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Since I went to Gary Con a week ago, I figured I could talk about that event a little bit.
It's a GaryCon thing !
As I mentioned in my previous post, this is a really well organized event. At the same time, it isn't such a big event that you get lost in the crowd.
If you are somewhat introverted like myself, the idea of places full of people is not exactly your ideal setting. I personally have avoided conventions for decades because I just don't like crowds, and yet the experience of Gary Con has changed my perspective: Maybe I just don't like certain types of crowds?
The first thing you'll notice at Gary Con, which is perhaps unique to a large event like this, is that you feel like you belong. As you walk into the venue there are clusters of people in the lobby and you can feel the energy and excitement around you; I'm not kidding, it's a palpable sensation and it overtakes you without you realizing it. You are at Gary Con and you are surrounded by like minded people who are there to meet new friends and talk about gaming.
Once you get oriented, you wander down the hallways toward the game rooms. A small display is set up in the hall. It's dimly lit and if you aren't observant, you may pass by it completely. This is The Table of Honor; set up as a remembrance of Gary Gygax. What is most impressive, is that it is not impressive. It is understated.
It's hard not to be moved by this small display. I spent several minutes standing there and thinking about Gary Gygax. I definitely sent Gary some good thoughts wherever he is.
By this time in the evening everyone has either headed for the bars, or settled into some kind of game. As you pass door after door of gamers, you wont be able to resist peeking into these rooms just to see what is going on.
What you'll find is hundreds of people who are enjoying each other's company and playing RPG's.
My main mission was to find my friends and sure enough after about an hour of wandering I managed to run into David Megarry with his wife Rose as they were leaving the TSR VIP party and they joined me as I had a late dinner.
Psst - the food at this event is quite good, and you can take your drink with you anywhere on the premisses.
I'll leave some photos to go with these impressions. You must pardon my lame camera phone. These pictures aren't intended as any kind of high quality journalism, I am sharing these here to give you an idea of what it's like to be there. These photos are of gamers I don't even know, yet I see all these gamers and I think "hey that's me! I'm a gamer, I know this kind of people."
For me personally the images are just little memory triggers I can look at for years to come and recall a time when I did something different and enriching.
You may ask yourself why would I go somewhere and do what I already do at home with my own friends. That was my attitude for years now and I have friends who kept saying, "When are you coming to GaryCon."
All I can say is that the event is singular and if you haven't been to a GaryCon you can't understand it. You can't predict your sensations and thoughts. It's literally -a GaryCon thing- that can only be appreciated by experiencing it. My advice to anyone considering this event, is that one should expect to find the unexpected.
Needless to say, I am going to be booking my stay for next year fairly soon because the timer is already ticking away: http://garycon.com/
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