Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Games Day Germany

Expect a regular blog bulletin again soon. I just wanted to send out a swift public apology. With enormous regret, I find I am unable to attend this weekend's Games Day in Germany. I am REALLY sorry to let the German readership down, and I'm also sorry for myself, to be perfectly honest, because this was going to be my first German Games Day, and I was looking forward to meeting the readers there face-to-face, especially regular posters like Packmaster. Pack, I hope you'll be able to forgive me for this last minute disappointment.

Basically, I'm been pretty unpleasantly ill these last few days, and I'm not getting well enough again fast enough. The advice is, don't fly (it's something exotically viral - I'm having tests done). I have already told BL to book me up for Germany next year, and in the meantime I will see if there's anything else that can be done to make up for my spectacular failure to appear. Watch this space.

Once again, I'm sorry, folks. I hope you all have a great Games Day.

52 comments:

big said...

ZIIIIIIIINNGGG-Get well soon

From Sister Big......(Ha Ha)

Anonymous said...

So bad news. I am going to go to the german Games Day because of you! And then I read the bad news on the german Gw-homepage. But well, there are also good news, I don't have to decide the book You should sign.

Greetings from Germany.

Paholaisen Asianajaja said...

Get well soon.

First time commenter, ancient fan.

I just finished reading Horus Rising and must say, damn you Mr Abnett! Now I have to buy more and more books, all the way to Legion.

Al said...

Get well soon :)

Xhalax said...

Ah tropical diseases....where would we be without them?

Pack_master said...

I must confess, I nearly got a heard attack the moment I read the news on the BL HP. Well, it's better that way for your immune system, I think, so best wishes for a speedy recovering. I go bite my desk now.

So, well, I'll survive. And there I had got you some german choc for Nik. Need that myself now to stay happy ;)

Awaiting GD Germany next year. I'll get you there myself if needed ;)

Andy said...

The question I'm wondering about is - where/how did you get this exotic disease Dan? ;-)

Get well soon fella

Hurrah for the Hussar said...

Don’t go all nurgle on us Dan, hope you feel better soon :)

Ambivalenz said...

Nooooooooooooooo!!!!!! WTFBBQ???!??!!?

I only rammed my hard-earned money down GW's greedy throat to see the man who single-handedly re-invented the WH40K universe, who reformed the "shoot your own troops first ask questions later" commissar stereotype, who showed that the "sledgehammer tactic" Imperial Guard is actually made up of normal humans, who showed that not all common sense has completely gone out the window in th 41st century. And now this.

Dan, please expect a huge package in the next few days containing my Dan Abnett library, which you will kindly sign. Please also include a dedication to me plus some elaborately drawn sketches of the main battle scenes described in the respective book. When sending them back also include a cheque covering my postage expenses s.v.p.
I guess this is the least thing to do in order to compensate for your no-show-up-ance (to quote Ron Manager: "Is that a word? It is one now.").

Ah well, I guess there's nothing else to do but to say "Get well soon." and "Hopefully see you soon in Germany.".

Rory said...

Get well Soon Mr Dan :)

Matthew Churchill said...

Dan,

I can recommend the ministrations of a cute little medic named Ana Curth.

Take it easy, and get well soon.

Matthew.

Xhalax said...

Nah, what he wants is some HUGE and burly Wolf Priest with a bad temper, only has one eye and the biggest beard in existance.

I'm sure he'd cure what ails you!

HiWayRobry said...

Get welll soon!
Being sick sucks!!

Lord General Gordon said...

That´s not an option, Lord Militant Abnett !
I think i`ve to send an commissar colonel ;-)

Get well soon !!

an diehard praetorian/german Guy ;-)

Ross said...

Hope you get better soon Dan, I myself have broken one of the little bones in the middle of my left foot, and am in excrutiating pain whenever it touches the floor. How, I don't know, and I had to cancel my seat at a big dinner party I had been waiting for all year (bloody NHS) - not quite on the same level I know, but commiserations!

Jeffrey said...

Hope you feel better soon Mr. Abnett

Oh and for a laugh one of those tour guides you saw on your visit to the Pentagon was doing the walking backwards thing and tripped over a waste bucket. He was navy so I got a good laugh out of it myself.

Pack_master said...

Dan, I am really not amused to read on the BL HP that there is a new GG short story... on GD UK. Why are we always treated like that anywhere else? :(

Robert Tedders said...

Hi Dan,
Yeah, bummer for ya, I suppose! Still, it would be the ultimate irony to go, and then give your German following something, eh? Ah well, get well soon and enjoy next year's GamesTag! Some of the friendliest people in Europe, pommes-frites mit bockwurst und all teh beer you can drink! (Sorry, but my German is completely broken after 4 years of neglect!) Oh well, it's 23.30 and I'm off to bed! Toodles!

big said...

Just as we bring up the conversation of Ravenor etc. as minatures, Fell Cargo finally gets a few Pirates done as minis and their pretty cool!
We need a follow up to that book.Apart from everything else it was a fun book and of course much more .Hammers of Ulric was another one of me Favs , wouldnt go a miss for another collaberation in the future guys!?

G.w.s

Turain said...

As long as the virus isn't something Nurgle-ish, then we can relax a bit.

Get well and better soon Mr Abnett, and be carefull not to infect the clones =P

Brandon said...

Feel better soon Dan! I know how you feel, I'm laid up with some mysterious ailment in a little hospital in the middle of turkey right now...

Drink lots of fluid!

Dukeleto said...

Oh for an Astartes immune system!
get well soon Dan.

Dukeleto said...

Damn I always forget to check the follow-up comments box...

Rick said...

