With its grand debut and pre-release at Gen Con 50, The Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game is already among the most anticipated releases of 2017. Fantasy Flight Games is proud to bring the seven Great Clans, the Chrysanthemum Throne, and the contested lands of Rokugan to its Living Card Game® format, refreshing the game system and updating the lore for a new era.
To mark the occasion, FFG is hosting the Kiku Mitsuri, also known as The Chrysanthemum Festival, at Gen Con 50. Evidenced by the incredible response from old and new fans alike, the 700-person tournament stands to be the largest tournament of any FFG game ever, and among the largest in history for the Legend of the Five Rings. The festivities for the Kiku Matsuri will kick off at noon on Thursday, August 17 as the tournament begins, with an exciting opening ceremony held at 1 pm.
Additionally, you’ll be able to find plenty of demo games of Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game at the Fantasy Flight Games booth in the main hall, as well as limited quantities on sale. You won’t want to miss out on this historic event at what is sure to be an historic Gen Con. Also, check out the complete line-up of Fantasy Flight Games events all Gen Con long. Banzai!
The Quiet Room Is Your Safe Space
Need to de-stress, de-compress, and re-group? Gen Con has just the place. The Quiet Room, located in Room 211 of the convention center, is a low light, self-monitored space where you get away from the high stimulation of the convention. Take a moment or linger, whatever you need. The room will be open Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday 10 am – 3 pm.
A quiet zone will be immediately outside of the room where you can sit, rest, and seek some relief. This area will be open for the entire duration of the convention.
Two Weeks Remain for Gen Con 50 Pre-Registration
Just two weeks remain to purchase your Gen Con 50 badges at the discounted Pre-Registration rates and have the option to ship your badges and event tickets directly to your home. Badges purchased after July 2 at 11:59 pm (Eastern) will be priced at normal Registration rates, and will be available only through Will Call (“Ship To Me” options are not available once Pre-Registration ends). Secure your badges soon!
With more than 17,000 events, record breaking numbers of exhibitors and attendees, an exclusive concert from They Might Be Giants, and the expansion onto the field of Lucas Oil Stadium, the historic Gen Con 50 is not one you want to miss. Buy your badge today!
Mayfair Games – Gen Con 50 Co-Sponsor
As a proud, long-time supporter of Gen Con, Mayfair Games is happy to return as a Co-Sponsor for the historic Gen Con 50! They love supporting the premier game event in the US!
Mayfair is hosting hundreds of events, including game demos, events, tournaments, and more – all tied into their new 2017 Ribbon Quest program. Join the team as they present the latest Mayfair titles and notable recent releases: Bärenpark – from award winning designer Phil Walker-Harding; Caverna: Cave vs Cave – a great two-player version of the ever popular Caverna brought to us by Uwe Rosenberg; and Food Chain – a new card game, from designer Kevin G. Nunn.
Other game highlights will include pre-release demos of the highly-anticipated Riverboat by designer Michael Kiesling, and Nsfjord by Uwe Rosenberg. Plus, other favorites that have become household staples over the past year: The Colonists, Oh My Goods!, Costa Rica, Agricola Family, Fight for Olympus, and Portal of Heroes.
Gen Con’s costumed attendees create an atmosphere like no other in Indy! While costumes are encouraged for any day of the convention, on Saturday August 19, Gen Con 50 invites you to feast your eyes on some of the best costumes the industry as to offer! The Main Stage in the 500 Ballroom will come alive for the 32nd annual Gen Con Costume Contest! Whether you’re a participant or in the audience, the Costume Contest is a “can’t miss” experience. Interested in competing? Get info at the web page! Pre-Show begins at 3:30 pm and no entry ticket is required to spectate.
At 3 pm on Saturday, August 19, the Costume Parade will begin just outside of Hall A and continue on a path, weaving inside and outside the convention center. Stake out your spot, and bring your camera!
Whether you plan to dress up or participate in costume or cosplay events at Gen Con, the team would like to remind you of the convention’s show policies, in particular, the “No Harassment Policy” and “Costume and Weapons” policies. Gen Con strives to create a fun, welcoming atmosphere, and failure to comply with posted policies can result in expulsion without refund.
Games Library at Lucas Oil Stadium
Gen Con’s famous Games Library & Pick-up Play Area has relocated to its biggest space yet, on the field of Lucas Oil Stadium! You can play your favorite games on the same gridiron shared by the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts! As any gamer knows, slinging dice is more fun than throwing a football! Secure your spot, try new games, play ones that you’ve just purchased, and meet fellow gamers! Get your tickets today!
