David Millians, Editor
Paideia School, 1509 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30307 USA
LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
It’s hard to believe a year has already passed and we’re now at the date that planning committees everywhere used as their deadline: 2020. A lot has changed in the tabletop gaming world, so I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on how far we’ve come.
Tabletop games are doing better than ever. Dungeons & Dragons has had double-digit growth for the past five years, bolstered by live-play streaming shows like Critical Role. Luxury items have sprung up that no one could have dreamed of and the hobby regularly gets coverage by major news outlets. As a result of this popularity, the gaming population has become more diverse too, with 38% of the population identifying as female and rising. This is historic for many reasons, not the least of which being that just ten years ago, mentioning you played D&D was something that would guarantee you wouldn’t get a date…or even a job.
But it’s not all good news. We previously discussed an initiative to ban used books in prisons that emphasized a shift to electronic reading…at a cost to the prisoner. The fact that the director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) in charge of the initiative was also a former general manager at JPay, a business that produces electronic books, seemed like an obvious bias. This has a direct impact on role-playing games and the opportunity to rehabilitate prisoners, an experience our membership has personal experience with. Sure enough, West Virginia launched an initiative with Global Tel Link (GTL) to offer tablets to prisoners at a cost of five cents per minute. To put this price in context, prisoners can make as low as four cents per hour — less than a minute to read a book online. Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, and New York all attempted to ban book donations but relented under public pressure, which reinforces the importance of advocacy work and the existence of the CAR-PGA.
The CAR-PGA has made important strides in reaching out to the community. Our newsletters our now digitally archived and available for all to read. We have a stronger Facebook (60 followers) and LinkedIn (51 members) presence and, of course, our Google Group. We also updated the CAR-PGA web page to include a Best Practices section. The entire site is better indexed with an updated Join Us section. Despite all these improvements, we only managed to add one additional member. If the CAR-PGA is going to thrive in 2020, we need to do better. Any help you can provide in spreading the word about our organization and sharing the Join link would be greatly appreciated: http://www.car-pga.org/join-us.
It’s become clear in the past year that the vulnerable members of the game community are increasingly at risk, with many gamers just one health crisis away from bankruptcy. To that end, I’d like to propose a new section of our site for Gamers in Need. It would link to the RPG Creators Relief Fund (RCRF). I encourage any gamers in need to apply to the RCRF first but recognize not everyone may qualify, so we would also include the myriad crowdfunding pages for individual game designers as well. I’m not aware of any other organization that is currently collecting these efforts into one place, and I think the CAR-PGA is uniquely suited to raise awareness about the topic. Please let me know what you think by email or on our Google group.
If you can take the time for yourself, please do — really take the time to relax while it’s still quiet before we start it all over again in 2020. I’m grateful for all of your support and look forward to a productive year for the CAR-PGA.
Thank you for all you do to promote tabletop gaming and Happy New Year!
FROM DAVID MILLIANS
Gault, Matthew (2019 Nov 26) Queer Erasure in ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Book Infuriated Fans, Drew Apology. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xwebkk/queer-erasure-in-magic-the-gathering-book-infuriated-fans-drew-apology. Clumsy handling of representation in the MTG universe of media.
Gerber, Meredith (2019 Dec 9) DriveThruRPG.com Bands Publisher for Slander. https://oneblogshelf.blogspot.com/2019/12/drivethrurpgcom-bans-publisher-for.html. Publisher Transfelinism removed from online store for game Police Procedure for hate speech against police.
Hamon, Amanda (2019 ) Starfinder to Land on Amazon Alexa!. https://paizo.com/community/blog/v5748dyo6sh18?STARFINDER-TO-LAND-ON-AMAZON-ALEXA. Paizo partners with Amazon for Alexa-based sci fi adventure.
Hollid, Zach (2019 Dec 28) Report Finds that Half of China’s 600+ Million Gamers are Now Female. https://radiichina.com/report-finds-that-half-of-chinas-600-million-gamers-are-now-female/. Role-playing is the overall most popular type of game.
inuyasharuls (2019 October) Character Sheets for people with dyslexia. https://www.reddit.com/r/DnD/comments/d4s0rw/character_sheets_for_people_with_dyslexia/. Fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons support.
Kickstarter United (2019 Dec 11) Exciting News!. https://twitter.com/ksr_united/status/1204896571835461633. Kickstarter and new union sign agreement.
Kuntz, Rob (2019 December 9) GENCON IX: When Many Sought Adventure. https://www.enworld.org/threads/gencon-ix-when-many-sought-adventure.669026/. Celebrating adventure.
O’Brien, Michael (2019 Dec 12) The Semester if over and Taylor U students’ Call of Cthulhu scenario ‘Refractions of Glasston’ is now out!. https://www.chaosium.com/blogthe-semester-is-over-and-taylor-u-students-call-of-cthulhu-scenario-refractions-of-glasston-is-now-out/. Collaborative creation discussed and available for free.
