When you're on a message board long enough, you get to know people on a more personal level, and start to plan meeting each other in person sometimes, or meeting each other in a group at conventions. I've had the luck of meeting some folks in person on the comicbook message board I visit from time to time at a comicbook convention over here in Illinois where I live. Do any of you ever travel to other countries for sci-fi conventions, or do you stay in your own country mostly for meetups? How many of you have met in person? (just curious) Message boards can be bitter sweet for me. It's great to find so many others who share my interests, but kind of depressing knowing so many live so far away. I have the same problem on my comicbook message board. I have folks who live in the same state as me, but not exactly close enough to hang with on a regular basis. Anyway, my apologies if a thread like this has been started before. The mods could merge it into another, older thread on this topic if needed. That'd be cool with me. Just wondering what your experiences have been with meeting folks from here, or other message boards in person.