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cdbd3rd
12-07-2013, 11:11 AM
It's time to start looking at Gen Con 2014 folks. (...and thanks to a bump on my 2013 thread that I hadn't gotten 2014 started off yet.) :o

Been getting preliminary emails from Gen Con folks with early reminders that pre-registration starts next month. :) I checked the GT Moto site, AND THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BE IN OUR SPACE THIS YEAR!!! WOOT! Somebody in city planning finally got a clue. :cool: Otoh, hotel taxes are going from 6% to 10%, so we'll be spending a little extra on our hotel bills this year. :(

Oh, and Jerry, hope ya don't mind me borrowing your tag line for our Friday party. Seemed appropriate since this is carrying on the tradition that used to be officially Turbine supported.

So anyway. Is still a little early for any real planning for August, but wanted to get the thread up as a bumpable reminder place over the next several months. The Friday night Gathering is pretty much an all-nighter from 8 PMish til they close where ever we invade, so is a come 'n go as ya please kinda thing. More here later as any plans come together.


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cdbd3rd
01-30-2014, 04:45 AM
Despite multi-year efforts to increase the total size of the housing block and a 13% growth of the room block this year alone, Gen Con’s housing block officially has sold out in less than a day.

To put this in timing perspective, last year, open rooms existed in the block through March 18. In 2013, housing took seven weeks to ultimately sell out. This year’s sellout of rooms with three or more consecutive nights happened in less than three hours with all other rooms selling out quickly thereafter.

Wow.

"Ya snooz, ya looz" certainly applies this year!

TeacherSyn
01-30-2014, 02:58 PM
Being an Indy resident, here are some thoughts to help with the sold-out block situation.

Indy is home to (you guessed it) the Indianapolis 500, where we show every city for nearly 100 years how to move 250,000 people in and out of a small section of town in just a few hours. :) (And some people thought we couldn't host a Super Bowl. Right...) Because of the race, we have many hotels, just not necessarily as close to downtown to allow you to walk.

Use whatever hotel resources to search for hotels along our interstate system, specifically I-70 East/West, the I-465 loop around the city, and I-65 North/South. If you happen to drive to town, it should be very easy to get hotels within 3-10 miles of downtown. Flyers who are getting rental cars and have just yourself and 1-2 people might start with the hotels around the Indianapolis International Airport. Drivers should look to the airport area hotels and work yourselves east along I-70.

For larger groups that drive or have multiple cars, a favorite hotel that is VERY geek-compatible, being hosts to two annual local SF conventions, is the Indianapolis Marriott East (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/inddt-indianapolis-marriott-east/), about 15 min east from downtown on a straight shot, directly next to I-70. It's been recently renovated. Plenty of restraurants nearby and a Starbucks, too. Right next door and sharing the same parking, also a Marriott hotel, is a La Quinta hotel with cheaper rates, with the bonus of being able to use the next door Marriott's pool and other resources if staying there.

I took in GenCon for a night last year, enjoying several inner celebrities in our fandom as well as meeting Tolero and Producer Glin. I hope to repeat this fun this summer.

Jaggie
02-06-2014, 10:25 PM
A Jaggie should be at Gen-con this year. :D!

Nklos
05-18-2014, 05:39 PM
I would vote for having it at the Sevrin bar again. That place was great and had great cocktails.

Have an event that overlaps with the usual party start time, but I also have two friends fighting to have me give up my spot to them for it. Let me see what I can get out of them so that I can spend more time with y'all.

Samiusbot
05-18-2014, 05:57 PM
Looks like i am stealing this thread so i can start getting things in motion.

I am not sure if Lessah will be making it or not this year but i will be going and i might be the "guy with the turbine swag" to give away. I won't know for sure as turbine is great at the last minute sending of a guy to the con...

Anyway i am looking at a friday night get together maybe with Lessah and I or Tobril and I doing some kind of recorded show for those that can't make it.

Whatever bar works but with Geoff and Glinn not on the planed guest list (at the moment) i might have to buy my own drinks and that is a shame.

Please drop a reply her or via the show email or twitter so i can get a rough head count.

Thanks,

Samius

Samiusbot
05-18-2014, 07:12 PM
I am looking at 9pm on Friday. Hows that?

cdbd3rd
05-20-2014, 03:36 PM
I am looking at 9pm on Friday. Hows that?

Good a time as any. There's usually a few of us that gather early and start marking out a territory.

Although...


