Gen Con Announces Close to Badge Sell-Out

We know it happens for things like San Diego ComicCon, but never before has Gen Con announced that they may have entirely sold out. And yet, that’s where we’re at. The gaming convention held annually in Indianapolis is reaching maximum capacity and they just might reach that this year. It probably helps (doesn’t help?) that this is the 50th anniversary of the show.
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dV Giochi Releasing New Games At Gen Con

Gen Con is just around the corner. I mean, we’re damn-near to July, and that’s month-adjacent to Gen Con. Thousands up on thousands of gamers are going to descend upon Indianapolis for the show. It’s a great time for companies to release new products. dV Giochi is doing just that, and they want to give you a heads-up as to what you can expect from them at the show.
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Ninja Division Posts Golden Kobold Painting Contest Info

Gen Con is just a couple months away.
…Holy hell! Gen Con’s only a couple months away!!! *cough* … yes, anyway, well, at the show, Ninja Division is going to be running their Golden Kobold painting competition. Grab your paints and brushes, it’s time to show that you’re one of the top painters in the land.
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Gale Force Nine Looking For Help at Summer Conventions

I have never been to a convention where I wasn’t working for some gaming company. Back in the day, it was Privateer Press, doing things like running Tour of Duty for 40 hours, or Iron Arena (where, among other shifts, I once did a 24 hour shift). Then, of course, once I took over this gig, I was doing TGN coverage at shows. I honestly wouldn’t know what to do at a convention if I wasn’t working it. It’s, honestly, pretty awesome. If you want to see what it’s like to work a show, Gale Force Nine is looking for people to help out at Origins and Gen Con.
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Geek Nation Tours Booking For Gen Con 2017

Gen Con is one of the biggest gaming conventions in the whole world. It can easily overwhelm anyone that goes in unprepared. If you want to be prepared and then some, perhaps check out the Geek Nation Tours package for the show. It’s filled with great, exclusive opportunities during the event. Booking is happening now.
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Gen Con Day 4 Photos

Well, it’s getting to be bedtime. Gotta get to sleep so I can make the epic migration back to the sauna that is Atlanta in August. I’m going to miss Gen Con. This was a good year. Despite the fact that I didn’t get really much of a chance to hang out with too many people (Gen Con, if nothing else, is hundreds of “we’ll hang out later” comments said in passing that, sadly, never get to actually happen), it was still a pretty good show. Lots of things to see. Lots of big announcements. And lots of photos. My phone says I’ve taken over 1,600 in the past several days, a good portion of which have been posted here for you. Speaking of which, here’s the last galleries from the show.
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TGN Demo Report: Dark Souls

Hey everyone. Gen Con has closed up shop for another year. The going consensus seems to be that it was a great show, but also an exceedingly fast one. I can certainly relate. It seems just this morning (which was actually Thursday morning), I was joking, “So, it’s Sunday tear-down, right?” and here it is, even after tear-down. However, before I post up the day’s few galleries and get some rest before a long drive tomorrow, I need to tell you about my demo this morning of the Dark Souls board game over at the Steamforged Games booth.
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TGN Preview: Kronia

The final game we took a look at was also a cool bluffing/blind bidding game. It’s by some of the same designers that made Sheriff of Nottingham. So if you liked how those mechanics worked, you’ll probably like how this one works, too. It’s called Kronia and it’s all about getting the right gifts to the right Greek gods.
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TGN Preview: Raise Your Goblets

Of all the games we saw at the CMON Media Event yesterday here at Gen Con, the only one we got to play a full game of was Raise Your Goblets, and we’re all happy we did. This is a great and fun bluffing and deception game where the object is to simply live through a toast during a royal banquet. That’s not nearly as easy as it sounds.
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TGN Preview: Ethnos

Welcome back to the previews of games shown off at a special media event by CMON here at Gen Con. I’m rested and refreshed and ready to tell you about another new game that will soon be gracing your gaming table. And not to spoil it too soon, but I loved this one, and I think you will, too. It’s a game called Ethnos.
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Gen Con Day 3 Photos

I swear this show is just screaming by this year. It’s already the end of Day 3. Today will be the last day for Gen Con 2016. As usual for Gen Con Saturday, it was a whirlwind of activity. There was roaming the hall, taking photos most of the morning and early afternoon. Then there was the media event in the CMON booth. Expect a few more posts about games from that in the morning. My brain’s just too fried to do much more than get you a recap of the photos I posted earlier today.
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TGN Preview: Dojo Kun 2nd Edition

The Year of New Editions sweeps its way into the media event that CMON held at their booth here at Gen Con. The next game on our preview program was the 2nd edition of Dojo Kun. If you’ve ever wanted to run your own martial arts school, this is your chance.
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TGN Preview: Rising Sun

