As summer prepares to slam dunk it’s sweaty ass into our lives, I’m starting to think about THE FUTURE. Specifically, convention season. And even more specifically, GenCon.
I love GenCon. I love it so much. But, it seems I encounter a lot of haters. “I went to GenCon once,” they say. “I didn’t really like it,” they say. My response? YOU DID IT WRONG. CONS ARE THE FUNNEST.
This isn’t to say I haven’t had a few blemishes. I’ve played in some crappy games. Run some crappy games. Encountered a few of THAT GUYS and THAT GIRLS. Gotten sick. Made the horrible decision to take my toddler. The list goes on, but here’s the thing: Even if you’ve got the Con Gods determined to ruin your experience, there’s a sure-fire way to make your con fan-freaking-tastic.
You see, in my many years of con-going, I have determined the secret to having a flipping amazing time. I’ve endured many long GenCons, tirelessly searching for the key to the best ever four best days in gaming. FOR YOU. Because I am selfless.
The key? Three simple words: I’m your huckleberry.
The secret to unlocking unlimited convention bliss? Play. All. The. Games. If someone says, “Hey. We’re going to play a quick game of Cards Against Humanity?” Say, “I’m your huckleberry.” If some friends want you to sit down to enjoy a Mutants and Masterminds one-shot? Smile and say, “I’m your huckleberry.”
It’s a game you don’t like? Doesn’t matter.
You’re tired? Doesn’t matter.
The only reason you should not agree to play a game is if you’re already playing a game (or are committed to playing another game in the not-too-distant future).
The amount of fun that you’ll have at any convention is directly related to the number of games you play. Expand your horizons. Play games you’ve never played. Branch out, meet new people. Keep your dice bag on your person at all times. When you go home, you’ll be completely exhausted, but also exhilarated and inspired. You’ll play games with a new perspective. You’ll run games that kick more ass than any game you’e ever run before.
GenCon is more than four days of gaming. It’s a tsunami of dice and dungeons, and you need to harness the destructive power of Mother Nature and ride that bitch to a magical island of unrelenting gaming euphoria.
You want to play some games? Fuck yes. I’m your huckleberry.