All posts for the month August, 2010

Gencon 2010

First weekend in August I went with a few friends up to Indianapolis for the giant gaming convention, Gencon. We left early Wednesday morning with our flight taking off at 6:30. During the flight one of my friends passed out and had to be taken to the hospital during our layover in Denver. Luckily, he was ok and joined up with us the next day.

We arrived in Indianapolis around 3pm and another friend say we could take the economy shuttle. Not knowing what we were doing we hopped on the first shuttle which ended up taking us to long term parking. After a wonderful trip around the parking lot we hopped on the correct shuttle which took us down town.

We checked-in and then headed out and grabbed some food at the Steak-n-Shake; a staple of Gencon cuisine which I missed the year before. I had a burger, shake and fries. After we had some beers, later we had played some munchkin and had more beers.

On Thursday I grabbed some breakfast and headed to the convention center to walk around the dealers room. I picked up Hamlet’s Hitpoints, Blowback, Reign (lite), Smallville and Icons. I met up with my friends and had lunch at Buca Di Beppo. I then played in a 6 hour Amber Diceless game which was fun up until the GM had everyone second guessing each other and arguing. After that we grabbed some beer to finish the night.


Friday I started with a Maid game borrowing a ticket off a friend. It had too many players and the GM did not know the rules well enough. After that my friends and I did a D&D Delve where we all died in 30 minutes. I later played in an equally bad Eclipse Phase game with too many players and an uninterested GM. I grabbed some dinner with friends and as we finished up I got a message from the Fear the Boot community which sent out texts to anyone who signed up. I had been getting texts throughout the con and decided to try one out. I ended up playing in a Dread game based off the movie Inception which was a lot of fun and made up for the two bad games.

On Saturday I headed to the Games-on-Demand section and met up with Bill White who created Ganakagok and did a quick demo of his game. After that we met up with another guy who ran us in his game called Steampunk Crescendo and then InSpecters.

We then grabbed some dinner and after I sent out a text to get games of Dresden Files and Weird War II (for my friend) to the Fear the Boot network. We ran our game until midnight. We planned on grabbing some beers but some other friends wanted to go to the White Wolf party.

White Wolf Party

The White Wolf party has been a staple of Gencon for many years. I company called White Wolf creates game about Vampire and Werewolves. You have to get an invitation early. My friends and I left for the party but only had three invitations out of five people. A $20 bribe later and we were all in. The party was a techno-gothic dance floor with cages and techno-remixed music of popular rock/industrial songs. It was open bar and a lot of fun in a serial gothic way.

Sunday we slowed down and walked through artist alley and the dealers-room. We finished things up by learning how to play the boardgame Dominion and then heading back to catch our flight.

Comic Con 2010

A few weeks ago I attended Comic Con. Wednesday I picked up my badge which was efficient this year as I was able to walk right up and get my badge without waiting in a line. Given that two years ago I waited over an hour this was a huge improvement.

I then went to the dealers-room and headed straight to a gaming booth that is always there. I had actually mesmerized their location since I have been to this con so many times. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any great deals like they have in the past but I did pick up the Leverage Quick Start rules (RPG based off the TV show Leverage). I walked through a little more of the dealers room, picked up a gaming mat for minis and left.

Next day I didn’t attend because we were releasing a major part of our website at work. I did get to have dinner with Jonathan, Michelle plus Tom who I hadn’t seen in years.

On Friday I left work around 12pm and headed down to the con. I walked around the dealers-room and picked up a few comics. I didn’t have any panels and couldn’t find anyone so left to hang out with my friends who decided to skip the con and hang out in PB.

On Saturday I was down there around 10am. In the past I have always planned on spending time at the big media events at the ballrooms but in the last three years there has been an hour plus wait (last year it was almost two hours) just to get in. I didn’t want to do that this year and went to smaller panels. Around 10:30 I headed up and saw Gabriel Ba and Gerard Way talk about Umbrella Academy and rock-n-roll. Later Brian Michael Bendis talked comics. Both great panels and that pumped me up for the rest of the con.

I met up with some friends and we started to walk the hall. We ended up by the gaming booth I started at on Wednesday and I ran into Aldis Hodge who plays Alec Hardison in Leverage. I pulled out my copy of the Leverage Quick Start rules and had him sign his picture in the book and then got my picture with him. Finished up by walking around a little more and heading over to the Tilted Kilt to drink some beers.

The strange thing about this Comic Con is it stopped being special and is now something I just do every year. I still love it but it has lost that overwhelming affect of pure awesome it once had. That spot is now held by Gencon.