I had a very leisurely and enjoyable 5 1/2 hour drive to Lake Geneva this afternoon and was one of the early arrivals. I picked up my badge just as registration had opened up and the line was very short.
You can see in the photos that I’ve already picked up some items to celebrate and remember this convention. I chatted for quite awhile with one of the vendors as they were setting up. They said this was the best gaming convention they attend, for the people that come here are down-to-earth, friendly, and approachable.
Speaking of which, I did approach a couple of the great AD&D and C&C game designers to sign some of my books but they were busy reconnecting with old friends and so I decided to approach them again later during the convention. It is a wonderful feeling to just casually stand next to a bunch of the Gygax family, old TSR alumni, and Troll Lords (makers of Castles & Crusades) – this is the game I grew up with and it is the game I have now returned to since after all these years it still can’t be beat.
Even though people were just arriving and setting up today, and it is cold outside (-6°C), everyone was in really good spirits. There is a real family atmosphere here at Gary Con. I am really looking forward to the next 4 days!