Penner, Patrick (2019 Dec 21) Abbotsford woman wins legal battle over board game in reality T.V.’s “The People’s Court”. https://www.abbynews.com/news/abbotsford-woman-wins-legal-battle-over-board-game-on-reality-t-v-s-the-peoples-court/. Game designer wins back her IP.
Stenross, Jaakko (2019 Dec 23) Queer While Larping: Community, Identity, and Affective Labor in Nordic Live Action Role-Playing. http://analoggamestudies.org/2019/12/queer-while-larping-community-identity-and-affective-labor-in-nordic-live-action-role-playing/. Community and individual self-advocacy labor in the queer Larping community.
Tess (2019) The RPG Podcast Industry. http://rpgcasts.com/news/rpg-podcast-industry/. Statistics and details concerning current podcasts, podcasters, and content.
Tweet, Jonathan (2019 December 5) Diversity in D&D Third Edition. https://www.enworld.org/threads/diversity-in-d-d-third-edition.668462/. Shifting the visuals.
Vaughn, Emily (2019 Dec 11) A Video Game About Conflict Resolution Helps Develop Empathy for Refugees. https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/55031/a-video-game-about-conflict-resolution-helps-develop-empathy-for-refugees. Perspective sharing through video game and making the world a better place through empathy.
Ward, James (2019 Dec 20) April 4th, 1984: TSR’s 3rd Purge. https://www.enworld.org/threads/april-4th-1984-tsrs-3rd-purge.668704/. Business and nepotism in bad times.
Webber, Nick (2019 Dec 23) Archives of Role-Playing’s Personal Past. http://analoggamestudies.org/2019/12/archives-of-role-playings-personal-pasts/. The character sheet’s role in role playing.
White, William (2019 Dec 23) Actual Play and the Laws of Media. http://analoggamestudies.org/2019/12/actual-play-and-the-laws-of-media/. Using McLuhan’s ideas to contrast the emergence of TTRP from wargaming with the development of Actual Play within TTRP.
Zagal, José (2019 Dec 23) An Analysis of Early 1980s English Language Commercial TRPG Definitions. http://analoggamestudies.org/2019/12/an-analysis-of-early-1980s-english-language-commercial-trpg-definitions/. Terminology and language choice in early TRPG rule texts.
FROM HAWKE ROBINSON
Robinson, Hawke (2019 Dec 19) Breaking Down The High Barriers to Entry of Role-Playing Games With BFRPG & RPG Research. https://w3.rpgresearch.com/blog/breaking-down-the-rpg-barriers-to-entry-with-bfrpg. Looking beyond the Mentor Model of new game learning.
Robinson, Hawke (2019 Dec 30) RPG Research 2019 Year in Review. https://w3.rpgresearch.com/blog/rpg-research-2019-year-in-review. Many projects and much growth.
FROM M. ALAN THOMAS
David, Adam (2019 Dec 18) Victoria’s Story on Extra Credits: Because Games Matter. https://gametogrow.org/2019/12/18/victorias-story-on-extra-credits-because-games-matter/. Dungeons and Dragons for personal growth.
Extra Credits (2019 Dec 18) Because Games Matter – Victoria’s Story – Extra Credits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPMkgb3kMws. The animated video story of one person becoming more confident, creative, and socially capable by playing D&D.
FROM MIKE TRESCA
Tresca, Mike (2019 Dec 23) Pay What You Want (But Please Pay Something!). https://www.enworld.org/threads/pay-what-you-want-but-please-pay-something.668493/. When this sales strategy works and when it doesn’t.
New listings this month were provided by Paul Cardwell, others are urged to submit information. If you attend a convention, be sure and check the conventions table and let us have a copy of the fliers (or at very least the when, what, where, and contact information) for upcoming conventions available there. CAR-PGa is international, so this includes anywhere in the world.
Dates, precise venue, contacts’ URLs or phone numbers, and other information, where missing from this list, would be particularly appreciated.
“[LARP]” means only LARP events as many RPG cons include at least some LARP, as likewise applies to the mention of specific game systems. The same bracketed information applies as well to game systems when the con will have only those games present.
In an attempt to get more face-to-face meetings of the membership, we list who will be going to what convention, if they will tell us. Get this type of information in at least two months before the convention itself, so we can run it at least once. Support your local cons by helping in the staff. It is a good way to promote RPG and you generally get in free for the brief time spent helping.
A review of any attended convention afterwards for the Newsletter would be appreciated too. These reviews should include demographic data such as attendance, percentage male/female, white/ethnic minorities (or what- ever is the majority/white/others), games in addition to tabletop RPG, and more subjective matters such as unusual events, quality of games and dealers’ room, encouragement of new gamers, and whatever seems worth reporting. We need to work to restore CAR-PGa’s reputation as the media’s go-to on gamer demographics, especially since the media are still citing a study that cut off all those over 35 – at a time when that was the median age of gamers – it is closer to 40 now – which indicates we also need to work on recruiting younger players, although some increase in college age players at conventions has been noted.
