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01 February 2009 @ 12:12 pm
Have Dice, Will Travel - Part Two  
Hey all. First, I'd like to thank everyone who responded to my last post with an offer of hospitality. It's definitely shaping up to be an exciting year. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, read my previous post for more details - but the short form is that I'm planning to travel around the world this year and looking for gamers willing to trade couch space for my services as guest DM. I'm still looking for more stops; I'm interested in visiting every state in the US and as many other countries as I can manage, and there's lots of blank spots on the map still. Please feel free to forward this link to anyone you know who might be interested! However, I thought I'd throw out some additional questions and requests to help me with the process.

1. If you're interested, drop me an email at onesmallkeith@gmail.com . Odds are good I'll be doing some mass mailings as I get my plans together, and it's easier for me to contact people through email than to be tracking down LJ usernames.

2. I plan to be writing about this experience, whether blogging or something else. Are you (and your gaming group) OK with being mentioned in my story? I can certainly change names to protect the guilty, but if you want to be off the radar entirely, let me know.

3. As I mentioned before, I'm planning two sorts of stops: the one-night layover, and the three-night get-to-know-you-and-your-town visit (mind you, it could be three nights on three different sofas, if your gaming group wants to take turns hosting). Which can you support?

4. Tell me something about yourself. What do you do? When did you get into gaming? What are some of your favorite activities? What's the most unusual thing about you (that you're willing to share with a stranger)? The trick here is that while I want to see as many places and people as possible, in a case where I've got multiple invitations in a single region, I'm going to have to make a choice; I don't want to spend a full month just bouncing around one city. As noted in question 2, I'm planning to write about this in some form... and I'm curious as to what sort of character you'll make in my cast. I'm sure that all of you are fascinating people, because in my experience, everyone is fascinating in their own way. But hey, if there's something ESPECIALLY unusual about you, let me know!

Thanks again to all of you who have already offered your hospitality, and I hope to see as many of you as possible in the coming year!
Current Location: Louisville, Colorado
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
jlasala on February 1st, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Oooh, are you making a big spreadsheet with all the cities, states, and countries that're being offered to you? Sounds like a fun endeavor all around, a bold experiment. How are you traveling? Do you have a car, or are you utilizing buses and trains all around?
Keith Bakergloomforge on February 1st, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
Oooh, are you making a big spreadsheet with all the cities, states, and countries that're being offered to you?

Pretty much!

How are you traveling? Do you have a car, or are you utilizing buses and trains all around?

In the continental US (and likely Canada) I'm planning to make it an extensive road trip, driving from place to place. Outside North America, I'm hoping to get as much mileage as possible from trains and buses.

Considering this, bear in mind that I'm talking about doing this ALL YEAR... and possibly into 2010 as well. I'm going to try to map out a course over February, so I can give people a sense of when I might be in your neck of the woods. But that could very well be "November".
Mathew Freemantallarn on February 1st, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
I can't confirm a space for you right now, but put me on your list under redmole_ghost at yahoo.com. My name is Mathew Freeman and I live in North-west London, UK.
Arthurbrooklynknight on February 1st, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
Aww man. I wish I had a couch for you to crash on!
(Anonymous) on February 2nd, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
you might want...
to use this page once you're up and going
could be even useful for planning.
mapblog helps for orientation and graphical representation, the only thing you'd need additionally to your normal lj-blog.

greetings from vienna/austria,
wb (player @ lonewolf's)
guerin_invictus on February 2nd, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
I'll be in Franklin PA towards the end of the year, man. I'll be in touch when I get there if you are ever in the North East!
Keith Bakergloomforge on February 3rd, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
Let me know! It would be good to see you.
guerin_invictus on February 3rd, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
I'll still be in San Diego for a good long while. THrough July and possibly a bit of August, but I think it is time for some small town life.
leemoyer on February 2nd, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
Great talking to you.
I can't remember if you have done the brilliant Eurail pass thing in the past, but it's WAY better than a car in Europe. And it includes ferries twixt Ireland & France. Games CAN be run on trains and ferries (barring storms, natch) too you know. :)
Keith Bakergloomforge on February 2nd, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
Re: Great talking to you.
Precisely my plan! In other news, the game we were just discussing has been put off for two nights, but that gives me a little more time to hammer out the details... I'm quite pleased with the foundation!
leemoyer on February 2nd, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
Re: Great talking to you.
Me too.
I esp. like the story beats and the levels of both interest and verisimilitude to source materials. :)
(Anonymous) on February 2nd, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
Re: Great talking to you.
I know it's not too far from where you've been living, but I'd love to have you up here in Cheyenne, Wy. I'll send a not later, answering your questions from the post.
Keith Bakergloomforge on February 2nd, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
Re: Great talking to you.
I'm hoping to stop in every state in the US over the course of my travels, so please do!
shakauvmshakauvm on February 2nd, 2009 09:06 am (UTC)
Sounds like an amusing book idea. I just dropped you an email, but let me lobby here for Fresno: Yosemite and gaming!
Maxbanana_pants on February 2nd, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
I highly recommend Google Earth and/or Google Maps in planning your cross-country/world trip. I do not think I could have made my cross country honeymoon drive work without a lot of Google Earth use.
(Anonymous) on February 2nd, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to this
Looking forward to seeing you in the Spartanburg, SC area, Keith! This is a great idea - I'll be following your blog much more closely as this starts.
Kal-el of Kryptonkryptonianscion on February 2nd, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
Hi Keith. Just a friendly piece of advice from a New England native:

When you head up to the northeastern U.S., I highly recommend it be between the months of May and October. As a New Hampshire resident, I cannot stress how awful the winters are up here.

The bone-numbing cold will kill your car and make any experience to New England memorable only as "that time I spent freezing my butt off and wishing I were further south."

Come during the summer and experience our relaxed, mild "hot" season in the upper-90-degrees, or during the fall and go on one of the many tours of our brightly-colored, changing foliage.

Do yourself a favor, though, and avoid Winter In New England like the plague.
Keith Bakergloomforge on February 3rd, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
I grew up in upstate New York (Ithaca) and went to college in Maine (Bates), so I'm no stranger to cold winters. Thanks for the advice, though!
Icy_Mord-Sithicy_mord_sith on February 8th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
great idea!
you are most welkom in Rotterdam, a email with an invitation is on it;s way!