NUVO Editors pick the best things to do at Gen Con this weekend 

Sun King's official beer, a film festival, TONS of games, and more

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  • Photo by Lora Olive
To celebrate the abundance of excellent events happening this weekend, NUVO Editors picked their favorite events going down at Gen Con, plus put together a complete guide to MAC and picked our favorite State Fair acts, too. 

There’s tons to see and do at Gen Con (which runs all weekend) and the State Fair (which runs basically all month) so hit up our calendar for full listings.  

Plus: We sent a bunch of our favorite cosplayers to a Hoosier farm to indulge in some pre-Fair harvesting. That’s right. Cosplay in the corn. Those pretty mugs you’re looking at belong to Angel Burlesque, as captured by Lora Olive.


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Amber Stearns
, News Editor picks: 

Family Fun Day
Sunday, August 7
There is really only one place you will find me at Gen Con: The Family Fun Pavilion. There’s a space for toddlers, new walkers and crawlers to hang out and be free without running into or getting stepped on by people throughout the rest of the convention. The Family Fun Pavilion also provides the best ideas and gifts for Christmas. Some of the gaming exhibitors have stuff on hand to sell, while others have previews of games and toys that will be out in time for the holiday shopping season. My kids get to take games out for a “test drive” and I get ideas for what to buy for them in the future. Family Fun Day (Sunday, Aug. 7) also includes special activities and gaming groups geared especially for children.
Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave.

$45 for a family of four, all-ages

See our top picks for the State Fair — and much more cosplay in the corn — here. 

Digital Gaming Area
All weekend
I have a confession to make — my gaming experience is somewhat limited. I grew up playing a select few board games, and video games were nonexistent. I’m old enough to remember when Atari was a thing, even though I never had one. And I was never allowed to go to the arcade. But I do remember the games. Pac-Man was the only one I tried, but I enjoyed watching others play the likes of Frogger and Donkey Kong. The Digital Gaming Area at Gen Con not only takes you back down memory lane with those classic arcade games, but also introduces current popular favorites and imported games for a worldwide view of the power of gaming. Watching your kids play the games you played as a kid is just as fun, if not more so, than playing them yourself.
Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave.

free with Gen Con pass, all-ages


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Emily Taylor
, Arts and Entertainment Editor picks: 

Artist Alley
Thursday through Sunday
This is one of my top two picks for Gen Con activities, hands down. The art show at Gen Con boasts some of the best fantasy work that you’ll ever come across. Seeing the details of these paintings, sketches and 3-D pieces in the flesh trumps those Tumblr art pages. Make sure and keep an eye out for Hoosier artists around the booths: Emma Overman will be showing her whimsical characters and Kathryn Steele will have her video game-like paintings, for example.

Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave.
free with pass, all-ages
Writer’s Symposium
Various times
Even if you aren’t working on a piece of fantasy or sci-fi material, the workshops here are golden for fiction writers. Over 75 authors take part in the event, making it one of Indiana’s largest author gatherings. If you balance the courses right, you can fit in everything from scene building to video game writing to nailing down the secrets of good dialogue. There are plenty of book signings to get face time with people like New York Times Bestselling author Robin Hobb. Take what you learn and go critique the screenwriting at the Gen Con Film Festival.
Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave. 

free with ticket, for event listings go to
genconwriters.com

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Cavan McGinsie, 
Food and Web Editor picks: 

Sun King’s Official Gen Con Beer Release
August 3; 5 - 10 p.m.
If there is one place you will undoubtedly see me hanging out during Gen Con, it will be at Georgia Street on Wednesday evening for the tapping and unveiling of Sun King’s official Gen Con beer for 2016. This year it has been announced that the beer is to be called 20-Sided Rye, a nod to all you D&D fanatics out there, and like all of their past offerings I’m imagining this rye will be a critical hit! Don’t worry if you don’t make it on the first night; the beer garden will be open every day for you to taste some beer and play some games.
Georgia Street, Downtown Indianapolis 

free with Gen Con pass for attendees, all-ages

See our top picks for the State Fair — and much more cosplay in the corn — here. 

The Exhibit Hall
August 4 - 7
While I’m not drinking too much Sun King, there is a good chance you’ll find me perusing the highlight of the event, the Exhibit Hall. With literally thousands of board games to learn about and to play with gamers of all skill levels, this is one of my favorite areas. While I mostly play the games I’m comfortable with, like Pandemic and Catan, you may see me struggling through some new games like Mysterium or the famous Twilight Struggle. Who knows — maybe I’ll finally get the courage up to play through a D&D campaign with the character I created two years ago.
Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave.
free with Gen Con pass for attendees, all-ages


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  • Photo by Lora Olive

Katherine Coplen
, Editor picks: 

Costume Contest and Parade
August 6
You can see from the pictures on these pages that our favorite thing about Gen Con is the wild cosplayers hitting up the Con. NUVO editors may not be the best at sourcing and executing perfect costumes for Cons, but we sure do appreciate those that are. That’s why you’ll catch us at the costume contest and parade on August 6. And psst — can’t afford a pass? The costume parade goes outside the Convention Center and down Capitol Avenue. You can cos-watch for free outside the Government Center.
500 Ballroom at Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave., free with Gen Con pass for attendees; registration required for contestants, all-ages


Roving Entertainers
times vary during Con
As someone who spends a lot of time perusing band bios as music editor, I’m always stoked to read the ultra-nerdy bios of groups who come through town for Gen Con. This year, Canyon Spells, Damsels of Dorkington, Different Drummer Belly Dancers, Dan the Bard, Marc Gunn, Apryl Knight, Marooned and Water Street Bridge will bring tunes to the Convention Center halls, hawking their wares if you’d like an album to bring home, too.
Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave.

free with Gen Con pass, all-ages


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  • Photo by Lora Olive

Brian Weiss
, Engagement Editor picks: 

Giant Balloon Sculpture
Ummmm what’s not to love about a GIANT BALLOON SCULPTURE? Here’s how it works: Artist Tim Thurmond spends countless hours throughout the weekend building an amazing creature, people “ohh” and “ahh” over it and then bid on the opportunity to “Slay the Creature” — a.k.a. destroy it on Sunday. All money raised from the auction goes to The PourHouse.
Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave. 
free with Gen Con pass, all-ages

Film Festival
times vary during Con
The amount of quality films being shown in the Hoosier state this year has been unlike any before it. Joining the likes of Heartland Film Fest and Indy Film Fest, filmmakers from around the globe converge on the Circle City this weekend for screenings, panels and cash prizes. I know there’s a limited amount of time to check out an unlimited amount of events, but carve out a few few minutes for this.
Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave.

free with Gen Con pass, all-ages

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  • Photo by Lora Olive

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