Here at Gen Con, CMON has made a couple announcements about new games they’re working on. The one that I’ve heard creating the most buzz is Rising Sun. For those that like Blood Rage, you’re going to want to pay attention, as the “gang’s back together” that worked on that game: Eric Lang design, Adrian Smith artwork, and Mike McVey doing the minis. A few media people were given a closer look at what the game will be like.
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TGN Preview: The Godfather

Today at the CMON booth here at Gen Con, the folks were kind enough to invite a group of media people to get a sneak-preview of several games that will be coming out in the next 6-12 months from them. It was a great experience to get a closer look at what will be the “new hotness” in gaming soon. First up, Eric Lang, himself, gave us a preview of The Godfather board game he’s been working on.
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Gen Con Day 2 Photo Galleries

So, it’s coming up to 8pm. Day 2 is definitely in the books for Gen Con 2016. It’s been a very busy day. I’m tired, but still pretty amped about everything that’s gone on. And I’m sure you all would like to know about some of it. There’s been about a billion things to see. So, relatively, here’s a rather small percentage. More will come tomorrow.
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Terrain Snippets Corner

It’s been a very busy week. What with 2 days of travel and then yesterday being the start of Gen Con. As such, I didn’t get a chance to type up yesterday’s Terrain Corner. So, as I’ve got a couple minutes here back at the room (phone’s gotta charge, because without a charged phone, that means no photos. No photos means sad TGN viewers. Charge, phone! Charge!), I wanted to give you both your Terrain Corner as well as your Friday Snippets all in one.

So, in this installment we have: New 32mm and 40mm Ruins of Sanctuary Base Sets From Tabletop-Art, Worldographer: Hexographer 2 Kickstarter now live, Warsenal GenCon New Release – Taugak Redoubt, Modular City Terrain Tiles Available From Crossover Miniatures, Lifeless Land: Pwork Wargames Sci-Fi Mat Now Available, New Ruined Graveyard Walls available from Skull Forge Scenics, Kromlech New Release: Legionary Sentry Guns, Brigade Models Release 15mm Scenic Items, and Final Days For Willy Miniatures Dwarf Fantasy Sports Team On Kickstarter.

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Pegasus Spiele At Gen Con 2016

There’s lots of companies that are making their first appearance here at Gen Con 2016. It’s been quite a good couple of years for gaming, and more companies are popping up, or being able to make the trek from all over the world to Indy for the show. One that’s making their Gen Con debut this year is Pegasus Spiele. They’ve come all the way from Germany in order to show off their various lines of children’s games.
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Gen Con Day 1

Hey Everyone!

It’s really hard to believe the first day of Gen Con’s already over and I’m here getting prepped for Day 2! It was such a whirlwind, I didn’t get a chance to make this post last night. But don’t worry, I’ll be sure to get plenty more pictures today and get ’em up this evening for you. Remember, follow the TGN Facebook page to get these as they’re posted if you simply cannot wait to see what’s going on here at the show.
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CMON And Good Games Publishing Teaming Up

Along with taking over Zombicide, CMON has more business announcements to make. This time, it’s that they’re teaming up with Good Games Publishing. CMON will be taking over distribution and marketing, as well as co-branding, on Good Games Publishing’s products in all English and French territories (outside of Australia and New Zealand). And they’re starting things off quick, with the release of Monstrous, coming this quarter, and Unfair, which will be coming to Kickstarter on August 16th.
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Modiphius Post Gen Con Plans

It’s almost strange to think that we’re just about 12 hours away from Gen Con starting. I know the hall doors don’t actually open at 6am, though I have a feeling there’ll still be plenty of activity at that time. I don’t know if the folks from Modiphius will be up or not, but at some point they’ll be headed to their booth and showing off all the cool things they brought for the show.
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Privateer Press New Gen Con Exclusive Warcasters Previewed

Privateer Press apparently had some more up their sleeves this year for Gen Con. Along with the Buccaneer Brew Skarre, they’re also coming out with deluxe boxes for 5 warcasters, one each for Cygnar, Khador, Cryx, Retribution, and the Protectorate.
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Red Republic Games Coming to Gen Con

The last convention I attended was Adepticon. It was a great time. One booth that was constantly swamped with people was the Red Republic Games booth. People were waiting in line to get their Arena Rex miniatures. Now Red Republic will be at Gen Con, and they’ve got some cool, new stuff they’ve brought with them.
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Midweek Snippets

So, I have made it to Indianapolis for Gen Con.
And I’m sitting in my hotel room, sorting e-mails, replying to e-mails, and typing up these posts. I hope you all appreciate it. 😉 😛
Anyway, seeing as it is Wednesday (though it certainly doesn’t feel like it, at least to me), it’s time for some midweek snippets. I know I need to stock up on some bite-sized gaming stories before the hurricane of activity that’ll happen over the next several days.

