Y’know, I was thinking…
Category: GenCon (Page 1 of 4)
It’s good to be back!
It has been a while since you’ve all heard from me. Regular readers to the site and anyone who follows our group through the Twittersphere will likely be aware that I’ve been travelling. By now you’ve long-since been inundated with post-GenCon musings and unpacking mental belches (probably to the point that you don’t want to hear much more), and now it’s my turn to unpack a little myself. However, I shall endeavour to entertain and spice things up from a slightly different point of view.
This year was an epic GenCon experience, and it’s proving to be nearly impossible for me to logically parse out and wrap my head around. I don’t want to drag the topic out, but this year held a ton of meaning for GDC due to the concentration of the team in attendance and how we went about pulling it all together.
With that in mind, here’s my best shot at a comprehensive post-‘Con wrap up:
Do you need more fodder to motivate you into planning for GenCon 2016? Do you want more CommanderPod Self Flagellation? Read on (all two of you).
I’m exactly one week out from pulling back into my house after a marathon overnight return car trip from GenCon 2015. Trying to get re-accustomed to things after being in vacation mode in gamer paradise is not easy, and I’ve taken the entire week just recalibrating things – sleep habits, diet, regular schedules, and so on. The list is long and I know I’m missing a ton of things.
My first GenCon journey ended early in the morning on Sunday. The taxi took me to the airport at 4:00am – plenty of time to catch an early flight back home. After picking up a cup of coffee and a small unsatisfying breakfast, I walked to my gate. Waiting for me at the gate sat a father and his two children – ironically, the same family who had begun my GenCon journey a week before by inviting me to sit down and play cards while we waited for the flight into Indianapolis. Even in the early hours of the morning, the energy and excitement was clear in his children’s eyes. We talked about the last several days. After boarding the plane, I slipped on my headphones, turned to the classical music folder, and drowned out the outside world. I sat in reflection preparing to sleep. With the music softly and surely sweeping away the background rabble and weighing down my eyelids, I experienced an epiphany.
I was happy.
It’s been about two days since the General P pulled back into Massachusetts, officially ending the Team GDC GenCon 2015 experience. We’re all off on our respective IRL paths again – some of us back to work, others packing in preparation for house moves or touring Europe in the next phase of a worldwide vacation. I’m sure everyone is happy to be where the are – a week is a long time without family and routine. But I think I can speak for the entire group when I say that I’m at least a little sad that the week is over and we aren’t all waking up in the GDC House for another day of great games, awesome new friendships, Magic cards, great food, and all-around good times.