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Posted by mikehilly mstabosz

mstabosz wrote:
I'm jealous of you guys for your ability to be so excited about GenCon.  There's this huge event right in my back yard and I can't get excited about it.  I didn't skip it though; I scaled back to a 1 day pass.  There's really not a lot to do there. 
If you are a local then it may be harder to 'fully disconnect' at an event like this.  For us coming in from out of town, the rest of life is put on hold to attend.  

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Posted by elvinlord mstabosz

mstabosz wrote:
I'm jealous of you guys for your ability to be so excited about GenCon.  There's this huge event right in my back yard and I can't get excited about it.  I didn't skip it though; I scaled back to a 1 day pass.  There's really not a lot to do there. 
Yeah it's probably hard to maintain a high level of excitement for a four day vacation in your own hometown.  Big part of any vacation is just getting out dodge.

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Posted by funny-shaped dice mstabosz

mstabosz wrote:There's really not a lot to do there. 

Seriously, I've never heard anyone say that before. I always feel like I'm having to prioritize events and cut out things I'd like to do and see.  I've never felt like I didn't have options - and I'm not even talking about after-hours.  Just during the core con hours I'm always busy.

Interesting.

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Posted by mstabosz funny-shaped dice

funny-shaped dice wrote:
mstabosz wrote:There's really not a lot to do there. 

Seriously, I've never heard anyone say that before. I always feel like I'm having to prioritize events and cut out things I'd like to do and see.  I've never felt like I didn't have options - and I'm not even talking about after-hours.  Just during the core con hours I'm always busy.Interesting.

There are a lot of events sure, but so many of them are for games I've never heard of.  I find that learning a new game is tiring.  Last year, I tried to sign up for games I was familiar with, but the participation was too low.

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Posted by dkrantz152 mstabosz

mstabosz wrote:
funny-shaped dice wrote:
mstabosz wrote:There's really not a lot to do there. 

Seriously, I've never heard anyone say that before. I always feel like I'm having to prioritize events and cut out things I'd like to do and see.  I've never felt like I didn't have options - and I'm not even talking about after-hours.  Just during the core con hours I'm always busy.Interesting.

There are a lot of events sure, but so many of them are for games I've never heard of.  I find that learning a new game is tiring.  Last year, I tried to sign up for games I was familiar with, but the participation was too low.

If Gen Con lasted 2 weeks, I wouldn't be able to do all the events, demos, & whatnot I'd like to get done.  A lot of the fun is trying out games you've never played before; last year I wound up buying 3 new games just from dropping in on demos, not even playing in full events.  But, as always, YMMV.

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Posted by lordnlkon dkrantz152

dkrantz152 wrote:
mstabosz wrote:
funny-shaped dice wrote:
mstabosz wrote:There's really not a lot to do there. 

Seriously, I've never heard anyone say that before. I always feel like I'm having to prioritize events and cut out things I'd like to do and see.  I've never felt like I didn't have options - and I'm not even talking about after-hours.  Just during the core con hours I'm always busy.Interesting.

There are a lot of events sure, but so many of them are for games I've never heard of.  I find that learning a new game is tiring.  Last year, I tried to sign up for games I was familiar with, but the participation was too low.

If Gen Con lasted 2 weeks, I wouldn't be able to do all the events, demos, & whatnot I'd like to get done.  A lot of the fun is trying out games you've never played before; last year I wound up buying 3 new games just from dropping in on demos, not even playing in full events.  But, as always, YMMV.

Exactly. If I wanted to do stuff I already know, I could just stay home. That’s the amazing thing about gencon, getting to see and do things you’d never get a chance to do at home.

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Posted by melkor

Yeah, after all these years, I still leave with a petty long "wish I could have done that" list
every year.

Also a big part for me, is meeting up with friends I met at Gencon in 1989,
and am annually meeting up with them still. :-)

Gotta spend at least part of a day getting pics of the awesome
costumes people work so hard to put together.

And yes, Demo's!!!!

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Posted by mstabosz dkrantz152

dkrantz152 wrote:
mstabosz wrote:
funny-shaped dice wrote:
mstabosz wrote:There's really not a lot to do there. 

Seriously, I've never heard anyone say that before. I always feel like I'm having to prioritize events and cut out things I'd like to do and see.  I've never felt like I didn't have options - and I'm not even talking about after-hours.  Just during the core con hours I'm always busy.Interesting.

There are a lot of events sure, but so many of them are for games I've never heard of.  I find that learning a new game is tiring.  Last year, I tried to sign up for games I was familiar with, but the participation was too low.

If Gen Con lasted 2 weeks, I wouldn't be able to do all the events, demos, & whatnot I'd like to get done.  A lot of the fun is trying out games you've never played before; last year I wound up buying 3 new games just from dropping in on demos, not even playing in full events.  But, as always, YMMV.

It's strange.  The things you find invigorating, I find exhausting, and vice-versa.  I would love nothing more than to sit down and play a game of Monopoly, Risk, Life, Connect Four, Guess Who, Operation, or even Apples to Apples.

Some people say "I can just play familiar games at home."  Well I don't have that luxury.  Nobody I know likes to play the old Milton Bradley / Parker Brothers classics.

Instead I look through the events catalog and it's hundreds and hundreds of games I've never heard of before.  And it's repetitive too.  You might see a game like "Axis and Allies" listed dozens of times in a couple variations, repeating over the 4 days.  So like there will be a copy at 8 AM Thursday and another at 11 AM Thursday and another at 8 AM on Friday and 1 PM Friday and so on.  I would love to see a list sorted entirely alphabetically regardless of times so I could more easily browse.

