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Gen Con 2017: Cory Jones talks QST the new Tabletop Gaming Subscription

Gaming industry veteran Cory Jones has announced the creation of tabletop gaming subscription service QST and the launch of the QST Kickstarter campaign. Pronounced “Quest,” the service offers a brand-new, small form factor tabletop game directly to subscribers every other month. Each game is a collaboration between three creative visionaries from different fields who work together to deliver the different elements of the game: concept, design, and art.

We got a chance to talk to Jones at Gen Con 50 about this new venture and bringing together so many different creators to such a product.

Why does this matter for a comic site? Numerous comic creators have been announced as part of the first wave of creators involved and it’s an amazing list. If you’re into comics and games, this is a must.

(via Board Game Today)

The United States Playing Card Company Launches New Tabletop Games Studio

The United States Playing Card Company has launched a new tabletop game studio. Their first game, Nailed It! is being previewed at this week’s historic Gen Con, which celebrates the conventions 50th birthday! The United States Playing Card Company is the company behind Bicycle Playing Cards.

The mission of this new publishing arm is to serve as a cutting edge game development lab, teaming up with creators who have a keen understanding of what modern tabletop players are looking for in terms of unique game design, artwork and quality. Games brought to market under the Bicycle Games brand will emphasize entertaining face-to-face social engagement in the adult party, party, and light strategy categories. In keeping with the rich heritage of Bicycle cards, games produced will feature superior quality, artfully designed components and be primarily manufactured in the United States.

Attendees at Gen Con will be able to preview Nailed It!, the first game to be launched under the Bicycle Games brand. This adult party game invites players to create their funniest, most outrageous stories related to over 56 different stereotypes, everything from a Cat Lady and Conspiracy Theorist to a Surfer Dude and Trust Fund Baby. Players are dealt hands of category cards with one player serving as judge for a single round. The judge rolls the oversized foam die to determine a category – like Location, Food, Clothing or Ailment – then flips over a stereotype
card. Each player then gets a chance to say why a category item in their hand is the best fit for that stereotype using the funniest, most logical, simplest or most complex story they can come up with on the spot. The judge picks his or her favorite and awards the winner of the round that stereotype card. Drop the Hammer cards appear at random and can change the outcome of a round.

Easy to learn, with game play lasting 30-40 minutes, Nailed It! will also be available to playtest throughout Gen Con at locations near the convention center, including bars, hotels and several game stores including Good Games (111 S. Meridian St.), Game Paradise (1110 Prospect St.) and Downtown Comics (11 E. Market St.). The game will be available for purchase starting in November 2017.

Oni Press Heads to Gen Con 50

Oni Press is heading to the 50th Annual Gen Con! All weekend long, Oni Press is debuting a plethora of exciting new variants, merchandise, and convention exclusives. Additionally, throughout the weekend, Oni Press will host several Dead of Winter and Rick and Morty comic creator signings for their fans.

This year’s gathering is being held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN, on Thursday, August 17 through Sunday, August 20. Fans can find Oni Press at booth #2520.


*Limited quantities available. No holds on items.

Dead of Winter #1 by Kyle Starks and Gabo

Game Token Variant
Cover illustrated by game artist Fernanda Suarez

Price: $10
This limited edition Dead of Winter #1 variant contains the exclusive character game token of Ruckus Burley from the comic book series for the Dead of Winter tabletop game!



Oni Press/Renegade Game Studios Exclusive Variant

Price: $50

Features limited edition box art, available at the Oni Press booth #2520 and Renegade Game Studios booth #2211!

Retail Edition

Price: $45

Available only at Renegade Game Studios booth #2211!


  • Create your own Scott Pilgrim storyline in this thematic deck-building game.
  • Double-sided cards add extra choices and deeper strategy.
  • Combine the right cards to activate your devastating combos or button-smash your way to victory.
  • Defeat the Evil Ex to score huge Victory Points.
  • Play as your favorite characters with a unique starting deck.

Oversized playmats also available at Renegade Games booth #2211!
Variant cover art playmat—$30
Retail cover art playmat—$25

Rick and Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It #1 by Tini Howard and Marc Ellerby with Katy Farina

Exclusive “Nintendo Power” Homage Variant

Cover illustrated by Tait Howard

Price: $10
Based on the hit Adult Swim™ TV series, Rick and Morty™, and inspired by the Pocket Mortys mobile game!

Rick and Morty#16 by Kyle Starks, CJ Cannon, and Marc Ellerby, with Ryan Hill

Exclusive “The Last of Us” Homage Variant

Cover illustrated by Mariel Cartwright

Price: $20

Rick and Morty#25 by Kyle Starks and Marc Ellerby with Katy Farina

Exclusive Sketch Cover Variant

Price: $20

Rick and Morty#29 by Sean Vanaman, Olly Moss, and CJ Cannon with Katy Farina

Variant cover illustrated by Olly Moss

Price: $10
Written by Sean Vanaman and Olly Moss of Campo Santo’s video game, Firewatch!

