I spent today at GenCon, a gaming convention (card and board games of the D&D etc variety).
Why? Because it's there! Or, more specifically, because it's here. It's at Reading University, which is a short bus-ride from my house.
Not a lot of idea what to expect (the website's just confusing - genconuk.com)
It was rather confusing - the university has about 50 buildings, and after I'd found the registration area, even the guy running it was unable to tell me which buildings had con-related things in.
Most of it was filled with rooms and rooms full of games playing, mostly tournament games. Interesting to see (huge range of games being played) but not something a newbie can get involved with.
Then there were rooms where games sellers were pushing their games, so would show demos and let you play with them. I'd recommend Carcassonne as a neat but very easy-to-pick-up game (see wikipedia)
And the 'trade hall' where companies sell their stuff. Huge ranges of games, but also more dice than you can think of. I couldn't help buying a 'block' of 36 6-sided dice for £2.50 (purple!) just have to find a use for them - are there any games that need that many???
Watch out - they were selling 'cheat' dice too, like a 6-sided die that has 2 1's on it!
There was other stuff, such as a talk about 'getting your game published in the games industry'.
Interesting to compare with BiCon - there was no big social 'party' evening on the day I went, just games long into the night...
In all, a worthwhile experience (very 'different') tho not sure I'd go again unless I was more organised, having scheduled games etc.