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The Resin Beast Miniature Painting Competition Returns for 2023

Resin Beast

The biggest miniature painting competition is coming to Adepticon! Creature Caster and Para Bellum Games announce the return of the Resin Beast Painting Competition for 2023! By partnering, this will be the largest Resin Beast ever, and one of the biggest miniature painting competitions that the world has ever seen! Resin Beast features a massive prize pool of approximately US$14,000 over many different categories of prizes. For 2023, we are partnering with Play on Tabletop to bring a behind the scenes look at the Resin Beast. In this two-episode series that will come out after Adepticon, fans will see how the judges make their decisions and understand the painters’ perspectives about their craft. The “Community Choice” awards will be highlighted throughout, and viewers will be welcome to vote for their favorite miniatures, regardless of the official judging.

Para-Bellum Games and Creature Caster encourage Painters and Hobbyists of all skill levels to participate. There will be adventures for everyone! We look forward to entries from those that believe they are the best of the best, and from those that have just started their journey into this incredible hobby. This will be the most engaging and innovative miniature painting competition the world has ever seen. To achieve these lofty goals, the incredible team at Creature Caster is joining forces with the maker of Conquest, Para Bellum Games, to host this event. This partnership will truly take the Resin Beast to a whole new level.

The Resin Beast competition will be themed around a dungeon crawl where all participants will join as adventurers to struggle together against the Resin Beast itself. It is a competition, with impressive prizes available. We also want to make sure that all skill levels can participate and have lighthearted fun. There will be many levels of categories in which painters of all levels can place and win. This competition is open to all painters of Conquest or Creature Caster models.

Gen Con 2023 badges go on sale January 29

Gen Con 2023

Gen Con has announced that badges for Gen Con Indy 2023 will go on sale Sunday, January 29 at noon Eastern on gencon.com. Gen Con Indy 2023 takes place August 3-6 in the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, celebrating 20 years of events in Indianapolis since the convention moved to the city in 2003.

The convention will continue to operate in a hybrid format, featuring virtual Gen Con Online event programming and livestreaming.

BADGE REGISTRATION

Gen Con Indy 2023 4-Day and single-day badges will be available for purchase beginning at noon Eastern on January 29. Registration for a free Gen Con Online-only badge will begin on May 7.

Badge TypePrice
4-Day$135
Thursday$70
Friday$70
Saturday$85
Sunday$17
Trade Day$235
Gen Con Online-Only$0 (Available May 7)

Housing registration will begin at noon Eastern on February 12, and event registration for ticketed events will open at noon Eastern on May 21.

April 2023 features the 250th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Event!

250th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series

Konami has announced the 250th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) events will be taking place in April 2023 in three different locations. The YCS events will feature the best Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game (TCG) players from across the globe, Dueling for a chance to be named a champion at these historic events. 

Three YCS events will be taking place simultaneously on the same weekend of April 1-2, 2023. Konami will host the North America YCS in Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Latin America YCS in Bogotá, Colombia at the Agora Bogotá Convention Center. Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. will be hosting a YCS in Europe in London, UK at ExCeL London.  

All registered Duelists in the main events will take home a participation Game Mat and Field Center Card. The three winners of these prestigious events will be taking home a unique Ultra Rare Anotherverse Dragon card commemorating the event and a very special YCS Champion trophy.  

Outside of the main tournament, there’ll be plenty of things for attendees to enjoy over the course of the weekend, including popular public events, such as Win-A-Mat tournaments and ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, as well as newer events including Rivalry of Warlords and digital game tournaments for Yu-Gi-Oh! MASTER DUEL. For special events only available at the 250th YCS, Duelists will be able to compete in Time Wizard events using formats from previous milestone YCS events. 

Registration for these events will open in early 2023.

Gen Con Draws Over 50,000 Attendees in a Return to Pre-Pandemic Scale

Gen Con

Gen Con returned to Indianapolis this August 4-7, attracting a unique attendance of over 50,000 gaming fans to the Indiana Convention Center (ICC) and Lucas Oil Stadium for four days of playing games, shopping in the exhibit hall, cosplaying, enjoying local food and beverages, and connecting with fans from Indianapolis and around the world.

