Gen Con 2014 Review

We’re back, and we’re talking about Gen Con. Again. This is our third episode about the world’s largest roleplaying convention, and Scott has still not managed to make it there. No, instead he gets to sit here and write blurbs to go with discussions of how much fun other people are having. Not that he’s bitter. Oh no. Not at all.

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You should have seen the first draft of this post.

Matt has already posted an article about his trip to Gen Con 2014. Paul and Scott were too lazy to read it, so Matt had to tell them all about it in person. Happily they remembered to put a microphone in front of Matt first, so we don’t have to find some way of attaching Matt himself to this post.

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Last time we tried uploading Matt, the local junction box suffered.

You may notice a bit of a drop in sound quality this episode. This is because we were unable to use our state-of-the-art recording facility (Paul’s shed) for reasons that will be explained next episode. That episode should have been this episode, and this episode should have been, um, probably this episode as well. All will be clear in a couple of weeks.

Gen Con Preparations

This latest episode sees us heading back to Gen Con. Well, we don’t actually go there, as it’s around five months away and it would be silly and expensive of us to do so at the moment, especially as we have a nice comfortable garden shed to work from.

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We’re there in spirit, though.

This is the follow-up we promised way back in Episode 9, where we help you navigate the complexities and pitfalls of attending the USA’s largest gaming convention, as well as offering advice on how to make the best of your time and navigate the non-Euclidian corners of the online booking system.

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Artist’s representation of booking system

The discussion takes the form of Scott asking Paul and Matt lots of questions, as it looks like he may actually make it this year. With any luck he asked the questions you would have, especially if these included “Why? Why? Oh dear God, why?” followed by despairing sobs. This discussion also revealed that the peak time for booking accommodation has passed and that this episode really should have gone out a couple of months ago. The details may still be of use, especially if you’re more organised that we are, or if you have the presence of mind to tuck the MP3 somewhere warm until January 2015.