Which Exhibitor Booths Are You Visiting at Gen Con this year?


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Grand Lodge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

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The title says it all. Of course the Paizo booth (103, 403) is #1 on the list, but what other exhibitors are worth more than a "drive by"? What exhibitors are you excited to visit and why?

Don't limit it to just RPGs. In addition to Pathfinder and Starfinder, I am also a fan of Warhammer 40K (both from the crafting and gameplay perspective), classic tactical board games like Axis & Allies and Risk, as well as the Summoner Wars card game. I have a list of "must see" booths I plan to visit, but there are hundreds more...

#437 Syrinscape and Lone Wolf Development...Everyone should stop and check out the awesome audio material that Syrinscape is up to and say hello to Ben, he is awesome people! Also, check out whats new with HeroLab and Fantasy Grounds

#2833 Lone Shark Games...what's up with the Pathfinder card game. Say hello to Mike Sellinker and the team

#468 Badger Airbrush...I am just a beginner air brush painter and can use as much advice as I can get

#823 Plaid Hat Games...makers of the really cool (IMO) Summoner Wars card game

#317/1029/1603/2419 Chessex...cause who can't use more dice :-D

#629 Gale Force Nine...their miniature terrain accessories and maps are awesome

#325 Crystal Caste...more dice!

#563 Gaming Paper...if you GM and find yourself drawing maps on a regular basis, their products are excellent

#364 Hero Forge...of course I want a custom mini for my 1st PC of PF2E

#261 Norse Foundry...if you like metal dice, check these folks out

#149 Q-Workshop...more dice!

#2711 TeeTurtle...these folks have some of the coolest gamer/geek T-s$&!s. We have quite a few and not only are the appliques cool, but the shirt material is soo soft and comfortable.

#2627 Games Workshop...a must for any 40K/Age of Sigmar player

#2603 Wyrmwood...beautiful gaming accessories carved from real wood and gemstones

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Right now it's looking very unlikely that I'll be able to manage a trip to the Exhibitor Hall given the shifts I am GMing for OrgPlay and the transportation involved with an off-campus hotel.

This may change, but not banking on it.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

Just discovered that Hirst Arts, makers of plaster molds for 3D terrain, is not going to be at Gen Con this year. Very disappointing as I have dozens of their molds and I love to see the models they display and any new molds they have created. There is always another mold or two I add to my collection and buying at Gen Con means no shipping.

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I hear you Wageslave. I really hope we don't have a GM meeting Sunday afternoon this year so that I can get an hour or two in the Hall.

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I've been hoping for a few years now that Alea Tools would return, but it looks like they aren't again. We love using their magnetic markers, especially for tracking flight elevation.

Hero Forge recently added Merfolk, so I am excited to see those in person.

5/5 Venture-Agent, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East aka Pirate Rob

#3003/3009 Kingdom Death Amazing minis with civilization building/monster hunter adventure game. Warning: Strong adult themes.

Norse Foundry is also on my list. Sad about Hirst Arts, I've got about a dozen molds and they are really cool.

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Dwarven Forge is my only must visit booth. But I enjoy just browsing the area.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

NielsenE wrote:
Dwarven Forge...

Its exciting that they have a new deluxe set that will simulate a map from the new Pathfinder 2E module The Fall of Plaguestone. Really gotta see that and what the price is.


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My only must-see is Chessex. I'm thinking I need a new set of dice to celebrate the launch of PF2.

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Bob Jonquet wrote:
NielsenE wrote:
Dwarven Forge...
Its exciting that they have a new deluxe set that will simulate a map from the new Pathfinder 2E module The Fall of Plaguestone. Really gotta see that and what the price is.

Yup! Very excited for that. Brought ~60 lbs of DF stuff to PaizoCon for a fan-event I ran, none of my PFS scenarios would have worked well with it though. Looking forward to get the PFS2 scenarios whenever they drop and seeing if its worth bringing terrain for them to GenCon.

I'll definitely be picking up the stuff they do for Fall of Plaguestone, but will need to see if they have small breakout sets of new pieces, since I likely have any standard pieces already.

