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This was it. Finally. I was able to go to GenCon for the first time since I was 17 and learned how AWESOME it was. The fail, to get it out of the way, was that I could only go for one day. A new job and no vacation time yet meant that I was limited. That limitation wasn't a bad thing, but it definitely felt way too short.
It was 50 bucks to get my one day pass. A four day pass was 80, but considering I had no interest in Sunday (I go to bed by 9 most nights for work. I get up at 440 am.), this wasn't a bad deal. I car-pooled with my brother-in-law and my sister and we went. I must admit, the parking wasn't bad on the cost. $20 all day and we managed to find spots relatively close to the elevators to get us to the Skywalk to the Convention Center.
It wasn't as if I purchased the pass online and obtained the right to print out my unique pass. I had to go and wait in line. If ANYONE reading this goes, get it online the night before you go. There's a line called "Will Call" and it's MUCH shorter than just plain jane-ing it to the front. As before, it was $50 and I also obtained a coupon book!
What did I do?
This is where the meat and potatoes get dished up. There were many things to do, but most of them had to be signed up for previously before they started. You could get some event tix easy there, some generic tix as well that could be used for anything, but some of the hardcore gaming would only take the event tickets. There were limited seats, so unfortunately there wasn't much that could be done.
But Epic Professor, what did you do then?
So glad you asked, voice in my head. You see, there's this outrageously awesome shopping area in the Convention Center. We're talking a giant, hulking, awesome blend of games. Board games, card games, miniature games, I mean, this was the holy grail, ali baba and the f***ing million thieves. I gave myself a budget and it was SO HARD NOT TO GO OVER it. Here's a small list of what I bought:
What I didn't buy but wish I had
I met and took pictures of some cosplayers. I've been considering it myself for next year and think I could fit Sho Minamimoto from The World Ends With You... or Neku Sakuraba. There were quite a few of them but I'm quite shy outside of the internet, so it wasn't so easy asking random strangers. Me being me, the first one was actually digging into a pizza... but who misses out on snapping a shot of a Little Sister? I had quite a good time overall I think, the lack of tickets hurt me though and to be honest if I hadn't shopped almost all day, I'd not have any fun. This is one event you MUST prepare for. I didn't, I didn't have nearly as much fun as I thought I might. That being said, that's not a negative on GenCon's side, but on mine.
So save up your money, splurge like crazy and come to Indianapolis, IN for GenCon 2014, August 14-17!!