Department of Fun: 2016!

ICC Room 144 at GenCon 2016 -- Open All Weekend! [Booth: 549 in Expo Hall]

Gen Con is full of two things: Gamers and games. And we're doing the difficult work of bringing the two together! We have acquired ownership of room 144 (across from the Expo hall) for this task. We're always looking for more Fun volunteers, and we've got hotel (attached!) and badges available for people who work more than 20 hours over the weekend. If you're interested, contact chris@asmadigames.com!

Our event room is carpeted, has nearby water, is not anyplace near as loud as the Expo Hall, and is full of our excellent demo staff. It is a fun and calm environment, so you should join us for fun gaming adventures.

You should come demo games for us!

Below is a list of the events we'll be running, with helpful links to the event in the Gen Con system if you want to sign up, and how full each event is. Click on the date/time to go to the event on the GenCon website (will open in a new tab). Event registration begins on May 15th, and some events fill up fast!

Event Listing

1001 Odysseys: Special Preview ($2, 2.0 Hours)

Join humanity in exploring a new sector of the galaxy, full of fascinating aliens. A co-op space adventure, with a narrative story arc spanning many sessions. Try the 1st missions here!

1001 Odysseys is one of Asmadi Games upcoming titles for 2017 -- a multi-game co-op narrative adventure. Humanity has reached the stars, and their first foray into the great unknown places them in a sector of the galaxy full of fascinatingly weird aliens. Every time you play, you'll complete missions that advance the storyline and continue your exploration of the planets, characters, and locations that form the Odysseys universe. Completing the entire season will take around 10-15 sessions. In this special preview, we'll show you the introductory quest, and some of the first set of missions that follow. Odysseys will be on Kickstarter later in 2016. If you joined us in 2015, come see how the game has evolved and grown since its alpha version debut!

Thursday, 1 PM [8/8] (FULL)
Thursday, 3 PM [8/8] (FULL)
Thursday, 5 PM [7/8]
Thursday, 7 PM [3/4]
Thursday, 11 AM [4/4] (FULL)
Friday, 1 PM [8/8] (FULL)
Friday, 3 PM [8/8] (FULL)
Friday, 5 PM [8/8] (FULL)
Friday, 7 PM [4/4] (FULL)
Friday, 11 AM [4/4] (FULL)
Saturday, 1 PM [8/8] (FULL)
Saturday, 3 PM [7/8]
Saturday, 5 PM [8/8] (FULL)
Saturday, 7 PM [4/4] (FULL)
Saturday, 11 AM [3/4]
Sunday, 10 AM [4/4] (FULL)
Sunday, 12 PM [4/4] (FULL)

Asmadi & Friends New Games Sneak Peek ($2, 2.0 Hours)

Come play up-&-coming games by us & our friends! We'll provide a special sneak-peek of some prototype games for you to try out. Maybe you'll see the next Red7 before anyone else!

Thursday, 6 PM [16/16] (FULL)
Friday, 6 PM [15/16]
Saturday, 6 PM [15/16]

Conpocalypse ($4, 0.5 Hours)

Gen Con is ending! Come play some last-minute games with us we'll be giving away all our demo copies from the weekend!

Sunday, 1 PM [24/24] (FULL)

Equinox: Learn to Play ($2, 1.0 Hours)

A 2 player tile game pitting light against dark. Abstract strategy with simple rules but clever strategic choices.

Thursday, 5 PM [4/6]
Friday, 11 AM [5/6]
Saturday, 5 PM [6/6] (FULL)

Heat: Learn to Play ($2, 1.0 Hours)

Heist your way to victory: Steal everything, but don't collect too much heat! It's gonna take a lot of cash to buy your way out of trouble if you do.

Thursday, 4 PM [5/5] (FULL)
Friday, 10 AM [4/5]
Saturday, 4 PM [5/5] (FULL)

Innovation Artifacts of History: Special Preview ($2, 2.0 Hours)

This expansion adds powerful Artifact cards. Their effects can have big impacts on your civilization, so use them wisely!

Artifacts of History is the fourth expansion for Innovation, releasing as part of the Innovation Deluxe box set in summer 2016.

Thursday, 3 PM [3/4]
Thursday, 5 PM [4/4] (FULL)
Friday, 3 PM [2/4]
Friday, 5 PM [4/4] (FULL)
Saturday, 3 PM [3/4]
Saturday, 5 PM [4/4] (FULL)

Innovation Cities of Destiny: Special Preview ($2, 2.0 Hours)

This expansion adds City cards. Use them for special Endorse actions & to generate splays, gain bonus achievements, & more!

Cities of Destiny is the third expansion for Innovation, releasing as part of the Innovation Deluxe box set in the summer of 2016.

