The Gen Con Indy 2010 has taken place August 5-8, 2010 , in Indianapolis, USA. Got to admit I’ve heard a lot about this show and haven’t thought I’ll have a chance to participate as an exhibitor so soon. It all began when Maciek, Pulp Monsters owner, asked me about joining the stand together with him, Cipher Studios and Darkson Designs. It was too tempting to miss so after some brief calculations we’ve decided to give it a go.
The preparations have required a lot of work , and staying in the workshop for the extra hours but in the end I’ve found myself onboard the plane to Indianapolis couple of days before the event. The first surprise came when I’ve left the airport – “ heck, I simply can’t describe how hot it was there and the humidity was simply insane. I’ve felt like being smacked with a wet, hot towel. I was really happy that Maciek and Will decided to pick me up from there . Pretty soon Rob from Darkson Designs joined .
Next day we’ve waken up early, and after quick breakfast we’ve picked up the goods (with the help of Q-Workshop folks) and went to get the badges and prepare the stand. My first thought was “WHOA! It’s huge! ” . Really, the hall is impressive.
The assembly went smoothly and Cipher Studios turned out to be a really cool bunch of fellas. The only nasty surprise was it has turned out one of our boxes haven’t made it on time and we were left without the banners. But at least all the goods arrived safely, and display miniatures suffered only minor damage – nothing a drop of superglue couldn’t fix.
Next morning I’ve waken up a tad tired with a desperate need for coffee . The main hall was still quiet and nothing prepared me for the madness that was to come. At least not until I’ve seen the que before the start of the event! The first day was probably the most busy for us, and a hard test for my language skills which proved a pain at first (no morning coffee sucks ). But at the end of the first day and thx to Rob’s encouragements I’ve started to feel a tad more comfortable.
I was really happy when I’ve noticed that most of the customers knew us, and were able to find us even with the lack of banners. Many even had a long shopping lists .
Also it was a pleasure to see Helldorado miniatures taken by Cipher Studios, and rulebook for AE: Bounty (from the first look it seems it sold like hotcakes).
Igot some previews with me and especially the new turret platform attracted attention.
Next day was a tad slower so finally I got some time to do some sightseeing and spend some cash. I was surprised to find out how varied was the offer on the show. You could buy t-shirst, funky swords, art prints, rulebooks â€¦. – all the stuff for the sf/fantasy geeks. For me the most surprising was a stand with tables for gamers. At first I laughed but at closer inspection they’ve turned out insanely cool. Heck, I had to keep my wallet shut, but even with such precautions I’ve ended with a bunch of minis and books.
The good side for us was that our banners finally arrived. Wooohhooo!
It was also a day when we had some more time to chat with the folks. It was a pleasure to meet many of you in person.
This nicely led to the 3rd day during which we had to exchange lots of business cards and make some new contacts.
Last day started with some exchange deals with other manufacturers. Yup, it means I got even more stuff and my return luggage started to look suspiciously big . I also have impression that it was 2nd best day when it comes to sales. A good ending of the show .
In the end it was a blast. I really look forward for the next year â€“ hopefully it will be even better and we’ll come prepared better. I can only thank Pulp Monsters, Cipher Studios, Darkson Designs, Q-Workshop teams for helping us out with this our first GenCon. It wouldn’t be possible without you guys! Also it was great fun meeting you folks and seeing that games like rpg are still strong.
I can only recommend taking part in GenCon. You’re able to meet likely minded individuals, take part in numerous games, check all those cosplay dresses (damn, so of them insanely well made), party, spend some cash and in general have a good time for a whole 4 days!
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