The Most Disturbing Events at Gen Con 2009 Award

I am a gamer and generally tolerant of whatever game you choose to play or do at a convention. That said, the two events below were so deeply disturbing, so breathtakingly bizarre that I could not let them pass into memory.  I created a new yearly award for “Most Disturbing Event at Gen Con”  to honor things that should best be forgotten.  There are two candidates this year for the award. Read on at your own peril…

Our first selection  combines a modern film with ancient horror. I present…..

Brokeback Mountains of Madness

Time slot: Sat Aug 15 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

It’s the vacation of a lifetime, girlfriend. You and a bunch of your pals taking off on a dude ranch adventure into the remote Brokeback Mountains. What could be more fabulous? You just had no idea the horrors that were waiting for you there. So the question now is who’s going to miss their sanity check first — you or the monsters? It’s Cthulhu meets Rupaul in this “Tell me you did not just go there” game.

Truly terrifying.

The next candidate reached the final selection on the strength of a single sentence. See if you can guess which line of prose disturbed me the most.

Hentai Dubbing

If you’re interested in seeing what it takes to be a hentai (adult anime) voice actor, stop by Dick and Buster’s Hentai Dubbing Extravaganza. This event is hosted by the King and Queen of adult anime Dick Tripwire and Buster Highman. Audience participation is STRONGLY encouraged–ladies and gentlemen most welcome. Hilarity and fun galore! Come on down and rock out with your…ahem…out, or just hang out with your wang out. Not for the shy or easily embarrassed; check your shame at the door and get ready for some serious adult fun! And who knows, this could be you big break in the adult anime industry.

Though Brokeback provided some stiff competition (yes, I said it), I selected “Hentai Dubbing” as the most disturbing Gen Con event award winner. “Hang out with your wang out” should never be spoken at a game convention…ever! Gamers….nude…argh! The horror! The horror!

I planned on giving a joint award this year, but an accident of printing pushed the dubbing event over the top. On page 115 of the Gen Con 2009 program book is the entry for “hentai dubbing,” directly beneath an advertisement for “Grave of the Fireflies.” A film noted for its seriousness and an ending so depressing that viewers want to commit seppuku. It is like putting an ad for a XXX movie next to the “Old Yeller” poster. That is just wrong.

I am open to other submissions as well, just post them in the comments.

Trask, The Last Tyromancer



Trask is a long-time gamer, world traveler and history buff. He hopes that his scribblings will both inform and advance gaming as a hobby.

6 thoughts on “The Most Disturbing Events at Gen Con 2009 Award

  • August 21, 2009 at 5:27 am

    Oh my.

    And the proximity of “Hentai Dubbing” with the “Grave of the Fireflies” ad is enough to make your head explode. As for “Grave of the Fireflies”, I saw it once.


    Probably the only really great movie that I tell people to avoid ever seeing.

    Thanks for sharing these – I think I am sufficiently disturbed for the day now.

  • August 21, 2009 at 5:31 am

    I loved the Hentai Dubbing. Did it a few years ago…3 or 4. They had a bar.

    There should be more events like this, not less.

  • August 21, 2009 at 6:38 am

    Dyson, I am not saying we should get rid of the event only that the description was a bit…well, disturbing. I have no doubt that a good, half-drunk group might make for a fun event. My only issue is with the event description.


  • August 21, 2009 at 7:37 am

    My vote goes to the unexpected fire drill on Sunday.

  • August 21, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Most surreal moment is divided between:

    1. I’m running an OD&D game late Saturday night in the back area of the Omni lobby. It’s maybe between 2 and 3 and this guy comes yelling about “!@#$!@# toasters!” and he’s quite toasted himself. So ChattyDM starts talking to him! Apparently he knew this guy as a friend of a friend – and the guy comes stumbling up the stairs and over to our group. A quick discussion ensued and Chatty orders him to bed! He turns to go and snarls about “skinjobs”

    Now I don’t know about you, I’ve been pretty damn drunk in my day, but to go so far to be thinking I’m in a sci-fi show? That is drunk.

    Surreal moment #2 – going up in front of people and having to talk – when I was not expecting it. Said people being members of RPG industry.

    • August 23, 2009 at 8:03 pm

      Oh, come on. You are a DM, so you must be used to speaking in front of a group of gamers. 😉


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