Conventions are currently being compiled by archivist Paul Cardwell, 1127 Cedar, Bonham, TX 75418 or email@example.com, so send them there.
27 Nations represented in the listings for 2019.
- 2-5: Magfest, Gaylord National Hotel, National Harbor, MD; https://super.magfest.org/
- 3-5: Sac Anime Winter, Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, CA; http://www.sacanime.com/
- 4-5: Winter Stabcon, Britannia Hotel, Dialtone Ln, S Vaughn Way, Aurora, CO; https://www.hexacondenver.org/
- 9-12: Anime Los Angeles, Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E Convention, Ontario, CA; https://animelosangeles.org/
- 10-12: AniMore, Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD; https://animorecon.com/
- 10-12: Evercon, Central Wisconsin Convention Center, 10101 Market St, Rothchild, WI; https://tabletop.events/conventions/evercon-2020
- 10-12: Midwinter Gaming Convention, Hilton City Center, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI; https://tabletop.events/conventions/midwinter-gaming-convention-2020
- 10-12: Ohayocon, Hyatt Regency Columbus, Columbus, OH; https://ohayocon.org/
- 10-12: OrcaCon, Hilton Bellevue, Bellevue, WA; http://www.orcacon.org/
- 10-12: Morpheus, städtischen Sielezentrum Pluto, Wilhelmstr. 89a, Herne; https://www.herner-burg.de/morpheus/
- 11: Go Play Manchester, FanBoy 3, Manchester; https://goplaymanchester.org/
- 11-12: Congress of Gamers, Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr, Rockville, MD; http://emsps.com/cog/
- 11-12: Festival des Jeux, Salle de l’Atelier, Rue des Kardomers. Villefranche sur Saônes; http://www.festivaldesjeux.fr/
- 11-12: UniCon, Aleksandxra Caka lela 58l Latgales priekspilseta, Riga, Latvia; https://www.unicon.lv/
- 12: Crow Con, Crows Nest Community Centre, 2 Ernest Place, Crows Nest, NSW; http://crow-con.strongfort.com.au/ [D&D]
- 12: Northhants Role Play Games Day, Manascrew, Chancery Houses, 52 Sheep St, Northhampton; http://www.roleplayday.moonfruit.com/
- 17-19: Albuquerque Comic Con, Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, NM; https://albuquerquecomiccon.com/
- 17-19: MarsCon, MarsCon, Ft. Doubletree Hotel, 50 Kingsmill Rd, Williamsburg, VA; http://www.marscon.net/wp/
- 17-19: PAX South, Gonzolez Convention Center, 200 E. Market St, San Antonio, TX; https://south.paxsite.com/
- 17-19: Polar Vortex, Sheraton Lisle Naperville, 3000 Warrenville Rd, Lisle, IL; https://polarvortex.games/
- 17-20: Arisia, Westin Waterfront Hotel, 428 Summer St, Boston, MA; https://arisia.org/
- 17-20: BryceCon, Ruby’s Inn, 26 S. Main, Bryce Canyon City, UT; https://www.brycecon.com/
- 17-20: HexaCon, Radisson Hot el Denver, 3155 S Vaughn Way, Aurora, CO; https://www.hexacondenver.org/
- 17-20: Scarab, Medallion Convention Center, 7309 Garners Ferry Rd, Columbia, SC; http://s-c-a-r-a-b.com/
- 18-19: Arcanacon, Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne, Vic; https://www.arcanacon.org/
- 18-19: Ettin Con, Blackheath Community Centre, Great western Hwy & Cardiner Crec, Blackheath, NSW; https://ettincon.org/
- 18-19: Kapcon, Wellington High School, 249 Taranaki St, Mount Cook, NZ; http://kapcon.org.nz/
- 18-19: SnowCon, Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, ME; http://snowconmaine.com/main/
- 18-20: Gamers of Winter, Paxtonio Fire Station, 125 S Johnson St, Harrisburg, PA; http://gamersofwinter.net/
- 22-26: ConTingency, Searles Leisure Resort, Hunstanton, Norf; http://www.con-tingency.uk/
- 23-26: Bastion, YHA Conwy, Conwy, N Wales; https://www.bastionwales.com/
- 23-26: Whose Turn is it Anyway?, Durham Convention Center, Durham, NC; https://whoseturn.org/
- 24-26: Chattacon, Doubletree, 407 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN; http://chattacon.org/
- 24-26: Platypus con, Centennial Hall, Juneau, AK; http://www.platypusgaming.org/
- 24-26: Rocket City Gamefest, Holiday Inn, 5903 University Dr, Huntsville, AL; https://www.rocketcitygamefest.com/
- 24-26: Vermincon, University of South Dakota, 414 E Clark St, Vermillon, SD; https://vermincon.wordpress.com/
- 24-26: WarpCon, University College, Cork, Ireland; https://warpcon.co/
- 24-26: Winter War, IHG Champaign Suites, 101 Trade Centre Dr., Champaign, IL; https://winterwar.org/
- 25-26: GenghisCon Perth, Air Force Memorial Estate, 2 Bull Creek Dr, Bull Creek, WA; https://genghiscon.org/
