The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

The biggest gaming convention in North America was bigger than ever this year, with an explosion of board games, cards games, RPGs, miniatures, and cosplay. Here's what we saw that blew our minds.

Gen Con attendance grew over ten percent compared to last year, and has doubled since 2009. It's actually kind of insane how much it's growing and how big the hobby games market is getting ($700 million in 2013 according to ICv2). The launch of the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons is obviously driving a lot of interest right now, but gaming in general is growing in terms of game types and interests.

This gallery is by no means comprehensive — it's just a collection of fantastic stuff I stumbled across over the course of the week. You can find more awesome photos at The Escapist and the official Gen Con Facebook page.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

At Gen Con, you don't just cosplay. You cosplay and demo board games.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

It's possible to build out a pretty impressive Lantern Corps with HeroClix these days.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

Every dealer's booth was sold out of Rocket Raccoon minis.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

Star Trek: Attack Wing is pretty spectacular.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

Our friends at Flying Frog Games rocked some great steampunk cosplay to promote Shadows of Brimstone.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

Some gorgeous minis. The triceratops might be my favorite mini ever.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

He came a long way from Angmar.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

Pathfinder minis tied to the Skull & Shackles adventure path.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

Dr. Mrs. the Monarch and a henchman.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

Lord Vader intimidates at the Fantasy Flight booth.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

Imagine all these coming to life like in Toy Story and it's pretty terrifying.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

Some kind of armistice, apparently.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

Fantasy Flight's X-Wing is their biggest selling game.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

Mirror Box Games was showing off production mock-ups for Chaosmos.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

Some of the best Warmachine (Privateer Press) cosplay armor I've ever seen.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

The best thing about this is that they were using an app to make clop-clop horse sounds.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

Roughly 1,000 players in one huge shared Pathfinder event.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

Elspeth and Garruk.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

Top notch cosplaying by everyone.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

I loved the whimsical dungeon aesthetic of Super Dungeon Explore by Soda Pop Miniatures.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

This popup paper terrain from Stonehaven Miniatures is great for epic gaming on a budget.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

I'll never get tired of mechs.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

Dwarven Forge was showing off this huge cavern set.

The Coolest Games, Art and Cosplay We Saw at Gen Con 2014

There's so much going on in this amazing diorama.

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