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My First Gen Con Contest Runner-Up: Janet Brock

My First Gen Con Contest Runner-Up: Janet Brock

Janet BrockThanks to all of you who submitted stories for the  “My First Gen Con” Essay Contest. We’ve hugely enjoyed reading them, and hope you will come by booth #2439 and say hello.

Gen Con Indy 2010 will be runner-up Janet Brock’s first Gen Con! When Janet comes to the Kobold Quarterly booth, she will receive $50 in credit and a spin of the Wheel of Freebies.

What in the Nine Layers of Hell is Gen Con?

When I met my husband, he’d removed his Forgotten Realms map from his wall in fear of my reaction.  When he finally put it back up, I had no dang clue what it or D&D was.  Sure, I’m a geek.  I’m the riding horses and singing-in-the-choir kind of geek.  I’d never met anyone who rolled 20-sided dice or could quote one of my most loathed movies, The Lord of the Rings.

But I let him show me what it was all about.  Over the years, a very eclectic array of people have paraded through my house as my husband, the DM, leads us through different adventure paths.  I finally got the hang of the dice-rolling thing, and I developed enough of an appreciation for the once-hated movie and made my first character a halfling.  But each year when Hubby suggests I go to Gen-Con with him, I cringe.  He didn’t take no for an answer this time.

I’ll admit I’ve learned to love gaming but in the privacy of my own home, not at the Geek-Fest of all Geek-Fests!  I don’t drink Mountain Dew, game 24/7, or want to be locked up by Klingons.  Will I be gawked at for my lack of knowledge of the rules or because I’m a girl?  Will I just stare at the folks living the LARP moment or leave wanting to join them?  Will I come out a better gamer and maybe a better person who lets her imagination flow?  Can a 40-something working wife and mother of two actually have fun here?  Will this be a crit hit or a crit fumble?  I don’t know yet, but I’m hoping for a high roll on this Fort save.  Or is it a Will save?

6 thoughts on “My First Gen Con Contest Runner-Up: Janet Brock”

  1. Great job to my awesome wife! You are going to love Gencon. And if nothing else, you get most the day at the State Fair on Sunday!

  2. You go girl! I’m proud to be part of the parade. Thanks for opening your home to all of us and for joining us in our travels down the paths of our imaginations. We love ya!
    PS I miss ya lass. -Grolmolin Stonecleaver

  3. You’ll be just like Dorothy when she first peeked out of her window into Munchkinland. Hope you enjoy it.

    BTW: You can bribe the Klingon’s to “arrest” Mike for “charity” if you need some quite time. ;)>

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