GaryCon Cancelled Because Of Caronavirus Pandemic

Gary Con, which was due to take place this month in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, has been cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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The convention started in 2008, established by Gary Gygax's son, Luke Gygax, after the D&D Co-reator passed away. Here's the full announcement.

"... our highest priority has to be taking care of people and especially our family. The incredible staff, volunteers, and game masters, Gary Con has been proud to host the celebration of Gary’s life with a continued emphasis on creating fun, friendly and high quality gaming experiences for our attendees. It is with that priority in mind that we have decided, after many hours of internal deliberation and consultation with the Grand Geneva leadership, that we should cancel this year’s event. We decided that the health and well-being of our gaming family comes first. We continued planning and did everything in our power to make Gary Con run as normal, we are convinced that following both government guidance and our own judgement concerning the COVID-19 virus is the best course of action."


The Grand Geneva Resort, which was hosting the event, has allowed the event to be cancelled with no fee. Reservation fees will be refunded soon, and those affected will get a discount in 2021.
 
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Eltab

Adventurer
Maybe they can find a way to use GoToMeeting (or similar) for presentations, roundtables, and any special-guest discussions they had planned. It won't "be just like being there" but it's the closest they can get under the circumstances.

GenCon and Origins, could you fit in an extra event or two?
 

Scrivener of Doom

Adventurer
Well it's bad for old people and people not in the best health.

So double damned.
Yeah, that's GaryCon in a nutshell.

Sorry to see this happen but it makes a lot of sense - especially when it's a con that attracts some of the highest risk individuals in this hobby.
 

LuisCarlos17f

Adventurer
It is the right, we can't allow these innecesary risks. Who would want to go when you know what it may happen? Now it is not the time to have fun.
 
Sad to hear this, but it's not particularly surprising. I reckon 2020 will go down in history as the year of cancellations. Here in Germany, they closed down all cinemas, museums, clubs etc. until April 19th.
Fortunately, most people have been understanding and civil about this...besides, of course those a**hats who decided to buy all the toilet paper and noodles they could get their grubby little hands on.
In a First World Country. Where food is being thrown away on a daily basis because we produce too much. Some people worry me much more than the virus.

To be honest, it was only a matter of time until a global pandemic would hit us, given the number of people on Earth and our constant encroachment into the wild.
We can only be glad it's harmless to most people (alas, not all. My parents are both over 70 and I am worried sick about them) and it's happening in the digital age where being locked down does not have to mean being alone.

I wish everyone and their loved ones health and safety and that we all make it out of this unscathed. My prayers are with you. Gods keep you and give you strength.
 
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Aaron L

Adventurer
Well it's bad for old people and people not in the best health.

So double damned.
Yeah; it sucks but it's better than a lot of people maybe getting sick and possibly dying.

Here in Pennsylvania all the schools have been shut down for at least the next two weeks. I don't ever remember seeing anything like this before.
 

cmad1977

Adventurer
Yeah; it sucks but it's better than a lot of people maybe getting sick and possibly dying.

Here in Pennsylvania all the schools have been shut down for at least the next two weeks. I don't ever remember seeing anything like this before.
L.A. schools closed for two weeks as well but I’m confident that the schools will be closed for longer. Two weeks seems pretty optimistic.
 

Olaf the Stout

Adventurer
I don't think it will be as bad as 1918, the population has tripled or quadrupled since then. It would have to kill the equivalent of 30-40 million or perhaps double that.
If 20% of the world’s population get Coronavirus, a 3% mortality rate (which is lower than the current mortality rate) would see over 46 million people die from it worldwide. So I’m hoping we don’t see that, but it is definitely possible.
 

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