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Gen Con Renews Official Beer Partnership with Sun King Brewery

sun king breweryGen Con, the longest-running gaming convention in North America, has announced a renewal of their partnership with Sun King Brewing Company, continuing an uninterrupted relationship that began in 2012. As part of this partnership extension, Sun King will craft the official beer for the historic Gen Con 50, operate an outdoor 21-and-over beer garden during the convention, and provide entertainment on W. Georgia St in Indianapolis.

For Gen Con 50, taking place August 17-20, Sun King will brew a Belgian-Style Golden Ale, available in both cans and drafts at the convention as well as via bar, restaurant, and packaged liquor providers in the Indianapolis metro. Sun King Brewing has created official beers for five prior Gen Con events, including last year’s 20-Sided Rye.

Rio Grande Games Extends Gen Con Co-Sponsorship

rio grande gamesGen Con, the longest-running gaming convention in North America, has reached an agreement with Rio Grande Games to return as one of the show’s three Co-Sponsors for Gen Con 50 (2017). Game publisher Rio Grande Games first participated as a Co-Sponsor at Gen Con 2016. As a Co-Sponsor, Rio Grande Games will have their own dedicated space inside the Indiana Convention Center, during Gen Con 50.

Along with their dedicated gaming area, as a Co-Sponsor, Gen Con will offer the gaming publisher additional pre-show promotion, on-site graphics, and other marketing opportunities.

Gen Con will return to Indianapolis on August 17-20, 2017, to celebrate its historic 50th convention.

Gen Con Extends Their Indianapolis Stay Even After Controversy

Gen ConGen Con has announced that it is extending its partnership with Indianapolis in a deal that will allow the convention to renew its contract annually. The convention will stay in Indy until 2021 in a one year extension. It was unknown what would happen to the “best four days in gaming” after controversy swirled within the state of Indiana in 2015 over legislation signed by then Governor Pence that would discriminate against LGBT individuals.

In 2015 Gen Con threatened to leave Indianapolis due to the passing of legislation SB 101 which discriminated against LGBT individuals in the form of “religious freedom.” The convention took a stand to protect LGBT attendees and fight discrimination against them by local businesses. At that time the convention announced it had a contract to stay in the city until 2020 with bidding as to what would happen after beginning this year or next. It was speculated by some the convention would use the controversy to get a better deal from the city to stay.

This coming year the convention will celebrate its 50th convention. The convention has an estimated $72 million economic impact for the region annually.

In 2016, Gen Con featured a record number of turnstile attendees, 201,852, a 2.5% year-over-year increase. Attendees came to Indianapolis from 64 countries, all 50 states, and each Canadian province. Last year, Gen Con also expanded into Lucas Oil Stadium, and due to increased space, also featured a record number of exhibitors (525).

Gen Con moved its annual convention to Indianapolis in 2003 and last completed an extension agreement in 2011. Since moving to Indianapolis, Gen Con’s attendance has more than doubled, from 23,000 unique attendees to a unique attendance record of more than 61,000.

The convention will return to Indianapolis on August 17-20, 2017, to celebrate the historic Gen Con 50.

Gen Con Continues to Grow with a Record Setting 2016

gen con featuredGen Con continues to grow and saw a record-setting convention this year. 2015 saw over 400 exhibitors while 2016 boasted over 500. The convention continued its streak of turnstile growth. This year saw 201,852 attendees, up from last  year’s 197,695. The unique attendance dipped a little with 60,819 individuals compared to last year’s 61,423.

The convention made some changes in how badges were sold as well as space used. A new pricing structure for 4-day badges increased the value of the show for attendees. The convention expanded its exhibit hall taking over some of the gaming hall. There was also growth into Lucas Oil Stadium where anime screenings and the True Dungeon were held. This helped traffic flow allowing for ease of movement on the show floor and creating more space for gaming for attendees.

There was also a record number of events with the number of events at the convention, surpassing 16,500 ticketed events. The pre-show Trade Day program, held on August 3, once again sold out with more than 550 participants. Gen Con’s official charity partner of 2016, The PourHouse, will receive more than $35,000 from donations created from on-site programming, including a large contribution from Mayfair Games.

The convention drives an estimated $71 million into the city of Indianapolis.

The convention returns next year to Indianapolis, August 17-20, to celebrate the historic Gen Con 50.

Around the Tubes

SSQUADREB_Cv1_dsIt’s a new week and Gen Con has wrapped up. We’ll have more from that convention as well as San Diego Comic-Con this week! Until then, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Tampa Bay – Comic books dealer reports rare merchandise missing from Tampa Bay Comic Con – This is horrible. If anyone has info, please help.

Hyperallergic – A Conceptual Artist Designs Tactile Comic Books for Blind Readers – This is amazing.

Indy Star – Gen Con cosplayers: What’s your day job? – This is a great idea.

Truthout – A Lawyer Who Turned the Tables: Graphic Biography Immortalizes Leonard Weinglass – Interesting read.

The Art of Meghan Hetrick – Harley and Me – If you read one thing today.


