Daniel is reporting back in from GenCon! While he was only there one day, it appears he had a good time.
Well it has been a couple of days since Gen Con and I’m back at the daily grind. I had an interesting idea and although it was not as successful as I would have hoped. I’m glad I tried it. The whole game plan for Friday was to walk around the exhibition hall and try my mojo. I was with my girl and some of my gaming group with me to wander the hall.
I started with Catalyst and the sole author at the booth. It was my first and only deny as I gave my pitch to him. He did sign a Shadowrun book that I got though. I was a little down, but I kept going on. I almost walked past the FASA booth and was pleasantly surprised to see that it has been resurrected. I actually got three of the four designers and staff to support the a-hole. I did find it interesting they thought I was making some sort of pitch for a game and the cool part was they were interested in it.
I made it to the Margaret Weis Productions booth and got the art director for the new Marvel RPG to support the a-hole. He was the least swarmed person of interest at the booth. I trekked past the Paizo booth as well as Wizards. I only saw the sales staff and heard most of the designers were off doing seminars and what not. I made my way to the Green Ronin table and got the main designer for the Dragon Age RPG to support the a-hole. I even stayed to play a demo of Dragon Age, which was pretty sweet. My wife attempted to get Mr. Rifts creator Kevin Siembieda to support the cause. She came back unsuccessful due to him not being there or got distracted by the Cookie Fu game.
I only got three companies and I learned a few things I hindsight. I should not have narrowed the list so much. I also know that I was there for longer than just a day it would have been different. I would have been able to hit the seminars that I wanted and got some of them there. I won’t try to make this a thing I do every time I go from now on.
I did have two interesting things happen: Our group was looking at some bone dice when I spotted an attractive redhead walking down in a cape. Our eyes locked and I gave her the slightest of nods. She returned the nod and kept walking. The cool thing was she stopped turned to face me and showed me her…chain mail goodies! The whole group including my girl was there. I did the first thing that came to mind. I looked at my buddy and pointed to her. I took a picture. I have brought it here to show it. I would like to think this was an ‘I still got it’ moment. The reality is probably less so, but I am going to believe the former instead of the latter.
The other thing was meeting Echo Chernik again. We approached and actually asked her if she could do a commission piece for our Shadowrun game, which will end in a couple of months. She is ridiculously busy, but told us to keep checking/pestering politely to get an opening. We thought she was politely telling us no. However, she actually asked not only for our names but our characters street names. I am taking it as a possibility. If she wasn’t interested at all she would not have asked for both names.
I will say that this Gen Con has been one of the cooler ones because of everything going on. I didn’t have the four days like the first one, but this one is a close second.