Thursday, 1 PM [2/4]
Thursday, 11 AM [2/4]
Friday, 1 PM [0/4]
Friday, 11 AM [4/4] (FULL)
Saturday, 1 PM [3/4]
Saturday, 11 AM [4/4] (FULL)
Sunday, 11 AM [4/4] (FULL)

Innovation: Learn to Play ($2, 2.0 Hours)

A game journey through the inventions, ideas, & innovations of humanity. Try the brand new 3rd edition of the 2010 BoardGameGeek Card Game of the Year.

Innovation's new Third Edition comes in a more compact box, and has a number of balance changes and updates from earlier versions. In addition, it has a fresh new graphical design upgrade, with a latticework that connects splayed cards. If you haven't learned the game, we will be teaching it at the beginning of the session. Players will be split into 2 or 3 player games, and there should be enough time you to play more than once.

Thursday, 2 PM [3/6]
Thursday, 4 PM [1/6]
Thursday, 6 PM [5/6]
Thursday, 10 AM [3/6]
Thursday, 12 PM [4/6]
Friday, 2 PM [5/6]
Friday, 4 PM [6/6] (FULL)
Friday, 6 PM [4/6]
Friday, 10 AM [2/6]
Friday, 12 PM [3/6]
Saturday, 2 PM [2/6]
Saturday, 4 PM [2/6]
Saturday, 6 PM [4/6]
Saturday, 10 AM [6/6] (FULL)
Saturday, 12 PM [6/6] (FULL)
Sunday, 10 AM [3/6]
Sunday, 12 PM [3/6]

Iron Game Designer ($8, 2.5 Hours)

Can YOU design a game in an hour? We provide the pieces, players, & secret ingredient. Teams of 4 make the best game they can.

We have assembled enough identical game parts kits for all the teams in the event, with some special and awesome surprises inside. For the first part of the event, teams will create a brand new game out of all the compoents within, with some thematic direction from the special ingredients. After that, each team will present their new game idea to the rest of the group in 3 minute pitches, possibly showing off some of the gameplay. The room will stay open after for people to hang around, discuss their games, and try out the other prototypes!

Saturday, 8 PM [47/48]

Mottainai: Learn to Play ($2, 2.0 Hours)

The spiritual successor to Glory to Rome, by Carl Chudyk. Craft works from various materials to sell, display, or use their special powers!

Thursday, 2 PM [4/8]
Thursday, 12 PM [0/8]
Friday, 2 PM [0/8]
Friday, 12 PM [4/8]
Saturday, 2 PM [1/8]
Saturday, 12 PM [4/8]

One Deck Dungeon: Learn to Play ($2, 2.0 Hours)

A solo or co-op dungeon delve inspired by roguelike games. Descend as deep as you can - maybe even make it to the boss! Event starts with Dungeon School, where we will teach you how to play.

One Deck Dungeon is a 1-2 player roguelike dungeon delve using just cards and dice. A game only takes 20-45 minutes, so we'll let you try a couple times during the event. Before starting, we'll bring everyone over to Dungeon School to teach you all how to play. Choose between four heroes, and four different dungeons (each with its own boss) to conquer. Each card in the deck represents both an encounter (a combat, or a peril) and its potential loot -- an item, skill, or XP. Each piece of loot will give you more dice to roll, and more skills that use them for interesting effects. One Deck Dungeon is easy to learn, and great fun.

Thursday, 1 PM [7/12]
Thursday, 2 PM [8/12]
Thursday, 3 PM [12/12] (FULL)
Thursday, 4 PM [10/12]
Thursday, 5 PM [12/12] (FULL)
Thursday, 6 PM [10/12]
Thursday, 10 AM [12/12] (FULL)
Thursday, 11 AM [7/12]
Thursday, 12 PM [5/12]
Friday, 1 PM [9/12]
Friday, 2 PM [11/12]
Friday, 3 PM [4/12]
Friday, 4 PM [12/12] (FULL)
Friday, 5 PM [11/12]
Friday, 6 PM [11/12]
Friday, 10 AM [12/12] (FULL)
Friday, 11 AM [6/12]
Friday, 12 PM [7/12]
Saturday, 1 PM [12/12] (FULL)
Saturday, 2 PM [12/12] (FULL)
Saturday, 3 PM [12/12] (FULL)
Saturday, 4 PM [12/12] (FULL)
Saturday, 5 PM [12/12] (FULL)
Saturday, 6 PM [10/12]
Saturday, 10 AM [12/12] (FULL)
Saturday, 11 AM [12/12] (FULL)
Saturday, 12 PM [10/12]
Sunday, 10 AM [10/12]
Sunday, 11 AM [2/12]

Penny Press: Learn to Play ($2, 1.0 Hours)

Hop back in time to the turn of the (last!) century for a game about 1900's newspaper printing. Get the scoop before your rivals!

