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GenCon Cancellation Announcement 1 month 2 weeks ago #1

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And here it is.

It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of Gen Con 2020 this August in Indianapolis. The safety and health of our attendees, exhibitors, and staff are of the utmost importance to us, and we cannot in good conscience host a gathering of thousands while doing so could threaten the health of so many.

www.gencon.com/press/updates-gen-con-covid19

Its a sad day. I'm still holding out hope for Origins and GHC.
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GenCon Cancellation Announcement 1 month 2 weeks ago #2

Hopefully Origins rescheduled dates and GHC stay up

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Harlax wrote: And here it is.

It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of Gen Con 2020 this August in Indianapolis. The safety and health of our attendees, exhibitors, and staff are of the utmost importance to us, and we cannot in good conscience host a gathering of thousands while doing so could threaten the health of so many.

www.gencon.com/press/updates-gen-con-covid19

Its a sad day. I'm still holding out hope for Origins and GHC.


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GenCon Cancellation Announcement 1 month 2 weeks ago #4

Not too surprising, I guess social distancing just wasn't going to be possible. It will be interesting to see if Origins happens this Fall. I'm going to honor their request to forward my badge to next year, to help keep GENCON staff employed. Time to cancel my out of block hotel reservations.

GENCON also posted this in their announcement: "Going through the month of August without doing something to connect and play games together doesn’t seem right to us. During the original dates of the convention (July 30 – Aug 2), we’ll be hosting Gen Con Online, a virtual convention featuring a slate of events and programming you can attend from the safety of your devices and in the comfort of your favorite quarantine sweatpants!"

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Mike Steele wrote: Not too surprising, I guess social distancing just wasn't going to be possible. It will be interesting to see if Origins happens this Fall. I'm going to honor their request to forward my badge to next year, to help keep GENCON staff employed. Time to cancel my out of block hotel reservations.

GENCON also posted this in their announcement: "Going through the month of August without doing something to connect and play games together doesn’t seem right to us. During the original dates of the convention (July 30 – Aug 2), we’ll be hosting Gen Con Online, a virtual convention featuring a slate of events and programming you can attend from the safety of your devices and in the comfort of your favorite quarantine sweatpants!"


From the announcement: Additionally, if you’ve booked a hotel through our Housing Portal, your reservation will automatically be canceled without any fees.
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I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend - Faramir

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I wonder if there is any way for TD to some kind of event for the Virtual Con? No idea what it might be, but something would be nice.
D&D teaches all the important lessons in life - the low blow, the cheap shot, the back stab, the double cross. - Jerry Marsischky

Let them trap us. We have our swords. - Elric of Melnibone.

You try to get them to play the game, but all they want to do is play the rules. - Ardak Kumerian

I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend - Faramir

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GenCon Cancellation Announcement 1 month 2 weeks ago #7

As an FYI, here's the entire announcement:

Updates on Gen Con and COVID-19
Updated on May 19, 2020

To Our Gen Con Community:

It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of Gen Con 2020 this August in Indianapolis. The safety and health of our attendees, exhibitors, and staff are of the utmost importance to us, and we cannot in good conscience host a gathering of thousands while doing so could threaten the health of so many.

Like you, we eagerly anticipate Gen Con every summer as a time of fun, connection, and celebration of our shared love of tabletop gaming and geek culture. We hope that the world will look different by August, but after closely following the development of the COVID-19 outbreak, having discussions with our partners in Indianapolis, and in keeping with guidance from the CDC, we can’t see a clear picture of how soon it will be safe for all of us to gather again. The only responsible choice is to cancel the convention this year.

We’re proud of being the largest and longest-running tabletop gaming convention in North America, but we are a small business run by a core team of 14 passionate individuals. To be candid, not having a convention is very tough for us, both emotionally and financially. The show in Indianapolis is our primary focus and source of revenue, and it’s your enthusiasm for gathering around tabletop gaming, as well as the passion and ingenuity of our sponsors, exhibitors, event team, and event organizers, that inspires us to make the show bigger and better every year.

In this regard, we could use your help: If you’ve already purchased your badge for Gen Con 2020 and are willing to roll it forward to Gen Con 2021, it will help us keep our staff employed through these unprecedented times and come back better than ever next year. If you’d like to pursue this option, you don’t have to do anything — we’ll convert your 2020 badge to a badge for 2021. However, if that’s not in your financial picture, we completely understand. Information about requesting a refund can be found here, and all badge holders will be contacted by email with detailed instructions. Additionally, if you’ve booked a hotel through our Housing Portal, your reservation will automatically be canceled without any fees.

All Pop-Up Gen Con events will also be canceled for 2020, and participating retailers will be contacted by email with instructions.

Going through the month of August without doing something to connect and play games together doesn’t seem right to us. During the original dates of the convention (July 30 – Aug 2), we’ll be hosting Gen Con Online, a virtual convention featuring a slate of events and programming you can attend from the safety of your devices and in the comfort of your favorite quarantine sweatpants!

Nothing can replace being at Gen Con in person, but we hope you’ll join us in donning our sweet Gen Con 2020 gear to play games and celebrate the things that bring us together. More details and announcements to follow soon! Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media for the latest updates.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support during this time. We hope that you and your circle of loved ones are safe and healthy! We look forward to seeing your wonderful faces in 2021!

Team Gen Con

Gen Con will return to Indianapolis August 5-8, 2021

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GenCon Cancellation Announcement 1 month 2 weeks ago #8

I made a forum post on gen con yesterday saying I was moving my 4th Annual Gen Con OS MtG event to virtual. The reply was stand by...

I guess the standby meant it was cancelled.

I'm glad they are thinking about people's safety!

Now, lets hope things settle down and Orgins takes place!!

Cheers,
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Harlax wrote: I wonder if there is any way for TD to some kind of event for the Virtual Con? No idea what it might be, but something would be nice.


Seminars are an easy add.

Other than that, maybe a D&D event using older TD modules? Or things from the years before modules were released?
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GenCon Cancellation Announcement 1 month 2 weeks ago #10

Does anyone find it shitty that they are charging a 10$ fee if I want to cancel my badge? Personally I think gen con Handled this situation the worst of all the cons and really needs a new forum meditator.

On a different note is it Impossible for true dungeon to hold events without a con ? They would be able to rent from a college or something and would have to pay to rent the space but I would think that would be cheeper than what a con charges

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GenCon Cancellation Announcement 1 month 2 weeks ago #11

Kaledor wrote: I made a forum post on gen con yesterday saying I was moving my 4th Annual Gen Con OS MtG event to virtual. The reply was stand by...

I guess the standby meant it was cancelled.

I'm glad they are thinking about people's safety!

Now, lets hope things settle down and Orgins takes place!!

Cheers,
Ed


My concern with Origins is that it is so close to GHC that I may have to choose one or the other. I'm honestly not sure if either will actually occur.
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GenCon Cancellation Announcement 1 month 2 weeks ago #12

A shame that it had to happen, but I'm glad Gencon is choosing the safer path, both for the gamers that attend and the community the event takes place in.

May the world be in a better place in 2021 for us to safely make up for this regrettable but necessary choice.

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