(As I anxiously and excitedly await the start of Gen Con Indy, I thought it would be fun to share some of my tips for Gen Con. These are items, ideas, or bits of advice designed to help you organize, maximize, and economize your Gen Con experience).
One of the things that drives me crazy is having anything bulky or unwieldy on me when I'm walking around Gen Con. My backpack is bad enough, but I don't need a bulky catalog I need to pull out every time I need an event or booth location.
My PDA's organizer has been unreliable, to say the least, which is why I now use a PocketMod for Gen Con. For those who haven't used one, a PocketMod is printed on a single sheet of paper, and folds up to become a very cool little pocket organizer. They have a Flash application that allows you to customize yours, with different pages for contacts, shopping lists, task lists, and other custom information. It takes about 2 minutes to make, and another few to customize. And that's it! All the information you need in one little thin organizer that easily fits in your pocket!
I'll have my pocket mod this year full of companies I want to visit listed alphabetically with booth number, the contact information for my lodging, and a list of my scheduled events. Between this and cutting out the maps in the back of the Gen Con guide, I'm traveling light and hoofing around one less book--which at Gen Con, can never be a bad thing.