Monday, August 15, 2011

Some Final Thoughts On Gen Con 2011

Yeah, I've been milking this Gen Con thing for about two weeks now. Before closing the book on Gen Con 2011, I wanted to highlight a few things that, for one reason or another, I didn't want to dedicate an entire post to.

  • The boys and I had a lot of fun messing with the guy who was pimping his Carrom tables. Carrom is a tabletop game that seems to be a mix between shuffleboard and billiards. Essentially, you sink round wooden planks into the side pockets with your fingers. The boys and I played a number of rounds over the four days and I constantly referred to the game as "finger billiards" much to the salesperson's chagrin. After Todd beat the salesperson in a game, I made sure to announce Todd as "Five Time Finger Billiard World Champion" to the crowd gathered around the kiosk every time we walked by. And we walked by a lot. One perspective buyer said "I can tell my kids I was THERE". 

  • Gamers For Jesus had a booth in the Dealer Hall. I figured they were pushing some religious themed RPGs, which I thought could be interesting. I approached their booth, asked them what they had and was told "Jesus Loves You". When I asked if that was all they had, I was given a spiffy "Jesus Loves Gamers" lanyard. 

  • The staff at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis where we stayed was very friendly. Unsure about the open container rules, I went into Beer-Ninja mode and tried sneaking an ice-bucket full of Budweisers down to the lobby where we were playing "Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game". A hotel staffer happened to be in the elevator when I got in. She giggled at me and says "It looks like you are up to no good". I simply smiled my crooked grin and replied "Always".

  • I am going to find an excuse to visit Indianapolis again this year. When I do, I'm going to book a room at the Crowne Point Indianapolis just so I can stay in one of their railroad car rooms.

  • The service at the Buffalo Wings and Things was terrible. No eating utensils? No wet naps? Atomic wings that were decidedly less-than-atomic? Our waitresses sported a Super Girl shirt but we figured she had meant to dress as the Invisible Woman because we hardly saw her between taking our order and giving us the check. Todd was so frustrated with the service that he took it upon himself to refill our drinks at the waitress station several times. 

  • James and I accidentally walked into a Vampire LARP being held in one of the conference rooms at the hotel. When asked by the organizer what I was looking for, I replied that I had expected to find an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. I pretended not to hear the organizer when she explained to me what a LARP was. Instead, I asked if the local AA chapter was having a costume-themed meeting and asked why I hadn't been informed. I then insisted, over the organizer's vociferous protestations, that I would fetch my El Generico costume and return directly. The sheer look of terror on this woman's face made it all worth while.

  • My experience this year is going to be hard to top. I'm thinking that next year, I'm actually going to sign up for some gaming events and tournaments. I may even wear a costume.

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