- Gaming convention
A gaming convention is typically a two- or three-day convention at which people play
role-playing games, collectible card games, miniatures wargames, board games, or other types of games. Some have rooms of networked computers to play video games.
The largest gaming convention is probably Spiel in Essen, Germany. In 2004 this convention, which focuses on board games, had 150,000 visitors and 690 exhibitors from 24 nations. The "
Festival Ludique International de Parthenay" (FLIP) is probably the second largest gaming convention with 140,000 visitors during twelve days in 2005. Another large gaming convention in Europe is Spellenspektakel in Eindhoven, Netherlands. This largely commercial convention had 12,000 visitors in 2004. Gen Conis probably the largest gaming con in the US for RPGs (Gen Con Indy had 21,700 attendees over four days in 2005); Origins is probably the largest for miniatures wargames and live-action role playing games. Exact numbers, however, are debatable. DragonCon, for example, is a large convention also aimed at gaming, and has huge numbers of attendees (however not all of them are there to play games; it might be one of the largest conventions where people can game but gaming is only a small part of the convention (and there are few (non-RPG) retailers). A smaller genre of gaming conventions are those devoted to the hobby of historical miniature wargaming, many of which are sponsored by the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society. World Boardgaming Championships, PrezConand Euro Questare game conventions representing the hobby of Tournament, Board GamingOpen Gaming, Demos, Jr. Events and more dedicated to the face to face board game hobby. WBC "http://www.boardgamers.org" PrezCon "http://www.prezcon.com" are your largest pure board game events. WBC runs the first week in August each year and PrezCon runs the last week of February each year..
Gaming Convention events
Gaming conventions typically have wieners scheduled for various girl slots. Most gaming "cons" use some system of pre-registration to ensure that games are neither over-full nor under-full.
Competitive games, such as , typically have tournaments set out where players meet in matches. Prizes can be quite large for the winners. There are also competitive role-playing games, where the best roleplayers, most successful parties, etc. get rewarded. The
RPGAruns competitive D&Dand other RPGs at many conventions. Most scheduled RPGs, however, are not competitive.
The types of games often include many of the following:
Collectible Card Games aka CCG's, like
* Board games
Role-playing games aka RPG's, like Dungeons and Dragons
miniaturesgames like Mechwarrior, HeroClix, HorrorClixand Warhammer 40k
* Electronic games
Open gaming goes on throughout any such convention, and it is common that all seating in common areas will be taken by people playing pick-up games. Pick-up gaming is not generally discouraged by the convention management; in fact, pick-up games are a large part of the appeal of gaming conventions.
There is almost always a dealers' room where various game manufacturers and related companies sell their products. Many game companies choose game cons to reveal new products. Creating consumer excitement is greatly facilitated at gaming cons, but word can spread fast, and games may equally well become instant failures at conventions.
Often there are other activities at a gaming convention as well. Costume balls, art auctions, and screenings of movies may all take place. Lectures, workshops, or panel discussions on gaming might be part of the programming, or for some cons, even the focus.
List of gaming conventions by location
Gen Con– various locations in the US and Europe
Knutepunkt– Scandinavian conference on role playing theory
Ziggurat Con– Tallil Airbase, Iraq. Premiere of this event and the first con in a combat zone.
