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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!


September 2018 • October 2018 • November 2018 • February 2019 • March 2019 • April 2019 • May 2019 • June 2019 • August 2019


September 2018

Sept. 20-23: Anime Weekend Atlanta – Atlanta, GA
Location: Cobb Galleria Center and Waverly Renaissance
Anime Weekend Atlanta is a 4 day convention held annually at the Cobb Galleria, and Renaissance Waverly Hotel. The event is a family-friendly celebration of Japanese anime (animation), manga (comics) and cosplay (costume-play) and is gaming!
Contact Person: David Peyton
For more info, contact: 5555 Oakbrook Pkwy Ste 530, Norcross GA, 30093


Sept. 28-30: RinCon 2018 – Tucson, AZ
Location: Sheraton Hotel & Suites, 5151 Grant Rd. Tucson AZ
Board games, RPGs, CCGs, giant-sized games, LARPs, panels and live-streamed events with our special guests, vendor area, beta-testing unpublished games, and a kids' track of events with a drop-off co-op program, so mini-gamers can enjoy kid-friendly games and parents can enjoy their own! RinCon is dedicated to inclusivity and diversity, and this year features an all-female slate of industry Guests of Honor as well as the debut of our women's gaming area. The theme for 2018 is dragons - come on out and get your game on!
Contact Person: Karen Arnold Ewing
For more info, contact: Southern AZ Gamers' Association, c/o Karen Arnold Ewing, RinCon chair, 6102 E. Oak St., Tucson, AZ 85711


Sept. 29: Game Theory Expo – Houston, Texas
Location: 2101 E NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058
Game Theory Expo (GTEX) is a tabletop gaming convention focused on the independent and small publisher side of the industry, while also making table-space for gaming available to the general public, providing a game library, and including special events for attendees. GTEX 2018 will be located in the Gilruth Center, a public conference center on the grounds of the Johnson Space Center. Join us for a full day of tabletop gaming on September 29, 2018.
Contact Person: Jason Yarnell
For more info, contact: PO Box 303, 7710 Cherry Park Dr., Houston, TX 77095


October 2018

Oct. 5-7: VCON 42 – Vancouver, BC
Location: 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC V6X 1A3, Canada
VCON is Vancouver's Premier Science Fiction, Fantasy & Games Convention, featuring games, panels, workshops, book launches and more! This year will also be Canvention 38, featuring the Aurora Awards for Canadian SFF
Contact Person: Jayson Stevens
For more info, contact: Jayson Stevens, 11165 154 St, SURREY, BC V3R 6V7, CANADA


Oct. 6-7: Louisiana Comic Con: Lafayette 2018 – Lafayette, LA
Location: Cajundome Convention Center, 444 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70506
Louisiana Comic Con is a two day event being held at the Cajundome Convention Center (444 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70506) and will bring together a diverse list of guests, vendors, artists, and fan groups, in an affordable, family friendly environment.
Contact Person: Steve Huckabee
For more info, contact: Louisiana Comic Con Support, 10474 Steeplechase Dr., Gulfport, MS 39503


Oct. 6: GameStar – Bethlehem, PA
Location: Artsquest Convention Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015
GameStar - A Tabletop Gaming Convention is back for our 2nd year! We are taking over the whole 1st floor of ArtsQuest, and offering hundreds of board and card games to play at your leisure! This year's event will be bigger, longer, and offering tons of game giveaway prizes just like last year!
Contact Person: Gregory Klepeis
For more info, contact: Gregory Klepeis, 26 W. Fairview St., Bethlehem, PA 18018


Oct. 12-14: SHUX (The Shut Up & Sit Down Board Game Convention) – Vancouver, British Columbia
Location: Vancouver Convention Center East
SHUX returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre for 2018! We'll be giving talks and playing games with our lovely fans and fellow boardgamers. We have a larger expo area showcasing our favourite publishers, a 800 seat theatre for panels and cool talks, a workshop room for live playtesting and design jams, and of course a sea of tables for playing games and meeting new friends! We'll bring back our impressive roster of special guests, organized megagaming and party games, the game library, and a surprise or two to boot!
Contact Person: Chris Pope
For more info, contact: 302 - 3733 Casorso Road, Kelowna, BC V1W5E3


