Preparing For Your First Gaming Convention

Posted on: 5 January 2015

Attending a convention for the first time can be one of the most exciting things you'll experience. This is just as true for long time gamers as it is for recent initiates to the community, but if you have the opportunity it's best to start planning early. Even before you've confirmed you have admission to the convention, make sure all the particulars of your trip are taken care of.


Many of the hotels immediately around a major convention venue will start booking for an event up to a year in advance, so getting your reservation early is essential. While other hotels in the area may offer a lower rate, or have rooms available longer, reserving a room at the venue itself will save you on travel time and allow you to socialize with more of your fellow attendees.

If, for some reason, you aren't able to secure a room within the convention venue itself, make sure the location you choose is convenient to other necessary amenities. In this case, you should also plan on renting a vehicle if you aren't driving, and learning the route to and from the convention venue in advance. This will help you to avoid traffic snarls, and get to the site in time for any events or hosted panels you wanted to attend.

Scheduling Your Time

The earlier you secure your admission to the convention, the better chance you have of planning your time there. Various guest speakers, events and social gatherings will take place, so keep tabs on schedule updates and official program guides for the convention. Most organizers are diligent about updating their websites as soon as a special guest is confirmed, often simply to boost attendance.

Unfortunately for most convention attendees, there simply isn't enough time in the three to four days of the convention to see everything you might want to. Prioritize what you can, and don't get too discouraged if you can't make it to a particular panel or group event. Most importantly, get to any highly anticipated guest speaker events early to ensure you get in at all. You may need to line up an hour or more in advance for very popular guests.

A good card gaming convention experience is more likely if you spend time planning in advance. Don't wait until the last minute to start making arrangements if you know that the event will be well attended. Once you have your hotel and your admission secured, you're half-way done, and the real fun can start as you plan your trip.


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