The Palladium Megaverse® is expanding into videogames, board games, television, film, licensing, and more. However, roleplaying games remain their roots.
● Rifts® – think Lord of the Rings meets Star Wars in a post-apocalyptic setting of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the supernatural.
● Two game systems to choose from: Palladium’s own Rifts® RPG or Pinnacle’s Rifts® for Savage Worlds. Plus a Rifts® board game and videogame in development under license, and a live action movie optioned by Walt Disney Pictures.
● Robotech®, a beloved anime of four generations. Play Earth defenders in transformable mecha like Veritech fighter aircraft, man-sized Cyclone transformable motorcycles, or Destroid walking tanks. Battle waves of alien invaders, each stranger than the one before it.
● Palladium Fantasy RPG®, more than paladins, wizards, elves, and dwarves. 50,000 years of history! Dozens of non-human player characters. Unique magic. Fun.
● 30% off your total purchase of 90+ Rifts® titles, Robotech®, Robotech® RPG Tactics game and Expansion Packs, and Palladium Fantasy titles with coupon from the Gen Con Coupon Book.
One game system – every genre – countless worlds – endless adventure. No other game system lets you combine characters, gear and genres like Palladium. Learn one game and play them all. Port characters, weapons, magic and abilities from one world to another with little or no conversion. Dead Reign® (zombies and survival), Heroes Unlimited™ (superhumans of all kinds), Nightbane® (superhero-horror), Splicers® (weird sci-fi), Beyond the Supernatural™ (modern horror), After the Bomb® (mutant animals) and more! A Megaverse® of adventure limited only by your imagination.™
Palladium Books® – Booth #1217 – www.palladiumbooks.com Gen Con 50 Trade Day Badges *Sold Out*
Trade Day badges, available to retailers, educators, and librarians, have now sold out for Gen Con 50. Trade Day participants can browse events and secure their tickets for the Wednesday, August 16 programming at any time. The Gen Con team would like to thank attendees for another record-setting year for Trade Day! Thanks also go out to the presenters, panelists, participating sponsors, and the companies that help make Trade Day a destination event!
Puppetry Program with Guest of Honor Noel MacNeal
Gen Con’s popular Puppetry Program is back with special 2017 Guest of Honor Noel MacNeal! The Puppetry Program features more than two dozen events, including seminars, workshops, and entertainment events for those of all ages and interests. Puppetry Program Guest of Honor Noel MacNeal has more than 30 years of entertainment experience, including featured work on Sesame Street, The Muppets, and Bear in the Big Blue House. In addition to his work in puppetry, MacNeal also has years of television writing experience. Sign up for one of his five events today! Wild West Exodus
Wild West Exodus is a game of gunslingers, lawmen, outlaws, mad scientists, aliens, and more! Warcradle Studios, a Gen Con 50 Event Partner, have been working hard to bring a new and improved Wild West Exodus to the games market, which will see the release of the game’s Second Edition in September 2017. The release also will coincide with a host of brand new miniatures! Currently in beta testing, Wild West Exodus has an active fan community, where excitement is high. Don’t take our word for it; check out Wild West Exodus for yourself.
Mosey on over to their website, immerse yourself in the world and battles of Wild West Exodus, and download the Second Edition beta rules for yourself! You can check out the Wild West Exodus blog for short stories, official news, and everything else; including a peek at what their booth looked like at Salute 2017 (they’ve made it look even snazzier for Gen Con!) and follow them on Facebook.
Drop by their booth in the Event Hall for a Second Edition demo, collect your FREE Legendary Nimue miniature, view their fantastic cosplay, and have a look at their beautiful game table and Studio miniatures, including unreleased minis!
Whatever you do, make sure to come by and say hi at Gen Con 50 – they will see you there! Gate Ten Parking, Shuttle Services, and Event Space
Gate Ten Events and Parking has all your parking and shuttle needs covered! They recently added more inventory, opening up four- five- and single-day parking passes. Park your car with Gate Ten and they will transport you to your hotel via their FREE SHUTTLES! Shuttles will run from the Gate Ten lot directly to hotels, the convention center, and stadium, but will not run between hotels and the convention center, or stadium. Those who park also will enjoy 24-hour lot security and in/out privileges during your stay.
In addition, Gate Ten has a one of a kind event center with a view of Lucas Oil Stadium that is unmatched. Their event center has capacity for more than 900 people and will remain open to service Gen Con attendees with a food court and full service bar. Want to host an event? Please contact Kate Bullis at email@example.com to inquire about private events and facility rental.
