This little fact surprised me.
Gen Con is currently Indianapolis Convention Center’s largest annual convention, bringing the city tens of millions of dollars in revenue. It was originally held in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in the late 1960s and organized by none other than Gary Gygax, the father of modern role-playing games. Since then the event has morphed into a four-day event combining tabletop miniatures, board games, video games and live-action role-playing games. It regularly creates in excess of $50 million in revenue for the city of Indianapolis.
Impressive. D&D nerds have clout nowadays.
Which is why it’s really good to see the organizers of GenCon rising to the occasion and insisting that they will pull the convention from Indianapolis if they insist on executing a controversial bill that would allow discrimination in the name of religion. Back in the late 70s when I played D&D, we were just a bunch of despised weirdos — but now we’re all growed up and have some economic muscle.
It looks like discrimination is going to be the law of the land in the primitive, backward state of Indiana, so maybe GenCon will be looking for a new home. I wonder if the Minneapolis Convention Center has the capacity? I wouldn’t mind having it right here in my back yard, especially since it would be full of diverse and open-minded nerds, my people.