How To Find Events
The information below is intended to help you navigate how to find events through the Gen Con system.
The Event Finder is the way to search for events online whether you are using a computer, a smart phone, or a tablet.
However you search for events, remember that events are being added continually to the event list. If you only download the event list when it first comes out, you will miss out on some great events!
Searching the Event Finder
The Event Finder is designed for more efficient access to events. When you first open the Event Finder page you will notice three ways in which to search for events being hosted at Gen Con.
Search for Keywords or by Event ID Field - Enter keywords to search event titles and their descriptions. You can use quotes around the particular word or phrase to narrow your search. Results are displayed automatically. To remove the search term, highlight the field and click delete on your keyboard. Use this field to search for specific Game IDs as well.
Filter Search Button - There are five filters in which to narrow your search criteria. Some of the filters are self-explanitory, here is what to expect with the others ...
Category - Displays events grouped by event type e.g. Board Games or Role Playing Games
Game - Displays events by type of game systems, e.g. Codenames, Dungeons & Dragons
Host - Displays events based on the host or company hosting, e.g. Paizo, The Doubleclicks
You can click multiple options within a given filter or hone in on just one. The filters you have selected will appear on the Event Finder page along with the results, to remove the filter(s) merely click on it.
Search Options - Clicking on the Search Options button displays more advanced filters for viewing events. Deselect any criteria which you would not like to be displayed and click "Submit," e.g. deselecting "Have Sold Out" will remove any sold-out events from your search results.
Combine keyword search results with the "Search Options" to filter the displayed results. Combine "Search Options" with "Filters" and "keyword search" to target events you are most interested in.
Any feedback regarding Event Finder functionality should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also ask questions about events, or report issues with specific event listings, on the Gen Con Forums.
Using Your Wish List
When the Event Catalog becomes public, you can begin building your Wish Lists when signed in to gencon.com. Creating a Wish List is a good way to start planning and building your onsite schedule of events. When you find events you want, click the "Add selected tickets to your Wish List" button. Load up your Wish List with your favorite events found through exploring the event offerings. Prioritize your list by assigning a low number to those events that are most important to you.
When Event Registration opens in May, you can submit your Wish List at noon (Eastern), the system will process your requests in the order received. After your Wish List is processed, your tickets will appear in your cart and you will need to check out to secure them. Tickets will be bundled with your badge in your packet, which will be shipped to you or available at Will Call, based on your chosen fulfillment method.
Here is a video for more information on how to implement your Wish List. This video was filmed using a different search interface, but the information on creating your wish list is valid regardless of the search tool.
Downloading the Event Catalog
You will be able to download the current complete catalog, as well as a list of Premier and Interesting events when links become available.
Links to download the event catalog:
- Event Catalog (zip)
- Event Catalog (xlsx)
- Premier & Interesting Events (zip)
- Premier & Interesting Events (xlsx)
These links will be updated every 6 hours.
A complete list of downloadable files will also be available on the Gen Con Forums.
Occasionally, third parties also offer alternate means to search for events; we will post relevant links here, should we have them.