Sunday, August 7, 2011

Gen Con Indy: Day 4 & Wrap-up

As I mentioned elsewhere, this year's show really didn't seem to have a "best in show", dominating product. I don't think that's a bad thing; there is no overwhelming big dog right now. WotC and Paizo might share the top spot for the moment (more or less), but there are a number of other gaming companies that seem to have hit this happy stride in regards to their publishing model and product line. I think that's one of the big reasons folks seemed pretty content at this year's show overall.

The new convention hall area and configuration, is, in a word, superb. I really feel like next year will especially be a good year to go to Gen Con. Right now, the city streets are still a mess as they try to get ready for the Super Bowl. There should be plenty of hotels looking for business after the Super Bowl concludes, as well.

My favorite product of the show has to be my Inkwell Ideas DungeonMorph Cards. With a box of 90 DungeonMorph cards, I can randomly or deliberately mock up a dungeon in no time flat. Here's a photo of a quick layout I did, with the keychain and die to show scale:

Neat, huh?
My oldest daughter had her baptism today, so time was/is pretty limited. I will likely have lots more to talk about, but for now, I'm bone-tired, I have a race to watch, and my mind is pretty much fried. I want thank you all for reading and sharing over the past few days. It was pretty nice to cut back a little this year, but I certainly hope you don't feel too short-changed. I'm in talks with the wife to simply stay downtown last year, which would make it a lot easier to offer more coverage throughout the convention. We'll have to see how it pans out!


Z.L said...

One thing I really enjoyed this year about GenCon was that the booths in general were bigger, the gaming products were placed in the front, and overall the hall itself felt better laid out. Last year had left a bad taste in my mouth because for every gaming booth you had at least five booths that were non-gaming related.

Also being able to stand at a booth and avoid blocking the walkway was the best thing ever. :)

Oz said...

I wouldn't be surprised if the used K Hall (where Mayfair and the boffer fighting was) as part of the X Hall next year.

Zachary Houghton said...

I think there's a good chance they expand. After all, booth space this year was sold out.

shekhar said...

very nice blog

Joe said...

Thanks for the mention Zach. I'll have the "DungeonMorph Cards" for sale at in the near future. I'm not sure if I should wait for the matching dice to be completed (A little over a month based on the manufacturer's current estimate) before I make them available. I do have a mailing list signup on that site to be informed when they (dice, cards, and/or font) are available for sale.