I have had a few questions for how to handle a first trip to Gencon. So here is my advice in a nut shell.
1, Listen to this ep of the CtH, DDO Cocktail Hour Episode 21, Gen Con Indy 2010
End of list. 🙂
If you don’t want to listen to a whole show to get the over all scope I will try and knock out a quick list for you.
1, Stay busy. But not super every hour of the day is planed, busy.
2, Try not to do more then 6-8 hours in a row with out a break. If you wouldn’t work for that long with out a break why would you try and game like that?
3, Have snacks handy. Con food is pricy, and the lines are long. Sometimes a quick snack is just the ticket.
4, Same as above for drinks. There are normally water containers for “free” (you all ready paid) ice water. Have a bottle you can fill from time to time.
5, Stop to eat, sleep and SHOWER. You will already be a stinky geek. But try and help yourself out and be less stinky.
6, Have cash/budget. There will be stuff you want to buy. Be careful not to break the bank. Have a budget either in cash (can’t spend what you don’t have) or a mental amount. What ever you have planed add in an extra 20-30 % for didn’t plan to play this items…
7, Dress right. Walking shoes, light dress and have a pack with a hoodie. (some rooms will be cool others will me quite hot.)
Think those are the main things. If you have other thoughts for the con newbs use the comments.