Gen Con attendees will get their first chance to view the initial list of Gen Con 50 events at noon (Eastern) on Sunday, May 14 when the official Event Catalog launches on gencon.com. With the release of the Event Catalog, attendees can begin building their Wish Lists on gencon.com, preparing for the opening of Event Registration on Sunday, May 28 at noon (Eastern). Gen Con provides several different ways to explore the event listings with more than 10,000 events available for initial exploration and thousands more on the way. You can start planning your gaming schedule this weekend!
Never participated in Event Registration? Gen Con will release several newsletters in the coming weeks to explain how to create your Wish List, participate in Event Registration, and purchase event tickets.
While the Event Catalog will debut with thousands of events to explore, this offering is just an initial list of available events. Events, as always, are subject to change. Don’t see an old favorite? Don’t stress; many events will be added soon. Additional events, including some from large event organizers, will get added to the listings in the coming weeks. Mattel Games Returns to Gen Con
Mattel Games™, the makers of UNO®, Magic 8 Ball® and Rock Em Sock Em Robots®, will return in 2017 to celebrate the historic Gen Con 50! Mattel is excited to showcase the 2014 Kinderspiel de Jahres winner, Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters™, in addition to revealing their newest strategy game, Wizards Wanted™. Wizards Wanted™ is a game about four traveling wizards who use pixie dust to perform odd jobs around the countryside, hoping to become the most famous wizard in the land. With the cost of pixie dust constantly in flux, you’ll need to use a lot of planning and a little bit of luck to come out on top!
Gen Con attendees will also have the opportunity to meet and play with game designers Brian Yu (Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters™) and Nick Hayes (Wizards Wanted™), all while experiencing Mattel’s newest games firsthand! But it’s not all pixie dust and poltergeists… guests will also have the opportunity to pick up two of the newest party games, FunEmployed™ and F*That! ™, as well as Mattel’s iconic card games.
Stop by Exhibit Hall booth #161 to try out these great games, meet the team, and get your hands on Gen Con exclusive products! Pre-Order your Gen Con 50 Adventure Journals Today
Looking for a cool and classy keepsake for Gen Con 50? Con*Quest Adventure Journals has an all-new, custom spiral game journal available for pre-order now. You can order them before the show, or buy yours, while supplies last, in in the Family Fun Pavilion (booth 2306).
Inspired by beer and wine tasting journals, they have created a product for the game demo enthusiast on the go! The clean, user-friendly design also is appropriate for attendees to use all year. You can jot down game reviews from demos at the show, but also use it for tracking notes on all new games you try throughout the year. With 80 “games played” pages, 60 lined pages, 60 graph pages, two pocket pages, and more, this journal combines an appealing aesthetic style with functionality.
Journals will ship soon (June 4), and only cost $9.99. Order your journal today! Gen Con 50 Exhibit Hall Map
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Did you miss last week’s exciting announcement? The Gen Con 50 Exhibit Hall map is live!
There are two ways to delve into the Gen Con 50 Exhibit Hall. The traditional way is to view the downloadable PDF document. Convenient to print and a handy web bookmark, this map is a great way to begin your Gen Con 50 planning. This map will reappear in the Gen Con 50 Program Book which will be in physical format at the convention, as well as through a condensed PDF approximately one week prior to the show on gencon.com.
Gen Con also has created another more robust method to explore the Exhibit Hall further via an Interactive Map. This map allows you to zoom and pan the Exhibit Hall as well as the rest of Gen Con space in Indianapolis. Clicking on a booth will show you which organizations occupy each space, and will give you links to their websites. This map also will allow you to search for specific exhibitors by name or location, via the search field in the upper left corner. Check out all-new exhibitors in Entrepreneur’s Avenue and booths for the entire family in the Family Fun Pavilion.
Please note: the Exhibit Hall features 500+ companies, however, many other sponsors, event organizers, and partners await you throughout the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, Georgia Street, and at many hotels.
Reminder: Gen Con 50 Event Catalog Releases Sunday, May 14
Attendees will get their first chance to look at Gen Con 50 events at noon (Eastern) this Sunday, May 14, when the Event Catalog releases. These events are just the initial list of event offerings for Gen Con 50. Additional events will get added prior to Event Registration and throughout the summer, including some from your favorite event organizers.
There are three ways to search for events: the “Find Events” tool which works on mobile and desktop, the Classic Event Finder, and a downloadable spreadsheet that updates every six hours. Each of these search methods offers different benefits, and attendees are encouraged to experiment with different search options to find which they prefer. Links to these options and further information will be sent via newsletter next week and will be made available on the gencon.com forums.
