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Hasbro's HeroScape display at Gen Con 2006.

A HeroScape display at Gen Con.

Photo © Erik Arneson

Basic Information:

For almost 40 years, Gen Con (described by organizers as "the best four days in gaming") has been entertaining gamers. More than 25,000 people visit the convention each year.

Location:

Gen Con takes place at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. The convention center (attached to Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts) is located downtown, a block away from Indiana's state capitol building.

Dates:

Aug. 15 (Thursday), 2013
Aug. 16 (Friday), 2013
Aug. 17 (Saturday), 2013
Aug. 18 (Sunday), 2013

Future Dates: August 14-17, 2014; July 30 - August 2, 2015; August 4-7, 2016; August 17-20, 2017; August 2-5, 2018; August 1-4, 2019; July 30 – August 2, 2020.

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What You'll See:

Gen Con is a huge convention with something for almost everyone. Board games, collectible card games, roleplaying games and miniatures games are all featured.

Game publishers fill the exhibitor hall to show off their games, and there is plenty of opportunity to play those games in various gaming areas. Most events cost extra, so be sure to thoroughly review the Gen Con web site for information. In 2010, there were more than 8,750 scheduled events.

Cost:

Pre-Registration, 4-Day Badge: $70
On-site Registration, 4-Day Badge: $80

Pre-Registration, 1-Day Badge: $40
On-site Registration, 1-Day Badge: $50

Accommodations:

Many hotels are within easy walking distance of the Indianapolis convention center, including Adam's Mark, Comfort Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Crowne Plaza, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Hyatt Regency, Marriott, Radisson, and Westin. Indianapolis also has some excellent bed and breakfasts.

Parking:

Plenty of parking is available near the Indianapolis convention center, mainly in paid lots. Rates range from about $5 per day and up, depending on the locaiton.
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