This is a schedule of the game conventions that we know about, some of which we plan to attend. We are more than happy to help you promote your convention. If you'd like to add your con to our list, use our handy convention registry form.
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Caution and Disclaimer: SJ Games provides this page as a public service. The information has been provided by the conventions themselves. We cannot be responsible for errors, changes of plans, hoaxes, or Acts of God. Or the other side, for that matter. If you plan to attend, please contact the convention and verify things for yourself ahead of time!
Dec. 19-22: PLAYCON International Gaming Convention – San José, Costa Rica
Location: "La Antigua Aduana" Convention Center
After our great success last year, PLAYCON 2013 will be bigger a greater than our first edition. PLAYCON 2012, the first edition of the show, presents great numbers for attendance and participation events. Thanks to your great support we brought to Latin America a totally new concept of having fun! Costa Rica will play host again for the extensive four fun filled days of gaming in 2013, again just in time for Christmas.
Contact Person: PLAYCON Games Convention
For more info, contact: Jaime Herrera/HERHUM SCJR S.A. TRIPP CARGO LOGISTICS, 10813 N.W. 30 ST. Suites 107, Miami, FL 33172, Call Center: (305) 420-6127,
Jan. 3-4: VGC 2013 – Burbank, CA
Location: Bellarmine Jefferson High School 465 E Olive Ave Burbank, CA 91501
VGC 2013 is the Biggest Video Game Event in the Los Angeles area. VGC shows the history of video game technology. you will get the opportunity to play every video game console made by Atari, Nintendo, Sega, Playstation, Xbox, Panasonic, Phillips and many many more! VGC also has PC Gaming, from old school computer games to today's high tech games. Workshops and Tournaments will be available at the event. Don't miss out on this years big event. Open to the General Public.
Contact Person: David Cantu
Jan. 17-19: ChupacabraCon – Austin, Texas
Location: Austin Airport Hilton
Austin, TX game convention to benefit nonprofit Austin Creative Pathways. Currently featuring Aaron Allston, Jamie Chambers, Jason Durall, Beaan Hambly, Shane Ivey, J Hause, Ernest Cline, Ross Watson, Jason Morningstar, Steve Kenson, and Leonard Balsera.
Contact Person: Terry Whisenant
For more info, contact: ChupacabraCon, C/O Terry Whisenant, 1720 Wells Branch Parkway, Austin, TX 78728
Jan. 17-19: SnowCon – Orono, ME
Location: Black Bear Inn & Conference Center, 4 Godfrey Drive, Orono, Maine 04473
SnowCon is the best weekend of face-to-face tabletop gaming in Maine! Held annually at the Black Bear Inn Conference Center & Suites in Orono, Maine, just north of Bangor near the University of Maine, our focus is on tabletop games of all types: board games, card games, roleplaying games, LARPs, miniatures, demo games, strategy games; featuring scheduled games as well as a packed game library, vendors, exhibitors, contests, and more for gamers of all ages and experience levels.
Contact Person: Monique Bouchard
For more info, contact: Monique Bouchard, 111 4th Street, Old Town, ME 04468
Jan. 18-19: Kapcon – Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
Location: Wellington High School, Wellington, NZ
Weekend long rpg convention, featuring tabletop, larp, and some boardgaming.
Contact Person: Malcolm Harbrow
For more info, contact: c/- 21 Tory St Petone Wellington 5012
Jan. 24-26: Warpcon – Cork, Cork
Location: University College Cork, Ireland
One of the premier Irish games conventions covering boardgames, RPGS, card games and LARPS with one of Ireland internationally awarded Charity Auctions and many social events
Contact Person: Colm Lundberg
For more info, contact: C/o Colm Lundberg, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, New Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Feb. 6-9: TempleCon – Warwick, RI
Location: The Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick, RI, 02886
Founded in 2006, TempleCon is a celebration all things with a Retro-Futurist theme, right next door to one of the coolest cities in the world, Providence, Rhode Island. While we suppose you could call TempleCon a convention, as many are quick to do, it's a bit more than that. It's really a three day festival of modern hobby gaming and Retro-Futurist fandom, including events, performances and activities from all the genres out there that you can think of, and probably some that you can't. It's also a social event, which means that while we're all about the entertainment, we're even more about the people who love it. We started TempleCon for a lot of reasons, but one of them is because we think that things gaming and fandom need to finally be dragged out of the basement and into the ballroom. TempleCon breaks a lot of the long-standing rules of "geek" conventions, and offers up a diverse event full of wild parties, great games, live music, crazy performa
Contact Person: Temple Games
Feb. 7-9: GottaCon 2014 – Victoria, British Columbia
Location: Pearkes Recreation Centre, 3100 Tillicum Road, Victoria BC
The sixth annual GottaCon Gaming Convention will be held February 7 ? 9, 2014 at Pearkes Recreation Centre in the Field House Room (24, 000 Sqft). GottaCon will run 24hrs a day starting at 5pm Friday and will continue with non-stop gaming until 7pm Sunday night. GottaCon will have all you need to survive such an adventure; contests, tournaments, exhibitors, demonstrations, discussion panels, food, drinks, entertainment and of course all types of games.
