Well, Gary Con XI is over. This was my first Gary Con and it was a thrill! Everyone I met were nice, fun, and interesting people – it was a joy interacting with all these great people! The atmosphere at this convention was so relaxed and everyone was happy and helpful. My gaming experience, the events I attended, and the game designers and fellow gamers I met made this an unforgettable experience!
Next year I will return for Gary Con XII. I plan to book my hotel in the next few days (when reservations open) and instead of three days off I’ll probably take four off so that I have even more time to game, relax, and soak up the experience of being in such a great place with such warm and welcoming people.
However, I will change a few things around next year. This year it was about meeting and talking with game designers, examine and pick up new gaming materials, and attending events that give me overviews of gaming, gaming companies, and the history and background to this convention. Next year it will be time to focus on gaming:
1. I plan to run a game or two of Castles & Crusades myself to get newcomers into the game, as well as give me an opportunity to game with other long-time C&C players.
2. I want to attend more games. If you’ve seen my photos over the last few days, you’ve seen how much my gaming materials have expanded, I now want to play these games! So next year I plan to get into games of Swords & Wizardry, Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea, Dungeon Crawl Classics, and any old-game or retro clone (i.e. OD&D, AD&D 1st/2nd edition, D&D Basic Holmes, B/X, BECMI, OSRIC, Labyrinth Lord, etc.).
This is just the beginning of what I hope will be an annual holiday event for me.