Gen Con 2016 Event Registration will begin this Sunday, May 15 at noon (Eastern), and remain open until the close of the convention. If you have never participated in Event Registration, the Gen Con team released a newsletter earlier this week that went into detail about how to find events, create your Wish List, how Generic Tickets work, and more. You can read that newsletter in its archived web format, if you have questions about Event Registration. There also is a dedicated Gen Con forum page for frequently asked questions about Event Registration.
Have account issues? Please send them in now to Gen Con’s Customer Service team, as later this week, they will have a high volume of customer inquiries.
Industry Insider Guest of Honor and Featured Presenters
Each year, Gen Con offers an Industry Insider program, offering panels and workshops covering topics in the game industry. This program is curated yearly by an Advisory Panel, which for 2016 includes author Matt Forbeck, author and speaker Ajit George, and Green Ronin Publishing Owner/GM Nicole Lindroos. In 2016, the program will feature 25 Featured Presenters and a Guest of Honor, all of which will take part in discussions about the game industry. Gen Con’s 2016 Industry Insider program has made it a mission to focus on diverse voices in the industry, and will have panels and seminars to incorporate some fresh perspectives into gaming discussion. The Featured Presenters include a wide range of backgrounds, including game designers, authors, event organizers, and more. Their experiences should make for interesting discussions of all things gaming.
Have questions about your favorite games and game systems? Want to know what it is like to work in the industry? This program is just for you!
This year’s Industry Insider Guest of Honor is game design veteran Michael Pondsmith, a designer with credits including the Cyberpunk RPG, the Mekton RPG, and many more. Currently an instructor at DigiPen Institute of Technology, Michael Pondsmith brings a wealth of game industry acumen to the Industry Insider program.
The Gen Con Events team will add Industry Insider panels and seminars, including Michael Pondsmith’s events, to the system in the following weeks.
2016 Cool Events
Multi-year attendees may have seen Gen Con’s “Hot Events” newsletters in 2014 and 2015, showcasing interesting events with available tickets. For this year’s newsletters, events are going to get even “cooler.” Currently, you can add these events to your Wish Lists, and in future weeks, you will be able to link directly to events (sign-in required).
Now, this week’s slate of “Cool Events”:
2016 Mayfair Games & Gen Con Charity Event: Saboteur Tournament
Listen all y’all this is Saboteur! Each year, Gen Con Co-Sponsor Mayfair Games has generously hosted events to benefit the yearly Gen Con charity. This year, live on Georgia Street on Saturday, August 6 at 6 pm, they will host a multi-round Saboteur tournament, where only the sneakiest dwarven miners will make it to the end. You don’t necessarily need to get the gold to be the winner, as the prizes and participation rewards for this tournament are great! Proceeds will benefit The PourHouse, Gen Con 2016’s Official Charity. Add this event to your Wish List now, as it will sell out!
The “Concert Against Humanity”
New Gen Con Event Partner Cards Against Humanity will offer 100 discounted seats to their second annual Concert Against Humanity taking place Saturday, August 6 at the Murat Theater. Enjoy an evening of entertainment along with a bag of goodies collected by the CAH team, all for the discounted price of $36.
Note: This event features PG-13 content, not intended for minors.”
Never played Pathfinder before? Want a free tutorial on how to get started? Paizo will hold a Pathfinder 101 seminar on Thursday, August 4 at 1 pm. This is a great springboard into roleplaying games, and also a great entry point for veteran dice-rollers into the world of Pathfinder.
Next week, there will be a dedicated “Cool Events” newsletter with even more great options!
Gen Con 2016 Drinkware
You’ll be the toast of the town with Gen Con’s 2016 drinkware line-up! With an all-new collectible pint glass, travel cup, and shot glass, this year’s assortment will quench your thirst for gaming goods! They are available now in OffWorld Design’s Official Gen Con Store.