Wow I didn't see that one coming....
Do you have a source for that?
they just had multiple posts to their official Twitter account
Confirmed on their Facebook account too
Links so others don't have to also look it up.
Can probably downgrade to using A B and C as the exhibit hall again.
I think Asmodee & Paizo NOT being there is a great thing for the hobby! So much space was just opened up like said above for the smaller companies who may have been squeezed out for the giants. I am looking forward to it.
I agree. It will be interesting to see new publishers and events from the smaller guys who traditionally have not been able to be at Gen Con. I am looking forward to finding some new favorites!
I am not saying I am GLAD they are not coming, but as I mentioned elsewhere, I AM excited to envision a convention where everyone actually has a reasonably-sized booth and we can walk freely up and down the aisles and every booth has stuff I have never heard of again! Haha.
If they change their minds, that would be great. If not, we already have their games. We will play them at gencon anyway. And I am looking forward to trying a few from smaller companies. See you all at gencon!
There's certainly a fanbase for those who are hoping to get exclusives, promos, or early releases from the big names (look at the lines that FFG has had in previous years), but I agree that I doubt it'll somehow cripple the con.
Might it reduce attendance a bit? Sure. But... attendance is capped lower than usual anyways, so a minor reduction in supply and demand might balance out a little, while having some side perks like reducing the difficulty some have in getting a downtown hotel, balancing against what limitations may or may not be present on restaurants, etc. It means that having a few thousand promos/of something will go further proportionally across the attendees, that kind of thing.
A lot can change and remains to be seen over the next 4'ish months, but I remain optimistic.
I would be worried if the attendance cap was increased unless GenCon somehow allows more games to be run by smaller GMs like they used to. Otherwise, the in my opinion unwise decision to not allow smaller GMs to run a few games is a bad idea.
You could still sign up for Online Gen Con and do digital events from your hotel while physically attending, if you wanted. Might be worth if if you love the big Pathfinder special, for example.