Two other amazing aspects of Dragon Con this year that I've got to mention. First, as always, the vendors. I could have spent hours longer than I did walking around, looking at all the furniture and dice and everything else, dreaming that I had anything in my wallet aside from maxxed credit cards. This year, I was able to hit the vendors a couple of times when they were very un-busy, which meant I got to spend some time chatting with a few folks at the booths. I think my favorite product (that is way out of my price range) was the rare wood dice towers from Wyrmwood Gaming:
The quality is through the roof, and the staff was super helpful and knowledgeable. I also picked up a couple of other items from other vendors that were similarly excellent: a replica of Link's Ocarina from STL Ocarinas, and a D20 spinner ring from CritSuccess. It's truly wonderful that DragonCon features such quality products from really excellent small businesses.
And tangent to the vendors, I saved the best for last: The arcades! There were two free-play arcades this year. First, a classic retro arcade:
Some really solid games to play, including one of my all time favorites in Robotron 2084...damn what a perfect game. And they had a bunch of solid pinball tables available too, which is always a ton of fun. My only complaint, which holds true for both arcades, is that they aren't big enough. Once they got busy, lines formed quickly and there just weren't enough machines to go around.
The other arcade featured all Japanese games, including Super Table-Flip! which is exactly what it sounds like and is amazing. Also featured was a game I wasn't familiar with but we immediately fell in love with, called Jubeat:
It's a rhythm game that calls for you to tap the little squares in front of you in time with the music. It's a wonderful alternative to something like DDR for those of us that are...let's say...dancing challenged.
So, overall, Dragon Con 2016! I learned a lot of lessons that I fully intend to exploit next year. I played lots of games, bought some stuff and lusted after lots more. Met old friends, made new ones, danced and drank and had a ton of fun. As the banner in this pic says, it was "Geeks Gone Wild":
See you all there next year!