- 25-26: Pow! Con, Brooklyn Expo Center, Brooklyn, NY; https://www.powcomiccon.com/
- 25-27: Cancon, Exhibition Park. Flemington Rd, Mitchell, ACT; https://cgs.asn.au/cancon/
- 29-February 2: Spielwarenmesse, Münchener Str 33, Nüenvweeg; https://www.spielwarenmesse.de/language/1/ [trade show]
- 31-February 2: Kami-Con, BJCC, Birmingham, AL; https://www.kamicon.net
- 31-February 2: Seishun-Con, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA; http://seishun-con.com/
- 5-9: Winter Fantasy, Courtyard Marriott, Fort Wayne, IN; http://wintfan.baldmangames.com/
- 7-9: Captain Con, Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick, RI; http://captaincon.com/wp/
- 7-9: Rapier, Jacksonville Airport Doubletree, Jacksonville, FL; http://rapiercon.com/ [mostly board and miniature]7-9: Running GAGG, College Union, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY; https://www.geneseo.edu/gagg/runninggagg
- 13-16: Capricon, Westin Chicago North Shore, 601 N. Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL; http://capricon.org/
- 13-16: GenghisCon Denver, Hyatt Regency, 13200 E 14th Pl, Aurora, CO; http://genghisconcolorado.com/
- 14-16: Anachrocon, Hilton Airport Atlanta, 1031 Virginia Ave, Atlanta, GA; http://www.anachrocon.org/ (alternate history)
- 14-16: Bashcon, University of Toledo Student Union, 2801 W. Bancroft, Toledo, OH; http://ut-bash.com/
- 14-16: Boskone, Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St, Boston, MA; https://www.boskone.org/
- 14-16: Con of the North, Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Minneapolis, MN; http://conofthenorth.org/
- 14-16: Itzacon Eire, Bailey Allen Hall, NUI, Galway; https://www.facebook.com/pg/Itzacon/about/?ref=page_internal
- 14-16: London Anime & Gaming Con, Rocket Complex, London Metropolitan University, London; https://winter.londonanimecon.com/
- 14-16: RadCon, Red Lion, 2525 N 20th Ave, Pasco, WA; http://radcon.org/
- 14-16: Nashicon, Doubletree Columbia, 2100 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC; https://nashicon.com/
- 14-17: DunDraCon, San Ramon Marriott, San Ramon, CA; http://dundracon.com/
- 14-17: OrcCon, Hilton Los Angeles Airport, 5711 W. Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA; http://strategicon.net/
- 15-16: Expedition Elsewhere, Oddmall, Canton, OH; https://www.oddmall.info/expedition-elsewhere/ [Free Admission]
- 20-23: Total Confusion, Best Western Royal Plaza, Marlborough, MA; http://totalcon.com/
- 20-23: Dreamation, Morristown Hyatt, 3 Speedwell Ave, Morristown, NJ; https://dexposure.com/d2020.html21-23: Farpoint, Delta Hotel, Hunnt Valley, MD; http://www.farpointcon.com/
- 21-23: Festival des Jeux, Palais de Festivals, Cannes; http://www.festivaldesjeux-cannes.com/fr/
- 21-23: Fire and Ice Convention, Manitowoc County Expo Center, 4921 Expo Dr, Manitowoc, WI; https://fireandiceconvention.com/
- 21-24: ConNooga, Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza, Chattanooga, TN; http://www.connooga.com/
- 22-23: Dudley Bug Ball, Station Hotel, Dudley; http://www.dudleybugball.org.uk/
- 22-23: Revelation, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Rd, Sheffield, S.Yorks; http://revelationgames.org.uk/
- 22-25: New York Toy Fair, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, NY; http://www.toyfairny.com/
- 24-26: Wizard World Comic Con Portland, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Blvd, Portland, OR; https://wizardworld.com/comiccon/portland
- 24-March 1: PrezCon, Doubletree Hotel, 990 Hilton Heights Rd, Charlottesville, VA; http://prezcon.com/
- 27-March 1: Hoop and Stick Con, Ravenwood Castle, 65666 Bethel Rd, New Plymouth, OH; https://www.ravenwoodcastle.com/hoopandstick
- 27-March 1: PAX East, Boston Convention Center, 415 Summer St, Boston, MA; https://east.paxsite.com/
- 28-March 1: AdCon, Freizeitzentrum. Schnelsen Statt, Wahlingsallee 16, Hamburg; https://www.sdnv.de/index.php?adventure-con/
- 28-March 1: Chicago Game Expo, South Bldg, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL; https://www.c2e2.com/
- 28-March 1: Gadcon, Hilton Garden Inn, 1050 Beards Hill Rd, Aberdeen, MD; https://warhorn.net/events/gad-con-2020
- 28-March 1: Gamicon, Cedar Rapids Marriott, 1200 Collins Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA; https://tabletop.events/conventions/gamicon-copper