Contact Person: Lee Guille
For more info, contact: GottaCon Conventions, 2814 Parkview Drive, Victoria BC V9A 2J4
Feb. 15-16: BattleCry Convention 2014 – Auckland, New Zealand
Location: ASB Stadium, Kohimarama, Auckland, New Zealand
BattleCry is an Auckland, New Zealand gaming convention organised by BattleCry Inc. Society. There will be war gaming, card gaming, roleplaying, board games, larps, demonstrations, tournaments, talks, stalls, paper sword battle and much more. BattleCry's main aim is to support a range of styles of gaming, and introduce different lesser-known games to the wider gaming community to help encourage their playing and to provide a venue for people to try new things, and play old favourites. BattleCry is free for spectators, and a range of costs for tournament players depending on which event you wish to take part in. Check the website for more details. Come along and learn how to play a range of games for free, and go in the draw to win prizes. And take a free goodie bag home afterwards. It's our 30th Anniversary and we are celebrating so come join us for a fantastic weekend.
Contact Person: Karen Dransfield
For more info, contact: c/o BattleCry Convention Team, 389 Mt Albert Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041, New Zealand
Feb. 15-16: KONTAKT – Istanbul, Turkey
Location: Yildiz Technical University Davutpasa Campuss Istanbul Turkey
KONTAKT going to be held this year at Yildiz Technical University Davutpasa Campuss in 15-16 February. KONTAKT is the one of the biggest Convention that heldig in Turkey and as always it is waited by over a thousand guest. This year it is about more game and comic instead of cosplay.
Contact Person: Erdeniz KORKMAZ
For more info, contact: Abbasaga Mh. Nardenk Sk. 30/1 Besiktas Istanbul
Feb. 21-23: FASFAC's UD CON XXI – Dayton, Ohio
Location: McGinnis Center, University of Dayton, 300 College Park Ave, Dayton, OH 45469
FASFAC, the Fantasy and Science Fiction Appreciation Club, is a student club at the University of Dayton and was founded over 20 years ago. Membership has grown steadily over the years, and so too has attendance to the annual convention hosted by the club. UD Con is a celebration of all things geekery – books, movies, music, games, comics, toys and more. This year, the theme is "You All Meet in an Inn, " which is always an interesting way to begin an adventure. Not only that, this marks our 21st year so we hope to be celebrating in big ways! Join us for 3 days of revelry as we make UD Con bigger and better than before. With panels, special guests, crazy events, and our fundraiser – Gaming for a Cause – there will be a lot going on. Help us make this year one to remember as we continue to grow. Feb 21: 5PM-Midnight; Feb 22: 9AM-11PM; Feb 23: 9AM-3PM Free Admission to UD Con; $5 Admission to Gaming for a Cause fundraiser
Contact Person: Rachel Armstrong
Mar. 14-16: ConnCon – Stamford, CT
Location: Sheraton Stamford, downtown Stamford, CT
ConnCon is a board game and RPG convention celebrating its 26th year in 2014. ConnCon features both open gaming and scheduled events. The location is easy to access from Interstate 95 and a short walk from the Stamford Metro-North Train Station. Less than an hour from New York City!
Contact Person: Mark Casiglio
Mar. 28-30: SaltCON – Layton, Utah
Location: Davis Conference Center - Layton, Utah!
