The organizers of Gen Con, the largest tabletop gaming convention in the US, plan to bring the in-person event back in 2021. On Tuesday, organizers announced the dates for next year’s show: August 5-8, 2021, at the Indianapolis Convention Center.
“Our goal for the new year is to keep Gen Con 2021 personal as planned,” said Gen Con organizers. “We are working towards that goal with health and safety as our top priority. Several factors must come together to make a physical convention feasible, and we carefully follow local and national safety and travel guidelines, health records, resource availability, and the advice of our best sages, scientists, and wizards. “
Gen Con was founded in 1968 as the Lake Geneva Wargames Convention by Gary Gygax, the co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons. The event – which includes role-playing games, board games, collectible card games, and more – was eventually sold to former Wizards of the Coast CEO Peter Adkison in 1997. The convention has been held in Indiana since 2003. event was canceled in May due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
For more information on when to sign up for a badge – and register for a hard-to-find hotel room – keep an eye on Gen Con’s Facebook page or sign up for the newsletter on the official website.
The Gen Con announcement follows the introduction of a vaccine against the COVID-19 virus, which was only delivered in the US this week. Another high-profile series of fan conventions, PAX, also recently announced the dates for its 2021 list of conventions.