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HSG25: GenCon Survival Series - Part 5: Food and Drink

HSG25: GenCon Survival Series - Part 5: Food and Drink

May 24, 2018

This week Rich and I follow a great suggestion from the GenCon Facebook Group to dedicate an episode to food and drinks at the convention and surrounding Indianapolis area. 

 

We take a DnD approach to this starting with 1st level GenCon attendees and the truly authentic first-timer experiences. Later, we talk about mid-level attendee fun like food trucks, and lastly some epic-level advice to really maximize game time and enjoyment of the convention. 

 

If you're interested in joining us for our GenCon meetup (August 2018) join the HSG Facebook Group where we'll coordinate everything or take careful notes at the end of this episode for details. 

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HSG24: GenCon Survival Series - Part 4: New Attendee Q&A

HSG24: GenCon Survival Series - Part 4: New Attendee Q&A

May 14, 2018

We welcome Heather back to talk about how our GenCon event registration went (spoilers, it went crazy well!) and to answer all of the questions she had about the convention as this will be her first time attending GenCon. Heather is a seasoned convention attendee and helped me run events at some very large conventions in the past. Her questions are mostly centered around GenCon itself, and less about conventions in general.

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Gencon alternate event list: http://gencon.highprogrammer.com/

 

Q - packet Will Call or mail it to you?
A - Really depends on your logistics. If you're arriving off normal hours or on Wednesday, will call is great. Since tickets get sold out now the volunteers that used to manage ticket sales are now helping with Will Call. Thursday during the day will be a longer line, Saturday even worse. Will Call is open 24 hours so try to pick up your packet during off hours the night before you start your con events.

Q - What's it like getting around downtown? lots of walking?
A - City bus from the airport to Downtown, then walking a ton. going from one end to the other may take 20 minutes so pad in some travel time between events. Lyft and Gen-Con promotional pricing this year to help get around town. If you're driving in and need to park, GenCon's event registration will sell you parking passes.

Q - How early do should someone arrive to an event?
A - True Dungeon just a bit before the time prior to the event. rules are if you're a few minutes late they'll drop

Q - Dealer's room when to buy and logistics
A - post office nearby to ship by Saturday. Kinkos inside the convention center for Sunday shipping. Sunday is a good day to try for a couple deals, but popular stuff is going to be sold out long before that so think about which items you want to make sure to purchase on Thursday

 

HSG18: GenCon Survival Series - Part 3: Event Registration

HSG18: GenCon Survival Series - Part 3: Event Registration

March 26, 2018

Part 3 of our Survival guide series on GenCon!  Event Registration. Rich and I share all the tricks we've learned over the years to secure spots to the games we care about.

Also, we're planning an HSG dinner/drinks thing at GenCon this year, we'll spill more details in future episodes.

Event listing should come out near the end of April, Registration is May 6th.

https://www.gencon.com/attend/policies#registration

 

 

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HSG16: GenCon Survival Series - Part 2: Running Your Own Event

HSG16: GenCon Survival Series - Part 2: Running Your Own Event

March 6, 2018

This week Rich and I talk about the joy of running events at GenCon and other conventions. GenCon 2018's Event Organizer sign up ends March 10th but these tips will help you for any con.

 

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HSG10: GenCon Survival Series - Part 1: Housing

HSG10: GenCon Survival Series - Part 1: Housing

January 22, 2018
This episode Rich and I discuss how to game the gaming con! GenCon Housing is different than it was in years past, this survival guide will give you every tool and trick we know to improve your odds of getting a hotel room, and some ideas on when you'd prefer some hotels over others based on the games you want to play.
 
 
GenCon prep notes:
  • buy a badge sooner than later
  • have a credit card with an expiration date AFTER the show
  • be ready for housing portal JAN 26th!
  • travel to and from the convention
  • parking at hotels even downtown and it can add up
  • travel from airport - shuttle and bus
  • Uber and Lyft

Helpful Links:

Downtown map - http://www.downtownindy.org/explore-downtown/maps/

 
GenCon Housing page - https://www.gencon.com/housing (login required)
 
 
Cheap ride to and from the Airport!   https://www.indygo.net/route/8-washington/
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