Gen Con – My Itinerary (The Thursday)

So almost 2 weeks ago (really?!) I posted about the Wednesday at Gen Con.  It’s now 3 weeks til we fly out to Gen Con and my excitement level increases on a daily basis.

Unfortunately it also means that I’m working harder and thus having less time to create content for the blog.

With that in mind I’m only going to commit to post a few more posts before we head off and those will be prioritised as itinerary posts with anything else (e.g. my buy list) being a bonus.

So, after having survived the Wednesday we get to the Thursday.

The day starts off a bit weird.  Having a press pass means I get into the trade hall a whole hour earlier than non-press attendees.  This is one of the key perks of getting a press pass (as well as attending all of the cool stuff on the Wednesday).

So my first scheduled “event” is the trade hall at 9am.
Having looked at the floor plan for the trade hall I’m convinced I could spend the entire convention in there and not see everything.  I expect to do a separate post on what my must haves are from that exploration of the trade hall but other than con exclusives for games I already own it’s more than likely t-shirts from Offworld Designs.

But we don’t want to hear about your shopping list Dave, we want to know were you’ll be so we can stalk you!

Hmmm.  Ok then.  The trade hall experience takes me right up to 1pm where I attend…

Key To Con Games – This is a seminar / workshop primarily focussed on how to run games at conventions.  That’s of interest to me but I also want to look at it from the con organiser perspective and understand more about why a GM chooses to run at a particular convention.

The Psychology Of Gaming – I’ve been interested in Psychology for a long long time.  Not so much from an academic perspective but very much from a layman point of view.  This seminar will look at profiling (to a certain extent) of what makes a gamer.  There are various interests involved in this but right not the primary one is how this can be used to expand the gaming community by tapping into the psyche of those potential gamers.

Battletech : Alpha Strike – Rampage! – As per my previous posts on Battletech I have a real interest in playing this version as much as I can.  With this being a 16 player event I fully expect it to be awesome!

Dark Dungeons : World Premier – Ok so if you don’t know anything about Dark Dungeons then go to THIS WEBSITE before you continue.  Done?  Trust you’ve come away from that without any emotional scarring and still feeling of sound mind.  Ok to continue?  Good.  So this film is not making fun or light of the source material but I fully expect it to be an interesting and entertaining experience…  I’ll leave it at that…

Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns Documentary – Probably the first event that I’m not convinced I’ll actually take part in.  I’m a huge fan of the book which was what attracted me to the event but I might take the opportunity to do something else depending on how the Thursday goes.

Defiance in Phlan – It’s D&D!  This is an optional event for me (it’s at 11pm) and I have another slot for this on the Friday.  I could easily play this twice but again as with the Frank Miller event I could also skip this and do something else.  The event is not fully booked (44 spaces currently) so I know I’m not causing any serious ramifications if it stays like that.

That’s another pretty jam packed day full of awesome gaming goodness and cerebral content (for future blog posts more likely).  There is the option to continue playing through the night (specifically in things like Magic: The Gathering Booster Drafts at 3am if I wanted but I suspect I’ll be in need of sleep!

So that’s Wednesday and Thursday done. What’s next? Well Friday of course (which should hopefully be in the next couple of days!).