Oct. 12-13: NEA Game Fest – Hoxie, AR
Location: Hoxie Service Center, 500 SW Lawrence, Hoxie, AR 72433, USA
NEA Game Fest is a tabletop gaming convention ran by the NEA Gamers Guild. The convention benefits The Children's Shelter, a local not for profit organization which helps displaced children with temporary housing.
Contact Person: Sarah Brown
For more info, contact: Megan Heyl, 121 SE 8th St., Walnut Ridge, AR 72476, 870-215-3546


Oct. 12-14: Save Against Fear – Harrisburg, PA
Location: Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton Street, Harrisburg, PA 17111.
Celebrating its 8th year with a 1980s theme, Save Against Fear returns to the Harrisburg Mall this October! The event is a charity fundraiser for its host organization (The Bodhana Group), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that advocates for the adoption of tabletop gaming as a directed therapeutic and clinical practice. More info at: https://www.thebodhanagroup.org/about-the-convention SJ Games present: TBD, but some combination of Car Wars Classic, Ogre 6th Edition, Munchkin, Munchkin CCG, plus anything run by other MiBs that want in on the action.
Contact Person: Jack Berkinstock
For more info, contact: THE BODHANA GROUP, 527 Madison Avenue. FLOOR 1, YORK PA, 17404


Oct. 13-14: Gulf Coast Fan Fest 2018 – Bilox, MS
Location: Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39531
Gulf Coast Fan Fest strives to be all inclusive by seeking out popular artists, actors, writers, and creators that all contribute to their respective fandom and allow fans to interact with them as well as to create events that cater to all types of fans. GCFF creates a safe environment for all types of fandom to express themselves, free from bullying or harassment. GCFF provides a place for fans to form a community in which they have the best experience possible. GCFF endeavors to be a unique event in Biloxi by reaching out to the local community to create an environment that we would never be able to achieve by ourselves.
Contact Person: Steve Huckabee
For more info, contact: Gulf Coast Fan Fest Support, 10474 Steeplechase Drive, Gulfport, MS


Oct. 19-21: Necronomicon 2018 – Tampa, FLORIDA
Location: Holiday Inn Tampa, Westshore - Airport Area, 700 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609
Necronomicon is Florida's longest running sci-fi convention. This is our 38th year. Gaming is one of our largest departments. We hope to have 100+ tabletop events this year
Contact Person: Dean Dryer
For more info, contact: Necronomicon Gaming, 915 Chadsworth Ave, Seffner, FL 33584


Oct. 20-21: Gump City Con 2018 – Montgomery, AL
Location: Multiplex at Cramton Bowl, 220 Hall Street, Montgomery, AL 36104
GCC is a multi-genre fan convention for the whole family celebrating all things geek at the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl on October 20-21, 2018! Special Guests, Panels, Cosplay Contests, Vendors, and much much more!
Contact Person: Steve Huckabee
For more info, contact: Gump City Con Support, 10474 Steeplechase Dr., Gulfport, MS 39503


Oct. 25-28: Atlanta Game Fest 32 – Alpharetta, GA
Location: Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta
Boardgame fans from across the Southeast gather for four days of fun and games. Hundreds of the world's best boardgames are available for play, as well as friendly folks who can help with the rules.
Contact Person: Ward Batty
For more info, contact: 3717 Evans Dale Drive., Atlanta GA 30340


Oct. 26-28: PAX Australia 2018 – Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Location: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
As part of Creative Victoria's Melbourne International Games Week, PAX Aus will provide the best in gaming culture with more than 180 global and local exhibitors, thousands of playable games and more than 150 hours of on-stage content including panels with game industry luminaries, tournaments with professional players, and concerts. This year, PAX Aus has partnered with EB Expo to bring a dedicated space for the world's largest publishers as well as additional panels to the show.
Contact Person: PAX Australia


