Category Archives: Conventions

Gen Con Extends Its Contract with Indianapolis and Expands Hotel Capacity

Gen Con has agreed to extend its commitment to Indianapolis through 2023. Prompted by the announcement of construction of two new hotels connected to the convention center, Gen Con added an additional year to its deal.

Indianapolis’ once-celebrated-but-now-underused Pan Am Plaza is the planned site of the $120 million, publicly funded addition to the Indiana Convention Center plus the two privately funded Hilton-branded hotels. Together the hotels would have more than 1,400 rooms. Groundbreaking will begin in 2019 so it’ll be years before attendees will benefit.

The convention has suffered for a lack of hotel space which sells out at a brisk pace for the show. Capacity usually remains miles away requiring means to travel.

Setting a new attendance record in 2018, the convention surpassed 60,000 unique attendees over its four days. Gen Con 2018 featured more than 520 game companies, more than 600 new games, 17,000 ticketed events, and a significant increase in programming in Lucas Oil Stadium. The convention plans to continue its development of Lucas Oil Stadium as a new hub of convention growth.

Gen Con will return to Indianapolis August 1-4, 2019.

Gen Con 2018: Starfinder Gets a Beginner Box

Paizo Inc. announced the Starfinder Beginner Box at Gen Con in Indianapolis, Indiana. The streamlined rules presentation in the box is an ideal opportunity to bring new players into the hobby industry and presents easy-to-digest rules for beginning players. It will be available for purchase at paizo.com and retailers worldwide in Spring, 2019.

The Starfinder Beginner Box is packed with everything players need to get started playing Starfinder, and includes:

  • A 96-page Heroes’ Handbook, detailing character creation, weapons and equipment, magic spells, and general rules for playing the game
  • A 96-page Game Master’s Guide packed with adventure, alien adversaries, an introduction to the Starfinder setting, and advice on how to create and narrate science-fantasy adventures
  • A complete set of 7 polyhedral dice
  • More than 80 full-color pawns depicting diverse heroes and aliens
  • Six pregenerated character sheets to throw players right into the action
  • Six blank character sheets to record the abilities of custom-made heroes
  • Six player aid cards for quick rules references during play
  • A durable, reusable, double-sided Flip-Mat play surface that works with any kind of marker

Syrinscape and D&D Partner to Create First Official Sounds of the Legendary RPG

Syrinscape has announcesd its lineup of activities for Gen Con, the Best Four Days in Gaming (Indianapolis, Aug. 2 – 5).

Syrinscape has announced the addition of Dungeons & Dragons to its extensive library of custom-made sounds for the world’s greatest games. Gen Con attendees will have the opportunity to become immortalized in the Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game as Syrinscape’s famous Sound Cave returns to record attendee voices for the Dragon Heist SoundSet, the first official sounds of the legendary RPG that started it all.

In addition to the Sound Cave, the Syrinscape booth in the Exhibit Hall (#343) will also feature previews of Syrinscape’s latest releases for the Pathfinder RPG, Curse of the Crimson Throne, as well as the debut of the first official SoundSet for the Call of Cthulhu RPG. Syrinscape is celebrating 10 years of making noise at the gaming table with The Year of Atmosphere. Stop by the booth to ask Team Syrinscape about pro-tips for creating glorious, dynamic sound environments for any tabletop game.

All around Gen Con, Syrinscape will be bringing live RPG events to life with epic sound and music, including the legendary 1200-player Friday night Pathfinder Special in the Sagamore Ballroom and the 1000-player Gamers Live events. Join Syrinscape creator Benjamin Loomes as he hosts Music & Ambiance in Gaming in the Paizo Seminar Room. Finally, Syrinscape and Adventure Scents are partnering to level up the tabletop gaming experience using custom soundscapes, scent effects, maps, recipes and other accessories in the Total Immersion Workshop.

Syrinscape’s Fantasy Player, Sci-Fi Player and Board Game Player apps are free to download, come with free SoundSets and are compatible with nearly any mobile device or computer. Syrinscape can also be completely unlocked for free for 30 days at Syrinscape.com/freetrial. For $11 a month, SuperSyrin Subscribers gain full access to Syrinscape’s library, permanent ownership of new sounds released while subscribing, access to Syrinscape’s SoundSet Creator and Syrinscape Online Play tools and more.

Oni Press Wants You to Get Your Game on at Gen Con with a Sneak Preview Edition of Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #1

Oni Press is exhibiting at Gen Con 2018, where they’ll be selling limited quantities of a special early Gen Con sneak preview edition of Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #1 by writers Patrick Rothfuss and Jim Zub, and artist Troy Little, featuring an exclusive cover from artist Kory Bing. Writer Jim Zub (booth #1649) and cover artist Kory Bing (booth #2129) will be in attendance to support this most epic of crossovers between these two renowned licensed properties. Kory Bing will be signing at Oni Press booth #2655on Friday and Saturday from 1-2pm.

When Morty needs to learn how to play D&D to keep up with the cool kids, his hard-drinking, old school-gaming, mad science-making grandpa is happy to teach him how to roll the dice, but neither of them is prepared for the saving throws they’re about to fail or the true quest yet to come. Strap on a +1 longsword and grab your 10-foot pole, because this is going to be a gaming gauntlet like no other!

