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Jeh Yung
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So I live approximately a 5 hour driving distance from GenCon. Due to work and life stuff, I won't be able to drive down there until Friday night - thus I'll really have Saturday/Sunday to experience GenCon.

Is it worth the trip? Do i have to sign up for events in order to really appreciate it? Or would wandering the exhibit hall be fun enough? Also are people receptive to having random strangers (such as me) joining their games?

Also, how are the RPG events? I've always been interested in these types of games, but have never played them before. Would they be receptive to newbies?

I'm also trying to get my friend to go with me (who doesn't board game at all- but I'm trying to convert). Would people be patient with him in teaching the rules of games?

Thanks for any suggestions or replies.
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Kevin Keefe
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Yes. It's always worth going. It's not like all the cool stuff is done the first two days.

I didn't get to get there till Friday morning last year, and it was still amazing.
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Well if you are going solo I don't think its worth doing. If you split it with 2-3 friends it gains more value. Gas, and lodging costs lower significantly when splitting it up.

Also it depends on what you like to do. I personally enjoy trying new board games and have things in mind before I go. I would not enjoy a spur of the moment GenCon trip unless I was able to get into games on site I was looking to try. Which is sometimes doable.


I have done enough big conventions over the years that the exhibit hall no longer excites me. But if you prefer shopping, and seeing new stuff you will get plenty of that among the exhibitor hall and the decorations and such. GenCon's exhibit hall is huge and loaded so if that is something you enjoy its one of the best. Also you can get in some decent demos in the exhibit hall, but they will leave you wanting more.
 
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The events schedule indicates the expected experience level for players.

The board game room is great for pickup games.

You should go once just for the experience.
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I will encourage you to come to Gencon, it's a good time. Especially if you're more of an omnivorous "nerd," who might enjoy a geeky movie, video games, "scifi/fantasy", etc. It's all things all the time. (We've had groups of 8 people some years whose sole intersection is the room in which they're sleeping.)

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Gencon is... very large. There's a paradox there - at a small local con, finding a "pick up group" is extremely easy. There's about 50 people in the room, you can easily scan, see who's being friendly and join right in.

At Gencon, there's a whole huge ballroom for just open boardgaming. There's multiple hotels filled with RPGers. There's a huge miniatures room. There's a whole set of rooms showing nothing but anime. There's a giant hall filled with people selling games.

You need, IMHO, a plan to get at all this, or you need a very friendly demeanor and a willingness to jump into anything that presents itself.

 
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stove wrote:


Gencon is... very large. There's a paradox there - at a small local con, finding a "pick up group" is extremely easy. There's about 50 people in the room, you can easily scan, see who's being friendly and join right in.



This is exactly what the game library and pick-up play area is designed for. It's VERY easy to find players. It's about 500 people, 1,000 board games, and "player wanted" signs.
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Zaphod wrote:
This is exactly what the game library and pick-up play area is designed for. It's VERY easy to find players. It's about 500 people, 1,000 board games, and "player wanted" signs.


Very true, and it's a very friendly place. (I love the "player wanted" signs.) The "open boardgaming" room is definitely a place to go.

I was just trying to head off what seems to be the standard thing folks visiting the con say for the first time - "It was boring and no one wanted to play."
 
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I like to go to the vendor hall and see all the new and upcoming games, get some deals, and wander. It takes me 4 hours or so if I don't sample too many games. I worked a booth for several years and ran some games in the halls. People are always friendly and willing to bring you in. I even had a few recruit people walking by or include people that were just looking. Never had anyone turn people away or get nasty.

I think it'd be great to go alone. You just wander and drop in wherever you want and not have to coordinate times with anyone. Plus this way you tend to talk to new people instead of only to your friend. Trust me, your schedules will never mesh unless you're doing the same thing anyway.

do it.
 
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