It got off to a potentially ominous start: I was the only person in attendance who had only seen the show and not read the books. A polite deference to avoiding spoilers was always maintained. Fortunately, I wasn't the sole un-costumed civilian: none of the two dozen or so diehard fans showed up in armor. Perhaps because it's going to be 85 degrees in Austin today.
So on the surface, it appeared to be a group nicely dressed professionals using a common interest in the popular fantasy book and TV series as an ice-breaker to meet and network professionally. But then I met people like Ben Chang.