• Isaac's Origins Preview Part 1: Making Plans



    In less than two weeks, we will be immersed in the awesome experience that is Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio! Over the next two articles I want to take the time to share with you what Origins looks like as a Con, things you need to know and places to check out while you are there. This is of course a Dice Masters site, so much of our information will be focused on that but I will give you other helpful hints and ways to make the most of your experience.

    Today I want to focus on the things you need to have done or should be doing right now to be prepared to go out to Columbus for this great Con. Consider this a checklist for preparation for both old and new players alike.


    First steps

    At two weeks out, you should already have these knocked out but in case you haven't here are the essential first steps in attending Origins this year:

    -Register!
    You can find the registration page HERE and it is a simple process to get yourself set up and registered for the Con complete with a badge. Once registered, search for the events you are most interested in and register for those as well. There are many things going on besides Dice Masters, and I highly suggest you take in the whole of the Con. But if there is something that you really don't want to miss you need to get it pre-registered for it now. Another great option is to buy some generic tokens, at $2/piece they will allow you to enter into events if there is room anytime, and you can sell them back for face value when the Con is all done. This will allow you to jump right into one of the many events at the Con and play including the side events for Dice Masters, Quick Plays and Drafts. We will discuss more about those next week.

    -Hotel
    Try as you may, you cannot sleep in the Con halls. Or at least you shouldn't! There are many choices all around Columbus within walking distance and short drives, and there is a partial list of those places on Originsí website but you can also do a simple google search for some more affordable locations in the vicinity. Find some buddies or put it out there that you need a roommate and you may find a person or two to join. Hotels are a necessity because they will give you that much needed rest each night and allow you to be ready to go the next day.


    This room is taken, unfortunately.

    We have been partial to staying at one of the connected hotels to the Convention center over the last few years that we have gone with our friends. It allows an easy drop-off of extra things (ie games bought) and a quick reprieve for a nap, mental break or chance to relax in the middle of the day as needed. Parking is another big expense, and rolling that into a hotel stay can save you money for the week as opposed to driving everywhere and paying for it.




    -Pack
    If you have never been to a Con for a multi day experience, it is basically an adult camp for you and tens of thousands of your closest friends. Remember going to camp as a kid? What you brought and more importantly what you forget play a big part of the experience. Packing the right things will be key to making the experience memorable, affordable and enjoyable for you and those around you. You do not want to have to travel to find necessities and essentials-it is so much easier just to bring them with you.

    Over the years I have learned what I do and donít need, and have made a mental list to use. This is not an all-inclusive list but rather a springboard to get you started:

    • Clean clothes for each day
    • Jacket
    • Comfy walking shoes
    • Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash
    • Soap, shampoo
    • Deodorant
    • Snacks
    • Breakfast foods
    • Drinks like water, Gatorade
    • Cough drops
    • Vitamins, airborne
    • Your medications
    • Cash and/or credit cards
    • Multi-outlet extension cord
    • Cell phone



    pack only the essentials


    -Directions
    Know how to get where you are going from where you currently are. If it is by car you need to know before hand your best driving options and if there will be construction. Make sure to leave with plenty of time-people were very close to the deadline to start last year at the first qualifiers, and you donít want to run into that this year. Delays are inevitable, leave time in the travel plans to make sure that they donít wreck your day. If you are flying in, line up the cab or Uber ride to get you where you need to go. A little preparation can make all the difference here.


    on the road again...


    -3-2-1 Rule

    This is a Con must and a rule I highly encourage new Con goers not to miss out on, the 3-2-1 rule. It is the minimum amount you should do of three things and goes as follows:

    • 3 hours of sleep
    • 2 meals
    • 1 shower


    These are minimum recommendations and frankly I think we need to put in few more hours of sleep at a Con to be able to keep with the rigors of gaming. Sleep before you come the week before can be ďbankedĒ so that you are well rested off the get go. But don't miss sleeping one day and expect the next day to go well. 3 hours at minimum will get you a refresher and a break in your days. As stated, these need to be done everyday.

    Meals consist of actually taking the time to sit down and eat some food. There are many great choices of restaurants and food eateries out there, but make sure you take the time to use them and enjoy all the different options. Snacks and other food items are important to have when fatigue sets in or when you find yourself in the middle of the long haul of gaming and matches in general, but don't neglect the major food groups and hydrating and getting them into your system. Your mental state will only benefit from it for the long haul of games. We will talk about good places to eat next week.

