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VinNay Guest Post – GenCon Trip Report

Gencon 2012 is in the books.  This year I convinced 2 local friends to make the trip with me.  We were meeting a few college friends of mine, plus two other local friends who have since moved away.

The drive out was ok. One of my friends is a non-smoker and threatened to drive himself if we were going to smoke in the car.  I thought about calling his bluff, but didn’t for sake of party cohesion. It took us about 8.5 hours because we stopped frequently for smoke breaks and hit a White Castle along the way. Not sure what the big deal about White Castle is.  The burgers suck.

We arrived and I grabbed my badge in the VIG (Very Important Gamer) lounge, while my friends waited hours in line for theirs.  Yeah, that’s how I roll. I had a quick GM’s meeting with Catalyst because I was running some games for them, and then we headed up to the Shadowrun Meet and Greet. Many beers were had. The Meet and Greet moved to a bar and many more beers were had. We got a few Shadowrun rules cleared up for us by the design team.  Like using babies as armor, and using grenades as projectile weapons. Fun times.

My college friends arrived around 10pm, so we went to meet them. Catching up and more drinking happened.

VIG early admittance started at 9am Thursday morning. My head hurt, but I wanted to get into dealer hall before the masses to make sure I got a few things I wanted before they sold out. Like a Tardis bathrobe. And a creepy dice bag made by Abbotts Hollow.

We had a 10AM demo of Inevitable by our friend Lex, one of the designers of the game. Very fun if you like games in which you screw over your opponents. I picked up a copy. Spent the rest of the afternoon wandering the halls, trying some new games, and looking at all the costumes.

One thing they was awesome this year were all the food trucks.  Indy has had a food truck explosion. There were 10 trucks outside the con at any given time, rotating for lunch, dinner, and late night. Cheap and tasty.

Thursday night was our Shadowrun tournament (day 1), we ended up having to take two girls onto our 6 man team, one of which had not played before.  Grrrr.  They were fun, but it hurt us. Especially since they grabbed characters that really made us shuffle around our standard roles. Also our GM on day 1 was mediocre and seemed to favor the girls for interaction. Balls.

When the tourney (day 1) was over at midnight, we headed to play Are You a Werewolf?  Eric and Adrian (Buffalo friends) did not seem that interested, but once they played, they were hooked.  We did that until about 4am. Oh, and somehow we had a bunch of booze mixed in.

Friday we had a convention only SR mission (umm, I won’t both explaining what that means), and then day 2 of the SR tournament.  Day 2 was better, we came up with a kick ass plan to what was essentially A Train Job.  Bad part was, the GM didn’t pace us well and we didn’t finish in time.  He seemed a bit disinterested, and though he said we probably had the best overall plan we didn’t get the full points because he fucked us over on time.  So, in the end we finished 5th in the tournament and won zero swords. Sean (college friend) had been texting us to come to some bar for about two hours.  Apparently there were lots of hot girls in costume.  By the time we got there it was pretty dead, so we had a few drinks and . . . and . . . I don’t remember it gets fuzzy. I guess we had a bunch of drinks.

Saturday I was running some games for Catalyst Game Labs. They were fun. Got some kids interested in Shadowrun and demoed the game for a group of post grad physicists from Purdue.  Afterwards we were supposed to go back to the JW Marriot for a game of Paranoia, but some of us stopped off at the Cards Against Humanity World Championships.  I had been looking for this game for months because they sold out their kickstarter and was hoping they might have some for sale at the event.

When we got there, the game developers (a few college age kids) let us join the tournament, though they had no sets for sale.  I bubbled the final table. They gave us all free copies of the game. Classy kids. Great game. It’s like Apple to Apples for adults. Back at the JW, we got some food, and missed both Paranoia and Dread games we had scheduled.

Finished the night off with booze, more Are You a Werewolf, and Battletech Combat Pods. Combat pods are hard when drunk. Got to sleep around 6am. Hit the road for home at 11am.

Hmmm…..somewhere in here was the Gencon Ball.  Saturday night. It was like a prom for all the people that never got invited to prom in HS.

Here are some pictures from the con.


18 Responses to “VinNay Guest Post – GenCon Trip Report”

  1. Dawn Summers Says:

    It’s nerd pron!

  2. Dawn Summers Says:


  3. Pdov Says:

    White Castle is only good when you’re out of options and it’s midnight. Cool pics! I really need to ask you some advice about games…usually games I’ve picked out myself have been boring.

  4. Smarty Pants Says:

    Dawn – tell that to the guy with the foam sword!

    Pdov – who runs out of options at midnight? Don’t you live in America? Also, I know all the good games.

  5. aardrian Says:

    I may have tracked my food truck meals, which were tasty as hell for the most part:

    I would also like to point out that I was not bluffing about renting a car if smoking started on the ride down. Or the ride back.

  6. Dawn Summers Says:

    Adrian, you are my hero!

  7. Pdov Says:

    Hey, it happens. I think your next post should be about best games to play!

  8. Pdov Says:

    That food looks amazing. #drooling

  9. Smarty Pants Says:

    @Adrian – I believe you.

    @Dawn – Stop encouraging him.

    @Pdov – perhaps I will post about some games.

  10. PirateLawyer Says:

    Nice post. It’s not really GenCon unless you play a good horror RPG though!

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