GenCon 2012 – A Pictorial Recap
Hello, dear readers! The biggest gaming show in North America just wound down and I have returned a bit ragged but still raving about the experience. GenCon 2012 was a massive celebration of geekdom and gaming, and the sheer spectacle of it all never disappointed. The best part about GenCon for me was the chance to meet up with a lot of old friends and make some new ones meeting fans, supporters and colleagues over the four eventful days. There’s never enough time to do and see everything on your list at these things, but I left feeling satisfied that I had done and seen more than enough to fill me with great memories for years to come.
And now… pictures!
Ever wonder what GenCon looks like before it’s officially GenCon? It’s an exciting chaotic mix of pallets, cardbooard and giblets. Gandalf approves!
More hurried unpacking before the big show!
Preview of one of the giant kaiju minis designed by Impact Miniatures for Kaiju City. Oh yes, Kaiju City will be back – you can’t keep a good monster down!
Proof that geeks actually do go outside from time to time. Indianapolis is a really cool city. Did you know that Indy is second only to Washington, D.C. in number of statues and monuments in the US? It’s true.
If you want to put the size of GenCon into perspective, this is Mayfair’s open gaming area. It’s bigger than most conventions’ exhibitor’s space!
Playing Escapade Games’ Story Realms prototype. This game is awesome fun – we all built a ham-a-pult to save the day! Now that’s my idea of a storytelling.
John Sizemore and Bryan Fischer of Nevermore Games demo Chicken Caesar. The production copy looks fantastic!
10-foot-tall Wookie. Why? Because it’s GenCon!
So instead of checking out Marvel’s deckbuilder, I went over to Cryptozoic and checked out the DC deckbuilder, instead. Take that! Speaking of that that, my buddy Dan put the hammer down and cleaned house with Martian Manhunter.
I don’t have any idea what’s about to be played here, but it sure looks awesome.
You can’t see it in this pic, but all the little purply energon crystals are glowing. Yeah, that would make for one helluva D&D game night.
Testing out the latest build of Fred MacKenzie’s Princes of the Dragon Throne with Dan Patriss and John Moller of Cartrunk Entertainment.
It was a squeaker, but Dan finally edged me out by two points. The game has come a looong way since I played it at Origins 2011, and it’s working like a well-oiled machine now.
Adam O’Brien gets into character while playing Rick Collins’ ScrapBots prototype. Adam’s consensus was that despite it being not at all the type of game he likes to play, Scrapbots seems solid and has a lot going for it. Look for more info. on this upcoming title from Clever Mojo Games soon on Dice Hate Me!
Joel Eddy (right) sits down with Fleet designer Matt Riddle to try out some Seasons. This was likely the second-most played game of the con and the general consensus is that it is awesome. I’ll have more on Seasons, including a review, as soon as I get it to the table with Monkey238!
And speaking of Fleet, I got to sit down and play the game with the final production copy and the quality is outstanding. Also, still one of the best games I’ve played, period.
Here’s Fleet co-designer Matt Riddle laughing maniacally after he crushed our souls.
Yep, I want that. You want that.
You just kinda want to roll around on top of that, don’t you?
Mustache Emporium! Almost guaranteed to let you go first in The Great Heartland Hauling Co.
Farmageddon designer Grant Rodiek and Sentinels of the Multiverse creator Christopher Badell had a super time at GenCon.
5th Street Games founder Phil Kilcrease shows some eager farmers how to avoid Foul Manure in Farmageddon.
Merchants of Venus! Yes, there’s a lot of stuff in that box. It’s Fantasy Flight, what’d you expect?
Close-up of some of the giblets in Merchants of Venus.
Preview of Relic – the Warhammer 40K retheme and reimagining of Talisman. You want it, I want it – we all want it. It’s pretty.
Close-up of a couple of the character sculpts for Relic.
Fantasy Flight had some great table set-ups. This one was for Infiltration, and it was always packed with gamers.
Netrunner! One of the hottest games of the con. I managed to snag a copy, so look for more on it in the next few weeks on Dice Hate Me!
Thomas Denagh explains Android – in less than an hour and without a rulebook. Impressive.
My somewhat-modest haul from GenCon 2012. Look for previews and reviews of these in the next couple of weeks on Dice Hate Me! See you all at GenCon 2013!
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