- 28-March 1: Midgard West Con, Jugendherberge, Burg Blankenheim; http://www.midgard-westcon.de/
- 28-March 1: Mysticon, Holiday Inn Roanoke-Tanglewood, 4468 Starkey Rd, Roanoke, VA; https://mysticon-va.com/
- 28-March 1: OwlCon, Rice Memorial Center, 6100 Main S, Rice University, Houston, TX; http://owlcon.com/
- 28-March 1: Pensacon, Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E Gregory St, Pensacola, FL; http://pensacon.com/
- 28-March 1; Recon, Bldg 1, Pearce Community Centre, Collett Place, ACT; https://z-m-www.facebook.com/events/463516787615581/
- 29-March 1: Concord, Holiday Inn Bristol Centre, Bond St S, Bristol; https://concordgamingconvention.com/
- 1: Norddeutche Speilkultur, Kulturbüro Südstadt, Böhmerstr 8, Hannover; http://www.spielekultur.de/event_h.htm
- 5-8: Salt Con, Davis Conference Center, 1651 N 700 West, Layton, UT; https://saltcon.com/
- 5-8: Wild Wild West, Wyndham, 245 E Ina Rd, Tucson, AZ; https://www.wildwestcon.com/ [steampunk]
- 6-8: Cincycon, Butler County Fairground, 1715 Fairgrove Ave, Hamilton, OH; http://cincycon.org/
- 6-8: CoastCon, Mississippi Coast Convention Center, 2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS; https://www.coastcon.org/
- 6-8: ConVergence, NW Gaming Centre, Stockport, Manchester; https://convergenceuk.wixsite.com/convergenceuk
- 6-8: Fogcon, Walnut Creek Marriott, 2355 N Main St, Walnut Creek, CA; https://fogcon.org/ [primarily writer workshop]
- 6-9: PlatteCon, Ullsvik Hall, 1 University Plaza University of Wisconsin Plattesville, Plattesville, WI; http://boardgameconventions.com/events/plattecon/
- 6-8: TN Game Days, Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin, TN; http://tngamedays.com/
- 7: Impossible Realities, InterAction School of Performing Arts, 228 German St, Saint John, NB; http://impossiblerealities.com/march-to-oblivion/
- 7-8: Agama Con, 1700 Whiskey Rd, Aiken, SC; http://agamacon.com/
- 7-8: Bremer Spieles-Tage, Volkschopchschule, Bremen, Germany, https://bremerspieletage.de/
- 7-8; Festival du Montpellier, Place de Charles de Gauulle, Coruum; http://www.festivaldujeu-montpellier.org/
- 7-8: Tupelo Comic Con, Tupelo Furniture Mart, Bldg 5, 1879 Coley Rd, Tupelo, MS; https://www.tupelocon.org/
- 9-12: GAMA Trade Show, Peppermill Resort, Reno, NV; http://www.gamatradeshow.com/ [trade only]
- 12-15: All-Con, Crowne Plaza, 14325 Midway Rd, Addison, TX; https://all-con.org/
- 12-15: Emerald City Comicon, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA; https://www.emeraldcitycomiccon.com/
- 13-15: AireCon, Harrowgate International Centre, Harrowgate; https://www.airecon.co.uk/
- 13-15: Made in Asia, Brussela Expo, Brussels, BE; https://www.madeinasia.be/
- 13-15: Princecon, McCosh Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; http://www.princecon.org/
- 14: Concrete Cow, Old Bath House, 205 Stratford Rd, Wolverton, Milton Keynes; https://www.mk-rpg.org.uk/Concrete_Cow
- 14: HerdCon, Marshall University Student Center, 1 John Marshall Dr, Huntington WV; https://www.facebook.com/events/858140327857646/
- 14: Pakex, Packenhasm Office Complex, Pakenham, Vic; https://pakex.com.au/
- 14-15: Louisiana Comic Com, Cajundome, 444 Cajundome Blvd, Lafayette, LA; https://louisianacomiccon.com/
- 14-15: SwampCon, Reitz Student Union, 686 Museum Rd, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; http://swampcon.org/
- 15-17: Kawaii Kon, Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI; https://kawaiikon.com/
- 19-22: Outlantacon, Atlanta Marriott Buckhead,3405 Lenox Red NE, Atlanta, GA; https://www.outlantacon.org/
- 19-21: South by Southwest, Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX; https://www.sxsw.com/
- 20-22: Cleveland ConCoction, Bertram Inn, 600 N Aurora Rd, Cleveland, OH; https://www.clevelandconcoction.org/
- 20-22: ConnCon, Sheraton Stamford, 700 E Main St, Stamford, CT; http://conncon.com/
- 20-22: ConQuest SAC, McClellan Center, 5411 Luce Ave, Sacramento, CA; http://conquestsac.com/
- 20-22: CosCon, Vagabonds. Hall, Butler, PA; http://circleofswords.com/main/index.php
- 20-22: Ludesco, Maison du Peuple, 68 Rue de la Serre, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland; https://www.ludesco.ch/welcome/
- 20-22: MidSouth Con, Memphis Hilton, Poplar & I-240, East Memphis, TN, https://midsouthcon.org/
