Did you know that Gen Con features roving bands of musicians and comedians that want nothing more than to entertain you? In addition to the nearly 60 ticketed entertainment events, more than 70 film events, and 70 anime events, Gen Con features a cast of exciting live entertainers! You can learn more about them below.
The circus has come to Gen Con, the nerd circus that is! Acrobatica Infiniti’s all-ages circus features a cast of performance artists, including contortionists, jugglers, acrobats, and more. This modern-day mashup combines traditional circus performance within the context of contemporary Cosplay, Sci-Fi, and comic culture. It’s comedy. It’s spectacle. It’s fandom in the extreme and it’s one experience you’ll never forget!
Classically trained pianist turned Renaissance festival musician Apryl Knight will perform, “Music from many times, and many lands, on WAY too many instruments!”
Six-piece rock-band Canyon Spells first became friends playing Halo, Magic: The Gathering, and Dungeons & Dragons at a local hobby shop. A number of years and national tours later, they’re bringing their music back to where it all began: Gen Con.
Captain Ambivalentis a nerd-rock clean comedy singer/songwriter with a sparkly gold accordion, cape, and boots, performing solo in the proud tradition of Weird Al Yankovic, They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton, and Calvin and Hobbes, half of which are actually duos.
Three nerdalicious ladies and one dude in a dress compose the Damsels of Dorkington, a group guaranteed to make you laugh or cry with their unique Nerdcore Improv!
Dan the Bardcomposes, records, and performs songs about dragons…and the dungeons in which they dwell! Dan will be performing all four days of Gen Con on period-accurate instruments.
Shake along to the Different Drummer Belly Dancers as they highlight the world of The Avengers the whole weekend long with performances and classes set to their favorite music!
Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings*New for 2015* create Antebellum Anthems and Bygone Ballads. They’ll get your toes tapping and your arms aching to be wrapped around the one you miss most during their roving performances on Sunday.
Cats. Irish drinking songs. Science fiction. Nowhere else but in the bright imagination of Celtic musician Marc Gunn would those three elements be so neatly integrated.
Variety music quartet Il Troubadore has a growing list of more than 700 songs from 70+ countries and in 48 languages to amaze the ears of attendees. These include songs in constructed languages such as Klingon, Ewok, Huttese, and Elvish!
A mainstay of the Gen Con atmosphere since 2004, the crew of Marooned has released their last four albums and an EP here at the convention. Blending a mixture of pirate shanties, Irish music and a liberal dose of humor, Marooned has a sound that will get your toes tapping to some of your festival favorites.
Gentlemen, hold your hats upon your heads. Ladies, keep close your corsetry. Prepare yourself for the steam powered, funked out, bluesy, pseudo-slavic, old timey, americana, time-travelling antics of Water Street Bridge.
Make Gen Con Your Game Board
Don’t miss BattleKasters, a new frontier in mobile gaming at gaming conventions.
This free-to-play, downloadable mobile game will transform Gen Con into a magical game board that anybody can affect by playing.
Players can cast spells, collect digital trading cards and walk among Norse gods while they battle to close the stonefire portal to protect Earth from dark magic. Those who close the stonefire will win prizes, including copies of The Red Sun, the first book in the Legends of Orkney series on which BattleKasters is based.
Download the BattleKasters App before the show, and stop by the BattleKasters booth at the intersection of Hoosier and Crossroads outside of the Exhibit Halls to sign up to play.
While at the booth, meet the team behind Legends of Orkney and BattleKasters, including: transmedia author Alane Adams; renowned game designer Brent Friedman; and Jonathan Stroh, digital artist behind the book’s cover art and the game’s animation.
To learn more about BattleKasters, visit BattleKasters.com and sign up for updates on where else you can join the adventure.
Unlock the Power of Your Mind in:
Of Dreams and Magic
Become an Anima. Break the doubt and cast off its oppressive influence. Unlock the powers of your dreams and make magic real. See the waking world with a dreamer’s eyes and uncover the mystic denizens that live shoulder to shoulder with the rest of humanity. Places of myth, artifacts of power – learn all you can be prepared to face your own nightmares. Dreams are your battlefield, so come wage war against the Doubt and learn the truth all Anima cling to.
Magic is Real. And Dreams Matter.
Born out of decades of love for RPGs, years of hard work, and a successful Kickstarter campaign, ODAM Publishing is proud to introduce their namesake product: Of Dreams and Magic! And now for the next step on that journey: Gen Con 2015. The developers of ODAM will be showcasing Of Dreams and Magic at booth #2729, which will feature the debut of the Of Dreams and Magic Hardcover Edition!
Can’t wait until then? Go to www.odampublishing.com where you can purchase the digital PDF version right now. You can also pre-order the Hardcover book which we can ship or HAND-DELIVER to you at Gen Con. Anyone who comes to booth #2729 after ordering online (digital or hardcover) will also receive an additional free gift – just bring your order confirmation. Use Discount Code GENCON10 to receive 10% off all orders!
Gen Con Housing Cuts-Off Soon
Please be advised: the Gen Con housing block will close to new bookings at 11:59 pm (Eastern) on July 6. Changes to existing reservations may be made online or by contacting the housing call center (317-688-1323) until 11:59 pm (Eastern) on July 20.
Q-Rooms still has a limited number of rooms available, and new inventory comes online daily as cancellations occur. If you or your friends would like to book new reservations or change hotels, they recommend checking inventory frequently between now and the July 6 cut-off. After July 6, they can no longer accept new booking requests.
Score Big with Buca di Beppo
Have a big appetite and looking for a great place to game? Gen Con favorite Buca di Beppo, has you covered and has a great deal for you, too! Gen Con attendees can click this link for a coupon for 10% off their order and enjoy ample gaming space on their banquet room tables from 2 to 5 pm daily. Buca di Beppo is conveniently located just two blocks north-east of the Indiana Convention Center and offers hearty, family-style dishes.
Whether enjoying their garlic bread, salads, signature pasta dishes, a glass of wine, dessert, or sampling their gluten-free menu, there are many delicious options to sample while you use their ample table space for gaming. Make sure to bring in your exclusive Gen Con coupon!
Want to bring Gen Con wherever your adventures may take you? Always stay prepared with this lightweight, 65/35 cotton/poplin blend camp shirt. Easy to care for and wrinkle resistant, it features cooling side vents, chest pocket, and an embroidered 2015 tribal dragon design. Get it now in the Official Gen Con store.
Relax and Ride with GO Express
Reservations are now available for the 2015 Gen Con Shuttle. If you’re staying at the suburban block hotels, you can take the shuttle to and from the convention center at select times. Please note that registration has changed this year to guarantee riders a seat and avoid last minute waits.
A map with shuttle route service and hotel “campuses” is available by clicking here. Is your hotel not on the route? Let us know! Additional routes may be added, based on demand.
Ticket prices are $6 for a one way trip or $12 for a round trip. You will be emailed a confirmation for each reservation you make; this is your ticket. If you do not receive your email confirmation, please check your email’s spam folder. When you’re ready to ride, please print each confirmation and have it ready to provide to your driver. Please note that drivers cannot accept cash.