Gen Con Day 4! The End.
Sunday is a short day for GenCon. The convention closes at 4pm. At about 4:10pm, the exhibit hall looks like it was eaten by termites. The booths get deconstructed so fast, it’s almost unbelievable. It’s impressive.Even though Sunday was a short day, we had a full one. We woke up and made it to the convention hall in time to pick up a few last minute titles like Luxor and Merlin then I took a bunch of our haul and SalCON’s to Alex so he could take it for us in his car. Have I mentioned how very fortunate that it was that our friend Alex drove? Well, it would have been an expensive shipping cost otherwise to ship all the games home.
Alex lives within walking distance from our house, and was gracious enough to offer us some space in his van. Currently, about a quarter of our games are spread out across three suitcases (two large and one small), while the other three quarters are probably somewhere on I-80 in Illinois.
We had lunch with Amy and Jamie (World of Women Network) and took an Uber to the convention center. Right as we’re walking into the con, we ran into several people literally back to back and of course we got to chat for a bit in passing and say our goodbyes – Suzanne and Mandy (Dice Tower) and as we walked away from them, Derek & Lizzy (boardgame spotlight)! Lol What are the odds, right?
Our booth shift was a short one. Starting at 1pm and ending at 4pm. The last few hours of GenCon are an exciting time in the exhibit hall. Small vendors start realizing that if they don’t sell out of their wares, they’ll have to pack them up and ship them somewhere. So, prices start falling in certain booths. At other booths, people simply succumb to FOMO and buy titles while they have the chance (no shipping). At the Fowers booth, we ran out of Burgle Bros, Paperback, Now Boarding, and the Paperback expansion.
Another fun part of the final hours of the exhibit hall is that some vendors trade with each other. Not all vendors and publishers participate in trading, but it is fun to trade with those that do participate. It’s a great way to build relationships with one another and share your love of games with others, while gettin their games in return. You end up with a lot of titles that you may not have otherwise obtained. I ended up with a hefty collection of games in trade. I’m excited to play them and I’ll be writing a post about those games in the near future.
While searching for trades for the Fowers, as well as myself, I was able to acquire the following:
Blue Orange Games: x2 Giant Queendomino, Gamewright: 1 Go Nuts for Donuts, 1 Sushi Go Party, North Star Games: x2 Funky Chicken, x2 Monster Match, 1 Wits and Wagers Party Edition, 1 W&W Party Mat/Texas Hold ‘em and lastly Renegade Games: 1 Overnight (RPG).
While at the Renegade booth, well, what remained of the booth, I ran into Matt again and he was able to get me 2 Renegade pins (Kids on Bikes and Junk Orbit)! The obsession continues… Along with that he gave the husband (Matt) and me these lovely brownies he made. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to eat brownies again. Mmmm yummm. Thanks Matt!
Booth teardown was a breeze compared to previous years. Smaller booth space means less stuff to pack up and clean. Matt and I are used to spending many hours tearing down the booth and packing up pallets with Mayday Games. It took roughly about an hour give or take, to teardown the Fowers booth. Good times.
The thing people don’t realize about this specific convention center is that it doesn’t turn on the AC until the convention begins. So… the day you set up booths AND tear them down is ho-rri-ficly hotttt! Even the first day of the convention is much warmer than the others. Although it was the fastest tear down in the history of tear downs, I was running super hot as I was tasked with trading for games for all of us and running errands. Funnest task ever! Thank goodness my legs were working well yesterday. Yes, sadly, my legs sometimes don’t work from one minute to the next. Normally the last day of a con, I have my wheelchair. This time, I didn’t use it during the con! Woo hoo! #smallvictories #bestconsundayever!
Knowing it would be such a quick booth tear down, I volunteered the husband to go help Kevin (aka Burkey – Game Toppers.) Kevin needed help packing up all of the game toppers that publishers had borrowed all across the exhibit hall floor. Ho-ly cannoli Batman. What a daunting project! I’m so grateful that the husband enjoys manual labor. Thanks husband!
Eventually, we wound up eating a whole lot of meat at Fogo de Chao with Tim & Nikkie (Fowers), Ryan, Seth, and Brian (Mayday Games.) The staff at Fogo was on point this year! I ate a lot of meat. Probably more than Matt and everyone else as well. Seems like this is a common thing for me now-a-days. To be fair, Matt had about 6 limeades. He’s currently writhing on the floor our, as is the custom after eating at Fogo de Chao (Fogo de Shoe, to some). Hmmm so good. Brazilian steakhouses are a bit of a convention-end tradition for us. Good times. #meatsweats #con-traditions #yumyum
On Monday evening, we leave Indianapolis for another year. We had a late checkout, so Monday morning was spent sleeping in and packing. Matt wanted to eat lunch at Harry & Izzy’s (mostly for the shrimp cocktail) before eventually making our way to the airport for our 7pm flight. Which was delayed until 11pm for an unknown reason.
So many things to see at Gen Con, but Sunday was the day I took the least amount of pictures. Here are some fun ones like; the husband with one half of the Nauvoo owners and designers of Brandon Sanderson’s The Reckoners, another proto games bag from INIT Gear, Jondi and I, Matagot’s Treasure Island… and lastly, some cool bikes I saw on the way to eat dinner.
Ahhhhh. Another GenCon, gone! This year was unique and fun. All in all this was a great Gen Con! As you’ve seen, it was jam packed full of meals, meet ups and events. It’s always so wonderful to make new friends while Leveling Up others. Cons are THE place to make this happen and THE reason I love going to conventions… and see the latest and greatest releases, sometimes play a game or two when possible. Even running into so many friends, I know there are many more I missed out seeing, which saddens me. But there’s always the interwebs and the next con. Looking forward to doing it all again next year!
Until we meet again friends. Later!