Gen Con Survival Guide

Gen ConThis! Is! Gen Con!

The above line should be read in the voice of Leonidas from 300.

In case you were aware, Gen Con begins in approximately 2 days. It will be a whirlwind four days filled with gaming, camaraderie, and lots and lots of walking. It is is easy to get caught up in the excitements and run your body into the ground trying to fit in all the fun possible in those four days. I am here to provide some advice to help you have fun while not destroying yourself or others while at Gen con this year.

While at Gen Con, it is in your best interest to always keep the 3-2-1 rule in mind. This stands for 3 hours of sleep, 2 meals, and 1 shower every day. This is the minimum you should have of each of these. If you can, you should try to get the recommended 6 to 8 hours of sleep as this will allow your body to recharge after a day filled with fun and walking. The important part of the 2 meals is the word meal. It is easy to think that you can just run and grab some chips and move on to the next game. This is incorrect. You will be moving around a lot unless you are only playing one type of game which is housed in one spot. You are going to need full meals to keep up with the energy expenditure. The shower is also to help keep you rejuvenated. After a a few hours of sleep, nothing is more rejuvenating that a nice hot shower. Indianapolis in July and August can get quite hot, sluicing off the sweat is a requirement. These three things will work together to help you enjoy your time at Gen Con. They will help you stay in a better frame of mind which will, in turn, make your interactions with other people at Gen Con better. This makes for a better convention for everyone!

Gen Con is a hub for gaming of all types. You will find board games, card games, miniatures games, LARPS, and table top role playing games here. While at Gen Con, it will be easy to get your fill of your favorite type of entertainment. But, while you are at the best four days of gaming, take a step outside your comfort zone. For role playing gamers, If your tastes run more to the traditional games, take a 4 hour block and visit Games on Demand. This will give you a quick glimpse into the types of games being made and played at the cutting edge of the hobby. It requires no planning, just show up with some generic tickets and you will get to play a game. If you are a miniatures gamer, you can take some time and wander over to the board game hall. There are games starting up almost every two hours and there is almost always guaranteed to be room at several tables. So, while you are at this glorious conglomeration of gaming, expand your horizons and try something new.

Finally, don’t be afraid to take a break. You have spent a lot of money, time, and effort to get hear. The pressure to get in as much as possible will be great. This can take something that is supposed to be fun and turn it into work. If you have schedule yourself into things back to back, don’t be afraid to cancel one or two of them. Before the day starts you can drop by customer service and turn in your tickets so that you get credit put back on your account. Then, you can take a breather and maybe just wander the vendor hall and find a hidden gem you might have missed while gaming hardcore. The down time can just as easily be used to explore Indianapolis. The city has tons of things to do with in walking distance of the convention. You can take in a bit of culture then get right back into gaming. Just don’t be afraid to say No. It is a powerful word that will give you space to enjoy your time at Gen Con.

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