Gen Con. The Best Four Days in Gaming. They ain’t just whistlin’ Dixie. J
So here is my perfunctory Gen Con post.
Day 0 (Wednesday):
Woke up entirely too early to catch my flight. Slept on the plane. Arrived in Indy and took a limo to the hotel. (They really aren’t that much more than a cab from the airport). Ate some lunch. Unpacked. Gave a small tour of the area to my friend who had never been to Gen Con before. Got my badge and tickets. Helped my other friends set up their booth. Waited a long time to get seated for dinner at Weber Grill, but the yummy food was yummy and we had a big group. Went to sleep.
Day 1 (Thursday):
Got up early to line up for early VIG access to the Dealer Hall. Went straight to Three Geeks and aNeedle, where I bought a Tardis bag similar to the one shown below. My most expensive purchase of the trip, and I love every fiber. Walked around for about 20 minutes before leaving to go to my 10am game of Cthulhutech. Still love that system, and I will run a game in it someday. Went to an okay seminar on “Better Adventures” which mostly was stuff I knew already. Sat down for a bit in the VIG lounge. Went to my 4pm Game of Thrones game, which was a short adventure to familiarize one with the system. I had never played GoT before, and I did like the system. But really I think it was more my (and the other players’ and GM’s) enthusiasm for the series of books and shows that made me want to play. I could see setting a campaign in that world without necessarily using that system. Got some dinner.
|It's not actually bigger on the inside.|
Then enter Fiasco game #1, using the Gangster London playset at Games on Demand. First of all, our organizer/pseudo-GM Travis was most excellent. Second of all, we had a complete blast. I laughed more in that 2 -2.5 hours than at any other point I’ve ever gamed, period. Third, all of the players were first-timers who really put their all into it. Fourth, the creator Jason Morningstar was running a game at the next table, and I still felt like our table was the best place to be – that’s saying something! It was a blast – and as you will see I played it a bit more over the weekend.
Afterward, I tried out some Sentinels of the Multiverse card game, which is basically comic book heroes brought to life. It was fun, but I was tired and left about halfway through the game.
Day 2 (Friday):
Woke up and took my turn working the ENnies booth. I think most of the traffic that came by stopped because there were two non-intimidating women at the booth who seemed friendly, but there were a couple of people genuinely interested in the nominees. Then I played some Eclipse Phase, another system I adore. I will run that someday too. Afterward I went to a seminar about novel writing, which had valuable information about setting up your novel, but wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be. Still good though. And then it was getting ready and going to the ENnies. It was a lot more fun after the judges’ announced their spotlight awards, because up to that point I was nervous. Afterward, I went and played some Cards Against Humanity with a friend & his friends, then off to sleep. Also, this was the day the Star Wars RPG was announced, and one of my friends snagged me a copy (yay!).
Day 3 (Saturday):
Woke up and spent an hour in the dealer hall before playing Giant Seafarers of Catan, during which I may have stood in line to meet Wil Wheaton. I hadn’t ever played seafarers, and I did a bad job of selecting locations appropriately. However, I love Catan even when I’m losing badly, so it was fun. And the details of the Giant Tiles was great. Then I had some lunch, talked to some friends, and went to the ENnies judges panel, which had essentially no attendees. It was the first year to try it, and I don’t anticipate that it will ever be held again. However, it was a nice time to chat with the other judges and gain a sense of closure on judging. Afterward, I took a nap and then woke up to eat some dinner and then go to True Dungeon, which was awesome. The draco-lich at the end looked like the cover of the Neverwinter Nights campaign book come to life – and the new location inside the ICC was really atmospheric. Then played game #2 of Fiasco with friends, using the Vegas playset. It was a late night!
Day 4 (Sunday):
Slept in. Packed up, checked out of hotel. Went to Games on Demand. Thought about playing Hollowpoint, but ended up playing game #3 of Fiasco, using “At Regina’s Wedding” playset. The first game was still the best, but I had fun all three times. Afterward, spent a bit more time in the dealer hall, made a couple of purchases (fate dice, Dragon Age Set 1, an Eclipse Phase dice bag, and some normal dice – nothing too crazy or spendy). Then it was lunch/dinner at the Ram – yum – and then off to catch the plane home.
I spent most of Monday asleep, which was lovely. And now back to reality. :(