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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.

gamers facebook age gender raw 8.3.16

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.!

Road to Gen Con 2016: Greenbrier Games’ Burger Up – a mouth watering new game

Greenbrier Games has partnered up with the publisher Rule & Make of Australia to bring their game, Burger Up, to stores in the US. If you’re looking for something to whet your appetite at Gen Con, come get a taste of the all new Burger Up game at their booth #2339. The game has recently launched in Australia and they’re excited to provide US distribution for Burger Up!

Burger Up

Road to Gen Con 2016: Cryptozoic’s Demos and New Titles

Cryptozoic Entertainment is heading to Gen Con which takes place this week August 4-7. Located at Booth #501, Cryptozoic will offer game demos and products for purchase. Members of the Cryptozoic team will also be on hand to answer questions.

Tournaments will be held in Hall D for the following games: Adventure Time Card Wars (including the new 2v2 Doubles Tournament), Epic Spell Wars, as well as Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis and DC Comics Deck-building Games. There will be two new Promo Heroes for the DC Comics Deck-building Game that will be given out to participants. For a list of all the tournaments organized by Cryptozoic, please visit the Gen Con 2016 website.

Cryptozoic will have in booth demos at Gen Con of five new titles, which will also be for sale in very limited quantities:

Adventure Time Card Wars: Doubles Tournament – This new game takes the familiar format of Adventure Time Card Wars and doubles up on everything as players compete against one another in teams of two. Winners of the tournament will be rewarded with exclusive Cartoon Network medals.

Adventure Time Card Wars Doubles Tournament

Internal Affairs – In this code-cracking game, it’s your job to ferret out your foes and learn who is ultimately loyal to whom.

Internal Affairs

Mad Science Foundation – Fulfill your wildest fantasies of being a mad scientist as you collect insane resources, construct impossible inventions, and press big, red buttons in your personal quest for infamy. Mad Science Foundation creator Sharang Biswas will be at Cryptozoic’s booth throughout the convention demoing the game, answering questions, and signing copies of the game.

Mad Science Foundation

Poker Assault –  The classic game of poker you thought you knew has been reimagined as a game of combat. Get ready to craft killer hands, experience decisive moments, and have non-stop fun with  every turn of the cards.

Poker Assault

Rick and Morty: Mr. Meeseeks’ Box o’ Fun Dice and Dares Game This new adult dice game based on the hilarious Rick and Morty episode “Meeseeks and Destroy” asks you to complete Requests using dice and the help of Mr. Meeseeks. The longer you take, the more Meeseeks you’ll need to call and the more demeaning Dares you’ll have to do.

Rick and Morty Mr. Meeseeks’ Box o' Fun Dice and Dares Game

Additional Game Demos
In addition to the games mentioned above, there will be a multitude of other games demoed at Cryptozoic’s booth, including The Walking Dead: No Sanctuary, which will complete its successful Kickstarter campaign later today. Click here to check it out. Designers Adam and Brady Sadler will be in the booth 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Thursday through Saturday personally showing off the game and answering questions.

The Walking Dead No Sanctuary

Gen Con attendees can also check out how to play the recently released Rick and Morty: Total Rickall Cooperative Card Game, which has been labeled a “#1 New Release” by Amazon. The game is based on the “Total Rickall” episode of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty TV series and features the show’s trademark zany sense of humor.

Rick and Morty Total Rickall Cooperative Card Game

For attendees looking to explore the entire Cartoon Network universe, Cryptozoic will be showing off Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis Deck-Building Game. In this game you play as your favorite heroes from Cartoon Network’s past and present hit shows, including Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball, Clarence, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Dexter’s Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Regular Show, Samurai Jack, and Steven Universe. Every main deck card is unique and brimming with Cartoon Network fan service.

Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis Deck-Building Game

Finally, there will be a demo of Giant Killer Robots (GKR) at the Weta Workshop booth (#709). GKR combines tabletop miniatures skirmish battles with augmented reality and is being designed by Cryptozoic in partnership with world-builders Weta Workshop and Evolver Studios. . A Kickstarter campaign for the game will be launched later this year.

Giant Killer Robots (GKR)

Mighty Meeples
Cryptozoic will be selling four convention-exclusive packs from their new Mighty Meeples line, featuring 1” wooden figures of classic characters from DC Comics and the original Ghostbusters film. These distinctive figures are highly collectible and can even be used in your favorite board games.

Mighty Meeples 1 Mighty Meeples

See the convention coupon booklet for a special offer to use at Cryptozoic’s booth.

Road to Gen Con 2016: Fantasy Flight Announces Star Wars: Destiny

Fantasy Flight Games has announced a new collectible dice game, Star Wars: Destiny. The game allows you to put a team together of famous characters from Star Wars and pit them against each other in dice battles. Along with a deck of cards, each character has unique abilities that you can use in battle.

The game features characters that run the entire history of Star Wars, so you can really pit any characters against each other.

The first chance to check out the game will be at Gen Con 2016 where demos will be run and extended art promo cards will be given out.

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