The Commandments of Gaming is a series of blog posts where 8one6 gets up on a soapbox to proclaim from on high how he feels that games should be run or could be improved.
Some of us are RPG geeks, some of us are Video Game Geeks, some are Sci-Fi Geeks, or Boardgame Geeks, or Romance Geeks, and some of us are just geeks, unbound by labels and willing to get our geek on about whatever happens to catch our fancy. It matters not what type of geek you are for there is a place where you can go to be surrounded by people like yourself. That place is called a convention.
Most of you reading this are here because you’re an RPG geek. For you I would recommend nothing less than partaking in at least one Gen Con. In my opinion it truly is the best four days in gaming (and with Wednesday pickup games it’s easily the best five days of gaming as well). It’s a place where you are surrounded by people who share your interests (something like 30,000 people attended last year), where you can meet the people who are responsible for the games you love (Like Mike Mearls of D&D fame or Jason Bulmahn of Pathfinder fame), where you can find the rare treasures you thought lost to the depths of time (last year WDR for an intact World of Greyhawk for $15), heck, you can even find love at Gen Con!
Perhaps you’re more into pop culture and sci-fi and fantasy, well Dragon*Con is the place for you. While Gen Con has media guests and costumes, compared to Dragon*Con they don’t hold a candle!
Perhaps your geekdom runs more toward video games, then PAX (and PAX East) are where you’re going to want to journey. Run by the guys who do Penny Arcade, PAX (in my opinion anyway) has relpaced E3 as the go-to Video Game convention.
There are dozens of other local conventions held every year (such as KantCon in Overland Park) I bet that if you look you’ll find one within easy drive distance. You owe it to yourself to get yourself (and as many friends as you can cram in a car) to a convention at least once in your life.