Wimwick’s Newbie Plans For GenCon

by Wimwick (Neil Ellis) on July 27, 2010

The best four days in gaming begin next week. This will be my first trip to GenCon and I’m looking forward to the experience. I’ve heard all about it from Ameron and of course I’ve read about it through various other blogs. Still there is an aura of mystique that surrounds the event and I’m eager to arrive and investigate everything that GenCon and Indianapolis has to offer.

With that thought in mind I’ve put together a list of the top things I’d like to accomplish while at GenCon this year.

Ameron has already posted his schedule for Gen Con and mine is a mirror of his. I may skip an LFR game if I see something else of interest. With that said here’s what I’m looking to accomplish during GenCon.

Networking

One aspect of GenCon I’m looking forward to is meeting with our readers who may be in attendance and other RPG Bloggers. The great thing about conventions is the social aspect and the exchange of ideas. While Ameron and I have nothing solid planned for meeting up with folks, I’m sure that as the week progresses something will come together. As we get a better sense of our schedules and what we’ll be up to in between events we’ll post something here at Dungeon’s Master.

Playing D&D

We’re set to play some LFR games, along with the convention delve. Again great opportunities to meet with other players, see how others are enjoying the game and just relax doing something I love to do. Of course we are also playing the D&D Open Championship and are very excited about the challenge it represents.

Exploring The Vendors Hall

I have a list of items I want to come home with and I’m sure that the vendors hall will fulfill all my wishes and perhaps a few that I’m not yet aware of. What I’m really looking forward to is seeing what is out there beyond D&D. I’ve been playing D&D exclusively for more years than I can count at this point and it will be interesting to see what other great games are out there. If nothing else it should serve for some great inspiration at the gaming table.

Enjoying A Brew

I enjoy a pint as much as the next guy and I’m hoping that there is a decent pub or bar near the convention centre that serves some premium draught. Of course this part of the trip also encompasses the social aspect of the trip and I hope there are plenty of new friends to share a pint with.

So that’s it – play some D&D, pickup some swag and enjoy a pint with new friends. It really doesn’t get much simpler than that. If nothing else GenCon will be a great break from the regular grind for me. It’s been almost a year since my last vacation and it wasn’t much of a vacation, more like a week of home renovations.

What are your plans for Gen Con and do you have any suggestions to help me round out my week?

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Weldon July 27, 2010 at 9:49 am

There are 2 great pubs within walking distance… The Claddagh and The Ram
The Claddagh is a great Irish pub… I’m there alot…

2 Jim July 27, 2010 at 9:58 am

There are a number of bar & grills near the convention center. Alcatraz over on Illinois and Maryland is one of the better ones. The Ram on Illinois (between Georgia and Maryland) is also good.

This will be my first year attending GenCon, as well, despite the fact that I’ve been a Greater Indianapolis resident for the last seven years. I’m looking forward to the experience.
Jim´s last blog post ..Market of the Macabre

3 Charles July 28, 2010 at 10:35 am

The Ram and Alcatraz are both solid choices.
I’ll be running the LFR mini on thurs-sat if anyone wants to play. I may also try to org some late night gaming on those days as o don’t sleep much :)

4 Wimwick July 28, 2010 at 2:17 pm

@ Weldon, Jim and Charles
Thanks for the advice. I’ve taken a quick look at the pubs online and they all look solid.

5 Ragnarok July 29, 2010 at 8:57 am

Dude you have to go to the Slippery Noodle.
But that Ram is a must for at least one night.
The Irish Bar is way over priced IMO and doesnt offer anything new that your home town doesn’t offer.

If you are looking for a “new” game see if you can get into a beginner’s session of Shadowrun. A game that has a very rich back story and interesting mechanics.

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