7 Reasons Why I’d Rather Be At GenCon

by Wimwick (Neil Ellis) on August 5, 2011

If you’re like me you were left behind. Unable to attend the experience that is GenCon. Sadly I had to give the pilgrimage to Indy a pass this year. So to all my fellow gamers who were also left behind I present a list of 7 reasons why I’d rather be at GenCon. This should serve as motivation to ensure we all make the trip next year.

Until then read on…

  1. My day job sucks.
    You heard me, my day job sucks and yours probably does too! I’d say only 5% of us are in jobs that aren’t work, they are play. For example, you might be a D&D Camp Councillor. For the rest of us we’d rather be doing something else, that’s why we want to go to GenCon. We want to play D&D all day and express ourselves in ways that not even our spouses can understand.
  2. The dice
    You get to roll dice. You get to buy lots of dice. I like Q-Workshop products, you might like someone else’s. GenCon allows you to explore a wide variety of options in the vendor hall.
  3. The vendor hall.
    On top of the big names, there are a lot of smaller companies that fill an interesting niche in the gaming market. Whether it is styrofoam swords, unique gaming tables, kilts or the newest game you haven’t heard of yet the vendor hall is the place to find it.
  4. The hospitality of Indy.
    It’s a great town and the local restaurants go out of their way to make all those who attend the convention know that they are welcome and appreciated. If you aren’t sure about this, just go by The Ram. Don’t forget to order a flight of beer while you are there.
  5. D&D Game Day.
    You and hundreds, possibly thousands, of other people get to play the same game at the same time. This should make for a great interactive experience. I can’t even make it to my FLGS for game day, never mind playing in Indy.
  6. You will meet all sorts of interesting people.
    The best thing about GenCon, aside from all the gaming, is the people. Meeting fellow gamers is always a highlight. Sharing in experiences and playing with strangers who soon become friends is a great feeling. Ameron will be playing in the D&D Championship game this year with the same people he met at GenCon three years ago at the same event.
  7. You will see all sorts of interesting sights.

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1 BrianLiberge August 5, 2011 at 9:40 am

I weep! I weep constantly! Oh how I hate you twitter! GenCon, I will be in you next year. I swear it!

2 iserith August 5, 2011 at 11:02 am

Reasons I’ve Never Been to Gen-Con (Convince Me Some More):

1. I’m a closet gamer. I have a phobia of gaming in public with people I don’t know. I don’t know why.

2. It’s in Indiana. I’m a gringo from Florida, but I live in Colombia (South America) where the weather is always beautiful, food and drink cheap and delicious, and any female here is head and tails (no pun intended) above someone in Fort Wayne (or wherever).

3. I like gaming soused. Blotto. Three sheets to the wind. I’m not obnoxious and there are those who say, correctly, that I’m a much better DM and player when I’ve been hitting the sauce regularly. I’m not sure how convention staff would feel about me sucking down Jack Daniels at an alarming rate, possibly in the presence of children.

I feel as though I could make it to Gen-Con next year if I can be convinced there obstacles are surmountable. Does anyone have any evidence, anecdotal or otherwise, that would dissuade me from considering these three items a barrier?

3 shimmertook August 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Hilarious. If you’re not there because of those three reasons iserith, I have a bit of pity for you. You should go.
1. Everyone around you is just like you.
2. Gencon has nothing to do with babes. At least not real ones. Nor is about weather. At least, not real weather.
3. One word: flask.

Wimwick, I am loving/hating the twitter feed. Can’t go this year, but my brother just moved to Indy. The cards are lining up for next year.

4 Beldar1215 August 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Next year I WILL be at Gen Con. I go every other year. However, this may change. I don’t think I can go every other year. I want to go every year!


5 sverbridge August 5, 2011 at 7:54 pm

My day was seriously sucking until I read this. Thanks for lifting my spirits

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