Preparing for Gencon: Just a few more days…

2008 August 10
by Stupid Ranger

It’s just a few more days until Gencon…. some of the longest days of the year, waiting for the convention to begin. The blog-o-sphere has been abuzz with thoughts, events, and tips. And since I’m too excited to think clearly about anything else, I’m going to share some of my thoughts too.

Packing is essential.

I already shared some of my thoughts on what to pack, but I’m going to mention again, make sure you are prepared… you don’t want to forget anything!

Consider planning your events.

Depending on your level of planning-nerd, you may have already done this. If you haven’t, I recommend reviewing the events listings to make sure you don’t miss something. There is so much to see and do, and it’s easy to miss something because it’s so easy to be distracted. You can take a look at the event list on the website, or grab the Event Guide as soon as you get to the convention center. Either way, check the errata monitors to make sure your events haven’t been canceled.

I have to say, in the past, I haven’t always planned well enough, because one of the things I have regretted was missing meeting a favorite author. Wizards has a author signing schedule posted on their site. If you want to meet some of your favorites, you might make a note of when they are signing.

Also, I encourage you to take a few moments to participate in some of the Gygax memorial events. Zachary Houghton from RPG Blog II has a great write-up on events.

And if you still need something to do:

Out of the Box Roleplaying – You think we’re crazy online… wait til you meet us in person! The StupidRanger crew be unleashing all of our zaniest on the mostly-suspecting guest players in our own little campaign. And we have some fun stuff planned for the audience, so you should plan to join us!
SEM00075 – Sunday 9am – 11am

RPG Bloggers Unite! – Join many of the RPG Bloggers in our own little meet & greet!
SEM00192 – Saturday 1pm – 2pm

Queen of Geeks Pageant – I’ll be participating the pageant, and I could definitely use a cheering section!
ZED00001 – Friday 10am – 1pm

2 Responses leave one →
  1. DNAphil permalink
    August 11, 2008

    I am not sure if it is sad or not, but I am the ultimate planning nerd. I have already made up my shopping list for the Convention Floor, I have also went through the list of vendors, viewed their websites, and made of list of things that I want to see out on the floor.

    If that was not bad enough, or group has also created a shared google spreadsheet, where we all put our events, so that we know where everyone is going to be.

    This is my last day of work before the Con. I am finishing up some things in the office today, and then it is a day of rest at home with the wife and kids, while I pack. I hope to see you guys at GenCon.

    Have a safe trip down.

  2. Stupid Ranger permalink
    August 11, 2008

    Substitute google calendar events, and we’re about the same on sharing events and whatnot right now.

    Not sad at all… I’m too impetuous a shopper to make a list ahead of time, but I try to make a once-round the floor before I commit to buying anything.

    Have a great couple of days and a safe trip, and we’ll see you there!

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