Gencon 2011 has come and gone with out a peep from me. Before I left I had contemplated writing nightly updates with all the cool things I had seen and done. The more I thought about it the less sense that made to me. I was attending Gencon as more of a vacation than anything and doing a ton of writing was not how I wanted to spend my time. Beside that, I don’t think I ever made it back to my room before 4 a.m. (Thanks Mike Robles) and there is no way in hell that I’m going to be doing much writing at 4 in the morning.
I’ll start my Gencon recap by letting everyone know that this was my first ever experience with the convention. I have been to cons before but never a table top dedicated convention of this size. I have yet to miss a PAX prime, even when we were all stuck in the tiny halls of the Madenbour center in Bellevue Washington. I have done the Sandiego Comic Con, a con I so lovingly refer to the comic less con, or Pop culture con. As far as cons go this was not my first rodeo. But that does not mean that I was ready for what I experienced. I had no idea what was waiting for me when I got off the plane in Indiana.
Indianapolis embraces Gencon like no other city does for a convention. The airport had a huge red dragon with a Dungeons and Dragons advertisement on it in the baggage claim. The restaurants all had signs and decorations from various table top games. One bar had all of its windows covered in Warhammer 40k posters. Many of the hotels even had Neverwinter key cards instead of the generic hotel room cards. Before I even got to experience the convention its self I was immersed in a community who openly accepted and reached out to gamers. I’m sure the vast amounts of money we spend each year throughout the city helps the locals with their enthusiasm, but I have never seen a city so excited to have 50k gamers descend upon its streets for 5 days.
As I am a bit of a social butterfly most, of my best experiences happened not during con hours at a show or in a seminar, though there are a few that stand out in these locations, the lion’s share of my good times happened after hours.
Part idiot. Part old man. All geek. Thadeous can't think of anything interesting about him self right now. Know this though if he could it would be creative and funny as well as thought provoking.