GenCon 2016 is here, and it’s bigger than ever. Seriously though. The dealer’s hall is growing and slowly absorbing more space every year.
Wednesday is sort of an unofficial kickoff, but we will call today the official first day. Today we spent most of our time exploring and familiarizing ourselves with the exhibition hall. We also got to spend some time at IELLO’s press conference and get a sneak peak at some upcoming games.
I’m here with my brother-in-law, Wes, who took all of the photos in this article. Special thanks to him!
Let’s do a brief recap of some of today’s highlights.
We had some delicious food, thanks to Indianapolis Convention Center catering, which was followed by a short, but awesome presentation from Keith Meyers.
We saw brief talks on the King Of New York: Power Up expansion, followed later by an update on Richard Garfield’s Bunny Kingdom. Apparently, the continued delay on Kingdom is because Garfield wants to make the game perfect before releasing it. Garfield’s track record with King of Tokyo, and of course, Magic: The Gathering, says he is probably right.
We also got to see prototypes for other games, like Around the World in 80 Days, Welcome Back to the Dungeon, and Kanagawa.
I hadn’t heard of Kanagawa before, but I was immediately drawn in by the really cool watercolor artwork, bamboo sushi mat board. (Actual bamboo. Seriously, guys, this is cool.). And of course, designer Bruno Cathala.
Dark Souls: The Board Game
We already played Dark Souls: The Board Game at Origins Games Fair, but today we got a cool look at a rendering of the gaping dragon 3D model. We are hoping to visit again tomorrow to get a closer look to see if there have been any new miniature production from Steamforged Games.