Gen Con Gives an Update on its 2021 Plans

Gen Con

With COVID still impacting everything, though vaccinations increasing, Gen Con has released an update as to its plans for its in-person, virtual, and pop-up conventions for 2021.

Gen Con

The convention has given an update stating that the full-time staff is almost fully vaccinated and the state of Indiana is rolling out vaccinations for all residents over the age of 16. The convention center has added $7 million in safety upgrades, instituted new protocols for cleaning and sanitization, installed hospital-grade air filtration, and has one-way traffic lanes in hallways and common areas. There’s also a mask requirement for all indoor spaces.

But, due to the move to September, the convention will have a space crunch. Lucas Oil Stadium will be in use and will not be available. Square footage per attendee is being expanded providing more space per person. Game tables will be spread apart more than usual and more open gaming will be present to allow greater flexibility for attendees.

There will also be limited attendance with it being capped at 30,000 to 40,000, half of what’s normal. That will also help with spacing issues.

24-hour gaming will not be going on as the convention center will be closed each night for cleaning and disinfection protocols.

There will also be timed entry as well as other crowd control measures. That includes no first-come, first-served exclusives and excessive lines.

Currently the convention will require masks unless something changes.

The convention is still mulling some things over like proof of vacination and how to handle social distancing which would be difficult to do at a gaming convention.

Gen Con Online

The online presence of the convention will be expanded. Gen Con Online will have a greater virtual presence to welcome attendees and exhibitors who can’t make it.

Pop-Up Gen Con

Also anounced are the publishers participating in Pop-Up Gen Con 2021. They’ll be shipping copies of their new games being released at the convention to participating shops as well as help with demos, events, and sales.

Participating publishers are:

  • Catalyst Game Labs
  • Forbidden Games
  • Pandasaurus Games
  • Ravensburger
  • Renegade Game Studios
  • SlugFest Games
  • Steamforged Games
  • Usaopoly | The Op
  • Wyrd Games

Pop-Up Gen Con takes place September 18, 2021. Game title announcements are still coming.

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous’ Second Beta Launches May 5

Owlcat Games has announced that the second beta for its classic isometric CRPG, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, will be available to backers who contributed to the title’s Kickstarter or Slacker Backer campaigns in the relevant tiers on May 5 via Steam. Fans who had access to the game’s first beta may simply update their file to participate in the second beta. This last playable version of the game before launch will comprise all content included in the first beta and new content like Crusade gameplay, never-before-seen side quests, a talking weapon companion, the in-game’s final UI design, and more. Further details will be shared when Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous’ second beta launches.

Based on Paizo’s famous tabletop RPG and the adventure path of the same name, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is the follow-up to the highly successful Pathfinder: Kingmaker. The game will expand the property’s universe and immerse players in an exhilarating crusade between mortals and demons. Fans will have the opportunity to steer the conflict and choose from one of nine different Mythic Paths, each with its own unique influence on warfare.

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous will launch for PC via Steam, GOG, and the Epic Games Store this summer. Fans may wishlist the game on their preferred platform today or pre-order at owlcatgames.com.

Everything Epic is Bringing Agents of SMERSH: Epic Edition to Kickstarter

Everything Epic has revealed Agents of SMERSH: Epic Edition, their next Kickstarter.

Agents of SMERSH was originally released in 2021 and has agents racing across the globe to thwart the plans of the sinister Dr. Lobo. The game is for 1-4 players ages 13+. The game had a positive reception upon release receiving awards and positive reviews.

Agents of SMERSH: Epic Edition is one of the largest narrative storytelling choose-your-own-adventure-like games of all time! With a 394-page Encounter Story Book and another over 120-page Epic Showdown Story Book, and 2000 encounters it’s one of the most replayable games ever! This “Epic Edition” also features updated art and edits.

You can sign up to receive a notification of the games’ launch.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground Launches May 27

Focus Home Interactive and developer Gasket Games have announced that Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground will release on May 27, 2021, on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

A new trailer also offers the closest look yet at one of the three factions from this action-packed, turn-based strategy adaptation of Games Workshop’s iconic fantasy IP: the Maggotkin of Nurgle. A tide of death that corrupt everything they cross, the Maggotkin create hazardous zones on the battlefield they can use against their enemies.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground lets you lead one of three highly customizable armies — the eternal Stormcasts, the ghoulish Nighthaunt and the rotting Maggotkin — to glory in rogue-like single-player campaigns or against real players in online PvP. With each new battle, you’ll collect new cards granting new units, skills, weapons and gear to strengthen your armies and let you define your own style of conquest.

Pre-order Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground today on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One to receive a special discount and the “Spoils of War Weapon Pack,” featuring one exclusive weapon for each of the game’s three armies. Visit the official store for more information.

Necromunda: Hired Gun – Enter the Hive Gets a Gameplay Trailer

Focus Home Interactive and Streum On Studio have released a new gameplay trailer for the fast-paced FPS Necromunda: Hired Gun, this time taking you deep into the depths of the city of Necromunda itself. In this gritty underworld, anything goes — for the right price. And as a bounty hunter, you’ll want to get to know the lay of the land, if only to figure out who’s most likely to stab you in the back.