Event Name: SaltCON Location: United States, Utah, Layton - Davis Conference Center!! Dates: From March 28th through March 30th, 2014. Description: We're bringing the flavor back to gaming. Board games, CCGs, War Games (Miniature Battles) Tournaments, and for something completely different - panels and a booth with Paranormal Investigation folk from all over the state!! Who: Expecting between 800 and 1000 gamers at this year's convention!! All ages are allowed, but wee ones will need parental supervision! Cost:Prices range from 15 USD to 45 USD (one to three day pricing) Website: Please come visit us at www.SaltCON.com. We'll see you there! ninja OH - don't forget about the ION award for Board Game Design..
Contact Person: joshua butterfield
For more info, contact: 4418 West 6200 S, Kearns Utah - 84118
Apr. 18-20: Esoteric on – Blackpool, Lancashire, UK
Location: Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool, Lancashire, UK
Bringing together the very best of the UK's geek scene in a three day supercharged extravaganza. Bring science fiction, horror, fantasy and more under one roof we'll provide you with fantastic shows, insane events and theme park style immersion with a costumed crew and a variety of wild characters on display. And if that wasn't enough, over the course of the convention a series of special events shall occur, playing out the story of the HMSS Persephone with a grand finale on Sunday influenced by your (the audience's) decisions.
Contact Person: Danov Valravn
For more info, contact: TBC
Apr. 19: River-Con – South Bend, IN
Location: Century Center
River-Con is a fast growing gaming convention hosted in South Bend, IN. Our target date for the convention is April 2014. The convention mainly focuses on different board games, role-playing games, war games, etc.
Contact Person: Erica Lee Warren
For more info, contact: 714 S. 35th Street, South Bend, IN 46615
Apr. 25-27: TrekTrax Atlanta – Atlanta, Georgia
Location: The Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria, 200 Interstate North Parkway SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30339
TrekTrax Atlanta is an annual sci-fi con dedicated to space opera in general and Star Trek in particular with special emphasis on fan-based events, activities, programming and productions. TXA will present two tracks of programming, one devoted to Star Trek and one devoted to all other space opera; a gaming room for RPG, board and card games; VIP champagne reception; sci-fi costume contest; video programming room; dealers room; con suite; and the 15th annual Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant.
Contact Person: Eric L. Watts, Chairman
For more info, contact: TrekTrax Atlanta, PO Box 620605, Atlanta GA 30362-2605
May 2-4: LexiCon – Lexington, KY
Location: Clarion Hotel, 1950 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511
We are hosting a gaming only convention in beautiful Lexington KY. There will be a variety of games including deck builders, cooperatives, collectible card games, living card games, miniatures, family games, role playing games and dice games. Many games designers are attending and there will be lots of newly released games to play at the convention. We will have a 1, 000 + game library and of course tournaments. There will be a large Magic Tournament and we plan on hosting several others!
Contact Person: Chris Grzywacz
For more info, contact: LexiCon, 629 Galata Dr., Lexington, KY 40503
May 23-26: Comicpalooza – Houston, TX
Location: George R Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, TX 77010
Comicpalooza is a multi-format convention celebrating not just comics, but also sci-fi and fantasy, horror, steam punk, New Media, movies, film, and gaming of all types. In 2013 Comicplooza nearly doubled in size attracting 20, 700 unique attendees with over 1, 000 hours of programming and games. 2014 will be even bigger as we move to a 4-day format for the first time.
Contact Person: Joe Charles
May 23-26: MisCon 28 – Missoula, MT
Location: Ruby's Inn and Convention Center, 4825 North Reserve Street, Missoula, MT 59808
MisCon is Montana's Longest Running Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. We promote literacy, cinema, and the arts with a science fiction/fantasy theme, in a family-friendly environment. We have author readings, an art show and auction, sword fighting demos, a writer's workshop, an artist's workshop and 24-hour gaming (ranging from role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons to tabletop games like Magic and Munchkin). This year our Guests of Honor are: Author Steven Erikson, Artists Todd Lockwood, Featured Publisher DAW books and Special Guest Dragon Dronet.
Contact Person: CthulhuBob Lovely
For more info, contact: PO Box 7721, Missoula, MT 59807
May 23-25: OMNI EXPO – Orlando, FL
Location: Marriott World Center
OMNI EXPO is a combination of this generation's craving for the latest and greatest that Technology has to offer and the yearning for a world with infinite possibilities. It will bring together the world of today and tomorrow, interspersed with the world of fantasy, which influences minds to believe in the possibilities of the future. The event will combine major corporate players in the fields of Electronics, Video, Games, Communications, Anime licensing, Home Video, and more. It will also include the showcasing of several of Florida's largest established Fan Genre Conventions in Sci-Fi, Anime, and Comics – BelleCon, EvilCon, Holiday Matsuri, Khaotic Kon, Mythicon, and Shadocon. OMNI EXPO will be the first Consumer Expo to bring all of these together under one roof. Companies will have a face-to-face experience with their direct buying demographic to show their latest and greatest Technologies, as well as letting them know what is new and coming soon!
