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Every year, I spent around ten minutes making a packing list for Gen Con, and usually wait at least another hour or two before I start packing, because other ideas will come up after the initial write-up. Having one of these has saved my ass on every trip I’ve made one.
Here’s what’s on my packing list this year, which I’m putting out in case it helps with your packing. Note that I put everything down, even if it’s implied — it also becomes my checklist for re-packing to go home.
- Work shirt x4
- Casual shirt x5
- Underwear/socks x6
- Pants x5
- Night clothes
- Trash bag for dirty clothes
- Sport coat
- Disco time lord coat
- Flask belt
- Power squid
- Kindle (+ charging cord)
- Laptop (+ power cord, mouse)
- iPad (+ long charging cable, stand)
- Mini power strip with USB
- Small iPhone cable & USB-outlet plug
- Portable iPhone battery (+ charging cord)
- Wireless keyboard
- Shaving gel
- Breezy shirt
- Comfy pants
- Fate character sheets (in holder)
- Fate Core
- Fudge dice
- Index cards
- Becoming print-out
- Undying print-out
- Pipe (+ tobacco, lighter [in checked luggage], tamper)
- Knife [in checked luggage]
- Drugs (prescription, allergy, eye drops, anti-inflammatory, migraine)
- Pad of paper & pens
- Awesome sharpies
- One flask [in checked luggage]
- Business cards
- Gen Con badge holder
- Food bars
This will be one of the busiest years I’ve had at Gen Con; but unlike other years, it’ll be easy to pin me down! Here’s my schedule:
Panel: Ask the Paizo GMs
Thursday, Aug 15th, 2pm-3pm — ICC 231
James Jacobs, Erik Mona, F. Wesley Schneider, Ryan Macklin
Some of Paizo’s most experienced in-house GMs reveal their best GM secrets & help you troubleshoot your Pathfinder campaign.
Thursday, Aug 15th, 3pm-4pm — Booth #101
Note that I’ll be working across the way at Paizo during the other signing on Sunday.
Panel: Behind the Scenes at Paizo Publishing
Thursday, Aug 15th, 4pm-5pm — ICC 231
Chris Carey, Adam Daigle, Ryan Macklin, Andrew Vallas
How does a Pathfinder product go from a designer’s head to your gaming table? Join Paizo staff for an insider look behind the curtain at Paizo Publishing. How does a Pathfinder RPG product go from a designer’s head to your gaming table? Join Paizo editors, developers, and graphic designers for an insider look behind the curtain at Paizo Publishing.
Panel: Writing & Editing Workshop
Sunday, August 18th, Noon-1pm — ICC 231
Judy Bauer, Logan Bonner, Chris Carey, Ryan Macklin
Join Paizo editors for a workshop aimed at improving writing skills. From using the right words to properly integrating rules content, this seminar will help to take your writing to the next level. Join Paizo editors for a hands-on workshop aimed at improving your writing skills. From using the right words to properly integrating rules content to editing your own work, this informative seminar will help to take your writing to the next level.
The Rest of the Time
If the exhibitors’ hall is open and I’m not at one of the aforementioned events, there’s a good chance that I’ll be at the Paizo Publishing booth (#203, in front of the left-most door to the hall, and prominently displayed on the map.) [Edit: graphical representation of my day hours are on G+.]
I’ll sign whatever. It’s been a running joke in the past few years that I’ll sign any book, but seriously, if you have something you want me to sign, I’m game.
Also, and this is key: this year, I will not be bringing my army of flasks. I might have a couple, but overall, since I won’t be able to go around the hall to give bourbon to my friends. In a sense, I’m calling in a marker: if you’ve appreciated me plying you with fine alcohol over the years, and you happen to have some on you and want to share in the bounty, please swing by and see me. My liver will curse your name, but the rest of me will thank you.
Hope to see you guys at the show!
 Okay, there are limits. I won’t sign your dead dog. Ewww.
 Day Macklin reserves the right to refuse, if accepting in that moment would get him in trouble. Night Macklin, though…
As some of you might know (and more will after reading this), I’m an Industry Insider Guest of Honor this year at Gen Con. As such, I’m on six panels:
Beyond Child’s Play – Raising Money for Charity with Gaming Events
Thursday 1pm — Westin Council — SEM1238067
Tavis Allison, Ryan Macklin, Elizabeth Shoemaker Sampat
Gamers are as generous & have raised thousands of dollars for worthy causes. Learn how you can use your gaming skills to help a cause. Talk will include: successes, new projects & how to get involved.
Working With Licensed Intellectual Properties
Thursday 3pm — ICC 211 — SEM1238052
Steve Kenson, T.S. Luikart, Ryan Macklin, Stan!