In addition to Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons, Oni Press have an array of new releases from Oni Press as well as Oni Games including: Scott PilgrimThe Tea Dragon SocietyDead of Winter: Good Good Dog, Invader ZIM, and more! Don’t miss additional signings with Dead of Winter comics team, writer Kyle Starks and artist GABO, will also be at the Oni booth throughout the weekend, with their titles also available for purchase.

Mondo Reveals Jurassic Park: The Chaos Gene Out Fall 2018

Mondo is celebrating 25 years of dinosaur chaos with their next board game – Jurassic Park: The Chaos Gene! Movie fans and board game enthusiasts can expect exciting gameplay and gorgeous artwork, featuring the immensely talented artist Matthew Woodson. The game will be available online and in stores everywhere this Fall.

Mondo will have the box top on display at their booth at San Diego Comic-Con (#425), and attendees will have the opportunity to get a special Jurassic Park patch when visiting the booth.

Taking an asymmetrical approach to the game’s playable characters and factions, Jurassic Park: The Chaos Gene is a 2-4 player adventure of varying strategies, objectives, and perspectives. While exploration of the park is at the core of each player’s motivation, the means by which separate factions achieve their goals couldn’t be more different. Through a scenario-based system, the game becomes a truly chaotic mix of modern humans and prehistoric beasts.

Jurassic Park: The Chaos Gene is a 2 to 4 player asymmetrical miniatures board game, for age 14 and up. Choose your faction from the following: InGen, Park Visitors, Raptors or the T. Rex. Find items needed for your faction, attack or avoid other dinosaurs, gain experience and customize your faction. With several scenarios and modular environment tiles for players to explore, each faction has unique objectives to complete in an effort to win the game!

If you’ll be at San Diego Comic-Con come find us – Mondo will be giving away Jurassic Park patches! These patches are free to Jurassic Park: The Chaos Gene newsletter subscribers. Sign up at thechaosgene.com.

A limited number will be available at the Mondo Booth (#435). A different faction will be available each day:

Thursday: InGen Patch
Friday: Raptors Patch
Saturday: Visitors Patch
Sunday: T. Rex Patch

Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast Reveal the Transformers Trading Card Game Starting at San Diego Comic-Con

Hasbro, Inc. and Wizards of the Coast have released more details the Transformers Trading Card Game. Designed for players ages 8 and up, the Transformers Trading Card Game will be available for purchase in the United States and certain other markets later in 2018.

The Transformers Trading Card Game is a fast, easy-to-learn action battling card game designed for two players. Players build a team of Transformers character cards and power them up with a customizable deck of battle cards. Transformers character cards are huge – character cards in the Autobots Starter Set and Booster Packs are twice the size of standard playing cards, and can be flipped from bot mode to alt mode and back – and feature premium printing treatment on one of their sides. The deck of battle cards features Action and Upgrade cards to enhance Transformers character cards.

At launch, Transformers fans can look forward to the following:

  • AUTOBOTS Starter Set – The Autobots Starter Set contains cards for two players to begin gameplay, and features Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ironhide, and Red Alert character cards. It will be available for purchase at retailers in the United States beginning on Sept. 28, 2018, and in certain other markets later in 2018.
  • Transformers Trading Card Game Booster Packs – Players can add to their character card teams and battle card decks for full gameplay with Booster Packs. Each Booster Pack contains 1 Transformers character card and 7 battle cards from a pool of 40 character cards and 81 battle cards. Booster Packs will be sold separately and available for purchase at retailers in the United States beginning on Sept. 28, 2018, and in certain other markets later in 2018.

Fans can get a first look at four cards for the Transformers Trading Card Game in July with the Transformers Trading Card Game Convention Edition. Limited quantities will be available for purchase at San Diego Comic-Con, Gen Con 2018 in Indianapolis and through the Hasbro Toy Shop at HasbroToyShop.com, where available, after the conventions. The Transformers Trading Card Game Convention Edition contains two Transformers character cards (Cliff jumper – Renegade Warrior and Slipstream – Strategic Seeker) and two battle cards (All-Out Attack and Tandem Targeting System) not available in the Autobots Starter Set or the Transformers Trading Card Game Booster Packs.

Lion Forge Spotlights its Hybrid of Comics and Gaming at SDCC 2018

At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Lion Forge will launch its new gaming imprint, Quillion, with a special free issue of the flagship publication Rolled & Told, available in the Lion Forge booth throughout the show (while supplies last).

For those looking to learn more about the publisher’s plans for this new hybrid of comics and gaming, join them at a special panel presentation on Thursday evening!

