Sorry, no Pit session today but this past weekend marked the annual Gen Con event list release. While the list isn’t exhaustive, as it only includes those that registered events during initial registration period, it is the bulk of the events that you’ll see and a good bell weather for what is hot right now.
So what does this have to do with The Walking Dead? Well, the event listings are quite strong this year. It looks like Mantic’s US-wing is putting some much appreciated weight behind the game and I’m happy to see it getting a lot of attention. (note: I’m not affiliated with any of these events)
First up, we have a repeat event from last year: “The Walking Dead: Unhappy Campers”
This event is two to four players and pits two groups against each other in an asymmetrical fight over a wayward survivor. Expect the event to be pretty tight, mechanically, since it is the second year running it. The event also caters to beginners so that is a plus for exposure.
Next is the “The Walking Dead: Walker Challenge.” This one is new to me and is right up my alley as it is a race to kill the most walkers with your survivor group. Likely a good event for those that want to shun direct player conflict, this event is open to up to eight players.
Last is “The Walking Dead: All Out War Tournament.” This is also a first for Gen Con and is going to be for your more experienced players craving direct player vs player interaction. It is listed to run for 9 hours but that shouldn’t deter you as that time usually includes time for the final rounds, which only a few players will participate (though I don’t know exactly what format the tournament will be in so this could change). The tournament is open to up to sixteen players and is the only even where you will need to bring your own material.
So three event types total for Gen Con 2018 (so far) and that is a very good omen for the state of the game. The tournament is the only event with one listing but both the Unhappy Campers and Walker Challenge have multiple runnings throughout the convention 4 day weekend. Get your wishlists ready and make sure to sign up! (note: I’m not affiliated with any of these events)