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Welcome to one of the best kept secrets in the gaming convention industry! Gary Con is an annual game convention held every March in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. It honors the memory of the father of role-playing games, E. Gary Gygax. Our focus is on the one thing Gary loved most; Gaming!

When Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax died in 2008, role playing gamers from around the world joined to honor Gygax's life with a virtual convention, held at locations around the world. Gygax's friends and family held an impromptu game event at Lake Geneva's American Legion Hall following his funeral on March 8, 2008, now known as "Gary Con 0" to many. By 2009, his son Luke Gygax established the first official Gary Con, still at the Legion Hall. "Gary Con I" was held March 7, 2009. It was attended by a number of gaming industry icons: Jim Ward, Frank Mentzer, Tim Kask, Tom Wham, Steve Chenault, and dozens more from the TSR family.

By 2010, the Legion Hall no longer had the capacity to host the growing event and its participants. As a result, the event was moved to a local lodge west of the town where it has been held ever since. Convention organizer, Luke Gygax, told a local paper Gary Con was "...meant to be a more intimate event, reminiscent of the formative years of the gaming industry," and that is why it has become a special gathering for so many each year.

Please check out our FAQ for the most common questions, or contact us directly if you cannot find the information you need.

Coming to Gary Con VII?

You will need to purchase a badge to get in Gary Con. You can also buy badges for members of your group who may want to tag along!

Got your badge?

Now you can book events, simply use your Gold and Silver points to buy seats at tables or seminars to play or learn!

Events

Can't find a game?

Why not make your own event? Simply fill out the form to tell us your requirements and you can hold your own event at Gary Con!

Events

Latest forum activity

BREAKING NEWS! Big Bang Theory mentioned Gary Con!

Posted by mark on Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:55 pm

jim skach wrote:This episode confirms the rumor there are "dragon shirts"...how come these aren't offered on the site? Are they only for west coast friends of Luke?



Great minds want to know!



(and Jim! )

Future of Gary Con

Posted by Handy Haversack on Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:31 pm

extsr wrote:There could be other possible Lake Geneva Area locations. More research is highly indicated.

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For some reason, I trust this guy.

This will be my first GaryCon--not for lack of trying!--but even if it weren't, it's hardly my place to say what *should* happen. That said, here's what should happen.

I figure, look at the inefficiencies first and see what's solvable. If (and maybe temporarily while the Ridge expands) GC has to be spread among a few locales, just get the logistics to work. Secure enough parking, work out a decent shuttle service (that includes ADA-accessible transport), and tell the taxi companies to put on extra drivers for those of us who want to drink New Glarus and forget about cars for the weekend. Focus on these things, and having the con spread out around a few places won't be nearly such a big deal. As Ghul points out, too, once you're at the table, the location of that table doesn't matter nearly as much as the locations *on* that table. I don't know how this affects the con budgetarily (it was wise of grodog to keep this concern front and center), but I think it's the sort of issue people are happy to have their badge costs deal with.

Also, Luke, Dale, thanks so much for doing this and for getting feedback from the folks who care the most. Don't mind the growling. It's just what we're good at.

Really looking forward to meeting and dying horribly next to you all next month!

BREAKING NEWS! Big Bang Theory mentioned Gary Con!

Posted by jim skach on Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:08 pm

This episode confirms the rumor there are "dragon shirts"...how come these aren't offered on the site? Are they only for west coast friends of Luke?

GaryCon VII Souvenirs?

Posted by jim skach on Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:06 pm

Scott308 wrote:So do we just help ourselves to the coffee cups?

Well, Dale's of course....

BREAKING NEWS! Big Bang Theory mentioned Gary Con!

Posted by mark on Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:05 pm

Dale wrote:And, we will be happy to give Sheldon a ride to Lake Geneva!



And let Penny dress as Gary . . ? SAY IT!

GaryCon VII Souvenirs?

Posted by stahlnee on Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:35 pm

mordrin wrote:
stahlnee wrote:For those in the know, can you enlighten us as to what souvenirs will be available at the con this year?


Every monster head you lop off is yours to keep!

8-)


Ooooh! Can you get a pic of the new coffee cup? This is very important and needs to be delivered by 1pm Wednesday the day before GaryCon in order to circulate to all attendees in order to have an equal chance at the biggest game ever in GaryCon. hehehehe