Representation in Gaming: From the Comic Shop to the Tabletop

Thursday, July 19, 7:00–8:00 p.m., Room: 32AB
Tabletop role-playing has been a staple in the nerd community, but it’s found a resurgence with podcasts like The Adventure Zone and Critical Role. Now, Lion Forge brings readers the perfect combination between a tabletop RPG magazine and a comic anthology with Rolled & Told, a monthly periodical that offers casual gamers fun-filled adventure modules, comics, art, and so much more. Join D20 Dames co-host Jen Vaughn and Lion Forge associate editor Christina “Steenz” Stewart, alongside artists Max Bare and Shing Yin Khor, and writer Josh Trujillo as we discuss where the tabletop gaming industry is going and how inclusive we can continue to make it! Attendees will receive a special exclusive Quillion dice bag (while supplies last)!

Unrivaled Tournament Shuts Down

Yesterday we talked about a game being added and today it’s about how it’s all shutting down.

The Unrivaled 2018 World Tabeltop Championships have been cancelled. Financial issues have hit the tournament’s parent company Oomba and cancelled the rest of the season which kicked off on International Tabeltop Day. Most employees were laid off last month.

Here’s the complete statement from Unrivaled:

Dear Partners of Unrivaled World Tabletop Championships,

Unrivaled was simply born from our love of tabletop gaming and the vision of bringing together players and events on a local and national footprint. We debuted Unrivaled World Tabletop Championships in 2017 and spent over $4 million to launch and run the tournament all the way through the Finale in Las Vegas. Our plans for 2018 included more games, a larger prize pool and an extensive level of support to bring local retailers and venues into the action.

Recent unexpected changes have occurred with the financial status of our parent company, Oomba, Inc. Given these changes we are no longer confident that we will be able to fulfill a quality product for this year’s Unrivaled tournament. We believe it is in everyone’s best interest that we cancel the event this year and do everything in our power to make all partners and participants whole. This orderly wind-up will be taking place immediately. It is with our deepest regret to announce this change in plans.

Please feel free to direct any inquiries to info@unrivaled.com.

The Unrivaled Team

Valiant Universe: The Deckbuilding Game is Added to the Unrivaled Tournament Lineup

Valiant has announced that Valiant Universe: The Deckbuilding Game, created in collaboration with Catalyst Game Labs, has been selected as a featured game for this year’s Unrivaled, the world’s largest tabletop game tournament!

Valiant Universe: The Deckbuilding Game joins 15 other tabletop games as part of 2018’s Unrivaled Tournament, including Kingdomino by Blue Orange Games, Onitama by Arcane Wonders, Evolution by North Star Games, and Exploding Kittens by The Oatmeal. Valiant Universe: The Deckbuilding Game is available to play now at satellite qualifiers and regional tournaments in participating local game stores and game conventions across North America all summer, culminating in a Grand Finale that will be broadcast live from Las Vegas this late Fall. After a successful inaugural year in 2017, this year’s Unrivaled prize pool is up to $300,000, with top players eligible to win $10,000 each!

Taken from the pages of Valiant’s critically acclaimed line of comics, in Valiant Universe: The Deckbuilding Game, players go up against Project Rising Spirit to infiltrate and seize their massive, hidden research installation located under Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. Codenamed “the Facility,” the structure uses unknown energies to morph and transform itself at will to keep horrid villains, dangerous creatures, alien entities, and top-secret research projects trapped within. Rumors of the Facility’s existence and its most prized possessions have leaked, and the Valiant Universe’s most powerful organizations – The Harbinger Foundation, the Renegades, G.A.T.E., and more – are taking an interest. Players purchase cards to craft a unique deck, then battle their way through the ever-changing Facility grid that moves during play, maneuvering their superhero miniatures to battle it out with other heroes for ultimate control!

Unrivaled Tournament regional events bring employees and customers from local game stores together at parties held at GameWorks or comparable venues around the country to compete for prizes and a chance to win a seat at the four-day Grand Finale in Las Vegas. The Unrivaled Road Crew also recently set off in May to tour the country, appearing at local stores and gaming conventions, such as Gen Con and Origins, and offering additional opportunities for players to secure an entry in the Finale. Awards will also be earned by the stores represented by the players, so they can join them at the Finale. All game stores registering to become a sanctioned Unrivaled venue for 2018 will be invited to the regional events, space permitting. The first Regional event was held in Salt Lake City, Utah at Oasis Games on May 19th.

PAX Unplugged 2018 Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets for PAX Unplugged 2018, the tabletop-centric entry in the international line-up of PAX events, taking place Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2018 at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center, are on sale now.

Single-day badges for the event will be available for $30, while three-day badges will cost $65. Pre-sale merchandise, including branded blankets, socks, and dice will be available as well.

Established in 2017, PAX Unplugged delivers the experience PAX attendees have enjoyed for more than a decade, but with a focus on celebrating card, board, and other tabletop games. Now in its second year, the show will build on the success from the inaugural PAXUnplugged, where tabletop fans had the opportunity to witness the reveal of new games, go hands-on with exciting upcoming titles, play in tournaments, and participate in panels with industry leaders.

Produced by ReedPOP, in conjunction with Penny Arcade, PAX– West, East, South, Dev, Unplugged, and Australia – have become some of the world’s largest gaming conventions, each with tens of thousands of guests every year. Every show is a celebration of gaming culture, where prominent game creators connect directly with the gaming community via panels, demos, concerts, tournaments, and freeplay sessions.

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