Posted December 14th, 2011 at 08:45 PM by Onacara
In 2012 I have plans to attend 7 game conventions..that's a lot. Now I know there are folks out there who actually attend more than that...but they are either in the industry or single.
I'm going to suggest that everyone attend at least 1 game convention in the upcoming year...you wont regret it.
Now I'm sure everyone here would love to go to GenCon but I also understand the cost involved with such an undertaking. That shouldnt stop you from enjoying the experience of a game convention.
There are thousands of small local conventions all over the US and the world throughout the year that would love for you to come by and have some fun. Granted there wont be a huge dealer hall...and the big game manufacturers won't all be there showing off their latest wares, but what you will find are other gamers who are more than happy to sit down and teach you a new game that they love to play or even play a game with you that you love to play that you don't get to the table enough at home. You may also be surprised to find that even though those big game companies do not have a fancy schmancy booth there...they may have representatives from their company there running demos and events. In fact two of the smaller conventions I attend are also attended by the folks from Z-Man Games..including Zev himself, and they are some great people who actually like the more laid back setting of the smaller conventions where they can just play games with folks and not worry so much about sales and semantics etc.
So make this resolution to get out there and game with some complete strangers this coming year for one day or a whole weekend...you can thank me later.