CD may not make it this year. Am in the midst of arranging a family vacation that's gonna drop about 2 weeks ahead of Gen Con, and probably won't have funding to do both. I am still contemplating an over-nighter road trip and maybe single-day romp thru the exhibit hall which I would absolutely arrange around Friday night, but...


...


...I am really really gonna try to make a road trip thing, even if I can't do a full-blown con visit this year.

cdbd3rd
05-20-2014, 03:37 PM
Looks like i am stealing this thread so i can start getting things in motion. ...

Perfectly cool. :)

merridyan
05-20-2014, 03:48 PM
Being an Indy resident, here are some thoughts to help with the sold-out block situation.

Indy is home to (you guessed it) the Indianapolis 500, where we show every city for nearly 100 years how to move 250,000 people in and out of a small section of town in just a few hours. :) (And some people thought we couldn't host a Super Bowl. Right...) Because of the race, we have many hotels, just not necessarily as close to downtown to allow you to walk.

Use whatever hotel resources to search for hotels along our interstate system, specifically I-70 East/West, the I-465 loop around the city, and I-65 North/South. If you happen to drive to town, it should be very easy to get hotels within 3-10 miles of downtown. Flyers who are getting rental cars and have just yourself and 1-2 people might start with the hotels around the Indianapolis International Airport. Drivers should look to the airport area hotels and work yourselves east along I-70.

For larger groups that drive or have multiple cars, a favorite hotel that is VERY geek-compatible, being hosts to two annual local SF conventions, is the Indianapolis Marriott East (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/inddt-indianapolis-marriott-east/), about 15 min east from downtown on a straight shot, directly next to I-70. It's been recently renovated. Plenty of restraurants nearby and a Starbucks, too. Right next door and sharing the same parking, also a Marriott hotel, is a La Quinta hotel with cheaper rates, with the bonus of being able to use the next door Marriott's pool and other resources if staying there.

I took in GenCon for a night last year, enjoying several inner celebrities in our fandom as well as meeting Tolero and Producer Glin. I hope to repeat this fun this summer.

How is the parking, if I were to drive a rental car? Plenty available?

cdbd3rd
05-20-2014, 06:55 PM
How is the parking, if I were to drive a rental car? Plenty available?

If you get downtown very early, it's not too hard to find a good spot reasonably priced.

Last year I found a 24-hour garage about 5-6 blocks from city center for ~$10.


Helpful link: http://www.indydt.com/parking.cfm

Nklos
05-23-2014, 12:38 AM
Huh. Just noticed my last post never posted. I'll be there with Jaggie. Not sure if I'll be there at 9 or 11 though. Going to suggest we do the Sevrin Bar again.

TeacherSyn
05-23-2014, 12:09 PM
If you get downtown very early, it's not too hard to find a good spot reasonably priced.

Last year I found a 24-hour garage about 5-6 blocks from city center for ~$10.


Helpful link: http://www.indydt.com/parking.cfm

Downtown parking turned quite draconian in pricing once our first Super Bowl came through. Unfortunately that pricing hasn't changed and now you have to pay for Saturday parking.

Still, there are a few deals to be had in some garages and a few side streets if you look about.

cdbd3rd
05-23-2014, 12:33 PM
Downtown parking turned quite draconian in pricing once our first Super Bowl came through. Unfortunately that pricing hasn't changed and now you have to pay for Saturday parking.

Still, there are a few deals to be had in some garages and a few side streets if you look about.

I'd say it could be a golden opportunity for some enterprising Indy native(s) to rent out yard space to their fellow gamers for a nominal fee. (or TP codes) :D

Cordovan
05-23-2014, 01:05 PM
Depending on your willingness to walk, at least as of a few years ago there was a surface lot near the Indianapolis/Marion County Building that was $5 a day. Yeah, you have to walk 5-6 blocks, but it was a great deal.

Grimlock
05-23-2014, 01:58 PM
Will be there, as will the 10+ other gamers I know from the KC area again this year. We do Vampire larp every year, which starts around 7pm Thursday-Saturday so I will likely not be able to be there. Our drinking starts after those games let out - around midnight/1:00am.

TeacherSyn
05-23-2014, 02:12 PM
I'd say it could be a golden opportunity for some enterprising Indy native(s) to rent out yard space to their fellow gamers for a nominal fee. (or TP codes) :D

If I lived anywhere remotely close to downtown...or had a yard...I'd make the offer. :)

Plantman81
06-02-2014, 01:55 AM
Downtown parking turned quite draconian in pricing once our first Super Bowl came through. Unfortunately that pricing hasn't changed and now you have to pay for Saturday parking.

