So, I guess Gen Con is cancelled. At this point it kind of feels like just another cancellation in the long string of an empty con season. I don’t want to get sad here, and I don’t want you all to get sad either. But I think we’ll all agree this is very disappointing. So many of us live for con season, and even if we know we’re doing this for a good reason, it still stings. Understanding all those truths, it is absolutely the right thing for Gen Con to do.
Lately we’ve seen a lot of focus on small businesses, and rightfully so. Small businesses have been hit particularly hard by this pandemic, and small businesses make up so very much of our industry. From publishers, to game stores, to independent authors, artists, and more, our entire way of life has been affected. I know it seems hard to believe, but Gen Con is also a small business. This entire event, well known around the globe as “the best 4 days in gaming,” is all organized and orchestrated by a very small group of dedicated individuals. This wonderful organization, and industry leader, without its’ primary source of income is surely in for an uphill battle planning for Gen Con 2021.
We have seen so many of you pay it forward. You #backthecomeback by shouting out and supporting your Favorite Local Game Store. You’ve backed Kickstarters even with limited income. You find the good and bring people together through online cons. You are all amazing and awe-inspiring! This situation we are all in is tough… really tough. However, if you can afford it, we highly recommend that you request Gen Con to roll your deposits for your booths/badges/etc. to next year. If you can’t, they’ll understand… But if you can, we know they will GREATLY appreciate it.
We’re a fantastic team when we work together. Let’s keep that going and #rollitforward all the way to Gen Con 2021!
We had a blast at Gen Con 2015! Between demoing our upcoming release Thieves!, sponsoring the fabulous VIG program and hilarious Instant Game Show, holding the inaugural Double Double Dominoes tournament, celebrating the tenth anniversary of Tsuro, and showing off Titan Series demos, it was easily our busiest Gen Con yet.
You and your band of thieves are about to pull off the biggest heist of the century! The safes have been cracked and ransacked, but the alarms are wailing and everyone is in a scramble! The cops are hot on your trail, throwing up road blocks, eager to bust you with the loot—can you give them the slip and hold on to the lion’s share of the score? Or will your partners in crime double-cross you? Find out in this mad dash who is the craftiest of Thieves!
Coming soon to a friendly local game story near you! Demo Thieves! at Gen Con 2015!
The Calliope offices, normally a somewhat chaotic whirlwind of paper, dice, and tennis balls (courtesy of Buddy the office dog), will be silent and empty this week. Why? We’re off to Gen Con, and we’ve packed as much fun as possible into the Best Four Days of GamingTM.
Are you looking for a casual, family-friendly tournament that doesn’t take over your Gen Con experience? You’re in luck! We’ll be hosting a Double Double Dominoes tournament in our booth (149) at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 1. Continue reading →
Have you coveted the limited edition Gen Con Roll For It!, but promptly thrown yourself into a pit of despair because you aren’t going to the convention? Let us lift your spirits! You can now enter to win a copy to hug and squeeze and name George. You could probably play it too.
If you need to refresh your memory regarding this game’s awesomeness, please visit this post. Otherwise, good luck, because this is the only way to get the game without going to Gen Con! Continue reading →
Calliope is excited to announce the limited edition Gen Con Roll For It! tin! Celebrating the huge success of designer Chris Leder’s game Roll For It!, this is the first game ever to feature the iconic Gen Con characters and will be available exclusively at Gen Con 2014. Continue reading →