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Belvidere
post Feb 27 2012, 07:52 PM
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So I figure with the GendCon only about 6 months away, it is a safe time to begin discussions on the topic of what people's plans are, what games they want to test/run/play and in general what the plan is for the whole convention. I'm looking at taking monday to monday off, so I can actually enjoy the time around it and not have the back to work crash. What are the rest of dumpshock's plans? Any ideas for the meet and greet?
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Mickle5125
post Mar 15 2012, 04:19 AM
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Etiquette lesson is helpful, but I was more hoping for things like good events to see, what to avoid, etc etc. Definitely keeping that stuff in mind, though!
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post Mar 15 2012, 06:14 PM
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QUOTE (Mickle5125 @ Mar 14 2012, 11:19 PM) *
Etiquette lesson is helpful, but I was more hoping for things like good events to see, what to avoid, etc etc. Definitely keeping that stuff in mind, though!

Some people swear by True Dungeon (and there's all sorts of badges and tokens and stuff to go with it), but I've never tried it so I can't offer first-hand advice. The Shadowrun Scramble is a blast, traditionally a half-LARP, half-tabletop, Missions game...lots of fun. Also, I'm a big fan of trying other LARPs, too, or just general home-brewed stuff that I find. If you're a fan of a game/setting (from Harry Potter to Firefly), the odds are you can find someone who's thrown together a home-brewed game, or even a home-brewed LARP, for it. Give it a shot! If not at GenCon, when else are you gonna get to try something new like that? So don't be scared to shy away from the big name RPGs you know and love, and try something someone's just cobbled together, at least once. It can be a lot of fun. Oh! And if you're a Battletech fan, hold onto a few GenCon Generic Tickets, and use them to try out a game or in the Battletech Pods. There's plenty of awesome BT stuff going on, but even folks who aren't into the wargame can have some fun climbing into the cockpit of a mech and stomping around in a giant robot, shooting their buddies.

Which leads me to Generic Tickets as a whole -- have some, hold onto 'em, and don't be scared to use 'em. Gamers get lost, distracted, tired, whatever, and no-show all the time. So don't be disappointed if a game you want to play is already booked up; swing by a couple minutes before it's supposed to start, chat with the GM, and ask him if you can have the first available spot. In my experience, as often as not, someone who booked a spot in a game doesn't show up.

There's a TON of great places to eat in Indy. Everyone should stop by The Ram at least once, just to see what a good time they have converting the whole place to a geek mecca for GenCon. They bust out custom menus every year (and let'cha keep 'em!), microbrew something special every GenCon, dress the place up in all sorts of cool banners, you name it. Other places there in Downtown Indy don't jump in headfirst like that, but do still have great food. Most such places can be a little pricey to a gamer on a budget, though, so don't plan on 'em for three meals a day. For eating out on the cheap, plot a skywalk path to get to the food court of the nearby mall -- for affordable but tolerable dining, it's your best bet and has the most variety. Most hotels will have at least a mini-fridge, though, and you can save a lot of money by bringing SOME food of your own (or at least snagging a continental breakfast at your hotel).

Make sure you set aside some time to just walk around and take it all in. The vendor's hall is...dauntingly large. It takes TIME to navigate it, and that's even just trying to go from point a to point b; meandering through it, looking at all the different types of geekery on display, can take some time. Give yourself that time. Don't rush through the whole convention, signing up for every single time slot and scurrying all over to keep up with a busy schedule.

