Gen Con 2014 Preview
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Gen Con is one of the largest conventions in the world dedicated to the world of board, card, and role-playing games and since it is upon us once again, it’s a good time to look at some of the most anticipated games being released at this year’s show as well as some of the most exciting events being held.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, as there are always tons of things going on at and around the show. This is just a bit to whet your appetite. Let’s dive in.

Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition: Of course the big name launch of the show is going to be the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons. The Players Handbook is available now, but there will be loads of special events during Gen Con and a lot of people getting their first taste of the new edition (insert Bel, Biv, DeVoe joke here). The biggest event for the weekend is Friday night’s Tyranny of Dragons launch event, featuring Davian’s Dragon Menagerie. This free event allows attendees to look at “a collection of Dragon-related artifacts and treasures” as well as hobnobbing with other fans and creators.

Star Wars: Armada: This just announced game takes the magic of Fantasy Flight’s already fun and popular X-Wing miniature game and turns it into a fleet battle game. Armada looks to use many of the core mechanics of the X-Wings game and makes some tweaks to the gameplay, while keeping the highlight of the game, which is the hugely detailed pre-painted models. The basic box comes with a Victory Class Star Destroyer, a Nebulon-B Frigate, a Corellian Corvette blockade runner, and a few wings of X-Wing and Tie Fighters. The game will be out in early 2015, but Gen Con attendees will be able to demo the game.

Dead of Winter: There are roughly sixty billion zombie games on the market, but Dead of Winter is a little different from other games on the market. It comes from Plaid Hat Games, and is the first in what they are calling the Crossroads series. The hook for this game is that you and your fellow players must work together to stay alive during the zombie apocalypse, but every player has different objectives, and one of the players may be actively working to kill of the other player characters. It’s a unique form of co-operative gameplay mixed with screw-your-neighbor mechanics that bring a new take to the zombie game market.

True Dungeon: Think of a haunted house populated by puzzles, animatronic dragons, and table shuffleboard, and you’ll have an idea of what True Dungeon is all about. It’s one of the most interesting events you can do at Gen Con, as you and a group of friends/strangers go through and attempt to finish the dungeon while marveling at the inventiveness that has gone into the environment. True Dungeon takes some of the elements of LARPing, without all the effort of dressing up, unless you feel like dressing up, which is totally cool. It’s always a lot of fun, and is an experience to remember.

Cones of Dunshire: Fans of NBC’s Parks and Recreation will recognize this game, and yes, this is an actual version of the Cones of Dunshire game created by Parks and Rec character Ben Wyatt. Unfortunately, not many people will actually get to play it, as the only way to get in was to buy $100 tickets, with the proceeds going to charity. Hopefully attendees will at least be able to see the board itself and maybe watch the game being played, even if we’ll not have any idea what’s going on.

This is just a small amount of the events that go on at Gen Con, with four days of players binging on Magic: The Gathering, more role-playing games than you can imagine, LARPers, cosplayers, movie premieres, and more. Come back through out the weekend for more Gen Con coverage.

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