Oct. 26-28: N.E.W. Gameapalooza – Oshkosh, WI
Location: Reeve Memorial Union, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh., 748 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, WI 54901
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 board gaming. Aside from hosted board/card games and RPGs, there is a vendor hall, auction, Escape Room, Artemis Simulator as well as a Family Game room run by my wife's middle school game club kids. 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 Pointe Ct., Winneconne, WI 54986


November 2018

Nov. 1-4: Youmacon – Detroit, MI
Location: Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, Michigan 48243
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. 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 gameshow-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 plumbers in overalls on the escal
Contact Person: Alan Toby
For more info, contact: 3007 Carly Court, Auburn Hills, MI 48326


Nov. 2-4: Carnage 21 – Killington, VT
Location: Killington Grand Resort Hotel, 228 E Mountain Rd, Killington, VT 05751
Carnage is a multi-genre tabletop game convention held annually the first weekend in November in the Upper Valley of Vermont. November 2nd to the 4th, 2018, join us at the Killington Grand Resort for Carnage 21 and play tabletop games all weekend long! Carnage is a family-friendly event, and newcomers are always welcome.
Contact Person: Chuck Davis
For more info, contact: 64 County Road-Hartland, Windsor, VT 05089


Nov. 4-6: Southern Hobby Open House – Nashville, Tennessee
Location: Nashville Airport Marriott and SHS Nashville, 600 Marriott Dr., Nashville, TN 37214
Southern Hobby Supply, Inc. was founded in 1991 with one simple goal: become our customers' greatest asset by delivering top quality products, unmatched customer service, and the most knowledgeable sales staff in the hobby industry.
Contact Person: Southern Hobby


*Nov. 8-11: Gamehole.Con – Madison, Wisconsin
Location: 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713
Gamehole Con is the largest tabletop gaming convention in the upper Midwest. Tabletop gamers from around the country gather each November in Madison, WI for this carnival of gaming. Gamehole Con is all about tabletop gaming and all the fun that goes with it. The convention features role-playing games, board games, fantasy and historical miniature gaming, and collectible card games. Gamehole Con is for the fantasy and adventure tabletop gaming enthusiast. Gamehole Con features the best guests in the industry, an unbelievable Dealer Hall and of course, lots and lots of gaming! If you are a tabletop gaming fan, do not miss Gamehole Con!
Contact Person: Gamehole Con
SJ Games Staff Attending: Phil Reed and Steve Jackson


Nov. 15-18: Chicago Toy and Game Fair – Chicago, Illinois
Location: 600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago, IL USA,
"ChiTAG is "THE" event in the Toy Industry, it is a who's who of Toy & Game Inventors and Toy & Game Companies. The Conferences, Gala and Fair are unmatched for Educating, Celebrating and Playing in our industry. I'm very excited for this year's event - it is timed perfectly for seeing the best of the best toys and games right in the heart of our biggest selling season!" - Gary Swisher, SVP of Inventor Relations and Head of Gaming​, Mattel Inc.
Contact Person: Chicago Toy and Game Fair


Nov. 16-18: Philcon – Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill, NJ
Philcon is the oldest general SF con around, and takes place November 16-18 at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ. Philcon has open gaming, a Writer's Workshop, an Art Show, a Masquerade, an Anime Room, and more!! Hope to see you there!!
Contact Person: Hank Smith (publicity assistant)
For more info, contact: PO Box 8303, Philadelphia, PA 19101


Nov. 16-18: Mepacon – Scranton, Pennsylvania
Location: Hilton Convention Center Scranton, PA
Over two-hundred hours of gaming in Mid-Eastern Pennsylvania with the premier meet-up of gamers of all stripes. From dedicated role-playing fans to the casual board game player, MEPACON delivers multiple tracts of entertainment for all ages. Experience three-days of jam packed entertainment with hosted gaming sessions, play to win, game library, auction of new and vintage games, miniature painting and costume contests and access to the latest and greatest games provided by on site vendors.
Contact Person: Matt Caylor
For more info, contact: MEPACON, c/o Matt Caylor, 1208 Capital STreet, Harrisburg, PA 17102