I did buy a Saturday badge so I can go, and also not have to take any days off work.  The fun stuff happens Saturday.  I rather liked the costume parade and the costume contest.  And I got an all day pass to the arcade game room.

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Posted by dkrantz152

Let me suggest Meetup. Even in the wilds of New Jersey where I am, I found several groups that get together for game nights; some of them were into classic board games like the ones you list. I’m sure in Ind, you should be able to find a like-minded bunch.

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Posted by mstabosz dkrantz152

dkrantz152 wrote:
Let me suggest Meetup. Even in the wilds of New Jersey where I am, I found several groups that get together for game nights; some of them were into classic board games like the ones you list. I’m sure in Ind, you should be able to find a like-minded bunch.

It's funny you should mention that.  I tried that after I moved to Indianapolis.  Some group out in the suburbs.  Same issue.  Board game enthusiasts just don't like the classics.

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Posted by fpras

Kantcon is starting in Kansas City today, July 13 2018. Highly recommend!
It https://www.kantcon.com/

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Posted by elvinlord mstabosz

mstabosz wrote:
dkrantz152 wrote:
mstabosz wrote:
funny-shaped dice wrote:
mstabosz wrote:There's really not a lot to do there. 

Seriously, I've never heard anyone say that before. I always feel like I'm having to prioritize events and cut out things I'd like to do and see.  I've never felt like I didn't have options - and I'm not even talking about after-hours.  Just during the core con hours I'm always busy.Interesting.

There are a lot of events sure, but so many of them are for games I've never heard of.  I find that learning a new game is tiring.  Last year, I tried to sign up for games I was familiar with, but the participation was too low.

If Gen Con lasted 2 weeks, I wouldn't be able to do all the events, demos, & whatnot I'd like to get done.  A lot of the fun is trying out games you've never played before; last year I wound up buying 3 new games just from dropping in on demos, not even playing in full events.  But, as always, YMMV.

It's strange.  The things you find invigorating, I find exhausting, and vice-versa.  I would love nothing more than to sit down and play a game of Monopoly, Risk, Life, Connect Four, Guess Who, Operation, or even Apples to Apples.Some people say "I can just play familiar games at home."  Well I don't have that luxury.  Nobody I know likes to play the old Milton Bradley / Parker Brothers classics.
Instead I look through the events catalog and it's hundreds and hundreds of games I've never heard of before.  And it's repetitive too.  You might see a game like "Axis and Allies" listed dozens of times in a couple variations, repeating over the 4 days.  So like there will be a copy at 8 AM Thursday and another at 11 AM Thursday and another at 8 AM on Friday and 1 PM Friday and so on.  I would love to see a list sorted entirely alphabetically regardless of times so I could more easily browse.
I did buy a Saturday badge so I can go, and also not have to take any days off work.  The fun stuff happens Saturday.  I rather liked the costume parade and the costume contest.  And I got an all day pass to the arcade game room.
You can search by game name on the website there are 50 axis and allies games, 5 risk games etc you could also just spend your time in the gencon games library and get people to play those games.  Go to Find events, search option, hit the funnel icon and select games and there is a alphabetical list of games

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Posted by dkrantz152

The Event DB site has events of each type listed in alphabetical order, without listing all the times.  Unfortunately none of the classic games you're looking for are listed in the Board Games section; the Risk events are the newer & LotR versions.

However, there's nothing stopping you from creating your own events for these next year.  With the variety of players at the Con, you might get plenty of interested people.

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Posted by matthias9 mstabosz

mstabosz wrote:
dkrantz152 wrote:
Let me suggest Meetup. Even in the wilds of New Jersey where I am, I found several groups that get together for game nights; some of them were into classic board games like the ones you list. I’m sure in Ind, you should be able to find a like-minded bunch.

It's funny you should mention that.  I tried that after I moved to Indianapolis.  Some group out in the suburbs.  Same issue.  Board game enthusiasts just don't like the classics.

Not to come off as too much of a game snob, but frankly there's a reason that in 2018 most board game enthusiasts don't like those games -- they're just not very good.  The primary appeal of them is nostalgia.  By modern game design standards, most of them have serious flaws -- players get eliminated and have to watch while others play on, you're too far behind to have any chance to win anymore, roll the die and move your piece, game takes way too long, etc.  These are all elements missing from virtually all modern games.  And there's a reason for that.

You have to do what works for you.  But, if you're into Monopoly and Connect Four, it's true that most Gen Con attendees will be on a different page.  There's lots of other things, though -- costume contest, laser tag, films, demos of games are short (a turn or two, often -- not a major investment), seminars, True Dungeon, lots more.

A popular convention game that might work for you is Werewolf.  Rules so simple that you can pick them up just by watching for a few minutes.  Also, a lot of people that like the classic games also like Settlers of Catan, which you will find at the convention.

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Posted by dkrantz152

@mstabosz: I think I might have found something you'll enjoy.  USAopoly makes a bunch of classic games like Clue, Monopoly, Risk, but with modern skins, like a Nightmare before Christmas Monopoly.  There are a bunch of events featuring their games.  They're at booth 137 this year.

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Posted by voice_of_reason elvinlord

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Anyone else find themselves not being able to attend gencon miserable because of it.  Just spent to much money on nongencon stuff this year and I have be all adult.  Last time this happen I ended up making a last minute Saturday run just to get by.
 Unfortunately I also have a badge for GenCant this year.  Since I'm in California, something like a one day visit just isn't viable; If I lived 2-3 hours drive from Indy, I'd make the effort.

For those attending, I wish you all a great time.  Cheers!

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