Still, there are a few deals to be had in some garages and a few side streets if you look about.

There are some good deals to be had, but not enough to go around. While this link: http://www.indydt.com/interactivemap.cfm shows parking in the area, many of the rates given will be raised to event rates for that weekend. If memory serves me well, I believe the open air lot at Meridian and South Streets, across from the Slippery Noodle will still have reasonable rates. There are no in/out privileges, but one flat fee covers all day.

Plantman81
06-02-2014, 02:07 AM
If I lived anywhere remotely close to downtown...or had a yard...I'd make the offer. :)

I live in the Fountain Square neighborhood. ( http://www.discoverfountainsquare.com/ ) There is a free vacant lot across from my house. Some people could meet there and either carpool or walk (about 25-30 minutes, yeah, I know) or share a cab (about $7 to get downtown)

Here is the map link from the Fountain Sq link above: http://www.discoverfountainsquare.com/2011-05-06-15-24-54 . The lot is basically at Pleasant and Laurel Streets. PM me if you like.

There are also some other free lots in the FS neighborhood. People would have the same options.

Lessah
06-23-2014, 02:14 AM
I am looking at 9pm on Friday. Hows that?

Is this really going to be 9PM Friday? *goes to change Werewolf tickets*

cdbd3rd
06-24-2014, 06:33 AM
Is this really going to be 9PM Friday? *goes to change Werewolf tickets*

Hiyas! http://i621.photobucket.com/albums/tt291/cdbd3rd/cdemotes/hibye.gif (http://s621.photobucket.com/user/cdbd3rd/media/cdemotes/hibye.gif.html)

Now I *gotta* make sure I keep enough gas money for an over-nighter road trip. http://i621.photobucket.com/albums/tt291/cdbd3rd/cdemotes/hug.gif (http://s621.photobucket.com/user/cdbd3rd/media/cdemotes/hug.gif.html)

Jaggie
06-28-2014, 09:13 PM
Got my plane tickets yesturday. */dance* :)

Krysta_Shadowvol
07-10-2014, 12:09 AM
Hiyas! http://i621.photobucket.com/albums/tt291/cdbd3rd/cdemotes/hibye.gif (http://s621.photobucket.com/user/cdbd3rd/media/cdemotes/hibye.gif.html)

Now I *gotta* make sure I keep enough gas money for an over-nighter road trip. http://i621.photobucket.com/albums/tt291/cdbd3rd/cdemotes/hug.gif (http://s621.photobucket.com/user/cdbd3rd/media/cdemotes/hug.gif.html)

I am in the same boat just praying we can make it this year as I spent half of last year sick in bed with a fever of a 103

Krysta_Shadowvol
07-19-2014, 06:52 PM
I am in the same boat just praying we can make it this year as I spent half of last year sick in bed with a fever of a 103

Looks Like we are going to make it after all. Yea !!!!!!!! Sure hope to see you there CDBD3rd

Nklos
07-24-2014, 12:03 AM
Oh hey. Just checking in seeing that we are getting together in a few weeks. I still plan on being there, still hoping to poke us toward the Sevrin Bar again. Place was the bee's knees last year.

Oh, and I think Keith Baker will be joining us.

TeacherSyn
07-24-2014, 09:52 AM
I don't plan to go to GenCon itself, but do let me know here if any of the gang are gathering at the Severin Bar or any other bar on Friday, and I'll be happy to attend!

LadyBronte
07-27-2014, 01:30 AM
Hello there! I would love to come Friday BUT I have a small problem. In the thread it is hard to find the details. I know you are getting together at 9pm in a bar downtown.

Which bar?

I will be attending Gencon all four days and really wanted to come to a meet up and never found the right information about a meet up before.

Thanks for getting back to me.

Nklos
07-27-2014, 07:02 PM
Hey Lady Bronte, good question. I think the problem is ever since we lost the bar we did the party at for years, we have been bouncing locations. My vote is for The Sevrin, part of the omni hotel I believe. They were very accommodating to us and had delis he's drinks and food.

I'll post more info when home, on an iPod now struggling to type.

Jaggie
07-28-2014, 01:23 PM
The Sevrin? Works for me.

Plantman81
07-28-2014, 04:53 PM
Hello there! I would love to come Friday BUT I have a small problem. In the thread it is hard to find the details. I know you are getting together at 9pm in a bar downtown.

Which bar?

