Every August the gods bestow an event like no other in the grand tapestry of nerd gatherings: Gen Con. For those who do not know the awesomeness of the Best Four Days in Gaming, let me first scoff at your ignorance and then patronizingly expound.
Gen Con is a four-day convention that features everything about gaming. Over 41,000 people descended on Indianapolis this last weekend to play roll-playing games, card games, collectable card games (yes, they are a separate category), board games, miniature war games, computer games, family games, party games, and drinking games. They also watch movies about games, attend seminars relating to games, and Live-Action Role Play. I could tell you the history or why they call it Gen Con, but then I would have to wake you up by hitting you with a saltwater bass.
I've been attending Gen Con for eight years, and for this event I put together a list of eight thoughts that I feel encompass my experience. I am going to present them David Letterman style so those who have no idea what I'm talking about can just act like Paul Shaffer.
8.) Wil Wheaton tweets a lot: Yes, Wesley Crusher was there, and he brought his Twitter account (@wilw). I don't know how he actually finished a game with the metric ton of tweets he unleashed. The good thing, 95% are sheer awesomeness, like this one:
Jack Grubb writes an incredible blog, Losing the Internets, which is read by at least 37 people and over 2,100 Russian SPAM bots. In his spare time he helps small companies find their marketing voice. Jack currently lives deliberately in Appalachia, Kentucky with his wife, two daughters, Jack Russell and a Lego collection beyond compare.