Renegade's Gen Con Recap!

Gen Con is always an incredible spectacle. It's amazing to see so many people in one place that share our passion for games. With about 61K attendees, it's by far the biggest event that we go to each year with a booth, staff and games to sell. It's also one of the most important events not only because it kicks off the holiday season, but also because it gives us a chance to catch up with all our fans, friends, and colleagues in the industry.

This year was especially awesome and we wanted to share our experience you! 

Day 1: Set up


We arrived in Indy late Tuesday night and by Wednesday morning we were all awake and ready to work! We found our booth all our pallets of brand new games.  Although we'd been working on them for almost a year, we'd never seen production copies of many of our newest titles. It was like the holidays came early! After joyfully ripping open boxes, we remembered that we actually had a booth to put together and decided to dig in. 

After many hours of incredibly hard work, our booth staff had created a beautiful booth ready for all our visitors the next day. I'm always so impressed by how quickly it all comes together but we certainly couldn't do it without everyone on our amazing team.  

Wednesday evening, we also had a few pre-Gen Con events to attend. Half the team when to the Trade Day demos to show off our new games to retailers, teachers, and librarians from all over the world, while Scott and Sara went to the annual Diana Jones Awards. We were so happy to see Eric Lang proclaimed as the well deserved winner this year. 

Day 2: Sold Out!

When the hall doors opened at 9:00 am, only a few members of the press and the VIGs were allowed to enter. We quickly began selling our hot new titles including Clank, Covert, Lotus, and Dicey Goblins. We were busy but under control when we realized that it was 9:55am and the door to the whole crowd were about to swing open. After that, we were basically crushed by people for the next 4 days. It was awesome!

Kane Klenko, (Designer of FUSE and Covert) was a huge help demoing Covert to loving fans.  He's so talented, a great teacher, and incredibly humble. Also, he's a pretty darn good spy. 

We were also joined by the cutest couple in gaming, Jordan and Mandy. Together, they designed Lotus, which sold out in the first few hours on the first day. 

Another great surprise on Thursday was the instant success of Clank! We co-published Clank! with Dire Wolf Digital. They ran the demos at their booth while we sold copies at ours. Our entire stock disappeared before the end of the day as practically everyone who played the demo walked straight over to pick up a copy.

Dire Wolf was also showing off the digital version of Lanterns: the Harvest Festival that will release later this year to iOS and Android. Fans loved getting a first look at the very polished beta!

When the hall doors closed, we quickly packed up to move on to join the Nerd Nighters at their annual charity event for the Pour House. They had a fantastic auction and hosted an all night live stream for the fans at home. Sara was invited to join in and got to chat about Covert with some of the BGG / Nerd Night team.  These guys were so much fun and it was great to meet Tiffany in person! It was also a joy to see Andrew (ACE) from the BGG team and hear that he'd been teaching Covert in the BGG Hotness room all day (more on this later!).

Day 3 - One Big Happy Family!

Friday was a blur as we demoed a ton of games and quickly sold out of our last few remaining copies of Covert. We were also joined by a few more incredible designers including Steve Ellis (Dicey Goblins), Christopher Chung (Lanterns: The Harvest Festival), and J. Alex Kevern (World's Fair 1893). the devoted so much time to connecting with fans and demoing games. It was so fun to see peoples eyes light up as they asked for signatures from these incredible designers. 

Steve Ellis (left) with a copy of Dicey Goblins, hot off the press!

J. Alex Kevern (left) chatting with some fellow designers and fans. 

Christopher Chung (left) carefully considering his next move during a demo of Lanterns.

 After a long day at the con, it was time to meet up with some great friends in the evening. The entire GeekDad crew invited us to join them for appetizers at a quite a relaxing event to show off some of our games. They did a great write up about it here.  We were so honored to be invited and had a delightful time with their crew. 

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After spending some time playing games and chatting, we headed off to one of our favorite annual traditions of the Con, our Designer's Dinner. Each year, we gather all the designers who have worked on Renegade games, and invite them to a casual dinner. It's a great way for the designers to network, hatch new ideas, and for us to say "Thank You" for all their hard work. We were overwhelmed by the amount of talent at one table!

