One of the things I like about waking up early is seeing the city start to creep out of it's slumber. On the first day of GenCon 2012, one also gets to see the Convention Hall slowly come to life. Although I was up at 6am, there were already people there. There were the people that make the convention possible,such as convention hall janitorial staff and some of the GenCon convention staff. While the convention doesn't offically start for a few hours, there were even those that couldn't wait and were already hanging out. To be truthful, some have been there since at least yesterday.
As time passes, more and more people begin to wander the convention center. For me, I get a chance to see what has changed and what has remained the same. The last time I was here was in 2010. Which means at least for me, I haven't been in the areas that they were working on last time.
So what has changed since 2010? Well for one, the vendor hall is on the south side of the convention center. Not that this is news, after all it was there last year. Still it's wierd that the area near the Sky Walks is not crowded anymore, not something that will last long I'm sure. Where the vendor area use to be is where True Dungeon is. I've never done True Dungeon, It's just never been a major priority for me and to be truthful holds little intrest. But like all things, I say if it's your thing go for it. Another change is that almost everything is inside the convention hall this go around. In 2009 and 2010, some of the events were spread over several of the hotels. That's not to say some events are not there, but they are no longer in hotels not connected by skywalks. Which will be a good thing, if the rain they predict comes down. Finally, Will Call was much different this year. There seem to be many Will Call windows. I'm sure this was in response to the issues with Will Call they have had.
Still with all the things that change, much still remains the same. Many of my fellow geeks, gamers, and smart asses have come together to both enjoy and annoy each other. There will be LARPer, Cosplayers, Role-Players, Board Gamers, and other creative people crammed into the convention hall. While we may not understand each others collective hobby sometimes, we are all here under one roof. While we still find the stereo-typical gamer that public tend to think of when you mention gamer, many more are not so typical like there always has been.
Well, the Con awaits me. I will just leave you with this thought for now. As someone who survived the great witch hunt of the 80's, It's nice to be able to go into a restaurant and hear people talking about RPGs in public.