Gen Con Indy 2022, which marked the 55th running of the convention since its founding in 1968, generated an estimated $57.4 million in economic activity for restaurants, hotels, and other local businesses in Indianapolis.

The convention’s exhibit hall featured more than 530 game publishers and vendors. Publishers released more than 500 new game titles during the convention. More than 15,000 ticketed events were held over the four days, ranging from board games, card games, roleplaying games, comedy, music, seminars, the Costume Contest, Film Festival, and more.

All participants were required to show proof of vaccination to attend and to wear masks while inside Gen Con-controlled spaces.

Concurrently with the in-person convention, an additional 900 virtual games and events were held through the convention’s Gen Con Online program, and over 50 hours of live video was streamed on the convention’s Twitch channels.

Gen Con Indy 2022’s official charity partner was the Patachou Foundation, a nonprofit which serves meals and learning experiences for children to increase their awareness of and excitement about food and fight the root causes of hunger in the community. Nearly $40,000 was raised over the weekend for the Patachou Foundation through multiple charity events.

Gen Con will return to Indianapolis August 3-6, 2023.

Gen Con 2022: Steamforged shows off Dark Souls, new Rivet Wars, and Adventures & Academia: First Class miniatures

Steamforged Games has announced some exclusive exhibits for their appearance at the immensely popular tabletop convention, Gen Con, taking place 4-7 August in Indianapolis. Attendees can visit their booth #2221 to enjoy, amongst other things, world premieres of a host of never-before-seen miniatures and material.

First to be displayed are miniatures from the new Dark Souls: The Board Game release, Tomb of the Giants, due to be released later this year. These stunning models include skeleton soldiers, necromancers, an imposing skeletal beast and a huge new boss, the iconic Gravelord Nito.

This is the first Dark Souls: The Board Game content released since 2017, and is the first of a series of new core sets, which include a new campaign system and an updated rulebook, designed to be backward compatible and with community involvement.

Attendees will also get an exclusive look at the new faction for the recently acquired Rivet Wars franchise. More information about the exciting future of the game, including new ways to play, will be revealed in due course.

Finally, Steamforged are excited to give an exclusive world-first preview of the upcoming miniatures for Adventures & Academia: First Class. After securing the support of 7,611 backers on Kickstarter, this hotly-anticipated range of miniatures is currently in production. This exhibit is a chance for backers to whet their appetite for roleplaying fun in advance of the campaign’s delivery, slated for early 2023.

As well as displaying minis, they’re running demos of various games every day at Gen Con, giving visitors a chance to get hands on with Steamforged’s awesome tabletop experiences.

The Resin Beast Returns for Adepticon for 2023

The Resin Beast Miniature Painting Competition returns to Adepticon for 2023! The biggest miniature painting competition is coming to Adepticon! Creature Caster and Para Bellum Games have announced the return of the Resin Beast Painting Competition for 2023. By partnering, this will the biggest Resin Beast ever, and one of the biggest miniature painting competitions that the world has ever seen! Resin Beast features a massive prize pool of approximately US$14,000 over many different categories of prizes.

Para Bellum and Creature Caster encourage Painters and Hobbyists of all skill levels to participate. There will be adventures for everyone! This will be the most engaging and innovative miniature painting competition the world has ever seen. In order to achieve these lofty goals the incredible team at Creature Caster is joining forces with the maker of Conquest, Para Bellum Games, to host this event. This partnership will truly take the Resin Beast to a whole new level.

The Resin Beast competition will be themed around a dungeon crawl where all participants will join as adventurers to struggle together against the Resin Beast itself. It is a competition, with impressive prizes on the line, and we also want to make sure that all skill levels can participate and have lighthearted fun.

More details will be released in the coming weeks, a monstrous compendium of all you need to defeat this mighty foe, but for now, this is what you need to know to get started:

  • Adventurers must travel to Adepticon 2023, to enter the lair of the Resin Beast. This event occurs on March 22nd – 26th in the land known as Chicago. (Options for others to travel on your behalf will exist if it is not possible for entrants to embark on the quest – details on this to follow).
  • The Resin Beast has gathered approximately US$14,000 into its lair, along with some incredible trophies and other worldly goods that will not be available in any other channel for these winners.
  • Para Bellum and Creature Caster models only may be entered for competition.
  • You can choose to enter as many categories as you would like, but you may only enter each category once (there are 5 categories for which you can submit 5 possible entries). Each entry can only be placed in one Category (an entry cannot be in unit and a diorama, for example).
  • A similar Judging system as past years will be used, but with some adjustments and improvements for 2023.

