When I was a kid, I saw ads for GenCon in Dragon magazine and wished I could go. I never understood why my parents wouldn’t let me go by myself to Wisconsin for a convention. But now that I’m adult, I should, in theory be able to go a gaming convention. Unfortunately travel and vacation is not free, and most of the conventions that I’ve heard of happen in the midwest: Gencon, Origins, Fear the Con, D&D Experience, etc. Until I started getting involved with RPG blogs and podcast last year I thought there weren’t any in New England. But I guess it’s con season here now.
I missed TempleCon and Unity Games last weekend, and I don’t think I can afford Boskone this weekend, but I hope to make it to TempleCon next weekend and I already have tickets for Pax East. As a con newbie, I’m looking for advice from the crowd. What should I look forward to? Am I better off looking for a d&d game or pickup games of Magic and board games? What should I avoid? Have people run games at a Con? I think it might be fun to try someday, especially with one the many game systems I own books for but are unlikely to play with my regular group.
And if anyone is the New England area, what other cons should I be looking forward to, and is anyone going to them?