Jul 272012

Personalities and permutationsA little less than three weeks from now, my Gamer Girl and I will enplane for a direct flight to Indianapolis.

“Ooooh”, I hear you saying, “Indianapolis! You do know how to have a good time.” Except save your sarcasm because for five days in August, Indy is the center of US gaming.*


* And get off of Indy altogether. It’s quite the happening little burg now, with lots of interesting things to do and a pretty awesome downtown. The whole thing is connected with walkways – you can get most anywhere downtown without ever actually going outdoors (for those of you who are outside-adverse)

I wonder what “GenCon” stands for? It used to be the Lake Geneva Convention, but it hasn’t actually been held in Lake Geneva since the 70’s. I once attended when it was still in Milwaukee towards the end of the original TSR-run era, but it was still “GenCon”, it didn’t turn into “MilCon”.

I suspect it no longer actually stands for anything, like “KFC” used to be “Kentucky Fried Chicken” but now isn’t anything except three initials that mean “a place to go and wait ten minutes while they cook the white meat breasts you really want or you can settle for chickeny-bits that might be thighs”.

But I digress.

There will be a DDO player meetup, there is every year, but the date and place are still being worked out. Watch this forum thread for details.

Sadly, Turbine looks like they are skipping the con again. Weird. It is the D&D convention, and Turbine has the D&D game. But whatever. I guess they are too busy filling booths in Germany that week. On the plus side, my personal favorite Turbinite apparently is attending. Who needs the rest of ’em anyway?*

Late addition: this post implies that there will be something officially Turbine at GenCon this year after all. Excellent! It’ll have to be something off the cuff, there is no mention of Turbine or Warner Bros in the event guide or in the exhibit hall map, but hey, after two years of nothing, anything is a step in the right direction!

I am personally pioneering this year too, in that I am bringing both my gamer girl and my intensely competitive brother. At the same time. I’ve attended with my brother before, and with my gamer girl before, but never together. I look forward to the scheduling and personality permutations that are sure to result. Speaking of schedules, I’ve posted mine above, most of these events still have open tickets. Maybe we can play something together?

By the way, it’s not too late to decide to go yourself. Two years ago I decided to go during the week before the convention. Plane tickets are a little pricey on short notice but you will still be able to get into all kinds of interesting games and events, even at the very last minute.

If you are there, look us up! If not, no worries, I’ll be sure to return with plenty of pics and stories.

After all, it is the Best Four Days in Gaming!

πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚

  7 Responses to “The Best Four Days in Gaming, 2012 version”

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  1. I’ve never been to “one of those” conventions. Partly due to the most dreaded of all four-letter words (W-O-R-K), partly due to the fact they never seem to be held near me, partly due to…well, let’s just leave it at that.

    Anyway, I hope you have a great time with your ‘crew’. Happy gaiming, or conventioning, or whatever’s appropriate.

  2. If I win the Euro lottery tonight, I’m paying for my whole guild to fly out there.

    So, I guess, enjoy & wish I were going! πŸ™‚

  3. πŸ™‚ a bit far and a bit too expensive for me to go, but I wish u a great time, and hope u take a lot of pictures πŸ™‚

  4. I live here in Indy, been to a few GenCons. Some people don’t realize that the next largest city (in population) is San Francisco. We’re larger than many believe. You’d think that, after winning a Super Bowl and hosting a buttload of other events (not to mention calmly shuffling a quarter-million people in and out of a race track in a day for 90 years straight) that Indianapolis would get some respect. :/

    Likely won’t be there this year (I’m strictly a video gamer, not PnP) but I’m impressed how GenCon has improved its SF con aspects to make to fun for non-gamers to visit. The dealer area is sheer nerdgasmic bliss. Our gas prices suck less, too. Have fun!

  5. Oops. I think I misclicked the rating of this post. Totally my fault, I was going to rate it 5 but misckicled, just the sum of a bad mouse and a sleepy post-lunch moment, really sorry for that.

    I’ts too early to say that, but hope You all have a good time there. And I realy will wait to see the stories and pics from there.

  6. @spencerian – I’ll stop by Lucas Oil Stadium with a #18 Broncos jersey … oops did I type that out loud?

  7. Peyton Manning: Now a Horse of a Different Color. πŸ™‚

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