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Gen Con News – Family Fun Pavilion

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Gen Con’s Family Fun Pavilion Grows All-Ages Gaming

SEATTLE (September 8, 2011) Game playing parents are now bringing their children along for the ride when they make their annual pilgrimage to Indianapolis for Gen Con. In the last four years, the family fun pavilion has grown extensively. Beginning with six companies with a few hundred people present specifically for Family Fun Day the dedicated area had sixteen out of the three hundred ten exhibitors and over three thousand of the 36,733 gaming fans focusing on family fun in 2011. Gen Con, now preparing for its 45th annual convention in 2012, will yet again increase space dedicated to family games manufacturers next year.

“I am truly amazed at the growth of our family fun pavilion over the past four years!” says Megan Culver, director of marketing at Gen Con LLC. “We have seen tremendous support and passion from our exhibitors, volunteers and attendees and we can’t wait to see how this area continues to expand over the years. We at Gen Con believe that playing games is a lifelong route to fun.”

Several new-to-Gen Con companies made significant contributions to the show with child-focused gaming and product demonstrations. This year, the pavilion also featured Radio Disney on Sunday’s Family Fun Day, as well as live action and giant-sized games from Out of the Box Publishing and Spin Master. LEGO and Spin Master were each Event Partner sponsors for Gen Con and helped to fill out a significant portion of this important area of the show. Mayfair Games once again sponsored the training grounds area of the family fun pavilion, which stayed packed with participants of crafting, dancing, foam sword combat and plenty of game play.

The family fun pavilion launched with a small handful of exhibitors dedicated specifically to games for tween to early teen children and their
families. In 2011, this specialty area grew to sixteen exhibitors with a focus on products that provide educational, multigenerational fun. The full list of participant companies can be found on the Gen Con Website http://www.gencon.com/2012/indy/sm/familyfun/default.aspx

Many of these companies are already committed to returning to Gen Con Indy 2012 with even larger presences. The strong number of Sunday badges and Family Fun Day traffic points to the continued strength of tabletop gaming as a chosen form of family entertainment.

About Gen Con
Gen Con, LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, sci-fi and adventure game convention in North America. It was acquired in 2002 by former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast Peter Adkison, who owns the company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Gen Con is a consumer and trade experience dedicated to gaming culture and community. For more information visit the website at www.gencon.com. For up-to-the minute details, find us at www.facebook.com/genconindy and at www.twitter.com/gen_con.

Mayfair Games Enters 3-year Co-Sponsorship Agreement with Gen Con

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Mayfair Games Enters 3-year Sponsorship agreement with Gen Con

Mayfair Games is pleased to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Gen Con for the next three years! Mayfair Games is a world leader in the hobby board game industry and was a major sponsor of Gen Con Indy 2011.

“We feel grateful that the Mayfair Games team has worked so hard to partner together with Gen Con LLC to create the best Gen Con Indy we have ever had this year,” said Adrian Swartout, CEO of Gen Con. “Mayfair’s commitment continues to demonstrate their vision and industry leadership. The ‘Gen Con VIG Quest’ gives us a chance to have fun together year-round as well.”

This partnership between the premier board game producer and the largest hobby games convention in the world was such a success it has been expanded and extended for 3 additional years. In particular Mayfair Games will have an expanded show presence with programs such as the Family Outreach Program, Giant Games and Ribbon Quest, all in a drive to expand and grow the popular board game pastime and make Mayfair synonymous with board games in the minds of enthusiasts everywhere.

This sponsorship deal also insures Mayfair is doing its part to help the “Best Four Days In Gaming” become even better and shows that Mayfair is willing to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to supporting GenCon now and in the future.

About Gen Con

Gen Con, LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, sci-fi and adventure game convention in North America. It was acquired in 2002 by former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast Peter Adkison, who owns the company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Gen Con is a consumer and trade experience dedicated to gaming culture and community. Follow us at facebook.com/genconindy, and for more information visit www.gencon.com.

About Mayfair Games

Mayfair Games was founded in 1981 and is a publisher of the finest analog and social games suitable for families and hobbyists. Mayfair Games is an Illinois-based company making the games of our generation. For more information visit mayfairgames.com

Gen Con Indy Shatters Attendance Records

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Gen Con Indy 2011 Shatters All Previous Attendance Records

INDIANAPOLIS  (August 11, 2011) – Gen Con Indy, the nation’s largest annual consumer fantasy, sci-fi and adventure gaming convention experienced stunning growth this year. Turnstile attendance was over 119,707 with 36,733 unique attendees present for 96 hours of gaming, cosplay, music, shopping and more. This positive spike in turnout represents a greater than 20% increase in a single year. Game event participation grew even more steeply, with over 250,000 event tickets yielding an over 26% expansion throughout the Best Four Days In Gaming!

“Gen Con Indy 2011 was simply the best Gen Con ever for us,” said Adrian Swartout, CEO of Gen Con LLC. “We had such incredible support from our exhibitors, sponsors, event organizers and volunteers, and of course, the amazing businesses and people of Indianapolis. We are so thankful to have their partnership in crafting the world’s finest experience in gaming. Next year, Gen Con has its 45th anniversary. We are too excited for words at the amount of fun we are already planning for next August.”

