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Gen Con 2016 Event Info

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about our events at Gen Con (register here!), so I’ve put together a schedule and FAQ to help answer some of those questions.

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Thursday, August 4:

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Friday, August 5:

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Saturday, August 6:

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Sunday, August 7:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the IELLO League from last year?

This year we were unable to have our own Organized Play room, so all of our events will be in the Event Hall at Gen Con. This means we couldn’t keep the IELLO League format that was so popular last year. We tried to keep the same idea with the Showcases, where every time you play a game, you get prizes just for playing (no winning required!). This time though, you’ll receive a Player Card when you sign up that has the logo of each game we have available to play in the Exhibit and Event Hall. Each time you play a game, we’ll stamp your card and give you a scratch-off ticket (instead of an envelope). The ticket will determine what prize you receive (from an assortment of promos, prints, and stuff); you can receive 4 of these tickets each day. We’ll also have special objectives for you to complete; you can complete one of these per day. We’ll keep track of how many stamps you get each day by having a different color for each day.

Can I use the Player Card for multiple Showcases?

Yes! You can bring the Player Card with you to both IELLO locations and get stamped.

Are the Showcases set up for demos or for full play-throughs of games?

During the Showcase, you can play as long as you’d like for the duration of the event. Volunteers will be there to teach and help with rules, but the Showcases are an organized space for you to play.

What prizes are available?

We have three Levels of prizes that you can earn from participating in the Showcases. Level 1 has an assortment of promos and prints from older games (Steam Park, Zombie 15′, Three Little Pigs, etc.). Level 2 has an assortment of promos from our most recent games (Happy Pigs, Big Book of Madness, Medieval Academy, etc.). Level 3, which you get by completing special objectives, has King of Tokyo characters, The Broken Token inserts, rare promos, signed artwork, and more!

What happens if I reach my 4 daily stamps?

You can continue playing games and get prints or buttons – your choice!

If you have more questions, please send an email to info@iellogames.com and we’ll add them to the FAQ! Looking forward to seeing you at Gen Con!

Heroes of Normandie Organized Play!

If you’ve ever played a game, you know it’s more fun with other people. That’s why hobby stores are so great. They bring people together who love games and connect them so they can play games together! That’s what Organized Play is all about. Over the last year, we have had a ton of requests to offer Organized Play for one of our most popular and extensive games, Heroes of Normandieheroes-of-normandie-d-day-200x200

The design studio for Heroes of Normandie, Devil Pig Games, has created a massive amount of great content that players can use to keep the game fresh and challenging every time they play. We’ve been working with them closely to develop a program that stores can use for larger groups to connect players who are passionate about Heroes of Normandie every week.

Whether you just want to learn how to play or you’ve already constructed a 500 point army tuned for tournaments, Organized Play will help you meet other fans and make sure you get a game in every week.

If you’re a Heroes of Normandie enthusiast, make sure you check out our store locator and encourage your local store to sign up for this new program.

If you’re a hobby store and you love supporting your community, check out our Organized Play page for everything you need to sign up and get started.

As always, if you have any questions, make sure to send them to organizedplay@iellogames.com

 

*This program is currently only available in North America. We’re always working on expanding our outreach. Check back soon for updates!

King of Tokyo/NY National Qualifier Invitations

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Hello everyone!

Time is going by fast, and we’re getting closer and closer to GenCon 2015! Just like last year, we will be hosting a King of Tokyo/King of New York National Qualifier Tournament during the convention. Since we now have King of New York in the mix, the tournament structure will be different from last year’s. The first few qualifying rounds will be played with King of Tokyo and then we will move on to King of New York for the final round before crowning an ultimate winner.

Everyone who won a KoT/KoNY tournament at their local store or convention will be invited to participate and will have the chance to be named the 2015 National King of the Universe Champion. If you have already won a tournament, CHECK HERE to make sure your name is on our list. If it’s not – contact your local game store and make sure they fill out their After Action Report! It’s how we keep track of our winners and their contact info.

If you haven’t won a tournament, but are excited about the chance to be invited, show your local game store this link and ask them to host a tournament! There’s still time!

Otherwise, we will contact all the winners a month before the event with additional, more precise information.

Of course, if you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to contact us at sara@iellogames.com or danni@iellogames.com for clarification and help!

 

Gen Con 2014 Tournaments

My name is Sara Erickson and I recently joined IELLO as the Retail Sales and Organized Play Manager. This means that I will be working directly with hobby stores to make sure they have everything they need to create an amazing experience for our fans. During my first week on the job, I traveled from my hometown in Bozeman, MT to Indianapolis, IN for the Best Four Days of Gaming, GenCon. It was incredible to spend these first few days of my new job meeting so many of our enthusiastic players.

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In just four days, we held 116 events with over 1400 entries.  We hosted a ton of “Learn to Play” events for our current games as well as tournaments for players who wanted a more competitive experience.  It seems that everyone loves King of Tokyo and were very eager to win a Space Penguin and secure a spot in our National Championship by winning one of our qualifying events over the weekend.  I was so impressed to see helpful players teaching newcomers how to play even in our competitive events. We are so thankful for our awesome community!

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While King of Tokyo tournaments were our biggest, we also held a variety of smaller events designed to give the players a more intimate experience learning a game. Our younger players really enjoyed learning Tales and Games Series including the Three Little Pigs, the Hare and the Tortoise, and Baba Yaga. These simple yet interesting games are each packed in a book-shaped box and have an endearing quality befitting the fairy tales they were based on.  Heroes of Normandie and Mythic Battles were hits with our more military minded fans. Shinobi WAT-AAH! drew a crowd for both of our scheduled events due to the beautiful artwork and unique game play.

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Along with our planned events, our rock-star demo team also ran demos on the fly at every open opportunity. We had three very busy copies of The King of New York, our latest edition to the King of Tokyo line.  After checking out the demo, our players seem to agree that this new version is similar to King of Tokyo but better in many ways.  If you didn’t get a chance to play it during the convention, make sure to watch The Dice Tower review.  Steam Park was also near the top of our most played game over the weekend. The three dimensional amusement park rides enjoyed by robot meeples is something that I, personally, love about this game. It’s beautiful, fast, and unique.  Players were rolling dice and building rides from the moment we opened the doors in the morning to the last call at night with our demo staff helping along the way.

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For players who planned ahead, we had a few spots every hour for either Giant King of Tokyo or Giant Zombie 15’.  These sold out events were a huge hit. The Giant King of Tokyo monsters have been traveling around the country for the past year and we were very happy to have them at Gencon. This was also the debut of our hand crafted Giant Zombie 15’ set that allowed fans to move their characters through a 3D city while listening to the booming soundtrack and narrowly escaping the horde of zombies… sometimes…

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The final event of the weekend was our King of Tokyo National Championship. Winners from conventions and hobby store events traveled long and far to join us for this epic event. After two single elimination rounds, we were down to just five very happy players in the finals. With a trophy and a copy of every game in the IELLO library on the line, the finalists were competitive but still incredibly friendly. Dice were rolled, monsters were destroyed, and eventually, David Hicks was crowned National Champion of King of Tokyo!

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To everyone who joined us at GenCon this year, thank you so much for your excitement and joy that you shared with our team. If you were not able to join us, we missed you! We look forward to seeing everyone next year!

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