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Gen Con 2013

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to take a trip out to Indianapolis and attend Gen Con (the best four days in gaming) with some friends.

I had a fun and interesting conversation with Tox from Crits Happen during some down time, and it was really fun to hear a professional game reviewer (whose YouTube videos I watch) talk about some of the things that stuck out to him at the convention and see things from a different perspective.

I had a fun and interesting conversation with Tox from Crits Happen during some down time, and it was really fun to hear a professional game reviewer (whose YouTube videos I watch) talk about some of the things that stuck out to him at the convention and see things from a different perspective.

It was my first big convention, so going into the trip, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I knew there would be a lot of people in attendance (somewhere between 40k-50k), and it was amazing to see the huge crowds of people lined up waiting to play and just experience everything going on, but it was also a little overwhelming at first seeing the huge crowds and so many different booths everywhere.

Instead of writing a play by play of the weekend, I’ll just share some of photos that I managed to capture (also, I’m still a little exhausted from staying up late playing board games last night). I’ve already shared these photos on Facebook and Google, so I’ll apologize in advance if you’ve already seen them in either of those places.

Some games were on display in a jumbo size, which I loved seeing!

Some games were on display in a jumbo size, which I loved seeing!

 

Pandemic

Pandemic

One of my favorites, Ticket to Ride being demoed.

One of my favorites, Ticket to Ride being demoed.

Some of the people dressed up in various costumes. I liked that these ladies stayed in character while grabbing lunch at a food truck (apparently these elves can't be in direct sunlight and needed a little portable shade).
Some of the people dressed up in various costumes. I liked that these ladies stayed in character while grabbing lunch at a food truck (apparently these elves can’t be in direct sunlight and needed a little portable shade).

More costumed attendees.
More costumed attendees.

Most of the gaming was done at night after the halls closed, and I can never pass up a chance to play The Resistance. Through some sweet fast talking and much blame placed on alcohol/lack of sleep, the spies managed to win the game.

Most of the gaming was done at night after the halls closed, and I can never pass up a chance to play The Resistance. Through some sweet fast talking and much blame placed on alcohol/lack of sleep, the spies managed to win the game.

 

I had a great time checking everything out this year, and if the opportunity presents itself to attend next year, I’ll be there!

 

 

Responses (2)

  1. JT says:

    So did you see anything mind-blowing or novel? By chance did you stop by the Serpent’s Tongue booth?

    • Katy says:

      We played a few demo/prototypes that were pretty cool… I guess that’s one of the perks of traveling with Stonemaier and wearing the orange shirt. 🙂 I think the coolest parts were getting to sit down and meet game designers, publishers, and reviewers who I’ve watched/read and actually have a conversation with them. I did not get a chance to stop by the Serpent’s Tongue booth (at least I don’t think I did… there were a lot of booths and so many things going on). Were you in attendance this year?

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