The topic for the July 17th RPGChat was Gencon Tips, but all of these tips are good for any convention; not just Gencon! You can use these tips as reminders while prepping for any gaming con.
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What are you doing right now to get ready for GenCon:
So, to kick things off we’re less than a MONTH away! What are you doing RIGHT NOW to get ready for Gen Con?
Right now I’m working on a few games I want to run as pick ups and saving money!
writing up some adventures, making PCs
I am getting my costume all set up for the costume contest!
I’m also getting ready physically for the Orc Stomp 5k!
Got my tickets, got my pass, got my hotel room. Working on reading/testing scenarios I’ll be running.
finalizing hotel and carpool plans. Buying supplies (Hand sanitizer, protein bars, charger for electronics)
How do you schedule and include those must see events?
I’ve set up a Google Calendar and shared it with friends so I can see when we’ll be able to hang out
I also map out my scheudule on graph paper. Figure out where I go next. Work in lunch breaks
I am so damn grateful for Games on Demand, otherwise I wouldn’t get to play any RPGs.
One big change for me this year is to make time to meet up with twitter peeps. Also don’t over scheudule. You CANT do everything
Both this year and last year, I kept my schedule pretty open & pickup games w/friends have filled it.
What are some events that you can’t miss?
Personally I always like to play in a tournament. It’s something I can’t do in my home game. I like NASCRAG but there are plenty.
The Open Craft Room on the 2nd floor of the conference center is a great place to get away and get your craft on!
Managing your budget and prioritizing your purchases:
I’m a proponent of eating in as much as you’re able to at GenCon. A couple trips to Scottys is a core rulebook!
At GenCon I do try to pick up things that might be difficult to get via the internet. Certain tabletop accessories, unique finds
Two different approaches there. I make sure I get dice. That’s a tradition. I also give weight to things I can’t get at my FLGS
I like to look at Gen Con then shop at#FLGS after. Except for one or two must haves.
Set a soft cap AND a hard cap. Know what’s only available the 1st day or 2, then leave the rest til Sunday.
You have to commit to an allowance. Much like you would if you were going to Vega$ to gamble.
I am terrible. I never shop at Gen Con. Unless it is SUPER important to me. I’d rather eat healthy & drink beer.
Essentials you need to pack:
I carry a towel with me at GenCon and a small can of body spray. Can duck into the bathroom to de-sweat and freshen up.
Probably a good idea to get an alarm app for your phone. Some standard stuff like tylenol too.
Don’t get caught in the Geek OCD circle of WHAT IF and put a million things in your backpack. You’ll only make yourself miserable
the big badge holders that gencon has for sale are great for holding stuff like hotels keys and event tickets and or business cards
Gamers: don’t forget your meds. The schedule gets crazy and time gets away from you. Don’t pay the price for it.
Business cards are kind of a big deal at GenCon! You are a person who is someone! Show it off! Make connections!
I bring: dice, pencils, notebook, stickies/index cards, a PHB, external phone battery, business cards, snacks & water. THAT’S IT.
one invaluable tip, bring spare toilet paper in your bag… nothing is as bad a checking every stall only to find none
Cards for sharing contact info, battery backup, extra charging cords, sleeping pills.
Charger for the tech. We have these @Duracell portable charger things, small, portable, used them each day
Some ettiquette advice:
Remember to thank your Gamemaster, Event Organizer, etc. They worked hard. Applause never hurts either 😉
Do not grossly ogle or make snide remarks about the cosplayers. They put their passion into it. They don’t deserve your rudeness.
That’s a big one. People of Indy mostly LOVE GenCon. The downtown folks love having us there. Keep it that way. Be a good guest.
If you wear a backback, be mindful of where it’s at when you’re in tight quarters to not hinder others. Consider tightening straps.
Important: Everyone has a different idea of what’s fun. Don’t step on THEIR fun just so you can play YOUR way.
We are all, in some sense, an advocate for our hobby. Nerds get a bad name. Don’t reinforce the stereotype. Game friendly
Indy puts on a great GenCon. Show respect to vendors INSIDE, AND OUTSIDE the convention center. TIP WELL (but within means).
Also, observe the flow of traffic. If you wanna stop and get a pic of a cosplayer 1 ask first 2 move over
More links with advice galore:
That’s actually a tip from@seankreynolds. He has some other Gen Con tips at his blog: http://www.seankreynolds.com/rpgfiles/gaming/gencontips.html …
last years’ GenCon tips from the@TheIlluminerdy the#RPGchat archive is always helpful http://www.theilluminerdy.com/2013/08/08/rpgchat-archive-8-august-2013-gencon-tips/ …
Since people are posting about@Gen_Con prep, here’s a thing I wrote on managing mental health at cons: http://www.gamingaswomen.com/posts/2013/07/convention-season-and-mental-health/ …
This year was my first real Con.#Origins2014 and the biggest thing I can suggest: realize you can’t to it all, you really CAN’T
My suggestion: pick one thing you _must_ do each day. Make sure you do that. Schedule it, pre-pay, everything. Do it.
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