Posted on : 22-08-2012 | By : Brian | In : Events, Musings, Role-Playing Games
I realize I didn’t do posts for my last two days of GenCon, and that this one’s a little late. There are mitigating factors, I swear. Sleep deprivation, food poisoning, and simple laziness conspired to keep me from finishing the series, but here I am, ready and able, finishing it all up in one post.
When last we spoke I was bragging about an award or something. Other stuff happened since that point. I don’t remember the exact sequence, so I’ll just go stream of consciousness for a bit if you don’t mind (and even if you do).
I got my mind blown a couple of times when I met people I admire and they totally knew who I was already. This happened with Jason Morningstar, whose games I adore, and Mick Bradley, whose podcast was integral to my indie games education way back when. There were also moments of mutual star-struckedness with numerous people I follow (and am followed by) on Twitter, which was cool.
I met Monte Cook, who is a very cool dude. He shook my hand, held Bulldogs! aloft whilst getting his picture taken with me. It was pretty dang cool.
I played in John Adamus‘s Assassin’s Creed hack of Night’s Black Agents (Night’s Black Assassins), which was fantastic and fun and highly lethal. I got to play Fiasco with some friends and watched as our poor characters spiraled into depravity and, eventually, imprisonment/death/worse things. I got to participate in a Fate Core setting creation session with Lenny Balsera, John Adamus, Jeremy Keller, and Shoshanna Kessock (Fate Core is going to be awesome, by the way).
The thing that struck me about GenCon this year was that socializing seemed to far outweigh gaming. Don’t get me wrong; I did a lot of gaming. But the socializing took up more of my time and is what sticks in my memory now that it’s over. I met some really cool people (you all know who you are; I loved meeting each and every one of you), I got to see people I’d seen before but don’t get to see all that often (it was great seeing you again!), I picked up some new freelance jobs (can’t talk about either of them yet; sorry!). I even got to spend Sunday night as a supplicant, drinking at the feet of the Macklin.
So yeah, GenCon was awesome this year. Even awesomer than last year. Next year promises to be awesomer still.