One of the best things about GenCon (for me, at least) is the unusual, weird, and fun things that seem to happen. Sure, I've played in some incredible games. Bought some great stuff, too. But there's something about GenCon that seems to inspire these serendipitous moments that I don't get at home. Here's one of mine.
Back in 2008 (or there abouts), I had made some great friends at a local con back home in northern Illinois. It was one of those moments where you game with folks you never met before, then head out for drinks afterwards to keep the conversation going, you know? We kept in touch a bit, but they all lived 1.5 hours away from me.
GenCon happens. I had registered for a Serenity RPG event and head over to the Crowne. I hand my ticket to the GM — who is one of the folks I met in Illinois. Sure enough, three others are playing in that event. None of us had planned anything together! Five people who had gamed together in Illinois a few months earlier drove to GenCon and registered for the same damn game on the same day and same time. That's good-weird. (Plus, it was one of my best RPG experiences evah.)
What's your weird-n-wonderful GenCon experience?