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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.

Gen Con 2022: Evil Genius Productions launches a 3rd party licensing program

Evil Genius Productions
Evil Genius Logo

Evil Genius Productions, the maker of the Everyday Heroes tabletop roleplaying game, has announced at Gen Con that it is launching a 3rd party licensing program allowing game publishers to create their own roleplaying adventures utilizing the Everyday Heroes rules system.

The program allows licensees to take advantage of the company’s Product Identity, published and in-development rules mechanics, and gives publishers the right to label their products as compatible with the Everyday Heroes system. There is a one-time application fee of $50.

This program aims to recreate the expansive publishing ecosystem that was based on d20 Modern. Over the years, d20 Modern spawned hundreds of amazing games such as Adamant’s Thrilling Tales (2005-2007) and Mars (2006-2007) line, Green Ronin’s varied d20 Modern rules and settings, which culminated in Damnation Decade (2006), and Mongoose’s new editions of the classic Macho Women with Guns (2003, 2005).”

Gaxx Worx, a new games publisher launched by Luke Gygax, has signed up to use Evil Genius’ 3rd party license to launch Strange & Grim. According to game designer, Matt Everhart, “Strange & Grim will be a campaign setting that combines the adventure and wartime elements of Hellboy/Indiana Jones plus the horror elements like the Void, Event Horizon.” The Kickstarter will launch in October 2022.

As part of this program, publishers can also opt into a co-marketing agreement. If elected, Evil Genius will promote its partner’s adventures to the Everyday Heroes customer base and sell the products on the e-commerce platform. Similar to other online marketplaces, Evil Genius will keep 30% of the sales price and offer the rest to the publisher. The application for the program can be found here.

Today, Evil Genius Productions also announced today it’s hiring of Owen KC Stephens as Editor-In-Chief. Mr. Stephens is a well-known developer who has worked at Wizards of the Coast, Paizo Publishing, and Green Ronin Publishing and worked extensively on the d20 Star Wars, d20 Modern, Everquest d20, Pathfinder, Starfinder, Freeport, and Fantasy AGE game lines. In addition to being Editor in Cheif, Owen KC Stephens will also be the lead writer for Kong: Skull Island.

Gen Con 2022: Kill Team: Into the Dark contents revealed

While we knew it was coming, we now know what’s in it! Games Workshop has revealed the content for the anticipated Kill Team: Into the Dark at Gen Con 2022.

The new release for Kill Team takes the battle into the hull of a Space Hulk where a Kroot Kinband taking on the Imperial Navy.

As expected, the box has everything you need to play the sci-fi skirmish game, rules, terrain, tokens, cards, dice, miniatures, and more. There’s enough to make two complete Kill Teams.

The Imperial Navy are represented by the Imperial Navy Armsmen. The Breachers are elite and trained for close-quarter fighting, exactly what you’d expect in the ships of space.

These bold boarders fight with combat shotguns, blast shields, and other breaching tools, perfect for getting up-close and personal. You get 12 miniatures in all – 10 Breachers, a C.A.T. unit, and a Gheistskull. Even dead Breachers find their use, their skulls are the perfect size for holding a compact explosive…

The Farstalker Kinband are on a mission for new beneficial genetic material to bring back to their Shapers. There are 10 Kroot along with two Kroot Hounds. We’re here for the bird!

The box is backed with terrain to build your derelict hulk. That includes walls doors, pillars, panels, tanks, and pipes! In total there are 54 individual parts and it’ll all expand when the next set arrives three months later.

You get the rulebooks you need, a 144-page rulebook as well as the Into the Dark rules manual. That book has full rules for Close Quarters battle and features 18 missions, nine for narrative, and nine for matched play. There’s also a new type of campaign plus the rules for the two teams in the box!

And of course, the box has all the things you need to play. That means 85 double-sided tokens, including objectives, order tokens, and injury markers, 10 six-sided dice in that signature Kill Team orange, two Tac Ops decks – each containing 27 cards – and one double-sided game board to host all your bulkheads and barricades.

Gen Con 2022: Hasbro and Avalon Hill teases the return of Heroscape

With Gen Con kicking off this week, it looks like Avalon Hill is getting a push after being generally quiet. After a successful relaunch of Heroquest, it looks like the next big return is Heroscape!

Dubbed Heroscape: Age of Annihilation, the teaser video shows off the return of the cult classic tabletop miniature game.

Launched in 2004 until 2008 from Milton Bradley and then with Wizards of the Coast from 2008 until late 2010, the game featured pre-panted miniatures and a hexagonal tile board with 3D landscape. The game was designed by Craig Van Ness, Rob Daviau, and Stephen Baker.

While it generally had a fantasy setting, the game also featured Marvel characters in a set and later Magic: The Gathering.

The game has become highly collectible over the years with a solid community springing up around it.

We’ll have more information about Heroscape: Age of Annihilation as it’s announced.

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.

Gen Con 2021 Sees Over 35,000 Attendees

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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…

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

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

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.

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