I've bought my tickets, made my hotel reservations, filled my wish list for GenCon#50 for the weekend of Aug 16-Aug 20 in Indianapolis, IN. I have even found a roommate for the hotel since the only rooms were double rooms with double beds (that'll cut back on some of the costs). I thought I would post a taste of the schedule I have planned.
Note that this is just a wish list. It could change drastically after the event registration is opened on may 28th. But for now, this is what I am planning to play.Here are links to the events, if you are interested.
This isn't my first Gen-Con but it is the first one I've registered to play events for since the creation of the internet (okay, the Web, then). I did attend in 2015 but I did so as a volunteer for Gale Force Nine games. And that was cool, I wandered around and saw a few of the events and the dealer room, but I really didn't "attend" as much as visit. My time was tied up in the GF9 game demos.
Before that, it was Gen Con '88 in Milwaukee. I'd been in 1985 (alone & without a room) and '86 (with a friend but still without a room). In '87 (GenCon #20) I shared a room at the college dorms with a friend and took the bus. In '88 I had a hotel room and took either taxis or public transportation to the event. That was the only year I ever flew to Gen Con.
I have long since lost my Gen Con 20 shirt, bag and the mug has broken (the notebook might still be hanging around somewhere), but i still have my Gen Con '88 shirt which I intend to wear as an official grognard. My GenCon #50 shirt has already been delivered and I've worn it once to break it in (TableTop Day naturally). I also have my first badge holder so I am really looking forward to this.
Heather, frankly, can't take the crowds. And even for me they are daunting. I kind of wish she could see it once. But unless something changes in they way its being done, I doubt she will. But Gen Con is a deeply personal pilgrimage for me. I don't think she could keep me away. I hope I am still able to attend in 2042 (at the age of 78) so I can say I've hit every quarter-century GenCon in the last 75 years.