Gen Con 2011 Highlights
Well another amazing Gen Con has come and gone. Here are some of the highlights that I witnessed:
There is always an endless sea of costumed gamers at the con, and this year was no different.
Wizard’s of the Coast
The Neverwinter display was amazing. Wizard’s really stepped up their game this year with a large castle-ruin motif complete with orcs. I was however disappointed with the mass adventure that consisted of scanning QR codes at various spot around the con to gain points for your faction (my Thayans got stomped).
Also, the statues this year were the best I’ve ever seen. Outside the SagamoreBallroom stood an awesome sculpture of Do’Urden and Guenhwyvar.
The display of Geek Chic tables was unbelievable. I truly believe that Gary Gygax is gaming on this setup in heaven.
Fantasy Flight Games
Fantasy Flight makes the best board games on the market, hands down. Their games look amazing and are made of the highest quality materials. This year they debuted the beta test of an X-Wing miniature game that will be huge.
Magic the Gathering Online
Wizard’s had a very nice play-testing area set up to demo their latest Duel of the Planeswalker game. Weary gamers could crash out in bean bags and try the game for free.
While technically not part of the Con, Tilt Studios is located above the food court at the Circle Centre Mall where most people eat at Gen Con. Tilt Studios is a massive video arcade where you can find all of your old favorites.
The Lego play area was huge this year. Players could demo (for free) the new line of adventure board games like, Heroica, Ninjago, and Minotaurus. There were also some excellent Lego sculptures; one of a dungeon and one of a minotaur.
Steve Jackson Games
Mr. Jackson, the creator of GURPS and Munchin (just to name a few), was present at the STG booth signing autographs for fans. He seemed very kind and friendly, posing for pictures and signing games for hours.
Who North America
WHONA had one of the best booths complete with a life-sized TARDIS, and K-9 air fresheners.