After a week off to get acclimated to a new position at the Day Job, I’m back with my final blog of the GenCon experience. This is the part where I look back at the blog posts I did leading up to the con, and try to figure out how I did when I look at my wish list.
First item on the list was checking out the Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Battle game. Yeah, did you know that they sold out of that game during the con? I couldn’t even see my friends who were promoting the game, let alone get into the area to do a playtest. However, it’s now out, so it’s on my list. Heck, folks, while I’m all about supporting your Friendly Local Game Shop (FLGS), if you don’t have one handy, I saw it on the shelf at Target, right by the Star Trek Catan game. Yeah, my mind is blown. Moving on…
Catching the ever awesome great Luke Ski was another topic I wrote about. One of the first things I did when I got to the con floor was head back to his table and catch up with him, having not seen him since the previous GenCon, and only ever really keeping track via Facebook, Twitter, and The FuMP. It is always great speaking with him, and finding out how his life is going. I think it’s awesome seeing him grow as an artist over the past close to 15 years since I first saw him at a small con here in Indy. Sadly, I missed his show at the costume contest, but I DID catch his show on Saturday Night, tucked back in a ballroom near the old Union Station. The show was awesome, and the AV equipment and videos he used were icing on the cake. No, this cake wasn’t a lie. Moving on…
This brings us into my next must see: costuming. I did see many awesome costumes, as shown here. However, I only caught the tail end of the costume parade, and I didn’t make it to costume contest at all, since I was too busy being social. There is always next year, where I will actually be participating!
Now, to move on to the Freebies, the Swag, the grab bag without the bag. I scored buttons, points for boardgaming.com, got a couple of free dice, a dice bag, couple of posters… all in all, a pretty good haul. I was kind of disappointed that I didn’t score the complete set of Drow Dice, but I didn’t get all the event tickets, so I couldn’t get all the dice. Oh well.
When it came to food and eats, I got a couple of trips over to Scotty’s Brewhouse under my belt, along with a visit to The Ram. However, I didn’t have a chance to hit the line of delicious that was the food trucks along Georgia. Either way, it was a major back step in my diet that I’m still fighting to catch back up on.
Finally, the social media tweet up, and just being social in general. Wow, all the people I met were awesome, and I’m looking forward to doing many more things with them in the future. Great people all around, both the people I knew and the people I met.
GenCon is not only the best four days in Gaming, it’s also the best four days of food, fellowship, entertainment, and fun for the discerning geek here in Indianapolis. I know I’m already marking off August 15th through the 18th next year.
See you there.