Packing for GenCon


Getting ready for conventions always creates a small amount of worry and stress within me. The hardest conventions to get ready for are GenCon and DragonCon. DragonCon, I’ll address more in detail later.

GenCon is the most challenging if you are playing in any touranments or if you want to play miniatures games.

The best way to get ready for a convention where you need more than clothes… make a list. Check it twice. Then you can tell if you are going to be naughty or… oops, wrong list.

Tournament/Card game meet up:

* Lord of the rings decks and maybe a quest or two. After playing the Lord of the Rings LCG at each GenCon, I’ve realized it is best not to make decks that rely on specific heroes.

*Star Wars LCG decks, counters, and as many decent extra pods as possible to change out cards at the last minute. Though this year, I am WAY more prepared for the tournament than last year.

Authors and Game creators will be at Gencon in Force:

*Bring a book or two that you really love to get autographed. This year, I think I’ll bring Tangents for Bruce Cordell to sign. Alternity being my favorite game in my history.

*Grand History of the Realms for my friend Brian James to sign and hope that he can help me get it into Ed Greenwood’s hands for an autograph.

Being a struggling writer, here is another thing I need to keep in mind:

* Pack extra business cards just in case I make that special connection to get to write a book for someone other than me.

* Pack a copy or three of my book, The Trivium Proportion, as well as my table with the most recent version of my current working texts.

Bring some club/fetish stuff for one of the dance parties happening near Gencon:

*Though I miss the days of Succubus Club, there are still some electronic/goth parties. Pack something good to wear for alternative clubs.

Don’t starve:

*Bring snacks to eat during long games, the drive, and tournament games.

*Bring beer or wine for the inevitable Wednesday night partying.

Time wasting with games:

*Bring a small game that fits into a big pocket for playing pick up games with new friends or friends not seen in a while.

Check the weather:

*After checking the weather, pack clothes appropriate to the predictions. Looking to be beautiful and under 85 all weekend!

Join in the fun of the auction hall:

*I usually bring old games and books that I no longer want, but often others want them. Make a little money in the auction hall or get a GREAT deal on older books/minis/games.

Check twitter often before the con:

*Look on the twitterverse for last minute news and info, favorite those posts and give yourself a quick access point to relevant info for the Con.


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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