#RPGaDAY 2016, Day 6: What am I missing at Gen Con this year?

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 ((There's a pun there.)) 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. Continue reading “#RPGaDAY 2016, Day 6: What am I missing at Gen Con this year?” »...
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#RPGaDAY 2016, Day 5: Not Gaming at the Gaming Convention

Here's the thing: When I've attended Gen Con, I haven't gone for the games. Teenage me would be shocked. Teenage me always wanted to attend Gen Con ((Lake Geneva was just a three hour drive away!)), but I never made it out there. Four days of gaming goodness and I, at most, play three different games. So these last times -- and I'm not counting the time I was doing booth duty for a Mayfair Games offshoot project -- what do you do at a gaming convention when you're not gaming? Mainly networking. Continue reading “#RPGaDAY 2016, Day 5: Not Gaming at the Gaming Convention” »...
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#RPGaDAY 2016, Day 2: Food and Games

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, ((The one where we seamlessly fit The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr  into the game universe.)) 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...
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