I can't convey what a great time I had this Gencon. It was number 12 for me, and the last couple of years have been a little lackluster. Honestly, it's taken me a few days each for the past couple of Gencons to finally relax and enjoy myself. This year was all different however. While it started out a bit of a nightmare, it set the tone for a whackier, less structured vacation experience, and I feel I benefited all the more from it.
The wife and I didn't get into Indy until after 2:00 AM Thursday morning. While the drive made us both a little loopy, but we were all the better for it. Taking our time Thursday morning (after about five hours of sleep) before getting to the hall was actually a very nice change of pace. Because I have a press badge (and have for several years) I usually try to make my way to pick it up early Thursday morning so I can get into the hall an hour early on Thursday. It just wasn't a priority this year, and it helped me feel much better about covering the con while still enjoying it and not pushing myself. This is my vacation after all!
I got to play a couple of great games this year, although not all the ones I expected. I ended up playing two separate sessions of Call of Cthulhu, one brief session of D&D Next (my first real exposure to the game, more on that much later!), and one fantastic session of Fiasco. It was a set of great, diverse play experiences. The picture up top is from our first game of the con - 1920's Cthulhu set in Detroit. I was the "face" of the group of mobsters and had a truly great time hamming it up seducing any lady I could.
At $80.00, it's easy to balk at the price, but once you pick the box up, you'll know they packed it tightly with value. There's just too much in there to describe in my post, but needless to say, if you're actively playing the game, you'll quickly get your 80 bucks out of it, and then some.
Overall it's the product that blew me away the most at the show, and I have a hard time picturing a box set that could beat it's quality and content.
So that's all I've got for now, but I know I'll have more in a day or two to share with everyone. Like I said, it was a wonderful Gencon, and for the first time in years, three days after the show is over, I'm already starting the countdown to next year's con. Come back soon for more reflections and TONS more pictures!