GenCon has come and gone.
For me, at least, it was a great time where I got to hang out and game with friends, despite having a horrific head cold. It was a crowded con, GenCon is already reporting breaking numerous attendance records — and you could tell.
Unfortunately, my illness (and, from which, my daughter was just recovering) activities were minimal, but there is always next year! The dealer hall (our favorite feature) was as filled with innovative and intriguing ideas as ever. The big wins for us this year: getting to see our “extended family” at Exile Games (always a tremendous highlight), all things Numenera, a good friend of ours getting “devoured” by a ten-foot tall balloon Cthulhu, and getting to game with my best friends (sans one who was unable to make the con this year) in our hotel room. Game of choice this year: Lacuna.
The illness kept us from a great many activities we had hoped to do: Walk of the Dead dance on Saturday night, midnight movie on Friday night, Exile game marathon, and the Numenera launch party, to name a few.
There were a few things I was not too pleased about at this year’s GenCon. Chief amongst them: Fantasy Flight Games’ booth access. Without going in to great detail, let’s just say that standing in a 20-45 minute line just to wander through your booth is a huge turn-off. They have great products, I am (mostly) a fan of the new Star Wars RPG line, but come on, there has got to be a more consumer-friendly method of allowing access (just for browsers) to your booth.
Anyway, you all will see posts begin to spring up here concerning Numenera when the Star Trek episode posts come to a close, so keep your eyes peeled for those. And now we go in to planning mode for next year’s “Best Four Days in Gaming!”
Till then, roll on…