Category Archives: Conventions

Para Bellum and Game Kastle Team for National Program of Organized Play Events

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Game Kastle Conquest

Para Bellum Wargames, the developer and publisher of the fantasy Regimental Miniature Wargame Conquest: The Last Argument of Kings and Skirmish system Conquest: First Blood, has announced an upcoming national program of Organized Play events in collaboration with Game Kastle hobby game stores!

Participating Game Kastle stores will partner with Para Bellum to host a Conquest unboxing event that showcases the quality of Conquest sculptures to their miniature fans. All released factions of Conquest will be present for attendees to explore and to discover their favorite one! Organized Play events will continue in participating stores every two weeks and will include demo games, paint-and-take nights, tournaments, and much more, while rewards exclusive to Organized Play kits will be awarded to participants and winners. Para Bellum also announced a special Black Friday event for Game Kastle fans!

Specific dates and times of the events for each store will be announced soon. Stay tuned and check out the Conquest event schedule at your favorite Game Kastle store, and on the Conquest event calendar!

Gen Con 2021 Sees Over 35,000 Attendees

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Gen Con

Gen Con returned to an in-person convention and saw an attendance of over 35,000. This amount was similar to attendance when the convention moved to Indianapolis in 2003. That’s about 50% of the number of people in 2019, the last time an in-person convention was held. The convention is estimated to have generated $37 million in economic activity for restaurants, hotels, and local businesses. The convention took place September 16-19.

The convention was described as a “more relaxed atmosphere” on a smaller scale.

320 exhibiting publishers and vendors were featured in the exhibit hall which included more than 90 for the first time. More than 200 new games were released and more than 6,500 ticketed events were held over the four days.

According to the post-convention release, over 90% of attendees were vaccinated against COVID-19 according to surveys. Attendees were required to wear masks while inside the convention center. Increased table spacing and nightly sanitization and cleaning were implemented for safety.

In addition to the physical convention, 2,300 virtual events were held as well as 200 pop-up events at retail stores. When including those, nearly 50,000 people participated in Gen Con 2021.

Gen Con returns to Indianapolis on August 4-7, 2022.

And the 2021 ENNIE Awards Winner are…

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ENNIE Awards

At Gen Con 2021, the winners of the 2021 ENNIE Awards were announced during a Live Stream yesterday evening.

Below you can find the full list of nominees with the winners in bold denoted with Gold and Silver. Congrats to all of the nominees and winners.

Judges’ Spotlight Winners

  • Amelia Antrim– Anyone Can Wear the Mask
    Author: Jeff Stormer
  • Di – Righteous Blood, Ruthless Blades: Wuxia Roleplaying, Osprey Games
    Authors: Brendan Davis, Jeremy Bai
  • Salim Hakima – Abracadabra. A Guide to Becoming a Magical Games Master, The Grinning Frog
    Author: Stephen Hart
  • Shauna Ratliff – Altered Carbon The Role Playing Game, Renegade Game Studios
    Authors: Christopher De La Rosa, Ivan Van Norman
  • James Surano– SLA Industries 2nd Edition Core Rulebook, Nightfall Games
    Author: Dave Allsop

Best Adventure

  • ALIEN RPG Destroyer of Worlds, Free League Publishing – SILVER
    Author: Andrew E.C. Gaska
  • Epic Encounters: Hall of the Orc King, Steamforged Games LTD
    Author: Richard August
  • Eyes Unclouded, The Secret Cat Shop
    Authors: Anthony Alipio, Tineke Bolleman, C. Michael Chase, Bridie Dutton, Brittney Hay, Kat Kruger, Jacky Leung, Amber Litke, Sadie Lowry, Collette Quach, Toto Joe Sullivan
  • OSE: Halls of the Blood King, Exalted Funeral Press – GOLD
    Author: Diogo Nogueira
  • The Waking of Willowby Hall, Swordfish Islands
    Author: Ben Milton

