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#11338
thinking of gencon - need some help 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
the more you guys talk about going to indy in august the more it makes me think: i want tooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
never been to a game convention outside of germany, its the 10th anniversary of df, lots of you guys will be there, i havenĀ“t been on vacation last year, and and and... but due to my financial situation this will probably be an almost last minute descision.

thats the point for some input from you convention oldtimers.

if i book a flight in june is there any chance to get a ticket and most important a place to stay?
is it easy to get around in indy? do i need a car? can i get jeff to hold back a true dungeon ticket?
do i need an extra suitcase for all the stuff i bought?

please help! either to get this plan out of my head or somethig to really look foreward too....

thanks a bunch!
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#11339
thinking of gencon - need some help 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
Checkout www.gencon.com for ticket information. If you can, make sure to pre-order your tickets online, because the lines on-site are pretty ridiculous (I've heard about 2-3 hour waits!)

As far as hotels, the ones closest to the convention center fill up pretty quickly. The Hyatt and the Westin, among others, connect directly to the center with walkways, which is nice if you end up with a lot of purchases to haul back to the room. I've stayed at the Westin and had a good experience with them.

If you get a hotel within a couple blocks of the convention center, there's no need to rent a car. You're probably better off without one, since parking can cost about $15-20 per day and cars are, what? $40 a day if you're lucky? At that price, you're definitely better off taking a taxi. There are a bunch of restaurants within walking distance of the convention, and there's not really any sightseeing to be had (I say this as an expatriate hoosier. Indy doesn't have a lot to recommend it as a tourist attraction.)

Anyway, I hope this helps, and I hope you can make it out!
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I know i want to go too now... ;(
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#11341
thinking of gencon - need some help 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
if i book a flight in june is there any chance to get a ticket and most important a place to stay?
is it easy to get around in indy? do i need a car? can i get jeff to hold back a true dungeon ticket?
do i need an extra suitcase for all the stuff i bought?

please help! either to get this plan out of my head or somethig to really look foreward too....

thanks a bunch!

Convention badges can be easily obtained in June. As for event tickets, it depends on the event. Some, like True Dungeon, will be sold out early in May. Others will still be available on-site at the convention. And you can also get generic tickets, which can be used at any event that isn't full. True Dungeon also runs a standby line for people with generic tickets, in case of no-shows (which does happen). You can also go ahead and register for a badge and events, and then request a refund if you are unable to attend. The deadline to request the refund is June 23.

Hotels are a little more complicated. The attached hotels fill up early. And hotel registration starts TOMORROW!! (February 8, at 8 am Pacific Standard Time.) Hotels farther out are available closer to con time, but then you have transportation issues. You can cancel a hotel reservation as late as sometime in July, but there is a $50 cancellation fee.

Definitely bring an extra suitcase ;)

For more info, I suggest you check out the Gen Con Forums. It's at http://forums.gencon.com/
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#11342
thinking of gencon - need some help 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
Camoudragon,

Hotels closer to the convention center are expensive but perhaps you can find a roommate or 2, or 3, or 4 ? many people do this, perhaps some fellow Dwarven Forgers? There should be hotel spaces somewhere in Indy, that's one of the main reasons Peter moved the Con there.

There is SO much to do at Gen Con I don't think you need to worry about seeing anything else, although I did take in a Minor league Baseball game last year (one block from the Con center)

Look forward to meeting you If you do come!

Perhaps we will raise a beer together in the true Dungeon tavern!
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#11343
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Do save room for your purchases if you go. I took an extra bag and wound up needing an "extra" extra bag. There were TONS of good deals--especially at the DF table. I bought a bunch of smaller pieces that I had been wanting to buy to build up my odds 'n ends DF stock. You could easily spend two whole days looking around the dealer area. I wound up spending about $500 USD on stuff.

I stayed at the Radisson hotel which was about 4 city blocks away (1/4 to 1/2 mile, maybe?). I walked to and from the convention center each day. With the junk that I ate, the walking was a good thing. The weather was gorgeous--not too hot. For three nights stay it was going to cost around $450 + taxes and other fees, but I got a free night because of the disgusting state of the bathroom when I checked in. (you don't want the description--trust me).

I registered for the Con the day badges were available on the GenCon site and I also booked my events the day registration started. I spent 2 HOURS trying to get through their online system because of the amount of traffic to their servers. Fortunately I was able to register for everything I wanted to sign up for. When I got to GenCon, only 1 of my events was cancelled because the sponsor was a no-show. GenCon was very prompt about refunding my money too for that cancelled event.

If you go, wear VERY COMFORTABLE SHOES, take a nice backpack and keep water, sinus meds, headache meds, good snacks, a notepad, pens & pencils, and a dice bag with dice handy. Those items were life savers for me. I can't begin to calculate how many miles I walked from Thursday till Sunday night but it was a lot.

Food inside of the convention center is so-so and very expensive. Water was something like $4.00 per bottle if I remember correctly. I hit a CVS (like a Walgreen's) right at the corner of my hotel for water & snacks. Saved a bunch of money by doing so.

Some of the workshops and lectures can be fairly spread out from the convention center. The farthest I had to walk was about 4 blocks from the convention center to attend a workshop. Plan for this in advance by looking at a map of the facilities if you can--you can find a link through the GenCon web site.