Invader ZIM Deluxe Hardcover, Book One

Oni Press Exclusive Variant

Price: $65
Features a foil deboss and tip-in. Contains the first 10 issues of Invader ZIM—as well as a cover gallery and the exclusive #0 issue not available in stores!

Invader ZIM #0 Truthshrieker Magazine by Jhonen Vasquez, Eric Trueheart, Aaron Alexovich, Rikki

Simons, and Megan Lawton

Price: $10

Kaijumax Electrogor Plush

Price: $25

Snuggle up with Kaijumax’s MOST WANTED! From the Eisner Award-nominated comic series by Zander Cannon, this official plush toy is the perfect cellmate to cuddle up with while reading Kaijumax!

Scott Pilgrim Puzzle Fighter Poster

Illustrated by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Price: $10

Scott Pilgrim Ramona Flowers Subspace Bag

Price: $60

Rick and Morty™ Volumes 1-5 and Rick and Morty™: Lil’ Poopy Superstar Oni Press Exclusive Variant Editions

Variant covers illustrated by Julieta Colás

Price: $20 each

Invader ZIM Volumes 1-4 Oni Press Exclusive Variant Editions

Vol. 1-3 variant covers illustrated by Jhonen Vasquez
Vol. 4 variant cover illustrated by Paul Robertson

Price: $20 each


Visit our friends at Pinnacle Entertainment to check out The Sixth Gun roleplaying game!



*Limited quantities available.



Get the entire saga for only $175 (normally $230)!
Volumes 1-9, and the spin-off volumes Sons of the Gun, Days of the Dead, and Dust to Death!


$125 for all 6 volumes (normally $150)!

$200 for all 6 Evil Editions (normally $240)!

Variant covers featuring the Evil Exes on the front covers and the heroes on the back covers!

FREE Oni Press Starter Pack 2016 with purchase of $20 or more!

*While supplies last.

Over 200 pages—seven first-issues of our flagship comics—The Sixth Gun, Letter 44, The Bunker, Stumptown, Kaijumax, Helheim, and The Life After!


Kyle Starks and Gabo will be signing every morning at Plaid Hat Games’ booth #1537 in support of Dead of Winter #1, and Plaid Hat Games’ new Warring Colonies expansion for the Dead of Winter board game. Kyle Starks and Gabo will also be signing and appearing at the Oni Press booth #2520 throughout the rest of the convention.


9–11 a.m. Kyle Starks and Gabo (Dead of Winter) at Plaid Hat Games booth #1537



9–11 a.m. Kyle Starks and Gabo (Dead of Winter) at Plaid Hat Games booth



10 a.m.–12 p.m. Keith Baker (Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game, game
at Renegade Game Studios booth #2211



9–11 a.m. Kyle Starks and Gabo (Dead of Winter) at Plaid Hat Games booth #1537


12 p.m.–4 p.m. Keith Baker (Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game, game designer) at Renegade Game Studios booth #2211



9–11 a.m. Kyle Starks and Gabo (Dead of Winter) at Plaid Hat Games booth #1537

Knight Models Releases a Bat-Mite Gen Con 2017 Exclusive

Gen Con is not too far in the future with the “best four days of gaming” taking place August 17 to August 20 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Knight Models has revealed a convention exclusive… Bat-Mite which will be playable in both their DC Universe Miniature Game and Batman Miniature Game.

The strictly limited edition miniature will only be available at Gen Con 2017, so get it while it’s hot! The game company hasn’t yet said which booths will be selling the figure.

Gen Con Sells Out of 4-Day Badges

Gen Con has announced a sellout of 4-Day badges for Gen Con 50, its historic 50th convention to be held August 17-20. Sales of single-day badges (ThursdayFridaySaturday, and Sunday Family Fun) will continue, though supplies are limited. The company urges those interested in attending to purchase these badges soon, as single-day badges also are expected to reach a sellout.

Due to these expected sellouts, Gen Con will not offer on-site badge sales at Gen Con 50. Any remaining attendee-type badges will be available for sale with will call pick-up. As in prior years, Gen Con will offer 24-hour will call, starting at noon on Wednesday, August 16 and staying open throughout the entire convention. The will call area also will expand to expedite the packet pick-up process.

Family Fun Day, held on Sunday, August 20, allows a family of four to attend for $45. Children ages 8-and-under are free to attend any day of Gen Con with a child wristband.

Gen Con has capped Trade Day and some individual badge types previously in Indianapolis, but has never limited its 4-Day or single-day badge sales.

Gen Con 50 will take place August 17-20, 2017 in the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, and participating hotels. The convention will feature more than 500 exhibitors, more than 19,000 events, and an exclusive concert from Grammy Award-winning recording artist They Might Be Giants.

Gen Con Approaching Badge Sellout for Historic 50th Convention

Gen Con will begin to cap 2017 badge sales if current trends hold. The company recommends that interested attendees purchase 4-Day and Single Day badges soon to guarantee entry to Gen Con 50. Those interested can purchase badges at gencon.com while supplies last.

