In other news, water, it has been discovered, is WET.

A press release, issued by GAMA today:


Press Release

Date: 30 July 2004

For Release: Immediate

Contact: John Phythyon


Dancey Resigns as GAMA Treasurer

(SEATTLE, WA) – Ryan Dancey tendered his resignation as Treasurer of the

Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA), Thursday. Dancey, who was elected

at the Annual Membership Meeting a month ago, disclosed to the board

shortly after his election that he had penetrated the GAMA Board of

Directors e-mail list and had been reading board e-mails for some time.

He certified to the board that no one else knew about this breach and

that information gleaned from the action was not disseminated to any

third party.

Last week, the board of directors informed members of the former board.

Wednesday, the board informed the Full-Voting Membership at large. In

the wake of discussion on the FVM e-mail list, Dancey decided it was

best to resign.

“Over the past several weeks it has become obvious to me that the

important work the Board was elected to undertake has taken a back seat

to dealing with the issue of my access to GAMA’s internal communications

prior to the election,” he wrote in his letter of resignation. “As I am

aware of the number and nature of the immediate issues confronting the

Board, and as I believe that the Board needs to address those issues as

fast as possible, I believe that my continued service as GAMA Treasurer

has become an impediment to that work, which must be removed.”

“I hope that Ryan’s resignation will aid us in moving forward,” GAMA

President Don Perrin said.

Dancey’s resignation became effective at midnight PDT on the 29th. A

successor has not yet been selected. Perrin indicated that further

information on that subject would be forthcoming soon.



So, yeah, he’d been listening in on confidential internal Board communications prior to the election…but it had NO impact at all on getting his cronies into power. Sure. I buy that.

Don’t you?


Getting much busier with my role as the Royal Herald at the KCRF–we open in a little over a month, and the rehersals and promotional appearances are coming fast-n-furious now.

For those who asked, here’s a picture of me in costume (well, almost–the hat is now different (matches the doublet), and the doublet is now beaded with pearls and little gold beads, and I now have a neck ruff as well…but you get the general idea):

Back to Life…Back to Reality…

I’m back from driving my two youngest back to their Mom’s place in Colorado. Saved a bunch of moolah by not flying this year (I figured, what the hell, I live in the next state over), but driving 18 hours across 2 days (9 hours out, 9 hours back), then turning around and making the same trip again 2 weeks later is no kind of fun.

My oldest left with my folks at the end of their visit, so she can spend some quality grandparent time in Maine. Laura and I are on our own until the end of the month…or at least as “on our own” as the increasingly demanding rehersal and promotional schedule for the Kansas City Renaissance Festival can let us be.

Speaking of which, some nifty news: Right before I left to take the kids back home, I got my first voice-over gig. I recorded the voice-over for the television ads for the Festival. It’s a 30-second commercial that will be airing on regional television (KC market, definitely….Topeka too, most likely. A few airings as far away as Omaha, St. Louis and Wichita are also possible.) We went down to a studio in downtown KC (where, among other folks, Jewel recorded some material, according to the posters on their walls), read the script a bunch of different ways in a sound-proof booth, and bobs yer uncle. Fun.

I hadn’t been “on the mike” since working for KANU about 10 years ago. It was nice to see that I hadn’t forgotten all of the breath control tricks and voice modulation stuff.

I’ve asked for a copy when it’s done…There is a small voice-over market in KC, and I might try to score some more gigs. Might as well use the training for something, and the extra income wouldn’t hurt.