In less than a month, Gen Con 2016 will be here! Badges are still available via gencon.com with 24-hour Will Call pick-up. If you ordered your badge and event tickets to be fulfilled through USPS shipping, then you should receive it in the coming days and weeks. Want to join Gen Con discussions? Check out Gen Con’s Facebook page, follow the convention on Twitter, explore great new images on Instagram, or take part in the conversation on Gen Con’s Community forums. If you’ve been watching downtown inventory in anticipation of booking a room, please note that the cut-off date to book new reservations in the official Gen Con housing block is 11:59 PM (Eastern) on July 11. Existing reservations may be modified (including change of hotels, room types, guest names, and billing card details) until system shut-down at 11:59 PM (Eastern), July 25.
Play FAST and FUN with Spin Master Games in Room 134
It’s time to get your GAME ON! Come play one of Spin Master Games’ FAST, FUN, and EASY games. Cash and Game Prizes All Day! Test your reflexes, memory, and musical chops with The Wave. Beat the bell with Spot Five, the fast fruit-finding game. Test your hand speed with Quick Cups, the fast stacking, color-matching game. Challenge your friends to Bellz, the addictive, challenging, and magnetically fun game or take a crack at Stack Jack, the game of balance beams and stacking timber! Plus, sign up and experience a LIVE Escape Room! It’s a prison break as you and your fellow inmates track down clues, solve puzzles and determine a four-digit combination to unlock the door and break out from a maximum-security prison. Limited tickets available at Event Registration. There will be CASH and game prizes all day Saturday and Sunday, and “Open Play, All Day” in Room 134!
American Mensa to Sponsor VIG Lounge
American Mensa is hosting the Very Important Gamers Lounge (the VIG) at Gen Con 2016. VIGs are invited to relax, recharge, and if they feel like it, take the official online Mensa Practice Test for just $1.00. Use code GENCON16. Come by and rest your weary gaming brains at the notorious VIG!
2016 Costume Parade
Don’t miss the exciting Costume Parade, an amazing Gen Con tradition! Starting around 3 pm on Saturday, August 6, the parade has an all-new route for 2016! Costumed attendees: Want to participate? Gather near Hall A before 3 pm. Interested on-lookers: Please ensure that you are standing outside of common walkways and are near the walls. This will allow an easy flow of traffic and great viewing for all. The parade will muster just outside Hall A. It will then enter Hall A crossing through the Event Hall and exiting out of Hall D. It will continue east along the Wabash-West corridor through the Wabash Lobby where it will exit outside. There the parade continues east down Maryland Street through the Maryland Street Motor Lobby, where it will turn right at the corner of Capital Avenue and will conclude at the Capital Avenue Plaza.
A Message from Marketing Partner Kickstarter
“You have heard snakes described as creatures of wisdom. In fact, your beloved mother told you that snakes taught the ancient ones the art of medicine. So when a massive serpent crosses your path, you sheath your sword (and your fear) and set yourself down to heed its wise advice. The wily old reptile noses its way into your pack and dips into your precious potion, drinking the whole draught in one sinuous inhalation. Sighing contentedly, the serpentine sage burps forth this sutra: ‘Seek salutations centrally to Indianapolis. Spy surreptitiously schemes at Gen Con. Summon sentient soldiers to Room 143. Sortie forth sprightly to see Savage Worlds Rifts, The Gods War, Slap .45, Giant Killer Robots, Phoenix: Dawn Command, and … otherssssss.’ Enlightened, you know your path is true, and journey to Gen Con you must. Bidding farewell to your drunken reptilian interlocutor, you wonder what next obstacle you will encounter on your path.” Run, don’t slither, to Kickstarter’s “Demo the Best of Kickstarter” events!
Lone Shark Games – Booth 2847
Join Lone Shark Games at Gen Con Exhibit Hall Booth 2847 to see the amazing things they’ve got coming in the next year! You’ll get your first hands-on playthrough of the highly anticipated Apocrypha Adventure Card Game, Lone Shark’s followup to its hit Pathfinder Adventure Card Game series. Hurtle a billion years into the future with the upcoming skillbuilding game The Ninth World, based on Monte Cook Games’s Numenera RPG. Pick up a copy of The Maze of Games, Lone Shark’s acclaimed puzzle novel. Get an early preview of Thornwatch, the first game in the Eyrewood Adventures line, Lone Shark’s ongoing collaboration with Penny Arcade. For decidedly lighter fare, try their ridiculous real-time game Sausage Party! They will also have products from their friends at Cheapass Games!
