Monday, August 19, 2013

Gen Con - Instant Classic Wrap-Up 2013

High light: The Diana Jones Awards is always a chance to meet new people, connect with Twitter buddies, and catch up with old friends. This year, I also got to meet Wil Wheaton, who won the award for his game-changing Tabletop web series. We even exchanged quips!

Low light: The fact that everyone I knew except Sarah, who is a huuuuuuuuge Wil Wheaton fan, somehow ran into him at some point during the con.

Best experience: A steak dinner discussing an upcoming project that I get more excited about the more I think about it.

Worst experience: The balance between connecting with people, professional obligations and fun time seriously clashed. 

Best bargain (had to buy it, no freebies): Pelgrane's 4-for-3 deal continues to seriously impress, especially since they throw in the PDFs for free. I wish every booth threw in the PDFs for free, since it seems like a cheap way to run a con special.

Best Freebie: The hotel room graciously provided by Brad and Sarah. This place was spuer fancy and right on the monument circle.

Most welcome surprise: A lovely lunch on Saturday featuring one of my oldest friends and one of my newest friends that I met at the con.

Most unwelcome surprise: My trusty Harley backpack broke a strap right as I set it down in the hotel room. I got a new bag at the show, but it was hard to not bring it back for a proper Viking funeral.

Best costume: The Serenity Crew that observed my Firefly game on Saturday.

Best costume try: Looking back, I guess I pseudo-cosplayed Jayne with a brown shirt, camo shorts, and a cunning hat my wife made for me.

Most amusing costume: Steampunk Ghostbusters, including a stay-puft Marshmallow man with a monocle.

Coolest booth and why: The Gale Force Nine booth had some awesome demo and tables of the Firefly board game, complete with a plastic dinosaur as the turn marker.

Strangest moment: Riding a pedicab (rickshaw) back from the Exhibit Hall because I had so many books in a broken backpack.

Favorite item available in the Exhibit Hall: The Firefly RPG book. Yeah, I'm biased, but it was awesome to see fans' eyes light up when they saw it on the table.

Stuff bought:
Dungeon Roll
Hillfolk (for my mum)
Blood on the Snow
13th Age
Eternal Lies
Esoterrorists 2nd Edition
Farewell to Fear
Shadowrun 5th Limited Edition
13th Age Limited Edition
Fate Accelerated Edition
X-Wing Miniatures (used): Core Set, TIE Advanced, Tie Interceptor, Y-Wing, Millennium Falcon
New Top Secret nerd bag
Shadowrun logo patch

Stuff got for free:
Firefly companion
Firefly GC 2013 Exclusive
Night's Black Agents: Double Tap
Tremulus hardcover + dice
Machine Zeit
Fiasco app
Fiasco playsets
Firefly buttons
Catalyst tote
Shadowrun posters and Quick-starts

Stuff that was wanted that was unavailable:
Firefly Board Game
Eldritch Horror

Things to buy after Gen Con:
Firefly Board Game

Best Quote:
"Wil Wheaton told us about it. Didn't he call you?"