Gen Con 2016 has come and gone.
I'm back at 7,000 feet amidst high desert splendor after four days on the green and verdant flatland that is Indiana. (Thank the gods I didn't fly Delta!)
This was my second Gen Con, and I'd count it much more successful than last year. Some highlights, in no particular order:
- Kilts are really "in" right now, apparently. Seems like everywhere I looked, someone was sporting one.
- Paul Stefko runs a hell of a Feng Shui 2 game.
- Apart from a gnarly blood blister on the back of my right heel, my feet came through in one piece! And all it took was super-expensive prescription orthotics not covered by my insurance. Ah well.
- My favorite t-shirt: "If you can't risk your fake life, what can you risk?"
- My favorite cosplay: A guy wearing a sweater with a little mini, lit-up version of the Stranger Things holiday light ouija board, complete with tiny blinking lights.
- Favorite turn of phrase: Sandy Petersen describing his Call of Cthulhu scenario "The Derelict" as "an evening of rigorous fun."
- Thursdays seem to be the worst day in terms of crowds. Saturday wasn't as terrible as I thought it would be.
- St. Elmo shrimp cocktails. That is all.
- Glad I was able to connect with the folks that I did, bummed that I missed some others I'd hoped to see. Seems to be the way of things.
- Is it fair to say that nowhere but Gen Con can you suddenly find yourself just sitting and chilling with Greg Stafford, Steve Perrin, and Mark Rein*Hagen, talking game design?
- I ended up spending a lot of time at the Chaosium booth, both as a fan and in a professional capacity. I've got some projects on the boil that I can't wait to talk about at greater length when the time comes--hopefully later this year or early next.
In the meantime, I've gone from mere backer to active participant as my name has appeared on the latest list of authors contributing "Episodes" to the Prince Valiant RPG Kickstarter. (This was not in the works when I last posted about this KS. A couple days after that post, Stewart Wieck put out a call for more writers as the KS has been burning through stretch goals. Figured I might as well toss my name in the hat, and here I am.)
The stretch goal in question is a ways off, but the campaign is going well, so maybe we'll make it...? At any rate, if you've been on the fence about backing, then surely my newly-announced august presence will be enough to tip the balance and get you to throw in a few ducats? Surely.