I recently attended Gen Con Indy with my wife Sarah Parkhurst and my two friends Philip Young and Nathan Laird. This was my first time attending a Gen Con; I would highly recommend anyone interested in gaming to attend a Gen Con at least once. Being my first time, nothing could have prepared me for one of the nerdiest events on Earth. Everyone knows that it is a great place to tap cards, move miniatures around a board, try new board games, and loot some swag. Also it is an event that shows off what is so great about gaming in general, the passion of the developers and the gamers themselves. Just seeing pictures of the event doesn’t do it justice. I know for myself, I ‘am very happy I attended this year and I look forward to going again.
The event itself had a really great setup. The location for Gen Con Indy was at the Indianapolis Convention Center. This convention center is rather large and has a great location being in downtown Indianapolis. There are many restaurants and great locations if you somehow get bored of Gen Con. It is also connected to Circle Center Mall which was advantages for parking and food gathering. Inside Gen Con, things get a little crazier (not too much though). First impression walking inside is there are a lot of people, who knew people like games and stuff. The approximate attendance was a mix of 41,000 orcs, elves, Jawas, Bleach characters, sweaty knights and Jedi families.
The main attraction for me at least was the Exhibitors hall. The Exhibitors hall had everything gaming and Nerd related. One of my favorite stops was where my Friend Phil Young was working at which was the MythicMTG booth. This is run by the owner of Fantasy Games Mark Cracco. This is a great card and board game store that Phil Young, Nathan Laird, Sarah Parkhurst and I used to play Magic at when we lived in Northern Indiana. Another great stop was the Dungeons and Dragons booth. They had quite the nice setup, with a dungeon theme, Drizzt Do’Urden statue and a huge statue of Lolth the Spider Queen. I got a chance to try the next Neverwinter game out, which seemed promising.