IU plays role at Gen Con 2013 with new quest game
Only college to be invited to convention
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INDIANAPOLIS - From vampires to wizards, board games and role-playing, it’s chic to be geek at Gen Con 2013. The annual event starts Thursday in downtown Indianapolis and will last through the weekend.
The people who wait patiently to get into the exhibit hall are from every state and overseas, and as different as they are, they share a commonality.
"This is 35,000 plus people that want to sit across a table, have a great experience and interact," Crash Games Founder Patrick Nickell said.
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Gen Con is the grandfather of role-playing, gaming, collecting and costuming.
It is the original, longest-running, best-attended gaming convention in the world.
For five professors and 40 students from Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing, Gen Con is the proving ground for "Return of Aetheria,” their new multi-platform quest game.
They were the only college invited to the convention.
“We could do all of this stuff and nobody shows up. But at the end of the day, I can say that my students did a darn good job. They've got stuff for their portfolios, and even if nobody plays it, we may play it ourselves," Professor Mathew Powers said.
Visitors to the convention are expected to spend while they play, pumping nearly $40 million into the economy over four days, and an unknown amount of the latest games.
”Return of Aetheria” might eventually be one for the thousands of people who speak in a code that few understand, but nearly all can appreciate.
A record 50,000 people were expected to attend Gen Con 2013.
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