My Last Duty to the E&E

If it’s easy, it’s not a quest.
The night AFTER the AFK Elixirs & Eatery, my second home, closed, we discovered that there had been so much stuff to haul out, a second truck load was being filled by one of the owners and some volunteers. It was late, she’d been awake for 36 hours or so, the truck was filling up, and time was running out. We talked to another owner, and offered to made a run to bring the lady still working in the E&E some food, and asked if we could help grab anything.
She asked us to save the huge collection of Dragon magazines, and any props we found that wouldn’t fit in the rapidly full moving truck.
The place was at its least tidy, and the volunteer crew that were trying to fit everything left into the truck were focusing on big-ticket plasma big screen TVs, game consoles, computers, and high-end restaurant gear. Props was a distant fourth.
So, we were given carte blanche to grab what we could stuff in our car, and we promised to get it to the AFK Tavern.
That ended up being eight magazine holders of Dragon. a real greatsword, a replica sword, a replica Halo energy sword, a replica bat’leth, a Lego Death Star, a Boba Fett helmet, two shield wall hangers, a custom BFG prop, a custom Steampunk Rifle, a working toy Star Wars blaster… and I think that’s it.
It was all awesome, and I’d have enjoyed keeping any of it. But I want to support the AFK Tavern any way I can, and my mementos from the AFK Elixirs & Eatery are some menus (one signed by nearly all the staff and owners, and a lot of the regulars, as my “Yearbook” from the very last night, when I got to run the restaurant for a few hours), and two comfortable upholstered chairs.
We meant to run these things up to the Tavern, which is on average an hour drive from us, within a couple of days. But I got sick right after we got the stuff, and ended up going to the ER a bit later, and have been too sick to do anything much less make an hour-long trip. I’ve only now been able to return these items this weekend, and even though Lju did all the driving I admit it took a lot out of me.
But a quest is a quest. And this one, from the Ruins of E&E to the Vaults of the Tavern, is done.

About Owen K.C. Stephens

Owen K.C. Stephens Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens is a full-time ttRPG Writer, designer, developer, publisher, and consultant. He's the publisher for Rogue Genius Games, and has served as the Starfinder Design Lead for Paizo Publishing, the Freeport and Pathfinder RPG developer for Green Ronin, a developer for Rite Publishing, and the Editor-in-Chief for Evil Genius Games. Owen has written game material for numerous other companies, including Wizards of the Coast, Kobold Press, White Wolf, Steve Jackson Games and Upper Deck. He also consults, freelances, and in the off season, sleeps. He has a Pateon which supports his online work. You can find it at

Posted on January 24, 2016, in Musings, Retrospective and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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