Gen Con masses converge on Indianapolis

Thousands flock to downtown Indianapolis for the first day of Gen Con 2014. (WISH Photo/Howard Monroe)
Thousands flock to downtown Indianapolis for the first day of Gen Con 2014. (WISH Photo/Howard Monroe)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Gen Con 2014 has taken off at the Indiana Convention Center. Attendance numbers appeared to be up on the first day of the conference. Last year, about 50,000 attendees filled the convention halls over the four-day event.

Costumes are customary and expected, but organizers and gamers say it’s really about people enjoying gaming.

“I met people I never met before that said, ‘Do you want to be on my friends list?’” said Robin Blevins, who showed up in a bunny costume.

“This gaming is really about people interacting with people,” said Stacia Kirby, a Gen Con spokesperson. “It’s people who love to socialize, and I think that is different than when people think of gaming, computer games where they’re individual.”

There are more than 370 exhibits and 15,000 events, including games and tournaments, seminars and workshops.

Tickets are $80 for a 4-day pass and $50 for a one-day pass.

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