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This is a schedule of the game conventions we know about, some of which we plan to attend. We’re more than happy to help promote your convention so if you’d like to add your con to our list, please email Jeff. Use the format you see below and give us the needed info for us to post. We consider a convention as any gathering with a large number of gaming events and a projected attendance of 200 or more visitors.

Disclaimer: Obviously we offer this information as a service to the public and are in no way involved in any “official” capacity with the conventions below. This info is provided by convention organizers so TGG can’t be held responsible for errors, date or time changes, cancellations, meteor strikes, or acts of a vengeful deity which may or may not affect the scheduling of these events. Or, in other words, please contact the convention representative if you’re planning to attend!

January 2018

Jan. 31-Feb. 4: Nuremberg International Toy Fair – Nuremberg, Germany
Location: Messezentrum Nürnberg (Nuremberg Exhibition Center), Messezentrum 1, 90471 Nuremberg, Germany
Spielwarenmesse is the largest international trade fair for toys and games hold annually since 1949. Only trade visitors associated with the toy business, journalists and invited guests are admitted.
Contact Person: Spielwarenmesse eG

February 2018

Feb. 15-18: Capricon – Wheeling, Illinois
Location: Westin Chicago North Shore, 601 N Milwaukee, Wheeling, Illinois 60090
We are a Chicago local, fan run science fiction convention. We have a large 24 hour game room and host a wide variety of games to hundreds of people throughout the four day weekend. This year we are running a Gaming Passport where players can play a variety of games to earn raffle tickets for different prize packs. There will also be a grand prize for those who complete the entire passport.
Contact Person: Jenna Kantor

Feb. 16-19: Orccon – Los Angeles, CA
Location: Hilton Los Angeles Airport (LAX), 5711 W Century Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90045
Orccon is an all-ages annual gaming convention focusing almost entirely on tabletop games. Joim us and learn, play, watch and buy a wide variety of board, card, miniature, role-playing, collectible and video games. 800+ game library, dealer room, tournaments with prizes, Gaming 101 sessions for beginners, miniature painting, entertainment, the Great Game Auction and special activities for families.
Contact Person: Mei Dean Francis
For more info, contact: Strategicon, P.O. Box 92103, Long Beach, CA 90809

Feb. 16-19: Dundracon – San Ramon, CA
Location: San Ramon Marriot, San Ramon Ca
Full Gamers convention that covers Larping, Boardgames, Mini’s, RPG’s, Kids and Teens room, Open gaming, a Bazaar, panels and a vendor hall.
Contact Person: Cassandra Lowe
For more info, contact: 6570 37th ave Sacramento Ca 95824

Feb. 17-20: New York Toy Fair – New York City, New York
Location: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, NYC
The American International Toy Fair is an annual toy industry trade show held in mid-February in New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and at toy showrooms around the city.
Contact Person: The Toy Association

Feb. 23-25: Con Nooga – Chattanooga, TN
Location: Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Con Nooga celebrates all fandoms and all genres. Some shows focus on guests but we primarily focus on programming, entertainment, workshops, contests, interaction and networking. We have over 500+ hours of content in a mere 3 days. Covering all genres, fandoms, pop culture and pretty much anything geek to freak! We have over 23 rooms of programming every hour and 3 total stages.
Contact Person: Jason Mink at Infinity Flux
For more info, contact: Infinity Flux, 3643 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, Tennessee, TN 37415

March 2018

Mar. 1-4: Emerald City CC – Seattle, Washington
Location: WA State Convention Center | Seattle, WA
The Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) is an annual comic book convention taking place in Seattle, Washington. Originally taking place at the city’s CenturyLink Field (first at West Field Plaza, then at the Event Center), the venue changed in 2008 to its current home at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. In 2011, the show expanded to a three-day event. In 2013, the show utilized the entire Washington State Convention and Trade Center for the first time. In 2014, the Gaming portion of the show was moved to the third floor of the nearby Sheraton Seattle Hotel to make room for an expanded show floor.
Contact Person: Emerald City CC

