Gen Con 50 has come and gone and we were lucky enough to be a part of the excitement! In fact, we actually had three folks there: Dave, Katrina, and Roger. Dave spent the weekend working for Cheapass Games and seemed to have a great time. As for Roger and myself (after all, one of us has to write this..hehe), we had an exhausting but spectacular time. Let me give you the rundown…
Our Gen Con started months ago when we booked our hotel and applied for our badges. The hotel is important because the day before we were to head to Indianapolis, all sorts of excitement started because of it. I’m going to leave that for another post though and tell you about our actual experiences at the convention center. After all, that’s where all the fun happens!
Thursday started bright and early with us arriving at the convention center to stand in line with a ton of other folks (I later heard about 300) in order to pick up our press badges. We bumped into our friend Chris who runs Game Gumshoes. One of my favorite things about attending conventions is bumping into and catching up with friends. When a convention has an attendance of nearly 208,000 people, that’s not as easy to do so it’s extra exciting and special. After chatting and standing in line for a bit, we picked up our badges and managed to get two of the last early access tickets. There was some confusion as to where we were supposed to go to use them but once that was sorted out, we took a seat and watched as door staff got a few hundred people (at least) through the doors in 5 minutes. That’s when we hit the floor ourselves after complimenting the door staff on their excellent organization and skills.
Thursday through Sunday were a whole lot of the same things for us. We never really left the exhibitor hall floor unless it was to relax in the press room for a bit. I want to give a shout out to Gen Con for always having a space for the press to unwind, grab a drink, chat and even sneak in some work. It’s one of the things that will continue to bring us out to their show. Having space like that is a total gem in the crown that is Gen Con. As for Roger and I, we talked to a ton of people, did some interviews (posted to the site already), and even found some time to demo half a dozen games. Each day found us going back to the hotel and talking about what a great day we’d had, some of the games that we were going to review, some that we hoped to review, and others that we would be buying before the end of the show.
If you’re at all into tabletop gaming, this really is a show that you need to try to get out to at least once in your life time. Don’t worry if you’re not one of those “serious gamers” who only like games that take hours to play. I’m very much not someone who has the attention span for anything like that and I found a ton of games that I can’t wait to play. Roger does enjoy tactical and strategic games and he found a ton that he can’t wait to try out. There really is something for everyone, including massages for those who need a boost to keep them going! You’ll also not find a show that is better run. After 50 years, they have this down to a science. Everything seems to run as smooth as butter off of a hot knife. I’m sure that they have their own set of glitches, etc, but the attendees never see it. It’s all taken care of quickly and efficiently just as it should be.
Not sure you want to go yet? Well, check out our photo album over on Facebook and see all the fun everyone else is having and I’m sure that before you know it, you’ll be making plans to join us next year! For more information, head on over to the Gen Con website. It won’t be long before the hotel lottery and all of the goodness will be showing up!