Friday, August 17, 2007

GenCon Day 1

Picked up new products - Victoriana (new edition, much larger and more expensive) and Colonial Gothic - check check
Decent day in sales - check
Ate gratuitous dinner at the Ram so I don't have to eat there the rest of the week - check
Met and hung out with two of my authors - checkity check
Drank someone else's beer all night for free - CHECK!

Now, the hall is the same size as last year. However, this year there is a large contingent of electronic companies taking up space and an artists'/authors' row that is taking up 1/4 to 1/3 of the hall. That, to me, is interesting. I think it shows the glut of d20/OGL companies are gone and the "indie" folks who don't realize they are indie are gone. The number of legit looking anime and movie dealers is up. The number of clothing/weapon dealers is about the same. (I believe Pennsic ended last week.)

So, uhm, yeah, very interesting.

Saw Gina, Fritz, and Robbie.

Saw an unopened box of Tannhauser. OMFG it looks beautiful! I want to put the material into an rpg setting.

I'm 99% sure the Starcraft boardgame is sold out.

Soloman Kane won't be available until today at noon. Shane, being the geek he is, hasn't even seen it.

The BSG book looks like ass. They had an intern do the lay out. Picture the Serenity book without some common sense. Very little art. Very expensive book - $45 I think - and maybe 256 pages at most.

Buffy core books are half price at the Eden booth. Magic Box is most likely officially sold out, unless some come back from the book trade. Not likely.

There's a new zombie board game out, it's $50. It looks a heckuva lot better than anything Twilight ever put out for Zombies!!!

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