With all the excitement of signing up for GenCon and getting a room (and the unfortunate timing involved with my missing Dreamation), I’ve been thinking about cons a lot and what to bring with me. I have a standard con kit that I typically bring with me everywhere, and it evolves as I get new cool gaming gear. In no particular order:
1. My bag of holding. Got this thing from ThinkGeek, and I love it. It’s spacious, easy to tote around, and full of pockets to store the kit proper. I use the thing almost every day (it’s my work bag too), and it’s holding up really well.
2. Dice. In addition to the standard set of polyhedral dice, I also make sure to bring a big pile of fudge dice with me; I run a lot of Fate games after all. I also like to throw a handful of extra d6s in there, because you never know when you’ll need a handful of d6s.
3. Realm Coins. I backed these through Kickstarter a while back and I don’t regret it. I’ve got 90 of these little coins in three different types (gold, silver, copper), and they’re great for any time you need tokens or counters of some sort. Need fate points? Plot points for Marvel? Something to track hold in Apocalypse World or Dungeon World? These things are great.
4. Index cards. Always, always, always. Doesn’t matter what game I’m running, I almost always find a use for these.
5. Pens, pencils, sharpies, dry erase markers. All useful for different things. It pays to be prepared.
6. My folding dry-erase board. I just got this thing and I can envision all manner of uses for it. It folds up to the size of a stack of index cards, unfolds to a size that’s great for most tables, and comes with a cloth bag you can use as an eraser. Can’t wait to use it.
7. A notebook. I almost always need to write things down, so I always make sure I have a nice thick book full of blank pages.
8. Binders of stuff. For games I run, I tend to print out materials and keep them in binders — either separate binders or one binder with dividers. I do tend to switch these out a bit more than the other stuff because they can get heavy.
9. Books. I find I usually need a book for reference when I’m running a game, but I try to minimize the number of books I’m carrying because of the weight thing.
10. A bottle of water. I get thirsty, and I like to stay hydrated. Most cons have places I can refill throughout the day, and it’s better for me than Mountain Dew or coffee.