Highlights of Gen Con Indy 2010

Well, Gen Con Indy is over. As always, it was an amazing experience. Where else in the world can you see 28,000 gamers in one place? Where else can you have a deep conversation about kobold battle tactics with a 45-year-old man in a homemade Pikachu costume and have no one judge you? The rest of the world could learn a lot about diversity and tolerance at Gen Con. 

Here are some of the highlights: 

  

  

Costumes 

The attendants of this year’s Gen Con did not disappoint. There were some amazing costumes and everyone I saw was very patient, allowing themselves to be photographed again and again. 

Free Demos 

There were more games at GC than you could ever hope to try in four days. We tried some great new games and we will be sure to give each of them a full review in the weeks to come. 

The Vendors 

You have to admire people who are willing to spend four days dressed as a luchador, or a pirate, or wear a chicken on their head in hopes of moving their product. 

Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton 

This was the only part of the con that was a bit sour for me. I had hoped to meet the cast of The Guild, but the line was very long, so I walked up to the rope and took a few pictures. Shortly after I started snapping shots, security approached me and asked that I, “please put my pants back on and step away from the crew”. Well as you can imagine I was outraged, so I pulled my boffer sword and started to kick ass all the while screaming that Wil Wheaton had stolen my prized Degu. Any who…things got a bit intense and I was tazed several times and asked to leave. I didn’t let it ruin my day.

 Wizards of the Coast Displays

WotC had some amazing displays outside the Sagamon Ballroom, where they unveiled both the 4th edition incarnation of Darksun and the Castle Ravenloft Board game. There was a huge 3D red dragon representation of the Essential D&D Starter set that drop on September 7th. Also, there was a life-sized (can there be a life-sized version of a make-believe creature?) Beholder. It stood well over 12 feet tall. It was awesome. 

 The World of Darkness Lounge 

White Wolf had an excellent longue set up in the center of the con. The lounge, fully staffed by vampires, offered a bar, live music and an opulent seating area decorated with gothic-style furniture. 

All in all it was a great con. There is much more to say and I could go on forever posting pictures, but then I’d wouldn’t get any gaming done. If you attended the con I hope you had as good a time as I did, and if you didn’t get a chance to go, I hope to see you there next year. Enjoy these pictures. 

-Andy 

This beholder was life-sized and ate four of my group

 

 

Wil Wheaton

 

His breath smelled like dead gnomes and broken dreams

 

"I wish I had taken that civil service test..."

 

Felicia Day.

Buy my game or I'll body slam you!

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5 Responses to “Highlights of Gen Con Indy 2010”

  1. I thought you were going to post the picture of that beholder with me in it. I lost an arm trying to get that picture for you! “We need size comparison!” you said.

  2. “Where else in the world can you see 28,000 gamers in one place?”

    Blizz Con!

    And I’m sure out of the 140,000 people who were at Comic Con, 28,000 of them were probably gamers. … :p

    Never been to Gen Con, looks fun though~

  3. Servant of Oghma Says:

    An excellent tale of adventure! It seems so long since I took my pilgrimage to the lofty house of Gen Con. So long since I stepped through those hallowed halls and shared adventures and tales with those others who too had made the long journey from so far. Truly Gen Con is a beacon, a save point, and an encounter worth the better part of most mid-level ups. So much to be seen and enjoyed. So much swag, free treasures and trinkets blessed by the gods of gaming for their loyal followers. Some day I hope to return, some day when I have the coins and the companions to face the adventure once more.

    ~Servant of Oghma
    Journal entry: 1376 DR (2004 CE)

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