Gen Con, the largest gathering of gamers in North America, is hosted annually in Indianapolis, capital of Indiana state in midwest / northern central region of United States. Gen Con dates back to 1968 as a wargames convention by Gary Gygax, the co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons. “The Best Four Days of Gaming” took place this year from 30 July to 2 August 2015 at the Indiana Convention Centre (ICC) with a record attendance of 61,423 people from all over the world.
Eve before the gaming Gen Con swarm at the Indiana Convention Centre (ICC).
Comparing the ICC to KL Convention Centre and MINES Exhibition Centre.
Spend many hours wandering the massive Gen Con Exhibit Hall.
Prototype for the Conan Rise of Monsters boardgame showcased on Trade Day.
For a “dead” series, Firefly games keep on rolling... literally in this case with the new Shiny Dice game being demostrated on Trade Day by Upper Deck.
Gamer hordes ready to swarm into the Exhibit Hall.
Follow the “red carpet” to “game heaven”.
Exhibits by Fantasy Flight Games showcased major products and preview of upcoming releases.
Privateer Press with Warcraft gaming miniatures.
Sample of convention exclusive loot, these being special miniatures from Privateer Press.
Demo for the upcoming Attack on Titan boardgame.
Fantasy Flight Game preview of upcoming Star Wars Armada starships.
Proposed Kickstarter games also featured at Gen Con, like this Battletech PC game.
Lots of retail vendors offering hundreds of games at bargain prices.
Magic TCG cards aplenty on the secondary market.
Customised TCG cards are also offered, some of which by the actual artists for MTG artwork.
Many gaming enhancements are also offered, like these generic buildings and structures for miniature wargaming.
Even dice have accessories like trays, towers and special containers.
Geek apparel aplenty to mix & match so as not to look the “generic” geek.
Fantasy, steampunk, and goth costumes are readily available that a cosplayer could easily pick-up everything needed to cosplay on-the-spot.
Margaret Weis (left) of Dragonlance acclaim signs books for the Firefly RPG. Kevin Sembieda (right) of Palladium Books signs for the Robotech RPG.
Plenty of original art available at Gen Con, although more skewed towards fantasy visuals compared to superheroes & sci-fi at the comic cons.
Layout of ICC for various gaming zones and event rooms, not including level 2 and adjacent hotels.
Entry to the Dungeons & Dragons playing hall.
DnD RPGs run all day & night.
Pathfinder games are popular.
Mayfair Game's hit Settlers of Catan as a giant-scale floor game.
Star Wars The Card Game tournaments.
Star Trek Attack Wing tournaments run by the community supported by WizKids although not official present at Gen Con.
Upper Deck running Legendary and VS mini-contests whereby winner of a timed game takes home the game.
Community run Star Wars Miniatures Battle of Hoth campaign is great eye-candy.
Star Wars Miniatures battle it out.
Pilot Battlemechs in these cockpit simulators.
Make LARP weapons.
Fantasy Flight Games presentation was packed.
Discussion panel by fiction book authors sharing their experiences.
Cosplay 101 panel.
Film, documentary and anime screenings.
Lelong, lelong! Auction of games, books and other parapherniaia.
Gen Con hosts the highly popular TrueDungeon experience. Players form a party adventurers to undergo a live quest into a 3D dungeon environment with puzzles to solve and monsters to kill. Different character classes comprise each adventuring party such as Wizard, Ranger, Monk, Paladin, etc. Players can customise their character at the start of each adventure by assigning weapons and equipment represented by tokens to enhance their abilities and the party's survivability. A bunch of these tokens come with purchase of the adventure but also found as treasure, especially the more powerful ones. An official True Dungeon shop sells tokens but a secondary market has also evolved with traders buying & selling tokens. Certainly True Dungeon veterans returning year-on-year will level up!
Sample True Dungeon “Monk” character partially equipped. Upper right insert: A substantial secondary market is available for treasure and equipment tokens.
Dungeon Crawl offers an alternative role-play adventure experience with hands-on combat using foam weapons.
Costume Parade includes all manner of cosplayers.
Spider-man's nemesis, Doctor Octopus in both comtemporary outfit and Steampunk inspired.
Left to right: Kanan from Star Wars Rebels, Captain America, & mythical Goatman.
Cinderella & her Prince. Game of Thrones inspired Iron Throne cosplay (right).
Finalists of the Costume Contest (top). Female DC superheroes and villains in Victorian era garb.
Roam the convention corridors to find some quirky activities taking place, like signing Klingons or building a “city” from trading cards under Cardhalla: Build Donate Destroy. And for those autograph collectors, guests of honor include Terry Brooks, Marina Sirtis (Star Trek), and Summer Glau (Firefly).
Klingon opera perhaps? No actualy it sounded like country music!
What do you do with millions of excess trading cards? Build a “city” out of it then smash them out like Godzilla for a charitable cause!
Find more photos on our Facebook photo album and stay tuned for Part 2 of this NERDTASTIC Convention Roadtrip when our Away Team headed to Star Trek Vegas.