I loved +Megan Pedersen
's "Good, Bad and Ugly" take on her GenCon experience. I've been going to GenCon since 2002, and yet, even after all of these years, I was so excited that there were still GenCon FIRSTS for me. ~*~*~*~GenCon Firsts*~*~*~*~
I was able to hang out with a couple of people wherein this was their First GenCon. If you've been coming for a while, this is a wonderful thing- the amazement when they see the vendor hall for the first time... the slow tear that rolls down their face when they are exposed to the sweet geek embrace that is GenCon. Really awesome.
This year was the first time I tried out True Dungeon. I had resisted, thought it secretly sort of cheesy and definitely overpriced, but decided to try it this year and I had an absolute blast. It helped our entire group was one of friends (+Jonathan Holmberg +Adam David Pinilla +Adam David Pinilla +Josh Crowe +Lina Baf +Becca Brown +Tresi Arvizo +Ashton Levier +James Gabrielsen
) and I'm not sure I would've enjoyed myself as much if I hadn't been with a group I trusted and could have as much fun with.
My biggest FIRST was that this was the first GenCon for me where I was actually working a booth. Along with my Games by Play Date business partner +Dan Brian
, we manned our table at the AdMagic booth and sold copies of SLASH: ROMANCE WITHOUT BOUNDARIES and showed off PACK THE PACK (now on kickstarter!). It went ok-- I question if GenCon is the right audience for Slash, but Pack the Pack funded the first day of the con, so that one is definitely at home at GenCon. We had 14 hours of demos scheduled as well which was exhausting but fun. I remember back when GenCon was all play and no work, so this was different. It helped that we were in the same booth as the fabulous +Shari Spiro
from AdMagic. +luke crane
even set up shop with us so it was cool to be so close to his stuff. I gave him an Ahn Whee Pack the Pack card as she is tribute to Burning Wheel. He had the appropriate reaction.
Though I've been doing panels at GenCon for 6+ years, this was the first time I put together a huge panel and acted as a moderator for other people's good ideas and it went AMAZABALLS. With the other 2013 Cards Against Humanity Deathmatch contestants, I led "Perspectives on Getting Your 1st Game Printed". There were 12 (?) of us and it's like we worked together regularly. The flow was fantastic, everyone had such amazing, concise and unique feedback and points of view... I suggested, not entirely joking, that we should bring that on the road. One of my favorite panel experiences ever. Thank you +Kelsey Domeny +Jasmine Davis +Rob Couch +Robert Dijkman Dulkes +Matt Golec +Heather Smith +Tap Pribbenow +Robert Huss +Peter Newland +Cara Heacock +Marcus Ross +Paul Tseng +Lowell Francis
and anyone else I missed!
Finally, I had one more first and good that it was a first, but still stunk. I was at the receiving end of blatant male misogyny. Like the kind of misogyny where the guy isn't just outright rude and insulting, the kind where I didn't even register as "worthy" because I was a woman. After thinking about it it, my first reaction was that I was mad at myself for letting it happen. I'm a mouthy broad- how dare I let that happen to me! I think I said out loud that I wished that I was +Jen J. Dixon
or +Allegra Selzer
or +Govneh Sullivan
because they wouldn't have let it happen, but that's just the point, right? It's not about me, it's about the creep. Sigh. These are the easy fixes. These are the things that CAN get better. I have high hopes for 2015.
It was so so awesome to see other great faces at the con. Thanks to +John Kelly +Mark Kinney +Kevin Weiser +Mike Selinker +Sean Nittner +Shaun Hayworth +Sam Tlustos +Josh T Jordan +Kathleen Morrison +Evan brown +Kayne Newell
and everyone else I saw for the hugs, smiles and laughs. You are what makes GenCon awesome for me.