Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Gen Con: The Night Before

Tonight is the quietest night Gen Con will see for the rest of this week. But that doesn’t mean it’s silent by any means. At the convention center, thousands of gamers have already arrived. Some will sleep in hallways tomorrow, near the exhibit hall. This is the beginning of the gamer stink that will haunt us all soon enough. Most nearby restaurants are still filled, and there’s long registration lines winding around the hallways. Traffic in the skyways and corridors between the convention center and the hotels is brisk.

Inside the center's exhibit hall, companies still work to get their booths ready for the thousands of fans that will swarm it at 10 am tomorrow morning. Outside, hundreds of card, board, and tabletop games are going on, wherever people can find a space. Here and there, groups flip through their programs, planning out their activities or planning swag runs. Old friends run into each other, greet one another warmly. A general feeling of happiness is in the air; we’ve done it, we’ve survived another year, and we’re safely at Gen Con.

Tomorrow the real coverage will start, but the electricity is already in the air.

Nothing, nothing, nothing like it in the world.

5 comments:

WalkerP said...

People really sleep in the hallways? Is that because there is such a big line-up right at the beginning and they want to be near the front?

Zachary The First said...

It's a mix. People get there super-early, because it's Gen Con, and they want to be in the thick of it. Many folks never go to sleep, or try to find a quiet corner to catch a power nap around dawn. Others sleep wherever they can, because they don't have hotel rooms. Mostly, it's exhausted or early gamers, refusing to be anywhere else.

Tim Brannan said...

Well I am excited.

I am sitting here in my hotel room waiting to run my first set of games at Gen Con. I have run demos, and plenty of games over the last few years, but this is something different.

Looking forward to it all!

Anonymous said...

Yeah I am stuck here at work, the guy who sits at the desk behind me went. He is probably living off Slim Jims and dried fruit in the thick of gamer nerd Valhalla. Have you ever looked at the ingredients of a Slim Jim?......

Anonymous said...

The smell is what keeps me away. Don't really feel like retching for 4 days straight.