(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 lost it. These guys were dedicated. And then? I was plumed.

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.


  1. varangianguard says:

    Is Nothing sacred? lol

    Good thing I didn’t see you there. I would have been the old “dude” (isn’t that what you’re calling us?) with his mouth hanging open in shock from the appearance of two hot mommas, not dressed up as Wonder Woman (I think I saw four in about five minutes) or Ms. Marvel (my personal favorite of the weekend).

    If you’re “lucky” next year. I’ll see you first and get you sent to Klingon Jail (if it ever comes back). Trust me, you’ll appreciate the experience. 😉

  2. “Arrgh…prepare to be boarded!”

    Funny stuff. Nice meeting you at the Blog Indiana Conference. Glad you enjoyed Gen-Con.

    [oh, btw, I’m stacy’s husband and you were telling Gen Con stories at lunch on Sunday]

    Matt Qs last blog post..The Dark Knight

  3. Do I admit that my husband was there for ALL FOUR DAYS of the festivities? Does it alleviate any of his geekiness to say he did not wear a costume or does that make it worse?

    all things bds last blog post..Happy Anniversary!

  4. Color me jealous!

    Hollys last blog post..Happy Anniversary!

  5. Sorry…I was totally distracted after the photo of the (what is he? 17?) black-haired devilish guy wearing the red shirt with his arm around you. HOT KID. (Did I just say that?)

    Must be Motherhoods last blog post..Who IS the Hottest American Olympian?

  6. “Heave to! And prepare to be boarded!”

    I love it when my husband says that to me.

  7. Hahahahahahahaha, love it. I covered Comic-Con this year, and when David Duchovny showed up, you would have sworn Christ had returned for the second coming.

  8. my junior year prom fell during the Star Wars convention downtown. the 4 of us in our group rode to the top level to the Eagle’s Nest with a few in full costume character Jedi. one of the guys asks the Jedi, “That’s a great costume, is this some sort of game?” extremely offended, he snaps back, “THIS IS NOT A GAME.” dead silence the rest of the way up.

    good thing the elevators had glass walls for all to see in – i think we would have been sabered to death.

  9. My husband plays D&D online and is a serious gamer (and I mock him endlessly).

    HOWEVER, I think I would have given my left boob to attend this thing.

    And my left boob cost a pretty penny, believe you, me.

    Loralees last blog post..“Naked movie night”-One day I will publish something about my life that does not contain the word “Naked”. (For NOW, however…)

  10. Hey, if you need a costume for next year, I have a friend who can hook you up with a getup complete with ostrich feathers.

  11. Awesome – new pick up lines. Sweet!

    J Maxfields last blog post..To the lady who is letting her kid scream in the library & then ineffectually shushing him…

  12. ha ha, Krista mentioned this but I didn’t quite believe her!! AWESOME!!!

    Aimee Greeblemonkeys last blog post..Last.fm has outted me as a Kelly Clarkson lover.

  13. I LOVE Andy & Krista. That’s awesome. Wish I could have been in on the fun. Damn living in California.

  14. You look like you are having a fantastic time. I spent an inordinate amount of time dating a D&D lover in college, and I might have had enough of 12-sided dice and other incomprehensible gaming tools to last a lifetime…but this does look very funny.

    MommyTimes last blog post..Story on the Spot

  15. Wow. I have a whole new respect for you (you know, on top of all those other respecks I have for you).

    You enjoyed a gaming expo. That’s awesome.

    Reeses last blog post..Last Check-in of the Day…

  16. But wait–I thought this month’s theme was supposed to be “hot?” Ummm…giant dragon banners? Hot? I must be SO far behind what’s chic in the world. : )

    Camilles last blog post..{My Lifelong Problem with Kiosk Vultures at the Mall}

  17. I’m admittedly not as informed about Mormon matrimony vows, so I take it being plumed by a creepy old guy is OK?

    SciFi Dads last blog post..Crafting With SFD

  18. Matt and I walked through the convention center during pre-registration this year, and OH BOY was it ever a geek-fest (and we’re pretty dorky people). I looked at him and said, “I’ve got fifty bucks that says half of these guys haven’t even kissed a girl.” He didn’t want to take that bet! I’m sure it’s fun…we just got caught up with all the super-excited early birds…

  19. That was the funniest thing ever!!! I can’t wait for next year when we can plan our costumes and film a documentary. You ROCK!!!

  20. i would SO love to be a fly on the wall at one of these!

  21. You are practically a living legend now, you are as close to a sexual experience as 65% of those guys are going to have this year. Way to take one for the team.

    Anissa@Hope4Peytons last blog post..To make a long story short

  22. Prepare to be boarded? I’d fall over laughing at my husband if he said that to me. lol

    That looks like a lot of fun. I love fanatically fun people in costumes having a good time and exploring the subjects the love. Good times!

    Rheas last blog post..Hearing loss, detention & Mama Dawg

  23. O.M.G. You forgot your camera. Arrrggggh! Or maybe, “Have a hot dish and then walk the plank!”

  24. dude… just tell me the dates and I’m booking my plane ticket.

    manager moms last blog post..Saving The Drama For Her Mama

  25. I wish I would have known you were going to GenCon. We were there all day on Thursday. And saw many of the same people. We would have been there the entire weekend (husband’s an ultimate geek) but couldn’t get the babysitting.

    Christinas last blog post..Today’s Conversations

  26. surprisingly that sounds like one of the most fun festivals ever. If my husband were not so practical and unmoved by my “we-should-buy-plane-tix-to-indy-and-passes-to-gen-con-cause-i-read-about-it-on-a-blog-and-it-looks-like-so-much-fun” whims, I’d have tickets for next year right now.

    Ems last blog post.."I never look back darling. It distracts form the now."

  27. Yeah Gencon pretty much was the best four days I have ever spent in Indy. I loved it. Check out my blog for my “GenCon Experience”. I am in it to win it next year(that means I will go all four days again next year, I guess).

    Jamison Hemmerts last blog post..Gencon = costume fun!