Just got back from my first time at Gen Con!**
… well… I got back a week ago, but I’m still recovering from the whirlwind. And eating as many vegetables as I can.
I went to work the booth, promote upcoming projects, and generally hang with fans of Dead Gentlemen and Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, the production companies comprised of people I love, who employ me to make things I love. Most notably, JOURNEYQUEST (season 3 filmed last March and is coming in December)!
Like I said, this was my first year, and it was also the husband’s first time back in 10 years. It was definitely a homecoming of sorts for him, promoting our recently funded new The Gamers web-series that continues a story that started 15 years ago (15 years!) when he played Rogar the Barbarian.
The days were long working the booth, and frankly the Exhibition Hall was so stuffed with gaming wonders it was easy to be overwhelmed, but I had a fantastic time! I got to spend hours with some of my favorite people I never see, I got to meet dozens of our incredible fans who have so generously kept our projects afloat for so long, I sat in on a fun, funny, super-creative reading/workshop of a pilot script, I drank my fair share of gin & tonics, I attended screenings of Attacking the Darkness and live improv from Hat Trick Pony and watched the fantastic reactions of our target audiences, I marveled at the clever cosplayers, I caught SO MANY POKEMON, and I even played my second RPG with some awesome (and very patient) fans.
My favorite personal encounter by far at the con was when a gentleman approached me and asked if I had a spare second to send a video “Congratulations!” to his daughter. She’s 18, just got her first film she wrote and directed in a state fair competition, and is headed to study film in college– and she decided she wanted to make films because of watching JourneyQuest. Doesn’t get better than that.
Thanks for a crazy, fun, hectic, nerdery-filled weekend, Gen Con!
**Psst! For the uninitiated, Gen Con is a HUGE gaming convention that takes over what seems like the entirety of downtown Indianapolis each year for table-top, card, video, RPG, and every other kind of games, with tournaments, symposiums, and every conceivable associated accessory or activity. (phew)