This was my 3rd year going to Gencon; at my first Gencon Darren proposed, and now 2 years later we are finally married! Gencon is a great convention for buying board games, but not so great if you just want to check games out of a library or play games that you’ve brought with you. Every year, they provide less and less open gaming space. This year especially was a pain for that but we managed to play board games through much of the afternoon and evening every day. So it was still enjoyable.
WARNING: THIS PART CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE MOST RECENT ROCKIN’ SOCK CLUB PACKAGE. IF THAT MATTERS TO YOU, DON’T KEEP READING!
I started working on my beet inspired socks designed by Anne Hanson in the car on the way to the con. I got these cool namaste oh snap bags that I’ve made into some pretty spiffy project bags. The snaps feed the yarn nicely out of the top. I used the small namaste bag to hold notions: a small pair of scissors, tape measure, and stitch markers. I need to get a needle included in each of these kits as well.
So far, I’ve only worked on the cuff of these socks, which is the beet greens portion, but I’ll eventually get to the cool beet that Anne Hanson put on the heel. I love this colorway, can’t go wrong with reds and purples.
I took only these pictures during the entire convention. For some reason, I can’t remember to take pictures of things other than knitting. So I thought I’d make a top 10 list of things I loved at Gencon to abbreviate my trip there.
10. Money for boardgames! My dad was visiting when we left for Gencon, and he gave me some cash to spend, so I bought board games. I picked up Constanstinoupolis, the Gates of Loyang, Ratus, the Speicherstadt, Tien Zi Que, and Tichu.
9. Sushi! We tried this great sushi place that we’d never been to before and the food was fabulous.
8. Skyline club–one of the Indy boardgamers was a member here and got the place open for us for open boardgaming. It was great to have a place to play even if it wasn’t open that late and was a little far away from the con.
7. The spiel dinner. The food itself was good though the service was slow. The most fun was hanging out with other boardgamers and listeners to the Spiel. As always, we enjoyed their company.
6. Times Up, Dixit, and Portrayal. I’m usually not much of a party gamer, but I enjoyed all 3 of these games. Each was unique and a good game in its own right.
5. Valdora–Helen & I wanted to play this game at Origins but they didn’t have a copy in the library. It includes these really cool books which you can turn the pages of; I loved them (being a book geek this is not surprising).
4. Tichu. I am new to world of trick taking games, having really started playing them only this year. Tichu is super fun. I am still not great at the partner aspects of them, but I’m getting better!
3. Wok Star. I’m definitely picking up this game when I get a chance. It’s a cooperative game involving making food at a restaurant. It includes timers and ingredients, and is super fast and fun.
2. Game of Thrones. As usual, Fantasy Flight had a fabulous booth for demoing. I didn’t play the card game of a Game of Thrones, mostly cause a friend has it and I’m waiting for him to teach me. However, I’m currently reading the book and absolutely loving it, and I had several conversations with fellow gamers over the course of the weekend who also love it.
1. Martin Wallace. There was really no moment as special as having Martin Wallace teach us Age of Industry. Brass is one of our favorite games and Age of Industry is based on Brass. It was great to have the designer of the game teach it to us, and then have Darren buy it and have Martin Wallace sign it. Pretty spiffy!
That’s it for Gencon, but when I got back, I finished an awesome pair of socks.
These are Holidazed designed by Anne Hanson, knit in the colorway Sugarplums, mediumweight Socks that Rock. As usual their colorways are awesome, and Anne’s designs match them well. I love the way the pattern appears to wrap around the sock. These were very fun to knit, and I think I may make another pair of them in the future.