Gencon 2017 was the 50th Anniversary. Gencon is considered by many to be the greatest gaming convention in the country, if not the world. Its humble beginnings and history were showcased in a replica display of Horticulture Hall, set up in a small portion of the field of Lucas Oil Stadium. For me it was a touching tribute, not only to gaming and the pioneers who inspired several generations of awkward youth, but because of all the memories brought forward by the items on display. It was amazing, to me, how many of the items on display I owned an even still own.
This year also broke records with over 210,000+ visitors counted, 60,000+ unique guests. This was a blessing and a curse in my eye. It was a blessing because there were so many people allowing themselves to cut loose, you can see people learning about other people and their hobbies, and most importantly people were able to live basically judgement free, often getting asked to have their pictures taken with people and getting compliments from total strangers. A curse because it is only 4 days of freedom, fun, and gaming of every type. There is also the unfortunate fact that some attendees still don’t obey the basic hygiene rules and common courtesy.
I left the con this year with 32 games and several bits of information that I will dole out as my schedule allows. I have been playing the games and you should be seeing reviews soon. You will also be seeing new logos and a slightly new format for the reviews. Please comment and let us know what you’d like to see from us.