Gen Con is one of the largest and most prominent annual gaming conventions in North America. It features traditional pen-and-paper, board, and card-style games, including role-playing games, miniatures wargames, board games, live action role-playing games, collectible card games, non-collectible card games, and strategy games. Gen Con also features computer games. Attendees engage in a variety of tournament and interactive game sessions. Gen Con 2011 brought in 36,733 attendees, which makes the convention similar in size to Dragon Con and FanExpo's Game Expo, larger than Origins (14,000+), and smaller than E3 (40,000+). Gen Con began in 1968 as a wargames convention held by Gary Gygax, who later co-created Dungeons & Dragons, the game that initiated the roleplaying game phenomenon. First held in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, the convention's main site traveled to various locations in Wisconsin from 1972 to 1984, until settling in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1985.
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