. . . as the title says, this - my 13th!! - GenCon was quite the interesting event.
I spent a good share of time, probably too much of it, actually, in the RPGA's Sagamore Ballroom, on the clock of off of it, volunteering my little heart out.
It was the best of times for the sheer volume of people I got to meet, including (finally!) meeting Keith Baker, hearing Patrick Rothfuss give a reading, spending time with several WotC people (including the likes of Trevor Kidd, Chris Tulach, Mike Donais, Didier Monin, Josh who's last name I've forgotten, and actually QUITE a few more. Too many to list properly without putting people to sleep, I fear.
Besides WotC people and staff, and old friends from previous conventions, as well as the RPGA "crew" - I also met quite a few of the Twitterati, ChattyDM, NewbieDM, BetterWithMayo, and still more.
As a social event - this was the best GenCon EVAR.
As a gaming convention? I failed.
I didn't roll a single die, play a card, move a pawn, or even catch any of my beloved anime. I definately did something wrong here.
Yet, now that I'm home, and typing this through eyes that can't quite focus properly, awaiting the return of my wife and daughter from a visit with friends (no, I'm not at ALL jealous they weren't awaiting me when I got home. A lesser man might be, but I'm happy to have our dog sleeping on the couch next to me. . . I guess. . . *sigh* ) I can't look back at GenCon as anything less that it's perennial "awesome time"
Maybe its the atmosphere - blending in with people who, while they may or may not share your particular interests - are still people who "get" you, and know what it is you like, and accept you for that all the same.
Then again. . . maybe it's just the catgirls.