They're also still posting their short ~90 minute booth games, that I'm looking to see if I can grab one. (If not I'll be emailing you/GenCon organizers to add another block or two).

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Agent, Florida—Melbourne aka trollbill

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Tempted to stop by the Ninja Division booth just to give them a piece of my mind. Normally I wouldn't bother, but they have a lot of nerve showing up at GenCon this year after all the bad feelings they caused with the Starfinder community.

Dark Archive 5/5

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I usually stop by #829 Chaosium to chat with the fine folks there. Gonna be a bit weird this year with Greg shuffling off the mortal coil. It was always fun to talk with him and I will miss that.

I will brave the wilds to locate #1852 R. Talsorian Games; ask how the Witcher RPG is going for them and inquire about future books.

#1929, #2029 for Shadows of Esteren by Agate RPG. Sweet mercy as these books gorgeous. I think I will fill out my collection this year.

Beyond that, I usually just walk around and take in the place. Maybe this year I will finally obtain a "Yeah, they're natural" tee shirt.

Dark Archive 5/5

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Bill Baldwin wrote:
Tempted to stop by the Ninja Division booth just to give them a piece of my mind. Normally I wouldn't bother, but they have a lot of nerve showing up at GenCon this year after all the bad feelings they caused with the Starfinder community.

Wait. Wut?

They have the money for GenCon but not to produce the minis? That's not just nerve; that is brass testicular fortitude.

Dark Archive 5/5 ⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Minnesota—Minneapolis aka Silbeg

Chessex is always a must.

Probably look for Looney Games... Get the MacGuffin was a big win, may get another copy, or what have you.

Of course Paizo, plan to burn through all of my store credits.

So many others to check out... if there is time I tend to check out many of the single minis dealers.

Maybe, if I have time, I will even demo a game this year with someone? I know, crazy talk

Shadow Lodge 5/5 ⦵⦵ Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East aka thistledown

#829 Chaosium: They picked up publication of 7th Sea, so I want to see how they're doing it.

541 Bezier Games: I'm a huge fan of Suburbia, and have liked their other games.

124 Impact Miniatures: The best source for dice with odd numbers of sides. I need another d5.

260/2718/3046 Metallic Dice Games: I really like their dice, especially the 'torched rainbow' style which I'll be getting more of.

437 Lone Wolf & Syrinscape: Hopefully I can grill them on when HLO will support organized play. Or win a year's subscription to syrinscape. Or both.

2001 Bricks & Boards: I get most of my legos through bricklink, but seeing some in person is useful.

2120 Anime Depot: Cheap dvd's.

Artist Alley: As I'm trying to get into selling art I make, things like other peoples commision sheets is useful reference.

Fancy tables - no particular booth, but if there's a contest for a free fancy table, I'll enter.

Paizo Employee Canadian Maplecakes

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Leg o' Lamb wrote:
#1929, #2029 for Shadows of Esteren by Agate RPG. Sweet mercy as these books gorgeous. I think I will fill out my collection this year.

This... THIS!

Every year I make my way to this booth (along with Posthuman Studios and Eclipse Phase). Admittedly, it's tricky, because I already own all their products from backing their Kickstarters, but these people create some of the most stunning books I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

5/5 Venture-Captain, Ohio—Northern aka GinoA

Somewhere near the middle-back many of the more prolific webcomic artists have booths. It's fun to stop and say 'Hi' to people who's work I've enjoyed for years. Maybe even throw some money at them. Hmm. I think it's time to start petitioning David Morgan-Mars to attend GenCon.

A Chessex pitcher-full is a tradition for me. They have 4 or 5 booths all over the hall. Always at the end of a row.

Steve is frequently just hanging-out talking with people at Steve Jackson Games. I've gotten to shake his hand a couple times.

If you're as bad with names as me, swing by the author's row and look at the titles on display. I had never realized I liked so many different Timothy Zahn titles, until I met him.

I like to spend a little time wandering through the smaller booths over in the leg-of-the-L. Nice way to see a bunch of smaller companies I'm not familiar with.

If you have a situational penalty to dice-related saves, be careful. There are a *lot* of smaller dice vendors with incredible wares. Still debating that black stone, looks-like-a-starfield set I ogled two years ago. $75, I think.


