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GENCON 2012: NO GAME LEFT BEHIND! (with Neuroglyph’s Itinerary)

gen con logo transIt’s finally here!  The one week of the year when the gaming community descends upon the mid-west in an ecstatic horde, and spends four full days indulging in every whim their favorite hobby has to offer.  Yes, GENCON 2012 is finally upon us, and like the rest of my fellow gamers, I am busy making all my last minute plans and packing up my gear to head off to Indianapolis in just under 39 hours from now!

As with my previous years, I have a pretty full schedule of seminars, interviews, and demos to attend – even more so this year, what with the advent of D&D Next and the ongoing playtest.  Wizards of the Coast has quite a bundle of activities planned this year beyond the D&D games, RPGA sponsored events, and a wide variety of D&D Next playtest sessions.  I just got a Press Release this afternoon from WotC’ s Public Relations about some featured activities at this year’s GenCon:

Dungeons & Dragons Fans Face the Rise of the Underdark; Glimpse into the Future of D&D at Gen Con Indy 2012

Wizards of the Coast Hosts First-Ever Gen Con Keynote Address

AUGUST 13, 2012 – INDIANAPOLIS – Wizards of the Coast is thrilled to announce that its iconic roleplaying game of fantasy and imagination, Dungeons & Dragons®, will offer fans the chance to both explore the notorious drow race in the current Rise of the Underdark campaign, as well as glimpse into the future of the game at this year’s Gen Con Indy 2012 (August 16 – 19).

Wizards of the Coast will show off the latest D&D offerings (Booth #1401) and invite fans to awaken the darkness as they delve into the D&D Experience, a series of eight unique locations thematically tied to the drow city of Menzoberranzan, where they can participate in an abundance of D&D events and activities and earn exclusive dice along the way.  Wizards of the Coast is also proud to host the first-ever Gen Con keynote address on August 16, the opening night of the convention, to present a look into the future of D&D.


The D&D Experience – Rise of the Underdark (Ongoing; Multiple Locations)

Throughout the convention center, fans can visit eight unique D&D locations set within the drow city of Menzoberranzan to collect treasure and participate in a variety of D&D activities – including D&D Next playtesting and Dungeon Command gaming sessions, just to name a few.  The eight D&D Experience locations include the following; a full list of activities taking place in each location can also be found on the Gen Con Page at

  • The Bazaar – Hub of Information and Commerce (Dungeons & Dragons Booth #1401)
  • Arach-Tinilith – Seminars and Performances (Room 139)
  • Narbondel – D&D Lounge/Activities Room (Room 138)
  • Sorcere – D&D Next Introduction & Character Creation (Room 137)
  • The Clawrift – D&D Next Adventure (Room 136)
  • Melee-Magthere – Dungeon Command Miniatures Skirmish Game (Room 135)
  • West Wall – “Dawn of Night” 4th Edition Adventure (Room 134)
  • The Mantle – Organized Play Events (Marriot Ballroom; Marriot Hotel)

In-Booth Activities (Ongoing; Booth #1401)

The Dungeons & Dragons Booth #1401 (The Bazaar) will be the hub of information and commerce where fans can purchase D&D merchandise, learn about the current Rise of the Underdark campaign and the drow plot to seize the Forgotten Realms, experience D&D’s digital offerings and take photos with Lolth, Demon Queen of Spiders, and Drizzt Do’Urden, the most famous drow of all time. Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to meet some of their favorite D&D authors during scheduled in-booth author signings.

Keynote Address (Thursday, August 16 at 7 pm; Indiana Roof Ballroom)

At the “Future of Dungeons & Dragons,” the first-ever Gen Con keynote, some of the greatest creative minds in the industry, including Mike Mearls (Senior Manager, Dungeons & Dragons R&D) and Greg Leeds (President and CEO of Wizards of the Coast), will share a behind-the- curtain look into the future of the brand – from the game’s evolution and the rebirth of a fantasy setting, to the next generation of art.  Wizards of the Coast is proud to be able to share with the legions of D&D fans what’s in store for the game that has changed gaming forever.

In addition to the activities above, Wizards of the Coast will also be offering a variety of seminars including the much anticipated The Future Look of D&D, D&D Next: Creating the Core, The Sundering, and D&D Next Live With Chris Perkins. Ticket information and a full list of seminars can be found on the Gen Con Page at

Dungeons & Dragons is the iconic roleplaying game of fantasy and imagination that is part storytelling, part social interaction and part chance.  Visit for more information and follow D&D on Facebook and Twitter.

For my part, the PR folks were kind enough to get me a press seat at the Keynote Address, as well as an Interview with the Brand Team to talk about the Rise of the Underdark campaign and the release of Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue.  I’ll be sure and post some pics and blogs of these events, as well as more from my other events on my intinerary:


10am: Depart Troy, MI for a leisurely drive south through Indiana along I-69.

5pm: Arrive in Indianapolis; staying at the JW Marriott right by the Convention Center


10am – 12pm: D&D Digital Discussion

2pm – 3:30pm: D&D Next Demo Game – Sorcere & The Clawrift

5pm – 6:30pm: WotC – Miniatures, Board Games, and Beyond

7pm – 8pm: GENCON 2012 D&D Keynote Address

8pm – 10pm: Candlekeep Presents: 25 Years of the Forgotten Realms


10am – 12pm: D&D Next: Monsters, Magic Items, and DM Mischief

1pm – 3pm: WotC – What is the Sundering?

4pm – 4:30pm: D&D Brand Team Interview

6pm – 7pm: D&D Advice Live from the Tome Show


9am – 10am: Meet the KQ Minions

10am – 11am: DnD4eCM Past, Present, and Future

1pm – 3pm: D&D Next: Creating the Core

3pm – 5pm: The Future Look of D&D

5pm – 7pm: D&D Improv: Whose Roll is it Anyway?


9am – 1pm: Exhibition Hall – Last looks and shopping spree!

1pm: Departure from Indianapolis back to Troy, MI

My GENCON plans include posting blogs daily of events and happenings at the convention, as well as some in-depth reports and pictures – so stop back by the site often if you can’t attend GenCon 2012 yourself.  And if you do happen to see me wandering around the convention hall, or in a seminar, please feel free to stop by and say hello – would love the chance to meet and chat with you, the readers of my blog, in person!

So until the next blog… I wish you all happy gaming and hope to see you at GENCON!

About The Author

Michael is an Adept of a Secret Order of Dungeon Masters, and dwells in a hidden realm with his two evil cat-familiars, deep within the Vale of Wolverines, called by some "Michigan". He has been esoterically conjuring D&D Campaigns for nearly a Third of a Century, and has been known to cast ritual blogs concerning Dungeons & Dragons every few days with some regularity. Michael has freelanced for Wizards of the Coast, and writes reviews of D&D and other Role-Playing Game products on EN World News.


2 Responses to “GENCON 2012: NO GAME LEFT BEHIND! (with Neuroglyph’s Itinerary)

  1. Hunterian7 says:

    I’ll give up on Wizards if they don’t release another one or two board games like Legend of Drizzt & Wrath of Ashardalon- I’m tired of them releasing stuff then canceling it.

    Other than being miffed about no more 4E releases I’m hoping for the return of the days of 3 DDM random sets of 60 minis each year.

    And boo to D&D Next!

  2. Alton says:

    Well Mr. Mike Evans, I did get to meet you and I am glad I did. It was nice to meet you and hope to chat with you in the future.

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