Best Aid/Accessory – Digital

  • DNGNGEN, Stockholm Kartell & Ockult Örtmästare Games – SILVER
  • dScryb – Finely Crafted Boxed Text
  • Eigengrau’s Essential Establishment Generator, Rhys Gray
  • Here Be Taverns, Sword & Source
  • Michael Ghelfi – RPG Ambiences & Music, Michael Ghelfi – GOLD

Best Aid/Accessory – Non – Digital

  • Adventurers Tarot: The Empress Deck, Weird Works LLC
  • Arium: Create, Adept Icarus
  • City of Mist Character Folio Pack, Son of Oak Game Studio – GOLD
  • Roll & Play: The Game Master’s Fantasy Toolkit, Roll & Play Press – SILVER
  • Sentinel Comics: The Roleplaying Game GM Kit, Greater Than Games

Best Art, Cover

  • Cortex Prime Game Handbook, Fandom, Inc.
    Artist: Merilliza Chan
  • Heart: The City Beneath, Rowan, Rook and Decard – SILVER
    Artist: Felix Miall
  • Neverland: A Fantasy RPG System, Andrews McMeel Universal
    Artist: Andrew Kolb
  • The Spy Game, Black Cats Gaming
    Artist: Chaim Garcia
  • Vaesen – Nordic Horror Roleplaying, Free League Publishing – GOLD
    Artist: Johan Egerkrans

Best Art, Interior

  • Cortex Prime Game Handbook, Fandom, Inc.
    Artists: Reza Afshar, Carol Azevedo, Natalia Bacetti, Zoe Badini, Venus Bambisa, Brett Barkley, Bethany Berg, Alex Jay Brady, Estefany Calderón, CoupleofKooks, Joel DuQue, Jason Engle, Grace P. Fong, Jessica Fong, Hao Shuang, Lisa Heidhoff, Kevin Hong, Fiona Hsieh, Odera Igbokwe, Anthony “RobotPencil” Jones, Giby Joseph, kinixuki, Burak Kirk, Kekai Kotaki, Coey Kuhn, Sabina Lewis, Noé Leyva, Linda Lithén, Tithi Luadthong, Oriana Menendez, Viko Menezes, Julia Metzger, Alexandra Mims Cook, Vanessa Morales, Anna “Sarianne” Neumannová, Jeremy Nguyen, Dominique Ramsey, Rafael Sarmento, Thomas Scholes, Lie Setiawan, Lenka Šimečková, Janna Sophia, Artur Treffner, H. Won, J Yang
  • Heart: The City Beneath, Rowan, Rook and Decard – SILVER
    Artist: Felix Miall
  • Neverland: A Fantasy RPG System, Andrews McMeel Universal
    Artist: Andrew Kolb
  • Planet Apocalypse for 5th edition DnD, Petersen Games
    Artists: Helge Balzer, Keith Thompson, Graey Erb, Alyssa McCarthy, Veli Nyström, Cy Zack, Benny Kusnoto, Dynasty Gua
  • Vaesen – Nordic Horror Roleplaying, Free League Publishing – GOLD
    Artist: Johan Egerkrans

Best Cartography

  • ALIEN RPG Destroyer of Worlds, Free League Publishing – SILVER
    Christian Granath, Andrew E.C. Gaska
  • OSE: Halls of the Blood King, Exalted Funeral Press – GOLD
    Glynn Seal
  • Towns and Taverns, Loke LTD
    Matt Henderson, Tam Henderson
  • Undying Sands, Games Omnivorous
    Kevin Cannon
  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soulbound – The Great Parch Map, Cubicle 7
    Jared Blando

