It’s called “The Best Four Days in Gaming” and I like some gaming, so why have I never been to GenCon? Partly because I always assumed it was more role-playing gaming than board gaming, and it is, but there’s a pretty sizeable boardgame element as well. How big? I’ll find out for myself in August when I attend my very first GenCon!
It’s in Indianapolis, so naturally I’ll be flying into and out of Champaign and riding there with my pal Dave Thiel. Hey, look, the plan made sense at the time.
There are a lot of boardgames you can sign up to learn and play at specific times, and I’ve done the preliminary thing to try and get into them, but the slots are few and the audience is large so who knows if I’ll get any. It’s no big deal if I don’t, because there’s also tons of just plain open gaming, apparently. No matter how the scheduled games lottery goes, I’m pretty sure I’ll play some boardgames.
I’ll also be buying some. Imperial Settlers, the new game by Ignacy Trzewiczek (New Era, Pret-a-Porter, Robinson Crusoe) will be debuting there and I’ll be pre-ordering a copy as soon as I can. Trzewiczek also announced today on Twitter that a new faction for Theseus, which I will also want to grab. And Z-Man will have The Battle at Kemble’s Crusade, which looks like it will be a lot of fun. Hoping to get me one of those, too. I’ll also buy probably too many weirdo dice because while I don’t really play games with weirdo dice much anymore, I love me some weirdo dice.
Plus I have pals that will be there! In addition to the aforementioned Dave, Jim and Chris will be there, plus maybe some other folks I know, along with some of the Fortress: Ameritrash crew.
The badge is bought, the flights are booked, the hotel room is secured. In about 90 days I’ll be waist-deep in boardgaming and, if a Google Image search on “GenCon” is to be trusted, boobs. Don’t tell my wife about that last part.