This summer myself and my oldest friend are making the trip to Indy to go to GenCon. We've got our badges, our hotel reservation, and just confirmed the car rental for what we're going to drive down. I'm looking forward to it - though it's scary realizing it's less than 3 weeks away from today - but I've never been before. Heck, I haven't been to a convention since I went to a small local con here when I was like 16 years old, and that is some time ago.
So, any tips? Things I should definitely make time for? Things I should definitely avoid? The living dungeon thing seemed neat, but the more I read about it the less it seems worth the price of admission or the wait. I've signed up for some lecture/seminar/panel things (mostly writing related, but go figure I'd be interested in storytelling ;)) and sadly couldn't register for any of my first choices of games but I figure that's nothing a double handful of generic tickets can't solve, or just wandering around and being like "umm, wanna game?"
I'm not sure how keen I'm going to be on meeting folks sadly. Nothing personal, I just am already going to be strained/stressed from the crowds that adding deliberately meeting internet folks might make me a bit nuts. Still, if there are fun events going on I'd hate to miss it. So any advice is welcome.
I will be taking pictures and post my thoughts/roundup after the fact though. I couldn't not do that. :)