atlanta people" is redundant, Chris.
Hades: Twice I've been to BWI and I never saw that. I'd have remembered. I want my money back.
Byydo: The "quotes" means it's a "lie." I heard JFK International put a hit on your ass.
ChrisReid: The spacing on the words is weird and it's missing the possessive apostrophe after "world." "Welcome to the City of Bad Punctuation!" When I see stuff like this, it's usually a bad omen.
TyeDyeBoy: Also the crappiest airport, except for the trains. The trains are pretty damn cool. I recommend that nobody fly from there, just ride the trains.
ChrisReid: Damn, I missed the cool trains. The only trains I could find were dirty, smelly and full of scary people.
LOAF: The walking sidewalks are also pretty cool. I had trouble choosing between riding the rocket-train and walking alongside the rocket train on a moving
sidewalk. I ended up doing half on the sidewalk and half in the train. But yeah, it's a pretty awful airport: it took like 45 minutes to get the baggage from the airplane to the plexiglass ant arena.
Byydo: Didn't the "Cow disguised as a chicken" ad campaign peter out back in the last century?
TyeDyeBoy: No. No, I would not like a piece of you. Thank you for asking.
Joe: The worst DeNiro impressionist EVER!
LOAF: "Peece" looks a mite close to feces for my taste. It was funny to see Chris be culture-shocked by Chick-Fil-A (a disturbingly religious fast food restaurant).
ChrisReid: Yeah, these places freaked the hell out of me. You know you're in the south when there's a giant cow dressed up as a chicken. And they were closed on Sunday. What the hell? Half the stores were closed. That's insane.
Death: Welcome to Hel^H^H^Hthe Bible Belt, Chris.
ChrisReid: The first of many rolls of film.
Joe: Tiger-Beat Exclusive--Win a Date with Dreamboat Chris Reid!
Death: Chris: "I can't wait to get a load of their faces when I show up..."
Hades: Chris needed to make room in his case for pilfered hotel toilet paper.
Monee: The first of many chairs that Chris kept falling asleep in.
LOAF: The hotel that Chris and I had for Night Zero was definitely the best of the three. We should stay in the business tower next year.
ChrisReid: Yeah, it was the best. We just need to make early hotel reservations this year. Everyone who's on the fence, decide to come now! Let us know and we'll work out a cool setup. I mean, doesn't it look like I'm having fun in that picture? Now that I think about it, for the week of my adventure I didn't sleep anywhere that wasn't a chair. It started and ended with airplane chairs, and the first night was in this nice chair. You'd be amazed what a difference a foot rest can make. On the second night I slept in a wooden chair propped against a wall and that wasn't any good. But five people to a room sure did bring the cost down.
The first day of the event was filled with meeting people for the first time and gazing in awe at the copious amounts of junk on offer. Except for Death who spent the entire first day driving around Atlanta after getting lost attempting to move his car to a new parking lot less than a mile away, and Joe & Paula who were.. somewhere else.
Byydo: There's something distinctly David Lynch-ian about this scene. Are they un-drinking the water?
Weasel: LOAF and I commandeered a table and held our own Wing Commander panel. Then some guy came by and told us to leave.
ChrisReid: I was really nervous someone would come and do that. But after that we sure did get a nice space on the floor next to some pillar.
LOAF: Damn, my vest is cool.
Joe: LOAF keeps the Gin flowing, as Weasel berates the the other attendees.
ChrisReid: And yes, Weasel's neck is broken.
Byydo: I didn't know Shaft worked at the hospital...
LOAF: He doesn't -- it's a *costume* contest. He's dressed as one of the characters from that UPN show about a futuristic medical space station and
all the people that have sex on it from a few years back. I think it lasted
ChrisReid: I sure saw a lot of this sign. Since my whole first day involved walking around this block, I was very happy to see something non-Atlantic.
Joe: Weasel....Con-attendee, or Bag-Lady.....YOU DECIDE!
Weasel: Don't make me berate you.
Byydo: Holy shit, I want an After Dark screensaver shirt :(
TyeDyeBoy: Check it out, I'm camoflauged. And by "I'm camoflauged" I mean to say "Your camera sucks."
LOAF: Holy crap, the amount of fish increases as you go down? I never noticed that before. (Also, that would pass for 'erotic' on Star Trek: The Next Generation).
ChrisReid: This was also a nice table until we got kicked off. We played some good Advance Wars here though.
Joe: Austin Powers 4-dress rehersal-The 'Legion of Evil' scene....starring Hades as "Mini-Me".
Hades: Joe isn't here because he objected to being cast in the role of Fat Bastard.
Weasel: This is the little plastic robot game that everyone got hooked on.
LOAF: I bought a starter of the robot game for my sister (Charlotte), and we played a few times at home (including outside once, which was cool). Unfortunately she *constantly* wanted to play, so I stopped buying the things.
ChrisReid: I've still got boxes of robots I've never opened.
Joe: There's something horribly wrong with any teenage-boys' game that includes a tape measure.
Death: Chris: What LOAF didn't mention was that between buying the robots and
getting back to Merry-land he was able to 0wnz0r everyone else, with
their pitiful, non-uber collections.
Hades: Notice the professional terrain set-up these guys had.
Byydo: No tripod + flash + low-speed film + bad f-stop setting != Ansel Adams
LOAF: What was in the Ark, anyway, guys?
ChrisReid: I don't get it.. Anyhow, I wanted this picture taken to illustrate the scope of *one* of the dealer rooms. There was lots of stuff on sale here.
