18 Aug 2009
Before (top) and after (bottom). The ritual transformation from booth to bunker.
Another before-and-after shows the entrance the evening before and then almost two hours before opening. Gamers are crazy.
The crowds descend and Tom introduces a group to 'War on Terror'
Tom explaining for the 100th time that yes, you really do get the balaclava in the game.
Andy S starts up a demo in the booth. Check out the camo pet beds we used as cushions.
In a rare moment of quiet, Tom tests the pet beds and shows his clear delight.
The traditional 'nuked the bastard' victory salute, mid-demo
The first evening over in the game hall. Tom looks asleep aready, while Jason from <a href="http://www.gorillaboardgames.com/">Gorilla Games</a> contemplates the game and Nicole (aka 'Killer') fixes her adversary with a deathly stare.
Tom cutting a dashing figure, striding across the board game hall in a suit and Evil Balaclava
Although he claims never to have heard of the game, this dude is obviously dressed as the Radiation Clean-up guy from 'War on Terror'
One of our lucky WMD finders
Some of the characters brightening up GenCon
I'd like to say these people were watching Tom's booth dancing, but they're not, they're just a bit strange.
Tom and the banker who paid well over the asking price for the game just so he could spike the market and push the price up for everyone else. Check out that happy grin.
"Dear Travis, hope this takes your mind off things ..." A group of friends bought 'War on Terror' as part of a relief parcel to send to a friend of theirs serving in Afghanistan
Tom and Andy S devise the perfect disguise for the masquerade ball.
Jason has either just heard some pretty bad news, or he's just realised whose company he's stuck with for the evening.
Andy S makes the fatal error of admiring a ceiling fresco at a vampire party.
And relax. It's over. Tom's patented cardboard bed fares well in early tests.
9 hours in Toronto. This is the most daylight and fresh air we'd experienced for a week and don't we look happy about it.