INDIANAPOLIS — It’s been called “The Best Four Days in Gaming,” but a walk through the Indiana Convention Center during Gen Con shows that this convention is about so much more than just gaming on the table.
This year marks the 55th Anniversary Edition of the largest and longest running tabletop gaming convention in North America.
Thousands have flocked from across the country to participate in the games, shopping, cosplay and more, all taking place in downtown Indianapolis through Sunday.
More than 500 game publishers and vendors fill the exhibit hall to showcase what they have in store for visitors this year.
In addition to the latest table games and the latest editions of already published games, there are stands with all kinds of game supplies, art, clothing and memorabilia.
The convention also offers nearly 15,000 events over the four days, with the chance to try out new games, old games, discuss games, and all kinds of activities geared towards gaming.
But for many, it’s not just about the chance to try out new games and play well-known favorites.
Many come to the annual event for the community itself. Gen Con is the chance to find not only fans of games like Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder, but also anime fans, comic book fans, those who enjoy Star Trek, Star Wars and just about any game, movie, book, television show. or other pop culture property.
For some, this may be the first time seeing friends in a long time, especially after more than two years of the pandemic.
And some simply take the opportunity to show off their own artistic nature, whether through costumes, performances, or other art forms.
Whether it’s someone’s first time, or their tenth time, they all seem to find their place in the game world while at Gen Con.
And for those on their first visit, some quick tips: wear comfortable shoes, bring a water bottle, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and be sure to try something new.
Visit the official website to learn more about Gen Con.
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