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GenCon Indy ’05 – Day One

Man, today was one big, busy day! Got the last of the booth set up and ready in the nick of time before the hall opened, with the guys from Human Head and The Game Mechanics setting up products and props specific to their product lines this morning. Dozens of fellow exhibitors were stopping by and trying to pry copies of Mutants & Masterminds Second Edition and Thieves’ World away from us before the hall opened and they would have to be at their booths. I was quite short tempered about the chaos in the booth area as we were trying to handle our last minute prep, especially when we had a period of about 30 minutes (about 40 minutes before the hall opened) when we thought our cash register was going to be tempermental and not work (despite my diligent programming and reprogramming). Fixed in the nick of time! The mood seems to me to be pretty upbeat and enthusiastic here, and the crowds are thick. I’m enjoying myself far more than I should be, considering what a brutal summer it’s been.

Lynn Abbey has been a wonderful person to hang around. She’s been a gem through the entire development process of the Thieves’ World game and was extremely gracious when the throng of people waiting to buy Mutants & Masterminds distracted from the fact that she was on hand to meet fans and sign books for the Thieves’ World launch at the same time. Happily we were able to guide the TW fans to her after the initial complete chaos of Opening Day subsided a bit.

I ran my first Blue Rose game of the con today, overcoming a decade of nerves and atrophy, but it all seemed to go alright and I think most of the people had at least an ok time of it. It was hard to tell with one person, and I definitely made some pacing mistakes (taking too long at the start to try and explain the peculiarities of the setting and specific abilities and other flavor, as well as how True20 works, etc, but it went along well enough and tomorrow will be better, as I’ve learned from my mistakes.

The rest of the gang are out playing a game of TW with Lynn and Rob tonight, but I passed in order to attend a seminar about Game Expo 2007, the Mark Simmons/Matthew Simmons Marketing trade show endeavor that is set to compete with the GAMA Trade Show for game industry dollars and attention in a two week period in March 2007. Curiosity got the better of me and I was mildly entertained. Not able to form a coherent analysis for the blog at the moment, but I may return to musing on it later.

I’m back in the room now, feeling a summer convention cold coming on. Amazingly, this is the first time this con season that I’ve been sick. At first I thought it was a sore throat from talking for 9 hours straight, but I’m now feeling a bit of congestion, too. I’ve ordered myself $10 worth of tea/lemon (and a thermal carafe) from room service and will be tucking in for a good night’s sleep as soon as I finish this entry, lest I waste myself before the con is even half done!

20 comments to GenCon Indy ’05 – Day One

  • Sorry you are feeling sick. I understand the feeling of being run down, although this week I’m feeling decent for once.

    And it sounds like M&M is selling well! Hope the con keeps going well!

  • Sorry you are feeling sick. I understand the feeling of being run down, although this week I’m feeling decent for once.

    And it sounds like M&M is selling well! Hope the con keeps going well!

  • Sorry you are feeling sick. I understand the feeling of being run down, although this week I’m feeling decent for once.

    And it sounds like M&M is selling well! Hope the con keeps going well!

  • Sorry you are feeling sick. I understand the feeling of being run down, although this week I’m feeling decent for once.

    And it sounds like M&M is selling well! Hope the con keeps going well!

  • Glad to hear the con is going well for you all. I hope ya feel better, Nik.

  • Glad to hear the con is going well for you all. I hope ya feel better, Nik.

  • Glad to hear the con is going well for you all. I hope ya feel better, Nik.

  • Glad to hear the con is going well for you all. I hope ya feel better, Nik.

  • I’d be interested to hear your thought on the Expo idea.

    The timing is blatant hissy-fit and could damage both shows if companies and attendees end up splitting into sides.

    At present I will be attending GTS2006 but might take a year out in 2007 as I don’t want to travel several thousand miles only to discover that half the companies I came to see are at a different con the following week. There is no way I can swing two weeks in Vegas for both potential half-shows either.

    The Expo idea is great but there timing sucks big time. GTS is, imho, the only good thing that really makes GAMA worthwhile and is very good for the industry. I personally hope that mr Simmons changes his dates (which he won’t) or that show flops incredibly badly. I only want one show at that time of year. A second show elsewhere in the States in a seperate season would be cool, but not in the same city the following week. Idiot.

  • I’d be interested to hear your thought on the Expo idea.

    The timing is blatant hissy-fit and could damage both shows if companies and attendees end up splitting into sides.

    At present I will be attending GTS2006 but might take a year out in 2007 as I don’t want to travel several thousand miles only to discover that half the companies I came to see are at a different con the following week. There is no way I can swing two weeks in Vegas for both potential half-shows either.

    The Expo idea is great but there timing sucks big time. GTS is, imho, the only good thing that really makes GAMA worthwhile and is very good for the industry. I personally hope that mr Simmons changes his dates (which he won’t) or that show flops incredibly badly. I only want one show at that time of year. A second show elsewhere in the States in a seperate season would be cool, but not in the same city the following week. Idiot.

  • I’d be interested to hear your thought on the Expo idea.

    The timing is blatant hissy-fit and could damage both shows if companies and attendees end up splitting into sides.

    At present I will be attending GTS2006 but might take a year out in 2007 as I don’t want to travel several thousand miles only to discover that half the companies I came to see are at a different con the following week. There is no way I can swing two weeks in Vegas for both potential half-shows either.

    The Expo idea is great but there timing sucks big time. GTS is, imho, the only good thing that really makes GAMA worthwhile and is very good for the industry. I personally hope that mr Simmons changes his dates (which he won’t) or that show flops incredibly badly. I only want one show at that time of year. A second show elsewhere in the States in a seperate season would be cool, but not in the same city the following week. Idiot.

  • I’d be interested to hear your thought on the Expo idea.

    The timing is blatant hissy-fit and could damage both shows if companies and attendees end up splitting into sides.

    At present I will be attending GTS2006 but might take a year out in 2007 as I don’t want to travel several thousand miles only to discover that half the companies I came to see are at a different con the following week. There is no way I can swing two weeks in Vegas for both potential half-shows either.

    The Expo idea is great but there timing sucks big time. GTS is, imho, the only good thing that really makes GAMA worthwhile and is very good for the industry. I personally hope that mr Simmons changes his dates (which he won’t) or that show flops incredibly badly. I only want one show at that time of year. A second show elsewhere in the States in a seperate season would be cool, but not in the same city the following week. Idiot.

  • Aack! All that busy and work and a cold on top of it! That sucks! Feel better soon!

  • Aack! All that busy and work and a cold on top of it! That sucks! Feel better soon!

  • Aack! All that busy and work and a cold on top of it! That sucks! Feel better soon!

  • Aack! All that busy and work and a cold on top of it! That sucks! Feel better soon!

  • I’ve ordered myself $10 worth of tea/lemon (and a thermal carafe) from room service

    So, that’s like a cup, yes? :)

    Have a great con, guys!

    CU

  • I’ve ordered myself $10 worth of tea/lemon (and a thermal carafe) from room service

    So, that’s like a cup, yes? :)

    Have a great con, guys!

    CU

  • I’ve ordered myself $10 worth of tea/lemon (and a thermal carafe) from room service

    So, that’s like a cup, yes? :)

    Have a great con, guys!

    CU

  • I’ve ordered myself $10 worth of tea/lemon (and a thermal carafe) from room service

    So, that’s like a cup, yes? :)

    Have a great con, guys!

    CU