Mar. 1-4: SaltCON 2018 – Layton, UT
Location: Davis Conference Center, 1651 North 700 West
The mission of SaltCON is “to bring people together with games.” Come play with your family and friends. We have exhibitors, prizes, Game teachers, tournaments and a huge game library to try out new games. We have board games, card games, party games, role playing games, dexterity games, miniatures games and more! This is out 10th Anniversary and we are trying to make this a huge celebration.
Contact Person: Jeff Briggs
For more info, contact: Jeff Briggs, 145 S 200 E Apt 4, Farmington UT 84025

Mar. 2-4: Kawaii Kon – Honolulu, HI
Location: The Hawaii Convention Center
Kawaii Kon is a 3 day Anime Convention and Conference dedicated to creating a broader awareness of, and appreciation for Japanese animation by celebrating the richness of the artform. Through cooperation with the community, Kawaii Kon hopes to facilitate growth of the anime, manga, gaming, video gaming and other related industries in Hawaii and beyond.
Contact Person: Van H. Fujishige
For more info, contact: 909 Makahiki Way #4, Honolulu, HI 96826

Mar. 9-11: Omni Fandom Expo – Orlando, Florida
Location: The Florida Hotel and Conference Center, 1500 Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32809
Omni Fandom Expo is a founded-by-fans multi-genre convention event which takes place over one weekend a year. We cater to all fandoms, from Scifi/Fantasy, Gaming (including Tabletop!), Comics, Anime, and Pop Culture! We’re your Spring Destination for geekdom and nerdkind alike! Our staff are all fans from across the genre spectrum, and we’re also all veterans in the convention industry. With over 100 years combined experience behind-the-scenes in both running our own events as well as assisting in other events, we’ve got a passion for making sure everyone has a fun and memorable weekend.
Contact Person: Mark Dmuchowski
For more info, contact: c/o Samantha Meggison, 3306 17th Ave W, Bradenton, FL

Mar. 12-16: GAMA – Reno, Nevada
Location: Peppermill Resort, Reno, Nevada
The GAMA Trade Show is the premier event in the hobby industry. It’s a unique networking opportunity for hobby industry professionals, hosted by the Game Manufacturers Association. The GAMA Trade Show is full of opportunities that are sure to benefit you and your business. Whether you’re new to the hobby industry, or have been a part of it for years, the opportunities weaved into every aspect of the show will make a positive impact on your professional life. Every element included in the show is directed toward collaboration, supporting the industry and endeavors to help it grow. Kick off the show at GAMA launch party and games night. Participate in engaging seminars from retailers, manufacturers, and other industry professionals throughout the week. Spend your Wednesday and Thursday afternoon walking the exhibit hall and talking to exhibitors about products, placing orders, and more. Network over meals and games nights, receive demo training, and gain knowledge that you ca
Contact Person: Paul McGraw

Mar. 16-18: Coastcon 2018 – Biloxi, MS
Location: MS Coast Convention Center, 2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS 39531
CoastCon is Mississippi’s longest running and largest science fiction, fantasy and gaming convention. It is the main sponsored event of CoastCon, Inc., a non-profit literary organization. CoastCon, Inc. and its ten-member volunteer board develops events and gatherings to promote reading, education, fellowship, and science fiction, fantasy and gaming in all formats across the Southern United States, for over forty years.
Contact Person: Steve Huckabee
For more info, contact: Steve Huckabee, Coastcon Support, 10474 Steeplechase Dr., Gulfport, MS 39503

Mar. 16-18: Coastcon – Biloxi, MS
Location: Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39531
CoastCon is Mississippi’s longest running and largest science fiction, fantasy and gaming convention. It is the main sponsored event of CoastCon, Inc., a non-profit literary organization. CoastCon, Inc. and its ten-member volunteer board develops events and gatherings to promote reading, education, fellowship, and science fiction, fantasy and gaming in all formats across the Southern United States, for over forty years.
Contact Person: Steve Huckabee
For more info, contact: Coastcon Support, 10474 Steeplechase Dr, Gulfport, MS 39503

