We believe the gaming community is ready for a different kind of gaming convention. The gaming community has grown immensely in the past 20 years and the number of gaming conventions have similarly grown. However, the format and experience has changed little.
The gaming community is no longer a bunch of students hidden in their basements or dorm rooms. Many of us are established adults, many with better halves, spouses, or family. We have real jobs and are looking for a better option to spend our free time. We want to be able to game on our vacation, but come back relaxed and refreshed. Our spouses (who may not be as excited about games as us) want to look forward to our vacations instead of dread them. We want to travel to destinations that are worth going to even without gaming. We're more interested in quality gaming than quantity.
Icarus Tours still loves traditional conventions, if you've never been to something like Gen Con we think you'll love it. The gaming community is rapidly growing from a niche market to a full blown industry. We believe the gaming community wants lots of options and we're going to blow the doors off!
How We Do It!
Fantastic Destinations - Vacations should be spent someplace you want to be. We only offer vacations at places you could have a great time at regardless of the gaming available.
Top Notch Staff - Our staff are hand picked and dedicated to our cause. What we provide and how we do it is very important to us and it shows. All of our staff are working professionals.
Great Value - We believe we should offer gaming vacations at a price that is comparable to a non-gaming vacation to the same destinations.
Open Gaming - We want our guests to be able to play what they want, when they want it. We staff to provide both scheduled events and open gaming opportunities.
Con Events - Our events look a lot different than typical cons. We think no one should ever miss something because they registered late or didn't know about it. We work closely with our guests to ensure everyone gets to participate in the events they want.
Personal - We keep our numbers at just the right level to ensure there is plenty of people to play with, but at the same time doesn't feel like you're playing with a bunch of strangers. Our events target about 40 - 100 guests.
Relaxing - We set up the vacation to ensure that everyone can play and vacation at their own pace. We want you to return home refreshed and not ragged.
Non-Gaming Opportunities - All of our destinations and resorts are chosen to ensure that there is just as much non-gaming opportunities as there are gaming options. It helps keep "everyone" happy.
Inclusive - We set up our events to include everything they need to have a great time. We want our guests to understand what the vacation will cost up front and not be blindsided by additional costs. We aim to hit the perfect balance of including what you need, but make optional what you may want.
Michael Canavan (Owner) - An avid outdoorsmen, aspiring wildlife photographer, voracious gamer and founder of Icarus Tours. Mike is pursuing his dream of bringing his two favorite things together, gaming and the American West.
Dan Karn (Director of Heavy Lifting) - Relatively new to gaming, Dan is a gamer in training, but an invaluable staff member. You can typically find him dealing with your problems so you don't have to.
Catie, Annie and David Canavan (Non-gaming Coordinators) - There's a good chance you'll run across the rest of the Canavans, often working behind the scenes (the slave mines).
Michael Thomas (RPG Coordinator) - Lifetime gamer, Mike flies in from upstate New York each year to coordinate a number of our events, including most of our roleplaying.
Matt & Katie Dawkins (Boardgame Coordinators) - Two time guests turned staff, Matt & Katie coordinate many of our boardgame events. Matt runs a great video series for a few games, but specializes on Netrunner.
Scott Erickson (Chief Engineer) - A Utah Native, Scott will typically be found playing games with the guests. In the great A/C disaster of 2015, Scott earned his stripes by successfully engineering a swamp cooler to get the convention hall through the night.