Trade Day Information

Trade Day

Trade Day is a program for educators, professors, graduate students, librarians, and retailers. It is designed to provide hands-on training, share research, network, and participate in professional development opportunities through a day of seminars, demonstrations, and events.

Trade Day is split between two focuses, retailers, and educators and librarians. The retailer focus is on business, marketing, and building community. The educators and librarian focus is on how to gamify your classroom/library, gaming strategies in curriculum, and building community.

Anyone with a Trade Day badge can attend all events regardless of the focus; something can always be gleaned from a different perspective.

Trade Day is hosted on the Wednesday prior to Gen Con Indy, held in Indianapolis, IN.

Press at Trade Day

We welcome anyone with a press badge to cover/report on Trade Day events and program overall. Press badge holders can audit some events but not participate in them. If you wish to participate in Trade Day, contact us for a Trade Day badge.

Trade Day 2022

Trade Day programming will be hosted on Wednesday, August 3, 2022.

All Trade Day events are free and electronically ticketed. You must have a current Trade Day badge in order to attend any Trade Day event.

Trade Day Registration

Trade Day is only open to professors, graduate students, educators, student teachers, librarians, distributors, and hobby retailers.

Trade Day registration includes:

  • Access to all Trade Day event programming
  • A complimentary 4-Day Gen Con Indy 2022 badge

You must purchase a Trade Day badge, and complete the Trade Day application to be considered for the program.

Trade Day badge sales close on July 10. There will be no onsite badge sales for Trade Day badges.

If you selected Will Call for your Trade Day badge, you can pick your Trade Day badge up at the TRD HQ located at the JW hotel on the second floor near the skywalk starting at 8 am on Wednesday.

Trade Day Events

Trade Day 2022 has over 60 events to offer attendees of this program. With topics ranging from Teaching Math Through Games to Using Board Games to Promote Sensory Social Skills to Social Media to Increase Inclusivity in Business, and favorite publishers showcasing their new releases.

Two key events:

    Start your Trade Day off with our KEYNOTE – Social Impact of Games, presented by Mary Flanagan

      Event Description: How do board games affect players? In her “day job,”’s CEO is Professor Mary Flanagan at Dartmouth College has spent the last 20 years testing how games might reduce bias, how video games and board games differ, and how representation in games affects player experience.

    Join us, for this inaugural event, Wednesday at 9 am at the JW hotel, room 203. No registration needed but a Trade Day badge is required. Keynote sponsored by Ferris State University

    Culminating your Trade Day experience, join us for a chance to demo games from some of your favorite Trade Day presenters and exhibitors and socialize with your fellow Trade Day attendees at the DEMO NIGHT & SOCIAL MIXER (TRD22211030).

    This event will be held on Wednesday from 7-10 pm at the JW hotel, Grand Ballroom 5 located on the 3rd floor. A "no host" bar will be provided.

We highly encourage you to register for Trade Day events. Search for events using the “TRD” event type. Registering for Trade Day events helps the organizer and hosts plan for the event appropriately. A ticket ensures you will have a seat! Here is a complete list of all Trade Day events being offered for 2022.

About Mary Flanagan

Mary Flanagan is the founder of Resonym, indie board game design and publishing house whose recent titles include Mechanica, Surrealist Dinner Party, Phantom Ink, and the real-time roll and write Retrograde. She’s an award-winning game designer with over 30 titles across multiple media, as well as an artist, and game scholar who has held numerous fellowships and published seven books including Critical Play (MIT Press, 2009), with Playing Oppression (with Mikael Jakobsson) forthcoming from MIT Press. She is a distinguished professor and the chair of film and media studies at Dartmouth College, USA, where she teaches game design and emerging media.

Mary Flannagan

Trade Day Onsite

Badge Pick-Up: If you selected Will Call as your shipping method, your Trade Day badge will be at the Trade Day (TRD) HQ located in the JW hotel where Trade Day is being hosted.

    TRD HQ Location: JW hotel : 2nd floor (near the sky-walk)

    Day: Wednesday (8/3)

    Time: 8 am – 4 pm
    (if you miss this window, your Trade Day badge will be available starting at 6 pm at main Will Call located in the Indiana Convention Center (ICC)).

Vaccination Check Station

The JW hotel, where Trade Day is being hosted, is a Gen Con controlled space. Masks and proof of vaccination are required.

A vaccination check station will be at the Trade Day HQ at 8 am on Wednesday for Trade Day attendees. Bring your government issued photo ID and Covid card!

Other stations will be located throughout the Indiana Convention Center (ICC) starting on Monday prior to Gen Con Indy. For details on those stations and/or questions, contact [email protected].

Trade Day Presenters / Hosts

Check the Trade Day Host webpage for information related to hosting events for Gen Con's Trade Day program. Event submission for Trade Day is now closed.


More information can be found here using the yellow help bubble at the bottom of each of our website pages. Or email us at [email protected].