Gen Con 2017 is now just fading treasured memories of celebrating 50 years of gaming with friends, family, fans, and complete strangers who love the same things we do. As in years past, Gen Con 2017 was full of gaming, panels, movie screenings, cosplayer parade, vendor hall sell outs, and companionship in many forms. Here’s some of our photos:
Every year the crowd starts to gather before 9am to get into the dealer hall when it opens at 10am. This year was no different. We are told that the attendance was over 200k for the entire 4 days, at this time there are no unique turnstile numbers, but I anticipate that we’ll see the number around 65k. In addition to the entire Indianapolis Convention Center, Gen Con 2017 utilized every hotel connected to ICC’s private convention space to the point of discovering spaces we didn’t even know existed. It led to some tricky moments, but at the end of it all, the convention seemed to go off without lasting impact.
Paizo sold out of the Starfinder Core Rule Book on Thursday before close of day, other Starfinder products quickly followed. Many vendors throughout the dealer hall had similar experiences, which is not uncommon at Gen Con. The photos don’t do the line at the Paizo booth justice, there was a roped off section then the line looped around the ever growing Paizo booth, twice.
Games sold out minutes after the wish lists started processing months ago, causing the gaming rooms were wall to wall people, rolling dice and telling stories.
During the lead in to this year’s Four Horsemen Open we learned that next year’s event will feature anti-hero protagonists. Next year we’ll be bad guys!
On Saturday morning, I won a set of dice during Tracy and Laura Hickman’s Killer Breakfast. I may have had a few more luminaries of the gaming community give them a little tweaking.
I made some new friends while GMing for both Pathfinder events and Monte Cook Gaming!
Friday night is reserved for The ENnies – where the gaming community gets together to recognize those in our industry and do a little celebrating (which we rarely need an excuse to do).
Throughout the convention we found time to find our friends from far and near, to pass a little time and share some laughs. For those who went, I hope you made it home safe, for those who hope to go, there’s always next year and I hope to see you there!