Mar. 23-25: BFGcon – Frederick, MD
Location: Clarion Inn and Event Center, 5400 Holiday Drive, Frederick, MD, 21703, United States
This is the 1st annual gaming convention in Frederick, MD. We (One for All Events) are professional event organizers who have primarily focused on conferences for computer programmers, but are branching out into the gaming field (as it is one of our passions). We are filling out this form because one of your local representatives, Steve Strote, wants to represent you there and run some events, and asked us to fill this out first therefore!
Contact Person: Eli White
For more info, contact: One for All Events, LLC, 2914 Timber Ridge Dr., Mount Airy, MD 21771

April 2018

Apr. 5-8: PAX East – Boston, Massachusetts
Location: Boston Convention and Expo Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210
PAX (originally known as Penny Arcade Expo) is overall term used to refer to a series of Gaming culture festivals that involve; tabletop gaming, arcade gaming, computer gaming and video gaming. PAX festival events are held annually in Seattle, WA, Boston, MA, Philadelphia, PA, San Antonio, TX and Melbourne, Australia. PAX was originally created by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the authors of the Penny Arcade webcomic, because they wanted to attend a show exclusively for gaming.[1] First held in 2004, PAX has been hailed as a celebration of gamer culture. Defining characteristics of the festivals include an opening keynote speech from an industry insider, game-culture inspired concerts, panels on game topics, exhibitor booths from both independent and major game developers and publishers, a LAN party Multiplayer, tabletop gaming tournaments, and video game freeplay areas. Every PAX also features the Omegathon, a festival long tournament consisting of a group of randomly selected attendees.
Contact Person: PAX East

Apr. 13-15: Pikes Peak Gamers Convention – Manitou Springs, Colorado
Location: Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave.
You are invited to the first ever Pikes Peak Gamers board game convention in historic Manitou Springs, Colorado! During PPG Con, gaming will be 24/7 with access to a library of over 700 board games. And when you want a change of scenery, explore this mountain town we call home. Stroll around downtown’s shops, restaurants, & breweries. Take in the Rocky Mountain air on hiking trails and the famous Manitou Incline. All of this is within walking distance of PPG Con. Game with altitude!
Contact Person: Jose Balderrama

May 2018

May 4-6: Gojotekicon 2018 – Ashland, OH
Location: Holiday Inn Express Ashland, 1392 Enterprise Parkway, Ashland, OH 44805
Gojotekicon will be returning in 2018 with more panels, more guests, more space, and even more fun. Join us May 4th-6th 2018 at the Holiday Inn Express in Ashland, OH.
Contact Person: Ken Reeder
For more info, contact: PO Box 461, 7 S Main St., West Salem, OH 44287

May 4-6: Austi-Con – Austin, Minnesota
Location: Austin MN
Weekend of tabletop gaming with scheduled events, open gaming, charity auction, swag bags and play to win events.
Contact Person: Michael Jordal
For more info, contact: 811 5th Ave. Nw, Austin MN 55912

May 22-24: Licensing Expo – Las Vegas, Nevada
Location: Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
For more than 35 years, Licensing Expo has connected the world’s most influential entertainment, character, art, and corporate brand owners and agents with consumer goods manufacturers, licensees and retailers. Whether you are looking to spot trends, build partnerships, or secure brand rights for your products, Licensing Expo has your answer.
Contact Person: Licensing Expo

May 25-28: BGG.CON SPRING – DFW Airport, Texas
Location: 2334 North International Parkway, DFW Airport, Texas, USA 75261
BGG.Spring returns! May 26-29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency DFW.
Contact Person: BGG

