As I sit here, winding down from three days of convention going and getting ready for a fourth, my mind keeps on going back to the huge joy it has been, meeting people like Jim Ward, Tim Kask, Erol Otus, Frank Mentzer, Jeff Dee, Paul Jaquays, and Dennis Sustare. These were people I knew as a child - I knew them from their words and art and designs. I knew them, but I never really met them.
With the smiles also comes the sighs that this is my first RPG convention. I am kicking myself that I never went out to meet Gary Gygax or Dave Arneson or Eric Holmes or Jim Roslof or the many others who contributed to the early days of rpgs and have passed on.
Go to a convention - these smaller conventions especially. Meet these people. Meet the other game designers and publishers who are following in their footsteps. Go meet an ocean of people who love rpgs as much as you do. It's well worth it.