What’s Happening at Gary Con XVI

 

Gary Con XVI, March 21-24, 2024

Check back here often as we populate the happenings at Gary Con XVI from The Pre-Con Party on Wednesday to the Dead Dog Volunteer Party Sunday Night. Details on events listed below the timeline in case you aren't sure what its all about.

 

Wednesday - Set Up Day

Badge Pick-Up at Con HQ—5:00pm-8:00pm

Special Guests (Guests of Honor, Industry Notables, Guest Artists), Diamond, Platinum, and Gold Badges begin at 4:00pm.

Pre-Con Welcome Party—7:00pm-???

The party ends when the pizza and beer run out in the Evergreen Hallway/Foyer.

 

Thursday - Sci-Fi Thursday

Wear your Sci-Fi costumes if you are so inclined.

Registration & Help Desk—8:00am-8:00pm

With extended support via GC Discord (https://discord.garycon.com).

Chainmail Jousting—8:00am-8:00pm

In the Legends of Wargaming Room.

Search for the Seal of Gaxx—9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-3:00pm

In the Grand Ballroom Foyer. More info available here! Events starting at the top of the hour, with a break at noon. Last event begins at 2:00pm (ends at 3:00pm).

Draw from the Deck of Gary Things!—9:30am

In the Forum Lobby. Test your luck against Luke Gygax to win prizes or an ignoble end.

Opening Ceremony—10:00am

In the Exhibit Hall Lobby (Forum Lobby) with Luke Gygax.

Diamond & Platinum Badge Preview of the Exhibit Hall—9:00am-10:00am

In the Forum.

Exhibit Hall Hours—10:00am-5:00pm

In the Forum.

Autograph Table—10:00am-5:00pm

In the Forum at Booth 101. More info available here!

Diamond Dinner—6:00pm-7:30pm

At the Chophouse exclusively for select Special Guests and Diamond Badge holders.

VIP Welcome Party—8:00pm-12:00am (midnight)

In the Evolve Nightclub. This is an exclusive party for Special Guests, Diamond, and Platinum Badge holders.

 

Friday - Fantasy Friday

Dress in fantasy costume if you are so inclined.

Registration & Help Desk—8:00am-8:00pm

With extended support via GC Discord (https://discord.garycon.com).

Chainmail Jousting—8:00am-8:00pm

In the Legends of Wargaming Room.

Search for the Seal of Gaxx—9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-6:00pm

In the Grand Ballroom Foyer. More info available here! Events starting at the top of the hour, with a break at noon. Last event begins at 5:00pm (ends at 6:00pm). Side quests available 10:00am-2:00pm.

Draw from the Deck of Gary Things!—9:30am

In the Forum Lobby. Test your luck against Luke Gygax to win prizes or an ignoble end.

Exhibit Hall Hours—10:00am-5:00pm

In the Forum.

Autograph Table—10:00am-5:00pm

In the Forum at Booth 101. More info available here!

Happy Hour—5:30pm-7:30pm

Free soda and beer with the associated Official Stadium Cup for Gary Con XVI.

 

Saturday - Hawaiian Shirt Day

Wear your Hawaiian Shirt the iconic con garb of choice for Gary Gygax.

Registration & Help Desk—8:00am-8:00pm

With extended support via GC Discord (https://discord.garycon.com).

Chainmail Jousting—8:00am-12:00pm (noon)

In the Legends of Wargaming Room.

Magic the Gathering Gunslinging with Peter Adkison—9:00am-1:00pm

In the Chalet Café.

Search for the Seal of Gaxx—9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-6:00pm

In the Grand Ballroom Foyer. More info available here! Events starting at the top of the hour, with a break at noon. Last event begins at 5:00pm (ends at 6:00pm). Side quests available 10:00am-2:00pm.

Draw from the Deck of Gary Things!—9:30am

In the Forum Lobby. Test your luck against Luke Gygax to win prizes or an ignoble end.

Autograph Table—10:00am-5:00pm

In the Forum at Booth 101. More info available here!

Exhibit Hall Hours—10:00am-5:00pm

In the Forum.

Gary Con 2nd Annual Cosplay Contest—12:00pm-2:00pm

In the Lobby Bar. More info available here! Fantasy and sci-fi cosplay entries are welcome. This year will include two categories: Novice and Masters. Gathering will begin at noon, but the contest will not officially begin until after pre-judging ends.

Gary Con Gary Adkison Memorial Magic the Gathering Tournament—1:00pm-???

In the Chalet Café.

Chainmail Jousting Elimination—1:00pm-6:00pm

In the Legends of Wargaming Room.

HAWAIIAN SHIRT PICTURE—2:00pm

In the Lobby. Any and all in a Hawaiian shirt are welcome!

E. Gary Gygax Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation—2:30pm

In the Main Lobby.

GC Charity Auction—3:00pm-6:00pm

In the Lobby. We welcome auction contribution(s) of rare and unique collectables at the Help Desk on Thursday and Friday.

Happy Hour—5:30pm-7:30pm

Free soda and beer with the associated Official Stadium Cup for Gary Con XVI.

Chainmail Jousting Championship—8:00pm

Attendee Champion challenges the Black Knight (Gygax Family).

Stefan's Metal 'til Midnight Party—10:00pm-12:00am (midnight)

In the Lobby Bar.

 

Sunday

Registration & Help Desk—8:00am-1:00pm

With extended support via GC Discord (https://discord.garycon.com). At 1:00pm, Staff and Volunteers will begin tear down of all GC equipment.

Geek Preacher Non-denominational Prayer Service—9:00am-10:00am

In Galewood C (tentatively).

Draw from the Deck of Gary Things!—9:30am

In the Forum Lobby. Test your luck against Luke Gygax to win prizes or an ignoble end.

Exhibit Hall—10:00am-2:00pm

Last call to get merch from our amazing vendors.

Gary Con XVI Ends—4:00pm

Finish up your games, bid farewell to your fellow adventurers, and get some rest.

Dead Dog Party—8:00pm

Pizza, drinks, and games for the hard working Volunteers, Staff, and Special Guests.