Friday, May 20, 2011

Cheap as Free

So remember my $200 Con article??

Well, that's all well and good advice if you have a real job (as in, you're not working on a novel and costuming/gaming full time) but this year, I find myself a bit short on money and will attempt a feat that I have only ever heard about:

Going to a Con for Free.


Now, I've already done the number one most important thing and been accepted as a volunteer. This means three things:

1. I get a free badge
2. I will have access to crash space
3. I will have a (limited) source of food

I also plan to:

4. Hitch a ride with my brother, who has a car which seats seven and gas can be split thusly
5. Have friends/family whom I may be able to mooch some food off of
6. Picked a comfortable costume which will allow me to carry everything I need for the weekend, and even sleep in. (Chell from Portal 2, if my last post wasn't clear enough about that.)

So my budget, after costume-making, is approximately $30 which includes gas and two or three small meals to supplement the junk I can mooch/bring.

There are some important considerations besides food though, such as hygiene and hydration. My preliminary list of things to bring is still in the works, and will probably be a separate post because I'm a type A planner like that. This is going to be a busy month.

Besides like, looking for a real job and stuff.

More Games, Less Costumes This Week...

Actually, I had more games and less life in general for the last week, since I played both Portal and Portal 2 pretty much exclusively to everything else in the world. I was playing them both for the first time and they were

AMAZING!!!!

I actually only needed John's help once in Portal and game FAQs help three times (in the last few tests) on Portal 2, but I guess I'm smarter than I give myself credit for because I managed to solve all the puzzles myself for the most part. Very satisfying.

I won't give any spoilers away for you unlucky souls who haven't finished Portal 2 yet, but I will say that my next costume will indeed feature a companion cube and a potato.