This is a fragmentary thought that I had today when watching an interview with Chris Nolan on the Mememto DVD. (Great movie, by the way.)
The interviewer asked Nolan about taking his films to film festivals. And, as I listened to his response, I thought about going to GenCon.
See, I’ve been struggling to figure out where exactly Dark Omen Games fits into my life. Right now, it doesn’t feel like it should be jettisoned. At the same time, it’s not exactly a full-time business, either. I do think that I’ve come up with an answer, which is that Dark Omen Games is an avenue to produce my art, but I’m still wrestling through various details.
One of these details is GenCon. At some point in February, I’ll have to make a final decision about going or not. How should I make that decision? On a purely economic basis, GenCon hasn’t been worthwhile. The raw income vs. expense simply doesn’t work. The after-hours gaming isn’t worth it by itself. Honestly, I could get the same experience for a longer amount of time for less money by going to Forge Midwest. So, should I go?
But maybe GenCon isn’t just about getting a good economic launch. Maybe it isn’t about the after-hours gaming. Maybe it is about that initial exposure, presenting your games to the diehard gamers out there who are looking for the latest and the greatest. Maybe it’s about establishing a presence in the mindspace of both gamers and designers. Maybe these things are a sufficient reason to head out to GenCon.
Or maybe not. I have fellow gamers and designers out there that read this blog. I’ve actually had portions of this conversation with you. What do you think? Is GenCon worth it or not?