Getting Ready for GenCon 2023

I’m going to GenCon!

For the first time since 2014, I’ll be in Indianapolis, Indiana playing games and geeking out with gamers, fans, and publishers. I’ll be tag-teaming the event with David Moore, my co-host at the Lair of Secrets podcast.

In previous years, I focused on playing as many games as possible. This year, it’s a mix of games, seminars, and interviews with publishers. I’ll admit, a big reason for that is a just could get myself organized enough to register for events when they went live back in late spring.

I’m juggling way more balls in 2023 than I was in 2014, and the pressure I felt to get into my favorite games was a lot less this year. That said, It would have been cool to finally get to play games like Mothership and ALIEN, which have lived on my game shelf (or in a hard drive folder) unplayed for the entirety of the pandemic.

That’s ok – there’s always next year. And MEPACon. And Origins. And a bunch of other conventions I want to get to now that the world’s out of lockdown.

So what am I doing at GenCon?


  • Marvel Multiverse RPG – I’m playing in two sessions of this game by Matt Forbeck. I’m a big Marvelhead, Matt’s a good guy, and the game is one I’ve wanted to try out for a while.
  • Dungeons & Dragons RPG – David and I are joined by my son, Neutronlad, for D&D game sponsored by the Diana Jones Awards.
  • Mutant Crawl Classics – David and I are playing in a one-shot MCC game called “Apocalypse Ark”. Since I’m writing a scenario for MEPACon this fall, it made sense to, you know, actually play the game.


David and/or I will be interviewing the following companies while we’re at GenCon:



It’s GenCon … and I’m gonna buy stuff! Probably not as much stuff as I bought back in prior trips to GenCon, because I’ll be honest … I’ve got a lot of games that I haven’t played. At the same time, GenCon’s a great place to find things you can find elsewhere … and I have a shopping list.

  • Marvel Multiverse RPG: As a Marvel guy, this feels like a book I should have in my collection … and Matt Forbeck’s already announced there will be an X-Men sourcebook for the game.
  • Cyberpunk Sourcebooks: I’m late to the Cyberpunk game, and never picked up any of the Cyberpunk 2020 sourcebooks. If I can find them, I’d love to pick up some gear guides to augment my collection, stuff like Maximum MetalBlackhand’s Street Weapons, and any of the [Chromebooks ](
  • Geeky T-Shirts: Some of my best geeky t-shirts were bought at GenCon. It’s time to upgrade my collection.

I’ll also hold some cash in reserve for the unexpected – the random board or card game that looks fun, the small press RPG that stands out in the floor booth, etc. Heck, that’s how I picked up Savage Worlds: Explorers Edition back in the day, and that inspired decades worth of great gaming!

Previous GenCon Expeditions

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