praguepride
 member, 1477 posts
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Mon 29 Jul 2019
at 23:19
Anyone going to Gen Con?
My buddies and I are running a Game of Thrones event and I was wondering if anyone else on here is making their pilgrimage to GenCon?
Brianna
 member, 2191 posts
Tue 30 Jul 2019
at 04:16
Anyone going to Gen Con?
Darn, I miss GenCon.  Fluffy??  As in Rick Reid's dog of many adventures?
pdboddy
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 EST/EDT [GMT-5/GMT-4]
Tue 30 Jul 2019
at 17:07
Anyone going to Gen Con?
I am excited to see Cyberpunk Red, Shadowrun 6th edition and Pathfinder 2e coming out...
Isida KepTukari
 member, 287 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Tue 30 Jul 2019
at 21:31
Anyone going to Gen Con?
I'll be there!  I'm running a Predation game (Cypher System) Friday morning for anyone interested!
praguepride
 member, 1479 posts
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Wed 31 Jul 2019
at 01:13
Anyone going to Gen Con?
My friends and I are running a saturday night Game of Thrones larp!
Isida KepTukari
 member, 288 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Wed 31 Jul 2019
at 01:55
Anyone going to Gen Con?
That sounds like a lot of fun, but alas my Saturday night dance card is full.  Win or die, praguepride!
praguepride
 member, 1480 posts
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Wed 31 Jul 2019
at 13:39
Anyone going to Gen Con?
I'm running the Iron Bank. I will always come out on top.
Waxahachie
 member, 163 posts
 The horn that wakes
 the sleepers
Sat 3 Aug 2019
at 04:15
Anyone going to Gen Con?
I'm here, and was actually wondering the same thing.

Any of you go annually?
praguepride
 member, 1483 posts
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Wed 7 Aug 2019
at 00:35
Anyone going to Gen Con?
Well that was fun. Exhausting but fun. We arrived at around 2am and swung by the will call to pick up packets. Usually at 2am itís only a 10 minute wait but this time it was nuts. 2 hours! Didnít get to bed until 5am and that really screwed up the whole con for me. Had to cancel a bunch of morning evens, slept in till noon and was on huge amounts of coffee all day so I didnít get to bed until late.

Also Iím completely disenfranchised with the exhibit hall. I remember when you could get amazing deals  or stuff that hasnít hit the main market yet. This time however either everything was a complete ripoff (the things I was planning to buy I could get stuff for up to 1/2 off on amazon OR it isnít available. I bough t a board game online prior to the Con and my friends really enjoyed it so looked around for it but it wasnít available. Not sold out, just not sold. Some kind of distribution license meant they couldnít sell directly to customers.

The other things I was looking for that were supposed to be released by now werenít available. They were pushed back to Xmas.

Now the hall is fun to browse and demo games but for buying? Pass. Iím completely done with actually buying stuff at the hall.
azzuri
 member, 439 posts
Wed 7 Aug 2019
at 00:57
Anyone going to Gen Con?
Next time pay to have your badge and tickets mailed to you. How much is your time worth!?

I agree about the Exhibit hall. But, everything else is trouble as well.

I'll likely stop attending, after 40+ years now. :(
praguepride
 member, 1487 posts
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Wed 7 Aug 2019
at 01:00
Anyone going to Gen Con?
I didnt order my stuff early enough to be mailed. Next time. For me it is a chance to see people I dont get to otherwise so I think next year it is going to focus on doing events with friends.
Isida KepTukari
 member, 289 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Fri 9 Aug 2019
at 15:37
Anyone going to Gen Con?
Yeah, husband and I had our badges and two of our event tickets mailed, but due to trying to coordinate a game with some people who were working in the dealer's hall, we didn't pick the rest of our events until much later, which necessitated a trip to Will Call on Wednesday afternoon.  They kept things moving briskly, which wasn't bad, but we must be much more diligent next year about picking stuff early so we don't have to deal with that insanity.

I have only been to about 5 GenCons (the last in Milwaukee, the first two in Indy, and the last two years) so I don't remember much about the deals.  What I did like doing was being able to catch game/accessory designers or artist/authors at their booths and being able to talk to them/tell them what their stuff means to me.  Yes, you can do that online, but it's special being able to talk to them face-to-face.

We weren't really expecting or shopping for deals, so I wasn't disappointed in that respect.  Mostly we were looking for things that were cool, and if we didn't get it there, we are going to order it from our FLGS at home.

The game I went to (Thur at 8) and the game I ran (Fri at 9) both went swimmingly, so I had a grand time!