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Gen Con Badge Pre-Registration Now Open, Housing Opens Sunday

Gen Con 2016Gen Con 2016 badges are now available at gencon.com. After creating an account (if you don’t have you) and signing in, you’ll be able to purchase your badge. The “Best Four Days in Gaming” takes place August 4-7 in Indianapolis, IN.

But, badges are important if you need a hotel! To participate in the Housing Registration, which begins at noon (Eastern) this Sunday, January 24, you’ll need to have purchased your badge. Don’t think you can wait for a hotel. Downtown hotel rooms sell out fast, and supply is much smaller than demand.

Individuals will be randomized as far as their access to the Housing Portal to book lodging this Sunday, that’s as much to make things “fair” as they are to prevent the system crashing. You’ll be able to find that under “My Housing.” Reservations are real time, so when it’s your turn you need to act quick, your room will only be held for 10 minutes while you complete the transaction.

There are rules for hotel purchases. For downtown hotels you need to be there for three or more consecutive dates and that includes August 6. There’s also rules as to how many rooms you can get per badges purchased.

1-2 badges = One room
3-4 badges = Two rooms
5-6 badges = Three rooms
7+ badges = etc …

Individuals needing ADA rooms are invited to call 317-688-1323 when Housing Registration opens to make their reservations. On opening day, Call Center assistance will be provided only to individuals needing to book ADA rooms and individuals needing assistance with existing reservations.

Good luck in your housing and see you in Indie!

Gen Con announces its Charity Partner for 2016

the pourhouseGen Con has selected The PourHouse as its Charity Partner for 2016. Each year, Gen Con partners with one charity, local to Indianapolis, hosting events intended to create donations for the partner organization. Opened in 2004, The PourHouse provides street outreach and peer advocacy for individuals experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis. Through community-style street outreach and a unique peer advocacy approach, The PourHouse helps people define and achieve their goals. You can read more about this partnership through Gen Con’s Charity Page.

This year the following Gen Con events will raise funds for the charity …

  • Ace of Aces XV Auction
  • Balloon Sculpture “Slay the Creature”
  • Cardhalla XVIII
  • Charity Auction
  • Mayfair Games

Last year, Gen Con’s programming generated more than $40,000 for the convention’s 2015 Charity Partner, The Julian Center. Since moving its convention to Indianapolis, Gen Con has raised more than $200,000 for local charities. From August 4 through 7, Gen Con again will serve as host to numerous charity events supporting The PourHouse, including the construction and demolition of a giant “Cardhalla” made of assembled trading cards, a charity auction, and many more.

Gen Con Extends Partnership with OffWorld Designs

The Gen Con team has announced a one-year extension of its partnership with merchandise and apparel partner OffWorld Designs. As part of this partnership, OffWorld Designs will create officially licensed merchandise for Gen Con 2016, including new shirts, hoodies, bags, pint glasses, and more.

If you would like to get 2015 merchandise, OffWorld Designs also has a great sale going on now for a limited time at their web store. All dated items are 25% off, while supplies last.

Gen Con 2016

Gen Con Releases 2016 Badge and Hotel Information

Gen ConGen Con already has some exciting plans on track for 2016, including expansion into Lucas Oil Stadium and the announcement of an all-new show Co-Sponsor, Rio Grande Games. Expect to hear more exciting news in the coming weeks and months, including the announcement of new events, sponsors, and the Official Charity of 2016. The Gen Con team is planning for another record year and hopes to keep increasing the spectacle and fun of the show.

Badge Pre-Registration will begin on January 22 at noon (Eastern) with Hotel Registration starting two days later at noon (Eastern) on Sunday, January 24.  Gen Con will again randomize each customer’s access to the Gen Con Housing Portal to book hotel rooms. After extensive research and review of attendee housing survey results, we have considered many alternative systems for housing registration and have determined the best course of action is to fix the technical issues some customers experienced with the randomized access system introduced last year.

The Gen Con team is working to secure as many discounted hotel rooms as possible, but demand for downtown rooms vastly outstrips supply while suburban hotel rooms are typically available throughout the convention. Additionally, the lower prices of suburban hotels have made them a more attractive lodging option for many attendees.

Gen Con 2016 badge prices will be the following:

4-Day Badge: Pre-Registration price $90, Registration price $120
Single Day Badges (Thursday, Friday, Saturday): Pre-Registration price $55, Registration price $75
Family Fun Day (Sunday) Badge Prices: $45 during Pre-Registration and Registration for a family of up to four people
Trade Day Badges (Wednesday through Sunday): $120 during Pre-Registration, $155 during Registration while supplies last. Valid trade credentials are required to attend.

Pre-Registration will close on June 19, 2016 at 11:59 pm (Eastern).

You’ll notice that Pre-Registration prices will not increase at the same rate that Registration prices have. Gen Con has discounted Pre-Registration prices to help encourage earlier commitment, which will help the organization plan attendance and activities for the 2016 show as early as possible.

Rio Grande Games Announced as a Co-Sponsor for Gen Con

rio grande gamesGen Con has announced that it has reached a partnership agreement with Rio Grande Games to Co-Sponsor the company’s 2016 convention.

As Co-Sponsor, Rio Grande Games will have increased promotional, branding, and marketing opportunities for Gen Con 2016, taking place August 4-7 at the Indiana Convention Center.

