The Featured Presenters will share their expertise, experience, and industry adventures with you as they host seminars and participate in free-to-attend panels. Those interested in learning about the game industry and taking part in vital industry discussions will love the Industry Insider programming. You can learn about the Industry Insider Featured Presenters (IIFP) at their dedicated IIFP page on gencon.com.
All the exciting panels and seminars hosted as part of the Industry Insider program will be available for review when Event Registration opens on May 28 at noon (Eastern).
Gen Con is also thrilled to announce Margaret Weis as the Gen Con 50 Industry Insider Guest of Honor! Margaret Weis helped create and co-authored the best-selling series, Dragonlance Chronicles and Dragonlance Legends. A New York Times Best-Selling Author, she has written and created several popular series, including the Deathgate novels.
Margaret will attend all four days of Gen Con 50, participating in panels as a part of the Industry Insider program.
Tabletop Artisans’ Adventurers Kit Kickstarter
Gen Con has another awesome new Kickstarter to showcase today. The Adventurer’s Kit from Tabletop Artisans just launched, and is already FULLY FUNDED. Tabletop Artisans has created a new high quality case designed specifically to store and transport all your dice, minis, writing utensils, gaming gear, and more. Your character sheet and books will fit neatly into this modular design, so you can game conveniently on the go. The Adventurer’s Kit is a great item to add to your inventory.
Their cases can carry everything a player needs for their favorite tabletop game. It will hold far more than a typical case, and even has space for books and character sheets. For the gamer on the go, the case can transform into a fully functional, beautiful gaming space that keeps everything together. Whether playing on your favorite game table or in an enchanted glade, the Adventurer’s Kit is a great addition to your gear.
Click the link and check out all the cool customization options. Also, you can like them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram to get exclusive pics and updates from the Tabletop Artisans team.
Last Call! Sun King Brewing Beer Naming Contest (21+ Only)
Did you submit your name to the Sun King Brewing naming contest for the Official Beer of Gen Con 50? This is the last call for names, so submit your choices quickly at this link. Starting on Monday, the Sun King and Gen Con teams will begin paring down the list to create a pool of finalists, then you’ll help us choose your favorite!
Will your submitted names have what it takes to join former winners? Past winners include 20-SIDED RYE, DRINK ON AND PROSPER ALE, FROTH OF KHAN, FLAGON SLAYER, and ALE OF DESTINY.
Help the Sun King and Gen Con teams come up with the perfect name for this year’s beer, and you can win the Grand Prize of two (2) complimentary badges to your choice of Gen Con 50 or Gen Con 2018. PLUS- $100 in Sun King Brewing Gift Cards and an official Sun King t-shirt. You’ll have a lifetime of bragging rights and will be able to buy a can of a beer that you named. This contest is only available to US residents, ages 21+. Additional rules can be found at the contest link.
NUVO Media Partnership
The Gen Con team is happy to announce an extension of its media partnership with Indianapolis’ NUVO newspaper and media organization. As part of this agreement, for the fourth consecutive year, Gen Con will produce a Beginner’s Guide insert in NUVO papers the week of Gen Con 50. These inserts will have maps, show information, and info that you won’t want to miss. NUVO also will provide local coverage of Gen Con 50 for both print and social media. Celebrating its 27th year, NUVO provides a free arts paper throughout Indianapolis with numerous downtown pick-up locations.
ICYMI: Gen Con 50 to Expand to Field Level of Lucas Oil Stadium
As announced last week via media release, Gen Con 50 will increase its presence within Lucas Oil Stadium (LOS), adding the play field used by the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. This expansion adds to Gen Con’s footprint which includes the Indiana Convention Center (ICC), numerous participating hotels, and existing convention and meeting spaces within Lucas Oil Stadium.
As part of this new space agreement, Gen Con’s Games Library & Pick-up Play space will relocate from the ICC, expanding further in its new location on the LOS field. This area will offer a new “weekend pass” event ticket option, while supplies last.
Game companies such as Gen Con 50 Co-Sponsor Mayfair Games, Twilight Creations, WizKids Games, and numerous event organizers will host activities on the field. A dedicated, free-to-play Kids’ events space will launch in LOS on the field level, as well. True Dungeon and Anime & Animation events will return to Lucas Oil Stadium’s convention and meeting spaces.
To commemorate 2017’s historic Gen Con 50, the convention will create a showcase area on the LOS field that honors the first Gen Con, held in the 1967. In this space, attendees will get to see an homage construction of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin’s Horticultural Hall, located right on the field. Football fans will be happy to note that this area will be located right on the 50-yard line of LOS. This space will include gaming artifacts and tributes to the early Gen Con events. Attendees will have an opportunity to take their picture with the tribute façade of the Horticultural Hall, as well as participate in guided tours of the museum experience. And of course, there will be games to play.
The Gen Con team hopes that you experience 50 years of gaming in one day! Further information about additional Gen Con 50 programming at Lucas OIl Stadium and the ICC will become available in the coming weeks.
Join the Gen Con 50 Event Team
Love Gen Con? Ever wanted to get experience working in the events industry? Gen Con has opened applications for its Gen Con 50 Event Team. Event Team roles are all paid positions with benefits based on the amount of time you want to dedicate during the convention. Those at least 18 years of age or older may apply.
You may join the program in either 16 or 32-hour positions. Some examples of Event Team responsibilities include replenishing Program Book stock, monitoring event spaces, and providing breaks for Gen Con Captains.
For those interested in becoming a part of the Gen Con family, learning the in-and-outs of operating a convention, and are prepared to work at least 36 hours over the course of the show, choose the Apprentice Level of Gen Con’s Mentorship Program and work your way up through the ranks!
Interested? “Join” the ranks today. You must complete your application by July 31.