Gen Con is one of the largest gaming conventions in North America and it happens annually right in my new city. It focuses on board/tabletop gaming rather than my usual video-gaming focused cons, but I still attended. I was only at Gencon on Sunday. One day out of the 4 day convention. Sunday is the last day and a lot of vendors pack up their booths, but a bonus is that their games are discounted. The Sunday badge was also discounted. It’s sold as a family badge- One badge for the attendee and up to 3 complimentary badges for $30. The bf and I aren’t big on boardgames (I play Magic the Gathering pretty regularly, but he doesn’t play anything), but we couldn’t say no to a day of nerdtivities for $30!
I wore my brand new Pikmin hat that Alleycadabra custom made for me. Seemed like the perfect place to debut it. It got a lot of compliments on it. Isn’t it cute?
We arrived at Gencon around 1pm and just walked around for a couple hours. We usually jam-pack our con schedules with panels, activities, and a day dedicated to floor walking. But this was our first time at Gencon and we just wanted to see what it was about. There was a lot to see. Vendors selling all kinds of stuff. My favorite clothing vendor was Welovefine which coincidentally, I just found out about via NerdBurger. I’ve eyeing these Lumpy Space Princess leggings on the site and seeing them in person just solidified my decision to buy them. I was worried about them being cheaply made because they’re only $25, but they are legit! I am definitely going to grab a pair. We walked through the artists alley and “ooh’d” and “ahh’d” over lots of art. My favorite artist was Carloline Lebar. We talked to her awhile about her art. Her prints and paintings are beautiful. Have a look on her website – Carolina Lebar. Besides games for sell on the floor, there were also game demos. They were pretty full so we didn’t get a chance to demo anything, but I did jot down the names of a couple of games I’m interested in, so that I can try them out at the Game Paradise library. Firefly the board game particularly piqued my interest! I got the general gist of the game from watching some peeps play. I also talked to a Firefly RPG vendor for a while. I’ve always been curious and interested in participating in a tabletop RPG styled game. And this one was a Firefly focused one?! SOLD! Speaking of Firefly, I saw the cutest Firefly cosplay of all time.
Look at that little Wash. Just look at him! So adorable! I decided that the bf and I will have to do a Zoe/Wash costume. I’ve always wanted to do it and he finally agreed! So, hopefully I can figure that out before PaxEast 2014. *crosses fingers*
Gencon was fun. I don’t think I could spend 4 days there, but will definitely get a one day pass again next year. And next time I’ll sign up for some events and play a game to get the full Gencon experience. The ladies at PureGeekery have a great post about their time at the con. Check it out.