Gen Con 2016, which will be held from August 4-7, is almost upon us. Spartan Games as well as community members will be at the show to play and teach Firestorm Armada, Halo Fleet Battles, and Halo Ground Command which will make its US debut.
First up, community member Toxic_Rat will host Operation: August Hammer, a non-tournament event that will go down on the Thursday evening. You’ll need a 1200pt fleet, about four spare hours, and a ticket which costs $8. The online info pack is available if you’d like to check it out, and you can discuss the event on the Spartan Forums.
Staying with the community, SupraDoug has organised a casual Halo Fleet Battles event on the Sunday morning, starting at 8am. You’ll be able to learn the game as well as play some casual games. A limited number of small fleets will be provided for anyone who doesn’t have one (or can’t bring theirs) and a ticket will cost you only $4. Have a chat about the event over on the Spartan forums.
On the official side of things, Spartan Games will run three “Learn To Play” events at the show, on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings starting at 8pm. The Thursday and Saturday sessions will feature Halo Ground Command, while the Friday session will teach you how to play Halo Fleet Battles. The sessions will cost $2 each, and everyone (with an event ticket!) who shows up will walk away with a cool Halo diorama.
Spartan will also, of course, have a booth at the show, and has posted a blog post with details of what you can expect to see there.
If you’ll be at this year’s Gen Con, be sure to take plenty of photos and video and share them widely. Many of us, myself included, will want to see what this year’s shenanigans looked like!