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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.

We can also provide support to GMs who run SJ Games events at conventions and other types of convention support, such as GMs to run SJ Games events! Send mail to conventions@sjgames.com and let us know how we can help.

You can download these posters to publicize your games and help you find new players at conventions (or stores, or schools)!

We also need volunteers to help us at conventions.

[SJG Attended] Conventions listed with this pyramid symbol will have an SJ Games staffer in attendance. (For a list of JUST those conventions we'll be attending, click here.) If you would like a Steve Jackson Games staffer at your event, please read our guidelines for requesting a guest for your convention.

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!


October 2017 • November 2017 • December 2017 • February 2018 • March 2018 • May 2018 • April 2019


October 2017

Oct. 6-8: CinCityCon – Cincinnati, Ohio
Location: Sharonville, Convention Center, 11355 Chester Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45246
CinCityCon is a new exciting convention with over 150 planned gaming events, a Ginormous Boardgaming Library (over 1, 400 games), RPGs, Minatures, LARPing, Cosplay, and great adult gaming parties in the evening.
Contact Person: Chris Grzywacz
For more info, contact: 629 Galata Dr., Lexington, KY 40503


Oct. 20-22: NEWGameapalooza – Oshkosh, WI
Location: Gruenhagen Conference Center, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd.
Fundamentally, NEWGame is a weekend of gaming run by gamers, with a focus on bringing in as many disparate members of our area's community as possible to show them they greatness of boardgaming. Aside from hosted board/card games and RPGs, there is a vendor hall, auction, Escape Room, Artemis Simulator. It's just supposed to be a weekend of fun for all ages before the harsh Wisconsin winters set in!
Contact Person: Ray Bonilla
For more info, contact: Ray Bonilla, 330 Harbor Point Ct., Winneconne, WI 54986


Oct. 20-22: Quest-Con – Mobile, AL
Location: Arthur R Outlaw Convention Center, 1 S Water St, Mobile, AL 36602
Quest-Con is a multi-genre convention heavily influenced by gaming & cosplay (2 things we hold dear to our hearts). In addition Quest-Con will not be your standard dog & pony show with a flea market that so many conventions seem to be turning into. If you're familiar with most (not all) of the standard fare, you buy a ticket, walk around the vendor floor for a bit, check out some guests, maybe look into a couple of other things that you're personally interested in, then you go back home and wait for the next year. Each year is a rinse and repeat of the last with different guests. This convention will be truly unique to the Gulf Coast area. Yes we will have some awesome guests, we will have an amazing vendor floor, we will have a huge amount of diverse gaming, we will have an unbelievable dedication to all things cosplay, but most importantly we are crafting more than just a convention. We are crafting an adventure. Quest-Con will be an adventure that you will want t
Contact Person: Steve Huckabee
For more info, contact: Quest-Con Support, 10474 Steeplechase Drive, Gulfport, MS 39503


*Oct. 26-29: Spiel Essen – Essen, Federal state North Rhin
Location: 45131 Essen, Federal state North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Contact Person: General Information
SJ Games Staff Attending: Ross Jepson


Oct. 27-29: Famous Monsters Halloween Bash – San Jose, CA
Location: San Jose Convention Center, 150 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113
Famous Monsters has been the leading authority on all things horror, sci-fi, and fantasy related for 59 years. Established in 1958 by Forrest J Ackerman, we're taking decades of fandom celebration and bringing it to the Famous Monsters Halloween Bash in San Jose, California. Featuring horror stars from films such as Hellraiser, Gremlins, and Re-Animator, as well as the legendary George A. Romero of DAWN OF THE DEAD and the other Living Dead movies. There will be vendors, artists, celebrity meet and greets, VR experiences, and more to come. What better way to spend the most thrilling holiday of the year than with the name that started it all? FAMOUS MONSTERS is throwing a Halloween Bash and we're inviting all of our famous friends — including you! Mingle with cult film stars, moan around in monster gear, have a meeting of the minds with your favorite artist, or just sit back and take in the chaos. We're also planning a few surprises based on original material from
Contact Person: Phil Kim


Oct. 28-29: VCON – Vancouver, British Columbia
Location: 15269 104th Avenue, Surrey, B.C., V3R 1N5, Canada
VCON is the oldest general-interest science fiction, fantasy and games convention in Canada and the Pacific Northwest. The convention has promoted the interests of science fiction and fantasy culture in Vancouver BC and its environs since 1971, offering events and exhibits focused on a variety of Science Fiction and Fantasy fandom interest areas such as literature, art, media, music, costumes, comics, tabletop games, electronic games, etc
Contact Person: Jayson Stevens