Introduce yourself at Martyr’s End, the hub of all the action in your little corner of Necromunda. Here you’ll meet other scoundrels and stock up on libations and information from the local barmaid. It’s also where you’ll gear up, upgrade your bionic augments, customize your character, get treats for your cyber-mastiff, and decide on your next contract. And then you’re off into the Underhive, hunting targets through a towering metropolis of warring factions, toxic factories, colossal fortresses and other generally inhospitable locations.

Necromunda: Hired Gun launches digitally on June 1 and is available to pre-order now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. All pre-orders receive the “Hunter’s Bounty” pack, which features unique cosmetics for your knife, stub gun, and outfit. It also includes a new chew toy for your dog, giving your best mate the extra incentive to chase down its targets.

Unboxing: McFarlane Toys’ Warhammer 40K Adepta Sororitas Battle Sister

The world of Games Workshop‘s Warhammer 40K has come to McFarlane Toys and the second wave has begun to arrive!

We unbox and review the Adepta Sororitas Battle Sister!

What do we think? Find out!

You can get your own:
Amazon
Entertainment Earth
Big Bad Toy Store
Dorkside Toys


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Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, is coming to Marvel: Crisis Protocol!

Atomic Mass Games has revealed that Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, is coming to Marvel: Crisis Protocol! Kamala is coming to the miniature game and Atomic Mass have revealed a look at the figure.

Kamala is an Inhuman with the power to shapeshift, a healing factor, and elasticity so expect her to join the Inhumans faction. The character is also notable because she’s one located outside of New York City (she lives in Jersey City) as well as being Pakistani American and Muslim. The character was a groundbreaking one quickly finding a fanbase.

While the game is based on Marvel comics, Ms. Marvel is slated to come to the small screen in a television series that’ll be coming to Disney+.

Created by Sana Amanat, G. Willow Wilson, Gene Colan, Jamie McKelvie, and Adrian Alphona the character debuted in Captain Marvel #14 in August 2013.

Kamala Khan, Ms. Marvel Marvel: Crisis Protocol

Riot Quest: Chilly Con Carnage Has Arrived on Kickstarter with a 48 Hour “Gold Tier”

Riot Quest: Chilly Con Carnage

Privateer Press has launched Riot Quest: Chilly Con Carnage on Kickstarter. The game features a “Gold Level” tier available for just the first 48 hours.

This pledge tier will reward you with Gold level Prize Tickets and Bounty Tokens that you can use to get rewards from the Loot Vault in the post-campaign pledge manager!

Go all in with the full complement of new releases featured in the Chilly Con Carnage Kickstarter campaign, including the Boss Fight expansion, The Heist expansion, the Bounty Tokens expansion, Mekanolith, The Living Covenant, Tubbin, Widget – Mathlete Archaeologist and get both Dreyfus & Flubbin – Storm Patrol, Malvin – Revenge Artist, as well as the new Icy 3D Cooler, and Kommandog Barkevich totally free! You also receive all digital rewards and Treasure Stash Upgrades unlocked as we achieve the stretch goals of this campaign.

Shipping will be charged in the pledge manager.

INCLUDES:

  • Karchev and Deathjack: Malignant Fusion Boss Fight
  • The Heist Expansion
  • Bounty Tokens Expansion
  • Mekanolith
  • The Living Covenant
  • Tubbin
  • Widget, Mathlete Archaeologist
  • Dreyfus & Flubbin, Storm Patrol
  • Malvin, Revenge Artist
  • Icy 3D Cooler
  • Kommandog Barkevich, the Iron Woof
  • Gold Level Prize Tickets and Bounty Tokens
  • All Applicable Stretch Goals

There’s a lot of options whether you’re new to the game or a long-time player, Privateer Press has you covered. The campaign ends on May 6.

Explore the World of Warchief Gaming’s Auroboros

Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent

Warchief Gaming has launched a Kickstarter for Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent, a new roleplaying game set in the world of 5E. The campaign has blown past its goal on its first day guaranteeing this project will be funded.

Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent is a campaign setting for 5E by Chris Metzen and Warchief Gaming. The first release in this universe, “Worldbook: Lawbrand,” features the realm of Lawbrand. The new world is based on the world Metzen created in the 1980s and 1990s before he headed to Blizzard.

The book features over 100 pages of lore, 5 new races, 4 subclasses, new spells, magic items, bestiary, and more. New races include the Ma’ll, Desert Dwarf, Xu’Keen, Atsaad, and Salamar. Subclasses include Wildkeeper, Wraithblade, Way of Eminence, and Souleater.

You can get a digital copy of the book for $25 and a hardcover is at the $50 level. Other pledges involve GM Screen, maps, dice, and more. The campaign runs until May 21.

Yukon Salon is the frontier of style for the tabletop

Bears have hair, lumberjacks have beards, and they both need your hairdressing help! Match each style in your repertoire to just the right client, making outrageous claims as necessary to keep them from walking out.

Any style can become a hairdo or beard

Roll custom wooden dice with bears for 1s to style your clients.

In Yukon Salon, you’re a stylist at a Yukon salon! Your clients are grizzly bears and lumberjacks. You’ll need to get the right Clients in your gallery to win!

From Atlas Games, Yukon Salon is out May 7, 2021 and is a quick, humorous family-friendly card game.


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