The topic for the 8 August 2013 #RPGChat was Gencon Tips. The #RPGchat crew never lets us down, with tips galore for Gen Con attendees of all stripes…and plenty of advice useful for any gaming convention!
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Starting out with advice for Gencon newbies:
Let’s start with the newbies. What advice do you have for first timers like @oceanbound?
wear comfortable shoes, pack lightly, carry a water bottle (thats refillable), hand sanitizer, and SHOWER EVERY DAY
Make sure your digital calendar is set to Indianapolis time, EDT! Don’t miss your events becaues you’re in the wrong time zone!
The thing about GenCon that surprised me the first time: So much walking. Think of the most you’ve done at a con. Double it.
Pack lightly, especially the daily bag you carry around the con:
light bag – bottle for water, hand sanitizer, dice, pen, pencil, sharpie, light snack
Pro tip: YOU DON’T NEED 30 RULEBOOKS. Do your back a favor. Pack light, pack a PDF reader if you can.
My #GenCon bag has dice, pen and paper, iPad, calling cards, water, and snacks. In a modified ThinkGeek Bag of Holding.
This year I’m only bringing what I need for what games I’m playing, and maybe one set and some spare d10s/d6s. Not every set.
If you even think you MIGHT get anything signed, don’t forget to bring a sharpie, a pen, and a back up sharpie and pen
Name cards, especially with Twitter handles are very helpful:
If I run into you at GenCon and don’t recognize you from last year / twitter / g+ I am sorry. I’m bad at remembering
If you’ve got time, have personal cards made. You’re going to meet tons of people and then not remember any of them.
Always write down WHY you took a person’s business card on the card itself. You won’t remember otherwise
The “One Weird Tip” that makes you a favorite at the table:
@barsoomcore I’m a big fan of being The Person With The Notecards. WE NEED NAME TENTS?! I’VE GOT THIS COVERED.
some links to Gencon tips blog entries from the chat crew:
RT @jenniferbrozek For those who care, here is my Convention post on avoiding concrud. #RPGChat http://www.jenniferbrozek.com/blog/post/Avoiding-Con-Crud.aspx … #RPGchat
#RPGChat For those who want to know more about bringing alcohol to conventions and packing alcohol for plane trips: http://ryanmacklin.com/2011/07/bringing-alcohol-to-conventions/ …
The post is going up monday, but here’s the link to our tips for #GenCon episode http://media.blubrry.com/underdiscussion/p/undergopher.com/blog1/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Underdiscussion_0126.mp3 … #RPGchat
Here’s @adamjury‘s most excellent Gen Con advice: http://adamjury.com/2009/gen-con-indy-attendance-tips-part-1-before-the-show/ … #rpgchat
Afternoon RT: #GenCon Tips and Advice from the Undergophers! http://undergopher.com/blog1/2013/08/12/ud126-gencon-tips/ … #RPGchat #RPG #Podcast
GEN CON Tips & Schedules; NUMENERA Generators; PATHFINDER Encounter Tables; D&D NEXT Multiclassing; STAR … http://bit.ly/15vILph
Some general tips:
Keep your head up. You never know when you’ll run into a friend you didn’t even know was going to gencon!
If you’re one of those people using a Rascal at GenCon and you hit someone, at least apologize to them.
RT @Alphastream First thing when you sit to play: say hi to your DM, thank them
Bring a water bottle, top it off often. Snacks will float you through long games. Ibuprofen and hand sanitizer are your friends
I do a cross body purse for @GenCon wandering
Mind your personal space. That backpack can knock people for a loop, and some folks do NOT like crowds.
Check out the halfprice vendors. Great deals on games you’ll never play, but wanted to have!
Advice for Gen Con, advice for life: don’t take yourself too seriously.
There may come a time, esp after hours, when you don’t know what to do and you don’t feel “cool”. Solution: START SOMETHING
Follow #GenCon to see what’s happening around, find folks to game/dine with, and see newsworthy chatter.
If you get headache triggers from bright lights, you might want to wear a hat. Some of the lighting in the game rooms can be harsh.
@Alpharalpha the shuttle runs from the airport to the hotels. Ten bucks each way.
This! RT @rdonoghue: If they still have them, the Gencon Badge Holders are MARVELOUS, and can hold all critical necessities.
Some food recommendations:
Also, the fancy looking “Oh, that’s out of my price range” restaurant in the Omni? Surprisingly affordable and usually empty.
If you want a nice splurge on a meal, check out St. Elmo’s. Fab steaks! But pricey.
Food advice: Le Peep, a few blocks from the main convention center, has an amazing breakfast.
More food tips: If you want to eat at a restaurant, try an app like OpenTable to beat the lines.
Late night pizza at Pizza di Tito in the Hyatt is decent. And open.
Don’t forget to go outside. And give the food trucks your business! THEY ARE AMAZING (where’s the engine block tacos, btw?)
More food tips: You’ll be eating like crap. Take some vitamin pills. Things with fiber. Bring some of those Pepto chewables.
@BeefGriller Scotty’s, The Ram, and any and all of the food trucks camping outside
Good advice: you probably won’t have enough time to spend quality time with ALL your friends. Don’t get upset, enjoy the moment.
Whatever you have come to the con to do or see, spend some time actively outside your expectations. You may be amazed.
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