Looking for some fun things to do at Gen Con and short on cash? Here are a bunch of events, and the best thing of all is that they are free.
Meet the cast and crew behind the scenes of The Bob & Angus Show, a web series developed by Mayfair Games and Pulp Gamer Media starring two puppet sheep that deliver, or at least try to deliver, news about games, geek culture, and ovine lifestyle.
Tickets for playtests are free to all Gen Con attendees. Spectators are welcome, and even if you don’t have a ticket, come talk the folks at the FEPH and they’ll try to fit you in! Plus, there will be special presentations at noon & 7 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Free to everyone with a 2014 badge because nobody puts Gen Con attendees in the corner. Showing off your gnarly break dancing skills is like, totally optional. There will be a DJ and cash bar because you know you wanna dance with somebody!
Attention chess-playing youths! …and friends/family/parents of chess-playing youths! Two-time National Champion Jennifer Shahade needs opponents for her Sunday event; she’ll battle up to 50 simultaneous games of chess against the youth (12 and under) of Gen Con; the more participants, the better.
Patient Zero has been trapped in a Government lab since last seen at Gen Con many years ago. After years of Government experimentation, Patient Zero has regained enough of his higher cognitive functions and has escaped. With Government agents dogging his heels, Patient Zero is going for his final gambit to finish what he started- Infecting everyone at Gen Con! Join him and the zombie horde for a dramatic end to the annual Gen Con zombie walk! This will be the UN’s last annual Zombie Walk at Gen Con so lets make it a memorable one!
Check out this Industry Insider Guest of Honor seminar if you need some help polishing the mechanics of your game! Pathfinder ACG designer & IIGoH Mike Selinker goes through his rules to writing rules, defining what makes good rules good & bad rules bad.
Dressed as pirates, samurai, and riverboat gamblers,and bards by nature, The Apathy Wizards deliver stories, songs, and hard-learned lessons with a smile on their faces. Click here for more information about their free concert!
Join the whole fishy gang from Innsmouth in this Lovecraftian jamboree. Declare your love of Cthulhu for prizes! With Rev. Portajonni and Albert Shiny leading the campaign. Revel under the glare of the Elder Sign and harken back to long-forgotten eons.
Last year, more than 13,900 gamers voted to determine the winners of the Annual EN World RPG Awards at Gen Con. From Monday, July 21 through Friday, August 1, the voting booth opens and it’s your chance to cast your ballot.
The event will be in the Grand Hall Ballroom of Union Station on Friday, August 15 with a cocktail reception at 6:30 pm and ceremony at 8:30 pm.
Peter Adkison, founder of Wizards of the Coast, shares the stories of the iconic game company, from its earliest days to the Magic: the Gathering explosion in the mid-90s to its acquisition by Hasbro in 2001. This exciting oral history is split into three sections, each with many tickets available.
Don’t miss the Gen Con Costume Contest being held on Saturday, August 16 in the 500 Ballroom of the Convention Center. Display your costuming wizardry, or just relax and watch the best costumes at the convention. The event is free to spectators! As a bonus, you’ll be treated to pre-show entertainment and unique comedy during intermission.
Ever wanted to get your game published on the new frontier of Crowd Sourcing? Learn everything you need to know in this updated Standing Room Only panel from last year! This informative seminar could be just what you need to take your project to the next level.
A young couple Amy Acker (Angel) and Fran Kranz (Dollhouse) playing a friendly game of Settlers of Catan escalates into cutthroat competition in this short film: there can be only one Lord of Catan. Many tickets available for this free screening Saturday evening, August 16.
Have questions about what Harebrained Schemes ins planning for their future of running in the Shadowrun Universe? Join Jordan Weisman and Mitch Gitelman, co-founders of Harebrained Schemes, and ask them yourself. They’ll share their experiences creating Shadowrun Returns and Shadowrun:Dragonfall and share their plans for what’s next. Click here for more information.