For anyone who isn’t aware of it, GenCon Indy 2012 starts August 16 and is widely touted as the Best Four Days of Gaming. As someone who has never, ever been to Gencon, it is an almost mythical event for me.
Part of the reason for this is because I live so far away from the heart of the industry. Sure the internet has done wonders in managing to bridge the logistical and information gaps to purchasing games here in the Philippines thanks to the PDF publishing route, but there’s just something magical about the idea of having a large enough community that celebrates the hobby in such a grandiose fashion.
Sure, it’s easy enough to say that I could always organize my own convention, but given the size of the gaming population here with disposable income, it’s not going to get even remotely close to GenCon. Add the fact that I’d love to be able to visit GenCon personally to shake hands with the people responsible for making the games that make this hobby so amazing.
I suspect that if I ever get a chance to fly over to a GenCon, I’d be reduced to a kid in the candy store, gazing in rapt fascination at the splendors of the convention. I’ll admit that I’m pretty jealous of the people who have been able to experience GenCon first hand.
That said thanks to social media and the stalwart efforts of the attendees, it’s easier than ever to live the experience vicariously through their blogs and tweets. Here’s hoping that the companies that will be participating in the Con will be willing to put up some exciting things on the web as well, since we can’t be there in person, but GenCon has us all excited as well.