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Will you "attend" GenCon Online 2020?


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As you may recall, GenCon cancelled their regular convention back on May 19, due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Crowding tens of thousands of people into a convention center, including lots of face to face time with strangers from around the world across game tables doesn't seem great to pretty much anyone running conventions this year.) GenCon Online tickets/registration are free but are required to participate in games and such.

Register here.

The online convention takes place from July 30 through August 2. The schedule is still being worked out -- submissions for that begin June 8 and then people can begin signing up for games and other events a week later.

In case you missed it, here's the original GenCon press release:
Press release said:
It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of Gen Con 2020 this August in Indianapolis. The safety and health of our attendees, exhibitors, and staff are of the utmost importance to us, and we cannot in good conscience host a gathering of thousands while doing so could threaten the health of so many.

Like you, we eagerly anticipate Gen Con every summer as a time of fun, connection, and celebration of our shared love of tabletop gaming and geek culture. We hope that the world will look different by August, but after closely following the development of the COVID-19 outbreak, having discussions with our partners in Indianapolis, and in keeping with guidance from the CDC, we can’t see a clear picture of how soon it will be safe for all of us to gather again. The only responsible choice is to cancel the convention this year.

We’re proud of being the largest and longest-running tabletop gaming convention in North America, but we are a small business run by a core team of 14 passionate individuals. To be candid, not having a convention is very tough for us, both emotionally and financially. The show in Indianapolis is our primary focus and source of revenue, and it’s your enthusiasm for gathering around tabletop gaming, as well as the passion and ingenuity of our sponsors, exhibitors, event team, and event organizers, that inspires us to make the show bigger and better every year.

In this regard, we could use your help: If you’ve already purchased your badge for Gen Con 2020 and are willing to roll it forward to Gen Con 2021, it will help us keep our staff employed through these unprecedented times and come back better than ever next year. If you’d like to pursue this option, you don’t have to do anything — we’ll convert your 2020 badge to a badge for 2021. However, if that’s not in your financial picture, we completely understand. Information about requesting a refund can be found here, and all badge holders will be contacted by email with detailed instructions. Additionally, if you’ve booked a hotel through our Housing Portal, your reservation will automatically be canceled without any fees.

All Pop-Up Gen Con events will also be canceled for 2020, and participating retailers will be contacted by email with instructions.

Going through the month of August without doing something to connect and play games together doesn’t seem right to us. During the original dates of the convention (July 30 – Aug 2), we’ll be hosting Gen Con Online, a virtual convention featuring a slate of events and programming you can attend from the safety of your devices and in the comfort of your favorite quarantine sweatpants!

Nothing can replace being at Gen Con in person, but we hope you’ll join us in donning our sweet Gen Con 2020 gear to play games and celebrate the things that bring us together. More details and announcements to follow soon! Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media for the latest updates.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support during this time. We hope that you and your circle of loved ones are safe and healthy! We look forward to seeing your wonderful faces in 2021!

Team Gen Con

Gen Con will return to Indianapolis August 5-8, 2021
 
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I have attended about a dozen Comic-Cons in San Diego and a smattering of other conventions over the years, but I've never gotten to GenCon. This year, though, I am, and actually took the days off of work, so I can nerd out online. (I normally do this every year for Blizzcon, too, which is also cancelled, pending an online-only event in the spring.) Looking forward to this event. I'll even be buying a GenCon Online shirt to wear as I watch and play from my desk at home.
 

Been thinking about running some games for it. I've done it often enough for other online cons and it's easy to do. Just hard to commit to anything right now.
 

Big Bucky

Explorer
Does anyone know what they are going to actually do? Is there any way to play the board games? Is it just going to be lectures?

@LordEntrails Do you run it on Roll20 or do they have their own system?
 


Does anyone know what they are going to actually do? Is there any way to play the board games? Is it just going to be lectures?
Lots of smaller conventions, including RPG companies who saw this coming, have been running mini-conventions with playable games online. I imagine GenCon is going to learn from what worked there and do the same.

Since hall space isn't much of an issue, I'm not sure they'd want people to sign up for events if they were just going to be live-streamed panels.
 

Lanefan

Victoria Rules
The "badges" are free, but have they said anything yet about whether there'll be any per-event charges?
 


Does anyone know what they are going to actually do? Is there any way to play the board games? Is it just going to be lectures?

@LordEntrails Do you run it on Roll20 or do they have their own system?
There are VTTs designed for playing board games, Vassal Engine is the one I know the most about.

I run games using Fantasy Grounds. I have an ultimate license so players do not need a license.

The biggest thing imo is that they have not yet said what VTTs systems they are going to allow and how registration or anything else is going to work.

If they don't charge for events, how are they going to pay their bills? Through adds on their site? Donations? I don't know, but they do have bills to pay.
 


ccs

40th lv DM
In answer to the question, no, I will not attend GC Online.
Any announcements/news? I'll hear about them anyways.
Might order a T-shirt.

See, if I'm not going on vacation? Then I've got real world things to do & on Thur/Sun evenings real world games to play.
But this year I won't be 2 hrs late for the Sunday game & stiff from a 4-5 hour drive. :)
 

Lanefan

Victoria Rules
Just got the event-reg. email - they ARE charging US$2 for most events with some of the proceeds going to a diversity charity (didn't read closely).
 

Just got the event-reg. email - they ARE charging US$2 for most events with some of the proceeds going to a diversity charity (didn't read closely).
Yeah, I saw that. It looks like some folks will cover costs with a fee. We'll see in July, but I'm guessing there will also be plenty of folks just doing panels where they point a camera at a chair and a table and talk about their upcoming projects and the like.
 

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