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What Havoc Have I Wreaked? - Gen Con 2015, Days 3 & 4

Gen Con 2015, Day 3.
I don't know what time it is, but it's . . . late.

Today's activities centered around just one thing that I wanted to do.
Run a Mega-Fiasco for up to 10 players.

When I was first approached about attending Gen Con by my friend Dan, I wasn't sure what to expect. You could submit events and games to run, and once they were up, you could buy tickets for whatever events you wanted to check out. I was told that some people, when they go as a group, just walk around and jump into games as they find the time. I found this tack a little hard to follow along with. Here's why . . .

I'm relatively new to this hobby, but it is something I've found that I'm passionate about. I don't consider myself a power gamer, but when I'm in the presence of games, I want to play. I want to jump in on a game that's about to start, start a game others can jump in on, or watch one unfold in an entertaining manner. And I want you to join me, but if y…

No RPG, Yes RPG - Gen Con 2015, Day 2

Saturday, August 1, 2015.
4:34 a.m.
Dan Repperger, the moderating host of Fear The Boot and an old friend of mine from my days as a school lad, just came into town less than 2 hours ago, and I just helped him polish of the better part of a pizza. It’s the 2nd actual meal I’ve had since 9:30 a.m. Friday morning, but I’ve packed in a lot in between those 2 meals.
So the day started much earlier than this.

I’d scheduled a roleplaying game on Friday at 11:00 a.m. to run a session of the RPG system I’d designed, the QuintSystem Roleplaying Game System, but out of everyone I knew who expressed interest in trying it out, none of them showed up.
Hey there, loser.
So I took on the Exhibitor’s Hall. Now, if you’ve never been to Gen Con and you’re considering going, what everyone usually suggests is that you save one day for walking around the Exhibitor’s Hall. They’re not joking. There are so many game design companies, authors, artists, and vendors where you can demo games for sale, buy games, buy …

That Chair Looks Mighty Comfortable - Gen Con 2015, Day 1 Part 3

Friday, July 31st, 2015. 3:13 a.m. I’m in a chair.
I’m in a chair in my hotel room, and in a little while, I’ll be asleep. In this chair. That’s because one of the guys I’m sharing a room with has decided to Bogart one of the double beds. I’m not even sure which guy it is.

Not that I'm complaining -- I DID  tell the guys earlier that if I was out and about later than most of them, which was likely to happen, that it didn't matter to me if I ended up sleeping on the floor. Of course, I didn't think that statement through when I said it.
We’re all tired, some of us more so than others. I only got 3 hours sleep before this journey began today, and I should be sleeping now. But the excitement of being here with so many other members of my Tribe is pretty strong, and I kind of can’t help myself.
While still on the road, John, one of the guys I’m with, told me about the 1-2-3 Rule of attending Gen Con. 1.Get at least 1 shower per day. 2.Eat at least 2 full meals per day. 3.Sleep for at…

Reflections from the Backseat - Gen Con 2015, Day 1 Part 2

I had no internet access at my hotel unless I wanted to play $15 a night for it, so the rest of the parts of this story have to be continued piecemeal. For instance, this.
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Thursday, July 30th, 2015.  2:39 p.m.

The backseat can be revealing.
I’m in the backseat of a Volkswagen Somethingorother, on my way to Indianapolis, Indiana, to attend Gen Con for the first time. 6 of us will be staying in a single hotel room, but the hotel is attached to the convention center at the center of everything. This is going to be a huge, raging weekend of gaming, both tabletop and RPGs, for me.
I’m going to meet people I may never see again. I’m going to find out about new games coming out in the next year that I may never play. I’m going to miss out on a lot of things that I might like to see or experience, simply because there are only so many hours in the day. But mostly, I’m going to get a huge GeekHigh.
Community is a huge thing for me. I love being a part of a group of people. I thrive in the ca…