Gate Ten services the following hotels: Le Meridian, Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites, Holiday Inn Express Homewood Suites, Conrad Hotel, Hilton, Embassy Suits, Hyatt Regency, Westin, Marriot, JW Marriot, Fairfield, Courtyard Marriot, Spring Hill Suites, and the Sheraton.
Gate Ten Event Center is located at 343 West McCarty St. Event Center Hours: Wednesday Kick-off Party 7 pm – 12:00 am, Thursday-Saturday 11 am -1 pm, 3 pm – 2 am, and Sunday 11 am – 4 pm. For additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at www.gatetenevents.com.
Looking for some FREE options to add to your Gen Con 50 schedule? Here you go!
Collective Art Project- Something magical happens when tens of thousands of gamers collaborate at Gen Con. Make your mark at Gen Con 50 with a four-day living painting project with artist Kathleen Hardy. It’s free and no ticket is required, just bring your creative ambition.
Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game- Meet the creators of the popular Delta Green RPG! Have questions about Lovecraftian RPGs? Interested in cosmic terrors from the beyond? No entry fee or sanity required.
Fantasy Flight Games In Flight Report- Big news debuts at Gen Con! Get the scoop on Fantasy Flight Games’ upcoming games and future plans at the 2017 In Flight Report.
Paizo Seminars- Pathfinder rules questions? Starfinder sneak peaks? Tips from some of the top RPG minds? Paizo seminars have all that covered and more! Best of all, they’re all free to attend!
You Can Be A Puppeteer with Noel MacNeal- Join Puppet Program Guest of Honor Noel MacNeal on an all-ages exploration and exhibition of puppetry skills, voices, and humor with this once-in-a-lifetime seminar!
Golden Events – “Saturday” Edition
Looking for some options to add to your Gen Con 50 Saturday schedule? Here you go!
Q&A with True Blood’s Charlaine Harris- Meet Author Guest of Honor, Charlaine Harris, bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse Series (aka True Blood)! Ask her about her new series or anything else you’re dying to know!
Film Festival Short Blocks- As part of the Gen Con Film Festival, take in some flicks during the Fantasy, Gamer, or Sci-fi Short Film Blocks. All these film blocks are free, and an excellent way to experience a small part of all the Film Festival has to offer.
Costume Extravaganza!– The Main Stage in the 500 Ballroom will come alive for the 32nd annual Gen Con Costume Contest! Whether you’re a participant or in the audience, the Costume Contest is a “can’t miss” experience. Interested in competing? Get info at the web page!
Dance Your Cares Away- Jump in your DeLorean, TARDIS, or whatever time-warping vehicle you choose to Dance Through The Ages with classic hits from the past 50 years of Gen Con, along with the latest geek anthems. Free to attend, and all ages welcome!
Nerdlesque Extravaganza– Looking for something a little spicy for your Saturday evening? Join the performers of D20 Burlesque as they bring you a whole new batch of nerdy burlesque from NYC and beyond. This show is not to be missed if you like your nerdery a little naughty! 18+ event.
Tickets are selling quickly, but there are still THOUSANDS of amazing events to participate in at Gen Con 50. Don’t miss out; order your tickets today!
Hickman’s Killer Breakfast: Less than 50 tickets remain for Tracy Hickman’s Killer Breakfast event. This event will sell out soon.
First Exposure Playtest Hall: Ever wanted to beta test a game before it releases to the public? Want to meet up-and-coming game designers? Check out one of the many First Exposure Playtest Hall events, then you’ll get to be a part of the game design process!
Fantasy Flight Games In Flight Report: Big news debuts at Gen Con! Get the scoop on Fantasy Flight Games’ upcoming games and future plans at the 2017 In Flight Report.
Game with GeekDad: Gen Con 50 Media Partner GeekDad has two special gaming sessions, where you can play with their intrepid reporters. Get great tips on new games and learn their favorite tips and titles!
Ruth’s Chris Steak Break Selling FAST
Back for its SEVENTH year as a proud supporter of Gen Con, Ruth’s Chris Steak House is offering its STEAK BREAK lunch on Friday, August 18!
If you’re not familiar, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse has created a specific lunch deal just for Gen Con gamers. You get two Kobe-style beef sliders, chips, and a GIANT fresh-baked cookie for just $10.95. Add a drink for just a buck!
5 for $50 PROMOTION RETURNING THIS YEAR: Order lunch for your entire gaming group and get a great discount. You can get five STEAK BREAKS for just $50! Add bottled sodas or waters at pick-up for just a dollar each (cash only on drinks). Feed your entire gaming table with this must-order lunch for gamers on the go.
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 a couple 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!
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