Monday, August 10, 2015

Gen Con 2015 Exhibit Hall

I went to Gen Con this year (that's 2015 in case you are reading my blog far in the future) for the first time. We got the games convention bug back in England and this convention is the granddaddy of all gaming conventions in America. Attendance is well over 50,000 people, making it a mob scene especially on Saturday and Sunday. I ventured there starting on Thursday and have reports on all the sorts of things that went on. We'll start at the exhibit hall!

The Gen Con exhibit hall is a great place to shop for more than just games. Sure, companies and stores have booths selling their latest wares, but a lot of those companies serve more than just board and card gamers.

Gen Con exhibit hall

Several booths were dedicated to cosplay and other costume activities. I was amazed by one store that was selling steam-punk hats designed for comic book superheroes.

Hats for heroes in a by-gone era

Wonder Woman cap

Deadpool hat

If you'd rather have a wig than a hat, another booth was ready to serve you.

Wigs-a-million

Plenty of stores sold corsets and other pre-twenty-first century clothes.

Various outfits for sale

Doctor Who fans had a long booth all for themselves.

Memorabilia and knickknacks

Several booths sold gaming furniture. The one that caught my eye was this Catan coffee table. If you don't play the USA board for Catan, that's okay. The glass lifts up and the American board slides out to reveal the familiar hex-shape of an empty Catan island ready for filling in.

Catan coffee table

Some salesmen at the booth were more aggressive than other, but none so much as this metal man who really wants anyone's business.

Anything to capture your attention

The hall is an amazing place to visit, even if you don't buy anything. A lot of the booths have demos of games for free, assuming a seat is available.

Demoing at the Academy Games booth

Try out Giant Jenga!

More sales

Some of the more popular booths and games had long lines to get the few copies available. I didn't wait in any lines since I know most games will be available back home or in the next few months anyway. I did snag some good, rare Dice Masters cards when I sold by super-rare Constantine card at the Cool Stuff Inc. booth.

Five cards for one is a good deal, if you ask me

I also sampled a lot of games here when I spontaneously sat down at booth, but more on that in another post.

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