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Day 4 - Saturday Super Fans!

While we thought all the previous days had been busy at the hall, we had no idea what we were in for on Saturday. It was impossible to move around the booth without squeezing between a loyal fan, a glowing designer, or hard working staff member. In the afternoon, we did a few fun giveaways. Kane Klenko had designed a scavenger hunt for attendees. Each collected clue, granted them a chance to win a free copy of Covert. The clues were tough but we still had a whole spy hat full of entries by Saturday! The winner was beaming with delight!

Jordan and Mandy also spent the weekend handing out Seed Packets for their upcoming game, Lotus. The packets reminded players to plant the seeds so that when the flowers bloomed, it would be a good reminder to check their local store for a copy of Lotus! Fans were also encouraged to share their love for Lotus on social media for a chance to win a free copy. 

After drawing a winning name, we spent a few minutes chatting with the couple that won. They mentioned that every year since they got married, they pick a game on their anniversary and write the date inside as a reminder. It just happened to be their anniversary and this was the perfect game for the day! The winners were meant to be!

Saturday evening we finally had a chance to stop by the BGG Hotness room where copies of all the newest games were available for Gen Con attendees to scope out and play. We were told that many of our games were popular there but we had no idea how hot they were. When we walked in, many of our games were out and being enjoyed. We even had a group ask us a question about FUSE only to realize that Kane (the designer), was ready to jump in and answer. It was wonderful to see players enjoying our games even outside of our booth!

Day 5: Humbling Experience

On Sunday morning, we realized that several of our games were really gaining steam on the BGG Geek Buzz list. We had been demoing and selling games all weekend to fans and they were loving them! We had so many votes for so many of our games that we started hearing attendees walking up to the booth saying "I saw these games on the list, will you teach me before I vote?." It was a humbling experience to realize that our games were affecting so many people. Even at a huge event like Gen Con, our little tiny booth was a destination. Our hard work was paying off! 

By the time the hall closed, we were honored with 2 of our games in the top 5 and 5 of our games in the top 25 on the Geek Buzz list. 

We had a great Gen Con and could not have done it without our amazing staff. Sunday evening we all went out to our traditional Brazilian BBQ to indulge in some well deserve meat on a stick. These men and women travel to exciting events and spend the whole time demoing our games instead of running around the exhibit hall. We are so incredibly grateful for their time and effort. We couldn't do it without you guys!

Thank you all who joined us at the booth, read about our adventures online, participated in GenCan't, and love our games! Until next year, have fun!

Renegade's Origins Recap!

Hey there Renegade fans!

So we just returned from Columbus, Ohio where we once again exhibited at the Origins Game Fair. If you have never been to Origins, I highly recommend it. All the major publishers are there and there is lots of gaming going on.  Columbus itself is awesome! The downtown area has lots of great restaurants such as Melt (the best grill cheese you will ever have) and Jenni's ice cream (I dare you to try and just go once!)

The Renegade crew arrived Tuesday night and had an early morning Wednesday to get the booth set up and ready for Thursday.

Sara took a break from set-up to go and show Brick Party to Zee!

I don't know what Sara did here but Zee looks like she got the best of him. Sorry Zee!

I don't know what Sara did here but Zee looks like she got the best of him. Sorry Zee!

We finally got the booth all set up and it looked pretty good.

We were showing off some art from upcoming games; Covert, Dicey Goblins, which are previewing at Gen Con along with Lotus and Clank! The booth was really hopping all four days. We were busy demoing Fuse, Brick Party (releasing in July), World's Fair 1893, Apotheca, Lanterns, Kitty Paw, Gravwell, and more!

We were also promoting Lotus by Jordan & Mandy and had a pretty cool promotional item to giveaway. If you got one of these packets of wildflower seeds and plant them when you get home you will have some lovely flowers to put on your game table just in time for the release of Lotus!

Jordan & Mandy with their wildflower packets to promote the upcoming game Lotus! Over 900 people got some flowers to plant.

