27 July 2018

What to Expect at Gen Con 2018

New releases, promotions, and demos galore at the Z-Man Games booth

Gen Con is right around the corner! We’re counting down the days and can’t wait to see everyone in Indianapolis. We know Gen Con is a whirlwind of games and events, so we want to help you plan ahead. We've been working day and night to make this Gen Con a great one so read on for the exciting things we have planned this year.

In order to demo our games, you have to find us, of course. We’ll be at booth 1429. For Gen Con first timers, the exhibit hall will have giant banners with numbers hanging from the ceiling. Find aisle 1400 and walk down toward the middle of that aisle. You’ll find us there ready and eager to teach you all the new games.

New Releases

We’ve been working on a bunch of exciting titles at the Z-Man office and Gen Con is the perfect time to show them off. Our booth will be packed with demos for you to try. Here are some of the new releases you can play:


The age of dinosaurs is back! Select crowd-pleasing features to build in your dinosaur zoo and race against the clock to quickly construct your zoo’s layout in this real-time card game. Complete dinosaur enclosures, connect monorails, and maintain your attractions to score points.

Grab your friends and stop by our booth to experience a special dinosaur-sized demo of Mesozooic!

MSRP for Mesozooic is $19.99.

Choose Your Own Adventure

The classic Choose Your Own Adventure series comes to life in a new narrative game. Gather your friends for a perilous and laughter-filled adventure. Make risky choices, collect items, and face off against dire challenges. Play again to uncover more secrets and different endings. Will you survive the House of Danger?

Let the nostalgia wash over you with this game. Start your adventure through the House of Danger with a demo at our booth then grab your own copy of the game to solve the mystery.

MSRP for Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger is $24.99.


Enter an enchanted realm of otherworldly beauty filled with enigmatic spirits. Secretly assume the role of one of these wayward spirits and lure lost druids together to perform sacred rituals in your honor.

MSRP for Fae is $39.99.

History of the World

Take an epic ride through history and conquer the world in the remastered version of this beloved classic. Take command of historical civilizations and spread your influence across the globe. Marshal your forces and defeat your adversaries to claim your place in history.

MSRP for History of the World is $69.99.

Race to the New Found Land

In the age of discovery, sailors risk life and limb to cross the vast and stormy Atlantic Ocean in search of new territory. The mightiest nations of western Europe are competing for the riches of this new region, fighting to stake their claim. Build your fleet and sail onward to glory and wealth for your country.

MSRP for Race to the New Found Land is $59.99.


On the wave-battered coast of the North Sea, hard-working folk make a living by the sweat of their brow. Under constant threat of storm and flood, citizens rally together to build dikes that keep the rising water at bay. Carve your farm out of the rough landscape but keep an eye on the storm on the horizon. Maintain a delicate balance between selflessness and self-interest to win.

MSRP for Lowlands is $69.99.

Anchors Aweigh

Adventure awaits! You and your fellow seafarers will have to quickly decide what supplies are needed for the journey ahead in this real-time game. Grab valuable cargo to load onto your ship, contend with pirates, and bring home treasure.

MSRP for Anchors Aweigh is $39.99.

Giveaways and Promotions

This year we wanted to do more than just have game demos at our booth. We want to give back to the fans. We’ll have daily giveaways, all you have to do is complete our scavenger quiz. Grab a quiz from our booth, complete the questions, and return the filled out card to be entered into our drawing. If you need help with the quiz a Z-Man staff member will be happy to assist! We’ll pull the cards for the winners Thursday-Saturday at 5:30pm at our booth and at 1:00pm on Sunday. You must be present to win. If you aren’t there we can’t hand you a fancy, free game. We’ll be giving away exciting titles like Choose Your Own Adventure, Gaia Project, History of the World, and more.

Everyone in the office is so excited about Choose Your Own Adventure (I’ve already played through it three times) that we had to something a little extra for it. To help you on your investigation through the House of Danger, we created a promo kit of handy items. Stop by the booth, take a Choose Your Own Adventure selfie, and post it to social media with #ChooseYourOwnAdventure and tag Z-Man Games. Show a Z-Man staff member and you’ll earn the promo kit. Then just snag a copy of the game at the booth 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.

Upcoming Games

We recently announced the return of the classic card game Condottiere as well as the announcement of the special limited Pandemic 10th Anniversary edition. If you’re itching to see these games in person make sure to stop by our display case. We’ll have these titles and a few other exciting things. Come by to see the upcoming titles!

Even More Demos!

In addition to the newest titles added to our catalog, you’ll have the chance to demo tons of other games. Curious about Pandemic Legacy Season 2? We’ll have a special demo at the booth. We’ll also have Pandemic: Rising Tide, Majesty, Smile, NMBR 9, and Gaia Project available. 

It's almost time for the best four days in gaming. We'll see you at booth 1429 soon!