Gen Con Day 2!
Once you’ve started your day with Million Dollar Bacon, it’s hard to imagine starting your day any other way. So, this morning, Matt and I made our way to the First Watch across the street from the Hilton for breakfast. That place never fails to impress. Matt ate the same “regular bacon” omelet as yesterday. He seems to really like it. And when they asked if he wanted seasoned potatoes or mixed greens as a side, he chose mixed greens! I don’t understand. 🤷🏻♀️
After that, we made our way to the Circle Centre mall, which is two blocks away from First Watch, to shop for a hat, because I needed a new hat. The old hat just wasn’t cutting it. Also, I remember last year the hat selection was amazing at this mall. The selection was not what I remembered, but I did find a new hat. It’s black and sorta like a beret, and has a rope strung across the front. It reminds me of an 80’s punk rock biker hat I once saw Freddy Mercury wearing.
The Circle Centre mall is connected to the Indianapolis Convention Center via skywalk, so we skywalked to the convention center directly from the mall. There’s no AC in the skywalk. Skywalking is sweaty work, especially if you’re wearing a new hat that doesn’t breathe.
We decided to head towards the Plan B booth to buy a few things that were neglected on Day 1, when I ran into the designers of Holding On. We chatted for a bit, then Rory gave me a wonderful overview of the game. I have to say, Holding On is amazing!!! I was excited for this game based on the info on BGG alone, but after sitting down with Rory for nearly forty minutes, I am absolutely sold on this game! It’s unique, thought provoking and brilliantly designed. I see the expansion of the world of Holding On being endless. I can’t wait to play it and I’m excited to see what comes next.
Now, with only twenty minutes to spare before our shift at Fowers Games began, we rushed to Plan B’s booth, bought way too much stuff, including another copy of Reef for SaltCON, finally got a copy of Junk Art and the Eastern Winds playmat. We then had to stop by North Star Games to chat with the incredible, most energetic human being I’ve ever met, my currently pink haired friend, Bruce. If you ever have the pleasure to drop by North Star Games’ booth, you must talk to Bruce. He’s great people!
The booth was busy today, but the time passed quickly. I mostly demoed Hardback and Burgle Bros. Amy and Jamie stopped again by to visit (awesome sauce), and Jamie surprised me with a great and many gifts; 2 grape Mexican Fantas (my fave) and some really amazing pins (my other new fave obsession). Seriously, one of the pins she got me came directly from the hands of Alan Moon! She even got me a Suzanne Dice Tower die pin! How incredibly thoughtful and so generous. Thank you so much Jamie! I was also super surprised when a random guy approached me in the booth to deliver a gift from one Rebecca Strang! That’s right! Rebecca sent one of her kind and willing friends to hunt me down during my shift and gift me a beautiful cat-mech pin! I love pins so much, and I love all you amazing women in my life! (Oh, and Rebecca’s to blame for my obsession with pins!!!) I also had the pleasure of chatting with my dear friend Steph and a new friend Melissa about our love for pins and games. Just shortly thereafter teaching Hardback to someone, we introduced ourselves and realized we were both named Barbara! Of course, we became instant friends, especially since our name is rare within our age group. So great! Then I ran into some friends Zack and Jason from our game group all the way from UT ( I didn’t realize they were also attending) so it was a lovely surprise. We chatted about our recent acquisitions and Zack told me that Jason bought a deluxe/giant mystery box from a publisher whose name escapes me… but it was a massive box full of goodies that was $500! 😱
Once the exhibit hall was closed, Matt and I made our way to dinner, but not before spending some time and having some great conversations with one of my friends and favorite artists, Kwanchai Moriya and was introduced to one of his friends Josh, who wants to be a game designer and publisher. Turns out I had already “met” him virtually when advising him to try and chat with Tim Fowers, if able. I happened to give him this same information and introduced him to Tim and then realized we had already “met each other.” Ahh, internet. How great it is that you can connect so many of us all over the world.
We finally found ourselves at Palmino’s for dinner, because the wait times at St. Elmo were crazy long. Matt’s burger looked de-lish. And he confirmed just how amazing it was. My steak tasted great, but was too chewy, so I could only eat about a quarter of it before giving it to Matt to finish. Like the wolf he is, he finished that too. Lol
After dinner, we walked across the street, down a block, to the BGG Hot Games room at the Hyatt. If you ever have the chance, the BGG Hot Games room is definitely a place you want to be at least once during the con. You need to buy tickets before hand to get in (it sells out quickly), but it’s well worth the two dollars for two hours. In those short 2 hours, Matt and I got to play Arboretum several times (from Renegade Games with the gorgeous new art from the Beth Sobel), discussed with Niki and Lincoln how gorgeous it is and how we’re conflicted that we need to have this copy of the game as well as the cool original simply based on the art. #conflicted We then played Luxor, finally, which we both enjoyed quite a bit. The best part was getting to spend some quality time catching up with several other friends Steph, Ron, Derek, Aldie, Anthony, Matt (another Matt), and Eli!
Once the clock struck midnight, we packed up and made our way back to the hotel, where I sit here writing, on the verge of sleep. Here’s to another great day at GenCon! Looking forward to tomorrow (technically today, oh boy).