Conventia – So many conventions, so little time

I love going to board game conventions, but I know that I’m not aware of a lot of them. There are the big ones: Origins, GenCon, PAX / PAX East, and of course Spiel in Germany. I’m also looking for the not-quite-as-big ones, like BGG.con, DicetowerCon, and World Boardgaming Championships. I also know there are smaller local cons to northeast Ohio, like AnCon and Con on the Cob.

I’d like to have a list of the board game cons that are worth going to, and I’m going to miss some, so why not leave a comment below so you can help me find that hidden gem that will lead to lots more gaming! The list is broken up alphabetically, but subdivided by cons that are taking place this year versus next year.

BoardGameGeek.CON
http://boardgamegeek.com/bggcon
November 14-18
Dallas, TX

Con on the Cob
http://cononthecob.com
October 11-14, 2012
Hudson, OH

DollarCon
http://www.dollarcon.com
October 12-13, 2012 (tentative)
Richmond, VA

PentaCon
http://www.pentacongames.com
November 9-11, 2012
Fort Wayne, IN

RinCon
http://rincongames.com
September 28-30, 2012
Tucson, AZ – Thank you from Seth Jaffee

SPIEL
www.internationalespieltage.de
October 18-21, 2012
Essen, Germany

U-Con
www.ucon-gaming.org
October 26-28, 2012
Ypsilanti, MI

2013

AnCon
www.anothergamecon.com
May 2-5, 2013
Hudson, OH

Dice Tower Con
http://www.boardgaming.info/convention/
???
Kissimmee, FL

Forge
http://forgecon.ning.com/
???
Lexington, KY

GaymerCon
http://gaymercon.org
August 3-4, 2013
San Francisco, CA

GeekGirlCon
http://www.geekgirlcon.com/
???
Seattle, WA

GenCon
www.gencon.com
August 15-18, 2013
Indianapolis, IN

GrandCon
www.facebook.com/GrandConGamingComicArts
September 21-23, 2013
Grand Rapids, MI

MagCon – Thank you Carey!
http://www.magcon.org
April 13-14, 2013
New Caney, TX

Origins Game Fair
www.originsgamefair.com
June 12-16, 2013
Columbus, OH

OwlCon – Thank you Carey!
http://owlcon.com/
Feb 15-17, 2013
Houston, TX

PAX
http://prime.paxsite.com
???
Seattle, WA

PAX East
http://east.paxsite.com
March 22-24, 2013
Boston, MA

UnPub 3
http://unpub.net/
January 18-20
Dover, DE

World Boardgaming Championships
http://www.boardgamers.org
July 29-August 4, 2013
Lancaster, PA

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1 Response

  1. Carey says:

    Local ones I’ve been to:

    OwlCon, Feb 15-17, 2013, Houston, TX.
    http://owlcon.com/
    Probably biggest and longest-running one in Houston. Most gaming in timed blocks.

    MagCon, April 13-14, 2013, New Caney, TX (just north of Houston).
    http://www.magcon.org/
    Most gaming open gaming. Huge library of demos to choose from.

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