What time, you ask?
The time when the streets of beautiful downtown Indianapolis become the playground of Wookies, Storm Troopers, Anime Characters, Manga Characters, Elf Lords, Gnomes, Trolls, well you get the idea, plus all things Worlds of Warcraft and Dungeons and Dragons. You haven’t lived until you hit the 24-hour Steak & Shake and eat burgers alongside a Storm Trooper, a C3PO, and some pink-haired, large-eyed Manga type girl.
This year, God, or climate change — it depends on who you ask — has provided mild (low to mid-70s in temperature), non-humid, beautiful sunny days with white cotton ball cloud weather for this Con. Trust me, in the middle of a normal Indy August, those Storm Troopers could get jock itch in their fiberglass outfits. But not this year.
Of course, the majority of the almost 40,000 attendees will be spending most of their time in the huge climate-controlled convention center playing card games (yes, they still play card games with actual collectible cards and little figurines), fighting with foam weapons in the Dungeons and Dragons dungeon built on the old field of the former home of the Indianapolis Colts (the Colts have a new facility down the street), and playing MMO games such as the one my adult son is looking forward to — World of Warcraft.
I guess the MMO games now have trading card features. Don’t ask. I’m sure I’ll find out when he carts new cards home from the Con. I still remember Magic Cards (lord, do I remember Magic cards and how many times a year they rolled out new decks!) — and my son says that game will be at the Con also. But he is mostly interested in selling old, rare Magic cards. And that happens at this Con also. There’s also a film festival, art displays, charity events, and LARPing (Live Action Role Playing, in case you didn’t know) to everyone’s heart’s content.
The only thing this Con does not have is a Writers Track (I don’t count Manga). I guess I am going to have to wait for Comic Con Indy, coming for the first time in March, 2014.
But until then, every year for the last 45 years GenCon (since 2003 in Indy) has been The Best Four Days in Gaming (TM). Wish you were here.