Contact Person: Mike Bliss
May 31-June 1: Terminal City Tabletop Convention – Vancouer, BC
Location: Firefighters’ Banquet & Conference Centre on 6515 Bonsor Ave in Burnaby, BC
The inaugural Terminal City Tabletop Con will feature board games, CCG's and role playing. Attendance is estimated to be 250 people. Venue is close to public transit and features ample free parking. This is the first gaming only con in Vancouver.
Contact Person: Shannon Lentz
June 19-22: Nexus Game Fair – Milwaukee, WI
Location: Clarion Hotel & Conference Center - adjacent to General Mitchell Airport (Milwaukee)
Nexus Game Fair is a multi-genre game convention that is bringing summer gaming back to Milwaukee. The Nexus mission is to provide attendees with a full schedule of the best possible events and to ignite the passion for table top gaming in future generations of gamers. Nexus will focus on role-playing, miniature war, board, and collectible / tradable card games. Nexus Game Fair will be held June 19-22, 2014 at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center adjacent to General Mitchell Airport (Milwaukee). The room rate is $99/night for show attendees with free parking and a free 24-hour airport shuttle. Telephone: (414) 481-2400. Nexus rewards it's Gamemasters as well as early badge purchasers by giving them priority status during event registration – so don't miss out on a great opportunity to get the events you really want to play! A 4-day badge is $45, which includes event tickets. Begin a new gaming tradition – from the start! Register Today (registration
Contact Person: Chris Hoffner
June 27-29: Texicon – Grapevine, TX
Location: Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S Main St., Grapevine, Texas 76051
Texicon is a general table-top gaming convention located in north Texas. Last year, we hosted 146 scheduled events. There were 40 Miniatures events, 46 Role-Play events, and 61 Board Game events. We were also able to raise $1200 dollars for the Art Space charity with the help of DFW Nerd Nights. This does not include all of the unscheduled games, of which there were plenty. They occurred on the open gaming tables. Last year, each game type had 8 tables. This year we are expanding it to be 12 tables. There were also two Texicon sponsored tournaments. Flames of War and Warmachine.
Contact Person: Kevin Pajak
For more info, contact: Kevin Pajak, 106 Paint Brush Rd., Lakeside, Texas 76108
July 4-6: We Heart Nerds Con – Portland, Oregon
Location: Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 NE Airport Way · Portland, OR 97220
We Heart Nerds Con is a gathering for all things Nerdy! Video games, books, movies, cosplay, music, etc. Table-top gaming is one of our main attractions and we'd like to host a special Munchkin event! We will be hosting a large Munchkin Tournament and multiple gaming panels.
Contact Person: Sarah Sharp
For more info, contact: 1588 Marten Ave SW, Albany, Oregon 97321
Sept. 5-7: Geek Fan Expo – Dearborn, MI
Location: 5801 Southfield Expressway, Detroit, Michigan, 48228, USA
Geek Fan Expo is an all-inclusive Geek-Fandom Experience. We include programming from all walks of Geekdom, and have designed the experience around you. Together with you, we are building the next generation of convention by bringing geeks of every type together to share a truly social geek fan experience. Our interactive forum focuses on quality entertainment and production to bring you a both modern and nostalgic fan experience. Featuring destination events, topical discussion panels, workshops, vendor and artist exhibitions, contests and more!
Contact Person: Jeffrey S. Harvey
For more info, contact: PO Box 199, Milan, MI 48160
Sept. 13-14: Tracon 9 – Tampere, Finland
Location: Tampere Hall
Tracon is a convention for role-playing game and anime/manga enthusiasts. Activities include table-top RPGs, miniature strategy games, board games, LARPs, cosplay and multiple tracks of lectures and speeches. Tracon is the second-largest RPG event in Finland, after Ropecon in Espoo.
Contact Person: Hanna Tuominen
For more info, contact: Tracon ry, C/O Mitja Mieskolainen, Kortelahdenkatu 19 B 29, 33210 TAMPERE, Finland