I’m back from Gen Con.
I didn’t live blog, because I decided to sleep more and the Internet connection of the hotel was, at best, as fast as a horny turtle trying to reach a lonely Crocs at the end of a garden. I didn’t Twitter much either because I don’t yet have a phone smart enough to handle it… nor a data plan that allows me to use it in the US without bankrupting the State of California (which, I’m told, is not that exaggerated a claim).
I didn’t GM games for any companies this year. I ran only 2 sessions: Drunken D&D and Mouse Guard.
I skipped all industry parties because I had other things that came up that worked better toward what I was looking for.
What I did have though is have fun. Turns out that fun was exactly what I was looking for.
I hung around with friends. I walked the floor a few times, gave a seminar to a full room (of chairs… with people on all of them!). I had an awesome interview with Chris Perkins (Killer of PCs, maker of TPKs). I ate high calorie comfort food, signed and sold lots of books and gamed gamed gamed!
This translated in very high values of fun. Fun to the Nth power…
I attended Gen Con as Press specifically for Musings of the Chatty DM and as such I intend to cover it, but not like Dave and Bartoneus will (they’re the real ‘journalists’ here). I will do it in my own, stream-of-consciousness style.
Here are some of the subjects that come to mind that I could tackle, alone or grouped, in the upcoming weeks.
- Learned lessons from Gen Con 2010
- Forget freelance, band together, rebrand and launch
- Drunken D&D highlights and sneak peek
- Mouse Guard demo and how GM better at cons (self reflection)
- Free Market (Demo game with Luke Crane)
- The games I bought (Savage Worlds, Free Market, Apocalypse World, Last Night to Live expansion)
- The games I played: D&D (Drunken, Dark Sun, Chaos Scar), Mouse Guard, Zombie/Chthulu Dice, Free Market and a real Magic the Gathering draft!
- Gaming Advocacy is a very rewarding job!
- Hawking one’s book at a booth
- Meeting fans and dealing with them
- Re-evaluating our role as bloggers.
- Nico’s new game!
In the mean time, I’m not jumping back in the blogging routine too fast, mostly because today and tomorrow are dedicated to playing with my kids and spending some quality time with my incredibly understanding, supportive (and not to forget, insanely hot) wife.
Have a good one!
See you later!