In Arizona, I headed an organization that eventually started up a gaming convention. That convention, RinCon, is still going strong — this year it will be held September 30 through October 2nd in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.
There’s a lot going on with the Gen Con experience. I am home, not attending this year, and I miss the show. I miss the experience.
Back in 2014, I almost went to Gen Con with my friends Ron and Vern as a revival of This Just In From Gen Con with the blessings of the TJI stakeholders. But things out of our control happened and, well. There it lies.
However, my goal with that year’s TJI would have been to bring the experience of the convention to the listeners. That list of experiences is a good place to start.
- There’s a pun there. [↩]
A few weeks ago, Tracy asked about food and gaming: “Do you eat with your tabletop #rpg group? Are meals an important part of the game [event] or incidental?”
Back in time to the days of that great Shadowrun 2nd Edition campaign, we had (mostly) couples attend the game session. In the main group was Bill and Christy, married; Landon and Shannon, married; Tamara and I, dating. I don’t recall who it was that came up with the suggestion we cook for each other, but whomever did changed things. No pizza or burgers here. We’d alternate, bringing food for everyone. Even though we were on a college (and post-college) student’s budget, we’d cook for the group. We’d share meals. It helped to make the gaming event a social occasion among friends instead of a thing were we just showed up to game, then left.
It’s also where I really impressed my soon-to-be-fiancee with Chicken Kiev.
- The one where we seamlessly fit The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr into the game universe. [↩]