Kanaku wrote:Since the con is only 4 hours from me this year I've decided to go. What can I expect to be doing over the weekend? What about someone else who isn't into podcasts, (my wife) what could she expect to see or do? I'm pretty excited!
The weekend is what you want it to be. There are typically a few big events: The Kickoff Party, The Live Show, and the ending Picnic. These are the events that are the most well attended where most people are there.
The rest of the weekend is very open. There will be other 'official' events throughout the weekend - panels & workshops, group outings, 'bar crawls' etc. Last year (and possibly/likely this year) there will be a calendar app through which you can sign up or register for these things. To this point it hasn't really been a hard signup for most events - people who show up get to go, and there is no punishment or consequences if you sign up and then don't go. (There was a hard limit on the karaoke event last year I believe due to space limitations.)
There will also be unofficial things that just happen. A group of people will decide to go out for dinner, or to a baseball game, or to the arch or whatever. Not as an official GC event but just as a fun thing to do.
Throughout all of it there will be a big room with a lot of tables, all weekend. At these tables will be games - board games, RPGs, etc. There will be signups through the previously mentioned app to fill specific games, and there will be lots of opportunity to just get together with friends or random people to play games.
Plus whatever they come up with this year that's new and improved.
"Podcast Knowledge" is very much unnecessary to have a good time, aside from the Live Show I guess. The weekend is about doing things you think are fun with people you share common interests with. If you want to be super social and stay up late and drink and go to bars, you can do that. If you want to play games and find a few people to go to dinner with and go to bed early, you can do that too. If you want to just come to St. Louis and explore the city and drop into a few panels, great! There are definitely spouses that come that have little to no experience listening to Geekly podcasts that still make friends and have a great time.
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