Be kind to your feet. They will do a lot of work at GenCon.
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- Belvidere   GenCon 2012   Feb 27 2012, 07:52 PM
- - CanRay   I'll be there. Not sure what else will be goi...   Feb 27 2012, 08:05 PM
|- - Belvidere   QUOTE (CanRay @ Feb 27 2012, 05:05 PM) I...   Feb 27 2012, 08:37 PM
|- - CanRay   QUOTE (Belvidere @ Feb 27 2012, 04:37 PM)...   Feb 27 2012, 08:49 PM
- - Bull   Just a heads up... I'm looking to change up o...   Feb 27 2012, 10:37 PM
- - nezumi   I plan on being here. I'm going to be running ...   Feb 28 2012, 01:57 AM
- - AStarshipforAnts   SSS and I will be there. We've already got tic...   Feb 28 2012, 03:07 PM
- - capt.pantsless   I'll be making my usual pilgrimage to Indy in ...   Feb 28 2012, 03:48 PM
- - grendel   Once more unto the breach, dear friends. I'll...   Feb 29 2012, 09:50 PM
- - Critias   I will be there, and I do still insist on getting ...   Mar 2 2012, 01:40 AM
|- - CanRay   QUOTE (Critias @ Mar 1 2012, 09:40 PM) I ...   Mar 2 2012, 03:12 PM
- - NorthernWolf   This will be my third GenCon, though first since s...   Mar 6 2012, 03:15 PM
- - Mickle5125   I'm planning on making my first trip out to Ge...   Mar 13 2012, 02:44 AM
- - grendel   I recommend reading this for first time convention...   Mar 13 2012, 04:17 AM
- - CanRay   I plan on bringing a bar of soap in a sock to beat...   Mar 13 2012, 05:01 AM
- - Critias   Grendel's link has some good advice in it -- i...   Mar 13 2012, 05:27 PM
- - Mickle5125   Etiquette lesson is helpful, but I was more hoping...   Mar 15 2012, 04:19 AM
|- - Critias   QUOTE (Mickle5125 @ Mar 14 2012, 11:19 PM...   Mar 15 2012, 06:14 PM
- - grendel   Shadowrun-wise, I recommend the tournament and the...   Mar 15 2012, 02:24 PM
- - CanRay   So... Spare white socks? Speaking of, when the h...   Mar 16 2012, 12:41 AM
- - Bull   Best advice I can give? Don't try and do too ...   Mar 16 2012, 02:57 AM
- - DWC   I heartily recommend setting aside one day to get ...   Mar 17 2012, 01:27 AM
- - Mickle5125   So what is tithe Scramble? Half larp, half tableto...   Mar 17 2012, 01:42 PM
- - Bull   Players are broken into teams, and the game starts...   Mar 17 2012, 06:02 PM
- - Mickle5125   oh! does sound fun... Hmm... I'll have to ...   Mar 17 2012, 06:54 PM
- - Critias   *crosses his fingers* Please lock us in a vault t...   Mar 17 2012, 07:18 PM
- - AStarshipforAnts   Doc Wagon will be there this year...with bracelets...   Mar 17 2012, 08:34 PM
- - grendel   DocWagon 4/16th Det Seattle has been there the pas...   Mar 18 2012, 04:59 PM
- - galvatron42   I'll be heading back to gencon this year and I...   Mar 19 2012, 03:18 PM
|- - Critias   QUOTE (galvatron42 @ Mar 19 2012, 10:18 A...   Mar 19 2012, 03:35 PM
|- - AStarshipforAnts   QUOTE (Critias @ Mar 19 2012, 12:35 PM) N...   Mar 19 2012, 06:53 PM
|- - Critias   QUOTE (AStarshipforAnts @ Mar 19 2012, 01...   Mar 19 2012, 08:41 PM
- - CanRay   Damn, I don't think I'm going to arrive ea...   Mar 19 2012, 07:00 PM
- - grendel   Make sure you read the costume rules closely as th...   Mar 20 2012, 03:38 AM
|- - Critias   QUOTE (grendel @ Mar 19 2012, 10:38 PM) M...   Mar 20 2012, 09:09 PM
|- - CanRay   QUOTE (Critias @ Mar 20 2012, 04:09 PM) O...   Mar 20 2012, 10:23 PM
- - CanRay   I remember the first time I went to GenCon, a frie...   Mar 20 2012, 03:44 AM
|- - pbangarth   QUOTE (CanRay @ Mar 19 2012, 10:44 PM) On...   Mar 20 2012, 09:33 PM
- - Bull   Generally speaking we've not had any problems ...   Mar 20 2012, 10:42 PM
|- - CanRay   QUOTE (Bull @ Mar 20 2012, 05:42 PM) And ...   Mar 20 2012, 10:47 PM
|- - Critias   QUOTE (Bull @ Mar 20 2012, 05:42 PM) It...   Mar 21 2012, 04:35 PM
- - grendel   Yeah, any kind of realistic weapon replicas are a ...   Mar 21 2012, 03:38 AM
- - Bull   You dress like a SWAT member, and wear a full bal...   Mar 21 2012, 05:57 AM
- - grendel   I'm only grumpy because it offends my sense of...   Mar 21 2012, 01:22 PM
- - KarmaInferno   I was at Gen Con in Milwaukee years ago. Dressed i...   Mar 23 2012, 04:50 PM
|- - pbangarth   QUOTE (KarmaInferno @ Mar 23 2012, 12:50 ...   Mar 23 2012, 08:46 PM
- - CanRay   Hm... So my story of Kane at ComiCon wouldn't...   Mar 23 2012, 05:35 PM
- - Lindt   I just need to graduate. I massively miss GenCon....   Mar 24 2012, 01:59 AM
- - john_doe   Yay...GenCon! I'll be there. Badge and H...   Apr 3 2012, 03:49 PM