Adventurers can only carry two treasures in their packs. This means you can only place in a maximum of two categories and then you must let someone else get some loot!

For Grand Recognition, the title “Beast Slayer” will be rewarded to one brave adventurer. This coveted title represents striking a mortal blow against the Resin Beast itself. While any such adventurer will find riches and glory in such a feat, there is also a terrible burden placed upon them, for the Resin Beast never truly dies, and will no doubt seek revenge.

For a shot at the “Beast Slayer” title, an adventurer must have a minimum of two separate entries in two of the above categories. One of these entries must feature a Creature Caster model, and the other a model from Para Bellum Games. Whichever adventurer has the highest combined score from their two entries will truly have shown their mastery of painting.

The Resin Beast Categories for Placement are:

Large Model:

  • Models that were sold with a base size of at least 90mm or are over 20cm in height (bottom of foot to highest point of the model).
  • Maximum dimensions of 175x175mm square of 175mm round with a maximum height of 410mm.

Mid-Size Model:

  • Models sold with a minimum base size above 40mm and a maximum base size below 90mm.
  • Maximum dimension of 100x100mm square or 100mm round with a maximum height of 300mm.

Small Model:

  • Models sold with a base size equal to or below 40mm.
  • Maximum dimensions of 50x50mm square or 50mm round with a maximum height of 150mm for the entry.

Diorama:

  • Minimum of 2 fully represented models. (Not one model and a hand rising out of the ground!)
  • Entry must be on a minimum of a 100mm round base up to a maximum of 200x200mm square or 200mm round, and with a maximum height of 410mm
  • A Diorama may include a mix and match of models from both companies if desired but the cohesiveness will be considered. Tie break points awarded if done successfully.

Unit or Warband:

  • This is a bit of a tricky one, so please read carefully.
  • Maximum base size for models in the composition is 60mm.
  • Units must be constructed using the following point system:
    • Models sold on a base smaller than 40mm are worth 1 point
    • Models sold on a 40mm – 60mm base are worth 2 points
    • Unit may have multiple base sizes in the unit.
    • Units must not have a value over 12 points or under 6 points.
    • This means that depending on the base size of the models you will have at minimum 3 models and at maximum 12 models.
  • A Unit/Warband may consist of a mix and match of models from both companies if desired, but the cohesiveness will be considered. Tie break points awarded if done successfully.
Resin Beast

SDCC 2022: Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Tavern Experience

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves tavern experience

Dungeons & Dragons is heading to San Diego Comic-Con for a Hall H panel as well as a “tavern experience”!

HALL H PANEL

Paramount Pictures brings Paramount and eOne’s Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves to kick off the in-person return to San Diego Comic-Con with the FIRST Hall H panel of SDCC 2022! 

The Hall H panel takes place on Thursday, July 21st at 12:00pm PT. Join our party and watch for exciting developments as cast and filmmakers appear on stage! 

Hall H panel attendees will receive an exclusive, collectible Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves poster. 

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is in theaters March 3, 2023  

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: HONOR AMONG THIEVES TAVERN EXPERIENCE

WHAT:

During San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Paramount Pictures, in partnership with eOne, will bring the fantastical world of Dungeons & Dragons to life with their one-of-a-kind Tavern Experience. Patrons can visit the Tavern for a peek inside the world of Paramount and eOne’s new movie Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, in-theaters March 2023. 

Inside, visitors will find a 20-minute, immersive experience for unique photo ops, exclusive takeaways, and a chance to sip on Dragon Brew while interacting with your favorite Dungeons & Dragons creatures and characters, plus a few surprise moments you won’t want to miss! 

Boss Logic-created custom artwork will be printed as limited-edition takeaways for those who go through the Tavern Experience in San Diego!

Quincy’s Tavern led the recipe direction for the tavern’s Dragon Brew (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) that will be served to guests during the experience!

