As I write this, I have run out of blank CD's (I use Verbatims exclusively for my data). I need to burn just one more Cloudburst disc and I'm done. Already got the label made, got the case, everything. With that one, I will have 30 copies ready to go at the con. I know, 30 is kind of a lot for a first pressing. Usually, I make ten, then fill in as needed (I like keeping ten copies of my stuff in my collection), especially considering that Lightning Strike only recently sold its tenth copy. But whatever. Like they say on MythBusters, if it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing.
Of course, the saga of Cloudburst wouldn't be complete without Murphy rising up to make his presence known. I fired up Kylie, my IBM S10 netbook, to test the game out on, just to make sure everything was great. To my shock, Kylie wouldn't start. The screen mentioned that it was having trouble finding the VFAT. Uh-oh. Kylie is running ext3 with journaling. VFAT is an M$ file system. I tried to restart it. Power went through the unit, but the screen displayed nothing. I couldn't even get it to boot off a live CD or enter the BIOS.
I was totally freaking out, and desperately called IBM's tech support (Kylie is under warranty through them. I've heard too many horror stories about Fry's to go to them with my problems). It took a couple of tries to find the correct number. I finally called IBM's help number and they transfered me directly to tech support. (IBM's tech support is based in Atlanta, GA, and the guy spoke understandable English! Goddamn, I love IBM!) The guy talked me down from the ledge and asked if I had backed up my data (since Kylie is simply a repository for files I already have on other systems, sure thing). He listened to my problem, then put me on hold to see if he could find a solution.
He was back within three minutes. He told me to power down, yank the battery, unplug from the brick, and hold down the power button for about a minute to try and discharge everything in there. I did so. I replaced the battery and plugged in the brick....
So, turns out some power in the system memory was making it look for the wrong stuff, and now everything is sunshine and rainbows.
So, the con happens in just a few days. I'm as ready as I'll ever be. Wish me luck.