Nov. 16-18: CONtraflow – Kenner, LA
Location: Hilton New Orleans Airport, 901 Airline Dr, Kenner, LA 70062
CONtraflow is a fan convention held in the Greater New Orleans area. It focuses on science fiction, fantasy, gaming, comics, and related literary genres in any form, including but not limited to writing, visual arts, dramatic arts, and interactive fiction.
Contact Person: Steve Huckabee
For more info, contact: Steve Huckabee, CONtraflow 2018, 10474 Steeplechase Drive, Gulfport, MS 39503


Nov. 17-18: Board Games By The Bay – Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Location: Auckland Bridge Club, 273 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand
Board Games By The Bay is a series of community board gaming events in New Zealand, running since 2011. We have been approached by MIB Stacey Francis (#8210) who is keen to attend and promote SJ Games at the event.
Contact Person: Jason Clague
For more info, contact: 20 Santiago Place, Flagstaff, Hamilton 3210, NEW ZEALAND


*Nov. 30-Dec. 2: PAX Unplugged – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Location: PENNSYLVANIA CONVENTION CENTER, 1101 ARCH STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19107
PAX Unplugged will be an exciting analog-focused extension of our already existing portfolio of PAX events. We’ve found that the Tabletop parts of PAX have grown and grown to the point where we said, “You know what? Let’s make a show that’s just that.” PAX Unplugged is an event specifically tailored to gamers of all ages. All of the content throughout the show is meant to be enjoyed by the entire family all weekend and what’s more, Sunday’s offerings are specifically set up to appeal to our younger gamers in attendance. It’s with that in mind that we will also be offering a Sunday Kid’s Day badge for anyone under 12.
Contact Person: PAX Unplugged
SJ Games Staff Attending: to be announced


February 2019

Feb. 7-10: Game-o-Rama – Alpharetta, GA
Location: Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta
Boardgame fans from across the Southeast gather for four days of fun and games. Hundreds of the world's best boardgames are available for play, as well as friendly folks who can help with the rules.
Contact Person: Ward Batty
For more info, contact: 3717 Evans Dale Drive., Atlanta GA 30340


Feb. 22-24: MystiCon – Roanoke, Virginia
Location: Holiday Inn – Tanglewood, 4468 Starkey Road, SW, Roanoke, VA 24018
The original MystiCon, which took place over July 4th weekend in 1980 was considered a big party by most, but has recently been revived to take place in our favorite Roanoke, VA location, the Tanglewood Holiday Inn. The location and time of year that MystiCon takes place is one that fans, family and friends alike have come to rely on for an awesome weekend of SciFi, Fantasy and Pop Culture. This convention was resurrected in 2010 by a collection of cool zany and passionate people that wanted to keep the family-friendly traditions of open gaming, enjoyment of different literature, arts, imaginations and camaraderie any Con-goer will surely enjoy! We look forward to seeing you there!
Contact Person: MystiCon


Feb. 28-Mar. 3: SaltCON "Spring" 2019 – Layton, UT
Location: Davis Conference Center, 1651 North 700 West, Layton, Utah 84041
Utah's Largest Board Game Conventions
Contact Person: Dale Gifford
For more info, contact: Dale Gifford, 3730 S. Brookside Dr., West Valley, UT 84120


March 2019

Mar. 7-10: GaryCon – Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Location: Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva, WI 53147, United States
Contact Person: GaryCon


Mar. 14-17: Emerald City CC – Seattle, Washington
Location: 705 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
Emerald City Comic Con is the destination comic and pop culture show for the Pacific Northwest. ECCC delivers the best that the comics and pop culture industry has to offer directly from the creators, bringing super fans exactly what they crave: interaction with quality content and guests and an inclusive space to celebrate their fandom.
Contact Person: Emerald City CC


