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After MUCH research, we've put together what we think is a complete and accurate list of all the Gen Cons EVER. We'd like to open it up to public comment, though, to be sure that something hasn't slipped our attention before it's included in the book! So, if you think there's something on the list that needs to be corrected, please post a comment to this entry saying why you think this is and giving any supporting evidence you have for the change. Thanks for your help!

GEN CON COMPLETE TIMELINE

Aug 1967, Gen Con 0, Gary Gygax's Home, Lake Geneva WI

Aug 24 1968, Gen Con I, Horticultural Hall, Lake Geneva WI

Aug 23 1969, Gen Con II, Horticultural Hall, Lake Geneva WI

Aug 22 - 23 1970, Gen Con III, Horticultural Hall/Guild Hall, Lake Geneva WI

Aug 21 - 22 1971, Gen Con IV, Horticultural Hall/Guild Hall, Lake Geneva WI

Aug 19 - 20 1972, Gen Con V, George Williams College, Williams Bay WI

Aug 18 - 19 1973, Gen Con VI, Horticultural Hall/Guild Hall/Legion Hall, Lake Geneva WI

Aug 23 - 25 1974, Gen Con VII, Horticultural Hall/Guild Hall/Legion Hall, Lake Geneva WI

Aug 22 - 24 1975, Gen Con VIII, Horticultural Hall/Guild Hall/Legion Hall, Lake Geneva WI

Aug 20 - 22 1976, Gen Con IX, Horticultural Hall/Guild Hall/Legion Hall, Lake Geneva WI

Sept 4 - 6 1976, Gen Con West, McCabe Hall, San Jose CA

Aug 18 - 21 1977, Gen Con X, Playboy Resort/Horticultural Hall/Guild Hall, Lake Geneva WI

Sept 3 - 5 1977, Gen Con West 77, Villa Hotel, San Mateo CA

Feb 9 - 11 1978, Gen Con South, Robert Meyer Hotel, Jacksonville FL

Aug 17 - 20 1978, Gen Con XI, UW-Parkside, Kenosha WI

Sept 2 - 4 1978, Gen Con West 78, Villa Hotel, San Mateo CA

Feb 17 - 19 1979, Gen Con South, JAX Hilton, Jacksonville FL

Aug 16 - 19 1979, Gen Con XII, UW-Parkside, Kenosha WI

Feb 15 - 17 1980, Gen Con South, Ramada Inn, Jacksonville Beach FL

Aug 21 - 24 1980, Gen Con XIII, UW-Parkside, Kenosha WI

Feb 6 - 9 1981, Gen Con South, Ramada Inn, Jacksonville Beach FL

July 23 - 26 1981, Gen Con East, Cherry Hill Inn, Cherry Hill NJ

Aug 13 - 16 1981, Gen Con XIV, UW-Parkside, Kenosha WI

Feb 5 - 7 1982, Gen Con South, Jacksonville Beach Convention Center, Jacksonville Beach FL

June 17 - 20 1982, Gen Con East II, Widener College, Chester PA

Aug 19 - 22 1982, Gen Con XV, UW-Parkside, Kenosha WI

Mar 11 - 13 1983, Gen Con South, Thunderbird Resort, Jacksonville FL

Aug 18 - 21 1983, Gen Con XVI, UW-Parkside, Kenosha WI

Mar 16 - 18 1984, Gen Con South, Thunderbird Resort, Jacksonville FL

Aug 16 - 19 1984, Gen Con 17, UW-Parkside, Kenosha WI

Aug 22 - 25 1985, Gen Con 18, MECCA, Milwaukee WI

Aug 14 - 17 1986, Gen Con 19, MECCA, Milwaukee WI

Aug 20 - 23 1987, Gen Con 20, MECCA, Milwaukee WI

Aug 18 - 21 1988, Gen Con '88/Origins, MECCA, Milwaukee WI

Aug 10 - 13 1989, Gen Con '89, MECCA, Milwaukee WI

Aug 9 - 12 1990, Gen Con '90, MECCA, Milwaukee WI

Nov 30 - Dec 2 1990, European Gen Con, Holiday Club Pontin's, Camber Sands, Rye, Sussex, England

Aug 8 - 12 1991, Gen Con '91, MECCA, Milwaukee WI

Nov 15 - 17 1991, European Gen Con, Holiday Club Pontin's, Camber Sands, Rye, Sussex, England

Aug 20 - 23 1992, Gen Con '92/Origins, MECCA, Milwaukee WI

Nov 13 - 15 1992, European Gen Con, Pontin's Holiday Centre, Camber Sands, Rye, Sussex, England

Aug 19 - 22 1993, Gen Con '93, MECCA, Milwaukee WI

Nov 11 - 14 1993, European Gen Con, Pontin's Holiday Centre, Camber Sands, Rye, Sussex, England