Best Electronic Book

  • Ancestry & Culture: An Alternative to Race in 5e, Arcanist Press – SILVER
    Author: Eugene Marshall
  • BEOWULF: Age of Heroes, Handiwork Games
    Authors: Jon Hodgson, David Rea and Jacob Rodgers
  • Brancalonia – Spaghetti Fantasy Setting Book, Acheron Games – GOLD
    Authors: Mauro Longo, Andrea Macchi, Max Castellani, Edoardo Cremaschi, Giovanni De Feo, Luca Mazza, Mala Spina, Alessandro Savino, Jack Sensolini, Umberto Spaticchia.
  • Eyes Unclouded, The Secret Cat Shop
    Authors: Anthony Alipio, Tineke Bolleman, C. Michael Chase, Bridie Dutton, Brittney Hay, Kat Kruger, Jacky Leung, Amber Litke, Sadie Lowry, Collette Quach, Toto Joe Sullivan
  • Wally DM’s Journal of Puzzles Encounters , Wally DM
    Author: Wally DM

Best Family Game / Product

  • Magical Kitties Save the Day, Atlas Games
    Authors: Matthew J. Hanson, Paul Dean, Clio Yun-Su Davis, Jeremy Tuohy, Chris Costello
  • Mausritter: Boxed Set, Games Omnivorous, Losing Games – GOLD
    Author: Isaac Williams
  • Sentinel Comics: The Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook, Greater Than Games
    Authors: Christopher Badell, Cam Banks, Dave Chalker, Philippe-Antoine Ménard, Clark Valentine
  • Tales of Xadia: The Dragon Prince Roleplaying Game – Rules Primer, Fandom, Inc. – SILVER
    Authors: Cam Banks, Dan Telfer
  • WyrdScouts, Wicked Clever
    Author: Robert Turk

Best Free Game / Product

  • A| State Nicely Done, Handiwork Games
    Authors: Morgan Davie, Malcolm Craig
  • Adventures on a Dime, Dungeons on a Dime
    Author: Brian Tyrrell
  • Humblewood: The Wakewyrm’s Fury, Hit Point Press Inc. – GOLD
    Author: Andrea Bruce, Jordan Richer, Christopher Pinch, T. R. Rowe
  • Two Faces, Tin Star Games
    Author: Steve Dee
  • Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay: Wrath & Glory The Graveyard Shift, Cubicle 7 – SILVER
    Author: Robert Buckey, Zak Dale-Clutterbuck

Best Game

  • Alice Is Missing, Renegade Game Studios – GOLD
    Author: Spenser Starke
  • Cortex Prime Game Handbook, Fandom, Inc.
    Author: Cam Banks
  • Heart: The City Beneath, Rowan, Rook and Decard – SILVER
    Authors: Grant Howitt, Christopher Taylor
  • Sentinel Comics: The Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook, Greater Than Games
    Authors: Christopher Badell, Cam Banks, Dave Chalker, Philippe-Antoine Ménard, Clark Valentine
  • Slayers, Gila RPGs
    Author: Spencer Campbell

Best Layout and Design

  • Cortex Prime Game Handbook, Fandom, Inc.
    Cam Banks
  • Heart: The City Beneath, Rowan, Rook and Decard – GOLD
    Minerva McJanda
  • Sentinel Comics: The Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook, Greater Than Games
    Jennifer Closson, SaRae Henderson, Sarah Kelly
  • The Spy Game, Black Cats Gaming
    Mark Whittington
  • The Stygian Library: Remastered, SoulMuppet Publishing – SILVER
    David N. Wilkie

Best Monster/Adversary

  • Heart: The City Beneath, Rowan, Rook and Decard – SILVER
    Authors: Grant Howitt, Christopher Taylor
  • My Dad’s Monster Manual, Introcaso Creative
    Author: James Introcaso
  • Planet Apocalypse for 5th edition DnD, Petersen Games
    Authors: David N. Ross, Ron Lundeen
  • The Maze, Axo stories
    Authors: M.A Bastarrachea Magnani, Jaime Reyes Mondragon, Alastor Guzman
  • Vaesen – Nordic Horror Roleplaying, Free League Publishing – GOLD
    Authors: Johan Egerkrans, Nils Hintze

