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Gary Con 2020 Canceled

Pandemic precautions claim another major event; plans for online events mulled

Gary Con organizers announced on Friday that the 2020 convention, held annually to celebrate the life of D&D creator Gary Gygax, must be canceled due to the growing severity of the Coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement posted online, the convention team met with leaders of the Grand Geneva Resort venue and mutually decided to cancel. "We continued planning and did everything in our power to make Gary Con run as normal," Gary Con wrote, "we are convinced that following both government guidance and our own judgement concerning the COVID-19 virus is the best course of action."

Rooms booked at the Grand Geneva for the convention have been released with reservation fees to be returned within 72 hours if applicable. Those intending to travel to the region anyway will be allowed to re-book with the resort via phone at (262) 248-8811 and the original Gary Con rates will be honored.

The conventioneers are taking steps to provide badge holders with as much consolation material as possible. Swag bags will be mailed to premium level badge holders, and all attendees will be granted a discount for Gary Con 2021, at a rate to be determined later.

Virtual Gary Con will go on as planned, and discussions are underway to see which events and speakers that were to attend the physical convention could instead appear online.

Those interested in playing or even running a virtual game can visit this blog post to read more about how they can participate.

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