I think the Ashcan Front is a great thing to promote playtesting and feedback. Toward that end, I am NOT going to go to the booth, find an ashcan or two that interest me
, and buy it.
Instead, since both of the folks I generally game with are also going to be at GenCon, I'm going to give Kat and Michele $10 each and ask them
to go to booth #1940
and buy the ashcan that they
most want to play. Much more likely that we'll actually pull together a game!
If your gaming buddies are going to GenCon (even if you aren't), think about doing something similar.