Let me begin by saying this is all me. I'm sure RetCon is a fine convention and there are hundreds of people having a ball - I just don't know.
Last night I got eaten alive until about 4 am - the joys of summer sleeping. Needless to say, I had a heads up that today was not going to be my day.
The trip to RetCon from Queens, NY is about 40 minutes with traffic, according to google. Apparently I found something worse then traffic, it took closer to an hour for a 26 miles drive.
Then it hit me as I arrived at the Four Season - the parking lot was half empty, and this was an operational Hilton Hotel. For a con expecting 250-300 gamers, I began to doubt there were even 1/5 the numbers. I did see a 20ish, unkept young man with with a canvass army styled backpack with horrid posture roaming the parking lot - its a shame we still have the same, fairly accurate sterotypes nearly 30 years after I entered the hobby.
No signs for the event at all at the hotel, in the parking lot or anywhere. I know the Long Island Meet-up club was running it, so maybe there was a secret door to find or handshake you had to share, but in the mood I was in I just got back in my car and drove home - sans traffic about 25 minutes. The return trip was the highlight of my day.
I shouldn't have even made the trip in the mood I was in, but the idea of spending 20 bucks to view a few vendors tables - as the idea of gaming was slipping from my mind as I tried to find any sign of a convention sign - made me cancel the trip on the doorstep of the con.
Ah well, hope it went well for those that found it - I think the bearded man in the trenchcoat might have marked the entrance, but I'm not sure ;)
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