Entries in Gencon (3)


How does one survive Gencon?

Well I shall have to put together a survival guide, similar to my Otakon one, detailing all the things to keep in mind.  However, since the con is looming in the near future, I'll touch on the important points.  First of all you should always reserve a hotel room through the con housing as soon as housing goes live.  If you don't already have a room you will be driving into downtown each day (keep it in mind for future years).  Next if you have particular games in mind you want to play, you need to plan them from the convention catalog (this year's should be up soon on the gencon website) and be ready to register them the moment registration for events goes live.  The event registration process is a zoo and you should be prepared to miss out on a lot of your chosen events (unless you are very lucky), so make sure to have lots of backups.  Don't forget to leave time to decompress and eat too.  Don't make the mistake of trying to game every waking hour like it is a marathon.  Many new attendees are very ambitious in their scheduling, only to find they don't have the energy to carry out their schedule.  In short, if you want to go to Gencon, advance planning makes all the difference and you should plan on spending around $800 on a hotel, as well as another $100-300 on food (depending on where you eat).


I'm only at -5, not quite dead yet

Well I made it back from Gencon alive and .....well ..not quite well.  The convention was a lot of fun but unfortunately I caught a horrible cold or flu while there on the first day I woke up.  If not for NyQuil and DayQuil there's no way I would have gotten any gaming done.  As it was I felt like an obnoxious jerk for actually gaming while so sick, spreading my germs, but it WAS Gencon and I'd already payed my money.  This year I went board game crazy more than anything else.  Got a crap load of various board games, as well as the Pathfinder Core rulebook, WH40K Rogue Trader, and a starter army box of the Sov Red Blok for AT-43 (which is VERY competitively priced now).  I'll get the video of the opening ceremonies posted up as a follow up soon.


Roll the dice

It's almost time for Gencon.  I'm damn nervous and excited.  I look forward to this convention every year but sadly this will be the first year I'm going without my friends.  It sucks that they can't make it this year, and it just won't be the same without them.  Since I won't be hanging out with friends at all I went super ambitious and lined up an insane non-stop gaming schedule.  Ok, so I left some breaks in there for food and the exhibition hall ....but not much.  Anyway, tomorrow I must do laundry pack all my bags etc.