Just a few notes and pictures from my trip to GenCon 2012 –
Matt Carlson and Mary Prasad were also there, and I’m guessing that they will be posting some stuff as well.
As usual, it was crowded as heck. Two big themes for me this year:
1) Shortages – lots of things were in very small supply – not sure if this is indicative of some larger production issue, or just a lot of cutting it close to the wire. Less than 100 Seasons and Battle Beyond Spaces there – from what I gather, these were sold out by 10:30. Mage Wars, which was to make it’s big debut here, had less than 250 copies as of Thursday – these were also gone quickly. Sadly, the new REPOS release, City of Horror, could not be sold as there were some issues with possible board warpage. Fantasy Flight was out of Netrunners before 11 am. Which leads straight into the second theme…
2) Lines – lines were everywhere. So many people, and lots of limited availability things. The line to get in and buy tickets was actually quite manageable – kudos to the GenCon staff for getting that more organized this year. All of the registration lines seemed to be moving well. Inside the dealer hall, plenty of lines that formed at approximately 10:01. Especially at Fantasy Flight. The line to buy games stretch around 4 or 5 aisles, taking a good number of staff to keep it moving. I’m guessing it took some people over an hour to get to the register!
Had a nice chat with Eric Price from Japanime Games and Coffee Haus games (yes, he runs both). Kansume Goddess should be in production soon. Also, Coffee Haus continues to make plans to import newer games from the Continent. Vanuatu and Siberia were for sale at the show. Sheepland and Colonial: Europe’s Empires Overseas should also be coming soon. Hopefully, Coffee Haus will be able to find a niche getting some of these smaller games to the market!
I also met up with Jay from Rio Grande for a bit. The company seems to be doing well. Dominion: Dark Ages made its debut at GenCon. Also, excitingly, the online version of Dominion should be going live soon. Jay also mentioned that his new series of games from U.S. designers is under way – with as many as 8 new games coming real soon. The new 2F game will surprisingly not have a FF title – the current title for it is “Copy Cat”. You can read my preview of that game here.
I also met up with the AEG folks to look at their new game Smash Up – a review/preview to come in the next few weeks. They are super excited about their new Tempest series of games – so far, there are three in the series, and they are targeting the Eurogaming audience with these. I’m hoping to get more info or possibly an advance copy prior to Spiel.
Well, that’s what I have from my 8 hours in Indy this year. A good, but hurried, time – I wish I could have spent the whole weekend there, but real work beckons.
Until your next appointment,
the Gaming Doctor