Gary Con celebrates the life and games of the first Dungeon Master, Gary Gygax
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Five years have passed since the death of Gary Gygax, the creator of Dungeons & Dragons. The classic RPG called Lake Geneva its home for many years, so when Gygax elected to shuffle off this mortal coil, many old TSR hands, friends, and relatives converged to celebrate the life of the first Dungeon Master. With so many nerds in one place, a gaming convention naturally broke out. This year marks the fifth annual Gary Con, running March 14-17 at the Geneva Ridge Resort. Tickets are $40 for the whole show, $25 for the weekend, and $15 for the weekdays.
The event focuses on old-school gaming. Lately, there’s been a movement called the “Old School Renaissance,” where players have been going back to old games and using them for new gaming experiences. The crowd at this show will be a mix of the OSR crowd and gamers who still have those old games polybagged and ready to roll. The board game crew will also be well represented, along with one or two painted miniatures. There is also room for open gaming, so bringing along that battered HeroQuest box with those made-up custom rules is a swell idea.
In addition, there will be merch. While Gary Con won’t have an official dealer hall with the usual smattering of used games, faded Doctor Who memorabilia, and leather mug makers, there will be a variety of souvenirs available as well as con-exclusive tournament scenarios. The con devotes some of its profits to building a memorial statue for Gygax in Lake Geneva.