Lone Shark’s designers, headed by Mike Selinker, will be in full effect at the booth, and you can meet Gen Con 2016 Industry Insiders such as Elisa Teague and Marie Poole there. Penny Arcade’s Mike “Gabe” Krahulik will also be joining the Sharks on-site. At the Gen Con Puzzle Hunt booth – now entering its 15th year – you can solve challenging puzzles and win a pass to Gen Con 50 in 2017!
Come swim with the Sharks!
Spaces for the Animation/Cosplay Marketplace (formerly “Anime Artists’ Alley”) for Gen Con 2016 are on-sale! Artists and creators of original content are an important part of the convention experience and there is discounted space for local talent to sell their commissions, prints, and other handcrafted goods in Lucas Oil Stadium! This year, Wasabi Anime is offering 1/2 spaces (4’ x 24”) for $100 and full spaces (8’ x 24”) for $210. SPACE IS LIMITED! Complete details and registration instructions are in the application form. If you have any questions, please email GenCon@WasabiAnime.com.
Important Pre-Show Reminders
With Gen Con 2016 only a few weeks away, here are some important reminders for attendees and prospective attendees.
You still may purchase a badge for Gen Con 2016 on gencon.com. While Pre-Registration has ended, badges are available with free 24-hour Will Call, beginning at noon on Wednesday, August 3 in the Indiana Convention Center (ICC). Customer Service phone lines are currently experiencing issues, so email communication to email@example.com is recommend for any CS needs.
Please bring a government-issued photo ID for Will Call pick-up.
You also may purchase single-day and 4-Day badges on-site at the ICC. Trade Day badges will not be available for purchase at the show.
Event Ticket Refunds: the deadline has passed to process any pre-show ticket refunds. Tickets can be refunded at Gen Con 2016, beginning on August 3, at the Customer Service kiosk. Events that conflict will need to be processed on-site as well.
Please wear comfortable shoes, stay hydrated, and make sure to eat and sleep regularly. It can be tempting to game all weekend long, but remember that “Constitution” is a key character stat! If you’re out experiencing Georgia Street, sunscreen and water are a must.
Breaking Games (Booth 1749) has the COOLEST NEW GAMES
Looking for great new games? Breaking Games, a Gen Con Event Partner, has some COOL options. Save the Dark ages in KING’S ABBEY! Escape a moon prison in MOONQUAKE ESCAPE. Take a POCKET DUNGEON QUEST (with the brand new expansion). Engage your brain with 2016 Mensa Winner CIRCULAR REASONING, LETTER TYCOON, 4THE BIRDS, MATCH PLUS, or CONVERT. For Action and Group Fun Play BOOMTOWN BANDITS – The d6 shoot ‘em up with luck and strategy. WESTERN PAIRS Get your deck signed by game designer James Ernest! Live Game shows – Play GAME OF 49 or BILLIONAIRE BANSHEE – Play live on Stage for Prizes! POOP THE GAME – KEEP CALM (brand new) and Game of Phones are in the house! Suddenly Drunk turns ANY turn-based game at Gen Con into a drinking game. All of these party games make great gifts. Discover AURA (new at Gen Con), a clever five-suit card game with modern CCG mechanics! They also will have KLASK in the USA – a great pub style hockey/soccer tabletop game for your home. The 2016 US Gen Con Champion will win in a trip to Denmark! And, as always with Breaking Games, you can come meet their designers at their booth (1749). Learn directly from them, and get your games autographed!
A Message from Event Partner Cards Against Humanity
“Come to the Cards Against Humanity Hidey-Hole at room 143. Large crowds make us nervous, so we’ve created a cozy hole for you to hide in and play games like Secret Hitler and Phoenix: Dawn Command. You can even playtest unpublished Cards Against Humanity cards and tell us how bad they are. Check out this link to see all of our events, and bring your quietest friends.” – Cards Against Humanity
Companies & Gaming Groups Last Call for GMs
Several companies and gaming groups are looking for additional GMs to help run their events. Help run these events, and you may earn a free badge, swag or other benefits! Check these threads in Gen Con’s GM forums from groups still actively looking for help.