Mar. 28-31: GameStorm 21 – Portland, OR
Location: Red Lion Jantzen Beach Hotel, 909 N Hayden Island Dr, Portland, OR 97217
GameStorm is the premiere gaming convention in the Pacific Northwest. Our four day event covers a very wide range of games as well as game design and publishing education. Everything from LARPs like live action Hungry Hippos, to card games like Munchkin Collectable Card game, to RPGs like GURPS and D&D, to all kinds of board games of every stripe, to miniature games like Ogre and Battletech, to console and LAN games, and everything in between. We've even had escape rooms and miniature painting contests. Come check us out.
Contact Person: Rodney E. Barnes
For more info, contact: 12627 SE Harold Street, Portland OR 97236


Mar. 30: EGOCON – Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Location: Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center, 1001 Amber Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54482, 715-344-0200
A Science-Fiction-Fantasy-Gaming Event hosted by the N.E.W. Friends of the Doctor (established 1983) (a group of enthusiasts who are interested in practically everything). Egocon has full sized Daleks, board games, Mason's Quest, charity auction (proceeds going to WI Public TV, and to St. Paul's Food Pantry in Stevens Point) dealers, guests, classes. The con is small and friendly atmosphere for all ages.
Contact Person: Paulette Imhoff
For more info, contact: EGOCON, P.O.Box 112, Rothschild, WI 54474-0112


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


Apr. 20: Cheyenne Gaming Convention – Cheyenne, Wyoming
Location: Red Lion Inn
The Wyoming Gaming Library is excited to announce the first annual Cheyenne Gaming Convention, Board games, CCG events, RPG events, video game tournaments, workshops, various vendors, and much more! Get ready to get your game on, Cheyenne!
Contact Person: Zavier Bates
For more info, contact: 1500 avenue C Lot 35 Cheyenne WY 82007


May 2019

May 23-27: Atlanta Game Fest 33 – Alpharetta, GA
Location: Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta
Boardgame fans from across the Southeast gather for four days of fun and games. Hundreds of the world's best boardgames are available for play, as well as friendly folks who can help with the rules.
Contact Person: Ward Batty
For more info, contact: 3717 Evans Dale Drive., Atlanta GA 30340


May 31-June 2: LibertyCon – Chattanooga, Tennessee
Location: The Read House, 107 W M L King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37402
You probably know by now that LibertyCon is a convention that prides itself on great guests, phenomenal panels, a killer ConSuite and our ‘Family Friendly Atmosphere'. We're a convention that is small on purpose (we limit the attendees to 750, which is actually set in stone in our Charter) since we want to give the fans a chance to sit down and chat with the guests. Sure we could try to bring in twice the attendees, but do you think you'd be able to sit on a couch with Terry Brooks talking about law or playing Magic the Gathering with Brandon Sanderson if we did?
Contact Person: LibertyCon


June 2019

June 12-16: Origins 2019 – Columbus, Ohio
Location: 400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
Welcome to your first adventure at Origins! There are literally thousands of people who come year after year to this great show, but we are particularly happy when new folks join us for the first time. This is an exciting opportunity for you to discover the magic of an entire convention center full of gaming and game-related activities. Frankly, we kind of envy you and that first-time wonder. Remember, it isn't just a con but an adventure!
Contact Person: Origins


August 2019

Aug. 15-19: Worldcon – Dublin, Ireland
Location: Spencer Dock, N Wall Quay, North Wall, Dublin 1, D01 T1W6, Ireland
We've brought together old and new voices to organise Dublin 2019, and want to be able to welcome all fans from around the globe in order to make a diverse, exciting and vibrant Worldcon happen in this lovely city. As well as bringing the rich history of Ireland's science fiction and fantasy to Worldcon, we also want to celebrate its current voices, and to reach beyond traditional Worldcon audiences to celebrate the greatest parts of SF/F media and culture on an international level.
Contact Person: Worldcon

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