9 July 2019

What to Expect at Gen Con 2019

New releases, demos, and more at the best four days in gaming

T-Minus 4 weeks until Gen Con! It's almost time for thousands of gamers to descend on Indianapolis. We're doing our final prep work and getting ready. This year we'll be at booth 1629. Look for the giant aisle 1600 banner hanging from the ceiling and we'll be toward the middle of that aisle. You’ll find us there ready and eager to teach you all the new games.


We're super excited to be bringing the next game in the Choose Your Own Adventure game series to Gen Con! We had a lot of fun with the promo kit we handed out last year so we knew we had to bring another one. To stop the Evil Power Master, you'll need a few extra intergalactic items. 

Stop by the booth, take a Choose Your Own Adventure selfie with the banner or playing the demo, and post it to social media with #ChooseYourOwnAdventure and tag Z-Man Games. Show a Z-Man staff member and you’ll earn this year's promo kit. Then just snag a copy of the game and you’re ready for a night of adventure after the exhibit hall closes! We’ll have the promo kit while supplies last, so if you want one make sure to stop by early.

We're jumping into the pin game this year too! Our booth is an official stop for the Gen Con Pin Bazaar. All you have to do is demo Pandemic: Rapid Response and you'll get a free enamel pin. We'll have the pins the whole weekend while supplies last. 

We'll also have the designer of Pandemic: Rapid Response, Kane Klenko, at the booth to talk with fans and play the game with them!

Friday and Saturday from 3:30-5:00pm we'll have a special guest at the booth. Make sure to stop by for your chance to play Hadara with Moritz Brunnhofer, the head of Hans im Glück! He'll be around to talk about the development, give strategic tips, and play the game with fans.


New Releases

It's been an exciting year at Z-Man. We have a real-time game, a quick card game, a light civilization building game, a beautiful abstract, and more! We can't wait for you to try them all out at Gen Con. Here are some of the new releases you can play at the con:

Pandemic: Rapid Response

Disaster has struck and cities around the world are in desperate need of supplies. With a specially equipped plane, you and your team are uniquely capable of providing life-saving aid—anytime, anywhere. In this standalone Pandemic game, you must race against the clock to roll dice to create supplies, fly the plane, and make deliveries to cities in need. Can you save humanity in time?

MSRP for Pandemic: Rapid Response is $39.99. We'll have a limited number of copies of this one available at the convention so if it's on your list to grab, make sure to stop by early!

Choose Your Own Adventure: War with the Evil Power Master

A powerful villain? Check. Inexplicable destruction? Check. A plucky young team of heroes trying to save the galaxy? Check! Explore a brand new cooperative narrative adventure with the next entry in the Choose Your Own Adventure game series. Lead the Rapid Force Crew to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, collect items, complete challenges, and stop the Evil Power Master from doing his evil thing!

MSRP for Choose Your Own Adventure: War with the Evil Power Master is $24.99.

Love Letter

The Princess is looking for an ideal partner and confidant to help with her royal duties when she one day assumes the throne. You must prove your worth and compete to deliver your letter of intent by enlisting allies, friends, and family of the Princess in this quick card game of risk and deduction. Can you earn the trust of the noble Princess?

MSRP for Love Letter is $11.99 and this new edition can play up to 6 players!


It’s your chance to make history and build the most glorious empire! With an innovative card selection system, you must strategically recruit skilled artisans, philosophers, warriors, and architects who will bring their genius to aid you in your endeavors. Choose the best allies to build your civilization’s strength and prestige and create a legacy for the ages.

MSRP for Hadara is $59.99.


On the warmest nights of the year, the quiet waters of the Cerulean Pools fill with shimmering lights as the dormant noctiluca awaken. Only the most skilled divers can catch these glowing creatures. Choose your path through the water strategically to collect the noctiluca and fill different jar arrangements to accommodate the needs of the healers, who will gratefully reward your efforts.

MSRP for Noctiluca is $34.99.

Pandemic: Fall of Rome

Travel back in history to the world’s greatest empire: Rome. Decades of corruption and unrest have left the borders open to invasion from barbarian tribes. Now citizens, soldiers, and allies must unite to protect the Empire. Raise armies, defend your cities, forge alliances, and face off against the invading hordes in battle. Can you stop the fall of Rome?

MSRP for Pandemic: Fall of Rome is $49.99.


We'll be running the US National Championships for Pandemic Survival and Carcassonne in the Event Hall! Curious how a competitive format works for these games? Come by and watch the tournament. We'll be running the Pandemic Survival Semi-Finals on Friday. If you're a tile-laying master make sure to sign up for the Carcassonne tournament or stop by before the first event on Friday at 4:00pm. We can accept last minute generic tickets if there are still open spots!