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Convention and Trade Show Schedule

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 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 2019 • November 2019 • January 2020 • February 2020 • March 2020

October 2019

*Oct. 24-27: Essen Spiel 2019 – Essen, Germany
Location: Messe Essen, Messeplatz 1, 45131 Essen
Steve Jackson Games is headed to the International Spieltage in Essen Germany this October!! This is the first time we will be at Essen and we'll be hanging with our friends at GamesQuest - where you'll be able to buy English Language versions of many of our games including Deadly Doodles, The Fantasy Trip, and various other dice offerings! Be sure to stop by for a demo, check out our latest products, and say "Hallo"!! Essen Spiel is the world's largest fair for board, card and role-playing games with more than 1, 200 exhibitors from 53 nations and 190, 000 visitors #SPIEL19
Contact Person: SJ Games Events Coordinator
SJ Games Staff Attending: Alain Dawson, Alex Yeager, Julie Yeager, Phil Reed, and Ross Jepson

Oct. 31-Nov. 3: Youmacon – Detroit, MI
Location: Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, Michigan 48243 USA
oumacon, a Michigan anime convention, 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. Youmacon brings a unique all-ages mix of interactive events, celebrity guest panels, and live musical performances to Downtown Detroit. One of its most popular events, "Live Action Mario Party", emulates the video game experience – often filling the room to fire code capacity. Players participate in game show-like mini-games to help their teams advance and win. Wearing costumes, or "Cosplay" as it's known at conventions, is very popular with attendees of Youmacon. It is not uncommon to walk into a pair of Italian plu
Contact Person: Alan Toby
For more info, contact: 3007 Carly Court, Auburn Hills, MI 48326

November 2019

Nov. 2-3: Windsor Extra Life 2019 – Windsor, Ontario
Location: The CG Realm, 1311 Tecumseh Rd. E., Windsor, Ontario, N8W 1B9, Canada
24 hour charity gaming marathon ! OPEN GAMING, door prizes, and CHARITY AUCTION. ALL proceeds for Extra Life go to the Children's Miracle Network of Hospitals. Play Games. Heal Kids.
Contact Person: Neil Helmer
For more info, contact: Neil Helmer, 13188 Salich Ct., Tecumseh, Ontario, N8N 4J7, Canada

*Nov. 23-24: ChiTAG 2019 – Chicago, IL
Location: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
EXPLORE, DISCOVER & EXPERIENCE! Join Steve Jackson Games at the 17th annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair - North America's largest toy & game fair open to the public with experiential and immersive events, interactive exhibits and activities for all ages! We will be demoing our latest family friendly releasees plus a few long-time favorites including the new fan favorite, Deadly Doodles, Super Kitty Bug Slap, Munchkin Mighty Monsters, Zombie Dice and more. Plus you'll be able to pick up a copy to take home. Play is pivotal in cognitive development and social skills. Expand your brains, have fun, discover and experience new toys and games! Come out and play with us at the Fair!
Contact Person: SJ Games Events Coordinator
SJ Games Staff Attending: Alex Yeager and Julie Yeager

January 2020

Jan. 17-19: Polar Vortex Game Convention – Lisle, Illinois
Location: Sheraton Lisle Naperville Hotel, 3000 Warrenville Rd, Lisle, IL 60532
Join us for our annual general gaming convention held during January in the Chicagoland area. We invite you to a weekend of RPG's, D&D Adventure League, board games, card games, miniature games, escape room, our charity silent auction supporting the American Cancer Society, paint and take, Play & Win, game demos from supporting manufacturers, vendors, board game library, spaceship bridge simulator, cosplay, larping, our inaugural costume contest, and more!
Contact Person: Lon Lademann
For more info, contact: Polar Vortex, c/o Lon Lademann, 1612 Auburn Ave., Naperville, IL 60565

February 2020

*Feb. 14-16: BASHCon – Toledo, OH
Location: University of Toledo, 2801 Bancroft Street, Toledo, OH 43606
The convention is held at the University of Toledo in Toledo, OH. The 2020 Con will open at 5pm on Friday, February 14th and close at 5pm on Sunday, February 16th. The description on their website is this: BASHCon is a nerd culture convention that takes place in February at the University of Toledo. BASHCon started in 1985 as a small gaming convention under the name of “Winterfest”. With the help of the community, BASHCon went from a small University event, to a convention that people from different parts of the country come in to see. BASHCon features a variety of events, including: panels, video and card game tournaments, anime screenings, arcade, board games, RPGs, and LARP. Every year brings new and exciting things!
Contact Person: Daniel Fry
For more info, contact: UTBASH, 2801 W Bancroft St SU 1503, Toledo, OH 43606
SJ Games Staff Attending: Alex Yeager

March 2020

*Mar. 20-22: Zenkaikon – Lancaster, PA
Location: Lancaster County Convention Center
We are a 5500+ attendee multigenre 501c3 convention featuring science fiction, anime, gaming, and all forms of fandom which takes place in Lancaster, PA, about a ninety-minute drive outside of Philadelphia.
Contact Person: Adam Beaton
SJ Games Staff Attending: Jimmie Bragdon and Steve Jackson

Location: Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, 1001 Amber Ave - Stevens Point, WI 54481
Gaming, dealers, demonstrations, vendors, charity auction. Proceeds from the charity auction go to WPTV and St. Paul's Food Pantry of Stevens Point. Tickets are $10, 12 & under $5, carry-in's NC
Contact Person: Paulette Imhoff
For more info, contact: EGOCON/NEWFOD, P.O.Box 112, Rothschild, WI 54474=0112

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