Gen Con is here and tomorrow will be my first time ever attending! The first time I even heard about the “best four days in gaming” was only a few months ago. I had no idea such awesomeness existed let alone existed so close to where I live. In fact, I live about the same distance to Origins as well! Next year is going to be an amazing game convention year for me. Anyways, I digress. So, when I first checked out this “Gen Con” I was hearing all of these gamers speak of, I was in awe to find out it was only two and half hours away. It was a bonus that the early bird rate was still in effect too! I noticed it ran Thursday through Sunday so I decided Saturday would be a good day to go so my family and I could road trip it. Now, I say family and I but I will explain. My youngest and oldest son were excited about such an event but my wife and middle son had no desire to look at, purchase, and play board games for eight hours. So they found outlet malls, shops and some adventurous outings to partake in around Indianapolis while the three of us geek out.
From about May to June I was making plans to meet game designers and demo games I had backed on KickStarter. I was going to get to demo Dark Souls, one my most anticipated KickStarter games ever, and meet the designers of Zephyr: Winds of Change. This was going to be awesome! I had never been so excited to attend a convention in my life. As July rolled around I found out about some additional games I was going to see demoed that weren’t releasing until next year like Tiny Epic Quest by Gamelyn Games. I was so pumped. As soon as this game was announced it became my top must have game for next year. The excitement was building!
My goals were set. Meet designers, demo games, and find awesome games that were not considered mainstream. This was my chance to find games that didn’t get shelf time at my FLGS. But as August neared I found out some pretty cool games were releasing at Gen Con. I was going to be able to get SeaFall and Cry Havoc! Shut up! My goals suddenly shifted. I wanted the new hot games. Now I was really pumped. Then my world came crashing down around me. Only limited supplies were announced. Only people going Thursday would get my new super favorite must have games. I was so upset. Why go?
As I was glued to my Twitter feed yesterday I saw supply of SeaFall and Cry Havoc dwindling down before the gates were even opened. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a VIG. Those turkeys bought all the hot games before Gen Con officially opened! All of a sudden I was happy not to be going on Thursday. I would have been so mad to take a day off work, wait in line, rush to the booths only to find out they were sold out. To top it off SteamForged Games demo of Dark Souls didn’t even arrive until this morning! I would have missed demoing the game I originally was going for!
Now I am excited once again! I am planning on demoing Dark Souls and checking out Tiny Epic Quest before anything else. Portal Games is going to run through Imperial Settlers and 51st State with me. I have been eyeing both for a while. I am going to get to play Zephyr: Winds of Change by Portal Dragons. A game I backed on KickStarter, created some content for, and eagerly awaiting its arrival next year. Then I am going to check out Stronghold Games, Red Raven Games, and Academy Games. After that it will be a quest to find the hidden gems of Gen Con.
Next week I will blog about my adventures or misadventures at Gen Con. If I found that hidden gem or went with an oldie but goody I haven’t played yet. I will also update how the non geeks of the family fared. Tomorrow is my first Gen Con and I can’t wait!
A software developer by day and avid game player by night.KickStarter has recently rekindled my love of board games. Now I am looking to help the little guys of KS get their games noticed and funded as well as demonstrate how easy or difficult a game is played its first time through.