November 2017

Nov. 2-5: Youmacon – Detroit, MI
Location: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Center Drive Detroit, Michigan.
Youmacon is a popular culture event similar to most "Comic Cons", however instead of focusing on comic books, Youmacon is a celebration of Japanese popular culture and its influence on our own culture over the past few decades. Common themes throughout the event are Anime (Japanese animation), Video Games, Japanese style artwork and comics, and the rising internet culture influenced by all of the above.
Contact Person: Alan Toby
For more info, contact: 3007 Carly Court, Auburn Hills, MI 48326


Nov. 3-5: Carnage XX – Killington, Vt
Location: Killington Grand Resort
Carnage is a multi-genre table-top gaming convention based in the Upper Valley of Vermont / New Hampshire. It typically covers all genres of tabletop gaming, like board games, role-playing games, CCGs, LARPs and historical and fantasy miniatures.
Contact Person: Charles Davis
For more info, contact: 64 County Road - Hartford, Windsor, VT 05089


Nov. 3-5: CONjuration – Atlanta, GA
Location: Marriott Century Center, 2000 Century Blvd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30345
CONjuration is a weekend-long celebration for friends and fans with a passion for magic and magical fantasy. f you love Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings/Hobbit, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once Upon a Time, or anything that includes magic, then you can be a part of it all at CONjuration! Join us for interactive programming, panels/discussions, gaming, music or just to be entertained! CONjuration is more than a convention for Harry Potter fans. It's a celebration of magic and magical fantasy!
Contact Person: Daniel Cook - Gaming Director


Nov. 10-12: AcadeCon 2017 – Dayton, OH
Location: Dayton Convention Center, 22 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402
AcadeCon is a regional tabletop Convention hosted by The RPG Academy Podcast. It has a heavy focus on RPGs but all games and gamers are welcome. We have no per game fees and a free to use game library. We feature a guest list of Podcasters, authors and game designers worthy of a much bigger event.
Contact Person: Michael Ross
For more info, contact: 385 Charleton Ct, Hamilton OH, 45011


Nov. 10-12: TusCon – Tucson, Arizona
Location: Radisson Hotel Tucson Airport, 4550 S Palo Verde Rd, Tucson, AZ 85714
TusCon is an annual Science Fiction Convention sponsored by the Baja Arizona Science Fiction Association (BASFA), a Southern Arizona section 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. The primary focus of TusCon is Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, but we also pay attention to art, animation, science, media, and gaming.
Contact Person: Earl C. Hedges Jr
For more info, contact: BASFA dba TusCon, P.O. Box 2528, Tucson, AZ 85702,


Nov. 10-12: Philcon – Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel
Philcon is the oldest General SF Con around, and has a gaming area, an Art Show, an Anime Room, a Writer's Workshop, a Masquerade, and more!!
Contact Person: Hank Smith
For more info, contact: PO Box 8303, Philadelphia, PA 19101


Nov. 10-12: AetherCon VI – Online, Online
Location: Online (see website URL)
AetherCon is a free to attend, free to partake, non-profit initiative. Throughout the weekend we will feature: A Plethora of Independent, Publisher Run, and Organized Play scenarios using Roll20, Skype, Discord, or Google Hangouts (or it's successor) 16 Themed Panels using You Tube on Air 24 Live Industry Q&As 18 Live Speedpainting Duels with 3 artists each (and voting too) Voting for the 3rd Annual Cleric, Fighter, Wizard, Rogue Miniature Painting Tourney Great deals from your favourite game companies in Baublebrook's Bazaar Further highlights during the run-up to our event are original artwork that will be released periodically as free downloadable wallpapers as well as the Summer Roundtable Series of podcasts with industry professionals, both starting in July. In the spring months voting in our Here Be Monsters poll series as well as previews of the yet to be released wallpapers will be featured.
Contact Person: Stephen J. Holodinsky
For more info, contact: 250 South Drive, Apt#1, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada, N3Y-1G8


