Gen Con masses converge on downtown Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – If you head downtown over the next few days, don’t be surprised if you see a few people in odd costumes. Gen Con 2014 kicked off Thursday morning at the Indiana Convention Center.

Organizers say they’re expecting more than the record-setting 49,000 people from last year.

While it’s a gaming convention, Gen Con is all about the costumes.

Most people come dressed up as a character from a game they’re playing, others just dress in whatever they want. Organizers call it Indiana’s cultural convention.

“There is only one Gen Con and it’s become a bit of a cultural phenomenon,” said Leonard Hoops, President and CEO of Visit Indy.

The convention is so popular, families make vacations out of it.

“Everyone we ever met in the gaming community is fantastic, always friendly willing to play, teach you a game,” said Erin Peder of Chicago, who was there with her husband and son.

Some 12,000 events are planned over the next four days with 370 different exhibits. And it’s for more than just gamers

“There’s so much to do and see here even if you don’t play games you can walk through and have your mind blown with the costuming and different types of things you can buy here,” said Adrian Swartout, Owner and CEO of Gen Con LLC

Tickets are $80 for a four-day pass or $50 for a one-day pass. On Sunday, Gen Con has a family day where tickets are $30 for a family of four. Doors close at 6 p.m.

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