- - nezumi   I love it. I'll likely be bringing my laptop t...   Apr 5 2012, 06:20 AM
- - nylanfs   Well I'll be missing the Meet & Greet this...   Apr 26 2012, 02:40 AM
- - Critias   Just an FYI for folks, but right now me and a budd...   Apr 26 2012, 02:44 PM
- - CanRay   I got my train tickets and room already booked. G...   Apr 26 2012, 07:24 PM
|- - Critias   QUOTE (CanRay @ Apr 26 2012, 02:24 PM) I ...   Apr 27 2012, 04:16 PM
|- - CanRay   QUOTE (Critias @ Apr 27 2012, 11:16 AM) Y...   Apr 27 2012, 05:20 PM
- - nylanfs   I would totally have taken you up on that Critias,...   Apr 28 2012, 04:17 PM
|- - Critias   QUOTE (nylanfs @ Apr 28 2012, 11:17 AM) I...   Apr 29 2012, 05:33 PM
- - Doc Chase   Doesn't look like I'll be making it this y...   Apr 28 2012, 05:35 PM
- - CanRay   Damn, lots of folks I was hoping to meet...   Apr 28 2012, 09:34 PM
- - Redjack   Hotel room for the wife and I are booked as well. ...   May 1 2012, 01:58 PM
|- - CanRay   QUOTE (Redjack @ May 1 2012, 08:58 AM) Ho...   May 1 2012, 04:05 PM
|- - Redjack   QUOTE (CanRay @ May 1 2012, 10:05 AM) I t...   May 1 2012, 05:29 PM
- - grendel   I could probably be convinced to run a game Wednes...   May 2 2012, 01:26 PM
- - Redjack   Count us in for two... Would that convincing need ...   May 2 2012, 01:45 PM
|- - grendel   QUOTE (Redjack @ May 2 2012, 05:45 AM) Co...   May 4 2012, 02:32 PM
- - Critias   Y'all know I'm game, too. My plane lands ...   May 2 2012, 06:47 PM
- - CollateralDynamo   I'm looking forward to my fifth year of missio...   May 3 2012, 02:00 PM
- - Mister Shed   I'm down for a quick game, I've no suggest...   May 4 2012, 05:33 PM
- - Bull   The Meet & Greet location should have game-typ...   May 5 2012, 02:42 AM
|- - nezumi   QUOTE (Bull @ May 4 2012, 10:42 PM) The M...   May 5 2012, 05:05 PM
|- - Critias   QUOTE (nezumi @ May 5 2012, 12:05 PM) Swe...   May 5 2012, 05:10 PM
- - CanRay   Really gotta go over my tickets to see when I get ...   May 5 2012, 03:32 AM
- - Shecky   I'll be there again this year. Hotel and Badge...   May 9 2012, 01:12 PM
- - CanRay   OK, I get there on the 15th. I think.   May 9 2012, 01:58 PM
- - Critias   Event catalog went live yesterday, in case anyone ...   May 9 2012, 03:20 PM
- - Bull   As a note, there are still missing events from the...   May 9 2012, 05:36 PM
- - CanRay   I might be late for the Meet and Greet on Wednesda...   May 9 2012, 07:36 PM
- - Critias   Bull (or anyone else who's got a complete list...   May 9 2012, 08:13 PM
|- - Bull   QUOTE (Critias @ May 9 2012, 03:13 PM) Bu...   May 9 2012, 08:29 PM
- - Critias   Swanky.   May 10 2012, 02:28 AM
- - NorthernWolf   So event sign up was yesterday. How did everyone ...   May 21 2012, 12:59 PM
- - CollateralDynamo   I did pretty well in comparison. I was signing up ...   May 21 2012, 03:28 PM
- - CanRay   OK, I'll be in Indy just before Midnight on We...   May 21 2012, 04:09 PM
- - Critias   I got into about 2/3 of the stuff I wanted, and th...   May 22 2012, 03:20 AM
- - CanRay   Now I have to figure out how the Generic Tickets w...   May 22 2012, 04:30 AM
|- - Bull   QUOTE (CanRay @ May 22 2012, 12:30 AM) No...   May 22 2012, 10:09 AM
|- - CanRay   QUOTE (Bull @ May 22 2012, 05:09 AM) Gene...   May 22 2012, 01:58 PM
- - nezumi   I didn't realize you have to purchase your car...   May 22 2012, 04:04 PM
- - CrystalBlue   It makes me sad to see all of these people that GM...   May 22 2012, 07:43 PM
- - DWC   Through dumb luck and button camping, I managed to...   May 23 2012, 11:29 PM
- - LurkerOutThere   I have been blessedly able to get into games with ...   May 30 2012, 03:00 AM
- - vladski   After years of going to GenCon annually,1993 to 20...   May 31 2012, 09:33 PM
|- - Critias   QUOTE (vladski @ May 31 2012, 04:33 PM) I...   Jun 1 2012, 07:35 AM
|- - vladski   QUOTE (Critias @ Jun 1 2012, 02:35 AM) Di...   Jun 6 2012, 05:33 PM
- - DireRadiant   Clasdagh, minors are ok ealrier in the evening if ...   Jun 1 2012, 02:53 AM
|- - vladski   QUOTE (DireRadiant @ May 31 2012, 09:53 P...   Jun 6 2012, 05:39 PM
- - Critias   Woooooooooooo -- gettin' closer! almost c...   Jun 15 2012, 01:07 AM
- - LurkerOutThere   Can't come soon enough.   Jun 18 2012, 04:24 PM
|- - DWC   QUOTE (LurkerOutThere @ Jun 18 2012, 11:2...   Jun 18 2012, 04:56 PM
- - vladski   Hey, my Gen Con picture brightened up even more. ...   Jun 19 2012, 06:42 PM
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