Day four of the Gen Con Photo Galleries is up
Walking into work today with my eyes half cast and ankles still aching I realized the adventure of Gen Con was really over. For 4 days I felt like more of a personality and important than I am in normal daily life. I had the chance to not only talk to people about my GenXnerd project and ideas and hopes but also listen to others dreams and products. It was amazing to see the huge booths that Privateer Press and Fantasy Flight games put together but the real Gen Con I was looking for was in the corners and back of the Event Hall. Writers, artists, game designers, and small retailers all had the chance to market themselves on the same playground as the big boys in the market. I too had this feeling after standing in-between two other peeps in the press pass line bragging about their “Huge” sites and “amazing amount of web traffic.” I laughed, grabbed my pass, and never once saw those arrogant bastards again. I don’t play well with others that pat themselves on the back.
I was lucky enough to have gotten a press pass ticket to get into the event hall 1 hour before the thousands of game hounds lined up outside did. As I reflect back on it now I just can’t believe how awesome it was to walk around in that room without people bumping into me and stopping in the middle of an isle. You could smell the nervousness of the vendor employees in anticipation of the hordes of gamers outside waiting to trample to their booths for their short supplied items. Of these short supplied items was Fantasy Flights Net Runners which apparently was limited to 300 and they had a tournament scheduled for Friday. Something I found disgusting about this is these games have a fixed deck so that every box has the same cards and pieces in them. The strange part is in the rules you are allowed up to 3 cards in your play deck of certain things so go figure everyone had THREE $40 copies of this game standing in a mile long line. The new Star Wars X Wing Fighter game seemed popular too and numerous Net Runner people had a stack of them also.
Thursday (Day 1) was an exploration day of trying to figure out what was where and what was what. I found myself right out of the gate comparing this years Gen Con to the 2011 Gen Con. I quickly notice that there was water dispensers available all over the place which was not there last year. I also noticed that the main road leading from the Indianapolis Convention Center was amazingly redesigned thanks to the Super Bowl being in Indy in February. Along with the wonderful leisure area in the middle of the roads and the auto shaders above there was lunch trucks set up from one end to the other. Gourmet lunch trucks I should say! These were no ordinary roach coaches or puke wagon. These box trucks of yum carried a wonderful variety of delicious dishes ranging from gourmet mac and cheese to grilled pizza to sliders of all types. Now I know you are asking “What does a lunch truck have to do with gaming?” well everyone has to eat and no one likes being stuck in a venue having to pay $15 for a flat soda with NO ICE (because they ran out) and a stale piece of frozen pizza. After you pay for crap like that all weekend you feel like eating a bullet instead of a $4 shitty hotdog or $11 frozen cheese steak.
After eating lunch on Thursday with GreyMatterSplat and a couple long time friends of mine (Jon and Sharna) I ventured out to capture the true feeling of Gen Con. I knew that I wanted to play games but I really wanted to break in my Canon 60D that I bought a few months previous just for Gen Con and other conventions. For any of you looking for a quality DSLR I can’t suggest enough picking up a 60D. I spent months researching if it was worth the money to get a 7D over the 60D and I really like the extras the 60D had for the “nearly professional photographer.” Anyways aside from my cheap advertisement I loved the camera except for the thing was so heavy hanging on my neck that I thought it was going to pull my head off. Regardless I pushed through the pain and captured some great photos and also began to take notice of some fun things going on in the main hallways that I hadn’t in the morning. One of the coolest things was this guy that was building a giant green dragon out of balloons. Now keep in mind that when I say giant I mean this thing was nearly 15 foot tall and had thousands of balloons . I knew I had to take progressive pictures of this and I did. I will share a couple with you all here now and I will put them all on one page in the next couple days.
Thursday was an exhausting day that showed me how much my legs, ankles, knees, and hips don’t like doing these kind of things. Regardless I didn’t care and pushed on like I have always done and realized I had forgotten something I promised myself I would get at the show this year. It seems Wizards was giving away a special Gen Con chase 6 piece dice set if you went and checked out their different booths. After GreyMatterSplat informed me on this I went to the main D&D booth in the event hall and tried to get a 4 sided die with no luck at all. They suggested coming back in the morning. BAH!!
Starving GraymatterSplat and Duce and I went to grab some dinner and Noodles and Company ended our day. What a day and tomorrow I swear I am playing some games!
I honestly thought I would do the whole weekend in one post but here we are at 1100 words and I just barely got through Thursday!
Remember folks to check out the photo galleries with hundreds and hundreds of photos from Gen Con 2012 in them.