|At last! Gen Con is about to start.|
|The morning trolls were there to greet us.|
|Earlier Thursday morning|
|Guess what I picked up at this booth!|
|Neither giggling nor jiggly.|
Promising myself to return soon, I fought against the human current and found my way back to the gaming area. I checked my event ticket. Exhibitors' Hall C, Blue Area, table number whatever. . . I had no idea where that was. Perhaps the three blokes sitting at the HQ-thingie over there would know. “Yes, Sir. Check the map posted right here,” one said, pointing at the big panel next to the table. Well, that made a whole lot of sense. Soon afterward, I handed my ticket to the guy at the correct spot, lost somewhere amid an immense expanse of hundreds of tables.
I returned my attention to my event. A blue cloth represented the sea. Rocky islands of painted foam surmounted with tufts of plastic palm trees stood for treasure islands. Over there, a fortification. It was the Dutch port. Closer to me, at the edge of the table, lay the English docks with a mess of miniature ships. Near the other end of the table was an unmistakable pirates' lair with a wooden palisade flying the skull and crossbones.
|The pirates' hideout|
|HMS Royal Garter, on the left|
|The first Dutchman faces a pirate|
|Meanwhile, nearby. . .|
|At the next table, Russians advance.|
|The dragon roared at the invaders.|
|Oblivious to the dragon, mechs slugged it out.|
“What do you mean we're out of time!? Nooo! You can't be serious!”
Three hours had gone in an instant. Unwilling to leave the table quite yet, I snapped a few more shots with the camera, packed up, and sailed off into the sunset. Naturally, along the way, I visited many other tables, wishing I had time to play each and every game. Much of the afternoon went by that way.
|Whatever these guys were.|
I'll let you go through random pictures from the dealers' room and the gamer's hall before moving on to the following day.
|Battletech simulators always are a treat!|
|The CCG hall & its Guardian Angel|
|The Guardian Angel|
|The video games room|
|Never a dull moment, even while waiting in line.|
|Whoa, Dave! Whoa! Whatever were you doing during that seminar?|
|Peter Adkison announcing the Grand Opening|
|Mike Carr is the VIP guest with the most Gen Con visits: 40!|
|Demo table for Fortune & Glory (Dealers' Area)|
|Demo table for Wizkids' Hero Clix (Dealer's Area)|
|An electronic tablet used as a game platform was pretty cool. The touchscreen allows figures to be moved and fight each other.|
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