May 25-28: PaizoCON – Seattle, Washington
Location: To Be Determined
It all started in a basement. Paizo fan Tim Nightengale and a collection of paizo.com regulars thought that the world should have a PaizoCon, so they made one up themselves back in 2008. A small number of Paizo staffers trundled over to the lowest floor of a La Quinta Inn for a day of panels and games with a couple handfuls of Paizo’s faithful fans. It was small, it was modest, and it was an absolutely fantastic time for all involved. We knew we had to do it again, and we knew we had to make it bigger! Since that legendary first get-together, we’ve gathered annually to celebrate all things Paizo and Pathfinder. Most importantly, we’ve tried to keep the atmosphere of that very first PaizoCon present at each successive event. Sure, there are now tons of Pathfinder Society events to play, lots of fun panels and workshops to attend, and hordes of amazing Paizo fans on hand, but we’ve done our best to keep the Paizo staff accessible and open. Feel free to come on up and cha
Contact Person: Paizo

June 2018

June 1-3: UK Games Expo – Birmingham, UK
Location: Held in the NEC and Hilton Hotels, Birmingham.
Now in its 12th Year, UK Games Expo (UKGE) is the largest Hobby Games Convention in the UK. A fun event appealing to families and the general public as well as the enthusiast.
Contact Person: Hayley Holloway

June 13-17: Origins – Columbus, Ohio
Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH
Origins 2018 will serve up a high level of fun with activities and events that may require some sleuthing skills. Mark your calendar, Origins Game Fair 2018 is happening June 13-17 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH.
Contact Person: Paul McGraw

July 2018

July 27-28: True GamerZ Expo – Jacksonville, FL
Location: Adam W. Herbert University Center UNF – 1200 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL
True Gamerz Expo is the premier Gaming and Technology Convention to hit Florida’s First Coast. TGE will feature multiple Gaming Tournaments with Cash Prizes, Cosplay,  Free play zones,  large exhibitor market, Tech Talks mini-conference series featuring gaming and app development info, Stage with live entertainment(Music, Live cosplay competitions, Tech Talks and more). TGE is only for those #TRUEGAMERZ ready to claim trophies, cash, and of course Bragging Rights!
Contact Person: J. Scarver
For more info, contact: www.truegamerzexpo.com or call 904-568-7344

August 2018

Aug. 2-5: Gen Con 2018 – Indianapolis, Indiana
Location: Indiana Convention Center
Gen Con is the original, longest-running gaming convention in the world! With 500+ exhibiting companies from the game industry, award-winning authors and artists, costumed attendees, more than 19, 000 events, a Family Fun Pavilion, and the debut of exciting new games, Gen Con truly is The Best Four Days in Gaming™!
Contact Person: Gen Con

Aug. 3-5: Comic Con Honolulu – Honolulu, Hawaii
Location: The Hawaii Convention Center
Comic Con Honolulu is a 3 day all genre convention dedicated in creating a family friendly celebration of comics, games, costumes, fantasy, sci-fi, and all things geek. Through our convention, we help create a safe environment to celebrate various popular culture fandoms and provide a meeting place for fans, guests, and industries to interact with like-minded individuals in the spirit of Aloha.
Contact Person: Van H. Fujishige
For more info, contact: 909 Makahiki Way #4, Honolulu, HI 96826

Aug. 16-20: Worldcon 76 – San Jose, CA
Location: San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 W San Carlos St, San Jose.
Worldcon 76 is the latest version of the venerable SFF convention. Hosted in the heart of Silicon Valley this year, our theme is “Make the Future”. Panels and Workshops and Gaming are all part of the program.
Contact Person: Christine Doyle

April 2019

Apr. 6-7: Sails and Swords Con – Butte, MT
Location: We are still exploring venues right now. Our current choice would force us to charge vendors and we would like to avoid that.
A con centered loosely around vikings, pirates, and maybe ninjas if we can catch them. City wide scavenger hunt, beard/mustache contest, art hall, vendors, food, guest speakers, demos, gaming and more…
Contact Person: Christie (Stormy) Standish
For more info, contact: 1907 Whitman Ave., Butte, MT 59701

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