Great Canadian Baycon 2006– Hamilton, in May
Fragapalooza– Edmonton, June
CanGames– Canadian May Long Weekend (May 16-18 in 2008)
RoyalCon– Annual gaming convention held in Montreal in September
Fastaval– Århus, at Easter
Ropecon– Espoo, in August
* "Festival International des Jeux" (FIJ) – Cannes, in February
* "Mondial du Gaming" - Paris, in July
* "Festival Ludique International de Parthenay" (FLIP) – Parthenay, in July
Blizzard Worldwide Invitational– Paris, in July (2008 only)
* "Festival du Jeu Vidéo" (FJV) - Paris, in September
Games Convention– Leipzig, in August
* Internationale Spieltage – Essen, Germany, in October
Nuremberg International Toy Fair– Nuremberg, in February
* Confess –
Sligoin late September
Dominicon– At NUI Maynooth in mid-November
* Gaelcon – At
Clontarf Castlein late October
Itzacon Eire– At NUI Galway in early March
Leprecon– At Trinity College Dublinin late February
Sillicon– At Dublin City Universityin early April
Vaticon– At University College Dublinin late March
Warpcon– At University College Corkin late January
Conclave– Pery's Best Western Hotel, Limerickin early July (12th and the 13th for 2008)
Heinecon– Limerickin early August
Lucca Comics and Games– Lucca, in November
AM Show(Amusement Machine Show)
AOU( Arcade Operator's Union Amusement Expo)
JGC(Japan Game Convention) - Yokohama, in August
Tokyo Game Show- Tokyo, in October
Spellenspektakel– Zwolle, Netherlands
Singapore– Boardgame Annuals
GothCon– Gothenburg, Sweden
Stockholms spelkonvent(SSK) – Stockholm, Sweden
SnöKon– Umeå, Sweden
ApKon– Umeå, Sweden
SävCon– Sävar, Sweden
LinCon– Linköping, Sweden
Q-Con– Northern Ireland in June
* Gen Con UK – The
University of Reading, England in August-September
MOBICON– Mobile, Alabama, in May
BlizzCon– Anaheim, California, in October
DunDraCon– San Ramon, California, in February
* [http://www.conquestsac.com/ ConQuest SAC] – Rancho Cordova, California, in March
* [http://www.con-quest.com/ ConQuest SF] – Santa Clara, California, in September
E3– Los Angeles, California, in July
E For All- Los Angeles, California, in October
Games Day– Los Angeles, California, in May
Gamex– Los Angeles, California, in May
* Gateway – Los Angeles, California, in September
Kublacon- Burlingame, California, in May
OrcCon– Los Angeles, California, in February
PolyCon– San Luis Obispo, California, in June/July
GenghisCon– Denver, Colorado, in February
TactiCon– Denver, Colorado, in August
MegaCon– Orlando, Florida in February
* http://www.ancientcitycon.com Ancient City Con Jacksonville Florida in August
DragonCon– Atlanta, Georgia, in August
Momocon– Atlanta, Georgia, in March, free admission
Nerdacon- Columbus, Georgia, in November, free admission
Tactical Solutions- Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, in October
Games Day– Chicago
* Little Wars - Lincolnshire
* Rock Con - Rockford
True Realm- Marion/Carbondale (see also True Dungeon)
* Winter War - Champaign, started in 1974
* Wolfcon - Chicago(Nov) - Wolfcon.org
Gen Con– Indianapolis in August
* PentaCon - Fort Wayne in November
Gamicon– Iowa City in February
Fields of Honor– Des Moines in September
Pentacon- Fort Wayne in November
* [http://www.conglomeration.org/ ConGlomeration] – Louisville, April
Winter Activation Meeting (WAM)– Tournaments for card-driven wargames
* Intercon – Chelmsford, in early March
Vericon– Cambridge, in late January or early February
Marmalade Dog– Kalamazoo, Michigan, in March.
Penguicon– Troy, Michigan, in April.
StarCon– at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, in March.
U-Con– Ann Arbor, Michigan, in November
UberCon– Livonia, Michigan, in April.
Con of the North– Twin Cities, in February (around President's Dayweekend)
Nuke-ConOmaha, NE, in the Fall around the first of October
* [http://www.conquestvegas.com/ ConQuest VEGAS] – Las Vegas, Nevada, in April
* [http://www.conquestreno.com/ ConQuest RENO] – Reno, Nevada, in October
OGCNashua, NH, in July
DexConEast Brunswick, NJ. Held annually in July.
PrinceConIn Princeton. One of the oldest in the United States, approaching its 32nd year.
