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Aug 1, 2017

This is the Celtfather Marc Gunn. Today, I'm gonna share some survival tips for anyone who wants to bring their kids to Gen Con. Gen Con is the longest running gaming convention in the world. It's located in Indianapolis, IN And they are celebrating their 50 year anniversary this year. Course I've only been performing there since 2007. But I remember dreaming about going back in the 80s when I was reading Dragon Magazine and playing D&D all the time. 

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Now I have two daughters of my own. And I keep waiting and waiting until I feel like my oldest daughter Kenzie will be join me. So last year, I pulled aside Nykki and Matt Boersma who bring their three kids to the convention every year. I asked them for advice. And to help other parents, I recorded it.

Oh! I don't think we mention it in the interview, but Gen Con also publishes a Family Fun Guide. So make sure pick up one of those at the convention.

But before we get to my interview, I want to share a little bit of news about what I will be up to at Gen Con this year.

Oh! I don't think we mention it in the interview, but Gen Con also publishes a Family Fun Guide. So make sure pick up one of those at the convention.

Not only do I busk at the convention every day. But I also do shows. This will be my busiest year at the convention yet. I kinda went overboard with the shows I setup. Here's where you can see me perform this year:

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Comedy Cabaret
Westin - Grand V @ 8 PM
Enjoy a comedy & music concert featuring many of Gen Con's best entertainers. It's an evening of smashing laughter and fun, LIVE on one stage for your comedic convenience! TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE

Hobbit Drinking Songs with Marc Gunn @ 9 PM
Crowne Plaza - Conrail
The Celtfather presents festive & fine songs from Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit, straight from the Shire, suitable for any pub in this or any other realm. SOLD OUT! Arrive early with generics and you might still get a spot.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Firefly Drinking Songs @ 8 PM
Westin - Capitol II
Are you're a Browncoat? Do you love Joss Whedon's Firefly & Serenity? Sing-along with Gunn as he shares songs from the Verse, pub-style, like in that wee pub in Canton. SOLD OUT! Arrive early with generics and you might still get a spot.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Silly Irish Songs for Cat Lovers with Marc Gunn @ 2pm
Crowne Plaza - Conrail
Love cats? Irish music? Drinking songs? Join Marc for a rollicking evening of hair-raising, feline fun as he shares music from his two hit CD series. 22 TIX STILL AVAILABLE

Nerd Celtic Pub Songs with Marc Gunn @ 9 PM
Crowne Plaza : Victoria Stn A
Are you a Geek? Love to sing and laugh? Join Marc Gunn for an evening of raucous, fun songs from long, long ago, at a convention near you! Firefly, Hobbits, Dragons, Star Trek, Star Wars and more! 36 TIX STILL AVAILABLE

Go to http://marcgunn.com/gencon/ for updated showtimes, news and links to other great performances at the convention.

I have a new CD that will be coming to the convention. It's called Name On My Soul and is by my band Kilted Kings. My new Firefly CD is not yet done. The album is called As Long As I'm Flyin'. However, I will have postcards with info on how you can join the Gunn Runners Club to get a digital copy of the album as one of the Patreon gifts. And on August 14th, you can buy my new single. It's called "Wherever I May Roam". It's the acoustic solo version. Watch the video on YouTube. Follow the link in the shownotes.

If you're not familiar with my Gunn Runners Club. It is my home on Patreon. 121 people generously pledge $1 per month or more to support my music. You get free albums and mp3s, early versions of songs and lyrics, behind-the-scenes podcasts, a stereo version of the Pub Songs Podcast and first look at new videos. You can see all the cool gifts you get for just $1 at http://marcgunn.com/us/.

Special thanks to Jen Wallace who upped her monthly pledge. Thank you!

Finally, if you want to learn a little bit about my D&D characters. Not only do I have a song called "Those Are Characters Who Died" on my album Sci Fi Drinking Songs.

But I also did an interview earlier this year on podcast called Tell Me About Your Character. You'll find a link in the shownotes.

Alright, on to my interview with Nykki and Matt Boersma. Here's what we talk about:

  • Different layer of planning
  • Pro Tip: Don't bring newborn to Gen Con!
  • Kids area in the Exhibit Hall
  • Kid-friendly events
  • Cosplay with Kids. Halloween costume made early!
  • School runs against Gen Con
  • Shared babysitting with other Gen Con friends
  • Taking breaks for avoiding over-stimulation
  • Food trucks offer lots of food options
  • Kids budgeting at con "What's my budget, Mom?"
  • Pro Tip: Burner cellphones
  • Gen Con Offers Underage Kids Registration
  • Big Sunday discount for 4-pack of badges 
  • Gen Con has had babysitting services. There are also some that work at the con like Sitters to the Rescue.
  • Pro Tip: What is the Pathfinder Society?
  • What's the best thing about Gen Con from the kid's perspective.

You can support my music and travels for as little as $1 per month when you join the Gunn Runners Club and become a patron of my music. If you enjoy this show, subscribe to the podcast and my mailing list at celtfather.com.