Thursday, 10 AM [1/5]
Thursday, 11 AM [5/5] (FULL)
Friday, 4 PM [5/5] (FULL)
Friday, 5 PM [3/5]
Saturday, 10 AM [3/5]
Saturday, 11 AM [5/5] (FULL)
Sunday, 10 AM [5/5] (FULL)
Sunday, 11 AM [5/5] (FULL)

Phoenix Syndicate: Learn to Play ($2, 2.0 Hours)

A 3X (no combat) game where you spread your syndicate's influence across the galaxy. Place agents on worlds, infiltrate guilds, & acquire resources that allow you to connect from world to world.

Whispers across the galaxy speak of the Phoenix Syndicate, a criminal organization with eyes and ears everywhere... even in the government offices on the most remote outpost worlds. But unchecked greed has caused the old order to lose its fire, and what once was a powerful network has crumbled under its own weight. It is time for a new organization to rise from the ashes of the old, making a tidy profit along the way. If you scheme well enough and build a network that spans the galaxy, perhaps your fledgeling syndicate will soon bear the name Phoenix. Phoenix Syndicate is a 2-5 player game of networking, resource management, and action selection.

Thursday, 1 PM [5/5] (FULL)
Thursday, 3 PM [5/5] (FULL)
Thursday, 5 PM [5/5] (FULL)
Thursday, 11 AM [3/5]
Friday, 1 PM [5/5] (FULL)
Friday, 3 PM [2/5]
Friday, 5 PM [2/5]
Friday, 11 AM [3/5]
Saturday, 1 PM [5/5] (FULL)
Saturday, 3 PM [4/5]
Saturday, 5 PM [3/5]
Saturday, 11 AM [5/5] (FULL)
Sunday, 10 AM [5/5] (FULL)

Red7 Adventure Quest ($4, 2.0 Hours)

A special multi-table adventure using Red7 cards. Use the rainbow of colors and numbers to save the world! Or at least make it more colorful.

As part of our Night Events program, we have devised a series of achievements and adventures using Red7 as its core mechanic. Some are co-operative, others competitive amongst players! Expect to be shuffled around between games, and to have a lot of fun. At the start of the event, we'll spend a few minutes teaching Red7 to any newcomers, or refreshing those who have played it and forgot the rules.

Friday, 8 PM [14/48]

Roll for Initiative: Your Morning Fortune ($0, 0.5 Hours)

Get your daily fortune from the Department of Fun! A d20 roll will determine your potentially hilarious fate. Only takes a minute.

Thursday, 10 AM [59/60]
Friday, 10 AM [58/60]
Saturday, 10 AM [56/60]
Sunday, 10 AM [56/60]

The Ridiculympics ($6, 2.0 Hours)

A legendary tournament full of our silliest games. We Didn't Playtest, FlowerFall, Win Lose or Banana, & more! Fun is mandatory. Meow!

Expect random! The Ridiculympics will involve any number of exciting mental, physical, and supernatural challenges, all of which are designed for optimal silly value. Run by the illustrious Grand Banana Kat, you will be send on group quests and competitive adventures, all culminating in a ...well, let's not give it away.

Thursday, 8 PM [32/32] (FULL)

Trade Empires: Special Preview ($4, 4.0 Hours)

An epic trade & negotiation game. You each control a very unique alien race with different needs, exports, & abilities. Cooperate & compete to develop technologies & score prestige!

Trade Empires, likely arriving in 2017, is a game that has been in development for the past several years. It is a singularly unique trading and negotiation game for 4-9 players, lasting two to three hours including explanation. This is the first time the game has been available to play at a public convention! Over the course of the game, each race must trade and negotiate with the rest to acquire the resource cubes necessary to fund their economy and allow it to produce goods for the next turn. Scheming, dealing, and mutually beneficial agreements are key to success. While technically a competitive game, Trade Empires has a uniquely cooperative feel during the trading phase, as no race has the ability to thrive on their own. Trade well, and you'll develop technologies and colonize planets to form a civilization that is the envy of the galaxy.

Thursday, 2 PM [6/6] (FULL)
Thursday, 6 PM [6/6] (FULL)
Thursday, 10 AM [6/6] (FULL)
Friday, 2 PM [6/6] (FULL)
Friday, 6 PM [6/6] (FULL)
Friday, 10 AM [6/6] (FULL)
Saturday, 2 PM [6/6] (FULL)
Saturday, 6 PM [6/6] (FULL)
Saturday, 10 AM [6/6] (FULL)
Sunday, 10 AM [6/6] (FULL)