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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Gencon50 - 4 Days of Controlled Chaos
First off, if you like games; board
games, video games, RPG’s, or table top games, Gencon, held every year in Indianapolis,
is a must do event unlike any other. Chaotically Incredible!
31 years later, I finally made it
back to Gencon! Last time I went, Gencon was in Milwaukee. I certainly didn’t
know it at the time that it would take so long for me to return, but being that it was
Gencon’s 50th anniversary, I put everything on hold to make sure I would be there. My youngest
son went with me. Having heard my Gencon stories a million times, he wanted to
go and see it for himself. Being the good son that he is, he made all the
arrangements. For the record, he said, “This is unbelievable,” about 200 times
in 4 days and another 200 times on the ride home.
Creative Team patiently waits to hear all my Gencon50 Stories
We were up at 6am every morning, and
the earliest we went to bed was midnight. We played a lot of games, toured the enormous
vendor hall at least 50 times, and demo-played everything we could get into.
Saturday night, we went to the comedy show – very, very funny comedians. There
were tons of great places to eat – food trucks and local restaurants alike. Average
walking distance each day, 10 miles.
Sunday, after Gencon50 ended, I
planned on writing and posting this article. (laughing loudly) My body,
however, shut down and instantly went into sleep mode. I was utterly exhausted.
Every inch of my body was sore, but I wasn’t complaining. I had a great time
and hope to return again someday. Three days removed, I feel slightly better,
My take on Gencon50:
I consider myself to be an excellent observer
of humanity, and what I witnessed this weekend was thousands of people who had
all come together to play games, share similar gaming experiences, swap ideas, and connect
with people from all around the world. I didn’t see any fights, but I did see a
lot of joy, frustration, and congratulatory handshakes. No one likes to lose,
but most gamer's don’t take it personally. “Good game,” and a handshake is how
every game should end and from what I saw, they all did.
I was lucky enough to listen to and
speak with numerous, exceptionally creative people. I was fascinated to see how
gaming had evolved over the past 31 years, but more importantly, I was delighted to see that the people
had not changed. Sure, the faces and the costumes were different, but their
love for playing games had endured. Their desire to make stimulating games was
still there. Their inventiveness was still there. And, I was pleasantly pleased
to see the blissful camaraderie of like-minded people was still there.
Perhaps, I was fortunate, but I did
not meet or speak with any unfriendly or unkind people the entire weekend. Friendly
conversations between complete strangers is common at Gencon. A simple, “Hello,”
and presto, an engaging exchange begins.
It might take a few more days for my
body to recover, but mentally, I feel rejuvenated, refreshed, and revitalized
after myexhilarating experience of interacting
with so many brilliant and artistic people.
To the hundreds of volunteers and to
the people who organized Gencon50 – Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. You are all
If you enjoy games of any kind, I
highly recommend you go to Gencon at least once. (Comfortable walking shoes are
Spreading the Love to all those who