When events become available on May 14, attendees can begin building their Wish Lists. Additional information on Event Registration and Wish List creation are included with this newsletter. Important note: some popular events may not appear with the initial listings, including some RPG events, Gen Con 50 “games” events, and Industry Insiders panels. Wanted Earth Kickstarter Live Now
Fans of minis and strategy games will want to check out the Wanted Earth Kickstarter. Wanted Earth is an easy-to-play, action-packed miniatures board game created for 1-7 players. Play as either the heroes defending earth or the alien races trying to take it over. Enjoy a unique and immersive gaming experience without all of the confusing rules, millions of tiny pieces, or long and tedious set up. The Kickstarter campaign is just $89, $11 cheaper than the version planned for wide release. Wanted Earth offers distinctive art work and high-end components that set it apart from other board games. Their team is so confident in this game that if you are not satisfied with it, you can send it back and they will reimburse you the amount that you paid for the game! That’s a guarantee!
Click the Kickstarter link and help them make Wanted Earth a reality! Gen Con 50 Retrospective Programming
Just when you thought Gen Con 50 couldn’t get any better, here’s another “can’t miss” program! Gen Con 50 Retrospective Panels will feature discussions with legendary names from gaming history! Interested in hearing about the first Gen Con? Why not ask those who were there! Curious about Magic: The Gathering’s first year? How about tales from TSR history? These panels will feature presenters that can speak to Gen Con’s 50 years as a center of gaming culture and history. Panels and more information will follow in the coming weeks. Check out the list of featured presenters!
Announcing the Official Beer Name for Gen Con 50
Thousands voted and the Official Beer name for Gen Con 50 is … Dragon’s Delight! Dragon’s Delight joins former winners 20-Sided Rye (2016), Drink On and Prosper Ale (2015), Froth of Khan (2014), Flagon Slayer (2013), and the Ale of Destiny (2012). A Belgian Golden Ale, Dragon’s Delight will be available throughout Indianapolis, beginning on the evening of Wednesday, August 16. Those ages 21 and older can try the beer for the first time at the annual Sun King Tapping Party held live on Georgia St., next to the Indiana Convention Center. Dragon’s Delight will ship to participating bars and restaurants, as well as be made available as packaged beer at several retailers around Indianapolis.
Thank you to everyone that submitted names and voted!
What is Event Registration? How Can You Participate?
Gen Con hosts thousands of ticketed events in a wide variety of categories, including large entertainment events, informational seminars, digital gaming, creative workshops, games like RPGs, board games, card games, and more! With such a wide range of offerings, there is something for every gamer.
Some events have an associated cost, while others are free to attend. For admittance to events, including free ones, you must get a ticket. This ticket will guarantee your seat at the table or in the audience. Your Gen Con 50 badge will give you access to the Exhibit Hall, numerous activities that don’t require a ticket, and to areas open to attendees in the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, and participating hotels. Event tickets, however, grant access to hosted events. Some events are highly demanded, and will sell out quickly.
Event Registration for Gen Con 50 will begin on May 28 at noon (Eastern). Anyone with a Gen Con 50 badge may participate. Event Registration will stay open throughout the convention, but attendees are encouraged to purchase their event tickets early to guarantee their participation in events.
After event listings go live on Sunday, attendees may create Wish Lists to curate and prioritize their event choices on gencon.com. Wish Lists are your way to organize your event interests, and will be necessary to participate in the busy opening hours of Event Registration. Highly demanded event tickets will go quickly as attendees submit their Wish Lists. Gen Con recommends that attendees add numerous event tickets to their Wish Lists to increase their chances of getting into select events and prioritizing their choices. Add a variety of events and time slots to increase your chances!
Wish Lists will process in the order in which they are received, beginning at noon (Eastern) on May 28. Once processed, available remaining tickets will get added to attendee’s carts, which then may be secured. If attendees do not complete their transaction two hours after their cart processes, their event tickets will return to the system.
Event tickets will ship with badges if attendees have chosen “Ship-to-Me” options, or will be available at Will Call with your packet, if you have chosen that option. How Do I Create a Wish List?
First, you must have an account on gencon.com with a Gen Con 50 badge. When signed-in to your account, if you have a badge, you may start adding events to your Wish Lists. Your badge must be purchased prior to building a Wish List. Adding the first event ticket will create your Wish List. You can add events to your Wish List with any of the three event search methods detailed earlier in this newsletter.
When your Wish List is created, you can find and modify it by selecting the “My Wish List” link on the top right of the gencon.com website navigation. You will mouse over your account ID to make the “Your Wish List” link appear. At that link, you may re-order your events, changing their prioritization. You may add events that overlap in schedule, but if overlapping events are all available, priority will be given to the highest ranked event in your Wish List. All remaining events that conflict with tickets that you have in your cart will be skipped automatically.
Stay hydrated and caffeinated with this sleek Gen Con 50 mug and canteen available in the Official Gen Con Store. Think of all the delicious beverage possibilities!
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, applicants should choose the Apprentice Level of Gen Con’s Mentorship Program and work your way up through the ranks!
Interested in joining? You can find the application at this web page, and you must complete it by July 31.