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Leg o' Lamb wrote:
Bill Baldwin wrote:
Tempted to stop by the Ninja Division booth just to give them a piece of my mind. Normally I wouldn't bother, but they have a lot of nerve showing up at GenCon this year after all the bad feelings they caused with the Starfinder community.

Wait. Wut?

They have the money for GenCon but not to produce the minis? That's not just nerve; that is brass testicular fortitude.

So what has happened with Ninja Division and Starfinder minis, exactly? I have seen some of their minis on the shelf, and bought one of the sets for a friend for Christmas. Are they not making them anymore?

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Agent, Florida—Melbourne aka trollbill

Hobbun wrote:
Leg o' Lamb wrote:
Bill Baldwin wrote:
Tempted to stop by the Ninja Division booth just to give them a piece of my mind. Normally I wouldn't bother, but they have a lot of nerve showing up at GenCon this year after all the bad feelings they caused with the Starfinder community.

Wait. Wut?

They have the money for GenCon but not to produce the minis? That's not just nerve; that is brass testicular fortitude.

So what has happened with Ninja Division and Starfinder minis, exactly? I have seen some of their minis on the shelf, and bought one of the sets for a friend for Christmas. Are they not making them anymore?

It's very complicated. As far as I have been able to piece together, the Starfinder minis you can find on the shelf were a separate deal from the Starfinder Kickstarter Paizo allowed Ninja Division to do. Short answer is that Ninja Division had lost big money on a previous kickstarter and had been borrowing money from future kickstarters to pay their debts. Even though the Starfinder Kickstarter exceeded its stretch goals, this 'robbing Peter to pay Paul' finally caught up with them and the company actually doing the manufacturing, Archon, stopped shipping product because Ninja Division wasn't paying their bills (and may actually destroy what remaining product they have in storage to avoid paying taxes on it). This means, of course, that not only are the Kickstarter supporters probably out their money, but, except for the small number of Starfinder minis Ninja Division did get released (8 months?) late, we won't start seeing a full line of Starfinder minis until sometime in 2020 when the WizKids Starfinder line comes out, i.e. 3 years after Starfinder was first released. Paizo, to their credit, is still trying to work with Ninja Division to get this sorted out and get the minis actually delivered, but Ninja Division has a history of being long on promises and short on delivery.

For a more in-depth answer, check here.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

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I knew when I saw that Ninja Division had a booth that it would come up in this thread. I think most of us feel the same way towards them at the moment, but maybe stopping by their booth and asking for an update will help to mend some of the heartache. I just don't want this thread to disintegrate into a ND-hate fest. The hope is that people will share their knowledge of some lesser known exhibitors and give us a reason to stop at their booth to check it out. Its so busy in the exhibitor's hall that its easy to overlook companies you are not specifically looking for.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Agent, Florida—Melbourne aka trollbill

Bob Jonquet wrote:
I knew when I saw that Ninja Division had a booth that it would come up in this thread. I think most of us feel the same way towards them at the moment, but maybe stopping by their booth and asking for an update will help to mend some of the heartache. I just don't want this thread to disintegrate into a ND-hate fest. The hope is that people will share their knowledge of some lesser known exhibitors and give us a reason to stop at their booth to check it out. Its so busy in the exhibitor's hall that its easy to overlook companies you are not specifically looking for.

You are very prescient, Bob.

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2nd stop for me: Dwarven Forge to get some of their open stock.

Other stops include Days of Wonder (Ticket to Ride), Rio Grande Games (Dominion) if they're there, and Catan. I'll also be looking at the various sellers of minis.

Grand Lodge 4/5

If Dwarven Forge has some of their larger sets for sale I'll be trying to cram stuff into my car. May have to ship my wife home in a box.

Scarab Sages 4/5

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The KenzerCo booth is one I will be stopping at. Ive got to renew my KODT subscription this year.

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I'll also be seeking out Wyrmwood booth. I've been desperately wanting one of their GM screens aftering missing their KS a few years back. Supposedly they're planning to run one this late this year again. Want to just let them know there's demand :)

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