Family Fun & Sunday Attendance
The Family Fun Pavilion continues to be popular with the next generation of game players and their parents. Companies with all-ages entertainment products were swarmed with children, grandparents, educators and librarians looking for games for upcoming birthdays, holidays and back-to-school. Between family fun and regular Sunday badges, nearly 3,000 additional people joined Gen Con Sunday – adding considerable traffic to the show and helping exhibitors reach new fans.

Charity
Over the years, Gen Con has maintained its efforts in helping children and benefiting educational programs through its charity events. This year to keep up the tradition, Gen Con chose School on Wheels, which enhances and enriches educational opportunities for school-aged homeless children as the recipient of the charity fundraising. 100% of the proceeds from the following charity events were donated to the cause: Ace of Aces VIII– Charity Speed Paint and Auction, Cardhalla, and Charity Auction, Fandom United Jail-n-Bail.  In total over $18,000 was raised from all the different charity events at Gen Con.

Future Gen Con Indy Show Dates
Gen Con has been in Indianapolis since 2003 and has signed a five-year extension with the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association (ICVA) for 2011-2015. Below are the upcoming show dates.
August 16-19, 2012
August 15-18, 2013
August 14-17, 2014
July 30 – August 2, 2015

About Gen Con
Gen Con, LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, sci-fi and adventure game convention in North America. It was acquired in 2002 by former CEO and Founder of Wizards of the Coast Peter Adkison, who owns the company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Gen Con is a consumer and trade experience dedicated to gaming culture and community. For more information visit the website at www.gencon.com  . For up-to-the minute details, find us at www.facebook.com/genconindy and at www.twitter.com/gen_con .

Gen Con 2011 – George Strayton talks his new Roleplaying Game The Secret Fire

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I had the opportunity to sit down with George Strayton, the creator of the new role playing game The Secret Fire which made it’s debut at this year’s Gen Con

The game is set in a familiar fantasy world, but the emphasis is on game play and the word “role” in role playing. Strayton wants to bring that back, and that’s his focus in this new game, as opposed to lots of dice rolling.  Through a mechanic that encourages players to do such that Strayton also has worked in a way for gamers to be encouraged to do good in the real world and those good deeds to be recognized in game.

Check out our interview below.

NECA/WizKids Announce Gen Con 2011 Exclusives, Sneak Peeks

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NECA/WIZKIDS ANNOUNCE GEN CON INDY 2011 EXCLUSIVES, SNEAK PEEKS

SHOW OFF NEW GAMES, CROWN 2011 HEROCLIX WORLD CHAMPION AND MORE!

Hillside, NJ – Aug. 2, 2011 – Leading licensed collectibles maker and game creator, National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA)/WizKids today revealed their 2011 Gen Con line-up, with plans to demo several new and upcoming board games and concepts, offer attendees exclusive access to two new titles, announce the HeroClix World Champion and host the HeroClix Online Tournament Smackdown. It all happens this week during Gen Con 2011, August 4-7 in Indianapolis, Ind.

To kick things off, Gen Con attendees and fans will have their first opportunity to purchase two new exciting tabletop games; Quarriors and Star Trek: Fleet Captains. Limited quantities exist as NECA/WizKids offers both of these games to the public for the first time ever!

NECA/WizKids will also be providing demos of these exciting games:

  • Quarriors – A unique blend of strategy and chance featuring a revolutionary dice-building game mechanic!
  • Star Trek Expeditions – Designed by Reinier Knizia.  Your team must cooperate to achieve your mission or the Klingons win!
  • Star Trek: Fleet Captains – Battle head-to-head against an enemy fleet for sector supremacy!
  • HeroClix – Super heroes and villains battle in classic comic book-style action!

Exclusive sneak-peeks will spotlight two new board game concepts:

  • Mage Knight – Designed by Vlaada Chvatil.  Fight and conquer as one of four mythic Mage Knights as you battle to secure your place in legend!
  • Lord of the Rings: Nazgul – Join your fellow Ringwraiths as you work to destroy the Fellowship of the Ring…but beware! Sauron can only favor one Nazgul in this semi-cooperative game!

During the show, NECA/WizKids will also be hosting the “HeroClix Online (HCO) Tournament Smackdown,” inviting convention attendees as well as HCO players and fans to take part in the four-day competition with the chance to score awesome loot including exclusive Figures and ClixBux. The Smackdown is set to be held online during Gen Con 2011, Aug. 4-7. Full tournament details, prizes and regulations can be found on the official HCO web site.

Last, but certainly not least, the “Road to Worlds” event series concludes at Gen Con 2011 as NECA/WizKids crown the 2011 HeroClix World Champion this weekend.

Stop by the NECA/Wizkids booth #865 for more information or to learn more about HCO and other products.

For news updates and announcements, follow HeroClix Online on Facebook or Twitter @wizkidsgames now.

About WIZKIDS/NECA, INC.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. (NECA), WizKids/NECA is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. The HeroClix brand is the most successful collectible miniatures games on the market today, with over 250 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.

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