Around the Tubes Reviews

ICv2 – Demon Vol. 1

Talking Comics – Hero Academia Vol. 5

Talking Comics – Kill or Be Killed #1

Talking Comics – Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1

Gen Con 2016: Saturday in Pictures

It’s the last day of Gen Con, which is rather sad, but the best four days in gaming continues to still be the best! Here’s some photos from Saturday at Gen Con.

Gen Con 2016: Friday in Photos

Check out photos from Friday at Gen Con!

Gen Con 2016: Thursday in Photos

Thursday at Gen Con is the day I spend walking through the entire dealer room to see what to cover over the next few days. There’s some fantastic games debuting this year and I can’t wait to get down into it and start some gaming.

Check out photos from the convention yesterday.

Demo-Graphics: The State of “Gamers” 2016

It’s been a little over a year since I did a report about “gamers” and with Gen Con kicking off today, it felt appropriate to visit this data. So, welcome to the third annual State of Gamers.

This data is gained through mining Facebook and includes over 175 different terms from a variety of games, publishers, and more. The terms I used are varied, and many, from the name of games to the name of publishers and terms like collectible card game. For this I did my best to stay away from generic terms for genres (like Fantasy) and terms that specifically mentioned video games. I also avoided games like Monopoly or Scategories, I wanted to focus on the games you’d find at Gen Con.

We’ll compare this report to last year’s data set.

Facebook Population: Over 33,000,000 in the United States

That’s some steady growth from last year with 2 million more individuals in the United States falling into this demographic.

Spanish speakers account for now 7.3 million fans. That’s 22.12% a vast increase from last year’s 12.58% in the United States.

Gender and Age

In 2015 Men accounted for 51.61% compared to women at 48.39%. That percentage shifted a bit from last year with men now accounting for 54.55% and women accounting for 45.45%

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We’ll next look at how the percentage of women and men break down through age. It’s similar but shifted. Women now become the majority around age 46 as opposed to around age 38 last year.

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And the raw data below.

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Relationship Status

The stats this year are very similar to last though those “Married” took a drop and those “Unspecified” increased.

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The education stats haven’t shifted much since last year.

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Gender Interest

Women interested in women increased from last year while Men interested in Men and Men and Women interested in Men and Women all saw decreases.

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This is the second year for this data. African Americans saw big gains as well as Hispanics. Asian Americans saw a raw increase, but their percentage decrease.

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Baby Boomers saw a sharp decrease over the last year dropping over 50%. Generation X also saw a bit of a dip, while Millennials saw an increase.

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And that wraps up our look at who the gamers are in the United States! Happy gaming!

Gen Con 2016: Valiant and Catalyst Debut Valiant Universe: The Deck Building Game

VALIANT UNIVERSE THE DECK BUILDING GAMEThe Valiant Universe enters its first-ever deck building game with an interactive story line, collectible figurines, and more!

Debuting this week at Gen Con 2016, Valiant Entertainment has announced the release of Valiant Universe: The Deck Building Game – the latest tabletop game created in collaboration with Catalyst Game Labs! Following the success of the critically lauded Valiant Universe RPG, Catalyst Game Labs and Valiant are taking their partnership to new heights with the next astonishing game featuring your favorite superheroes! Command the Valiant Universe like never before with the first series of highly detailed figurines from the Valiant Universe, including X-O Manowar, Faith, Livewire, Bloodshot, and Ninjak, and immerse yourself in strategic deck building gameplay that includes over 200 unique playing cards!

Deep beneath Alcatraz prison lies a top secret base operated by the paramilitary contractor known as Project Rising Spirit. Known only as “the Facility,” P.R.S.’s secret bunker is armed with enough power to change the world—or destroy it. When word of the subterranean facility leaks, the Valiant Universe’s most powerful groups, including The Harbinger Foundation, G.A.T.E., and the Harbinger Renegades, race to acquire the deadly possessions and put the fate of the world in their hands! With a cataclysmic confrontation imminent, take control with your warring team and claim P.R.S.’s base for yourself! As the Valiant Universe’s greatest heroes fight at your command, move your superhero miniatures through an interactive facility grid to acquire cards for an unbeatable deck and attack your opponents in a world-shaking battle for supremacy!

As your favorite heroes and villains assemble for an unprecedented battle royale, determine the very fate of the Valiant Universe with a jam-packed gaming experience exploding with the following items:

  • Five highly detailed superhero miniatures, including X-O Manowar, Faith, Bloodshot, Livewire, and Ninjak!
  • 5 Zone of Influence cards
  • 5 Organization cards
  • 25 Basic cards
  • 25 Shutdown cards
  • 15 Power cards
  • 175 Sector cards
  • 1 Facility Durability Tracker
  • 1 six-sided die
  • 1 sheet of cardboard counters

X-O Manowar! Bloodshot! Faith! The entire Valiant Universe is yours to direct in a table-shattering game that will leave you reeling for hours! Available online and in hobby shops everywhere this September for $59.95, assemble your deck, control your heroes, and enter the fight of your life!

Plus: Preorder your copy now, and receive a limited edition figurine of RAI, Valiant’s critically acclaimed hero of the 41st century, and the star of 2016’s best-selling summer event, 4001 A.D.!

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