(Pardon the photo load time, it’s a new thingie I’m trying out, be patient it’s worth it.)
If you live in Indy then you know how this post is going to go down. If you don’t live in Indy, Gen Con is the largest gaming convention in North America with over 12,000 attendees from all over the place. When I say “gaming” I mean Dungeons and Dragons/World of Warcraft type gaming. And when I say “attendees” I mean passionate fanatics.
The conference is four days. 24 hours a day. There were dudes asleep and/or falling asleep in every corner of the Indianapolis Convention Center. There were costumes. There were scale models. There were ten foot foam battle axes. Saturday after Blog Indiana I had every intention of going home when I mentioned Gen Con and my strong desire to go to Andy and Krista from Photrade. They live in Cincy, and boy howdy they were not going to let this opportunity pass them by. We headed downtown. First thing we saw? This guy.
(Andy took all the photos which is why this post is a week late, YOU THINK I’D LEARN TO TAKE MY CAMERA EVERYWHERE BY NOW.) When we finally reached to doors, Krista stopped to pose with a Jedi. The Jedi didn’t see the Sith until it was too late.
The Sith launched his lightsaber and sabered (?) the Jedi. (Sound effects and everything!) Everyone cheered. Seriously. I even cheered. I was overtaken by sheer geeky passion. Next stop was the Pirate vs. Ninja Peace Summit. While the Ninjas gave a convincing performance, I had to side with the Pirates, you’ll see why in a minute.
Ten feet later we found these guys, by now I totally felt like I belonged, can you tell?
As we continued to wander the halls we found the Dungeons and Dragons room.
I can haz 70 foot dragun banner?
Then came the pirates. A whole group of pirates who travel down from Minnesota to do this every year. I can tell you my Gen Con experience was made whole by meeting Pirates with Minnesota accents.
Or so I thought. We were then hit on by a bunch of pirates with Minnesota accents. Somewhere is video. I’ll post it when I can. But it goes something like this: (in yer best pirate/Minnesota voice mind you) “Heave to! And prepare to be boarded! That’s pirate talk fer I think yer hot!” After the conference our pirate friends had every intention of going to the girlie bar in full velvet regalia.
“Ladies love the plumes!” said one.
“Sure you can’t use hands or teeth but they never say nothin’ about plumes!” said another.
I’ve already ordered Cody I pirate costume with extra plumage in blue, you know, to match his eyes.
If I’m still here next year? I’m totally buying a four day pass.