I must say that I was not expecting as much as I got out of GenCon. This traditionally gaming convention seemed to me to not offer much in the way of literary or straight fiction focus, but I was pleasantly surprised. First, the con had a dedicated author and artist area right in the middle of the exhibitor’s hall, not stuck off into a corner where nobody would see us. Traffic was brisk and there were many people attending who were not gamers.
That being said, the focus was on gaming, and with 36,000 attendees, you can imagine the resulting mayhem. There were more dice, cards, figurines, board games, books, tokens, costumes, masks, hats, corsets, maps and miniatures than I have ever seen in one place, and that includes some of the biggest trade shows in the country. All the big gaming publishers were there, and I had a great conversation with the folks at Paizo, who are currently breaking out with a new novel line, Pathfinder Tales… Looks good!
More than anything, however, I had a blast talking with the other authors and editors of the new anthology When the Hero Comes Home, including Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy who co-edited the book. Also got to meet Erik Scott de Bie, Steve Bornstein and Brian Cortijo. The anthology was well received, and we had a ball signing copies for the eager fans.