Comicpalooza amazed us at its size. The George R. Brown Convention Center is a large convention hall designed for the downtown area of the fourth largest city in the United States. We had more steps walking the convention center floor on our pedometer than we did at Star Wars Celebration (and for Celebration, we had to park about a mile away…here our hotel was attached to the convention center). We spent Friday in the main hall. Upstairs, there was an area for sports (roller derby and combat training). Most of the panel rooms were upstairs.
Also upstairs, was the gaming area.
First, there was the electronic gaming area. This was a bigger area than most cons gaming areas. Some indie companies games were putting on their latest games. There was a classic gaming space and place to learn about making games. Then we entered the George Bush Ballroom, a massive space. Half of it was dedicated to table top games. Still, half of the area was actually larger than some cons we have attended.
The amount of table top games being played show how active this community is. People were huddled in a circle playing Werewolf, a father and son were playing Destiny (and the kid is probably better than I am at the game), and groups were enjoying Settlers of Cataan.
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