On the platter today is: Sasquatch Game Studio announces Alternity science-fiction roleplaying game, Dized Board Game Companion App to be at Gen Con, Deadman Diaries a new gamebook from Cubus Games, Victory Point Games Previews Upcoming Kickstarter – Planet Rush by Reiner Knizia, Sharknado Board Game Coming To Kickstarter August 13th, Heavy Metal by Acheson Creations is Funded and with a new pledge level, Entries now being accepted for the 2016 Windhammer Prize, Tabletop Miniatures Solutions Running Undying Armies Indiegogo Campaign, War Co. Coming To Kickstarter August 15th, D13 and D15 debut from Impact! at Gen Con, Hitech Miniatures Releases NoeProspector Virgilius, TinMan 35% Off “Back In Business” Sale Happening Now, and New Marian Romans From Xyston Miniatures.

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Journey To Gen Con

Hey everyone. As you saw yesterday on the Podcast post, I’m on my way to Indy.
We stopped overnight north of Nashville, and we’ll be continuing on here in a bit.
I’ll get you updated on everything once I get into town and into the hotel room. Obviously, I’ll be posting regularly from the show. Lots of photos will be taken. You’ll want to be sure to follow the TGN Facebook Page for the most up-to-the-minute news, but I’ll be recapping what I’ve come across with updates here on the site, and I’ll be doing my best to keep up with the regular posting as well.

See you in Indy!

Burger Up Card Game Coming to Gen Con

There’s nothing quite like a really good hamburger. It’s one of my favorite meals, honestly. Now, when not stuffing my face with them, I can still enjoy a good burger by playing Burger Up, originally made by Rule & Make, but coming to the US via Greenbrier Games, with a release at Gen Con this week.
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Firelock Games Sailing to Indy

While Indianapolis might not have any large natural bodies of water around it, that doesn’t mean Firelock Games can’t set sail for Gen Con this week. They’ll be bringing Blood and Plunder, of course. They’ve even given us some cool, exclusive photos of how the minis are coming along.
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Cryptozoic Posts Gen Con Plans

Hey. Did you know that Gen Con is coming up? I bet you didn’t. Probably just flown right under your radar this whole time.
Or maybe not. I know I’ve been neck-deep in it for weeks now. There’s going to be a billion things going on. Much of it will be happening involving Cryptozoic. They’ve posted up their events as well as a look at all the games they’ll be bringing.
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Bloody Buccaneer Brew Skarre Coming To Gen Con

Every year, Privateer Press likes to create a special, limited-edition miniature for Gen Con. They team up with the Ram brewery to also create a special beer for the duration of the show. The piece this year is taken from art used a decade ago for such a partnership. Now you can get it as a figure for your tabletop.
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Raks Geek To Perform During Gen Con

And once more it’s time to let you know about something a little different in terms of entertainment that’ll be happening next week in Indy. This time around it’s Raks Geek. You may have seen a video of one of their performances. It involved a wookie doing a bellydance to a tune being played by Klingons. Because why the hell not?
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Morning Players To Attend Gen Con

Companies from all over the world will be descending on Indianapolis next week for Gen Con. That includes companies like Morning, a new board game publisher that you might remember from their recent Kickstarter for Hope. They’ll be at the show showing off their meta-cooperative tabletop game, as well as their other games.
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Vesuvius Media Premiering New Games at Gen Con

I’ve mentioned that Gen Con’s a great place to show off games, well, Vesuvius Media is certainly taking the opportunity to do so over in Entrepreneurs’ Avenue. They’re going to be showing off some games that were successfully Kickstarted in the past year, as well as two upcoming games.
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Holy Grail Games Demoing New Games at Gen Con

With tens of thousands of gamers converging in the ICC (I can see those lights in my sleep…), it’s a great place for companies to show off new games that they’re coming out with Holy Grail Games is no different and they’ve got four new ones that they’ll be showing off at the show.
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Gale Force Nine Posts Gen Con Plans

I said the other day that this weekend is going to be crazy with everyone getting any sort of last-minute things ready for the show. That includes letting people know what sort of things will be waiting for them when they get to a particular booth. Also, that includes me taking a Saturday to share all that news coming in with you. It’s cool, though. Gamers, on the whole, are pretty cool people, especially guys like Peter over at Gale Force Nine. He’s posted up what they’ll be bringing with them to the show and wanted me to share. So here you go.
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Asmodee Announces New Edition of Citadels

The Year of New Editions rolls on further as Asmodee and Windrider Games have announced that they’re coming out with a new edition of Citadels. First published in 2000 (man, does that seem long ago…), Citadels puts you in charge of creating the most grand city in all the land. It’s up to you how you go about things. Will you keep order with an iron fist, building lots of barracks for troops and plenty of prisons? Will you go for grandeur with lofting edifices? Or will you let people take care of themselves, enlisting thieves to keep things in check?
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