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This is a page of gaming conventions which I have attended or am
considering attending. I have started writing up convention reports
on the ones I attend. See
Game Convention Central
for a more comprehensive listing of gaming events in general.
Below the conventions I report on are listed alphabetically.
Conventions I Attended
AmberCon NorthWest: November in Portland, OR
- A gaming convention at a historic hotel in Portland, Oregon --
inspired by the Amber series by Robert Zelazny and the
Amber Diceless RPG by Erick Wujcik. The deadline
for preregistration is July or so. GMs should submit games by
roughly the end of August.
ACNW 2005 Report
ACNW 2006 Report
ACNW 2007 Report
ACNW 2008 Report
ACNW 2009 Report
ACNW 2010 Report
ACNW 2011 Report
ACNW 2012 Report
ACNW 2013 Report
ACNW 2014 Report
ACNW 2015 Report
ACNW 2015 Report
ACNW 2016 Report
ACNW 2018 Report
Big Bad Con: early October in Oakland
- A new Bay Area gaming convention starting in 2011, organized by
Sean Nittner and other local GMs.
Big Bad Con 2011 Report
Big Bad Con 2012 Report
Big Bad Con 2013 Report
Big Bad Con 2014 Report
Big Bad Con 2015 Report
Big Bad Con 2016 Report
Big Bad Con 2018 Report
Big Bad Con 2019 Report
3DBCon: April in San Francisco, CA
- An experimental mini-convention (with seven events) hosted at
Three Dollar Bill Cafe at San Francisco's LGBT Community Center.
Billed as "a gaming convention for the people, by the people."
3DBCon 2005 Report
3DBCon 2006 Report
CelestiCon: Labor Day weekend in Redwood City
- A game convention started in 2009. For 2011, it shifted to Labor Day Weekend -
putting it at the same dates as PacifiCon.
ConQuest 2014 Report
ConQuest / Pacificon: End of August in Santa Clara, CA
- A Bay Area convention, recently gone through change of
ownership, and renamed "Pacificon". GMs should submit games
by end of July. Pre-register by early August.
ConQuest 2003 Report
ConQuest 2004 Report
ConQuest 2005 Report
ConQuest 2006 Report
ConQuest 2008 Report
Pacificon 2009 Report
Pacificon 2010 Report
Pacificon 2011 Report
Pacificon 2012 Report
Pacificon 2013 Report
DundraCon: Mid-February in San Ramon
- A large area convention, the "World's Longest Continuously Running
RPG Convention". GMs should submit games by New Years.
Preregister by end of October at reduced price, or by end of
DundraCon 2005 Report
DundraCon 2007 Report
DundraCon 2012 Report
DundraCon 2013 Report
DundraCon 2014 Report
DundraCon 2015 Report
DundraCon 2016 Report
DundraCon 2017 Report
DundraCon 2018 Report
DundraCon 2019 Report
End Game's Mini-Con: Quarterly in Oakland
- This is single-day mini-convention emphasizing recent independent
games, held at a local game store in Oakland ("End Game"). They
are being scheduled quarterly, starting in 2006.
April Fool's 2006 Mini-Con Report
July 2006 Mini-Con Report
October 2006 Mini-Con Report
January 2007 Mini-Con Report
April 2007 Mini-Con Report
July 2007 Mini-Con Report
October 2007 Mini-Con Report
October 2008 Mini-Con Report
October 2009 Mini-Con Report
GenCon Indy: August in Indianapolis
- I attended my first GenCon -- the largest gaming convention in
the U.S. and probably the world -- in 2006. The start date for
event submissions is early January. Events must be submitted
by the event submission deadline, which is mid-April.
GenCon Indy 2006 Report
GenCon Indy 2007 Report
GenCon Indy 2012 Report
Go Play NorthWest
- A mini-convention of indie gamers in Seattle, held in early
summer starting in 2007.
Go Play NW 2007 Report
Go Play NW 2008 Report
Knutepunkt: Spring in Scandanavia
- A cross-Scandanavian live-action role-playing theory
convention. The name means "Nodal Point", and it changes
name year to year as it rotates between Sweden (Knutpunkt),
Denmark (Knudepunkt), Finland (Solmukohta), and Norway
(Knutepunkt). Each year a book is published: articles
should generally be submitted by December.
Knutepunkt 2005 Report
Knutpunkt 2006 Report
Solmukohta 2008 Report
Knutepunkt 2009 Report
Solmukohta 2012 Report
Knutepunkt 2017 Report
KublaCon: Late May in Burlingame, CA
- A relatively new Bay Area convention. GMs should submit games
by mid-April. Preregister at reduced price by end of
KublaCon 2004 Report
KublaCon 2011 Report
KublaCon 2012 Report
KublaCon 2013 Report
KublaCon 2014 Report
KublaCon 2015 Report
KublaCon 2016 Report
KublaCon 2019 Report
Nerdly Beach Party: various times at San Simeon, CA
- This is a new mini-convention run on the campgrounds at San Simeon State Beach Park in central California. It's been run three times, once in 2007 and twice in 2008.
Nerdly Beach Party Spring 2008 Report
Nerdly Beach Party Summer 2008 Report
Nerdly Beach Party Fall 2009 Report
Nerdly Beach Party Fall 2010 Report
Nerdly Beach Party Fall 2011 Report
Nerdly Beach Party Fall 2013 Report
Nerdly Beach Party Spring 2014 Report
Origins: July 4th weekend in Columbus, OH
- I haven't been to Origins in decades, but I have fond memories of going there as a teenager.
PolyCon: late June in San Luis Obispo, CA
- A small central coast gaming convention, running since 1983 at Cal Polytech SU.
PolyCon 2015 Report
- South Bay Story Games Day: various times in San Jose, CA
- This is an semi-informal gathering organized on the Story Games forum and held at Game Kastle in San Jose.
South Bay Story Games Day August 2010 Report
South Bay Story Games Day February 2011 Report
South Bay Story Games Day June 2011 Report
Strategicon/Gamex: Late May in Los Angeles, CA
- An Los Angeles area local gaming convention, I went to two of
these during the two years I was working at UC Irvine.
WisCon: Late May in Madison, WI
- WisCon is a feminist science-fiction convention. However,
I have run a role-playing game there in 1997, and moderated
a panel on "Gender in Gaming" in 2006.
WisCon 2006 Report
Wyrd Con: June in Costa Mesa, CA
- An "interactive storytelling" convention in southern California - mixing LARPs, ARGs, pervasive games, and transmedia experiences. It includes a number of panels on issues of interactive storytelling as well as games.
Wyrd Con 2012 Report
Wyrd Con 2013 Report
Conventions I Have Been Interested In
Conventions that I have been interested in but not yet attended.
DragonFlight: Late August in Seattle
- A local Northwest gaming convention.
GenCon SoCal: November in Anaheim, CA
- This isn't local to the Bay Area, but large enough
and close enough that it's worth mentioning. Sadly, it was
cancelled after a few years.
See Warhorn.net for
a more comprehensive listing of gaming conventions.