Sunday, March 24, 2013
ReCONnaissance: CincyCon Recap
CincyCon is a three-day gaming convention held this year at the Atrium Hotel and Conference Center in the Tri-County Mall area. 2013 was the fourth year for the convention, which boasted numbers of over 500 in 2012. As my first Cincinnati convention, I was very excited to get my game on. Looking at the schedule, I did note that it seemed like cool things were happening at the same time, so I had to be judicious with my registration for events. The check-in process was smooth and the event ticket I had selected was ready for me.
When I walked into the vendor hall/dealer room, I was immediately overwhelmed with testosterone. I mean, really, it hit me like the stare of a beholder. In fact, that may have been more favorable. At the point that I walked in, you could count the number of women on one hand. The vendors were overwhelmingly male as well, with the exception of a jewelry maker, but she wasn’t actually at her table at that point. (More after the break.)
Later that day, I learned FantasyCraft, a d20 system from Crafty Games. It was good fun and liked the system. If I’d been playing with someone a bit more lively, I think I would have enjoyed it even more.
I didn’t stick around after I finished playing FantasyCraft. There didn’t seem like much an incentive to stay. There wasn’t really any open gaming going on and it didn’t seem possible to just jump in and play a game if you wanted because of the scheduling of the games.
I also was confused by the organization of the gaming room. I think that for the sake of clarity, games of a similar type could have been in one room together. The gaming hall was just one huge room and it got very loud and it was difficult to hear the other players during my game of Munchkin. More choices in the games that you could play would have been really nice. From the schedule, it seemed like the same GMs were running the same type (or even the same module) every day of the convention. If it was an issue of not having enough GMs, then I’m not sure what to do about that, other than reach out to a lot of different people.
I was very glad to have been given a pass to CincyCon and did enjoy myself when I was actually playing games. I hope that my thoughts can help the promoters. I do look forward to CincyCon 2014. I just hope that they can reach out to more female gamers next year. I would highly encourage gamers to check out this con in 2014. I hope it’s even better!