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Convince me.

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:23 am
by eilif
Well, my getting out of the hobby never fully took, but it did result in a lot of much needed de-junking of stuff I will never get too, and a bit more focus on what my involvement in the hobby will be. Anywho, now I'm looking at Adepticon and wondering...

For someone with exactly no interest (at this point) in the tournaments, why should I attend?

Other related issues: How are the classes? When is open gaming and how likely am I to find a game? What's the bitz trading like? etc, etc.

I've already flipped through the schedule, but I'd like to hear folks thoughts on the matter.

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:37 am
by artificer
Even if you have no interest in a tourney, the con is a fantastic time. For the less competitive gamers you could:

1) Do some of the hobby seminars/lectures
2) Meet some of the always very cool special guests
3) hang out on the open tables and catch a few pick up games.
4) do the late-nite bitz trading
5) enter the newly retooled painting competition
6) hang around, meet other gamers, drink... repeat as needed.

The really important thing is that it's a great way to meet other gamers, so you have more people to play... which is really what gaming is all about.

One of the best things is how almost everyone I've met in the three years I've been going has been really fun. I don't know if this is a function of it being a convention for war gamers vs role players/ccg-ers/+war gamers, but it works.

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:55 am
by RichN
The seminars will have some of the best hobby talent available. I've taken a number of them over the years and always enjoyed them. If nothing else, it may give you a few ideas of where you want to take your non-tournament hobby.

Open gaming is best enjoyed off of the scheduled events. While tables are generally available for pick up games, most folks are coming by for the scheduled events rather than hanging out looking for pick up games.

Its been a few years since I attended Bitz swap, but in the past its been 20-30 traders with a lot of selection to pick thru.

As the Open Gaming coordinator, I've tried to build a slate of events that can appeal to folks that are staying away from the tournaments. If you have any feed back on what would make the con more appealing for non-tournament players, I'd love to hear it.

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 10:14 am
by Matthias
Many of the shorter, Specialist and demo events are free. Between those, Combat Patrol/Warbands events and seminars you could easily fill up a weekend without ever entering a big tournament.

The seminars this year will be brilliant. Plenty of diversity and a ton of talented instructors - most of whom will be familiar to past attendees. I took one of Mathieu Fontaine's weathering classes working with oil paints and pigments at Gen Con last summer - fantastic on all fronts.

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:26 pm
by YeezyMozart
Honestly if you neeed to be convinced to go to Adepticon it's kind of sad. I look forword to this eveent all year long. I build my armies for this event weekend.

I am sure you wouldd have fun just looking at all the armies painted and coverted ffor play time.

The seminars are awesome add helpful to anyone in the hobby.

Its a unique time where you get to meet the best player, painters, rule makers, and see somee of the best models. Why ot go and enjoy a weekend full of wargaming?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 10:24 pm
by eilif
Thanks for the info folks,
It's good to hear about the stuff that's available outside of the tourneys. I've never been to a gaming convention before, but it sounds like a good time with alot of stuff to see. If that weekend stays open, I might have to check it out.

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 10:26 pm
by eilif
Thanks for the info folks,
It's good to hear about the stuff that's available outside of the tourneys. I've been dabbling in gaming since the mid 90's but I've never been to a gaming convention before. It sounds like a good time with alot of stuff to see. If that weekend stays open, I might have to check it out.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:09 pm
by malfred
There's some crazy sick stuff at the convention. Go for the spectacle, stay for the seminars.

PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:49 am
by Celthulhu
My husband and I teach a few seminars at Adepticon. The first time we did so, we weren't playing any of the games, so we milled around for the weekend, hanging with other hobbyists, drinking, dining, playing Settlers of Catan in the lobby of the hotel. It turned out to be lots of fun, even though we didn't participate in any tournies.

To fill my time now, instead of just hanging around, I dedided to volunteer my free time to help the convention, because it wouldn't exist without people to volunteer their time.
Through volunteering (paint judging armies, in my case, in addition to helping with setting up tournament tables before the con, and packing it all away after it's over) I've met a ton of great people and had a blast in the process.
If you don't feel like playing in any tournaments, volunteering will allow you to have a great time, a loose schedule so you can browse the expanded Dealers Room and maybe play in some game demos (Fantasy Flight Games, Privateer Press, Flames of War, etc, not just GW), and help to keep the convention up and running, so we can do this every year.