I'm not going to it. I would have liked to have gone, to be honest, but work commitments prevent this. While I can't say that I'm sad about this, the reason for my not going is that I'll be on a plane to Calgary sometime early this evening to go and visit Stefanie.
I haven't been to a GenCon in many years. Heck, I haven't been to any science fiction and fantasy conventions in almost a decade, and the only gaming convention I've been to in recent years is CanGames, the local gaming convention here in Ottawa. Part of this had to do with the fact that I was running an indie science fiction and fantasy bookstore, and couldn't just take four days off to go gallivanting at a convention. Another part of it had to do with the fact that I didn't enjoy the conventions I had gone to all that much during the last decade or so.
Some people seem to think that going to science fiction and fantasy or roleplaying and gaming conventions is a "vacation". Nothing could be further from the truth. Aside from the travel time to get to the convention, if it's not in your home town, there's the (hotel) accommodation to deal with, food and eating arrangements, and the actual fact that one is going to get stuck with a whole bunch of people crowding into rooms for the purpose of gaming or whatever. Granted, science fiction conventions are not all that problematic in the regard of the odour of attendees, probably because science fiction and fantasy convention goers understand the concept of hygiene a lot more. In any event, conventions are very stressful, even while they are enjoyable.
As far as the local gaming convention, CanGames, is concerned, well...the convention has gotten away from the days when roleplaying games were dominant, and now miniatures and wargaming are the more prominent events. Roleplaying, where it does occur, consists primarily of Dungeons & Dragons , but I guess that is part of the nature of the gaming industry these days. I still go to CanGames, hoping to run a game of Tékumel: Empire of the Petal Throne , Deliria: Faerie Tales for a New Millennium ,or a/state but gamers, by and large, at these conventions don't want to try something new. More's the pity. GenCon (and the other big convention in the rpg industry, Origins), on the other hand, is one of these huge events that...well, let's just say I'm older than I was (aren't we all?), and I tend to appreciate less crowded gaming venues these days. Even if I miss the industry people that one can meet at them and the variety of games that one sees there.
My relationship and love life takes priority over my gaming desires and wants. And that's as it should be. I'm outta here.