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Getting the Call: Part One of an Omeganaut's Journey

by nintendoll   //   1:06 PM on 02.18.2013

Hey there Dtoid community. For those of you who don't know, I'm Nintendoll, long-time site member. I haven't been very active recently; working two jobs and going back to school can do that sometimes.

But! I thought now may be the time to get to know the community again as I will be attending PAX East....as an Omeganaut!

My first PAX with Destructoid members was PAX Prime 2008 and I can't even describe how awesome it was. From stealing Niero's beer at the bar, drinking the Red Lion dry and meeting the man who would be my boyfriend for the next two years, it was an insane experience that only god crazier. Gay bars, Destructoid stickers on strippers, people getting set on fire, and finding out I could out-drink Hamza...the best memories.

I miss those times.

So I've decided to chronicle my time spent training, preparing, and competing in the Omegathon. You can get to know me, I can get to know you, and we can keep the magic going.

(Disclaimer: the following is a dramatic re-enactment of the events that transpired February 15th, 2013).

So Part One: The Call

It was a Friday night like any other. Over the last few months I've been drawn into the world of painting tabletop figures by my friends. In the afternoon, I purchased my first figures of my own: the Waldgeist from Malifaux. I was still finishing a Menoth figure (Warmachine) which belonged to a friend and is my first painting project. At first, I was worried about messing up every little thing, having never painted a figure this size before. But my tiny lady hands did not fail me, and my handiwork was looking pretty solid for a first timer.

So the scene is set: there are about five of us, watching Adventure time, painting as carefully as is possible with a hyperactive dog wiggling everywhere, when a sound interrupted our merriment.

The CALL.

My phone came alive with the sound of....whatever default Verizon ringtone I have set. The mystery deepened when I realized that the incoming call was from...RESTRICTED. Who was reaching out, from beyond the reaches of time and space, to contact me anonymously?

I removed myself from the room discreetly, so as not to disturb the unbridled gaiety around me. I trembled slightly as I answered the call.

"Hello?"

"Hi, is this Chelsea?"

"This is she."

"This is Gabe calling from Penny Arcade."

AN MY WORLD WAS FOREVER CHANGED.

It's honestly a little blurry from that point on. I know my legs started to feel weak and shaky. I know everyone in the room got quiet after Gabe asked me if I'd like to be an Omeganaut and I yelled, "OH MY GOD ARE YOU SERIOUS?!" fairly loudly. While still on the phone with Gabe, I announced to my friends that I was being called to participate as an Omeganaut. A loud cheer erupted in the room as I accepted.

I couldn't paint for the rest of the night because I was shaking with excitement.

I'm still a little shaky, truth be told. I'm going to start rotating through some of my game catalog to prepare (although past Omeganauts have recommended waiting until the list is release).

I have no idea if I'll win. Heck, I have no idea if I'll make it past the first round. But I am definitely excited to compete, and celebrate my 7th year attending the Penny Arcade Expo!









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