May 12 - 15 1994, European Gen Con, Pontin's Holiday Centre, Cambe Sands, Rye, Sussex, England

Aug 18 - 21 1994, Gen Con '94, MECCA, Milwaukee WI

Nov 11 - 13 1994, Gen Con Barcelona, Reials Drassanes, Barcelona, Spain

Apr 27 - 30 1995 European Gen Con, Pontin's Holiday Centre, Camber Sands, Rye, Sussex, England

Aug 10 - 13 1995, Gen Con '95, MECCA, Milwaukee WI

Nov 3 - 5 1995, Gen Con Barcelona, Reials Drassanes, Barcelona, Spain

Aug 8 - 11 1996, Gen Con '96, MECCA, Milwaukee WI

Sept 5 - 8 1996, European Gen Con, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, England

Nov 15 - 17 1996, Gen Con Barcelona, Mercat del Born, Barcelona, Spain

Aug 6 - 10 1997, Gen Con '97, MECCA, Milwaukee WI

Aug 28 - 31 1997, European Gen Con, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, England

July 31 - Aug 2 1998, Benelux Gen Con, Motel Tiel, Benelux, Holland

Aug 6 - 9 1998, Gen Con '98, Midwest Express Center, Milwaukee WI

April 9 - 11 1999, Gen Con Barcelona, Cotxeres de Sants, Barcelona, Spain

July 31 - Aug 1 1999, Gen Con Europe, Bouwcentrum, Antwerp, Belgium

Aug 5 - 8 1999, Gen Con '99, Midwest Express Center, Milwaukee WI

Sept 2 - 5 1999, Gen Con UK, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, England

Aug 10 - 13 2000, Gen Con '00, Midwest Express Center, Milwaukee WI

Aug 31 - Sept 3 2000, Gen Con UK, Manchester Conference Center, Manchester University, England

Aug 2 - 5 2001, Gen Con '01, Midwest Express Center, Milwaukee WI

Aug 30 - Sept 2 2001, Gen Con UK, Olympia 2, London, England

Aug 8 - 11 2002, Gen Con '02, Midwest Express Center, Milwaukee WI

Aug 29 - Sept 1 2002, Gen Con UK, Olympia 2, London, England

April 18 - 21 2003, Gen Con UK, Olympia 2, London, England

July 24 - 27 2003, Gen Con '03, Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis IN

Dec 11 - 14 2003, Gen Con So Cal 1, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim CA

July 1 - 4 2004, Gen Con Barcelona, Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain

Aug 19 - 22 2004, Gen Con '04, Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis IN

Oct 14 - 17 2004, Gen Con UK, Butlins Resort, Minehead, Somerset, England

Dec 2 - 5 2004, Gen Con So Cal 2, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim CA

Aug 18 - 21 2005, Gen Con '05, Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis IN

Nov 3 - 6 2005, Gen Con UK, Butlins Resort, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England

Nov 18 - 20 2005, Gen Con So Cal 3, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim CA

Apr 21 - 23 2006, Gen Con Paris, Paris Est Montreuil, Montreuil, France

Aug 17 - 20 2006, Gen Con '06, Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis IN

Nov 16 - 19 2006, Gen Con So Cal 4, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim CA

May 25 - 27 2007, Gen Con Paris, Paris Est Montreuil, Montreuil, France

Aug 16 - 19 2007, Gen Con '07, Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis IN

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gencon 36 (2003, first year in indy) was actually JULY 24-27..

 
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Thanks Ryan! We're trying to confirm everything with more than one source, to stay as accurate as possible ... can you tell me how you know this? For example, maybe you have the program book and it says so, or you could give us the address of a website that ran a review of the con and mentioned the dates, or the time stamp on your photos is for that weekend, or whatever.

 
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Here's a specific question we've gotten snagged on ... was the 1984 Gen Con South at Thunderbird Resort in Jacksonville FL or at Royal d'Iberville Hotel in Biloxi Mississippi? We have conflicting sources for this one, but the stronger ones seems to point to Thunderbird.

 
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We just double-checked the Gen Con 03 date against the program, and Ryan you were right. Thanks for catching that!

 
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sorry for not seeing your request earlier, but yeah, the dates are on my paperwork from that year. I remembered because it was the first year I went to gencon.

 
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The 1984 GC South was at the Thunderbird. I went to the Ramada in '81 and the convention center in '82, but didn't have the time to go to subsequent ones.

-- Frank Mentzer

 
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Unless I'm missing it,I think you left out the first Barcelona Gen Con in the mid 90's.Jeff Easley

 
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Do you know anything else about that first Barcelona con, Jeff? Days, year, venue, etc? Anybody else have a tip on this?

 
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I seem to remember going to a GenCon in the late 70's that was in Anahiem CA (near Disneyland) that I do not see in the list. Have I lost my mind?

 
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Maybe you're confusing it with Gen Con SoCal? Those were in Anaheim from 2003 - 2006.

 
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