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Gen Con Indy
Genre Gaming
Venue Indiana Convention Center
Location(s) Indianapolis, Indiana
Country United States
Inaugurated 1968
Attendance 60,819 in 2016 [1]
Organized by Gen Con LLC


Gen Con is the largest tabletop-game convention in North America by both attendance and number of events. It features traditional pen-and-paper, board, and card games, including role-playing games, miniatures wargames, live action role-playing games, collectible card games, and strategy games. Gen Con also features computer games. Attendees engage in a variety of tournament and interactive game sessions. In 2015, Gen Con had 61,423 unique attendees,[2] making it one of the largest conventions in North America.[citation needed]

Established in 1968 as a wargames convention by Gary Gygax, who later co-created Dungeons & Dragons, Gen Con was first held in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The convention's location moved between various sites in Wisconsin from 1972 to 1984 before becoming fixed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1985, where it remained until moving to its present location, Indianapolis, Indiana in 2003. Other Gen Con conventions have been held sporadically in various locations around the United States, as well as internationally.

In 1976, Gen Con became the property of TSR, Inc., the gaming company co-founded by Gygax. TSR (and Gen Con) were acquired by Wizards of the Coast in 1997, which was subsequently acquired by Hasbro. Hasbro then sold Gen Con to the former CEO of Wizards of the Coast, Peter Adkison, in 2002. Gen Con spent a short time under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, due to a lawsuit brought against them by Lucasfilm in 2008.[3][4] The organization emerged from bankruptcy protection a year later, while still holding its regularly scheduled events.

Great Depression

The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place during the 1930s. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late 1930s.[5] It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century.[6] In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.[7]

The depression originated in the United States, after a major fall in stock prices that began around September 4, 1929, and became worldwide news with the stock market crash of October 29, 1929 (known as Black Tuesday). Between 1929 and 1932, worldwide GDP fell by an estimated 15%. By comparison, worldwide GDP fell by less than 1% from 2008 to 2009 during the Great Recession.[8] Some economies started to recover by the mid-1930s. However, in many countries, the negative effects of the Great Depression lasted until the beginning of World War II.[9]

The Great Depression had devastating effects in countries both rich and poor. Personal income, tax revenue, profits and prices dropped, while international trade plunged by more than 50%. Unemployment in the U.S. rose to 25% and in some countries rose as high as 33%.[10]

Cities all around the world were hit hard, especially those dependent on heavy industry. Construction was virtually halted in many countries. Farming communities and rural areas suffered as crop prices fell by about 60%.[11][12][13] Facing plummeting demand with few alternative sources of jobs, areas dependent on primary sector industries such as mining and logging suffered the most.[14]

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  5. John A. Garraty, The Great Depression (1986)
  6. Charles Duhigg, "Depression, You Say? Check Those Safety Nets", The New York Times, March 23, 2008.
  7. Barry Eichengreen, Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, The Great Recession, and the Uses-and Misuses-of History (2014)
  8. Roger Lowenstein, "History Repeating," Wall Street Journal Jan 14, 2015
  9. Garraty, Great Depression (1986) ch1
  10. Frank, Robert H.; Bernanke, Ben S. (2007). Principles of Macroeconomics (3rd ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill/Irwin. p. 98. ISBN 0-07-319397-6. 
  11. "Commodity Data". US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  12. [[Willard Cochrane |Cochrane, Willard W.]] (1958). Farm Prices, Myth and Reality. p. 15. 
  13. "World Economic Survey 1932–33". [[wikipedia:League of Nations|]]: 43. 
  14. Mitchell, Depression Decade

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