Rio Grande Games is a family company founded in 1998, dedicated to bringing players the best in family entertainment. Their games are “choice” games, meaning they ask players to make choices on each turn rather than relying on luck to win the games. They have games for younger children to play with their older siblings and parents, games for their older siblings to play with their friends, and games for teens and parents to play with each other or when they get together for social occasions.

Gen Con to Expand in to Lucas Oil Stadium in 2016

gen con featuredGen Con continues to grow year after year and while the Indianapolis Convention Center is pretty huge, space was tight. The convention has announced that for 2016 they will be expanding in to events space location in Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium. The stadium is the home for the Indianapolis Colts.

Several of the convention’s large events including the wildly popular True Dungeon events will move in to the space. This expansion will allow the convention to offer more gaming, exhibition, and entertainment options.

A large-scale, life-size gaming experience, True Dungeon creates an immersive environment where players can solve puzzles and battle giant monsters. Attendees will have easy access to True Dungeon events through a corridor that directly connects the Indiana Convention Center to Lucas Oil Stadium. True Dungeon’s 2016 event will feature an expedition through lava caverns and a mission across an underground city.

More events will be announced at the location in the coming months. Last year, Gen Con had record numbers of events (14,000+), exhibitors (400+), and unique attendees (61,000+). Since 2010, the show has more than doubled in size.

This is the show’s 49th convention and will take place August 4-7.

Gen Con 2015: Paizo’s New Product Announcements and Record-Setting Year for Pathfinder Society

Pathfinder Occult AdventuresPaizo Inc., publisher of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, has announced that the company’s Pathfinder Society Organized Play program had a record-setting year at Gen Con, and recaps the new product announcements made at the Best Four Days in Gaming.

Pathfinder Society, the world’s largest organized play campaign, shined in the Sagamore Ballroom in the Indianapolis Convention Center, with 180 tables of Pathfinder game play, including 160 dedicated to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Guild, and 20 to the Adventure Card Guild, for a total of more than 1,300 players, a new record for Pathfinder Society Organized Play.

Further, the company made news by revealing the next adventure in the wildly popular Pathfinder Adventure Path line, Strange Aeons, a Cthulhu-based adventure set to release August 2016.

The Strange Aeons Adventure Path pits a your characters against a threat from the depths of time, space, and madness itself. From your awakening as amnesiac prisoners in an asylum ruled by nightmares to a final confrontation against an enemy far older than humanity itself, this horror-themed Adventure Path draws upon the writings and traditions of H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos and ties into Paizo’s upcoming Horror Adventures hardcover rulebook in a campaign sure to drive even the bravest of heroes to the brink of insanity… and beyond!

Paizo also announced next year’s hardcover RPG book release, Horror Adventures, scheduled for August 2016.

The book will contain a macabre selection of nightmares, from gothic classics to Lovecraftian terrors to inflict upon your players. Madness and corruption await!

The massive Paizo booth on the Gen Con Exhibit Hall floor provided not only a space for sales, but an opportunity for Paizo employees, designers, and artists to meet with thousands of customers and show off the latest products from the world of Pathfinder, including this year’s wildly popular hardcover release, Occult Adventures for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Various Paizo partners also set up space in the booth, including renowned fantasy artist Wayne Reynolds, Black Book Editions, Ulysses Spiel, and Obsidian Entertainment.

Gen Con 2015: Thames & Kosmos’ Dimension

There’s one game that’s sticking with me after Gen Con 2015, and that’s Thames & KosmosDimension. The ball puzzle game has you racing against a clock to build a pyramid of balls based on the rules dictated by the cards drawn. Afterwords, you add up the points you gained and loss.

Check out the video I shot of how you play it. A very fun game that can be played by 1-4 players, and I highly recommend it.

Gen Con 2015: Cryptozoic’s Attack on Titan

At Gen Con 2015, Cryptozoic was on hand showing off their upcoming Attack on Titan board game based on the popular manga and anime series.

You and a team must work together to take down a Titan before it destroys the tower and kills all of the civilians.

The game demoed featured temporary parts and the rules may get tweaked before release, but you get a general idea of the gameplay by the end.

Gen Con 2015 Continues Six-Year Streak of Record-Breaking Growth

gen con featuredThe best four days in gaming have come and gone, and things have settled down a bit post Gen Con 2015. It has been announced that the convention has set an all-new attendance record with a unique attendance of 61,423 and a turnstile attendance of 197,695, creating a six-year span of record growth. Since 2010, Gen Con has more than doubled in attendance. Year-over-year, Gen Con has experienced 9% attendance growth, primarily driven by 4-Day and Family Fun Day badge sales. Gen Con also has raised more than $38,500 for the convention’s Official 2015 Charity, The Julian Center.

Gen Con 2015 also was the first time that the convention held more than 400 exhibiting companies and sold out the retailer-and-educator-focused Trade Day. The convention was Co-Sponsored by Mayfair Games and Paizo Inc.

The convention drives more than $67 million into the Indianapolis economy. On top of that it also raises money for local charities. This year it was for The Julian Center which helps those who are dealing with domestic and sexual violence in Indianapolis. The organization saves lives and empower hundreds of women, men and families to live safe, independent lives.

Gen Con will return to Indianapolis for its 49th convention on August 4-7, 2016.

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