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Gen Con 2021 Moves to September 16-19 with Both In-Person and Online Events

W. Eric Martin
United States
North Carolina
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Gen Con normally takes place the first week of August each year, but things haven't been very normal lately. In 2020, Gen Con hosted an online event since people couldn't gather in person in Indianapolis, Indiana. In December 2020, Gen Con noted that it was still hoping for an August 2021 event "as planned, in person in Indianapolis from August 5-8", and in February 2021 it surveyed past con attendees to measure their expectations for such an event.

As of March 17, however, Gen Con has decided to postpone Gen Con 2021 to September 16-19, with the event featuring both in-person and online experiences. Here's more from the announcement:
By offering a flexible range of opportunities to participate, we hope to safely include the largest number of people in the Gen Con experience this year and adapt to conditions as they are in September: in-person at Gen Con in Indianapolis with capped attendance and a modified format, from home through Gen Con Online events and livestreaming, and at local game stores through Pop-Up Gen Con retail activations.

With the rollout of effective vaccines, we look forward to an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and an eventual return to normal convention conditions, but the timeline is far from certain. In consultation with public health experts and local partners, with community feedback in mind, and with cautious optimism, we are moving forward with planning while maintaining the ability to shift course as needed to meet the requirements of changing conditions.

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Convention planning happens on a long timeline, and we appreciate your continued patience as we tread these murky waters. By postponing our dates and expanding our approach, we hope to provide you with the best experience we can this year. With so many pieces in motion, we aren't yet announcing dates for badge, hotel, and event registration, but we will announce those decisions soon as we advance to the next stages of planning.
If you had a badge for Gen Con 2020 and rolled it over to Gen Con 2021 but cannot attend for whatever reason, you can roll your badge over to Gen Con 2022 (where I believe hugs will be mandatory to make up for lost time) or get a credit or refund. Co-Owner and Chairperson of the Gen Con Board Peter Adkinson writes about the new plans for Gen Con 2021 here.
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