Gen Con powers up in downtown Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Thousands of gaming enthusiasts are swarming downtown for Gen Con 2014. The event is known as the “best four days of gaming” in the country.

There are more than 350 exhibits and 14,000 games on display at the Indiana Convention Center. Organizers are expecting close to 55,000 people to buy four-day passes. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the event when you include one-day passes.

The event features board games, live action role playing games, trading card games, films and books. There are also tournaments and costume contests throughout the weekend.

Some attendees dress up specifically for the games they’re playing — others just for fun.

And that’s what organizers say it is all about — bringing thousands of strangers together who have similar passions gaming.

“This gaming is really about people interacting with people,” said Stacia Kirby, a Gen Con representative. “It’s people who love to socialize and I think that is different than when people think of gaming, computer gamers where they’re individual. This is people meet from across the country who get to come together once a year and play with people who maybe they talk during the year but they meet up at all these gaming events we have.”

With all those people here playing games, touching figurine, trading cards, and just being in such a confined space, you’ll want to be careful not to get the “Con Crud.” Germs and bacteria get passed around easily at the event, creating flu-like symptoms. So if you attend, be sure to wash your hands often, cover when you cough, stay hydrated and get plenty of rest.

For some people, getting rest might be tough since some of the games last 24 hours.

Four-day passes cost $80 while one-day passes cost $50. On Sunday, a family of four can get into the event for only $30. For more information about Gen Con, click here.

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