Jordan & Mandy with their wildflower packets to promote the upcoming game Lotus! Over 900 people got some flowers to plant.

Kitty also took home a flower packet along with some other game promos we were giving out on the Renegade booth!

Saturday night it was time to attend the Origins Awards.  Fuse was nominated in the Family Game Category.  It was up against Codenames so let's just say it was an honor to be nominated. :)

Codenames did go on to win Game of the Year as well so if you're going to lose to someone it might as well be the game of the year! Congrats to the entire team at Czech Game Editions! They even invited us to sit at their table and bought us drinks! Those folks are definitely a class act!

After a busy Sunday it was time to pack up the booth!

The worst part!

The worst part!

Then it was off to dinner with our staff. Our tradition has become Brazilian BBQ with pig and pineapple being the key motivating factor! 

The best part!

The best part!

That about wraps it up. Renegade had a great Origins and we can't wait to go back next year. If you missed us at Origins, be sure to stop by and visit us at Gen Con. We are in booth #2304 very close to the Family Fun area.

Until next time!


Okay, one more thing. On Monday we had some time to kill before flights and Sara suggested we go to COSI (Center for Science & Industry). This place was awesome and had an exhibit on games! We weren't allowed to take any pictures in the game area but here's a pic of Zee Garcia from The Dice Tower and A GIANT LIZARD!


PS - I really hope Zee doesn't have any pics of me playing DDR.

PS - I really hope Zee doesn't have any pics of me playing DDR.

Renegade Goes to Hollywood

Last year Renegade and Foxtrot got some good news when Wil Wheaton announced that Lanterns: The Harvest Festival was the first game he had chosen for the new season of Table Top. He did this on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel while playing Lanterns with the hosts of Game The Game.  Needless to say we were all pretty excited.

Click the pic to learn more about Game the Game!

Click the pic to learn more about Game the Game!


We love Table Top and all that it has done for our industry. We're big believers in bringing new people into this wonderful hobby of gaming, so being on that show was the perfect fit.  We eagerly waited for more information on what to do next. Eventually the fine folks at Geek & Sundry got in touch and told us we needed to send a representative to the studio to be present on the day they were going to film our episode.

After I picked myself up off the floor we worked through the schedule and locked down a date. I was told that I would receive a "call time" the day before our day and should expect to be on set most of the day. My plan was to drive up to Burbank from San Diego the day before so I would be ready to go first thing in the morning.

Finally the day came and it was time to pack up and go. It was just going to be me and Lanterns on this little adventure, at least until we got to the studio the next day.

Lanterns all packed and ready for a road trip!

Lanterns all packed and ready for a road trip!

I packed my bag and we hit the road. It was a pretty uneventful drive and we got into Burbank around 10pm. We went straight to the hotel to get a good night sleep.

Lanterns all tucked in and ready for the big day!

Lanterns all tucked in and ready for the big day!

We had received our call time and instructions the day before and had to report to the sound stage at 9am. We got up early to make sure we had plenty of time to get ready.

Lanterns getting all clean and shiny!

Lanterns getting all clean and shiny!

When we arrived at the studio we had a spot reserved for us, parked and made our way inside. There was a spread of breakfast food out and people were rushing around getting ready for the shoot. Eventually Wil and the guest started to arrive. Everyone grabbed a bite to eat and chatted for a while. Then it was time for make-up and to get ready

It's really interesting to see how everything is done and it wasn't too long until it was time to get started. My role was to watch the game and be available if there were any questions about the rules.

Here's what my view looked like throughout most of the day...

Everyone is taking a little break between all the action.

Everyone is taking a little break between all the action.

I don't want to spoil the episode for you and all that I will say is that it was awesome. It was hard not to laugh out loud (which would have made the sound person not like me very much) the whole time.  The game was fun to watch and everyone had a great time playing.

Overall it was a fantastic experience and the Table Top crew is top notch. Be sure to keep an eye on the Geek & Sundry site to find out when Table Top Season 4 begins!

I'll leave you with one last shot...

Lanterns will never wash that corner of his box again.

Lanterns will never wash that corner of his box again.

Until next time!