Industry Insider Guests of Honor discuss the issues and pitfalls of working with someone else’s property and dealing with fan expectations of said property.
Editing And Indie Games
Friday 10am — ICC 210 — SEM1238034
Michelle Lyons, Ryan Macklin
Have a game that needs an editor’s touch but don’t know what to ask? Learn what makes a book user-friendly, how organization affects use, & what the unforgivable sins are BEFORE your book is in print.
The Inner-Demons and the Tribe: Dealing with Depression as a Gamer
Friday 1pm — Crowne Plaza, Hay Market B — SEM1237839
Philippe-Antoine Menard, others (including me)
A discussion about gamers dealing with depression. Using personal experiences as people diagnosed with depressions, we explore strategies to overcome it, including tapping into our tribes.
Freelancing In The Game Industry
Friday 2pm — ICC 210 — SEM1238038
Matt Forbeck, Steve Kenson, Ryan Macklin, Gareth-Michael Skarka, Christine Stiles
Want to write for games? Our Industry guests have years of freelancing experience & will share their wisdom on how to find work, how to get more work, & how to succeed as a game industry freelancer.
Doing Kickstarter Right
Saturday 11am — ICC 210 — SEM1238042
Ryan Macklin, Gareth-Michael Skarka, Richard Thomas
Talk with successful Kickstarter publishers on how they did their Kickstarter. Topics discussed are: lessons learned, mistakes made, and plans for the future.
Getting The Most Out Of Working With Editors
Saturday 5pm — ICC 210 — SEM1238046
Jess Hartley, Michelle Lyons, Ryan Macklin, Richard Thomas
Geared to new writers our panelists discuss how to find an editor, establish a good rapport with them, & how to get the most out of that relationship. Lead by editors who are Industry Insider guests!
Games on Demand
Sunday 10am to 2pm — ICC 242
I’ll be at Games on Demand (@games_on_demand) off and on throughout the show, dropping by to say hey to peeps and maybe even get a short game in between panels. But I also wanted to bookmark some time to help Steve Segedy (this year’s GoD runner) out, so if you’re interested, check me out then! I might run Mythender, though a little bird tells me that other people will be running it as well!
If I get involved in anything else, I’ll update this page.
This was probably my best Gen Con to date. I’m not going to go into huge detail, as I’m still recovering, but I wanted to share some of those moments with you.
First of all, if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the One Cool Thing video that Jason Morningstar did (as is his way):
I released a new game that seemed to be a hit at the show. I was approached constantly about it by Friday. Some people said, in earnest, that it was their breakout hit of Gen Con. To that I say: wow. And sure, I’ll write the Advanced Players Guide.
I was on This Just In…From Gen Con! 2011, the Saturday 11am show. Thank you to Cthulhu for sponsoring and showing up to that episode. My mind will never be the same. I’m also on the TJI Wrap-up episode, which I’m sure will be out sometime in the next few days.
I met some amazing people this weekend. And I’d like to thank Steve Segedy for arranging a fantastic dinner group Thursday night, and Logan Bonner for bringing me to another fantastic dinner Saturday night. With you two, my win condition for Gen Con — time with brilliant and passionate people — was met.
A huge thank-you to Nora Last for the gift of a flask cozy. It matched my tux! :D
I’ll probably keep in the conversations on Twitter, but I’m gonna take a few days off my blog. See y’all Friday or Monday.
Rock on. As they say: Next year in Jerusalem.
Are you going to be at Gen Con next week? If so, let’s play a game of buzzword bingo! To get your card, click on the link below:
RPG Buzzword Bingo for Gen Con 2011
This card is generated from around 70 terms and 20 quotes for the center. Playing is simple, and the instructions are on the card:
The rules: Print this out before Gen Con. At Gen Con, mark your bingo card when someone else in normal conversaion says the term. The center square is a quote or partial quote. The other squares are terms & subjects.
Once you have a row crossed off, tweet @RyanMacklin with a picture of your board, or show him in person to win the admiration of countless dozens. He may blog about these later.
The cards are generated based on your IP address, for two reasons: one, I don’t want people refreshing until they get a card they like. Bingo is about being handed your fate, not mulliganing it! Two, if you want to find out all the various terms used, you’ll have to talk with other people playing. Of course, plenty of people know how to circumvent this, which is why I’m declaring why I did up front.
So come and play. My default location, if you don’t have a smart phone & Twitter, will be the Games on Demand area (which you should check out anyway).
If you find typos or whatever, feel free to comment. I hope to see some of you playing there!
P.S. This is not the same as the buzzword game Robin Laws’ does, though a prior year’s buzzword made it on this list.