The Home of Tabletop Gaming comes to Your Home
Amid the murder hornets and COVID-19, there are so many disappointments this year. Events we were all looking forward to, from summer vacation to conventions. Although some of those special times cannot happen this year, I’m so happy to see some event hosts are bound and determined to make the most of difficult times. Gen Con is one of those events!
Gen Con is the largest and longest-running annual event devoted to tabletop gaming culture in North America. The convention, which began in 1968 in Lake Geneva, WI, attracts 70,000 attendees and over 520 exhibiting companies each year. During the convention, attendees choose from more than 20,000 ticketed events representing a wide array of board games, card games, role-playing games, seminars, entertainment events, and more. Gen Con takes place each August in the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, and surrounding downtown hotel spaces in Indianapolis, IN. (GEN Con Press Release).
Jon and I were honored to be able to attend in 2019, hosted by FUNKO. It was our first time at Gen Con, and we had a blast. Indianapolis is flooded with thousands of people that all have the same passion - their love of games and all that entails. The chance to meet so many new friends and immerse ourselves in such an incredible experience was awesome.
Gen Con Online is going on right now (July 30 - Aug 2, 2020). There are thousands of Event Organizers & GMs offering virtual tabletop gaming sessions, cool workshops, and interesting seminars. There are gazillions of role-playing games, demos of board games, and workshops you can sign up for (that are either free or super cheap).
Many of the retailers have their stores posted in The Looking Glass, where you’ll also find artists, authors, musicians and so much more! Want to dress up as Legolas in Lord of the Rings - check out Medieval Collectibles. Ever wanted to try hand-blended artisan teas inspired by music, mythology, geekery, and works of literature - try Dryad Tea. Interest in paintings or sculptures? They have those too - you can check out Sarah Finnigan, an artist that does imaginative landscapes that are really beautiful. [these examples are pulled from Gen Con’s Looking Glass, we have no affiliation with them].
Best of all, tickets for Gen Con this year are FREE! That’s right. So take some time to click over and go on an adventure!