WHEN:

Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Island Avenue, the Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Tavern Experience will be open to the public at the following times: 

Thursday, July 21: 12pm – 10pm PT
Friday, July 22: 10am – 8pm PT
Saturday, July 23: 10am – 8pm PT

To reserve your spot, keep a lookout on the film’s social channels for when the RSVP site launches soon. There will also be a stand-by line on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no charge for admission and the experience is open to the public for all ages.

PAX Unplugged Returns in December

PAX Unplugged

PAX West 2022 is taking place in early September but we’re looking beyond that to the tabletop game focused PAX Unplugged!

It was revealed today the convention will welcome tabletop-loving legions to Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center from Friday, December 2, through Sunday, December 4, 2022. Weekend and single-day PAX Unplugged badges will go on sale this summer.

PAX West 2022 will return and run from September 2 through September 5. Badges go on-sale to the public starting Thursday, June 16 at 3:00 PM ET.

As in the past, PAX West will feature a bustling show floor with hands-on opportunities with some of the most anticipated upcoming games, panels starring industry personalities and renowned developers, a multitude of gameplay areas dedicated to casual and competitive play, exciting vendors with merchandise and accessories for interactive as well as tabletop gaming, thrilling esports competitions, and much more.

Four-day and single-day badges for PAX West will be available to the general public starting Thursday, June 16 at 3:00 PM ET via the official PAX West website. Four-day badges will sell for $235, while individual Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday badges will go for $62 each.

NOVA Open Expands to a Second Venue and the Malifaux US Master’s Invitational

NOVA Open

NOVA Open has announced they’re expanding! The popular convention is running additional events at the Renaissance Arlington Capitol View Hotel a simple walk from the main Hyatt Regency. Room blocks will be available and the venue is a 5-minute walk from the Hyatt. More info will be coming about this expansion including what events will be happening there.

NOVA Open will also host the Malifaux US Master’s Invitational, the first ever. The seasons kicked off this weekend with the Las Vegas Open (LVO) and ends with the invitational taking place September 1 at NOVA Open 2022! This is in addition to other Malifaux events.

Gen Con 2022 Badges are on Sale!

Badges for Gen Con 2022 are on sale now! You can get 4-day passes for the “best four days of gaming” for $125 with individual days ranging from $16 to $80.

Gen Con takes place in Indianapolis, IN, and runs August 4 to 7 at the Indiana Convention Center.

If you’re into any type of tabletop gaming, this is the convention to go to!

Hurry and don’t miss out!

Gen Con Indy 2022 4-Day and single-day badges will be available for purchase beginning at noon Eastern on January 30. Registration for a free Gen Con Online-only badge will begin on May 8, and Pop-Up Gen Con badge registration will cost $5 and begin on June 19.

Badge TypePrice
4-Day$125
Thursday$65
Friday$65
Saturday$80
Sunday$16
Trade Day$225
Gen Con Online-Only$0 (Available May 8)
Pop-Up Gen Con$5 (Available June 19)

Attendees who rolled their 2020 or 2021 badges forward to 2022 will find their badges on their Gen Con account and no further action is needed. Badge holders who do not wish to attend Gen Con Indy 2022 have the option to return their badge for a refund starting on January 30 by contacting Gen Con customer service at customerservice@gencon.com with full name and account information. There will not be an option to roll over any badge to 2023.

Health and Safety Information

Based on evolving public health and safety concerns, Gen Con will implement vaccination and masking requirements for all in-person convention participants in an effort to provide a safe and healthy environment for attendees, partners, and staff.

Everyone participating in Gen Con Indy — including all attendees, exhibitors, gamemasters, event organizers, and event staff — will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved or authorized by the FDA or WHO, and proof of vaccination will be required to attend the convention and gain entry to the convention center.

Details about acceptable documentation and the verification process will be announced in the coming months, but convention organizers anticipate that participants will be required to show either verified digital proof of vaccination on a smartphone or their physical vaccination card, along with government-issued ID, before entering the convention center.

Everyone participating in Gen Con Indy — including all attendees, exhibitors, gamemasters, event organizers, and event staff — will be required to wear a mask in all indoor spaces unless actively eating or drinking in designated areas.

Gen Con’s restrictions and requirements are subject to change, and Gen Con will consider modifications to its mandatory vaccination policy on a case-by-case basis based on the most up to date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Indiana and Marion County public health agencies.

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