It’s almost time for Indianapolis to be swarming with star troopers, super heroes and cartoon characters. Gen Con is almost upon us (August 15-18) and that means plenty of events and happenings for everyone to be part of.
Last year I posted a Know Before You Go blog that gave detailed Gen Con information for visitors to Indianapolis as well as residents. Since attending last year’s Gen Con I’ve revisited that blog to give you a few more tips to ensure that you have the best experience possible.
1) Check the online forums – Gen Con is so much more than what you’ll see in the exhibit hall. Attendees can register their own events on the website so you’ll find everything from presentations on how to use Kickstarter, sessions on introducing non-gamers to gaming and other business related tactics for those who have created their own games. Find family friendly events, game specific events or create your own event with your own specifications.
2) Plan your day – While you can definitely purchase a badge, show up to the convention center, and figure it out on a whim, you’ll have an advantage if you give some structure to your day(s). Know when the exhibit hall opens and what events are going on while you’re there so that you get the most out of your experience. Some games you can just hop in and start playing while others will require you to sign up in advance due to limited spots.
3) Allow plenty of time for the exhibit hall – This is a huge draw for Gen Con because you can not only purchase games but you’ll have access to see the newest games and even play them with the people who made them. Last year it took me almost the entire Thursday morning to get through the whole hall and I came back the next day to walk through it again at a more leisurely pace. Bring cash if you plan on purchasing games or gear – some vendors have minimum purchase limits for debit or credit cards.
4) Bring your camera (or charge your phone) but be polite – Every where you look you’ll see people dressed like their favorite characters and many people enjoy stopping for photos, but please ask them before you start snapping away. It’s just the respectful thing to do! Stay for the costume parade on Saturday and you’ll capture them all at once.
5) Come with an open mind – I can’t stress this point enough, especially for people who may not think of themselves as gamers. Gen Con is full of amazing people who want to share their story, play their games and spend time with you. You’ll meet new friends and I guarantee that you’ll bring someone new next year, so have fun, smile and enjoy the atmosphere!
Visit Indy is giving two people the opportunity to experience Gen Con with a giveaway! We have two four-day badges to giveaway to two lucky winners (one badge to each person). Enter through the Rafflecopter below – the contest ends Thursday, August 8 and winners will be notified by the email addressed used in Rafflecopter.
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