If your favorite company or gaming group isn’t on this list, they may still need help. Reach out to them to see if there is any way you can pitch in. Finally, we still have some event space available if you have been thinking about running events, but to make sure that details can be finalized before the convention, this is basically the last call for events. Get your details in now and we’ll get you squared away.
A Message from Event Partner Coolstuffinc.com
“CoolStuffInc.com is ready for another trip back to Gen Con! We here at CSI are dedicated to being the best in customer service, selection, and prices for hobby games of all sorts and can’t wait to get back to Indianapolis. We have two huge booths at the show – enough to fully cover card and board gamers alike! Our first booth, #1501, focuses on Collectable Card Games like Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Pokemon, along with Miniatures from X-Wing, Heroclix, D&D Minis, and much more! Got cards or minis you don’t play with any longer? Let CSI take them off your hands with a whopping 30% Store Credit bonus for those looking to sell products to us during the entire show. And a little birdie told me to look closely in the Gen Con Coupon Book for a chance at even more value out of the cards and minis you sell to us! Booth #1709 is focused solely on Board Games. All shapes, all sizes, casual to hardcore, including recent hot board game releases from Quick Simple Fun Games like Celestia! Look for Ding & Dent sales at the booth and keep your eyes peeled for another special coupon regarding Celestia in the Gen Con Coupon Book! Visit us at CoolStuffInc.com and we’ll see you at the show!”
Event Partner Upper Deck at Gen Con 2016
Upper Deck returns to Gen Con with never before seen games and even more tournaments!
Sign up for all three $10K tournaments, featuring Legendary®, Legendary® Encounters, and Vs System™ 2PCG®.
The fun starts at 10 am on Thursday with the Legendary® Encounters 10K. Battle other players over trophies and honor to become the top Predator.
On Friday at 10 am the Vs System™ 2PCG® 10K kicks off by pitting players against one another. This tournament will feature every VS System 2PCG set released so far including the new Alien Battles set releasing at Gen Con.
Saturday is the day to “Become Legendary!” The Legendary 10K begins at 10 am and will feature characters and schemes from the Legendary: Civil War set
Beginner Games and Win a Box tournaments happen all day, every day of the show, including new games from Legendary®, Legendary® Encounters, and Vs System™ 2PCG®, and much more.
Anime & Animation 2016 Guest of Honor: Matthew Mercer
An actor and voice talent known for many roles in animation and video games, including Attack on Titan, Batman: Arkham Knight, Kill Ia Kill, League of Legends, One Piece, Overwatch, and Resident Evil 6, he is also the DM for the hit Twitch show Critical Role on Geek & Sundry. He will be talking about anime voice acting, video game voice acting, Making Cartoons Talk, and hosting a Q&A on Attack on Titan. You can see his full schedule (including his autograph sessions) here.
Industry Insider Featured Events: With dozens of exciting insider events with a whole, new cast of featured presenters, there are great seminar and panel options for anyone interested in breaking into the field of games. Check out fascinating, free events like Game Design 101 or Hacking As Other: Minority Game Design. Scriptwriting Panel & Acting for Film Panel: Did you know that in addition to screenings and festival awards, the Gen Con Film Festival also has panels? Learn how to write a script and disappear into a role with these two interesting discussions with film pros. Tak Tournament: Did you back the popular Tak Kickstarter? Join the US Tak Association for a Year 0 tournament. Players will receive participation prizes with special prizes for 1st & 2nd place winners. Agricola U.S. Tournament Qualifier: Think you have what it takes to become the Agricola champion? Are you willing to bet the farm on it? These three Mayfair Games’ qualifier events are for you! Critical Role Q&A event: You bring the questions; the Critical Role crew will have the answers! Lively discussion guaranteed!
There are 16,000+ events in the Gen Con Event Finder. Looking for some more great event options for 2016? Still rounding out your schedule? Check out these events! 2016 Mayfair Games & Gen Con Charity Event: Saboteur Tournament: This great charity event, live on Georgia Street, just got better. The top eight finishers in this tournament now will receive Gen Con 50 (2017) Promo Passes! Proceeds benefit charity, so you can win great prizes and do great work for the Indy community! A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Introductory Tournament: REPOSTED WITH CORRECTED TIME Winter is coming … in August in Indy. You have been sentenced to “trial by combat.” With prizes and merriment, this battle is set to begin at 10 am on Sunday.
