Well, here we are, safely ensconced in out GenCon hotel room, checked in and all. it was an eleven hour drive, but we made it smoothly. That 3am departure time was a killer though.
GM checkin did not open until 5pm, which confused me a bit. When I got back at 5:00, I stood in line rather a long time to be handed a timesheet and four generic envelopes. Perhaps, if they're not even going to give anything specific to us (like a list of our games' locations and whether they're full or not rather than making us look it all up on our own in the tiny tiny reg book text), they could just email GMs a pdf of the time card or something and let us print out our own. It's rather a waste of time to stand in line for just that.
In the course of checking out my game locations, I noticed what must be a typo in the room, so that'll take sorting out. At least, I don't think they meant to put a tabletop game in the middle of a CCG room, and that room number is a mere one digit off from a tabletop room.
We hit dinner at the Steak & Shake, reading over the reg book. ellindsey was rather boggled at the amount and breadth of offerings. GenCon is a big con. Really, really big. It's why I like it so much.
Lucky us, we're at the hotel with the Starbucks in the lobby (hint to GenCon attendees, try to hit the hotel Starbucks rather than the one in the convention center. It's got a larger selection, longer hours, and smarter employees. At least, such was the case last year.
(crossposted to my personal journal.