Sunday, June 28, 2009

No Gen Con for Me

It’s with a heavy heart that I finally had to admit to myself that my first trip to Gen Con will not be this year. I had remained hopeful for the last few months that my current financial situation would have improved in time for the end of pre-registration, but it never came to be. I’m extremely disappointed in this turn of events, as, if things remain as planned, The Dungeon Alphabet will most likely makes its debut at Indy this year. Like any proud poppa, I’d hope to be present for my baby's entrance into the world.

I had hope to be able to shake a few hands and meet with several people face-to-face who I’ve only had the opportunity to communicate with via email and over the blogs and forums. I speculate that 2009 will turn out to be a watershed year for the OSR and wanted to make my first ever trip to the con in order to coincide with this. Instead, I’ll have to make due from the sidelines once again.

My thoughts will be with all of you who are making the trip this year, albeit tinged green with envy. I hope you all have a blast and represent the Old School with authority and pride. Rattle a few cages and make people remember that the old ways are still alive and well.

7 comments:

John Miskimen said...

Yeah ... the guys and I pretty much came to the same conclusion for the same reason last week. As they say, there's always next year, right?

E.G.Palmer said...

Hell, man, I'm only twenty minutes out from Indy and I can't afford to go either.

Zachary The First said...

Hey, I'll try to take some photos of your bouncing baby product and post them up, ok?

Eldrad Wolfsbane said...

I was going to Babelcon this year but I have been out of work for six weeks and only have a short two week job coming up. As much as I wanted to go I am just going to have to cancel.

Andreas Davour said...

I've never been to a con as big as GenCon, and probably never will. I sure hope you get to go there one day, baby product in hand. In fact, I'm sure you will!

Steve H said...

If cost were an issue, why not participate in one of the Gen-Con volunteer programs? The 16-hour gets you a full four-day refund, the 32-hour gets you hotel refund as well. It doesn't leave nearly as much time to browse the con perhaps, but it's a way to save cash on it.

Amityville Mike said...

I considered that idea but ultimately discarded it for a few reasons. Any potential time budget that I'd have in Indy would already be stretched to the breaking point and not leave a big enough window for me to volunteer AND get done what I'd need to do.