I will be attending Gencon all four days and really wanted to come to a meet up and never found the right information about a meet up before.

Thanks for getting back to me.

Here is a link to the Severin bar. It is in the Omni Severin Hotel, just a short walk from the convention center.
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Convention+Center+Plaza/The+Omni+Severin+Hotel,+40+W+Jackson+Pl,+Indianapo lis,+IN+46225/@39.7651798,-86.1607386,17z/am=t/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x0:0xc03d0384e682b5a7!2 m2!1d-86.1623!2d39.766201!1m5!1m1!1s0x886b50a3547f5623:0 x2e572a65d726e5c!2m2!1d-86.159588!2d39.763721!3e0

cdbd3rd
07-30-2014, 02:58 PM
Sevrin seemed to work as good as anywhere.

Once we get ahold of that corner by the windows & just start drawing in tables as our party gathers more members. :)


Have managed to stash back a few bucks for gas. Road trip looking doable, even though I won't be doing the Con. My funding may not support my usual "no lady buys her own drink" practice, but we'll see. ;)

Krysta_Shadowvol
08-11-2014, 12:13 PM
Sevrin seemed to work as good as anywhere.

Once we get ahold of that corner by the windows & just start drawing in tables as our party gathers more members. :)


Have managed to stash back a few bucks for gas. Road trip looking doable, even though I won't be doing the Con. My funding may not support my usual "no lady buys her own drink" practice, but we'll see. ;)

That's ok CD I can buy my own Drinks as long as I get to See you!!! I will have to head over after my TD Run at 9:24 so Text the when and where if you manage to make it :-)

cdbd3rd
08-13-2014, 10:29 AM
That's ok CD I can buy my own Drinks as long as I get to See you!!! I will have to head over after my TD Run at 9:24 so Text the when and where if you manage to make it :-)

Okay, have made myself obligated to the road trip. Hotwire came thru for me, was able to score a late downtowner for $166. :cool: :)

Now to find the drink recipes and print off a couple so we can train our waitress & bartender. ;)

edit:
...checked map. Slightly more than "4-block walk"... They're counting Lucas Stadium as 1 block. lol.

Cordovan
08-15-2014, 11:41 AM
Have fun tonight, everyone!

TeacherSyn
08-15-2014, 12:32 PM
Have fun tonight, everyone!

My day is going to be much longer than I planned and may not make it to the gathering (which I'm assuming will gather around 8:30-9).

So everybody have fun tonight, everybody Wang Chung tonight for me if I can't make it. :)

Powskier
08-16-2014, 05:45 AM
suggest to attend ,if never been to a con! You dont have to spend like crazy or get to tweaked on registering for game sessions to much...usually open gaming rooms and other free activities.I DM'd in an open game room ,yrs ago in bay area con.Was alot of fun,ran players thru Sword of Heroes,an old basic module easily converted.All 7 players returned the next night to finish was cool too.

Plantman81
08-17-2014, 01:43 AM
I just wanted to say thank you to the many Gen Con'ers I encountered this weekend. I work in a high end restaurant in downtown Indy. Everyone of them were very polite, pleasant, and a pleasure to wait on. They were all good tippers, too. :) Next year, though, I am going to request off because I want to go, too!!! :) I hope everyone had a great time.

cdbd3rd
08-17-2014, 03:56 AM
They didn't have glasses in my size... :0

http://i621.photobucket.com/albums/tt291/cdbd3rd/gencon2014/gencon2014_01a_zps907e5e44.jpg (http://s621.photobucket.com/user/cdbd3rd/media/gencon2014/gencon2014_01a_zps907e5e44.jpg.html)

cdbd3rd
08-17-2014, 03:58 AM
I failed miserably at taking pix this year - both con wide AND the gathering.

Anyone that has some shots, feel free to drop em in. :o

cdbd3rd
08-20-2014, 03:11 PM
Gen Con grew by more than 10%. This year, ... unique attendance of 56,614.

Well, hopefully they'll expand the housing block from the downtown hotels so they last more than a few minutes next year. :)



Next year's schedule, a little earlier:


Gen Con 2015 will return to Indianapolis July 30 - August 2, 2015.


edit: adding so i can find these easier next year:

https://www.ddo.com/forums/showthread.php/117973-DDO-Party-21-amp-Up-Activity-9pm-10pm?p=1296994#post1296994

https://www.ddo.com/forums/showthread.php/239356-The-Official-DDO-Drink-List-Thread?p=2852382&posted=1#post2852382