Joe: The dangers of "PHOSPHOR TANNING"!
Hades: By "stuff" Chris means plastic light sabres, stuffed dragons and pornography. That's just the stuff that Weasel was interested in.
Weasel: No! Don't do it, LOAF!
LOAF: Wait, it's how big?
Byydo: Too bad you couldn't brick up this section of the con for all time.
LOAF: I can't believe they were charging $30 to get things signed by a carboard
cut-out of Neelix. (I bought the holo-doctors CD... in answer to both your
questions (in order): 1) I don't know why. 2) Exactly like you'd think it
Joe: AGGGHHHHH! It's Jabba the Slut!
Weasel: Tye was a little too excited about those Millennium Falcon blueprints he bought.
TyeDyeBoy: Whoops, didn't mean to cover LOAF there.
Monee: Tye still hasn't hung up the blueprints.
LOAF: Suuuuure you didn't! Actually, it looks kind of like you're whacking me in
the face... which would explain why I don't remember this picture.
ChrisReid: And he narrowly missed poking out your eyes.
Joe: "I got yer pass--RIGHT HERE!"
Byydo: The stray fibers on this scan make Tye look like he has rabies. Wait, what the hell is he eating? :~(
Weasel: It's a camera, Tye. There's no need to be afraid.
TyeDyeBoy: I look happy there, but that sandwich was a huge damn disappointment.
Monee: Uhh, so Weasel... what're you gonna have this time? Chicken strips?
Weasel: Hey, I happen to like chicken fingers. Leave me alone.
ChrisReid: I think Hades' straw has a lemon stuck in it.
LOAF: Champions: because it's there.
Joe: DEATH: "I'll be there in 15 minutes...save me a seat!"
Death: Die, Joe.
Hades: Joe mocks, but he never showed up for much of the day either.
Weasel: I must've spent about forty dollars on these damn things, and I don't think I even used them.
LOAF: You know what sucks? Those construction robots. Who the hell wants to play
with a construction robot? "Mine has rockets!" "Mine has bombs!" "Mine has a
ChrisReid: Yeah, I really hate those.
Byydo: Oh my god is that Ted Cassidy aka "Rukh" from Star Trek episode 7, "What are Little Girls Made of"? :o Wait, the IMDB says he died in 1979... zombies :o
ChrisReid: No, it's Carel Struycken from Star Trek Next Gen episodes 1.9, 2.19, 3.24, & 5.20 and Voyager episode 2.23.
Weasel: This guy's tall.
LOAF: The girl, however, is just about the right height.
Joe: I didn't get to meet Lurch! :(
Byydo: Hmm, I like Battletech but I don't think I like it this much.
Weasel: Little plastic robots in action!
LOAF: I think I won every time. I'm a robot-winning machine. Go LOAF. I'm ever-so-insecure.
ChrisReid: We could come up with rules to speed it up.. like simultaneous turns in Monopoly Party. I haven't actually ever played this outside of Atlanta and Applebees.
Joe: In your DREAMS, TDB!
Hades: Remember the professional terrain from earlier? Those boxes were our terrain.
Byydo: You know... for a predatory species, the Kilrathi's jaws actually occupy a rather small percentage of their total cranial volume. Look at a cat or a dog, their jaws are much larger relative to the rest of their skull. Of course, Kilrathi have bigger brains, but obviously not *that* big.HADES GIVES HEAD TO WEASEL
Weasel: Mmmm, Kilrathi. Mmmm, Hades.
Joe: Using his awesome mind powers, LOAF makes the date float mysteriously before him.
LOAF: I can't believe you people haven't already come up with the most freaking
obvious topic in the world.
Death: We were leaving that comment specially for you, LOAF.
Weasel: It's love at first sight.
TyeDyeBoy: Most of you anonymous folks weren't there to feel the magic of that moment, but there was magic that moment.
LOAF: Love, exciting and new!
Joe: ...one of the few times I saw Chris awake....
Death: Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him well. (C'mon, someone had to say it.)
Monee: What a dweeb.
Joe: The definitive 'Devious Smile'.
Death: Monee: "What evil I have planned for Tye, for getting me involved with
Weasel: No comment.
TyeDyeBoy: I promise to try not to look so damned retarded next year. =(
Monee: What a bigger dweeb.
Joe: Dreaming of Danger Woman.
Hades: Somehow I think this picture would be more disturbing without the red-eye.
ChrisReid: I really wanted to put that on.. It wouldn't be the first time I'd worn a Kilrathi head.. or the first time I'd wanted to and couldn't.
Joe: Just keep your clothes on.
Weasel: Dude, where's my ^Death_?
ChrisReid: Probably driving away from Atlanta at this point. And if you haven't heard, they're working on a sequel: Seriously Dude, where's my ^Death_?
Joe: Even when he GOT there, we only saw Death twice!
Death: All of you are cordially invited to burn in hell. Wait, most of you are heading that way anyhow. Nevermind.
Weasel: Here we see LOAF wearing a fish shirt and a Pepper shirt. How cool is that?
Monee: You guys look like a police lineup. "Turn to your left. Other left."
LOAF: The usual suspects (assuming the crime is Freespace-vandalism).
ChrisReid: Someone needs to photoshop in some height lines.
LOAF: I'd make a joke about Death in bed... but frankly I'm too much of a coward.
Joe: Death tries his child-abducting skills, but Hades remains steadfast.
Hades: Having found his way to the hotel, Death was afraid to venture out again so we brought him McDonalds.
On to Day 2