Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Blink Blink... Ack, where am I?? (A Gencon Recap)

Hello all, now that I've finally recovered from my completely devastating first Gencon Experience, I thought I'd finally recap my amazing weekend by cobbling together a bunch of blurry iPhone photos! Only the best for my readers! ;c)

My Gencon started in my room Tuesday night till early Wednesday morning, frantically touching up what painted (Skorne) models I had, then Dullcoating them in an effort to protect them from the carnage that lay ahead (more on that later).

Then, after a short nap, I was off, carpooling with 3 excellent dudes.

The drive from New York City to Indianapolis feels like a lonely trek out of civilization and into a desolate waste. Then, once you're out of New Jersey, it's miles of beautiful American corn fields for hours on end. (Ba-ZING! Sorry New Jersey, but I'm pretty sure there was a healthy dose of sarcasm when you were named the Garden State)

I was running on very little sleep by the time I got to Gencon, and I'm pretty sure my mind was just processing bits of information serially. For example, "Oooh, Gencon Flag! Because we are at Gencon now, I get it! We should go in!"

While I waited for the exhibitor hall to open, the Rio Grande demo room was in full effect right across from the queue, and I decided to dive right into demoing games from the get-go. I'd heard so much about Dominion, and I must say, it lives up to the hype! This is deckbuilding on the fly, in a not overly analytical game full of combos upon combos! It's a testament to the game that in my addled state, I immediately grasped it, and by the time my 1v1 game ended, I was moving just as quickly as the veteran was, buying cards, playing actions, and wrecking his hand :c) Love it, and I'll have to buy it soon!

My first sight of a 2-point sensitive dynamic gaming table. It looked good, but without miniatures standing on it, the experience lacks depth ;c)

And finally, the most important booth at Gencon! I was promptly told to wait in line if I wanted to buy anything, but before I did, I quickly thumbed through the FoH: Skorne book. Boy was I glad I did! Surprises Galore! Of course in my previous post, I missed quite a few entries, but what I did notice was very interesting. Deciding on what to buy proved to be quite a challenge. My Gencon trip was made possible more by the good will of my friends than by my financial resources, so I had to closely consider each purchase. In the end, my PP haul consisted of an Extreme Titan Gladiator resin kit and the Discordia Character 'Jack conversion kit.

You ever fancy yourself pretty good at something, say basketball, or studies, and then you go to a new park, or transfer to a new school, and get your world turned upside down? That's what happened to my entire painting career when I saw the PP studio models. I knew they would be impressive, and I was expecting to be impressed. What I saw knocked the air out of my lungs, and I stood transfixed in dismay, horror, and rapture for a long long time. My painting is crap. This is the real deal. After leaving a nose-shaped smudge on the display case, I looked to my left, and saw Matt DiPietro in the act of painting! I think his painting area was one of the major highlights for all the PP fans at the booth this weekend, and I'll join the chorus in extolling his greatness and all around helpful attitude. More on that later though, time to actually have a productive Tuesday. Cheers, all!

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