Life Lessons From Gencon 2012
In no particular order, these are snippets of information that I’ve gleaned from all of my visits to Gencon, this year’s visit has allowed me some further clarity on a few things. I do hope you enjoy.
- Anti-chafing Gel – If you’re a hairy bastard like I am, or chubby enough to have your thighs rub together like I am then do yourself a favor and get some anti-chafing gel. Put it on in the morning before you go out, trust me. My legs didn’t get raw/red from walking all day every day, which resulted in not walking funny, which resulted in not getting blisters on my feet or feeling physically fatigued nonstop. Best 6$ I’ve spent in a while.
- Parking – Research parking garages or try and get info from locals about them before heading down, arrive early so the good ones aren’t filled up. We wound up paying over 120$ in parking which is complete and total bullshit, avoid this at all costs.
- Demo Games! – Consider foregoing playing games you already know about and learn to play or learn about ones you’ve been interested for a while, you’ll feel glad that you did. Either you’ll love the game and feel happy about it, or you’ll at least feel as if you’ve scratched another thing off your list to potentially waste money on. This year I finally learned to play Warmachine and I couldn’t be happier about it, also learned quite a bit about Hackmaster and have added it to my infinite list of games to check out.
- Twitter Isn’t Good Enough – By the time you tweet “who wants to meet up” or “are you available for X” that person will probably be long occupied with something else. Try and plan games and meet ups, exchange phone numbers and make phone calls, it may be the only way you manage to gather up the dream team of people you want to game with from your friend feed. I relied on twitter this year and I wholly regret it.
- Don’t Be A Dickstarter - Asking for $50k to get your project off the ground and then dumping thousands of dollars into advertising your nonexistent software you plan to outsource to a 3rd party, hiring a dozen “babes” to wear costumes for you all weekend at Gencon, and throwing party via a rented out nightclub with an open bar for all your attendees is all pretty asinine. I should also mention that women (or men) in bikini’s don’t sit poolside and play D&D. Ever.
- Walk Up To People – That design your favorite games, make your favorite artwork, or whatever it is that they do that you love and be brief but enthusiastic in telling them how awesome they are and how much you appreciate them. This is a feeling that never gets old, trust me.
- Dunkaroos Are Still Fucking Awesome – Because in Canada, 1994 never came. Thanks to Geeky Lyndsay for taking the running twitter food/jokes/debate and running with them. I know d20Monkey was packin’ some combos too. Also thanks to all of our Canadian friends who brought us eldritch chocolates from your strange land! Coffee Crisp!
That’s it for today, tomorrow I’ve got a game review and then later on during the week some more and deeper thoughts on gaming, the game industry, its people and why we do what we do.