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GenCon First Day

Green Ronin had a pretty good day today as the hall opened but the day had to start very early as we had to get into the hall at the crack of dawn to finish the massive set-up that still needed to be done. With so many of us unable to arrive before last night, there just wasn’t a way to get everything set up in time. The hall opened at 9am for some sort of VIP tour or something but as far as I could tell they were letting all sorts of people in, many of whom were pestering me before I had the cash register properly programmed or who wanted to buy things while we were clearly still setting things up in the booth area. I know for a fact I pissed off a couple of people by telling them that I could not help them until after 10am but it couldn’t be helped.

I was feeling pretty good until I had a bad encounter with some really gross salad at the Champions at the Marriott. Within the hour I was ill from it (and thankfully managed to get back to feeling better pretty promptly once purged) but that little episode certainly did put a damper on the afternoon.

Had a dinner engagement tonight so I wasn’t able to head to Fantasy Flight’s premier of the Midnight movie over at the Imax and after dinner was just feeling extremely fatigued and out of sorts so I skipped straight back to the hotel and plan to hit the sack as soon as I finish up my blogging. I hate to miss one of my precious nights for GenCon socializing but I’ll regret it tomorrow if I don’t get some decent rest (and some non-boozy fluids). As we’re rolling into the ENnies, I don’t want to risk not being able to enjoy the event… so early to bed it is.

36 comments to GenCon First Day

  • The hall opened at 9am for some sort of VIP tour or something but as far as I could tell they were letting all sorts of people in, many of whom were pestering me before I had the cash register properly programmed or who wanted to buy things while we were clearly still setting things up in the booth area.

    Might it have been one of the “Retailer Day” perks?

    • Anonymous

      No, it’s GenCon’s fairly new “VIG” program (Very Important Gamer) — some of whom are retailers, but most of whom just earned the status by years of running events, volunteering, etc. They get an hours’ early access on Thursday, there’s a VIG-only lounge somewhere on the site, etc.

      ….because what this industry needed was ANOTHER way for gamers to work through their adolescent ostracization trauma by engaging in hierarchical status-games.

  • The hall opened at 9am for some sort of VIP tour or something but as far as I could tell they were letting all sorts of people in, many of whom were pestering me before I had the cash register properly programmed or who wanted to buy things while we were clearly still setting things up in the booth area.

    Might it have been one of the “Retailer Day” perks?

    • Anonymous

      No, it’s GenCon’s fairly new “VIG” program (Very Important Gamer) — some of whom are retailers, but most of whom just earned the status by years of running events, volunteering, etc. They get an hours’ early access on Thursday, there’s a VIG-only lounge somewhere on the site, etc.

      ….because what this industry needed was ANOTHER way for gamers to work through their adolescent ostracization trauma by engaging in hierarchical status-games.

    • Anonymous

      No, it’s GenCon’s fairly new “VIG” program (Very Important Gamer) — some of whom are retailers, but most of whom just earned the status by years of running events, volunteering, etc. They get an hours’ early access on Thursday, there’s a VIG-only lounge somewhere on the site, etc.

      ….because what this industry needed was ANOTHER way for gamers to work through their adolescent ostracization trauma by engaging in hierarchical status-games.

  • The hall opened at 9am for some sort of VIP tour or something but as far as I could tell they were letting all sorts of people in, many of whom were pestering me before I had the cash register properly programmed or who wanted to buy things while we were clearly still setting things up in the booth area.

    Might it have been one of the “Retailer Day” perks?

  • The hall opened at 9am for some sort of VIP tour or something but as far as I could tell they were letting all sorts of people in, many of whom were pestering me before I had the cash register properly programmed or who wanted to buy things while we were clearly still setting things up in the booth area.

    Might it have been one of the “Retailer Day” perks?

    • Anonymous

      No, it’s GenCon’s fairly new “VIG” program (Very Important Gamer) — some of whom are retailers, but most of whom just earned the status by years of running events, volunteering, etc. They get an hours’ early access on Thursday, there’s a VIG-only lounge somewhere on the site, etc.

      ….because what this industry needed was ANOTHER way for gamers to work through their adolescent ostracization trauma by engaging in hierarchical status-games.

  • Good to see you today – and I wasn’t there until after 3pm. :) Did Evan Sass get his pirate bear?

  • Good to see you today – and I wasn’t there until after 3pm. :) Did Evan Sass get his pirate bear?

  • Good to see you today – and I wasn’t there until after 3pm. :) Did Evan Sass get his pirate bear?

  • Good to see you today – and I wasn’t there until after 3pm. :) Did Evan Sass get his pirate bear?

  • Good to hear that things are going ok for y’all, especially with GenCon so close after Ropecon. Get yer rest tonight and kick ass tomorrow, Nik.

  • Good to hear that things are going ok for y’all, especially with GenCon so close after Ropecon. Get yer rest tonight and kick ass tomorrow, Nik.

  • Good to hear that things are going ok for y’all, especially with GenCon so close after Ropecon. Get yer rest tonight and kick ass tomorrow, Nik.

  • Good to hear that things are going ok for y’all, especially with GenCon so close after Ropecon. Get yer rest tonight and kick ass tomorrow, Nik.

  • We had a good day, if busy, over on the Pelgrane stand. I wandered past you guys and was impressed you managed to set up so quickly given the amount of good stuff you have on sale. We’ve probably got quarter of the products and it took us all Wednesday. Will stop by and say hello if I can catch you not talking to a customer and thus unlikely :D

  • We had a good day, if busy, over on the Pelgrane stand. I wandered past you guys and was impressed you managed to set up so quickly given the amount of good stuff you have on sale. We’ve probably got quarter of the products and it took us all Wednesday. Will stop by and say hello if I can catch you not talking to a customer and thus unlikely :D

  • We had a good day, if busy, over on the Pelgrane stand. I wandered past you guys and was impressed you managed to set up so quickly given the amount of good stuff you have on sale. We’ve probably got quarter of the products and it took us all Wednesday. Will stop by and say hello if I can catch you not talking to a customer and thus unlikely :D

  • We had a good day, if busy, over on the Pelgrane stand. I wandered past you guys and was impressed you managed to set up so quickly given the amount of good stuff you have on sale. We’ve probably got quarter of the products and it took us all Wednesday. Will stop by and say hello if I can catch you not talking to a customer and thus unlikely :D

  • Everytime I passed by the booth was superbusy which is why I only said hello very quickly and in passing. It was great seeing you and the rest of the GR staff again, as always.

  • Everytime I passed by the booth was superbusy which is why I only said hello very quickly and in passing. It was great seeing you and the rest of the GR staff again, as always.

  • Everytime I passed by the booth was superbusy which is why I only said hello very quickly and in passing. It was great seeing you and the rest of the GR staff again, as always.

  • Everytime I passed by the booth was superbusy which is why I only said hello very quickly and in passing. It was great seeing you and the rest of the GR staff again, as always.