GenCon 2013 - Day 1
L to R: Sean, Dan, Dave, Jon
Sean, Dan, Jon, and myself headed out Tuesday evening at 8 PM. We faced a 16 hour long drive to Indianapolis, IN with only a few brief stops. The reward for the grueling journey: GenCon - The Best Four Days in Gaming.
The auction items begin to be amassed.
We arrived about 3 PM EST today. After dropping our stuff at the hotel, we headed down to get checked in at the Indiana Convention Center.
My first stop at the ICC was the Auction House. I had brought several items to place in the live auction and consignment store. A massive amount of items were being compiled for the auction, and the store was already full of treasure.
I had preregistered the items and the folks at the Auction House were on top of their game today. So after only about 15 minutes I had concluded my business there and was ready to go with the guys to pick up event tickets at Will Call.
When we got to Will Call we found the line was very long and rapidly growing. We were concerned that we would be stuck there for hours. However, after about 20 minutes we had our business concluded. They really had things moving along nicely.
TRAINS: a combo of Steam and Dominion
We headed over to the JW Marriott after getting our event tickets. Since I'm a teacher I was able to get a Trade Day badge. This allowed me to attend some special demos and seminars only open to Trade Day attendees. AEG was running demos of their new game TRAINS and I was able to acquire a free copy to add to the MAG CON game library. While explored some of the other companies products the guys amused themselves by trying out TRAINS. They really enjoyed it.
Finally, being thoroughly exhausted, we headed back to the hotel to clean up and crash out. Thursday is an early day and marks the official beginning of the con. The Exhibition Hall awaits us!
8/14/2013 03:17:41 pm
Next year we will have to rent a van because I am coming along! Invited or not!!!!!!! :)
8/19/2013 10:45:24 am
You're always invited Ray
8/16/2022 09:29:24 pm
Great reading your blog poost
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