- 20-22; Omniexpo, Days by Wyndham Celebration, 3011 Maingate Ln, Kissimmee, FL; http://omniexpo.com/
- 20-22: Toronto Comicon, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON; https://www.comicontoronto.com/en/home.html
- 20-22: Zenkaikon, Lancaster County Convention Center, Lancaster, PA; https://zenkaikon.com/
- 21: Raiders of the Game Cupboard, Waterside Community Centre, Heath Rd, Stapenhill, Buurton on Trent; https://raidersofthegamecupboard.co.uk/pages/location.php
- 25-29:AdeptiCon, Renaissance Schaumburg, Schaumburg, IL; https://www.adepticon.org/
- 26-29: GameStorm, Red Lion Jantzen Beach, 909 N Hayden Island Dr, Portland, OR; https://gamestorm.org/
- 26-29: Garycon, Grand Geneva Resort, 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva, WI; https://garycon.com/
- 26-29: LeiraCon, Hotesl Cristal, Praia da Vieira, Marinha Grande, Leiria, Portugal, https://www.spielportugal.org/leiriacon
- 26-29: Lexington ComicCon, Lexington Convention Center, 430 W Vine, Lexington, KY; http://lexingtoncomiccon.com/
- 27-29: Cerberus, Tirohanga Camp, 214 Tirohanga Rd, Wyllies Crossing; https://cerberus.nzlarps.org/ [LARP]
- 27-29: Fan Expo Dallas, Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, TX; https://www.fanexpodallas.com/en/home.html
- 27-29: Gateway Furmeet, Doubletree St. Louis-Westport, St. Louis, MO; https://gatewayfurmeet.org/
- 27-29: WillyCon, Student Center, Wayne State College, 1111 Main St, Wayne, NE; https://www.wsc.edu/willycon
- 28: Egocon, Holiday Inn, Hwy 10 E, Stevens Point, WI; ego https://sites.google.com/site/egoconevent/
- 28: Portal Con, South Durham ME; https://www.facebook.com/pg/PortalConMaine/about/?ref=page_internal
- 28-29: Terminal City Tabletop Convention, Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC; http://www.terminalcitytabletop.com/
- 30-31: Playthrough, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC; https://10times.com/playthrough
- 2-5: Ambercon, Embassy Suites Detroit-Livonia, 19525 Victor Pkwy, Livonia, MI; https://ambercon.com/ [Amber diceless only]
- 2-5: Tekko, Lawrence Conventioner, Pittsburgh, PA; https://tekko.us/
- 3-5: 221B Con, Atlanta Airport Marriott, 4711 Best Rd, Atlanta, GA; http://221bcon.com/ [Sherlock Holmes]
- 3-5: CodCon, Turner Conference Center, College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL; https://www.codcon.com/
- 3-5: Conpulsion, Teviot Row Student Union, Bristol Square, Edinburgh; http://conpulsion.org/
- 3-5: CyPhaCon, Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles, LA; http://www.cyphacon.org/
- 3-5: FnordCon, Omni Southpark, Austin, TX; http://www.sjgames.com/fnordcon/
- 3-5: Heliosphere, Doubletree, Tarrytown, NY; http://www.heliosphereny.org/
- 3-5: Midwest Gaming Classic, Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, WI; https://www.midwestgamingclassic.com/
- 3-5: Play, Viale Virgllio 58, Modena; https://2020.play-modena.it/
- 3-5: Simcon, Douglass Ballroom, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY; http://boardgameconventions.com/events/simcon/
- 4-5: Mag Con, NCISD Annex, 22500 Eagle Dr, New Caney,, TX; https://www.magcon.org/
- 4-5: Seven Hills, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Rd, Sheffield, S Yorks; https://7hills.org.uk/
- 4-5: Zuiderspel, NH Koningshof, Locht 117, Veldhoven, Netherlands; http://www.zuiderspel.nl/
- 7: DevaCon, Crowne Plaza, Trinity St, Chester; https://devaconblog.wordpress.com/
- 8-12: The Gathering, Vikingskipet, Hamar, Norway; https://www.gathering.org/tg20/
- 8-13: Fastaval, Mariagerfjord Gymnasium, Amerikavej 5, Hobro, Aarhus; http://fastaval.dk/
- 9-12: Norwescon, Doubletree Seattle Airport, 18740 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA; http://www.norwescon.org/
- 10-12: Anime Boston, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA; http://animeboston.com/
- 10-12: Conglomeration, Crowne Plaza, 830 Phillips Ln, Louisville, KY; http://www.conglomeration.info/
- 10-12: Concentric, Hotel Metropole, Birmingham; https://www.concentric2020.uk/
- 10-12: Conquest, Melbourne High School, Forest St, South Yarra, Melbourne, Vic; https://www.conquest.asn.au/
- 10-12: GothCon, äldsta spelknvent, Göteborg; https://gothcon.se/cms/
- 10-12: Marmalade Dog, Bernhard Center, Western Michigan University, 1903 W Michi Kalamazoo, MI: https://marmaladedog.org/
- 10-12: MTAC, Sheraton Music City, Nashville, TN; http://mtac.net/
