After an exciting day one of GenCon, day two would have to be impressive to make a mark. Impressive it was and leave a mark it did.
Upon first arriving downtown, Sara and I made a b-line for the Westin Hotel where the Zombie Walk was starting. We were a few minutes late, but we managed to catch up with the cluster of zombies in the Convention Center. Some of the zombie costumes were fairly standard (red face-paint around the mouth and a torn t-shirt) but others were quite creative. One fellow had dolled himself up to look like a zombified EMT (always the first to go in a zombie outbreak), while another staggered around as a blood-splattered zombie clown (always the last to go in a zombie outbreak, right?).
After the zombie crowd dispersed our eyes were drawn to a cluster of intricate card castles set up down the hall from where the Zombie Walk had dispersed. Made from donated trading cards (like “Tomb Raider: The Customizable Card Game”), the towers were impressive feats of geek engineering. Dubbed “Cardhalla”, the structures will be destroyed tonight at 10:30 with a barrage of coin projectiles. All coins collected after the siege will go to an unnamed charity. No joke.
After tiptoeing around cardhalla, we made our way to the Ram where we ate off of their gamer-themed GenCon menu. I even downed a couple draughts of their special GenCon Primal Porter before heading back to the Westin for the Nerdcore showcase. For those of you in the dark, Nerdcore is a sub-genre of hip-hop that lyrically focuses on gaming, science fiction and anything else in the realm of geekdom. Throughout the three-hour show, I heard references to “The Half Blood Prince”, “The Legend of Zelda” and Pac-Man. The last act of the night, Powerlifter, from Wichita, KS was definitely the highlight of the day. The two-piece put on an extremely energetic set that included lots of jumping, head-banging and thrashing. Their music incorporated heavy 8-bit beats but there was no rapping like the rest of the acts; Powerlifter was electronic hipster party hardcore... and the crowd loved it. Seeing them perform to a GenCon crowd was a real treat.
Now, on to day three... For more GenCon pictures, go here.