|A glimpse of the dealer hall at|
GenCon Indy 2011
One of the biggest things that struck me was the sheer size of the Dealer Hall. The hall itself was about half again the size of Origins' hall, with a massive amount of vendors, authors, and publishers. The crowds were incredibly dense, but I didn't feel that they were that much larger than any I'd already seen at the Big O.
|Pieces for Fantasy Flight's upcoming|
"X-Wing" miniatures game.
But that wasn't why I was there! Rather, I had some Laundry agents to drive mad! I ran three sessions of "Case Goblin Willow" (or, was it Case Goblin Winter? It kept changing with each draft of the adventure I received...), with some great moments of role-play at the table. I was really shocked at the amount of fans for Charles Stross' series--I'm not exactly up on the sci-fi/fantasy scene anymore, but still--wow!
|Laundry Agents make their way through|
Quarae House, in CASE GOBLIN WILLOW
One thing that did frustrated me was the layout of the convention center, and the fact that numerous games--RPGs, board games, and many others--weren't even in the convention center proper! Rather, they were in the adjoining hotels, which could be up to 3 blocks away! That makes for a ton of travel time, which makes the whole process much less convenient. Plus, with many of the streets near the convention center under intense repair, it only became much more difficult to get around!
Overall, though, I was really pleased with GenCon. With Origins moving their dates forward, it's looking more and more likely that GenCon will soon become my "con of choice" for a weeklong game-a-thon. All in good time, no?
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