Forty years later, GenghisCon still celebrates all things joyfully nerd-tastic, especially anything that has to do with games and gaming and the desire to never stop playing. In return, we’d like to celebrate GenghisCon itself on its fortieth. Remember, you don’t stop playing because you grow old — you grow old because you stop playing. So here are ten of the best ways to stay young, as seen at the fortieth GenghisCon, February 16-19, 2017, in Aurora.
Where would the hobby be without all those weirdly-shaped dice? Polyhedrons are where it’s at, man, in every color of the rainbow. Metallic? Got it. Made from meteor rock? It’ll cost you, but sure. Twenty-siders the size of your head, as well as ones too tiny to actually read (especially if you were around for GenghisCon 1)? It’s all here. Name them, protect them, store them in your Crown Royal bag…gamers love them some dice.
Hadley’s Hope Nerdporium (based in Craig) was one of a few VR providers at the show this year, but Shaun Hadley and his team were wise enough to let con-goers experience seeing the Millennium Falcon land, wield a lightsaber to guard R2-D2, and generally participate virtually in the communal love of Star Wars. Watching the smiles on con-goers’ faces as they’re literally awestruck? Almost as much fun as the VR experience itself.
Only at a convention like GenghisCon are you going to find such a wide array of crafters putting their skills to use creating nerd-tastic things from yarn and felt and love. Cthulu kittens? Check. Glittering fairy-wings? We have a selection. Cuddly and colorful stuffed beholders? Absolutely. The only thing missing was macramé owlbears.
Harking back to the days when GenghisCon was itself young, members of the band Bards of Greyhawk belt out their first-edition love with a module-design CD cover (featuring art by no less than TSR classic Jeff Dee). The songs are all odes to the original weird and Gygaxian adventures from the ’80s, with tracks like “Keraptis,” “Roghan and Zelligar,” and a three-part tribute to the Slavelords. If you understood any of the references in this entry, you’ll love this album.
There were, as you might expect, more than a few dealers hawking miniatures for both war-gaming and role-playing purposes (as well as just for display: If you haven’t seen the advances in these little figures since the early mud-sculpts of the ’80s, you’re in for a surprise). But Figurephenatix Collectibles had one of the most impressive displays, featuring everything from giants and dragons down to the tiniest kobold and goblin laid out, ready to attack and lend a visual aspect to the theater of the mind. Or, you know, you could just play with them.
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