S03E06 – Tales from Gen Con

Today on Save vs. Rant, we chronicle Jeremy’s annual vacation to Gen Con, North America’s largest game convention and a perennial favorite destination of ours. For four days every year, the latest and greatest in gaming can be found in one large complex in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. Join us as we discuss Jeremy’s experience – what he enjoyed about the convention, what stood out to him, and what loot he returned with when it was complete.

We’ve already talked about GenCon twice before here at Save Vs. Rant, but it comes every single year, so it should be no surprise when we bring it up yet again next year and the next and the next and the next and so on and so on because there’s nothing quite like being in the presence of 60,000+ dedicated games, 500+ vendors and a vast array of special guests, presenters and performers.

I don’t really have a lot to say in today’s blog post. I’m just delighted by the growth of tabletop games as a hobby and the increased general acceptance among people who may not even consider themselves gamers in any sense. There was a time when proposing a board game night to my non-gamer friends or coworkers would be met with groans of dismay or begrudging sighs. Nowadays, proposing a game night can trigger excitement in people eager to see what we’ll be playing this time – a social deduction game? Perhaps a drafting game? A bluffing game? Anything is possible, and tabletop gaming is more accessible than ever before!

Our hobby is wide open, with new innovations and ideas appearing every single year. The quality of components, clarity of rules, tightness of gameplay and, most importantly, approachability of the games combines to make this the golden age of tabletop games, with something to appeal to everyone both in aesthetics and experience. It is our sincere hope here at Save Vs. Rant that tabletop games continue to offer us the chance to have enjoyable experiences with our friends, coworkers, acquaintances and ever the friends we haven’t met yet!

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