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Who's going to GenCon

We're two weeks out from the best four days in gaming (are they still using that slogan?). I'm planning to attend, albeit with a suite of facemasks and perhaps a long stick to keep people at bay, because I'm anxious about crowds.

Who else will be in attendance? Does anyone have games planned? I'd be up to run something.

I haven't checked anything regarding the con's schedule. Do people have events they intend to attend?

Any new products coming out that you're looking forward to demoing or buying?

Game Scheduling
If you would like to organize a game with other EN Worlders, make a post with your idea and mention me so I can update the list. Include what time slot you are shooting for, the game system, and the number of players you're looking for. I suggest using a format like the one I have for my game below, and then updating it as people sign up.

(I imagine locations will need to be flexible for now, since it remains to be seen how welcoming hotels will be to have guests sit around in their lobbies, or if we'd have to find rooms at the convention center, or some other option.)

If you're interested in playing, respond to the GM's posting.

Any games that we do schedule should require everyone to wear masks and to respect CDC guidance on pandemic safety. If you want to provoke an opportunity attack from Covid, do it after the convention.

Proposed Games
  • Smite Evil (Thur 4pm, D&D 5E, pregens provided, 0/4 players). GM - RangerWickett. Four paladins of different gods stumble across the same call to adventure and have to work together while working out their differences in how their gods want them to smite evil.
 
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Retreater

Legend
We're two weeks out from the best four days in gaming (are they still using that slogan?). I'm planning to attend, albeit with a suite of facemasks and perhaps a long stick to keep people at bay, because I'm anxious about crowds.

Who else will be in attendance? Does anyone have games planned? I'd be up to run something.

I haven't checked anything regarding the con's schedule. Do people have events they intend to attend?

Any new products coming out that you're looking forward to demoing or buying?
I'm skipping this year, but the guys I normally go with will be there. I'm going to try to jump in some of the online events.
 

ART!

Hero
I'll be there, hanging with my author friend Matt Press' table in Artist's Alley or whatever they call it, and just generally wandering around. I haven't signed up for any events yet. Not sure what I'm doing in the evenings, so I'm open to suggestions.
 



CubicsRube

Adventurer
I'm doing a couple of CoC online events.

Ironically the pandemic has made the con somewhat more accessible for us Australians.

Disappointed at the lack of representation of non d&d/pathfinder games however, and the alien rpg 3 shot i was hoping for was snapped up before I had a chance to grab a spot.
 

After seeing the results of the Sturgis motorcycle rally, no way in Heck.
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That's a pretty densely packed crowd. And nobody has a mask on.

I know that I'll be anxious about going into the dealer hall any time near when the doors open, because there historically has always been a huge crowd like this there. But I imagine with proper masking and avoidance of large groups, it should be safe.
 



Alzrius

The EN World kitten
I'm going, but several of my friends aren't. While they agree with the restrictions, they find them onerous enough that they're not inclined to make the trip this year.
 


Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
I know that I'll be anxious about going into the dealer hall any time near when the doors open, because there historically has always been a huge crowd like this there. But I imagine with proper masking and avoidance of large groups, it should be safe.

Given that the entire thing is happening indoors, I don't think "avoidance of large groups" is really an option.

When they talk about risk from exposure, that "exposure" is from one person, for under 15 minutes. A convention is spending the entire day, indoors, with hundreds or thousands of people sharing the space. With Delta, such that even a vaccinated person who feels okay can transmit it? No, I don't expect that can be called safe. It sounds like a super-spreader event, to me.

Everyone gets to make their own risk assessment. This is mine. It includes not only risk to myself, but to anyone I might pass the disease to, like say, my wife.
 


What are you going to run?
I've got a quick D&D 5e adventure where the four PCs are paladins of different gods who stumble upon the same call to adventure at the same time, and have to navigate how to smite evil when their gods disagree on what the meaning of evil is.

SMITE EVIL (Thur 4pm, D&D 5E, pregens provided, 0/4 players). GM - RangerWickett. Four paladins of different gods stumble across the same call to adventure and have to work together while working out their differences in how their gods want them to smite evil.
 
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Retreater

Legend
Given that the entire thing is happening indoors, I don't think "avoidance of large groups" is really an option.

When they talk about risk from exposure, that "exposure" is from one person, for under 15 minutes. A convention is spending the entire day, indoors, with hundreds or thousands of people sharing the space. With Delta, such that even a vaccinated person who feels okay can transmit it? No, I don't expect that can be called safe. It sounds like a super-spreader event, to me.

Everyone gets to make their own risk assessment. This is mine. It includes not only risk to myself, but to anyone I might pass the disease to, like say, my wife.
I'm basing my willingness to go to GaryCon off how GenCon goes. If GenCon ends up being a super-spreader event of the worst magnitude, I'll cancel my GaryCon plans.
 

I might be getting overly ambitious, but I'm using the first post in this thread to try to encourage people to run games for their fellow EN Worlders who are in attendance.
 

ART!

Hero
For the record, the current Gen Con 2021 COVID safety precautions are:
  • Mask wearing at Gen Con will be required at all times while indoors or in crowded outdoor areas for all Gen Con attendees, exhibitors, event organizers, and staff.
  • Reduced capacity to approximately 60% of normal size
  • Increased spacing for all gaming tables in event areas
  • Nightly closure of the convention center from midnight to 7 am for cleaning and sanitizing
  • New hospital-grade air filtration systems at the convention center
  • Contactless doors, faucets, and restrooms at the convention center
  • Increased hand sanitizing stations
  • More outdoor activations*

    * (I don't know what this means)
I live just an hour away, and the cost of my badge and accommodations are not coming out of my pocket, so if i decide I don't feel good about the safety, I can cancel at any time. I am very, very grateful for this, and I genuinely feel for the anyone who lives further away and/or has already forked out a bunch of $$ to attend, and may yet have to change their plans.
 

Esau Cairn

Explorer
New hospital-grade air filtration systems at the convention center
Due to the cost of such systems, I am both curious and a little skeptical about how much public information is available concerning this. It is a simple thing to claim, but equally simple to back up if it's true.

A player and long-time friend works at a trauma center where they had medical HEPA/Germ-filters installed to the tune of more than $60k for about 10-12k sqft.
 



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