Which, sadly, does not include me. There was a brief moment a few months ago when I considered attending both Origins and Gen Con, but the harsh economic realities quickly quashed that idea. So, Gen Con yes, Origins no. Which is quite annoying because there was some interesting stuff I wanted to check out this year. Rather than wallow in misery, I thought it might be helpful to share some tips I picked up over the past few years.
1. How to get a room at the Drury Inn.
The Drury is attached to the convention center and right next to the food court. It is in a prime location and relatively cheap. This also makes it nearly impossible to get a room. You have no chance for this year, but if you show up on Wednesday, early enough, you have a shot at getting a room here next year. My suggestion is the Crowne Plaza across the street, not as close, but cheap and clean.
2. Buy a giant soda cup and refill in the food court cheap all weekend.
It used to be 25 cents for a refill, but I am sure it went up. Even last year it was more than that, but I cannot remember the amount.
3. DO NOT eat at “Fame’s Diner” for breakfast.
Trust me on this one.
4. DO eat at the “Krema Nut Company”
Best peanut butter and jelly sandwich in Ohio! Also dirt cheap and tasty. Also a great source for a goofy t-shirt that has a dancing peanut on it that says “I am nuts about you.” Great for the non-gamer spouse.
5. The food court is a zoo between rounds at lunch and dinner. Plan for some significant lines and waits. The “Subway” franchise line tends to be the fastest.
6. Use the free, downloadable food court coupons for some savings. Every little bit helps!
My only other advice is to try some game you have never played before. I always wanted to try the “National Security Decision Making” game, but never had the time. Also, the “Living Arcanis” campaign is ending after six years, so that promises to be interesting. In the vendor area, my friends over at www.d20pro.com have some new version of their online tabletop in the offing that sounds interesting. Geekchiq will be there with their high-end gaming tables. I really want to check one of these out, since I actually need a kitchen table.
Also, I have the list of Origins 2009 vendors and exhibitors up on rpgseek.com, for those that cannot attend and would still like to find ways to spend their money. 😉
Enough talk! Let the games begin.
Trask, The Last Tyromancer