Codenames Challenge: Shhhhh. Spies are everywhere. Pick a partner and try to advance, playing the Gen Con debut Codenames: Pictures. White Wizard Games: Whether you’re interested in Epic, Hero Realms, or Star Realms, there are numerous options to play great White Wizard titles. Nerd Night @ Gen Con: Sponsored by BoardGameGeek.com, here is another great way to play games for charity! Hundreds have signed up, get in, and get gaming!
There are 15,000+ events with hundreds of titles from A-to-Z. Today, the newsletter is headed to “Z” and the grim beyond! Let’s talk about awesome zombie events at Gen Con 2016! Entertaining Events from Zombie Orpheus Entertainment (ZOE): Whether you’re interested in films, live entertainment, or Q&A events, popular gaming group ZOE has something for you! Twilight Creations Zombies!!!: Some of the most popular zombie-themed game titles come from Twilight Creations. Check out their events … if you dare! Outbreak: A 40-person zombie LARP?! Four GMs? A surprise twist at the end? Outbreak is a can’t miss gaming experience! Cards vs. Zombies: A live, evolving convention-wide game from the creators of Humans vs. Zombies designed specifically for Gen Con. Headband-wearing undead will attempt to tag and turn every participating human in the convention into a zombie. Zombicide: Want to learn to play CMON’s Zombicide? Materials are provided, so just bring your BRAAAAAINS! Twenty Yard Shamble: In Twenty Yard Shamble, players are owners of racing zombies. They pit their zombie against the other zombies in a series of races. Players can place prestige bets on any of the racing zombies, including their own, and earn points if those zombies win, place or show. Lori’s Midnight Game: Zombies Vs. Humanity. What happens when you cross a zombie RPG with your favorite NSFW card game? Bring a twisted sense of humor & a d10. Tastelessly kill some zombies with only your wits, your _______, & a _______.
Ruth’s Chris Steak Breaks Available – with New Deal!
Back for its SIXTH year as a proud supporter of Gen Con, Ruth’s Chris Steak House is offering its STEAK BREAK lunch on Friday, August 5!
Steak Break has become a must-order lunch for gamers on the go. For $10.95, you get two Kobe-style beef sliders, chips, and a GIANT fresh-baked cookie. NEW THIS YEAR: Order lunch for your entire gaming group and get a great discount. You can get five STEAK BREAKS for just $50! Add a bottled soda or water at pick-up for just a buck each (cash only on drinks). Feed your entire gaming table.
Steak Breaks are pre-order only and available for pick-up on Friday, August 5 from 11 am to 2 pm at Ruth’s Chris, just 2½ short blocks from the Indiana Convention Center at 45 S. Illinois Street. Want to let Ruth’s Chris Downtown Indianapolis know how much you love their support of Gen Con? Please like their Facebook page!
Ready to order delicious steak sliders for your gaming group? Click this link. PayPal is accepted. Ordering closes on July 29, so don’t delay!
Collectible Challenge Coins
New for 2016, these collectible coins for Gen Con 2016 are freshly minted for you! Looking for even more great, new officially licensed Gen Con products? Check out the entire 2016 collection at OffWorld’s Gen Con Store.
Experience Gen Con with the Official Syrinscape SoundSet
Syrinscape has released an officially licensed Syrinscape Gen Con SoundSetwith custom-made audio app features thousands of sound samples provided by you, the Gen Con attendee! The Syrinscape Gen Con SoundSet transports attendees to the exhilaration of the legendary Gen Con Exhibit Hall, regales with cosplayers and character stories and unleashes a massive monster attack on the convention. Further, the new SoundSet includes the mighty roar of the official Gen Con dragon courtesy of 2015 attendee Simon Cantwell. Syrinscape audio is available at the touch of a button on most mobile devices, PCs, or Macs. Each app is available to try for free, can be completely unlocked for free for 30 days at Syrinscape.com/freetrial, and includes two free SoundSets to keep after the trial. To download the free Board Game Player, Sci-Fi Player, or Syrinscape Fantasy Player, visit Syrinscape.com. The Syrinscape Gen Con SoundSet is available on Syrinscape.com for $3.99.