Here’s what’s on the table: Kublacon and tabletop-cons vs. comic-cons.
As some of you may know, Kublacon is rapidly approaching! The con runs from May 23rd through the 26th and is located in Burlingame, California. For more information about Kublacon head on over to their website and see what they have in store. If any of you plan on attending, you can find me in the auction room on Sunday. Like I mentioned in my previous post, tabletop con auctions are a great way to start and continue your collection.
There are a few things you should know about tabletop cons if you’ve never been to one. The first thing you need to know is that it’s completely different compared to a comic-con. In most instances, at a comic-con you would be venturing through the exhibit hall and the artist alleys, lining up for panels, catching screenings for upcoming movies, and taking pictures of cosplayers. At tabletop-cons or gaming-cons, you would find yourself signing up to play in tournaments, role-playing games, live action role-playing games, play testing new games, and hanging out in the gaming room, free playing just about any game you want.
There is a completely different type of atmosphere at gaming cons. This may just be my opinion, but I feel that at comic-cons, there is a detachment of social interaction among strangers and when I mention social interaction, I don’t mean talking to cosplayers, artists, and exhibitors, and I especially don’t mean those awkward one liners that you say to someone then awkwardly walk away. I feel like at comic-cons everyone has their love for a certain genre or fandom and at times it can become overwhelming with the amount of people that are there and the colliding of interests can cause people to start measuring how much harder someone loves a certain fandom. However, when you go to a tabletop-con, everyone is there for the same exact reason. Everyone is there to game to their heart’s desire. Don’t get me wrong, you will have your con-goers that love strategy games, those who love role-playing, and the ones who love miniatures. Sometimes you have your interests broken down into themes such as fantasy, sci-fi, western, steam-punk, and Lovecraftian, but where comic-cons differ, is that you have the ability to enjoy your hobby alone. You don’t have to have your friends with you when you go to a panel, take a picture with a cosplayer, wander the exhibit hall, or go to prescreen a movie. With tabletop games, you need people to play with. The one thing I really appreciate about tabletop-cons is that during organized play, you are forced to play with people you don’t know, and when you’re in the free-play area, groups seeking an extra person can put up a flag for seeking more players and individuals can seat themselves at these tables.
Now if you know me in real life, I joke around about tabletop gamers all the time, because I treat them like scared creatures that if interacted with too aggressively, will become frightened and run away. But in the tabletop-con atmosphere it is a safe place for everyone to be open about what they love and feel no shame about their collection of dice or there anal retentive attitude about greasy fingers on their cards. I feel like a lot of people are embarrassed or scared to admit that they like to play board games and like the rise in popularity of super heroes and comic books, there has also been a rise in popularity for tabletop gaming. However, it has not been able to catch on with the general population as easily, which is due to a lot of factors which I might dive into on another post. But our reign of terror will soon come to fruition and once it does we will run this world with the iron fist of a D20 and no man or woman will live life without the roll of a dice!
Ahem…but anyways, if you haven’t been to a tabletop-con yet, I suggest you make your way down to one. That’s it for me. Until next time; roll like you mean it.