Nov. 10-12: MACE – Charlotte, North Carolina
Location: University Hilton
MACE is gaming at its best in the Carolinas. RPGs, Cards, Miniatures, Board Games and more. Special Terrain Building Guest: Scotty "DM SCOTTY" McFarland will be joining us this year.
Contact Person: Jeff Smith
For more info, contact: 110 Grey Beard Ct., High Point, NC 27265


Nov. 10-11: True GamerZ Expo – Jacksonville, FL
Location: Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St, Jacksonville, FL 32204
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, VR, Computer/Mobile/Console and Board Gaming, Free play zones, "adult only" gaming zones, kid gaming zones, large exhibitor market, Tech Talks mini-conference series featuring gaming and app development info, Stage with live entertainment(Music, Live cosplay competitions, Robotics Challenges, 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: 2712 Cobblestone Forest Circle West, Jacksonville, FL 32225


Nov. 11: Coastcon Jr. – Biloxi, Mississippi
Location: Quality Inn Biloxi Beach, 2414 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39531
CoastCon, Jr. will be held Nov 11, 2017 at the Quality Inn in Biloxi, MS (the host hotel for CoastCon). There will be gaming, video rooms, dealer's tables, and more! Admission is $10 for the whole day! Come on out and join us! HOURS 10 am, Saturday to 2 am, Sunday
Contact Person: Steve Huckabee
For more info, contact: Steve Huckabee, Coastcon Jr. Support, 10474 Steeplechase Drive, Gulfport, MS 39503


*Nov. 15-19: BGG Fall – D/FW, Texas
Location: Hyatt Regency DFW Airport, 2334 North International Parkway, DFW Airport, Texas, USA 75261
Contact Person: Customer Service
SJ Games Staff Attending: Bridget Westerman and Sabrina Gonzalez


*Nov. 17-19: PAX Unplugged – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Contact Person: Customer Service
SJ Games Staff Attending: Phil Reed and others to be announced


Nov. 17-19: U-Con – Ypsilanti, MI
Location: Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, 1275 South Huron Street, Ypsilanti Township, MI 48197
U-Con is an annual gaming convention founded in 1988. It attracts gamers not only from Southeast Michigan, but from across the United states and several other countries as well. U-Con offers high-quality events across the spectrum of gaming in a comfortable, functional space … and we work hard to keep the convention as affordable as possible. Gaming at U-Con includes: tabletop, role playing games, board games, miniatures, Live Action Role Playing, and more. U-Con offers unique opportunities to play with industry Guests of Honor who run the games they created!
Contact Person: Jeannette Quirk
For more info, contact: U-Con Gaming Club, P.O. Box 130242, Ann Arbor, MI 48131-0242


Nov. 17-19: Conquest Avalon 2017 – Sacramento, California
Location: Crowne Plaza Sacramento Northeast, 5321 Date Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95841
ConQuest Avalon! Miniature games, war games, board games, family games, role playing games of all sorts, and featuring as specialty programming tracks, ConQuest Test Lab at ConQuest Avalon, and SacTrek.
Contact Person: Kevin Ellingson
For more info, contact: Brian O'Hara, 11393 Curry Trail, Loma Rica, CA 95901


Nov. 18-19: RetroGameCon – Syracuse, NY
Location: Syracuse Oncenter
Tabletop free play (Sponsored by Play The Game, Read the Story): RetroGameCon isn't just about video games. We have a huge tabletop free play area with a generous lending library, plus staff on hand to help you learn new games! Our tabletop free play area also usually has giveaways and prizes, just for playing games! Charity: Our featured charity is Extra Life, which helps heal sick kids locally at Children's Miracle Network hospitals. Our convention features an "Extra Life Stage" where attendees can come play games on a huge 12′ projector screen while being streamed for an internet audience, with free giveaways throughout the show.
Contact Person: Justin Conte
For more info, contact: RetroGameCon, 726 County Route 1, Oswego, NY 13126


December 2017

Dec. 9-10: Narbycon 2017 – Gautier, MS
Location: maCnarB Gaming, 2307 US-90, Gautier, MS 39553
NarbyCon is a family friendly gaming convention that will be held December 9-10, 2017 at maCnarB Gaming in Gautier, Mississippi. We will have 24 hour gaming, a huge board game lending library & play-to-win games, RPG games, card game tournaments, and much more!
Contact Person: Steve Huckabee
For more info, contact: Steve Huckabee, Narbycon Support, 10474 Steeplechase Drive, Gulfport, MS 39503 USA, 228-760-0616


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. 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. 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


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


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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