A guide to Gen Con in Indianapolis, IN

A person dressed as a Pokemon character next to supersized dice

The opening ceremonies are only three days away. | Photo via @gen_con

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Gamers, grab your cloaks + ready your cosplay, because the best four days in gaming are almost here. Gen Con 2022 is Thurs., Aug. 4-Sun., Aug. 7 at the Indianapolis Convention Center (ICC).

Here’s what you need to know to make your time at Gen Con poggers (that’s gamer speak for exciting).

🧙‍♂️ What is Gen Con?

Gen Con was born in Lake Geneva, WI + the current name is a shortened version of the original title: The “Lake Geneva Wargames Convention.” Since then, Gen Con has become the largest tabletop gaming convention in North America this year, it will have 14,000+ events.

Gen Con made its move to the Circle City in 2003, where it has remained since. Last year, the convention drew 40,000+ people and brought in $37 million to Indy’s tourism, entertainment, and food industries.

People gathered around a table at the convention

25th Century Games’ booth in the exhibition hall at Gen Con 2021. | Photo by @25thcenturygames

🔮 Convention highlights

Film Festival & Contest | Thurs., Aug. 4 | 7 p.m. | ICC | Short films made by gaming aficionados from across the world will be screening on-site throughout the day + winners will be announced that evening.

Block Party | Fri., Aug. 5 | 7 p.m. | Georgia Street | This party features music, drinks, and food — including the official burger of Gen Con: Harry & Izzy’s “Spice & Dice Burger” with jalapeños, American cheese + chipotle ranch on a sesame seed bun.

36th Annual Costume Contest | Sat., Aug. 6 | 4 p.m. | ICC | A costume parade will march through the halls followed by the contest — you can dress up as your favorite character or watch from the audience.

Writer’s Symposium | Duration of convention | Various times | The Marriott, 350 W. Maryland St. | Accomplished writers from across the gaming community will lead an array of 50-minute discussions + workshops.

Auction & Consignment Store | Duration of convention | Various times | ICC | Bid on your favorite action figures and peruse thousands of items.

Exhibition Hall | Duration of convention | Various times | ICC | Thousands of gamemakers, publishers + outfitters will be there to show you what’s new.

🧩 How to attend

  1. Get your badge. Badges get you into Gen Con + the primary attractions, like the auction or the exhibition hall.
  2. Get your tickets. Tickets will reserve your seat for a particular event in advance for a small fee.

Check out the interactive map. With so much happening, you’re going to want to plan in advance where you need to be at what time.

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