My trip to St. Louis went reasonably well. The conference was good. I gave a decent response to a good paper, heard some other interesting work, networked a bit, and saw some friends. The weather was not so good, however. It snowed 5-6 inches, which made seeing much of the city, including FLGSs, difficult. Next time, St. Louis!
It looks like the "professors gaming group" may be reforming. I gamed for a bit last year with a few professors and staff from my university, exploring Stonehell Dungeon using Labyrinth Lord. We're going to try and get together tomorrow night. We'll make some new characters and I hope to run Tim's Knowledge Illuminates using some Labyrinth Lord/Mentzer Basic hybrid. I've got a cool idea for some collaborative world building with the group, which I hope to share here, but I am trying not to get too excited. The academic-life, semester rhythm makes it difficult to get too invested in a long term game, or at least it's been that way so far. As of now, I am just happy to be getting together with some friends, eating some soup (our hosts always make a pot), and running what looks to be a cool adventure. I'll let everyone know how it turns out.