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Gen Con 2014 Wrap Up and Coverage Summary

Gen Con Art 2014

Gen Con 2014 has passed us by and many of us are enjoying the spoils we picked up during the convention. A small amount of us are even counting down the days until Gen Con 2015, which will take place earlier than the events of this year. Finally, there are some of us who are suffering from post-con blues. No matter what’s hitting your system right now, we can all agree that Gen Con 2014 was a blast. We made sure to get more coverage this year than previously, and overall we’re proud with what we’ve produced. Speaking of what we’ve produced, the following is all of our coverage of the convention this year put into one neat post for your eyes to see. We’ll be posting our photos in a separate post that will go up later, so you can get all your photo addictive needs filled.

First off, let’s talk about some highlights of the show this year, speaking in terms of news:

  • Arcane Wonders released Sheriff of Nottingham, which seemed to do very well at the con. It’s sort of a bluffing push your luck game that’s best with 4+ players.
  • Privateer Press’ booth was booming this year with new releases such as LEVEL 7 INVASION and the expansions for High Command. They also released the new set of collectible pins which were flying off the shelves.
  • Mayfair Games unveiled Cones of Dunshire and raised a ton of money for charity. They’ve got some great new games in the works, including an auction game where you bid for junk items as small animals. Also, Catan.
  • Z-Man Games had a lot of success with Pandemic: Contagion this year. Copies of the game were quite limited by the end of the convention. Their new releases, such as The Battle at Kemble’s Cascade and Tragedy Looper were also pretty big hits. The company is hosting the Pandemic Survival World Championships as well, which is drawing a lot of players from around the globe.
  • Harebrained Schemes sold out of Golem Arcana at the convention, which was big news since this year was the company’s first year bringing product with them. They had a full booth each of the four days during the convention and Golem Arcana was at the top of many gamers’ hit games of the con lists this year.
  • Syrinscape continues to add plenty of ambiance to your RPG games, as they’ve just released their sci-fi sound set. Subscriptions for the service are only $6 per month, which unlocks everything in the Syrinscape library.
  • Paizo released the Skull & Shackles Base Set for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game this year at Gen Con, which went like wildfire. The company also released the Advanced Class Guide for the Pathfinder RPG which contains a list of new classes that blend all sorts of great things from two base classes together. The Paizo booth was lit up throughout the entire convention, and they sold out of their major releases before the con ended.
  • The Entrepreneur’s Alley held most of our attention this year at the convention. Companies like Dog Might and Tableforged Games had a lot to offer gamers, and many new faces made a name for themselves. Iron & Ale sold out before the convention ended, and Tableforged was taking pre-orders on paper for more copies. Congrats to them!

Now let’s take a quick look at some Gen Con stats from this year:

  • Gen Con grew for the fourth consecutive year in 2014 by 10% with an overall unique attendance of 56,614. The total attendance during the convention was 184,699.
  • Gen Con raised more than $40,000 for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana
  • With over 14000 events and 370+ exhibitors, this was the biggest Gen Con yet, and many say it was the best

Finally, below is a compilation of our video coverage from when we arrived at Gen Con to where we’re sitting right now. We want to thank the staff at Gen Con for an amazing event, and we can’t wait to come back next year. Also, thank you to all of the publishers that met with us and continue to help support what we do. Finally, thank you to the readers who stick with us and motivate us to keep working hard! We hope you enjoy the video coverage, and if you have any comments or suggestions feel free to shout them out below!


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