I see they're going to have a full size recreation of Horticultural hall from Lake Geneva inside Lucas Oil. HH was the site of the first GenCon
That really is pretty much the best idea. Particularly since my holy pilgrimage to Lake Geneva, while including many selfies in front of relevant landmarks, did not actually include a trip inside the Horticultural Hall! I am stoked for sure. I also suspect the replica just might be full of period-appropriate gaming relics. Well, maybe not particularly valuable relics if you can actually go inside the recreation, but still.
For all that, (New-New-)ICE is coming for the first time in many years and Chaosium has their own room with continuous Call of Cthulhu & Runequest Glorantha happening to hype the new editions.
Magic: The Gathering is still huge; a two years ago I think they had the tourney filmed on a real set.
Paizo's Pathfinder has so many fans and players they host a huge coop game every evening in the Sagamore- the entire room! D&D never did that with 1500+ players at the same time.
I still think flavor items should be added throughout the center. Make the entire place feel like a market, or a city, or something, or even break it down into different eras/genres. The atmosphere has really gone down, I'd agree.
It will be sometime next month, probably mid-late July. I don't have an exact date though.
By the way, my event talking about this project and Gen Con history is below. I highly recommend coming if you are interested in this, and even though its pretty much sold out I would still stop by if you don't have a ticket since its a free seminar.
I can't wait. I'll finally have definitive proof that Nascrag is the Oldest Tournament still running at Gen Con. :-)
Wow! Reading through this post, OG poster seems to have a legit question. One I'd like answered as a multi year attendee and new VIG, The responses were derisive and cutting, anyone could have simply said that this is a much more nuanced question than you might realize and lay it out, instead you all took the opportunity to display the side of your personality that gives all role players a stigma, that superior "how could you be so stupid" stance. And "austicke" wow! You went way beyond the call of duty to be rude, who pissed in your cornflakes jeez!
Someone pissed in my corn flakes? Apparently I wasn't rude enough!
Sorry you found the responses so disconcerting, sjhotz, but many of us disagreed with OP's supposition that Gen Con is "not being the convention it once was" as well as his other complaints.
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Simmer down, sjhotz and austicke.
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I think the important point to get to for anyone skipping to the last page is...yes. There are dozens of special events going on, and more being added next week (and quite possibly more after that!). A shame I cannot attend all of them...but I am doing my best ;)
Screw all that... I want them to recreate Nascrag I, so I can play in it :D