- 10-12: Sakura-Con, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA; http://sakuracon.org/
- 10-12: Who’s Yer Con, Wyndham Indianapolis West, Indianapolis, IN; https://whosyergamers.org/
- 10-12: Wondercon, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim CA; https://www.comic-con.org/wca
- 10-13: EyeCon, St Scolastica’s College, 4 Avenue Rd, Glebe, NSW; http://www.sydcon.info/
- 10-13: Insomnia; NRC, Birmingham; https://insomniagamingfestival.com/
- 13-20: Swordcraft Quest, Western Oval, Park St, Melbourne, Vic; https://swordcraft.com.au/ [LARP]
- 16: Spiel mit den Wölfen, Stadtmission Wolfsburg, Mühlenpfad 2, Wolfsburg; http://xn--spiel-mit-den-wlfen-46b.de/
- 16-19: MegaCon, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL; https://www.megaconorlando.com/en/home.html
- 16-19: Nordic Game Jam, KADK, Copenhagen; https://www.nordicgamejam.com/
- 17-19: Cape Comic Con, Osage Center, 1625 N Kingshighway, Cape Giradieu, MO; https://cape-con.com/
- 17-19: Constellation, Cornhusker Hotel, 333 S 13th St, Lincoln, NE: https://www.facebook.com/ConStellation-Nebraska-442296662580619/
- 17-19: JordanCon, Crowne Plaza Atlanta, Perimeter Center Pkwy at Ravinia, Atlanta, GA; http://jordancon.org/
- 17-19: No Brand Con, ChulaVista Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI; http://www.nobrandcon.org/p/
- 17-19: Salon du Jeu, Pleaaé, Pays de la Loire, France; http://salondujeu.venez.fr/
- 17-19: Sci-fi on the Rock, Sheraton Newfoundland, 115 Cavendish Square, St. Johns, NF; https://scifiontherock.com/
- 18-19: BrisCon, Mt Gravatt Showgrounds, 1644 Logan Rd, Mount Gravatt, Qld; http://www.briscon.com.au/
- 18-19: Cheyenne Gaming Convention, Red Lion Inn, Cheyenne, WY; http://cheyennegamingconvention.com/
- 18-19: LuxCon, Abbaye de Neumünster, Luxemburg; http://luxcon.lu/
- 18-19: Gamer’s Equinox, McDommel St Activity Center, 577 McDonnel St, Peterborough, OH; http://phantasm.pfga.ca/
- 18-19; RahCon, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Ormsby Terrace Mandurah, WA; https://www.facebook.com/events/853034601739809/
- 23-26: Calgary Expo, Calgary Stampede Park, Calgary, AB; https://www.calgaryexpo.com/en/home.html
- 23-26: Ice & Fire, Deer Creek State Park Lodge, Mt. Sterling, OH; http://iceandfirecon.com/
- 24-26: Causeacon, Raleigh County Convention Center, Beckley, WV; http://causeacon.com/
- 24-26: Conventus Leonis, Lomder- und Jugendzentrukm Mühlel Brauunmchweig; http://conventusleonis.de/
- 24-26: Farmegeddon, Farmer City American Legion, Stensel Dr, Farmer City, IL; https://farmageddon137.com/
- 24-26: Gaming Hoopla, Doubletree, 510 E IL Route 83, Mundelein, IL; http://www.gaminghoopla.com/
- 24-26: Koboldcon, Chapel Hills Event Center, 1710 Briargate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO; http://koboldcon.com/
- 24-26: Lexicon, Clarion Hotel, 1950 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY; https://lexicongaming.com/
- 24-26: Oz-Con, West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St, West Plains, MO; https://oz-con.com/
- 24-26: Penguicon, Westin Southfield Detroit, 1599 Town Center, Southfield, MI; https://2020.penguicon.org/
- 24-26: RavenCon, Doubletree, 50 Kingsmill Rd, Williamsburg, VA; http://www.ravencon.com/
- 24-26: UBCon, Student Union, SUNY Buffalo, NY; https://www.facebook.com/events/570150950433559/
- 25-26: Gem City Comic Con, Dayton Convention Center, Dayton, OH; http://gemcitycomiccon.com/
- 25-27: Swancon, Esplanade Hotel, 46-54 Marine Terrace, Fremantle, West Australia; https://swancon.com.au/
- 30-May 3: Frolicon, Sheraton Atlanta Downtown, Atlanta, GA; https://www.frolicon.com/index.php
- 1-3: Awesome Con, Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl, Washington, DC; http://awesome-con.com/
- 1-3: Buckets of Dice, University of Canterbury, Christchurch; http://saga.org.nz/
- 1-3: ChupacabraCon, Wyndam Hotel, 1209 N IH 35 North, Round Rock, TX; https://tabletop.events/conventions/chupacabracon-vii
- 1-3: Crypticon, Doubletree, 18740 International Blvd, Seattle, WA; https://crypticonseattle.com/ [horror]
- 1-3: Demicon, Holiday Inn Northwest, 4800 Meroe Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA; https://demicon.org/31
- 1-3: Furry Down Under, Mantra on View, 22 View Ave, Surfers Paradise, QL; https://furdu.com.au/