Best Online Content

  • Crystal Heart #5 – True to Your Heart, Up to 4 Players
  • DNGNGEN, Stockholm Kartell & Ockult Örtmästare Games – GOLD
  • dScryb – Finely Crafted Boxed Text, dScryb – SILVER
  • Here Be Taverns, Sword & Source
  • Liber Ludorum, Liber Ludorum

Best Organized Play

  • A Rough Guide to Glamour, Jonstown Compendium – GOLD
    Authors: Chris Gidlow, Mike Hagen, Nick Brooke, Michael O’Brien, Jeff Richard, Greg Stafford
  • Citizens of the Lunar Empire , Jonstown Compendium
    Author: Chris Gidlow
  • Hand of Glory, Type 40 – SILVER
    Author: Allan Carey
  • My Immortal Loneliness, Jessica Marcrum
    Authors: Ally Sulentic, Jessica Marcrum
  • Shadows Under Ice, Jaspers Game Day
    Authors: Jasper’s Game Day, Ma’at Crook, Chris Maxwell

Best Podcast

  • Asians Represent! – GOLD
  • Party of One
  • Tales of the Voidfarer
  • The Sixth Ring, a Trophy podcast
  • The Letters Page – The Sentinel Comics Podcast – SILVER

Best Production Values

  • Adventurers Tarot: The Empress Deck, Weird Works LLC
  • ALIEN RPG Destroyer of Worlds, Free League Publishing – GOLD
  • Broken Compass: Adventure Journal, Two Little Mice – SILVER
  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soulbound Rulebook Collector’s Edition, Cubicle 7
  • Weird Horror, Solarian Games

Best RPG Related Product

  • Adventurers Tarot: The Empress Deck, Weird Works LLC – SILVER
  • Book of Dice – Elvish Tales, Q Workshop
  • Into the Dungeon: A Choose Your Own Adventure, Andrews McMeel Universal
    Author: Hari Conner
  • Sentinel Comics: The Roleplaying Game Coloring Book, Greater Than Games
  • Worldbuilder’s Notebook, Swordfish Islands – GOLD
    Author: Jacob Hurst

Best Rules

  • Alice Is Missing, Renegade Game Studios – GOLD
    Author: Spenser Starke
  • Cortex Prime Game Handbook, Fandom, Inc. – SILVER
    Author: Cam Banks
  • Fiasco 2E, Bully Pulpit Games
    Authors: Jason Morningstar, Steve Segedy
  • Slayers, Gila RPGs
    Author: Spencer Campbell
  • The Spy Game, Black Cats Gaming
    Authors: Sam Webb, James Barry, Eric Campbell, Oz Mills, Virginia Page, Rob Wieland

Best Setting

  • Brancalonia – Spaghetti Fantasy Setting Book, Acheron Games – SILVER
    Authors: Mauro Longo, Andrea Macchi, Max Castellani, Mauro Longo, Andrea Macchi, Max Castellani, Edoardo Cremaschi, Giovanni De Feo, Luca Mazza, Mala Spina, Alessandro Savino, Jack Sensolini, Umberto Spaticchia
  • Heart: The City Beneath, Rowan, Rook and Decard – GOLD
    Authors: Grant Howitt, Christopher Taylor
  • The Maze, Axo stories
    Authors: M.A Bastarrachea Magnani, Jaime Reyes Mondragon, Alastor Guzman
  • The Stygian Library: Remastered, SoulMuppet Publishing
    Author: Emmy ‘Cavegirl’ Allen
  • Undying Sands, Games Omnivorous
    Authors: Adriana Oliveira & Andre Novoa