Sorry to have missed you...gamesday was very nice and Koln is a great town with lots to see.
Hope you are better soon and I will plan on attending next years again just to get the chance to have you sign my books and comics...:)
Rick

Roxor said...

Get well soon.

But don't worry. You didn't miss a thing. 90% of that event was crap.

Greetings.

Rob said...

Dan- Sorry to hear about that, I hope you feel better soon.

Big- Where did you hear about Fell Cargo miniatures? Are there pictures?

Ross- I've broken that bone as well... twice. Are you in the Robocop boot?

Pack_master said...

Well, GD Germany wasn't that bad. Missed you, Dan but... what the crud. Met with a big bunch from the forums, and the Golden Demon for the best Costums went with us (well, our Commissar suffered enough for that goal ;) ). I had fun enough. Well, not enough, but... ah, you get the point.

Memo: never go to the Hard Rock Café when you need two hands to count the people in your group. The waiters won't be able to satisfy your needs :D



All Hail to the German Railroad Company. I could have stayed an hour longer at GD and I would not have noticed, at home finally.

big said...

Rob- yeh mate they are in this months White Dwarf page 7
u have
Sartosan vampire,Undead pirate of Satosa
and pirate Captain of Sartosa,all from the collectors range!

Rob said...

Ah the classic line, no wonder I couldn't find it on the website. Thanks.

Hiwayrobry-

You were the other Preston/Child fan, right? Just broke the halfway mark on Wheel of Darkness and am having a great time. It's... a nice breather after the Diogenes arc.

It's not as good asCabinet of Curiosities of course, but so far it's delivering the usual Preston/Child "I'm addicted to crack" reading experience where you're trying to squeeze as many chapters into lunch hour as possible.

big said...

Just had to fill out an application form for a job,What a f***ing traumatic experiance that was.eg
Q. Why would u like to work for our company

Ans.For the money u Knob

Q.What experiance do u think u bring to our company

Ans.u fill this room with 12 Geezers and i will have clear in as many seconds, u understand!

Well were sorry mr big your application has been rejected.

Yarrick said...

Damn, I was really looking forward meeting you in person. Then I found myself in a bit of a pickle- I wasn't able to attend this year's Games Day... and although I really wish you a speedy recovery, I must congratulate you on your impeccable timing, sparing me the situation of not being able to meet you in person.

Get well soon, and get some new Ghost stuff on the way!

Xhalax said...

Big - The application form I just filled in took me the whole of 2 minutes to do....and how they manage to pull candidates from them, I'll never know as they only ask for the basics.

And it's hard enough to try and convince people you're a tip-top person in the unlimited space that is the internet, so I'm screwed when it comes to single words.

BOO!

Anonymous said...

See now thats the thing about good writers they can describe something absolutly in a paragraph
i however take an hour over one question....go figure.
im in the middle of a career change
im going through a whole "Grosse Point Blanke "thing at the moment and i really am dreading my school reunion in August.

big said...

I hate when i forget to put my name

Big

Rob said...

Big-

I had a conversation like that with my boss about a month ago.

Boss: Rob, what's your favorite part of this job?

Rob: Doing whatever you tell me to, ma'am.

Boss: You'll go far. No really, what's you're favorite thing about the job? What makes you get up every morning and come here?

Rob: Mostly because when I'm here, I get paid by the hour. If I wasn't getting paid, I probably wouldn't show up.

(Thoughtful pause.)

Boss: Actually, that's why I come here too.

Dukeleto said...

probably best not to put your name when you're talking about your career as an assassin, Big!

Ross said...

@ Rob - I am indeed suited and booted - White plastic suits me I think.

Hurrah for the Hussar said...

I like job applications Big, fiction is fun

I always win it in the interview if theres a woman there, can normally charm the job out of them.

Once actually got a job as I 'had an amazing voice', I personally would rate my legs higher in the equation but each to their own.

Xhalax said...

What I don't understand is why 'I = teh win!' would probably be frowned upon on an application form......because that is basically what it all boils down to really.

You think you're the best and you use a lot of words to try and convey that, without sounding like an egotisitcal burke!

big said...

Xhalax-i am an egotistical burke,
i think i will go with Hussar and show a bit of leg.....and perhaps do the dance!

u goin games day?

big said...

Rob - i can tell ur hearing me bro.

big said...

Dan how u feeling ?
I hope in some strange way were actually keeping u from that Nurgle pit of despair.....

Xhalax said...

Big - That is a pretty stupid question, considering the fact I qualify for a free ticket to GD.

big said...

Free ticket ,u mean a ticket for free... how did u pull that one off
u didnt go all Space Wolf on someone did ya!

Ross said...

Thats an interesting image...

Xhalax said...

I asked.

HiWayRobry said...

Dan,
You feeling better yet?

rob
I'm also about halfway through Wheel of Darkness. Pendergast has just found the Agozyen (that would make a cool Space Marine chapter, no?) I like that there's a little more mysticism and supernaturality (is that a word?, supernaturalness? I'll let those wiser than me figure it out) than the last few novels. Yes, Diogenes was becoming a bit stale. But Wheel is definitely a page-turner.
Also, that conversation you had with your boss sounds frighteningly familiar! Too bad we can't all do what we love and get paid for it. (I'm looking at you Dan!) :)

Anonymous said...

Nicely i hope

Somethingonthestaff said...

Get well soon. Do not mix cold medication with pre-bed time zombie movies. I woke up in my living room and discovered that I made a fort out of my couch cushions...and I was armed with only a fork.

Xhalax said...

Always

one day gingers will rule the earth said...

Hey Dan, hope you're feeling better soon!

Anonymous said...

So many novels in such a relatively short time span....wow. Do you ever get tired/exhausted, Dan?