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Games Day US 2013

Posted in Games Day, Gaming, Horus Heresy with tags , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2013 by Anthony Reynolds

The last two and half weeks have been pretty crazy. I’ve been in Chicago, Memphis, California, Colorado and back to Chicago, and this evening I am flying out to the UK, which will be the first time I’ve been back there since 2006. Crazy! I’ve also been doing quite a bit of writing, having handed over a few short projects to BL, finished up working through the rules for Twelve Elements of War, and been doing some work on synopsises for two novels that I hope to start work on later in the year.

So… Games Day US 2013 in Memphis, which was held a couple of weeks ago. It really was an awful lot of fun. Exhausting, but fun.

My, what a lot of taps you have...

My, what a lot of taps you have…

The weekend started well when I met someone on the plane from Chicago who was heading to Games Day – a friendly bloke called Jeff Durham. Jeff was kind enough to drive me from the airport to the hotel, and helped out with a number of other things over the weekend – so thank you Jeff, you are a star.

Games Day kicked off the night before Games Day really (Games Day eve), with the GW folks hosting a BBQ at their Memphis HQ for ticket holders and guests. I headed over there with author Mike Lee. I’d not met Mike before, and it was great to hang out. If you ever get a chance to chat with him, ask him about the time he almost died at the hands (or rather, hooves) of an angry warhorse. Yikes.

The BBQ was fun, and it was great to catch up with folk I used to work with in the Design Studio, chat with Dan and Mike, as well as the BL and GW staff, and meet some of the people who were coming to Games Day. After the BBQ I headed downtown to Beale Street, a pedestrian-only street filled with blues bars, street performers and seemingly everyone in Memphis) and met up with my good mate Dave Taylor. Beers were drunk, and later in the night we caught up with the other BL folk. Good times.

A quieter moment on Beale Street.

A quieter moment on Beale Street.

This was my first ever Games Day US, and I was really looking forward to it. Writing can be such an isolating past time that it’s always great to go to things like Games Days and meet people who are genuinely passionate about what you’ve written. They are always both exhausting and energising for me. Exhausting simply because being ‘on’ all day, chatting to folks is surprisingly tiring, and energising because they always re-excite me about what I get to do simply through the sheer weight of enthusiasm that the fans exude. I’m getting paid to make up stories about Space Marines at the end of the day, and that’s pretty damn cool.

I Talked lots about Word Bearers and World Eaters (was really pleased that people seemed to *really* like ‘Chosen of Khorne’), as well as about future projects that are in the works (including HH, which I’ll talk about in a future post…).

Mike, Dan and I, before the floodgates were opened...

Mike, Dan and I, before the floodgates were opened…

All in all, it was a brilliant day. We signed lots of books, ran seminars, and chatted to heaps of people (and Dan’s line, as ever, was an impressive monster). I met loads of wonderful people who said nice things about my books. Everyone was really friendly and enthusiastic. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello, you really made me feel very welcome and made the day very enjoyable. Thanks also to Desi and the US GW folks for hosting a great event, and to Claudia, Ead and the folks at BL for making sure us authors were fed and watered.

I also got a chance to look at the Golden Demon entries, which I usually don’t get a chance to do, which was really cool. Some freaking amazing entries and winners.

I believe this was the Slayer Sword winner. Very cool.

I believe this was the Slayer Sword winner. Very cool.

The traditional post-Games Day drink turned into an epic night out, which was heaps of fun, though left me feeling a little worse for wear the next day. There were drinks, there were blues bars, there was karaoke, there were bizarre moments, and there was a lot of laughter. The term of the day was ‘lobe stench’, though I cannot really remember why, now. A highlight was swapping ghost stories/bigfoot stories with Dan and Mike. My skin was crawling for days.

As I said, I’m now getting packed up to head to the UK – and I’ll be around in the UK for long enough to go to UK Games Day in late September. Hopefully it will be just as much fun as US Games Day!

Oz Games Day 2012

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 30, 2012 by Anthony Reynolds

Oz Games Day was held a few months back (geez, where did that time go?), and once again, it was an absolute cracker of a day.

This year on the BL stand I was joined by my good mate Gav Thorpe (aka the Gavinthrope, the Thorpinator, the Spleen, or Captain Nosebag – take your pick), as well as the mighty Matt Farrer and the fearsome Henry Zou (he’s not actually that fearsome – he’s rather nice, really).

BL Seminar, or a really crap boy-band… take your pick.

On the Studio stand there was Jes Goodwin, Jeremy Vetock and artist Kevin Chin.

One of the reasons I love Games Day is catching up with old mates. It was fantastic to hang out with Gav again, as well as with Jes and Jerm, who are all friends that I worked with in the UK. It was also good to meet Kevin for the first time, and to catch up with Matt and Henry, and Mal and Michael from BL. Good times.

Manufactorum IV… I mean, the Games Day hall.

I love Oz Games Day. The venue is awesome (just check out that picture up above – how 40K is that?). The GW staff always take care of us – thanks  guys, especially to Matt Farrer (who provided me these pics) and the big man, the one and only Craig O’Neill. And most of all, the fans – who are the ones that make the day a success – are awesome.

Chosen of Khorne was released on the day. I’m really happy with how it turned out – love Kharn’s voice – and it seems to have been pretty well received. Would love to write some more about Kharn in the future…

Less of a ponytail, more of a nub. Nub nub nub.

Writing can be a pretty lonely pastime. It’s hard sometimes to have a sense that people are actually reading your books until you go somewhere like a Games Day and are blown away by having folks coming up to you to talk about how much they enjoyed your work.

Thanks everyone who came, it was great talking to you all!

 

An update at long last. And a squid.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 7, 2012 by Anthony Reynolds

Yikes. Has it really been that long since my last blog update? That’s a little crazy…

In an effort to make up for that, here is a photo of me with a squid on my head.

What?

So, erm, I’ll try and blog a bit more often then…  And in the meantime:

What I’m reading: 

The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan. Very thought provoking. I saw him speak at the Opera House some months back, talking about food, food production, factory farming (and how it’s bad for us, the animals, the environment), sustainable farming methods, etc. I really want to have my own little farm now. One day!

Also doing quite a lot of re-reading of Dan Abnett’s Know No Fear

What I’m listening to: 

Xavier Rudd’s Spirit Bird. Dead Can Dance’s Anasastis. Fiona Apple’s The Idler Wheel

As well as plenty of Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down, Red Fang, etc. Was listening to lots of Sun Kil Moon until I saw him in concert – wonderful musician, but geez he acted like an arse, and I can’t bring myself to listen to his music for now.

Oh, and Nine Inch Nails and the soundtrack to Inception are still my go-to writing music choices.

What I’m watching: 

Not very much, which is rather nice actually. My TV viewing is pretty much restricted to watching the rugby – which of late has meant watching the Wallabies lose to the All Blacks. Sigh. Hopefully we can beat the Springboks on Sat night.

I’ve also been watching the latest season of True Blood – I’m about half way in to the season. Good fun.

What I’m writing: 

Something that may or may not involve Word Bearers…

Games Day

Oh, and it’s Oz Games Day on Sunday in Sydney! I’ll be there along with fellow authors Gav Thorpe, Matt Farrer and Henry Zou. Be sure to pop along to the Black Library stand to say g’day. Hope to see some of you there!