Best Supplement

  • Ancestry & Culture: An Alternative to Race in 5e, Arcanist Press – SILVER
    Author: Eugene Marshall
  • Arium: Create, Adept Icarus
    Authors: William L. Munn, Natasha Ence, Drew Gerken
  • MÖRK BORG CULT: Feretory, Free League Publishing – GOLD
    Authors: Pelle Nilsson, Johan Nohr
  • Wally DM’s Journal of Puzzles Encounters , Wally DM
    Author: Wally DM
  • Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Enemy Within Campaign – Volume 2: Death on the Reik Companion, Cubicle 7
    Authors: Graeme Davis, Dave Allen, Pádraig Murphy, Andy Law, Jim Bambra, Claus Thorn Ekström, Phil Gallagher, Ciarán O’Brien, Dániel Kovacs, Rachael Macken, Jonathan Oliver, Síne Quinn, Christopher Walz

Best Writing

  • Brancalonia – Spaghetti Fantasy Setting Book, Acheron Games – SILVER
    Authors: Mauro Longo, Andrea Macchi, Max Castellani
  • Heart: The City Beneath, Rowan, Rook and Decard – GOLD
    Authors: Grant Howitt, Christopher Taylor
  • Planet Apocalypse for 5th edition DnD, Petersen Games
    Authors: David N. Ross, Ron Lundeen
  • The Stygian Library: Remastered, SoulMuppet Publishing
    Author: Emmy ‘Cavegirl’ Allen
  • WyrdScouts, Wicked Clever
    Author: Robert Turk

Product of the Year

  • Adventurers Tarot: The Empress Deck, Weird Works LLC
  • Alice Is Missing, Renegade Game Studios – GOLD
  • Ancestry & Culture: An Alternative to Race in 5e, Arcanist Press
  • Arium: Create, Adept Icarus
  • Brancalonia – Spaghetti Fantasy Setting Book, Acheron Games – SILVER
  • Cortex Prime Game Handbook, Fandom, Inc.
  • Heart: The City Beneath, Rowan, Rook and Decard
  • Sentinel Comics: The Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook, Greater Than Games
  • Slayers, Gila RPGs
  • The Stygian Library: Remastered, SoulMuppet Publishing

Fan Favorite Publisher

  • Free League Publishing (FriaLigan)

Czech Games Edition Announced as a Gen Con 2021 Co-Sponsor

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Czech Games Edition

Gen Con has announced international board game publisher Czech Games Edition (CGE) as a Co-Sponsor of Gen Con 2021. CGE will receive dedicated event space and physical and digital marketing at Gen Con’s upcoming 2021 convention as a part of the agreement.

The publisher has been exhibiting at the convention since 2015, its first year self-publishing its games. That first launched Codenames.

At Gen Con Indy 2021, fans of Czech Games Edition will have an opportunity to get their hands on the newly re-launched edition of Galaxy Trucker, along with Lost Ruins of Arnak and Under Falling Skies — all of which will be making their Gen Con debut. CGE will also have a large demo space with lots of classic CGE titles to check out, including giant editions of Galaxy Trucker and PictoMania. A Galaxy Trucker pin as well as promos for Lost Ruins of Arnak and Under Falling Skies will also be available for visitors to the CGE demo space at the convention.

Gen Con Makes Masks Option for Vaccinated Individuals

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Gen Con has released an update to its health and safety plans for Gen Con Indy 2021. According to their update, 87% of attendees who responded to a survey said they have been fully vaccinated and an additional 5% said they would be by convention time. Indiana where the convention takes place lags behind the country in vaccination rate. 42.9% of the population of the state is vaccinated compared to 48.2% of the entire country. It’s estimated a need for at least a 70% vaccination rate to reach herd immunity. Those 12 and under can not be immunized currently.

