Notes on Liralen's visit in October 2015

"Memories are unkind. Even the sweetest ones are tinged by the fact that the experience has fled. A memory is a funeral for experience. Roleplaying
games are designed to create those funerals. It's the way they work." — Malcolm Sheppard


  • 10/13 Tuesday
    • 2:05pm Southwest 2338 at OAK airport. Carl waiting near airport for call to pick up outside baggage claim.
    • Lunch at Cheesesteak Shop, Pleasanton.
    • 3pm Check in at Hyatt Place Dublin. (Foam pillows, no feathers)
    • Sugar Butter Flour in Sunnyvale (669 S. Bernardo Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94087, 408-732-8597, open Mon-Thu: 7am-7:30pm Fri 7am-8:30pm Sat 7:30am-8:30pm Sun 8am-5pm.
    • 7pm Chef Chu's 1067 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022 650-948-2696 M-F 11:30-9:30 SaSu noon-10pm - Reservations for 12 made, with 2 Peking Duck as one course: Carl, Liralen, Earl, Cat, Marith, Trip, Brad, Gretchen, Chrisber, Teo, Jeremy, Rachel
      • 2 Peking duck as one course
      • 2 orders crab and cheese puffs
      • 2 orders of potstickers
      • 1 pork bun for Teo
      • preserved mustard greens and pork soup
      • snow white chicken for Teo
      • dry cooked szechuan green beans
      • tangerine beef
      • Beijing beef
      • kung pao lamb
      • steam sea bass with ginger and green onions
  • 10/14 Wednesday
    • Eat a light breakfast at hotel
    • 9am Depart Pleasanton
    • 10am Nikaku Animart 615 N 6th St, San Jose, CA 95112 408-971-2822 T-Sat 10am-6pm Sun 10-4:30 Mon closed
    • 11ish - Gretchen & Brad's. Breakfast at Zachary's. Ocean. Tea.
        • Hidden Peak Tea House 1541-C Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 831-423-4200 Sun-Thu 11am-9pm FriSat 11am-10pm
    • Dinner at Mobo Sushi.
  • 10/15 Thursday
    • Light Breakfast at Hotel, Red Tractor, Dean's Cafe, Railroad Cafe, Clementine's
    • 10am Trader Joe's in Pleasanton, or 3250 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA (or 5727 College Ave, Oakland, CA) 8am-9pm. Carl will bring cooler with coldpacks for cold goods.
    • 11ish Pick up order at Sweet Maria's Coffee 1115 21st Street Oakland CA 94607 (510-628-0919) open M-F 11 am - 5 pm with lunch from 1:30-2. Liralen emailed them to ask it to be in a box, and has brought packing tape.
    • Brunch at Cock-A-Doodle Cafe at 719 Washington Street, Oakland, CA M-F 8-2:30 SaSu 8-3
    • Visit Endgame
    • 3pm Relocate to Hilton Oakland Airport One Hegenberger Road, Oakland, CA 94621 510-635-5000. Rooms now have fridges.
    • Sweet Bar Bakery 2355 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612 510-788-4997 Open M-Sa 8am-7pm Sun 9am-5pm No eating!!
    • 7pm Reservation made for Dinner for nine at Pican 2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 510-834-1000 for Carl, Liralen, Morgan Ellis, Colin Jessup, Arturo, Eric Lytle, David Gallo, Gina Ricker, Jason Tryon.
      • Note for Liralen: Don't order a main unless it's something you really truly utterly want, as the appetizers and sides are Enough. Unless there's a catfish special or hushpuppies. Then get the catfish special or hushpuppies.
  • 10/17 Saturday
    • Food Truck Hours: 8AM – 10PM (Ultra Crepes, El Porteño Empañadas, Siam Loco Wraps, and Opie Burger)
    • Big Bad Con
      • 10am-2pm
        • Carl running Night Witches: To the Skies! for Colin Jessup, Sam Stafford, Chris Czerniak, Matt Troedson
        • Liralen either playing in Games on Demand or taking a swim in the pool… Mmm… pool…. or assembling biplanes for the war effort.
      • 2pm Lunch at Food Truck or In&Out
      • 3-7pm
        • Carl running and Liralen playing in Night Witches: The Visit for Kris Miller, Ray Massie, Liralen Li, Russell Borogove — who were all pretty fun, Ray was the guy Liralen played with last year in a TBZ game, who was really fun and he was the one who said he was stretching his comfort zone to be in this game.
      • 7:30pm Carl and Liralen - Dinner at Francesco's Restaurant with Chris Hanrahan, Bruce Harlick, Brian Isikoff Bryant and Susan may join us. Next to hotel. 8520 Pardee Dr, Oakland, CA 94621 510-569-0653 M-F 11am-9:45pm Sa 4-9:45pm Su closed
  • 10/18 Sunday
    • Food Truck Hours: 8AM – 4PM (Ultra Crepes, Gogo Gyro, and King Knish)
    • 9:50am Liralen bought the Early Bird Check-in already.
    • Big Bad Con
      • 9am-3pm
        • Liralen playing in We Are Iron Man by Christine Lorang with Bry Hitchcock, Sophie Lagacé, Kit Walsh. Added Lali Cheshire because Liralen was late (hangs head in shame) but Christine accommodated us.
      • 10am-2pm
      • 2-3pm Lunch at Food Truck
      • 3-5pm
        • Liralen creating in Hacking as Women by Marissa Kelly and Mark Diaz Truman with Dig Vargas, February Keeney, Janyce Hill, Jenn Martin, Kit Walsh, Lali Cheshire, Vanessa Brannon, Vera Vartanian, Vivian Paul
      • 3-7pm
      • 5-9pm
        • Liralen playing in Death of Secrets by Kevan Forbes with Eric Lytle, Bry Hitchcock, Chris Mitchell
      • 7ish - 9 Carl at Dinner near Endgame at Rosamunde Sausage Grill and conversation at The Trappist
      • 10:05 Carl, Liralen, Eric Lytle, Kevan Forbes discover In&Out dining room closes at 10, and get drivethru.
  • 10/19 Monday
    • 7:40am Shuttle to airport leaves every 20 minutes on request, but confirm schedule.
    • 9:50am Liralen departs SW 3135
    • 11am Carl has brunch with Eric Lytle, Morgan Ellis, Colin Jessup, Gina Ricker, Jason Tryon at Cock-A-Doodle Cafe at 719 Washington Street, Oakland, CA M-F 8-2:30 SaSu 8-3
    • noon-2pm Carl chats with some of the above at Endgame


