Ask not what you can do for GenCon, but ask instead what GenCon can do for you.
An interview with Rich Marflak, the winner of the first RPGA Open tournament at GenCon in 1981.
The Friday of Gen Con 2010, Bartoneus and myself sat down with Rich Baker and Mike Mearls of Wizards of the Coast (in the gaming penthouse above their booth) to talk about Dark Sun, Essentials, and beyond. Some of our questions were a bit invalidated by the seminar the next day, but it’s all included for the sake of posterity.
Gen Con is one of two places to get all the big news in D&D for the next year (their own D&D XP convention being the other.) Like last year, we live-tweeted the announcements as they came in, but here’s a basic write-up of the seminar all in one place. We’ll also have photos of the different products later when we have access to a better internet connection.
On Wednesday, Day 0 of Gen Con, Trevor Kidd (community manager for Wizards of the Coast) gave us an opportunity to play in the Castle Ravenloft cooperative board game being released in the next few weeks. Trevor asked Bartoneus and I to help him do an unboxing video of all the components, so we’re posting the video (in two parts) below. Enjoy and let us know if you have any questions about it.
I’ve scheduled very few events for Gen Con 2010. I want to play it by ear, and expect I’ll run into plenty of people even without making many plans. If you want to find me, I’ve included a picture of myself and the WB bag I’ll be carrying around. See the schedule below the gallery.
As I write this, there’s only a few hours left to vote for Critical Hits for Best Blog of the 2010 Ennies. We would really appreciate your support voting us as #1 and telling your friends to vote for us as well. When the clock ticks over to midnight EST tonight after Sunday, July 25th, it’ll be too late, so please don’t delay any more, no matter who you’re voting for. And in other Gen Con news, we’ve selected our winners in our Gen Con contest.
For those of you without tickets to GenCon, whether because you haven’t bought them but could go or because you can’t go at all, we offer the following multi-part contest. Choose the one that best fits your situation: I Want A Ticket To Go To GenCon, I Can’t Go To GenCon, I Have A Ticket And I’m Going To GenCon.
This week sees me once again off to the Origins Game Fair, one of the big shows of the summer for us nerdily inclined. Origins still remains the smaller, slower show for me- while there are some board game releases occasionally and some interesting small press stuff, all the major releases and announcements tend to wait for one of the later shows, especially GenCon. However, there’s still fun times to be had.
I’m picky. Nay, I’m downright spoiled about my convention time. I’ve been going to conventions since before I was born and going to gaming rooms since I knew enough to not eat the dice (you roll them first, then eat them.) I’ve seen it all, and I’m much more militant about not spending precious time and money at a convention on a game I’m not going to enjoy. So how do I try to mitigate this and only play in the awesome? I narrow my convention game search to the following categories.