Lastly, have fun! This was the best four days of gaming I had spent in many years. I felt like a big kid wandering around the dealer hall and gaming areas just looking at stuff.

Hope this helps you!

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#11344
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Indy doesn't have a lot to recommend it as a tourist attraction
C'mon Yukon, who are you kidding?! The entire state of Indiana is action-packed thrill-a-minute fun!!! Forget Cedar Point and King's Island, Indiana is the hot spot of the Midwest! (For those of you who are not familiar with the great American Midwest, those last few sentences were sarcastic)

I've never been to GenCon, even though I only live about 2 1/2 hours from Indianapolis. Depending on my financial situation this summer I may try to make it, at least for one day. I never really paid much attention to conventions, but now that it's closer to home it's definitely a lot more feasible than it was when it was in Michigan or wherever it used to be.

Stefan, which minor league team is near the con? The Indianapolis Indians? My wife has never been to a baseball game (which I hope to remedy this year with Reds tickets), but I've never been to a AAA game and I hear they're lots of fun and very inexpensive as well.
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#11345
thinking of gencon - need some help 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
To all you DF'ers who will be at GenCon;

Barring MAJOR difficulties, Sandy & I WILL be at GenCon this year - our FIRST GenCon!

We spent the last 27 years working Shore Leave, the largest continuously-running Star Trek Con East of the Mississippi. It's been under the same group (Star Trek Association of Towson) from day One, back in 1979. Sandy worked Shore Leave 1 in the registration room (coat room at the Towson University Student Union!).
Anyway, because of that, we never went to GenCon, since SL is in July, and hotels cost money as well as cons do.
SO, this year, we're coming to Indy!
We'll be hanging at the DF booth when we're not gaming, shopping, or wandering around the convention. But we'll be leaving early Sunday afternoon, so Saturday will be the best day to catch us.
(Yeah, I know; who cares? Well, SANDY's worth catching, I think; you can give me a pass if you prefer!) :lol::lol:

Hope to see all of you at the convention!

See ya!

Jim
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#11346
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Indiana is the hot spot of the Midwest!
...Sayeth the guy from Ohio.

But I kid! I kid! I kid because I love!

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#11347
thinking of gencon - need some help 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
thanks for all the nice answers - sounds like any game convention but only a "bit bigger". i did some shows for philips like ces in vegas and e3 in la so all this sounds good and well known.

its nothing against indy but i think my hunger for sightseeing will be satisfied at the convention....maybe a movie or two and some cheap dvds on the way back to the airport.

i will keep you posted - but things have to go terrible wrong (wich they do sometimes) to stop me.

btw. if anyone has booked a hotelroom there and does not like empty floors....

looking very much foreward to a beer in the true dungeon tavern!!
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#11348
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Geek,

Yes! It was the Indians! They have a very nice baseball field with a lawn you can sit on and picknick on in the outfield, we were impressed! And yes, it was SO cheap (for a New Yorker) we sat behind the catcher in the 2nd row! (impossible feat in NY unless your the mayor)
We're definitely going to do it again this year, it is so relaxing after the non stop maddness in the exhibit hall...

Indy doesn't have a lot to recommend it as a tourist attraction
C'mon Yukon, who are you kidding?! The entire state of Indiana is action-packed thrill-a-minute fun!!! Forget Cedar Point and King's Island, Indiana is the hot spot of the Midwest! (For those of you who are not familiar with the great American Midwest, those last few sentences were sarcastic)

I've never been to GenCon, even though I only live about 2 1/2 hours from Indianapolis. Depending on my financial situation this summer I may try to make it, at least for one day. I never really paid much attention to conventions, but now that it's closer to home it's definitely a lot more feasible than it was when it was in Michigan or wherever it used to be.

Stefan, which minor league team is near the con? The Indianapolis Indians? My wife has never been to a baseball game (which I hope to remedy this year with Reds tickets), but I've never been to a AAA game and I hear they're lots of fun and very inexpensive as well.
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#11349
thinking of gencon - need some help 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
sounds like any game convention but only a "bit bigger"!
Oh boy, you in for it! There is NOTHING close to Gen Con. It's the Big Daddy. Nothing in the world comes close...even the game fair at ESSEN, though bigger in total, has a much smaller hall for Fantasy Games...The exhibit hall is so big you probably won't be able to see every booth in it...People come from all over the world to see the New Releases showcased at Gen Con. The True Dungeon event alone is going to be held in a space that could hold an entire con anywhere else...
The RPGA tournaments are massive! The computer Lan parties are mind boggling, there is even an ultra kool Auction Room that has some incredible deals and rare finds, we might put something in there this year...
There are actually some very, very good restaurants near the con, a bit pricey, but worth saving some cash for one night's splurge at least. I recommend PF Chang's (Chinese bistro)

It's also pretty kool to Invade the local bars. During those 4 days Indy is completely overun by our Geek Army and the local places have learned to adjust their menu's to Orc Burgers and such...

Costumed people are everywhere, it's like the Capital One TV ad where barbarians and ravishers are overuning the mall...(do you get that ad in Germany?)

Anyway, BELIEVE ME, It's not like any other convention...it's the Superbowl, the World Cup, the Holy Grail....

AAAAAAhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!.......fainting........
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