Video: Dexcon 14 in Morristown
Yes, it’s geeky. Yes, the nutrition is suspect. Yes, more sleep would be a good idea.
But there’s something about commandeering an entire hotel for days (and nights) of fun and games that is appealing on an elemental level.
In this case, the hotel would be the Hyatt Morristown. The fun and games would be Dexcon, of course.
Dexcon 14, which concluded on July 10, attracted visitors from as far off as Canada.
Fueled by Pixy Stix and trays of powdered sugar, they LARPed (Live Action Role Played) as vampires and zombies, like a Halloween improv troupe. They moved alien figurines around elaborate floor maps. They advanced zombie figurines through table top worlds resembling train sets run amok. And they played board games. Lots of them.
We’ve attempted LARPing before. This time we checked out a couple of board games, Can’t Stop and the T-Shirt Game. We also tried our hand at Zenga, where you deconstruct a skyscraper one wooden block at a time, until the whole thing collapses. Wonder how many engineers that game has launched?
Our only regret about Dexcon 14 was the timing.
There was only the briefest of overlaps among the gaming crowd and last week’s convention of the American Guild of Organists.
LARPs and church organists…the photo ops could have been intriguing.