Navigating DragonCon to find Us in the Exhibit Hall
If you’ve never been to DragonCon in Atlanta, Georgia, you better take a friend who’s been before. The maze of hotels, skywalks, and streets all named Peachtree is VERY confusing. I called the AmericasMart to figure out how to tell you to get to my booth. Er…you might want to print this out. Or save myÂ maps to your phone.
Saturday and Sunday Â 10am-7pm
Monday (get in FREE! read below) 10amâ€“5pm
Easiest, Most Direct
The Hyatt hotel is sandwiched between Peachtree Center Ave NE and Peachtree St. NEâ€””Center” is between it and the Marriott Marquis hotel. The circle drive exits onto Peachtree St. NE.
Exit the Hyatt at the circle drive and take a left, crossing at John Portman Blvd. You may want to cross twice so you end up catty-corner to the Hyatt. Look at the map; it’ll make more sense.
Walk one block on John Portman Blvd. to the intersection with Ted Turner Blvd. (Just to make things more confusing, most local people know Ted Turner Blvd. as Spring Street. They changed the name in 2015). Cross Ted Turner Blvd. to get to the entrance there on the corner.
The AmericasMart Building 2 is handily marked with a GIANT RED COLUMN. That’s where you want to go in, my friend.
You’ll enter the lobby and take the escalators up twice to reach the 3rd floor. There are also elevators for those who need it.
From the Westin Hotel
A lot of my customers have told me they’re staying at the Westin, so here’s the best way I know to get to my booth without touching a hot, humid, city street.
Cross the skywalk from the 2nd floor of the Westin (it’s actually so short you may not notice it’s a skywalk) into AmericasMart Building 1, Floor 2.
Turn left and Â take the escalators down to Floor 1. Fair warning; this floor is usually the most crowded. It may actually be easier to take the street after all.
Turn left and take the skywalk over to AmericasMart Building 2, Floor 2. (Note you’re crossing from Bldg. 1 Floor 1 to Bldg. 2 Floor 2. Atlanta!).
I’ve been told you’ll enter the main lobby there. Take the escalators up one level to Floor 3.
Now, a Floor Map!
Carolina Game Tables is located in Booth 811, AmericasMart Bldg. 2, Floor 3. We’re on the main aisle so exit the lobby and walk straight back through the Exhibit Hall almost to the rear escalators. We’re on the left.
Truly get lost? Text me (Jodi) at 828-409-0959 and I’ll try to walk you through it…literally.
Monday is the Best Day to Shop
Labor Day Monday is the last day of the convention, and it’s the best day to shop the Exhibit Hall! Some vendors have sold out by this day, so if there’s something in particular you’re coming to buy, don’t wait. They don’t show up if there’s nothing to sell, but we’ll be there.
I’ve discussed it with con organizers and if you did not buy a badge but want to see my tables, they will let you in for FREE on the last day, Labor Day. That’s right, they promised me you don’t have to pay just to visit one booth in the hall! (Of course, your eyes may wander as you walk through the hall…)
The Exhibitors will be open from 10amâ€”5pm on Monday, so don’t wait.Â
If you have any trouble getting in on Monday, please call me(Jodi) at 828-409-0959.Â
Gen Con 2016 Report and More Cons: DragonCon, MACE, and PAX South!
“I had no idea how big Gen Con was,” said a friend helping us with the booth this year.
He knew the statsâ€”61,000 attendeesâ€”and how that compares to other corporate events he’s attended as a professional. Our own Carolina Panthers Bank of America stadium has 60,000 seats. That’s a lot of people, but Gen Con is hardly the only event gathering that many people together.
It is the place with the most gamers, though, and that’s where it’s awesome.
If you’re thinking about going for the 50th anniversary celebration next year, be prepared!Â Sign up for their newsletter and read it as soon as it hits your inbox; otherwise you might miss out on the dreaded hotel lottery. You may also want to volunteer or GM to help reduce the cost of the badge. Plan to bring cash for the food trucks: the variety of food trucks alone is worth going to Indianapolis for (my favorite one this year wasÂ Oooweee Chicken, for the name alone). Most food trucks take the card, but cash is faster and the line may be shorter. Since there’s so much to see and do, you don’t want to waste it in line.
If you think you can only attend once, study the event listings and sign up for everything that looks interesting to you. Leave room for serendipity, though.
If you are hoping to break into the industry, Gen Con is the place to make new friends and network. Plan out who you want to work with, and be prepared to prowl the Exhibit Hall so you’re there for the best time to meet those in charge. Don’t be shy: tell them what you want to do, and why they should let you do it. Being a fan helps, but bring a portfolio or some other demonstration of skill.
Tables Available and PAX South!
We do not usually stock tables ready to ship; each one is begun only when ordered. At Gen Con we sold three of our display tables, leaving us with enough to show at DragonCon and MACE later this year.
Coming to DragonCon? Find us on the 3rd floor of the AmericasMart Building Two, with the other exhibitors. Many of the special guests will be on floor 3, and more on floor 4! (You may want to start at the top and work your way down). Gaming has moved to the Westin and connects to Building Two on the 2nd floor…I think. DragonCon has always required a wayfinder just to figure out where anything is!Â We have the $799Â “Topless” Coffee Game TableÂ in Cherry finish and Dark Brown fabric available for sale at DragonCon.
At MACE, we plan to sell anÂ $1199Â Kitchen Game Table in Elm finish and Classic Burgundy fabric and a $899Â Coffee Game Table in Cherry finish and Forest Green fabric. This is our favorite convention of the year, period. We hope you’ll join us!
We start next year by attendingÂ PAX South in San Antonio, Texas.Â If you are interested in getting free shipping to San Antonio in January, contact [email protected] We have limited space in the The Beast to bring tables with us, so don’t think about it too long.Â
We’ll use your table for display on the floor and possibly to play on, and you take it home Sunday! You will be required to make a deposit on the table immediately. Please note we may need to charge and collect Sales Tax which is currently 8.25%.
Next year’s con schedule is already shaping up to be a busy one. Want us at a con near you? Email [email protected] and give him your best pitch!