Unlike many gamers, who fill their schedule to the brim with prescheduled events, I usually keep my Gen Con schedule pretty open, to allow for Dealer Room coverage, liveblogging, responding to reader requests, and trying impromptu game demos, but there are a few events that I am going to try and attend. Here’s my schedule, day-by-day, along with times and location. Do our paths cross anywhere? Anything I need to add?
Tower of Gygax (Hyatt, Director 2, Table 1-2)
I’m not sure when I’ll be headed over to Tower of Gygax, but one of the best things Gen Con has done is ensure this classic D&D event runs 24 hours a day during the convention. If you’re up at midnight and looking for a game, head on over. If there’s a break in the action for the day, head on over. I’ll be waiting to see when some of the old TSR crew take their turn DMing to stake my claim to the table, but there are some other great DMs working a shift as well.
Thursday, Aug. 5
Thursday is my biggest day for covering the Dealer Hall (after I pick up my Press Badge), so I don’t have anything concrete on my schedule today; there’s too much to cover! Thursday, I’ve found, is a great day for getting into the groove of Gen Con, seeing those items I know are going to move quickly, and doing plenty of demos at the various booths. I usually have a list of booths/people I know I *need* to stop and see on the first day, so making check marks on that list keeps me jumping. Nothing “officially” scheduled this day, but that doesn’t mean I am not busy.
Friday, Aug. 6
It’s Cool To Be Old School (SEM1007917, Marriot, Indiana Ballroom C)
I’m not quite sure what to expect from this seminar, but I anticipate getting to meet some of my fellow gamers and contributors to many of the retro-clone, classic-feel RPGs and supplements out there. I guess I’ll see when I show up!
Castles & Crusades Society Tournament (RPG1011240, Crowne Plaza, Grand Ballroom D, Table 4-5)
I could kick myself for not entering in the Castles & Crusades tourney this year; I think I have a group that could have won it. But I’ve still promised to stop by either this session or the one on Saturday to take some pictures and wish everyone the best of luck. I probably won’t stick around for the entirety, but I’m sure it’ll be great fun for those lucky enough to participate.
The ENnie Awards (Westin Ballroom IV)
Still undecided on attending. If Jeff wins a nomination for his producing of our RPG Circus podcast (which I believe comes out today), me and the lads will probably go to support him. It’d be nice to go and cheer for the good guys and whatnot, but I’m still undecided.
The Zombie Walk (Starts at the Westin)
If I do go to the ENnies, I may need to take a break to check out the awesome, shambling zombies looking for brains from the Westin to within the Convention Center itself. If you’re still around the convention at this time, make sure to check this cool annual event.
Saturday, Aug. 7
The Dealer Hall will have started getting busy Friday afternoon; Saturday, it’s jam-packed. By this time, I’ve done a lot of the interviews and coverage I need to do, so I take time to run some events myself.
More Mayhem At Kobold Caverns (RPG1007936, Hyatt, Studio G, Table 3)
This is my short Microlite74 smash n’ grab dungeon crawl. Whichever character survives and hauls back the most loot wins a prize (which I still need to get). I had wonderful players last year, and I hope that this year is as much for them as it was for me the last time around.
2010 GM’s Jam (SEM1008197, Marriot, Indiana Ballroom D)
This is one of the most rewarding things I did last year at Gen Con. Hosting this seminar actually taught me a lot from some of the great ideas the audience members threw out. This is very much a jam session, give-and-take event for Game Masters of all stripes, where the people up front get just as much out of it as the people in the seats. Seminars don’t usually have a ton of pre-signups, but we’ve already have 37 out of 50 seats claimed! I hope we’ll have another full room, and I hope to see any Game Masters reading in attendance! We’re going to have some really cool guests from the blogging community, and I think it’s going to be a big hit.
Media Meet N’ Greet (ENT1012219, Union Station, The House)
Just as it says. A chance to meet in person a lot of the podcasters and bloggers we interact with and read online.
Sunday, Aug. 8
This is usually a day my wife comes down, works the camera for me, and possibly brings my oldest daughter (she’s 5) to the show. It’s also a time to get in any last-minute deals or items we’ve forgotten, and to say our goodbyes. It’s also the day we attend the least. I don’t even want to think about Gen Con being over; it hasn’t begun yet. So let’s forget about that part for now.
So what does your schedule look like?