#RPGChat Archive, 2 August 2012: Gencon Tips


The topic for the RPGchat on 8-2-12 was Tips for improving your GenCon experience.

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Tweets of Note:

We are talking about #GenCon during the 9pm ET #RPGchat. Rumor has it I’m giving away a couple of fun thingamabobs to a few lucky chatters!

Designer Ryan Macklin has some tips on his blog about drinking and the con:

@d20Blonde We’re sharing advice on doing #GenCon, right? Here’s my bit about alcohol at cons:http://ryanmacklin.com/2011/07/bringing-alcohol-to-conventions/#RPGChat

some tips on packing:

#RPGchat I pack enough clothes for each day +extra undies. Toiletries, portable snacks, and only what game books I absolutely

Not started packing. #1 packing criteria for me: leave room for stuff to bring back on the return trip. #rpgchat

@CaesarSlaad we usually bring at least one empty suitcase.#rpgchat

I pack Granola bars, Water bottles, the bare minimum in games and a few Canadian Candy bars to entice American gamers. #RPGchat

Snacks are very helpful to pack. Sometimes you just don’t have time to stop for lunch. #rpgchat

Bring your camera charger/extra batteries. #RPGchat

many people chimed in with taking hand sanitiser, helpful to avoid concrud:

Bring hand sanitizer, minimize hand-shaking #rpgchat #gencon

Do not forget any medications!:

If you take Lexapro or anxiety meds, DO NOT FORGET THEM.

In the vein of the Wheaton DBAD rule:

If you keep a surplus of patience, bring all of it. There is a chance it will be tested once or twice at a con. Be cool. #rpgchat

The dealer hall is crowded with narrow aisles. Don’t stop for pictures or to chat. Do that outside. #gencon #rpgchat

#RPGchat Try to be careful & courteous around people in wheelchairs. We have a hard enough time getting around.

Also, remember everyone is there for their own reasons and own fun. Don’t make fun of anyone, ever. That’s being a dick. #RPGchat

Some money saving advice:

This is good real advice. RT @FELTit: have a budget and stick to it as closely as you can #rpgchat #Gen_Con #rpgchat

If you head to the mall food court, however, you can usually get good food for cheap at Maki of Japan. #RPGchat

Sunday is a great day to shop around, as exhibitors lower prices on stuff they don’t want to pack up… #rpgchat

The Green Line bus is a great way to get from the airport to your hotel in downtown Indy on the cheap! #RPGchat

My #GenCon tip: Keep your spending money separate from your food money.
Always keep a $50 seperate from the rest of your money – if your wallet gets stolen, at least you’re not completely destitute

General tips:

If you are highly tech dependent, consider a backpack that has charging capabilities #rpgchat #gencon

Some might not know this, but this year, you can pick up your badge ALL NIGHT LONG on Wed. #GenCon #rpgchat

Take the opportunity if a designer is @ a booth & willing to run a quick demo of their game! Nobody knows that game better.#RPGchat #GenCon

finding games and gamers off the official grid:

#rpgchat I am hoping to get in after-hours pickup games…what’s the best way to do this? How friendly are people?

@mill5je GenCon is like home. It’s super easy. Hit up the #RPGchatand #GenCon hashtags. #RPGchat

I plan to hit Games on Demand as often as possible. This is my#GenCon of “Try new games”. #RPGchat

Twitter worked very well for locating friends/games last year#GenCon #rpgchat

Excellent! RT @e4_mafia: @ArcaneSpringbrd I will be running Leverage in the Games on Demand room at various times…drop by :)

Remember that you can use Generic Tickets for any event as long as there is room #GenCon #rpgchat

@d20Blonde One year I planned everything I did and I felt miserable after the weekend. I now just have wanderlust and walk around#rpgchat

Oh, hey, one #GenCon tip I should have done last year. Write your twitter name or other online identifier on your badge. #RPGchat

…and put a business card with your name in the back of the badge holder. Your badge will flip around all the time.

and the most important tip:

Above all: relax. Don’t get too stressed out about having fun that you don’t have fun!


the full archive is here.


Alpharalpha started role playing in the halcyon days of the 1980s after reading an article in Time warning of the dangers of playing the new game called Dungeons and Dragons. One order from a mail order catalog for the red box D&D and he was hooked. With a brief interlude for college he rediscovered gaming in the 90s. Now he is combining his passions for technology and gaming with friends via the internet.



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