After getting to artifex and realizing that we had a solid amount of free time, we decided to hit up In and Out (never been to one). We headed back to the venue and eagerly awaited the start of the event.
I had the pleasure of meeting with a lot of wonderful Monsterpocalypse players as well as the workers at Artifex. Overall, I was loving the amazing weather and air in California and the forthcoming day of gaming.
One of the first set of Monsterpocalypse players that I met was Christy and Bren (seen above). When I first arrived she was drawing on his arm. None of us thought it would turn out that good! Click on the pic to see it full sized.
A little bit later Will Schick and DC from Privateer showed up with goodies and pure excitement. In fact, you can see Will about to break it down in the pic above.
Players started gathering round to see the banners and Metal Mega Cyber Khan (featured above).
The first round of play commenced and I didn’t get a pic until very near the end of the round as I was busy playing a very tough opponent.
The pizza (provided by Privateer) arrived after the first round of play. It was awesome talking to Monsterpocalypse players over pizza.
During the pizza down-time, I met Joe and his girlfriend. Joe actually got into the game by finding our podcast on iTunes (awesome, right?). He found out I had a Quantum Kondo and got really excited. He asked if he could see it. I then told him he could hold it and this above is what happened. You can see his girlfriend looking at him in the background.
Above you can see young Joey (blonde hair), teaching Tamaki some lessons. Seriously, he was showing her how to beat him.
Then the real fun began. Players gathered round and DC started the ‘quiz’ for prizes. (I’ll be posting the quiz later this week to see how you guys do). Prizes included shirts, signed posters, glass and shadow units, and more random monsterpocalypse goodness.
DC goes to ask the first question… ‘In Monsterpocalypse, the Empire of the Apes come from what, African Jungle?’ Immediately I shout, ‘The Congo!’ So I won a signed, ICNY poster.
The players huddled in close, trying to win shirts and posters. I have to admit, the first question was the only one I actually knew for sure.
A few hours later it was time to announce the champion of the second, Monsterpocalypse Masters event. And the winner is…
T.J. Reyes! Congrats T.J. on taking over the throne of the Monsterpocalypse Master!
After all was said and done, I was just getting started. You can see DC above signing my Quantum King Kondo, which he promised would be the only one he ever signed. In between events I found out that he had the initial idea of a Quantum monster. In a meeting he said ‘What if monsters went Quantum’. Matt Wilson responds, ‘That sounds great. Let’s do it’. DC responds, ‘But what does it do!’
After getting my Quantum form signed, I sat down for an interview with DC and Will (coming next week). Then some of us decided to hit up a Denny’s across the street for some dessert.
Let me explain the above. As we sat down, I started flipping through the promoted desserts. I looked at Will and DC and said, ‘I’m stuck between these two’. One was an Oreo Shake and one was an Oreo Sunday. DC responds, ‘How about both? I’ll challenge you to it’.
So, knowing that I only get challenged by DC a few times a year, I accepted. We ordered the same thing, except he had chocolate ice cream in both.
What the rules were to the challenge I’m not sure, but I can say after finishing both and dumping the silver container into the sunday cup, I was feeling it pretty heavy.
Apparently DC isn’t human, he’s a monster. He demolished the three containers. Although I got down to the chocolate sludge in the bottom of my Sunday and bowed out, I’m curious as to how he slept that night. Their plane left early this morning, so I’m also wondering how he looked earlier today.
We got back to Kevins and I sprawled out my prizes (Mega Gakura not pictured). You can see my Metal Mega Cyber Khan, Mega Yasheth, glass and shadow units, the quiz, a signed monsterpocalypse poster, and my signed Quantum Kondo. At this point it was late and I was ready for bed.
Now I have to go finish packing so I can head back to Oklahoma. Be sure and look for the exclusive interview next week along with video of my games and Quantum Kondo.