I’m only at Gen Con for one day this year, so I won’t be doing my normal daily updates. But I did want to record a brief description of the convention and what I’ve seen so far.
This is clearly the biggest Gen Con yet. The area outside the exhibitor hall was swamped by 8:30, and it didn’t open until 10:00 am. The convention sold out months ago (I believe this is the first-ever sell out) and it is more crowded than ever in the hall. Everybody seems to be having fun, though, and games are flying off the shelves.
I don’t see the BGG hot list (maybe they’re not doing it?), but based on walking around, I’ve seen a lot of people carrying (or talking about):
- Cities of Splendor
- Clank! In! Space
- Ex Libris
- Twilight Imperium Fourth Edition
- Whistle Stop
Photosynthesis is probably the game I’ve seen carried around the most. Clank! In! Space! is probably the game I’ve heard discussed the most. And the Asmodee line was 30+ minutes, with most people in line seemingly there to buy Cities of Splendor.
But that’s based on all of two hours worth of (annecdotal) observations and conversations, so I think there will be changes.
What’s surprised me…
The run on the Renegade booth this morning was a sight to behold. Renegade handled it well, and the confusion showed the best side of gamers: everybody was extremely courteous. I went there first, and I’m glad I did. Ex Libris was gone in seconds. Other hot titles lasted a bit longer (like Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game or Clank! In! Space!), but it is clear that Renegade is having one of the best shows out there.
So far, they’re winning Gen Con.
My Haul So Far