Gen Con: August 15-18, 2013

Featuring game industry veterans, award-winning authors and artists, jaw-dropping costumes, thousands of events, a growing Family Fun Pavilion, and the newest games on the market, Gen Con truly is The Best Four Days in Gaming! This year, Gen Con takes place August 15-18 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Visit the official Gen Con site for more information.

A Night with Dungeons & Dragons

Spend the evening in Baldur’s Gate at the official Sundering launch party! On Thursday night from 7 PM - 11 PM, Baldur's Gate will open its gates to travelers from across Faerûn for a one-of-a-kind event. Mingle with D&D designers, authors, and other industry luminaries while enjoying food, drinks, music, adventure and more (plus, receive a special give-away exclusive to this event, shown below):

Something Foul Afoot in Baldur's Gate

Amid preparation for Founders Day, a sinister plot unfolds. Those closest to Duke Adrian Abdel will fall to the blade of assassination, and it will be up to attendees to uncover the truth. Join the Dungeons & Dragons community in solving a murder mystery puzzle created by the devious minds of Lone Shark Games. As the evening progresses, party attendees can track down suspects and uncover the truth! Solve riddles, question characters, confirm alibis, and discover who the true murderer is—and what he or she is planning for Baldur's Gate. Those who help solve the mystery and become champions of justice will have a chance to win awesome D&D prizes, including a unique item*.

(In fact, here's an early image of the item in construction. The sword blade has been shaped, along with the roughed design for the hilt and pommel.)

When: Thursday, August 15th from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Tickets: Available here.

*subject to restrictions

Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle

Pre-orders have now officially opened for Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle. This exclusive Gen Con 2013 D&D Next preview will only be available to Gen Con attendees—but don’t wait until the convention. When you pre-order your copy of Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle you will also receive a free collectible D&D miniature designed by Gale Force Nine.

All sales will be managed by Gale Force Nine. Simply pre-order here: gf9-dnd.com then stop by Gale Force Nine’s Gen Con booth and collect your book and free mini.

For more information on this exclusive, visit the product page.
D&D Play

D&D Next All-Access Adventure Pass

Reserve your private table and enjoy D&D Next all weekend long as you play through up to four debut adventures. Each day, you’ll have reserved slots with your assigned DM. You’ll also receive limited edition Gen Con exclusives.

The experience uses the D&D Next playtest rules. Character creation is included as part of the event, and no prior D&D experience is necessary.

Ticketed event. Generics not accepted.
Run time: 28 hours (Thursday 8 – 12 & 2 – 6, Friday 8 – 12, 4 – 8, Saturday 8 – 12, 4 – 8, and Sunday 10 – 2).


Murder in Baldur’s Gate Launch Weekend

Something foul is afoot in Baldur’s Gate. An old evil stirs. On the eve of celebration, a brutal murder occurs. Will you answer the call for help?

This scenario launches the new adventure Murder in Baldur’s Gate, and sends heroes catapulting into the events of the upcoming D&D Encounters seasons. The experience uses the D&D Next playtest rules, and participants receive the exclusive D&D Gen Con dice set if they haven’t yet received one. Optional pre-generated characters are available, or players can create their own characters prior to the start of the event at the character creation station in the D&D area (please allow at least 30 minutes). No prior D&D experience is necessary.

Ticketed event. Generics accepted as space allows.
Run time: 4 hours


Confrontation at Candlekeep

Candlekeep is under siege, and it needs adventurers to help protect it! Heed the call to defend the legendary monastery and stand against the tide of evil. D&D Next characters provided.

This adventure offers an interactive experience using the D&D Next playtest rules, and participants receive the exclusive D&D Gen Con dice set. Optional pre-generated characters are available, and no prior D&D experience is necessary.

Generic tickets only.
Run time: 2 hours

Note: As posted on the D&D Facebook page, check out the dice set we'll be giving to people who play Confrontation at Candlekeep at Gen Con this year (click for a larger view) -- so if you're going, make sure to sign up for the adventure so you can earn your own dice set!


2013 D&D Open Championship: The Lost City

Test your mettle against this year's 4th Edition D&D Championship! A challenge for experienced players, this adventure features five 7th-level pre-generated characters. The city of Cynidicea was once the capital of a rich and fertile kingdom. It fell into chaos and ruin when its people turned to the worship of a terrible monster called Zargon. Now, hundreds of years after the fall of Cynidicea, the cult of Zargon has returned, more dangerous than ever. The only way to stop them is at the source: Zargon must be destroyed.

This year's Championship is inspired by the classic B4: The Lost City by Tom Moldvay. This event consists of an open entry round, with top-scoring tables participating in a final round on Sunday. The format and scoring have returned to a more free-form play style, so come try your hand at a return to the classic style of the D&D Championship.

Ticketed event. Generics accepted as space allows.
Run time: 4 hours


Lords of Waterdeep, featuring Scoundrels of Skullport

Explore the seedy underbelly of Waterdeep in Skullport or explore the twisted dungeon corridors of Undermountain in Scoundrels of Skullport, an expansion to Wizards of the Coast's hit game, Lords of Waterdeep.

Generic tickets only.
Run time: 2 hours

Seminars

Spin a Yarn with Ed Greenwood

Join Ed Greenwood, the creator of the Forgotten Realms setting, for a rollicking group storytelling experience that will leave you dizzy with laughter.

When: Thursday 2 – 4 PM


D&D Digital: Past, Present, and Future

D&D’s digital future is brighter than ever and jam-packed with awesome new gaming offerings on multiple digital platforms. Find out what’s in store for D&D in the present and future.

When: Friday 2 – 4 PM


A Chat with R.A. Salvatore

Sit down and chat with New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore to discuss Drizzt, the Forgotten Realms, past work, and The Sundering.

When: Friday 4 – 6 PM


Q&A with R&D

Do you have questions about D&D Next, DMing, and all things D&D? Well, we have answers. Join Mike Mearls and members of the Dungeons & Dragons team to ask questions about the current state of the game, and where it’s going.

When: Saturday 2 – 4 PM; Sunday 10 AM – 12 PM


The Fate of the Forgotten Realms

Join novelists R.A. Salvatore, Ed Greenwood, Troy Denning, Erin Evans, and Richard Lee Byers to discuss the Sundering, and the great stories still to be told.

When: Saturday 4 – 6 PM

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