Some might say that abandoning my school in the middle of the first week back is selfish. Some might say that it reaches a level of irresponsibility previously unknown to the profession. Those people are probably quite silly; I’m missing mostly administrative time that I’ll make up later in the year, and skipping out on only half a day with the kids.
Instead, I’m driving up to Indianapolis for Gencon.
Which is going to be a whole lot more fun.
Unfortunately, we don’t have the resources to attend the Wednesday sessions that are actually geared towards educators as they are separate from the general weekend passes. I’m hoping to be able to do that in the future and bring back some valuable lessons to share both on here and in my district’s professional development sessions. For this year, though, my wife and I will have to muddle through on our own and see what gleaming gems we can pull from the rough.
We have a pretty extensive list of games that we are hoping to get some time with, both new releases and some current titles that we’ve not had the chance to play. I brought the iPad along, so I’ll be taking notes and posting any pertinent reviews as we go along. The vendor hall is another stop that we’re excited to make, although we have no club budget so we’re only planning on buying stuff for ourselves. Again, maybe next year! There are a few “names” we’d like to meet if we can find the opportunity, like the guys at Looney Labs and Bellwether. Aside from that, we have a pretty open schedule – as first timers we don’t know a lot about what to expect so we’re just winging it and seeing what happens!
The next few days are going to be a whirlwind of activity, and we’re looking forward to exploring and sharing all that we find!