Saturday, August 16, 2014

My First Time At GenCon - Day 2 Recap

I had a bit of a late start today due to sleeping in, but still had a lot of fun. A bit more cramped for time as myself and my friend who I am here with tried to stick together. Also had 3 hours out of the middle of my time at GenCon day cut up by some seminars I attended. Tomorrow I'm hoping to focus on gaming more than anything, and we'll see how that goes. For today though...

General Information

  • Don't lose or destroy your tickets; they can be refunded for other things
  • The actual physical ticket is a must
  • Most event runners don't care whose name is on a Generic Ticket so keep track of them
  • If you have generics, show up early but expect to wait until 5 minutes or so after start time
  • The con is huge, so if you want to do something specific plan it out before you arrive
  • If you want to play a specific game/event with a friend, get tickets for the events. Generics are hard because often it is just 1 seat available
  • The bigger the event, the more likely there will be open seats
Food & Drink
  • Johnny Rockets is amazing 
  • Seriously best shake I've ever had was at Johnny Rockets
  • I forgot to eat after lunch at JR (can't stress how easy this is to do...)
  • People are still super nice
  • Some don't understand personal space
  • Please mute your cellphone/devices in seminars. No one wants to hear your phone beep and chirp while trying to listen to the panel
  • Younger gamers don't always understand to ask before taking. Try to be patient. (I've yet to have this problem with gamers over 30, but then we used to flog people for even thinking of grabbing stuff without asking.)
  • D&D 5th edition is nice enough
  • Character differences from Pathfinder are significant, mechanical feel in play is...not
  • Will be interesting to see where D&D/Pathfinder are this time next year
  • Hoping to find more variance in games tomorrow, but also interested in trying more D&D 5th...
  • Don't be afraid to say yes! (I.e. "do you want to try this game? YES!)

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