- 1-3: Hydra, Brookfield Scout Camp, Rd 1 562 Moore Valley Rd., Wainuiomata, Wellington, NZ; https://hydra-larps.nz/ [LARP
- 1-3: San Marino Game Convention, Palace Hotel, San Marino; http://sanmarinogame.com/
- 1-3; Starfest, Marriott DTC, 4900 S Syracuse St, Denver, CO; https://starfestdenver.com/
- 1-3: VisionCon, Springfield Expo Center, 635 E St. Louis St, Springfield, MO; https://visioncon.net/
- 2-3: Emporium of the Weird, Oddmall, Akron, OH; https://www.oddmall.info/emporium-of-the-weird/ [Free Admission]
- 7-11: Furry Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA; https://www.furryweekend.com/
- 8-10: Marcon, Crowne Plaza Columbus North, Worthington, OH; http://marcon.org
- 8-10: Pyrkon, Miedzynardowe Targi, Poznan, Poland; https://pyrkon.pl/
- 8-10: Sferakon, Faculty of Electrical Engineering & Computing, Unska 3, Zagreb, Croatia; http://sferakon.org/
- 9-10: North Star, Garrison Hotel, 645 Penistone Rd, Sheffield, S Yorks; http://northstarcon.org.uk/
- 15-17: 1d4Con, Clarion Inn, Shepherdstow, WV; http://1d4con.com/
- 15-17: CanGames, Rideau Curling Club, Lisgar and Percy, Ottawa; http://cangames.ca/
- 15-17: Huzzah!, Doubletree, 363 Maine Mall Rd, South Portland, ME; https://mhwa.info/?page_id=47 [mainly wargaming]
- 15-17: KawaiiKon, Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI; https://kawaiikon.com/
- 15-17: Keycon, Radisson Hotel, 288 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB; http://www.keycon.org/2020/
- 15-17: Motor City ComicCon, Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI; https://www.motorcitycomiccon.com/
- 16-17: MSP Comicon, MN State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave, St. Paul, MN; https://www.mcbacomicons.com/
- 16-17: Tidewater Comicon, Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach, VA; https://tidewatercomicon.com/
- 21-24: Core Con, Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND; http://fargocorecon.org/
- 21-24: LinCon, Linköpings Universitet, Linköping, Sweden; http://lincon.se/
- 21-24: Momocon, Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd, Atlanta, GA; https://www.momocon.com/
- 21-24: Phoenix Fan Fusion, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ; https://phoenixfanfusion.com/
- 21-25: KublaCon, Hyatt Regency & Marriott Waterfront, San Franscisco, CA; https://www.kublacon.com/
- 22-23: Hamburger Spieletage, Hamburg Haus Eimsbüttel, Doormannsweg 12, Hamburg; http://hamburger-spieletage.de/
- 22-24: Anime North, Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Rd, Etobicoke, ON; https://www.animenorth.com/event/
- 22-24: Cherry Capital Comic Con (C4), Grand Traverse Resort, 100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd, Traverse City, MI; http://cherrycapitalcon.com/
- 22-24: Comicpalooza, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX; https://www.comicpalooza.com/
- 22-24: ConQuesT, Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center, Kansas City, MO; http://conquestkc.org/
- 22-24: Thy Geekdom Con, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, Oaks, PA; https://www.thygeekdomcon.com/
- 22-25: Balticon, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace, 202 E. Pratt St, Baltimore, MD; https://www.balticon.org/wp54/
- 22-25: BayCon, San Mateo Marriott San Franscisco Airport, 1770 S Amphlett Blvd, San Mateo, CA; http://baycon.org/
- 22-25: BGG Spring, Hyatt Regency DFW Airport, 2334 N International Pkwy, DFW Airport, TX; https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2285500/unofficial-bggcon-spring-2020-links-and-resources
- 22-25: Gamex, Hilton Los Angeles Airport, 5711 W. Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA; http://strategicon.net/
- 22-25: MediaWestCon, Ramada Inn, 7501 Saganaw Hwy, Lansing, MI; http://mediawestcon.org/
- 22-25: Miscon, Holliday Inn Missoula Downtown, Missoula, OR; https://www.miscon.org/
- 22-25: Paizocon, Doubletree Seattle Airport, 18740 International Blvd, Seattle, WA; https://paizo.com/paizocon
- 23-24: ColoniaCon, Kölner Jungendpark, Köln; https://www.coloniacon.de/
- 29-31: ConCarolinas, Hilton University Place, 8629 JM Keynes Dr, Charlotte, NC; http://concarolinas.org/
- 29-31: UK Game Expo, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, W.Mid; https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/
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