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Gencon Gnomespotting 2010 & Gnome Gencon Tips

There are going to be a fair amount of Gnomes/ex-patriot Gnomes at Gencon this year. We’ve got a lot of things going on: Eureka being distributed through Studio 2 Publishing (Booth #320), The Cooking Up Adventure Plots with Gnome Stew seminar, The Ennies Dinner, running various games, and ritual Halfling murder. So finding us to say hi (we don’t bite above the kneecap) won’t be too hard. There are 2 guaranteed events where you can find almost all of us to say hi or get your Eureka book signed.

Friday Night  6:00 PM – Westin : Grand Ballroom IV: The ENnies: The 10th Annual EN World RPG Awards
Saturday 10:00 AM – Marriott : Santa FeEureka! Cooking Up Adventure Plots with Gnome Stew

If you can’t find us at one of those, here is a handy picture guide to the Gnomes in attendance, in reverse last-name alphabetical order -  because I felt like it.

“DNAPHIL” Phil Veccione

Kurt “Telas” Schneider

Martin Ralya

Scott Martin

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Walt Ciechanowski

Patrick Benson

John Arcadian



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Ok, with that self-aggrandizement out of the way, we wanted to answer a suggestion from the pot by BryanB.

For you GenCon veterans….

Where are the ideal places to park (cost v. location)?

What are some of the tasty places to eat in the downtown area?

What are some of the cool sites to see in Indy?

Well Bryan, we’ve got a fair amount of info for you from the Gnomes. There are lot of people out there more qualified than us, so lets point you to some links first.


The Gencon Survival Guide – Nice, clean, helpful – Alan De Smet’s site is a great source for Gencon info. http://www.highprogrammer.com/alan/gaming/cons/gencon_survival.html

Madbrew Lab’s Restaurant & Pub Guide – A great little list of Gencon eating establishments.

The Gencon Community Forums – There are a lot of great things here for Gencon Attendees.

The Forums – http://community.gencon.com/
Places to Eat – http://community.gencon.com/forums/p/24045/269173.aspx
30 Quick Gencon Tips – http://community.gencon.com/forums/t/19953.aspx?PageIndex=1

Sean K Reynold’s Gencon Tips – Sean Reynolds has quite a few good Gencon Tips for you at his website.

Gencon Travel Tips – This forum post at tabletopgamingnews.com has a lot of good info regarding travel to Gencon.


Gnome Tips

We Gnomes have a few ideas about Gencon ourselves,  so in alphabetical order by last name here are our tips for Gencon.

John’s Tips:

 Walt’s Tips





Hopefully these tips are helpful to attendees. If you’ve got any tips for Gencon, drop them in the comments section. We would love to hear them.

About  John Arcadian

John Arcadian is the head of Silvervine Games, a freelance writer and art director, a website developer, a builder of sonic screwdrivers, and a purveyor of kilted mayhem. When he isn't out causing trouble in his kilt... Well, no, that is pretty much what he does when he isn't running RPGs or or trying to take over the world.

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12 Comments To "Gencon Gnomespotting 2010 & Gnome Gencon Tips"

#1 Comment By zacharythefirst On July 29, 2010 @ 6:21 am

Looking forward to seeing my fellow bloggers at the show!

If it isn’t too out of line, may I also bring up my 3-part guide to some highlights of the Gen Con dealer hall this year?




Safe travels, guys, and thank you for visiting my wonderful hometown!


#2 Comment By BryanB On July 29, 2010 @ 11:11 am

Thanks for the information! Now I feel just slightly overwhelmed instead of completely overwhelmed. 😀

#3 Comment By John Arcadian On July 29, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

@zacharythefirst – That isn’t out of line at all. Good resource!

@BryanB – Happy to help. We work in positive and negative degrees of whelm, aiming to achieve that wonderful whelm balance.

#4 Comment By Kurt “Telas” Schneider On July 29, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

I should add: The picture of me is a bit dated. I’ve washed that shirt at least a couple of times since then…

#5 Comment By Alan De Smet On July 29, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

If you’re looking for pick up role-playing and are open to more unusual stuff Games on Demand is freakin’ great. Although they officially are starting games whenever within the time period, My limited experience is that a lot of games tend to form for the 10am-2pm and 2pm-6pm blocks. I’m the sort of person who books his Gen Con schedule very aggressively, but last year I left space for Games on Demand and it was totally worth it; it exposed me to the excellent Mountain Witch and Shock: Social Science Fiction.

(Also, this article reminds me that it’s been a few years since I updated my Gen Con Survival Guide. I am shamed!)

#6 Comment By Kurt “Telas” Schneider On July 29, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

Also: Look for the kilts. At least three Gnomes will be sporting them this year, probably more if we can find one small enough for Martin.

#7 Comment By Alan De Smet On July 29, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

I like the thought of asking random kilt wearing people, “Are you a Gnome?” “Ummm, what?” “Well, you’re wearing a kilt, so I figured you might be a Gnome.” :-)

#8 Comment By John Arcadian On July 29, 2010 @ 4:39 pm

@Alan De Smet – Games on demand sounds awesome. I might have to check that out. A few years out of date or not, the article is a great one. It covers all the basics in a nice, succinct way.

@Kurt “Telas” Schneider& @Alan De Smet – You don’t know how many times I’ve been approached that way at conventions . . .

I’ve got at least one extra kilt that I’ll be bringing with me, so we could force Martin into one for the seminar.

#9 Comment By Martin Ralya On July 29, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

@Alan De Smet – Dude! That looks like pure gold for me this year — thanks for the tip!

#10 Comment By ChattyDM On July 30, 2010 @ 6:59 am

John, we HAVE to meet this year… I’m putting up my own schedule so have a look this afternoon and try to catch me.

Looking forward to seeing you all and I’ll drop by the booth to get Eureka for sure!

#11 Comment By John Arcadian On July 30, 2010 @ 8:46 am

@ChattyDM – I agree! My schedule is wide open after saturday morning, so I’ll have myself a Chatty hunt!

#12 Comment By Scott Martin On July 30, 2010 @ 10:59 am

@BryanB – That’s where I am. Now I’m worrying that I won’t be able to remember all of the good advice…

In any case, it sounds like GenCon’s just going to be more than you can experience in a year. Guess that means we have to make plans to return.