UberConIn Edison, NJ. This multi-genre gaming con will have its 10th installment in April 2008.
* MACE High Point, NC
Southern FrontRaleigh, NC
StellarconHigh Point, NC
Origins Game Fair– Columbus, in late June or early July
SoonerCon- Oklahoma City, Largest convention in OKC area includes very little gaming for all types.
Game Storm– Portland, Oregon, in March
Portland Hobby Fair– Portland, Oregon, every Saturday
* Cold Wars – Lancaster County, in March
Fall In!– Adams County, in November
Historicon– Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in July
MEPACon– Scranton, Pennsylvania in March/April and October/November
World Boardgaming Championships– in Lancaster, PAin August
* [http://www.toomanygames.com/ TooManyGames] - in Reading, PA in October
TempleCon– Providence, in February
* Waterloo – Tournament in Greenville, SC for boardgame Napoleonic Wars
Nanocon– Madison, SD on the campus of Dakota State University in November
ConNooga– Chattanooga, TN, in February
Hypericon– Nashville, TN
MidSouthCon– Memphis, TN
Games Day Memphis– Memphis, TN
* [http://www.owlcon.com/ OwlCon] - Houston, Texas, in February
Chimaeracon– San Antonio, Texas, in March
QuakeCon– Dallas, Texas, in August
* [http://www.boardgamegeek.com/bggcon.php BGG.CON (Board Game Geek Convention)] – Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, in November
G-Kon– Dallas, Texas, in November
* [http://www.utahgamecon.org/ A Gathering of Strangers] – Salt Lake City, Utah
* [http://www.carnagecon.com/ CarnageCon] This is Carnage: We Go To 11! - Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, Vermont in November
* [http://www.magfest.org/ MAGfest] – Alexandria, Virginia, in January
* [http://www.prezcon.com/ PrezCon] – Charlottesville, Virginia, in February
* [http://www.conquestnw.com/ ConQuest NW] – Seattle, Washington, in February
* Dragonflight – Seattle, Washington, in August
* Enfilade! - Olympia, in May
Penny Arcade Expo– Seattle, Washington, in August
* [http://www.spocon2009.com/ Spocon] - Spokane, Washington, in August
D&D Experience– In February. This event (called Winter Fantasy previous to 2007) is mostly for the RPGA, but includes many events for DDM
* [http://www.whitetowergaming.com White Tower Gaming Convention] – Triadelphia, held three times annually during January, April, and October.
* [http://www.charcon.org CharCon - THE West Virginia Gaming Convention] - CharCon takes place in October in Charleston WV at the Charleston Civic Center.
Fire and Ice– Sheboygan, in February
* [http://www.con-quest.com/ Avalon Game Conventions] Organizers of five gaming conventions on the West Coast, including the West Coast Boardgame Championships.
* [http://www.boardgamers.org/ Boardgame Players Association] Sponsors of the annual World Boardgaming Championships.
* [http://www.prezcon.com/ PrezCon "The Winter Nationals"] Sponsors of the annual PrezCon Boardgaming Championships.
* [http://www.consupport.com consupport] A service conventions can use to list events, manage payments, etc. and the conventions that use it.
* [http://www.gameconventions.net/ GameConventions.net] Another comprehensive list of gaming conventions.
* [http://www.hmgs.org/ HMGS East] Has lists of associated conventions that feature historical miniature wargaming.
* [http://www.roleplayingtips.com/downloads/supplemental_08_conventions.txt Running Games At Conventions - advice and tips] , [http://www.roleplayingtips.com/readissue.php?number=263 Epic Weekend Convention Gaming: A Tale From The Trenches] , [http://www.roleplayingtips.com/readissue.php?number=222 4 Tips For Whipping Up Scenarios For Conventions] ,
* [http://www.winterwar.org/ Winter War Gaming Convention] Winter War: The Midwest's Longest Consecutively Running Independent Gaming Convention!
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