THE GEMCON MEMORY SITE
The first Simutronics Convention was held in 1990, in St. Louis, MO at the King Henry VII Hotel. At that time, GemStone III and OrbWars (both available only through GEnie) were the only Simutronics products. While the OrbWars' social structure was not conducive to gatherings, Simutronics was eager to invite all the GemStone players. Thus the convention was called GemCon.
Fewer than 15 people attended this first official gathering. Some (but all) of the names of those have been listed below.
Although GemCon was the first OFFICIAL gathering, it was not THE first gathering. Gatherings have been a long standing tradition in Simutronics Products, starting with Simutronics' first public game, GemStone ][.
This gathering of GemStone ][ players (perhaps THE FIRST gathering?) took place at Merrymary's house in Las Vegas, in 1989.