With that and “falling rates”, the convention has decided that:

  • Mask-wearing at Gen Con will be strongly recommended at all times indoors or in crowded areas for all Gen Con attendees.
  • Mask wearing will be required at all times for all unvaccinated persons.
  • Vaccinated individuals that prefer not to wear a mask may present proof of vaccination and ID at one of the health check-in stations and receive a wrist bracelet indicating that they are vaccinated. While wearing a valid bracelet individuals are not required to wear a mask at Gen Con for the duration of the convention.
  • If an individual has a documented medical reason that prevents them from wearing a mask or receiving a vaccination, they may present the medical documentation at a health check-in station to receive a bracelet.
  • If someone has medical reasons that keep them from both wearing a mask and receiving a vaccine, they will need to go to the Special Services desk to get their wristband. Those are the only people authorized to give out wristbands for medical exemptions.

Other safety adjustments include:

  1. Reduced capacity at approximately 60% of normal size
  2. Increased spacing for all gaming tables
  3. Nightly closure of the convention center for cleaning and sanitizing
  4. More outdoor activations

With all the above, the convention has also decided to not to implement timed entry to the Exhibit Hall. Between a reduced number of attendees and the mask/proof of vaccination requirement, that normal operations for entry can happen. There are six entrances to choose from. There are also no limited exclusives at the show this year decreasing the need for individuals to rush and crowd the halls early.

The announcement by the convention has been received with mixed results. The Delta variant has shown it’s not only highly contagious and spreads far easier than the previous virus it can break through vaccinations. California has mandated masks again due to the spread of this virus variant. The likelihood of spreading without masks remains high and puts those who can’t get the vaccination and those who can not wear masks at higher risk if attending. It also puts pressure on security and others to now enforce mask mandates. While this would be an issue anyway, now they must look for a wristband to determine who may wear one making the task even more difficult. We’ve seen how individuals react protesting masks and to gain clout. As is, the work would be dangerous and now it’s more difficult.

Good luck to those going but we’ll be skipping this year ourselves, the first time in many years.

d4: Tabletop Creative Conference this Weekend

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d4: Tabletop Creative Conference

San Diego’s Comic-Con Museum invites tabletop gaming enthusiasts from around the world to meet online for d4: Tabletop Creative Conference. This virtual conference will be held June 5-6, 2021 on the Comic-Con Museum YouTube channel.

The conference will bring creators from across the tabletop gaming community together for this two-day event that will feature recorded panel topics as well as special guest speakers covering a range of topics including: 

  • Design: The creation of play patterns, artwork and graphics that elevate the gaming experience.
  • Development: Encompassing testing and improvement of games towards publication.
  • Discuss: Marketing and media in the Tabletop game space, from podcasts to promotion and everything in between.
  • Discovery: An emphasis on helping players and publishers identify emerging trends and hot new games that define the future of the hobby.

In addition to the wide range of topical discussions with well-known figures in the gaming industry, d4 will also include a unique opportunity for established and aspiring game creators to pitch their concepts, designs and ideas to a panel of experts who will provide feedback on the game itself as well as the quality of the pitch. Feedback will focus on helping designers develop and better discuss their ideas. The Game Pitch Review will be broadcast live for those who register to participate.

A few of the special guest speakers include Tanya DePass (creative director, Motherlands RPG), B Dave Walters (lead developer, Into The Motherlands RPG), Becca Scott (host, Good Times Society), Ivan Van Norman (head of development, Darrington Press), Gabe Hicks (game designer, Roll20), Eric Lang (game designer, Marvel United), Tanya Thompson (director, global product acquisitions, Hasbro), Damon Saddler (key lead designer, Mattel) and more.

In 2020, the Comic-Con Museum was awarded a grant from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host a conference in recognition of the cultural and educational value of tabletop gaming while also providing insight into the development of games we all love – d4: Tabletop Creative Conference was created. This grant will help defray some of the costs associated with the conference.

Gen Con Badge Registration Opens Today

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Gen Con 2021

A limited number of 4-Day and single-day badges for Gen Con Indy 2021 are on sale today at noon Eastern. The convention was rescheduled to September 16-19, 2021, and will proceed with a hybrid format combining three concurrent events to offer a flexible range of opportunities for participation: a reduced-capacity Gen Con Indy in-person at the Indiana Convention Center, Gen Con Online livestreaming, and gaming events, and Pop-Up Gen Con retail activations at local games stores.

