Going into the Con this year was less exciting than past years. Maybe I’m getting old, maybe the Con is getting old, maybe it was because some of my friends couldn’t make the Thursday and Friday games, or maybe all the above.
My group also chose to move on from straight Pathfinder the entire Con and branch out to board games and another RPG, Call of Cthulu, which we’ve never played. I figured we’d end up missing out on the final season of Pathfinder 1 PFS story, etc., but the past few years the specials for PFS have just sucked the excitement out of those special events. We instead only played two PFS games and did the Starfinder SFS special on Saturday. Normally PFS games reach a point in combat of sheer boredom, and lackluster GMs make it worse. Boring players don’t help, either. I can say, happily, that none of the PFS/SFS games were boring and we had good GMs; the players we ran with were fine, too, so overall I’m happy with the PFS and SFS experience. I also think the GMs did a great job of modifying the scenarios.
We got into board games after last year’s Con and were excited to see all the new games and look for deals on ones we saw over the past year. I was excited for the Auction/Consignment store. We also booked BGG Hot Games Room for two two-hour sessions as well as bought 2 generics for the Board Games library. It was going to be a laid-back Con where I thought we would have time to do all sorts of things plus have time left over.
Well, we stayed pretty busy and STILL didn’t get to demo all the games I wanted, which was fine, because some I chose not to demo because my brain simply needed a break.
Will call line moved quickly Wednesday despite it being back up nearly to West St., even on Wednesday at 100p!
Hallways weren’t as crowded. I would suggest making a through-lane, however, right down the middle of the hallways for those moving from far points in the center. There was a rope-line type thing in the hall by the dealer hall, but this was simply ignored and/or congested due to everyone moving back and forth. Putting markers on the floor would be a great thing to consider.
I wish to the mighty heavens the dealers would allow “stepping or browsing” space in their booths, because those dealers with items all the way to the line, or the red carpet, force those browsing to stand in the way of traffic.
Indianapolis, unlike the rest of Indiana, is incredibly welcoming to the gamers. I live north of Indianapolis but work in Indy and can see the difference every day. <p>Free game demos upstairs, especially by Rio Grande Games. FREE. They even had someone teach us the games we played.
Call of Cthulu. Had no idea what to expect going in to this game. Had heard it was deadly, but it turned out to be quite easy. I will now be a new player of this game. Great time.
Pathfinder 2 playtest went well so far. I’m glad I got the opportunity to play it so many times, but am worried there was no lines to wait for tables to play it. Starfinder had 20+ minutes of wait time last year to play the demos. I’m hoping it’s due to it being “playtest.”
The final band on Wednesday night on Georgia St. was great (except for his intro and outro noise). SunKing selling reasonably-priced beer is always great.
I’m OK with the Catalogue missing the event listing. All I needed to do was get on the app to find events. The catalogue still had plenty of new game info, etc. to steer my group in directions we never would have taken otherwise.
Board Games library. Apparently they upped the price Thursday night to play. Cost $6 to play evening slot. Only got to partially play one game because we had a 1000p and had to learn the game we picked out. Not sure that’s worth it, we could have pooled our money together and just bought the game. <p>BGG Hot games room. 2 hour-tickets…just not enough time to get a game, learn it, and play, especially when they only have one or two copies of the hot games everyone wants to play. If I remember, the hot games room ticket cost $4. Not worth it.
Prices in the Consignment Store. For some reason, people still think they can charge retail for games in the consignment store and sell them. The store really needs to take up some of the auction chairs for store space, because the line to get into that place Saturday morning was about 45 minutes, then when you got in it was so packed it was difficult to move, let alone carry anything you wanted to buy without knocking into people. Either use up some of the auction chair space or expand the room to make it bigger.
The bathrooms in the Center are disgusting. I really don’t think they clean them at all. I’ve been to football stadiums where the bathrooms were a disaster after one night, then going back to another game the next day they were pristine. I don’t know what GenCon has to do to complain.
Gamer reek was bad this year. There’s nothing wrong with being hot and sweaty, but it’s unacceptable to stink to high hell. Use deodorant and put on fresh clothes after showering.
Sunday. The dealer hall closed at 400p. What?! I sure feel bad for those people who bought Sunday-only badges. What a rip-off, especially when there weren’t hardly any events offered after 12:00p. I talked up the Con for weeks with a coworker who wanted to take her young kids on Sunday. They arrived around 10a only to realize there wasn’t a whole lot for them to do. Once they finally got around to the dealer hall around 3:00p, they felt they got ripped off. And they did. I’m not sure why I even pay that much for a 4-day badge when Sunday has so little events and the dealer hall closes so early.
Paizo’s miniature giveaway Saturday night at the SFS Special. Wow- a bent mini that broke when you pushed it back up. Thanks.