|Your host, who likes words.|
Well, my friends, another Gen Con has come and gone, and with it goes the good times with friends, the fun games with strangers, and the sights, sounds, and smells that come with such an event. Even though Gen Con has packed its bags and moved on, our memories, photos, and blog posts remain. I’m here to help everything remain. Today, I’m giving you a general run down of what I saw, and through out the next few weeks, I’ll have some follow up with reviews of some of the games I played, games I picked up, and books I’ve read. Overall, it was an awesome time, with many “Free High Fives” given out to friends, followers, dealers, and confused cosplayers, good food with friends, games played, and swag received. So, let’s talk about the wonderment that was Gen Con 2013.
First, as I was getting this blog post around, I received an email from the Gen Con mailing list. This year, Gen Con broke many records. Among them:
- A unique attendance of 49,058, a 20% increase over 2012’s record breaking year of 41,000+ unique attendees. Yeah, niche group my lily white behind.
- Gen Con Indy accounts for more than $47 million in yearly economic impact to Indy. Only one event has pumped more into the local economy: The 2012 Super Bowl.
- The worlds largest game of Catan was played on Saturday, August 17th, with 922 players.
|The best dang Joker I saw,
and I saw a dozen.
|John Kovalic and yours truly.|
Con where I actively searched out games to try in the Vendor Hall. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing some more in depths articles about some of the games I tried, but for right now, I’m going to give you some cliff notes:
- Firefly: The Board Game. Due in September. Good stuff, and the couple round demo I played was very cool, even when you looked at it without the Firefly love.
- Hero Vs. Guardian. Fresh off a successful Kickstarter, this game has you playing as the poor dungeon dwellers trying to protect their home and their riches from the thieves that keep breaking in, or the “heroes” who wish to kill the foul monsters and claim their treasure. Very interesting game.
- UFS (Ultimate Fighting System) CCG. Not my cup of tea, but I see the appeal to the folks who love the licenses it holds. It was a very smooth playing game, however, and I don’t regret trying it out.
- Square Shooters. I got a copy of this with my press badge, and after I get some play time in with my family, and with some friends, I’ll let you all know what I think.
- ROFL! I picked this up, and had it autographed by the designer/artist. A game that focuses on taking phrases and putting them in as few characters as possible, I’m looking forward to breaking this out with a group of friends from Twitter.
- D&D Next. I haven’t played Dungeons and Dragons since 3rd Edition, but when you say I can get a set of dice for 2 generic tickets, and a 2 hour gaming session, then sign me up! I think I’ll be picking this game back up when this is released. It’s not as complicated as it used to be, and seems to focus more on the storytelling and the role-playing, which I’m okay with. However, once again, this is just my feeling after a few hours at a table with some awesome people.
- Magic: The Gathering. I haven’t played this game since the late 90’s, and when I stopped, I honestly didn’t think it would still be running 15 years later. Yet, here it is, with the 14th edition. On Family Day, we all went through the “Learn Magic” session for a free small deck, and it looks like we are getting into it again. Luckily, I’m older and smarter, so I shouldn’t be dropping whole paychecks on boxes of booster packs like I was doing back during Ice Age and Chronicles. Too bad I sold off my complete set of 4th Edition…