The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

Gen Con is the biggest game convention in North America, held each August in Indianapolis — this year, it set a new attendance record, with a weekend turnstile number of 134,775 and more than 41,000 attendees. Feast your eyes on our exclusive photo gallery of amazing costumes, incredible games... and crazy gamer parties.

We'll have more detailed coverage next week on some of the big news coming out of Gen Con — like the future of D&D and Star Trek Catan. For now, soak in the atmosphere... including the dry-ice and heavy metal infused D&D keynote address, the outlandish Iron GM World Championship, giant game boards, zombies galore, a hand-sculpted giant Death Star battlefield, and custom brew pub offerings.

Additional photography by Eric Alderman and Meg Helmes.

The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

An elaborate dungeon in the minis room.

The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

Steam golem.

The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

The inevitable Slave Leia/Black Widow slashfic crossover.

The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

Balloon dragon.

The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

D&D queen of the drow, Lolth.

The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

Beauty is in the etc. etc.

The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

Giant Settlers of America.

The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

The D&D keynote address.

The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

D&D bigwigs discussing big changes in the Forgotten Realms.

The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

Unknown game, but it looks really cool.

The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

Local brewpub's menu customized with a Warmachine theme.

The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

Harley Quinn.

The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

Jen Page, Lou Agresta, and some of the Iron GMs.

The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

Twilight Creations: all about the zombies.

The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

New Star Wars games from Fantasy Flight.

The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

Hand-sculpted Death Star using Fantasy Flight's X-Wing minis game.

The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

More X-Wing. Second series to include Millennium Falcon and Slave I.

The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

Level 7: Escape, a dramatic alien conspiracy game from Privateer Press.

The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

Star Trek Catan.

The Coolest Games, Cosplay and More from Gen Con 2012

Zombicide.