In-person attendance will be capped to comply with local, state, and national public-health and safety guidelines, and 4-Day badges are anticipated to sell out quickly. Once they do, no further 4-Day badges will be offered this year, but additional inventory of single-day badges may become available based on changing health and safety guidelines.

All attendees who have rolled over their badge from 2020 are guaranteed a badge and have had their badges converted to 2021 on their accounts automatically, unless they request by email to customerservice@gencon.com by June 25 to roll their badge forward again to 2022.

You can check if you currently have a badge on your account on the My Schedule section of your account home page:

  • On desktop, click your name in the upper-right corner when signed into your account.
  • On mobile, sign in, tap your name in the menu, and then tap “My Schedule.”
  • If you bought badges for anyone besides yourself, they would see them on their home page or your “My Packets” page if the badges are being mailed.

Trade Day will return for Gen Con Indy 2021 in partnership with Alliance Game Distributors with a modified schedule and content tracks. A limited quantity of Trade Day badges will be available starting May 23 for educators, librarians, and retailers. Trade Day attendees who have rolled-over their badges from 2020 will be contacted with additional information.

Housing Registration for Gen Con Indy will open on June 6.

Registration for Gen Con Online and Pop-Up Gen Con will open on June 27, 2021. It will cost $5.

Warhammer Fest Kicks Off This Monday With Reveals Every Day

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Games Workshop kicks off Warhammer Fest 2021 on Monday, May 3rd for six days of reveals. Each day focuses on somethign specific with a mystery on Saturday, May 8th.

So far, we know Orks and Adepta Sororitas will get coverage for Warhammer 40K, and for Warhammer: Age of Sigmar we expect to see the latest take on Vampire Counts.

You can tune in to Warhammer Community from Monday 3rd May to see all of the reveals as they happen from 6pm (BST) onwards, or catch them live on Twitch.

Check out what’s going on each day below!

Warhammer Fest 2021

Gen Con Gives an Update on its 2021 Plans

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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.

Para Bellum Announces a Conquest Painting Experience in May

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Conquest painting event

Para Bellum Wargames, the maker of the Conquest tabletop miniatures game is excited to build collaborations within the industry. The goal is to develop new opportunities for gaming fans to experience the miniature gaming hobby in new ways. Their newest collaboration involves Warcolours paints, and Miniatures Wargames magazine. Coming May 6th is “painting night with Dimo!”. This online event will bring Dimosthenis, Conquest’s house artist, into people’s homes via the magic of the interwebs. The 2-hour painting experience will take fans through a range of techniques Dimo uses to paint miniatures. This will be amazing for beginners who want to paint more, and for long-time gamers looking for new ideas!

Miniatures Wargames magazine will host the event on their interactive platform. Warcolours paints and Conquest created a new project- Rage X Fire. This new collab brings together an entire infantry set of Flame Berserkers and 5 full-sized bottles of Warcolours paints. It’s an incredible value of product brought together in one box!

Dimo will walk through this part of this set during the evening so that everyone has a common project to share! 
A FREE ticket to the event is included with each purchase of the Rage X Fire box for €$49- a bonus value of £10! Link here to purchase a set today. Each purchase during the month of April qualifies for one online admission ticket. 

FLGS stores are welcome to participate by hosting a group painting night in conjunction or by selling sets to their community! Retailers ordering 10 or more sets of our Rage X Fire boxes will get 1 bonus demo set for free.

Currently available painting collaborations:

Product Name – Painting CollaborationsEU BarcodeEU SKU #
   
Inferno X Turbo Shift – Collab with Turbo Dork5213009012232PBW8967
Rage X Fire- Collab with Warcolours5213009012539PBW8968
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