WDYPTW: Patrick Hillier's Origins Tips and Tricks

WDYPTW: Patrick Hillier's Origins Tips and Tricks

As Origins Game Fair approaches I'm often asked lots of questions about what to do, what to bring, what family events are available, what parking is like, and where to eat. Here are some bits of advice I've collected over the years.

Games

  • I usually bring a few games - some small ones for my backpack. Cribbage, maybe Wurfle Bohnanza or Royal Goods. Then some bigger games - not too many,  as I'll most likely be playing the new hot games people will be buying.
  • To schedule some games with friends or not? Origins has a play area where you can open play and put up a flag to say you are looking for players. Personally I tend to keep my schedule open, but this does lead to times where I don't have anything to do. I take this time to check out the exhibitors halls, etc.
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Family Events

  • Origins has a Family Room.  Many of the game suppliers have over sized games that are fun to play.

Origins Specific Packing

  • A table cloth - The state of the tables at Origins is pitiful.
  • A red wagon to haul all my stuff around.

Miscellaneous Packing

  • Daily meds and pain meds - I go for the all day Aleve type stuff.
  • Power cords for phone/laptop/etc - I bring an extra power strip for my hotel room
  • Backpack - I have the same convention backpack from sometime in the 80s.
  • Battery backup for phone - convention centers seem to suck phone battery.  
  • Badge holder - I have one from Gen Con from long ago, it has extra pockets for pens, holds a few tickets and a phone when it was smaller.  It also holds buttons and I have a label on it with my twitter handle.
  • Mini stapler for ribbons on said badge holder - the sticky ribbons sometimes fall off, I have a mini stapler and staple them all on.
  • Water bottle - Stay hydrated. Public drinking fountains are required by the building code, just find them or ask.
  • Snacks - non perishable things like protein bars, granola, jerky, water mix ins, nuts.
  • Baby powder/Zink cream  - lots of walking and sitting....

Clothes Packing

  • Dress in layers - as an architect I know how difficult it can be to control the temp in spaces with lots of people so be prepared for times when it is empty and cold and crowded and hot.  I also take great pains picking out just the right nerdy t-shirts.

Parking

  • A - East Lot off Nationwide at 4th - This is also the hotel parking for the nearby Red Roof Inn.
  • B - South Garage - Enter off Nationwide.
  • C - Vine Street Garage - Often full.
  • D - Hotel parking option is usually $20-30 day

Standard Event Parking Rates (subject to change):

East Lot: $8.00
South Garage: $10.00
Vine Street Garage: $10.0

Food

  • I often sent folks to Eric Leath 's (@LeathsOfGrass on Twitter) Origins Eats map.
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