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Gen Con Badge Sell-out Expected for @gencon 2018

February 28, 2018 1 comment

Gen Con Anticipates Second Consecutive Badge Sell-Out;
Extends Commitment to Indianapolis through 2022


The Grim Reaper spotted at Gen Con 2017. staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Stacia Kirby
Gen Con LLC

Gen Con, the largest and longest running tabletop gaming convention in North America, is reporting a 6% year-over-year increase in its attendee badge sales to date, and as a result, expects its second consecutive year of selling out of attendee badges.

Convention badge sales, which opened on January 14, 2018, have reached record numbers and the convention again plans to cease badge sales in the early summer if sales trends continue.

Last year’s convention sold out of 4-Day attendee badges in early July and all single-day badges the week prior to the show, marking the first year the convention sold out of those badge types. Initial 2018 sales are trending towards a sell-out of all attendee badge types in July 2018.

“Following a historic Gen Con 50, many wondered how attendees would respond to the 2018 show,” said David Hoppe, president of Gen Con. “We’re happy to report that this year’s interest has surpassed last year’s record numbers.

With additional organizational effort, we expect to support even more attendees while still preserving a world-class attendee experience. With the combined passion of our fans and the foresight and cooperation of our partners in Indianapolis, we’re eager to continue our convention’s growth in Indy.”

Gen Con LLC has announced an agreement with the city of Indianapolis to extend its commitment through 2022. Gen Con will return to Indy on August 2-5 in 2018, August 1-4 in 2019, July 30-August 2 in 2020, August 5-8 in 2021, and August 4-7 in 2022.

For the second consecutive year, Gen Con will offer programming on the field level and in the exhibit halls of Lucas Oil Stadium, as well as throughout the Indiana Convention Center, at an outdoor presence on Georgia and South Streets, and through hundreds of ticketed events at numerous hotels.

The convention’s exhibit hall will feature more than 500 exhibiting companies and Gen Con expects to host more than 15,000 ticketed events in 2018. According to last year’s estimates by Visit Indy, Gen Con has an annual economic impact in excess of $70 million to the local Indianapolis economy.


50th Gen Con Gaming Convention, Aug. 17-20, 2017

August 16, 2017 1 comment

Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Stacia Kirby
On behalf of Gen Con

Gen Con Sells Out Historic 50th Convention

Indianapolis (August 14, 2017) Gen Con, North America’s longest-running and best-attended tabletop game convention, has announced a complete sellout of badges for its 50th convention to be held August 17-20 in the Indiana Convention Center. The convention will not sell badges on-site and attendees, as in prior years, will be asked to display their badges while attending the show. In addition to its 50th convention, this Gen Con marks 15 years in Indianapolis.

“Our team is ecstatic to see so many choose to celebrate gaming history with us at the historic Gen Con 50,” said Adrian Swartout, Gen Con CEO. “In this milestone year, we have seen gamers from around the world decide to make Gen Con their summer destination, and we’re anticipating our best show yet. We’ve made optimizing the attendee experience a core goal for Gen Con 50, and we are committed to balancing growth with world class programming.”

In 2016, Gen Con had attendees from all 50 states, every Canadian province, and more than 60 countries. This year, the convention has expanded to the field level of Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, in addition to its space in the Indiana Convention Center and participating hotels. For the first time, Gen Con also will host a concert in Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a performance by Grammy winning recording artists They Might Be Giants. This concert and entrance to Lucas Oil Stadium both require Gen Con 50 badges.

About Gen Con

Gen Con LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction, and adventure game convention in North America, Gen Con, The Best Four Days in Gaming!™. Acquired in 2002 by former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast, Peter Adkison, the company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Gen Con 50 will be sponsored by Mayfair Games, Paizo, Inc., and Rio Grande Games. For more information, visit

Taste of Brown County, May 16, 2015

Brown County Visitors Center, Nashville

Brown County Visitors Center, Nashville. staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB

Bring the entire family to the Village of Nashville for the 8th Annual Taste of Brown County on May 16, 2015. From noon to 5 p.m., local restaurants, confectioners, and vendors will serve up samples of specialty dishes and sweets that can only be found in Brown County.

The event also will feature plenty of kids’ activities, live music, a family-friendly beer and wine garden, as well as hourly giveaways and prizes. Savor the local flavor and treat your taste buds to a day of food, fun, and entertainment at the Taste of Brown County.

Presented by the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brown County, this year’s Taste event is chock-full of exciting new features.

In addition to its new central location at the Courthouse parking lot and grounds, this year’s event will provide the opportunity for guests to win several top-notch prizes, including an overnight getaway for two to Brown County.

Not only will guests be able to sample the best dishes, treats, and drinks Brown County has to offer, but they also can kick back and relax to an afternoon of live music, performed from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

After filling up on delicious local fare in the sampling area and family-friendly wine garden, guests are encouraged to bring along their blankets and chairs and stay a while.

The Taste of Brown County will have plenty of activities to keep the kids busy as well. A kid zone, complete with a bounce house and other fun games, will be a guaranteed good time for children of all ages.

A People’s Choice Award winner for best sample also will be announced at 5 p.m., as guests are encouraged to vote throughout the day for their favorite.

Laura Moses, Program Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brown County and Bartholomew County encourages everyone to check out the event, “Brown County is such a gorgeous community with so much talent and lots of energy.”

“The Taste of Brown County is a great opportunity to experience cuisine maybe you haven’t before and to support the local community,” says Moses. “Maybe you will even find a restaurant or two to add to your annual bucket list while you’re at it.”

Admission to the event is $5; children 5 years and younger are free. Samples and other food items will be available for purchase, with no samples exceeding $5.

General admission also includes free entry into the Pioneer Village, a museum complex designed to collect and preserve the history of the county, complete with live demonstrations of weaving, blacksmithing, and more.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brown County. Tickets are available online at, and will be sold the day of the event.

All those purchasing tickets will automatically be entered into Taste giveaways and must be present to win. Prize winners will be announced hourly beginning at 1 p.m., with the overnight getaway winner being announced between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

For more information on the Taste of Brown County and for a full list of participating vendors, please visit, or call 812-988-7303.

With plenty of food and entertainment to satisfy even the hungriest of appetites, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Taste of Brown County. Come hungry, leave happy, and savor the local flavor in Brown County on May 16.