|The booty we returned with from Gen Con 2015|
|Five Year Mission|
Thursday: The redhead and I went for a light schedule for this Gen Con, a radical shift from our previous strategy of filling our days with as many events as possible. As a result, on Thursday we had nothing specific to do and nowhere specific to go. We started the day by heading to the dealer hall to make a beeline for the Gale Force Games booth in order to acquire the latest expansions for the Firefly game: The Jetwash and Esmerelda ships, and the as yet unreleased Kalidasa expansion. Unfortunately, despite the fact that Gale Force has come out with a play mat one can purchase, it was not the excellent style of play mat that they had for use with demo games at the 2014 Gen Con, and was instead a very disappointing mat that had nothing on it but what was already in the based game and expansion sets. While there, we set about collecting the giveaways that were listed in the coupon book given to all Gen Con attendees - the Gen Con 2015 die and a miniature from GreenBrier Games. We also acquired a leather utility belt from Crimson Chain Leather Works to go with my Star Trek themed kilt that I was planning on wearing on Saturday.
Friday: We arrived bright and early on Friday morning for one of the few scheduled events that we had on our calendar: A huge game of Werewolf with a couple dozen players. Our friend Savannah tagged along, hoping to use some generic tickets to get into the game. Unfortunately, the game moderator never showed up, and after waiting for forty-five minutes, we gave up and went to find other things to do. While this was not the first time we had had a disappointing RPG session at Gen Con, it was the first time we had had one go entirely bust. Once in three years seems like a pretty good track record, and since it is pretty easy to find other game options at the convention, this was at most a minor setback.
|Aubrey, Sarah, and Angela|
Saturday: The third day of Gen Con was a day dominated by authors and music. The first order of the day was to get to Wesley Chu's signing event in Author Alley. We almost missed his appearance, but while looking for one of his books at the Indie Reads Books pavilion, Wes walked up to sign some of their stock, whereupon I immediately bought a copy of Time Salvager and had it signed and was able to have a nice conversation with the author to boot.
Sunday: The final day of Gen Con is always something of an anticlimax. But it is also a day that I never want to end, because that means that there will be no more Gen Con for another year, and the redhead and I will have to pack up the car and make the long and sad drive home. As we did last year, the redhead and I started the day volunteering at the ENnies booth for most of the morning. For those who do not know, the ENnies are awards given out every year at Gen Con to honor excellence in game design and related efforts such as game-related writing. The organization that put on the ENnies hosts a booth to raise awareness about the award, and by Sunday, hand out lists of that year's winners (the awards had been bestowed on the previous Friday). We always try to volunteer on Sunday morning, because that ensures that we will get up and get moving. Otherwise, the temptation to sleep most of the day away after three days of running around Gen Con would probably be too strong to resist.
|The redhead as Chell|