So... Mike went ahead of us to the convention with his son. He reported back to us that the con was mostly a lot of complaining... the scheduled games were not being run, and in fact it seemed that little was to be had in the way of gaming. Two of the folks I was going with ended up not going, so I held an impromptu gaming day at my house. (I had to do a bit of excavating and decontamination, as it had not been used by other gamers since the AD&D campaign) We ended up playing Talisman and Betrayal at House on the Hill, which aren't rpgs but are damn fun board games. Right now we're throwing together characters so Josh can put us through a Deadlands "one sheet" adventure downloaded from Pinnacle's website. I love the fact that Pinnacle has something like two dozen ready-do-go adventures for a variety of their settings, as well as generic genre stuff.
Honestly, this kind of puts me out of the convention mood this year. There's a new big-ish (for the Midwest) one in town I will probably attend with the missus, because we probably won't go to our usual local con this year on account of a wedding that we are apparently invited to.
The day wasn't a total loss... I saved twenty bucks and a quarter tank of gas. We had fun and are actually still having fun. (Deadlands starts in about 15 minutes) Tomorrow our usual Sunday bunch will be playing Stars Without Numbers, starting a little bit early.
Yeah, here's to Basement Con 1! All the gaming goodness without the awkward cosplayers.