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The Definitive Count

By Randy Porter

April 28, 1998

Migrate Gaming Working, Local 511, President

 

Ed. note: Randy is a long-time booth worker for Chaosium for shows, and enjoys tracking controversial industry statistics. He graciously provided this research for publication because, well, it's just darn interesting! Thanks to Randy for this definitive scoop!

Well friends after looking at the Andon website and checking the exhibitors listing for GenCon here's some interesting information. As a few days ago Andon announced that 95% of the Dealers Room has sold out, I decided to print out the listing of this years GenCon and compared it to the listing in the 1997 Onsite Update. Now this is a comparsion of the number of compainies not the number of booths, that I will do after GenCon.

Number of Companies at 1997 GenCon according to Update: 258
Number of Companies saying they are going to attend: 202
Number that are not attending GenCon 98 according Andon Website: 111
Number of New companies to coming GenCon 98: 51

We all know of the companies that publicly have said they are not going to go but a number of others, by their absence from the 98 list appear not to be going. There are several(one booth) non-gaming companies not on the list like China West, Gateway Comics, and others. Here is my list of Game Companies and big-time exhibitors not on the Andon List

  • Avalon Hill(!)
  • CompuServe
  • Crazy Igor
  • Elmore Studio
  • Fortess Figures
  • GHQ
  • HMGS
  • Imperium Games
  • InQuest Magazine
  • A bunch of Card resellers
  • Mindscape
  • Paper Mayhem
  • Parker Bros(I never understand why the ever came)
  • Pioneer Entertainment
  • Sierra On-line
  • Stellar Games
  • Troll Magazine
  • Wizards of the Coast(Gotcha)

    Now with the room almost full this is all very interesting with the number of heavy hitters not on the list. Now we are still months from the show and several of these companies may be at the show. Time will only tell.


    Here is the full list compliled by comparing the list published on the Andon website and the list from "Updated Exhibitor List" GenCon 97 Onsite Update. Now there are some long, long time attendees who are on this list, Andon says there are still some booths left. I hope you can use this.

     

  • 3GG
  • Michael Arcana
  • The Armageddon Factory
  • Avalanche Preess
  • Avalon Hill Game Co.(shock of shocks)
  • Beyond Reality
  • Blue Byte Software Inc.
  • Clyde Caldwell fantasy Art
  • www.chainmail.com
  • China West(jewelry)
  • Comic Art Works
  • Comics & Things
  • CompuServe
  • Covenant of Fire Studios
  • Crazy Egor's(very interesting)
  • CyberRealms, Inc
  • Dag Productions
  • Daedalus
  • Digital Alchemy
  • DiTerlizzi Illustration
  • Dragon MultiMedia
  • Dragonspawn Crafthall
  • Dream Pod 9(announced)
  • Dungeonworks
  • Elmore Studios
  • Fax Attax
  • Fleer/skybox(heavy hitter)
  • FoamWorks
  • ForEverWorld Books
  • Fortress Figures
  • GAMA
  • GAMeBIT INc
  • Gamewright, Inc
  • Gateway Comics
  • Gem Explore/China west(jewelry)
  • GHQ(damm I needed some rocket launchers)
  • Global Games
  • HarperPrism
  • John Hauser Comics
  • Highlander Games
  • HGMS
  • Steve Jackson(announced)
  • Joan Hollnagel
  • Imagineering Design
  • Imperium Games
  • InQuest Mag
  • Koei Cor.
  • Lon Koenig Games
  • April Lee
  • Monika Livingstone
  • Magic & Tactics Unlimited
  • Sean Marquis
  • Milwaukee Fan Clubs
  • Mindscape
  • Myrmidon Press
  • Non Sequitur Productions
  • Nosferatu Inc
  • Omnidon's games & Collectables
  • Omniverse Interactice
  • Outpost Games
  • Palladium(announced)
  • Paper Mayhem
  • Parker Brothers(They would bring games they thought would sell but they
  • were terrible)
  • PHD Games
  • Pioneer Enterainment
  • Pix Poster
  • Rainbow studios
  • Raven Star Game Designs
  • Red Sailboat Software
  • Relis
  • Rembrandt
  • Rubicon Games
  • Sabretooth
  • San Franciso Laser Disk
  • Scapegoat Games
  • Sci-Fi Supply
  • Science Fiction & FAntasy Book Dealer
  • Shadow Graphics
  • Pamela Shanteau
  • Sierra On-line
  • Shaircrow Graphics
  • Stellar Games
  • Tactical Conflict Systems
  • R. Talsorian Games(Announced)
  • Terrain Creations
  • Ruth thompson
  • Tri-Tac(announced)
  • Troll Magazine
  • Twin Engine Gaming
  • USPC Games
  • Video creations
  • Wargames West
  • WebRPG(announced)
  • Weis/Hickman/Games Guild
  • L.A. Williams
  • Robin Wood Ent.
  • Wyrd Images


    And now a listing of all the New for 1998 exhibiton room.

    These are attendees for GenCon 98 that did not attend GenCon 97.

     

  • Advance Primate Entertainment
  • Air Illusion Airbrushing
  • Alchemy Press
  • Argonaut Game studios
  • IFGS
  • Infinte Vision
  • Interplay
  • Irwin Toys(really really cool toys)
  • J an J Enterprises
  • Kerub Games
  • Kirby Signcraft
  • Knightsbridge Studios
  • ASI Apparel
  • Belle and Blade Studios
  • Black Knight Games
  • BTRC(Blackburn Tactical research?)
  • Cactus Game Design
  • Cheapass Games(Funny funny cheap games)
  • Custom Miniature Painting
  • Cyber Warrior
  • Decision Games
  • Demonblade Games
  • Discovery Toys
  • Douglas Schuler
  • Dragon Queen Creations
  • DuckTek
  • Dynamix
  • Elysian Waters of LIfe
  • Fantasy at your Fingertips
  • Fantasy Gifts
  • GameVerse
  • Gold Rush Games
  • Guardians of Order
  • Hubris Games
  • lange Games
  • Lasalion Games
  • Lost World of Wonder
  • Mendocino Game Co.
  • MMI Distribution
  • Out of the Box Publishing
  • Prolepsis Games
  • Pulsar Games
  • Spellbinders
  • Talonsoft
  • Tarnished Images
  • Terse Nielson
  • The Cabil
  • The Camarilla
  • The Sages Guild
  • Tom Baxa
  • Ultra Pro
  • Universal Games
  • Wizard Entertainment Group
  • Worm Works

    I know the numbers are alittle rought but about 1/3th of the companies coming to GenCon 98 are new(name wise) to Gencon. Enjoy

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