The convention will be the largest convention in its 50-year history. The move to cap badge sales is in hopes of providing the best experience for attendees. The convention has capped Trade Day and other individual badge types previously in Indianapolis, but has never limited 4-Day or Single Day badge sales.

This is the convention’s 15th year being hosted in Indy. With record-setting attendance and continued expansion into Lucas Oil Stadium, this year’s show will surely surpass last year’s $71 million in economic impact for Central Indiana.

Gen Con 50 takes place August 17-20, 2017 in the Indiana Convention Center, at Lucas Oil Stadium, and at participating hotels. The convention will feature more than 500 exhibitors, more than 17,000 events, and an exclusive concert from Grammy-winning recording artist They Might Be Giants.

Gen Con Expands Even More Into Lucas Oil Stadium and Name Sun King Brewing’s Beer

Gen Con is increasing its 2017 presence within Lucas Oil Stadium (LOS), adding exhibition and event space to the same play field used by the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. 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 gaming artifacts and tributes to the early Gen Con events, including a homage construction of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin’s Horticultural Hall.

As part of this new space agreement, Gen Con’s already large games library space will relocate from the Indiana Convention Center, expanding further in its new location on the LOS field. Game companies such as Co-Sponsor Mayfair Games, Twilight Creations, WizKids Games, and numerous event organizers will host activities in this new space. True Dungeon and Anime & Animation events will return to Lucas Oil Stadium. Free-to-play Kids’ events will have a dedicated space, as well. Further event details will become available in May.

Badges are currently available and registration for ticketed events, including those held at Lucas Oil Stadium, will begin on May 28 at noon (Eastern).

It’s time! The naming contest for Sun King’s Official Beer for the historic Gen Con 50 has begun! The Gen Con and Sun King teams need your help to come up with a signature name for an all-new, amazing brew.

If you’ve never participated before, this naming contest will determine the Official Beer name for the brew created in collaboration with Gen Con and its Promotional Partner, Sun King Brewing.

Will your submitted names have what it takes to join former winners? Past winners include 20-Sided Rye, Drink on and Prosper Aler, 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.

Gen Con Selects Charlaine Harris as 2017 Author Guest of Honor

Gen Con, the longest-running game convention in North America, has chosen New York Times Best-Selling author Charlaine Harris as its Gen Con 50 Author Guest of Honor. Harris is best known for her #1 best-selling Sookie Stackhouse series which inspired HBO’s television hit True Blood. As Author Guest of Honor, she will participate in Gen Con 50 Writer’s Symposium events, as well as hold a book signing.

Harris will take part in all four days of the Gen Con 50 convention, held August 17-20 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Gen Con will announce her specific event dates and times in May 2017.

Gen Con 50 also will feature appearances from other renowned authors, including Brandon Sanderson, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, Patrick Rothfuss, and David Brin (via remote communication). These authors will appear as Special Guests at the convention’s annual Writer’s Symposium.

Badges are currently available at gencon.com and registration for events featuring Charlaine Harris will begin on Sunday, May 28 at noon (Eastern).

They Might Be Giants Concert at Gen Con 50

Gen Con is proud to announce that Grammy Award winning recording artists They Might Be Giants will play an exclusive concert to celebrate Gen Con 50 on the evening of Thursday, August 17 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. More concert details will finalize in the coming weeks, but Gen Con attendees will be able to purchase tickets when Event Registration opens on Sunday, May 28 at noon (Eastern) at gencon.com.

This marks Gen Con’s first use of Indianapolis’ Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home to the NBA’s Indianapolis Pacers, which adds onto the already large footprint of the entire Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, and seven participating hotel convention spaces.

The They Might Be Giants concert marks the first of several Gen Con 50 announcements, so expect more cool surprises soon!

Gen Con Hires Industry Veteran David Hoppe to Leadership Position; Adrian Swartout to Retire after Gen Con 50

Gen Con has announced that game industry veteran David Hoppe will join the company’s executive team as President. As such, Hoppe will take over the management of Gen Con’s operations at the company’s Seattle office, beginning in May 2017.

After 10 years of leadership, in which Gen Con’s annual attendance has more than doubled, Adrian Swartout will step down as CEO following this August’s Gen Con 50 event. Hoppe and Swartout will work together to jointly manage the company and ensure a smooth leadership transition throughout the next four months. Subsequently, Swartout will continue to serve on Gen Con’s Board of Directors.

David Hoppe is currently Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Blastworks, Inc. a mobile games developer and publisher with operations in North America and Europe. At Blastworks, David oversees performance marketing, analytics, data science, and business development. Prior to Blastworks, David spent five years as a Director of Business Operations for Xbox Live and Microsoft, as well as being a founding member of two game development startups (Flashlight Creations & Tenacious Games). He also served as a consultant to Upper Deck Entertainment, and from 1995 to 2002 was SVP of Organized Play, as well as Brand Management at Wizards of the Coast during the meteoric rise of both the Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon trading card game franchises.

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