    And finally is that all important shower. This cannot be stated enough. Please do not be the person who thinks that your body odor gives you some type of advantage over others in gameplay. It is disgusting more than it is distracting. I realize we all have different degrees of cleanliness, but make an effort to stay clean and take care of yourself for multiple reasons, one of which being those around you. Please take the time to take care of your own personal hygiene and we will all have a better experience for it.


    -Teambuilding
    And finally, since this is a Dice Masters site and you are probably going there to play the game, I feel like this goes without saying, but you need to have your top 3 dice masters teams that you are likely to play ready and assembled. You should also plan to bring along extras of both sidekick dice and basic actions and dice. Double check your YGO dice for matching serial numbers. Make sure you bring the correct Captain America dice if you are running him-there are multiple to choose from after all. Bring as much of your collection as you feel comfortable carrying so that you will be prepared to add in dice or cards as needed if the situation should arise. But only take what you need day of to the event so you do not have to carry around a bunch of stuff with you.

    Another big part of teambuilding is having thought through the teams in terms of the meta and your playing style. Check out past articles on teambuilding and components such as the one I wrote awhile back HERE. Take a listen to our most recent discussion on The Reserve Pool podcast HERE to hear our view on the current gauntlet of meta you need to be ready for. Being prepared before hand will allow you to be focused when game time comes.



    -Next Week

    This covers all the things you need to be doing before you get to Origins, and next week we will discuss some of the events, locations and tips for the days of the Con to make it a great experience you will soon not forget!
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. gkpon66's Avatar
      gkpon66 -
      Keep these articles coming, ! Some good tips here for the first timer. An extra pair of shoes to change into for wandering around after the days events can be a big help also.
    1. andkrous's Avatar
      andkrous -
      I have never been to one of these.... is the 3 . 2. 1. a real necessity to mention? Kind of scary about having to mention the 1 haha
    1. IsaacBV's Avatar
      IsaacBV -
      Quote Originally Posted by andkrous View Post
      I have never been to one of these.... is the 3 . 2. 1. a real necessity to mention? Kind of scary about having to mention the 1 haha

      It definitely is-some even try to use it as an ''advantage''. But it is a Con staple for sure, see other Con websites for more info on it:
      Dragon-Con
    1. StrangeBrew's Avatar
      StrangeBrew -
      Quote Originally Posted by andkrous View Post
      I have never been to one of these.... is the 3 . 2. 1. a real necessity to mention? Kind of scary about having to mention the 1 haha
      I am a long time (went to the first one) Dragon Con attendee, and I remember the poster hanging outside the gaming area with instructions on how to shower. As a con veteran of over 30 years, I can sadly assure you there are people who will not shower once in a 5 day convention.
    1. RedOak's Avatar
      RedOak -
      This being my first one this was a great read Thanks for sharing. The ribbon thing is very confusing. I brought 20 general tickets hope that works well.
    1. Scum's Avatar
      Scum -
      Not sure about other con-goers, but as someone that has played other CCGs of some form or another for the majority of my life, I have never met someone that had such a bad funk that it warranted complaints. Part of me thinks there is a stereotype about nerds not showering, and mentioning it from within our culture actually perpetuates that stereotype and makes us look worse. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but it certainly doesn't happen frequently enough to need constant mentioning.

      #ShowerGate
    1. Zergo's Avatar
      Zergo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scum View Post
      Not sure about other con-goers, but as someone that has played other CCGs of some form or another for the majority of my life, I have never met someone that had such a bad funk that it warranted complaints. Part of me thinks there is a stereotype about nerds not showering, and mentioning it from within our culture actually perpetuates that stereotype and makes us look worse. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but it certainly doesn't happen frequently enough to need constant mentioning.

      #ShowerGate
      As a longtime gamer and a longtime con goer, I can assure you that "the funk" is a real thing. It seems especially bad in the CCG areas at Gen Con, but it's certainly not exclusive to it. After a couple 20 hour gaming days, we all start to smell. By late Saturday it can be darn near unbearable. Be kind, shower for your fellow gamers!