* BigBadCon Week Part 1 Writeup
* BigBadCon Part 2 "Death of Secrets"

Trader Joe's Notes

Liralen now has one in Boulder, so no need to stock up

  • Liralen should get some nonperishable food for the food donation bin at BBC
  • Snacks for the Con - note that we got $60 worth of stuff in 2014 and it nearly all got eaten. $90 worth was a bag too far.
  • Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups were very popular
  • 2 noodle bowls was perfect for when Liralen wasn't enamored with the food truck lines. Carl brought spoons, but TJ may provide if asked.
  • Yogurt - 2
  • Candy/treats - Note that Ryan's allergies still allowed him to eat the dark chocolate pistachio toffee
  • Fresh fruit (2 apples this time)
  • Don't get milk or 1/2 & 1/2 or scones again (in 2014 Saturday morning there were BOXES of donuts at registration).

Liralen's Remembered to Pack

  • Packing Tape, especially if there's a Sweet Maria's order, or ask Carl to bring some


  • near Oakland
    • Sweet Bar Bakery 2355 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612 510-788-4997 Open M-Sa 8am-7pm Sun 9am-5pm
    • In and Out near Oakland Airport Hilton closes dining room at 10pm, although drivethru is open until 1am
    • Miss Ollie's 901 Washington St, Oakland, CA 510.285.6188 T-Sat 11:30am-2pm T-Th 5:30pm-9:30pm F-Sa 5:30pm-10:30pm
    • Lunch at Homeroom 400 40th St, Oakland, CA. 510-597-0400 Open Tue-Sun 11am-10pm, closed Monday. The salad/half order was a perfect size.
  • near Pleasanton
    • Red Tractor Cafe in Dublin
    • Bill's Cafe in Pleasanton (where Zorn's used to be before its kitchen fire)
    • Dean's Cafe in downtown Pleasanton
    • Clementine's in San Ramon has beignets
    • Mimi's Cafe in Dublin has beignets
    • Country Waffle in Dublin
    • Railroad Cafe in Livermore
    • In&Out
    • Little Madfish in Dublin for Ramen
    • The English Rose 163 W Neal St, Pleasanton, CA 94566 925-462-6333 Open T-Sa 11-5 High Tea Times at 11,1,3. Reservations recommended.
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