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Gen Con 2023: Asmodee and Dark Horse team for statues, figures, art prints

Asmodee Entertainment has expanded of its partnership with sister company Dark Horse Comics to create quality licensed collectibles for three of Asmodee’s leading tabletop gaming properties. Using the beautiful artwork from the games, Dark Horse will produce limited edition premium statues, collectible figures, and fine art prints.

The first items are available to pre-order now exclusively from darkhorsedirect.com in limited quantities while stocks last. These include a map of Rokugan and a statue of Togashi Yokuni from Legend of the Five Rings which has been revealed for the first time at Gen Con this week, as well as an art print from Fantasy Flight GamesArkham Horror. As a pre-order bonus, consumers can benefit from a $25 discount when ordering the Togashi Yokuni Statue over the Gen Con weekend only. Twilight Imperium collectibles will be announced soon.

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Golden Rage #1

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things are you all doing? Are you heading to conventions? Anything else? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for the weekday to end and weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – Psychos Impersonate Gen Con Staff, Send Harassing Messages To Attendees – These assholes need to go to jail.

CBR – Seth Rogen’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Film Gets Title, Release Date – Nice.

Comicbook – Valiant Entertainment Reportedly Lays Off Employees – Sad to see this. Their output has been solid but the rumors have been coming and the output is pretty clearly a sign.

DC – Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga Star in Joker: Folie à Deux – Huh.


CBR – The Dead Lucky #1
CBR – Frankenstein: New World #1
CBR – Golden Rage #1
The Beat – Mazebook
CBR – Survival Street #1

Gen Con Celebrates a Record Year

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Gen Con, the largest and longest-running tabletop gaming convention in North America, has announced a year of continued growth in attendance, exhibiting companies, and ticketed events at its 2019 convention in Indianapolis, IN, held in the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, and surrounding downtown hotels from August 1-4, 2019.

The annual four-day event, which has more than doubled in size since moving to Indianapolis in 2003, sold more 4-Day and Sunday badges than in any prior year, and featured nearly 70,000 unique attendees, a record-breaking 538 exhibiting companies, and an all-time-high 19,600 ticketed events. In 2019, Gen Con also grew its livestreaming program, increased the number of electronically ticketed events, and expanded its reach with Pop-Up Gen Con, a pilot program which activated satellite events in more than 40 game stores across the U.S. concurrently with the main convention in Indianapolis.

After a successful launch at Gen Con 2018, the convention’s livestreaming efforts expanded in 2019, attracting 6,900 unique viewers at peak and a combined watch time of over 3 million minutes. Content streamed live from the Indiana Convention Center included live gaming, Main Stage events, interviews, demonstrations by game publishers, and footage of the convention experience. Gen Con’s year-round livestreaming program, Gen Con TV, continues to grow, and Gen Con will produce additional shows broadcast weekly throughout the year.

Of the 19,600 individually ticketed events in the Gen Con 2019 event schedule, representing a comprehensive range of tabletop gaming genres and geek culture events, over 2,000 were electronically ticketed — twice as many as 2018. Organizers of e-ticketed events used the Official Gen Con Mobile App (released for public use for the first time this year) to scan attendee badges to confirm their participation.

The convention results in a local economic impact of nearly $70 million. Gen Con has redoubled its focus on sustainability, with 100% of show signage printed on recycled materials and the use of reusable concession cups.

This year, Gen Con took several measures to cut down on waste and reduce the ecological impact of The Best Four Days in Gaming. In addition to recyclable show signage, 27,000 sq. ft. of vinyl table coverings were replaced by linens and recyclable paper. Gen Con’s partnership with r.Cup, a reusable cup service, replaced disposable cups in all concession stands with durable reusable cups, resulting in the prevention of 24,000 cups ending up in a landfill this year.

In the pilot year of Pop-Up Gen Con, a new retail initiative expanding the Gen Con experience to local game stores, satellite retail activations occurred at 42 stores across the United States and two stores in the United Kingdom. Over 1,300 gaming fans flocked to participating game stores to play demo copies of new games released at Gen Con and gather with their local gaming community. Many participating stores featured livestreamed video from Gen Con in Indianapolis, and some enhanced the in-store experience with other events and promotions. The program plans to expand in the future to include additional stores nationally and internationally.

Gen Con 2019 attendees helped to raise over $35,000 for the convention’s 2019 Charity Partners, Game To Grow, and Special Olympics Indiana. Gen Con has raised over $335,000 for charity since 2003. In a first partnership with Make-A-Wish®, Gen Con brought 13-year-old Drake Kiderlen of Troy, MO, who is battling a pineal parenchymal tumor, on an all-expenses-paid trip with members of his family to Gen Con 2019, where his wish of attending the convention, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and learning about new board games was granted.

Gen Con returns to Indianapolis July 30-August 2, 2020.

Gen Con 2019: Funko Reveals the Pop! Funkoverse Strategy Games

Face off in the Ultimate Pop! Battle in Funko’s new light strategy games that combine your favorite characters and go head-to-head in exciting game scenarios in the most memorable locations of your favorite licenses!

Funkoverse DC 100 Strategy Game

In DC 100, move through 4 exciting game scenarios in memorable locations such as – Gotham City™ Streets or The Joker’s Carnival Chaos with The Joker™, Harley Quinn™, Batgirl™, and Batman™.

Funkoverse DC 101 Strategy Game

In DC 101 combine additional characters in 4 additional game scenarios in memorable locations like Arkham Asylum or Catwoman’s Penthouse with Catwoman™ and Robin™. Play as a stand-alone or mix with other DC Funkoverse games!

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Funkoverse Harry Potter 100 Strategy Game

In Harry Potter 100 move through 4 exciting game scenarios and move through locations such as Diagon Alley or Room of Requirement with Lord Voldemort™, Bellatrix Lestrange™, Hermione Granger™, and Harry Potter™.

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Funkoverse Harry Potter 101 Strategy Game

In Harry Potter 101, move through 4 exciting game scenarios in memorable locations like Forbidden Forest and the Potions Classroom with Draco Malfoy™ and Ron Weasley™. Play as a stand-alone or mix with other Harry Potter Funkoverse games!

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Funkoverse The Golden Girls 100 Strategy Game

In The Golden Girls 100, move through 4 exciting game scenarios in memorable locations like The Golden Girls’ Home or the Florida Boardwalk with Rose Nylund and Blanche Devereaux.

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Funkoverse Rick and Morty 100 Strategy Game

In Rick and Morty 100, move through 4 exciting game scenarios in memorable locations like The Smith House or Blips and Chitz with Morty Smith and Rick Sanchez.

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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.

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