Wednesday, 27 July 2022

Days and Weeks

This time next week I'll be at Gen Con. Fly out on the morning of Tuesday 2nd August and then get home again on the 9th.

Plus it's less just over 4 weeks to Tabletop Scotland 2022.

As I said in my previous post, I'm more than a little bit excited to be returning to Gen Con and Indianapolis.

My plans for Gen Con fall into three categories:

  1. Fun: Play games, enjoy the experience of being there and have fun.
  2. Writing: I'm attending several seminars / panels that related to self publishing. Mostly D&D centric but a few generic ones in the mix too.
  3. Tabletop Scotland: Mostly from the perspective of picking up new releases and titles that are hard to get in the UK. These are both for my own collection and for the Tabletop Scotland games library. The BoardGameGeek Preview is quite useful for that, although you do have to keep in mind that some of the games that are new at Gen Con are already available in the UK & Europe. There's also an unofficial list of all the RPG products coming out over on RPGGeek. As always I fully expect to buy a mix of stuff from those lists and lots of impulse buys too.
    I'm sure there will be photos galore taken too.
Event wise this is what my schedule currently looks like. It will almost definitely change between now and I arrive.

If you're going to be at Gen Con and you want to meet up, let me know.

Once I'm back from that we're into the final prep stage for Tabletop Scotland.

Safe to say, August is going to be busy!

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Gen Con 2022 Event Booking

 As I said in my recent post, I'm looking forward to Gen Con 2022.

Flights, accommodation, tickets etc are all sorted.

So the next step is to work out what I'm going to be doing for my best 4 days in gaming.

Gen Con event booking is different to most conventions, not least because the sheer number of events hosted.  Gen Con 2019 had 19,630 events... I'm expecting 2022's number to be something similar.

Here's the Gen Con 2022 Event Catalog:

And here's a handy alternative web tool with the same info:

The first drop of the event catalogue was published on the 1st of May and event booking opens on the 15th of May. So what happens in that two week period?

Well, you build your wish list based on the events published at that time, sort them into a priority order, and then at 5pm BST on Sunday 15th May you submit it and see what spaces you've managed to get. Where you didn't get spaces you might want to look at other events to fill the slots.

As I covered back when we went to Gen Con in 2014, the wishlist + submit approach works and it's effective given the sheer number of events and people wanting to book them.

What will I be looking to do? Well I kinda covered that during my Gen Con 2020 post but here's what I've currently got planned.

It's very likely that schedule will change between now and Sunday, and it's also very likely that schedule will change before the con as more and more events are added. But this is what I've got so far.

Worth noting that STEAK NIGHT on the Sunday isn't an official Gen Con event, it's just become a tradition of our visits to Gen Con.

Most of these events don't actually take place in the convention centre, so I see a lot of walking in my future... The convention is spread out across the Indiana Convention Centre (ICC), Lucas Oil Stadium including the pitch / field / whatever, and lots of surrounding hotels that have events space.

Saturday, 30 April 2022

Conventions (and ears) in 2022.

So, as with many things, attending conventions in 2022 have an element of hesitation about them.

Many of us who go to multiple conventions per year can't wait to get back to visiting them, whilst at the same time we're all maybe a little bit apprehensive.

So when this year started I had it all worked out.

  • March - AireCon
  • June - UK Games Expo
  • August - Gen Con
  • August - Tabletop Scotland

and anything else was a bonus.

Of course, the best laid plans etc etc...

At the start of the year I developed a lovely (it wasn't) ear infection in both ears. An infection that prove resistant to all attempts to treat through the usual means (I have a long medical history with my ears).

The infection's main impact was pain followed closely by an inability to sleep. Fortunately pain killers exist, unfortunately I needed really strong ones. If you've ever been on really strong pain killers for any length of time, you'll know that when you stop taking them it isn't a pleasant experience...

So January came and went, then February, and March (had to skip AireCon) too. With April approaching and no improvement it became clear (well to be fair it already was) that surgery was the only answer. Now, because of my long medical history with ear issues that's never a simple thing to consider but it was becoming a 'necessary evil'.

As I type this it's the day after surgery and already I can tell a big difference. It's not a long term fix but it'll do for now and means I can now actually have confidence in my plans for going to conventions and organising Tabletop Scotland (the latter was never actually in doubt!).

UK Games Expo - Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June 2022

For me this will be Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th June purely from a travel and social perspective.

I'm really, really, looking forward to UK Games Expo this year. I've missed the event and the people that I normally see there. Plus it's always a useful event from a Tabletop Scotland perspective.

Gen Con - Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th August 2022

For me this is Tuesday 3rd to Monday 8th August factoring in flights etc. Technically Tuesday 9th August as that's when I get home, timezones huh.

If I am really, really, looking forward to UK Games Expo. You can probably add another 2 or 3 reallys onto that for Gen Con. Returning to Indianapolis after 4 years away and going back with Richard, Simon and of course Greg. The festival atmosphere of the convention and the whole celebration of the hobby that the event has really is special.

The event catalog gets released tomorrow and I am looking forward to planning my Gen Con experience.

If I could only go to one convention every year, and could justify the cost every year, then it'd be Gen Con. No Greg that doesn't mean we're going every year.

Tabletop Scotland 27th & 28th August 2022

Then we have Tabletop Scotland. It's amazing to see so many people excited about our event this year. After 2 years without it, we as a team have really missed hosting it. It seems that our attendees and exhibitors feel the same, which is really special.
We have a lot planned and we really think this will be our best event yet. So if you're in Scotland or can make it to Scotland at the end of August, come to Perth and visit the convention.