It is hard enough for someone who loves gaming to pass up on a convention, but what about a free one? We here at I : T ran into that very situation when we heard about Who’s Yer Con, a convention put on in Indianapolis, IN on March 15th-17th. Put on by Who’s Yer Gamers, a group that intends to get gaming out into the Indiana community by providing free and low-cost events, Who’s Yer Con falls under the free category and certainly did not fail to impress. With over 200 events scheduled, everyone who attended could find something to do, and there wasn’t much time to be bored.
Many vendors were available in the Vendor Hall, selling games, trinkets, dice, gaming accessories, steampunk-esque attire, and a True Dungeon Token Transmuting booth. Whether you were looking for a game for yourself, gifts, something to spice up your fashion statement, or were in the market for different adventuring equipment for True Dungeon, there was something to please everyone in this room. Some vendors had specials for con-attendees, as well as unique items not seen at your average retail store.
Whether your preference lies in board games, card games, miniatures, RPG’s, or maybe all of the above, with over 200 gaming events set up, the numerous large rooms full of tables would please any gamer’s eye. Plenty of games that have been around for a long time, new games, and even some games that haven’t even been published yet, many games were able to fit additional players up and beyond those registered. My schedule included a miniatures game of vampires and werewolves called Gothic Shadows, and an always pleasing round of Sentinels of the Multiverse.
Over 500 games were available in the game library for free play, which you could play at any available table, including the restaurant area that was provided. The game library was run by the Kokomo Area Board Gamer’s Association. Also available in the game library were many miniatures that were already primed and ready to be painted. Adults and children alike had the opportunity to sit down at a table and paint their own miniature. Scenery items, playable characters, dragons, and more were available for painting at the Paint and Take table, and all participants seemed to really enjoy this station of the convention. I picked a scenery piece with an owl, because I’ve only painted creatures and casters up until now.
President of Who’s Yer Gamers, Troy Maynard, was very pleased with the outcome of this year’s Who’s Yer Con and had this to say about the turn-out and convention results :
“We had over 1,000 registered attendees this year. We received donations of approximately $35,000 worth of games and related products such as passes to GenCon and tickets to an upcoming Protomen concert. 100% of which were given out to our attendees in the form of swag bags or raffle prizes or added to our game library.”