“The event is small enough that I know most of the people there.I can always find wonderful indie role-playing game designers to kibbutz and play with.” If you love RPGs, story games, experimental games, board games, card games, and more, you’ll eat up Go Play Northwest.Don’t forget to stop by the Big Fish Games booth and say hi! Location: Boston, MA Dates: Rumored to be March 10 – 12, 2017 Ticket price: – 5 (Check here for registration starting Fall 2016.) Great for: Meeting industry folk, music, playing new console games Photo by nvidia.(creative commons) PAX West was such a smashing success for years that the convention set up shop on the East coast.Check out the first in the series – a list of anime conventions! But in my experience of attending conventions for 14 years, you haven’t lived until you attend a convention. Check here.) Great for: Playing big-name games before they’re released, tabletop gaming, learning from industry pros Photo by Danosuke (creative commons) Who knew that a humble web comic about gamer life, borne from the creativity of two friends, would grow into the largest fan-operated gaming show for the public?Find a good one and you’ll be on your way to a 72-hour non-stop high with hundreds or thousands of people who are just as passionate as you are. The Penny Arcade comic creators could branch off into a comic convention.Now the musical genre is becoming mainstream with songs such as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop”, and I’d like to think PAX had a big hand in it.Other goodness that’s in store for you: a library full of all the tabletop gaming you can possibly cram into one weekend, massive gaming industry panels, one helluva big exhibit hall, and probably the single most epic gaming tournament ever.
(See above.) It’s an excellent ‘E3 for the people, by the people.’ By the way: if you happen to have an extra E3 pass, I’d be happy to take it off your hands.
Don’t be deceived by its down-to-earth approach to conventions: this event is supported with very professional underpinnings that will make you feel engaged.
Its family-friendly format makes it a big draw for people of all ages.
UPDATE [09/06/2016]: 2016 – 2017 dates, locations, pricing, and new names of select conventions. Thanks to your excellent feedback on this article, I’m starting a series of geek convention round-ups. It’s certainly not an exhaustive list, but a carefully curated one based on my experiences and those of my convention-pro friends.
They’re a curated resource to see when the convention is happening and what’s worth seeing there. It’s definitely not a requirement to be a certifiable geek on a topic. Location: Seattle, WA Dates: TBA (likely Labor Day Weekend 2017, September 1-4) Ticket price: – 0 (Registration will likely open Spring 2017.
Its roots are deep in tabletop games such as RPGs, card, strategy, board games, etc.