GenCon 2013

I already feel my blood boiling with excitement for this year’s GenCon! I do wish they would move the dates back to the beginning of August (since DragonCon is literally two weeks later). But, hey, should I really complain about two conventions in two weeks? NNNNOOO!

In the coming weeks, I plan on digging up and releasing some of the info I gathered from the last GenCon in celebration of the approach of this year’s convention. Yes, I know, in a lot of ways, its a little late. Let’s just say that life happens, things get lost, and the best of intentions are not always met.

Now that I have the blog plowing forward into the future, I hope to share a great many of my observations and tips about the best four days in gaming.

Let’s start with some of the basics.
Take a shower once per day, missing 5-10 minutes of the convention will not kill you, but the shower may save you or find you that lucky someone.

Aahh… you’ve heard the tips before, but what can you do for others to help them if they have failed to follow these rules?

You could go for the old school method of the clove and cinnamon infused orange to wear around your neck… how medieval of you!

Instead, just carry around a small and helpful pack of supplies. Your D&D character would never go anywhere without his adventurer’s kit… right? Spray on deodorant could save lives, you just need to gain the guts to tell somebody they need to use it. A big ol’ bag of nuts and a hefty bottle of water could save you from a trip to the water fountain or from the really crappy convention center food. Carry a camera, not just a cell phone to take pictures of the nice people that dress up in awesome costumes. Sometimes you’ll see a costume that no one has ever done and that no one will ever do again. Immortalize that person and keep a copy for yourself!

Sign up for events the day that event sign ups start, May 14th. Don’t just use generic tickets. I have tried this a number of years and the flexibility is not worth the disappointment of constantly full games.

Next year, get a hotel room on the day they release them. If you don’t, have fun driving from the Airport every day. Also, check back in with the housing bureau for the last couple of months before the convention and you’ll probably be fortunate enough to get a room attached to the convention center.

About dhunterphillips

Visit my Facebook Fan Page to connect: While not working as a GeoInt Analyst in the Washington DC metro area, D. Hunter Phillips enjoys a life-long love of sci-fi, fantasy, role-playing games, and a great many other nerdy things that he explores through writing and games. D. Hunter regularly writes board game reviews at Through his writing, D. Hunter hopes to inspire and speculate on the future and the past. He seeks deeper meanings within pulp genres of fantasy and sci-fi. D. Hunter enjoys the tales of John Ringo and Charles Stross. D. Hunter's readings lead him in a never ending cycle of sci-fi, history, physics, and psychology. D. Hunter enjoys going to DC area Goth clubs and seeing some of his favorite bands, such as VNV Nation. He also loves his home life with his partner in crime and several pets.
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