An added twist this year is that I broached the subject of all going to one of the summer cons this year amongst gaming friends and quite a few people seemed interested. The net consensus seemed to be Origins over Gencon for reasons of location/cost/etc. The problem now is trying to get everything orgniazed, preferably before the January 10th deadline so that we can take advantage of the buy 1 get 1 free offer (the poorly named 'expose a friend program') for badges. As I'm sure many people are familiar, trying to get all of your friends organized for a trip like this 6 months out is like trying to herd cats. So far, the only two people who have committed are the Bills and I don't have to worry about their badge situation since they're both teachers. Everyone else is doing that whole 'interested but...' dance where you have no clue how things will pan out. I'm hoping it'll all work out but it's probaly going to be a real pain in my ass until it gets closer to the event and things solidify.
Really, it's never even occurred to me to not go to either Origins nor Gencon. It's just the thing to do and it's hard to think of a catastrophe big enough that I'd have to pass. It's an oppertunity to see friends who aren't in the area, like jirel, sherilyn70, chelledg, mock23, etc, and has become more like a reunion of sorts than a standard gaming convention. I can only hope that organizing local friends to come along this year just makes everything even better.
Hey jirel, if you're reading this....where did you stay when you were at origins last year? I remmeber you saying that it was close and had a hot breakfast included. I haven't started making hotel reservations yet but any hotel which has breakfast always deserves a second look.