The 2023-2024 Guide To Board Game Conventions

Looking to attend a board game convention? Our guide to board game conventions can help you decide what to pack, play, and pass on!

Event calendar last updated: June 4, 2023

Click here for an up to date list of worldwide board game conventions

The board gaming hobby can be quite overwhelming for a newly budding board game geek. With thousands of new games coming out each year, it can certainly be hard to jump in head first. Maybe you’ve started your own gaming community, but you want an opportunity to meet even more gamers? Maybe you’ve started to build up a collection, but you want to get to try some of the new hot games before they come out? Checking out a board game convention might be the next best step for you!

If you’re still trying to get a grasp of the hobby, that’s totally fine as well! Go ahead and check out our previous article, So you like board games… What now?, before jumping head first into the convention scene.

If you are ready to take this next step, read on! It’s the perfect time to jump aboard since we are just kicking off convention season!

What is a board game convention anyway?

Origins 2017 - Renegade Games booth
Origins 2017 – Renegade Games booth

Board game conventions come in all shapes and sizes. Some are small intimate gatherings where people marathon through games, and some are weeklong events with large dealer halls and lots of gaming events. We’ll mostly be talking about larger conventions, but before we jump in too deep, let’s take a look at what the difference is.

Small Con vs. Large Con

For the most part, gaming conventions can be put into two categories: either small conventions or large conventions. Of course, small and large can mean different things to all people, so we’ll try to distinguish that a little more.

Small/Local Conventions

Small conventions are often also called “Local Conventions.” The reason for this is that most of them simply attract a local crowd instead of drawing people in from all over the country. These conventions usually host anywhere from 200 – 5,000 attendees. Usually, they are more focused on bringing people together just to play games and often lack an exhibitor hall.

CMON Expo 2017
CMON Expo 2017

Personally, I love these kinds of conventions. With their small size, you often feel like you get to know a lot more people, especially if you come back year after year. We have a local convention called Tennessee Game Days that has grown to about 700-800 people over the years. Now that I’ve been coming for the past few, there are so many familiar faces. I even have friends in other states whom I only get to see at the convention each year. The small intimate feel is a huge perk to these local cons.

Meeple Mountain also runs Nashville Tabletop Day, a single day event in April. It’s small, but growing, with attendance nearing 500.

Large Conventions

The big conventions are always huge, vibrant, and exciting events. These can be hard to categorize because their attendance is so high in variance, but usually they host between 15,000 all the way up to 200,000 people. Most conventions that break the 15k mark of attendance will have a large dealer hall where you can buy games directly from the publishers and large event halls where you can sign up to play specific games or in tournaments. There is often not an emphasis on just playing games all day, and instead are focused on the shopping aspects, events, panels, etc. Large conventions can be quite overwhelming, so hopefully this article will help you understand them!

Gen Con 2016
Gen Con 2016

Online Board Game Conventions

Online events are on the rise! As bandwidth becomes cheaper and more reliable, more gamers are looking to save money on travel and lodging by attending online board game conventions (also called virtual board game conventions). Their numbers are small, but growing, and you can expect to see more in the coming years. If you’re not sure what to expect then make sure to check out our tips for attending an online board game convention so that you can get the most out of one. Then when you’re ready, check out our listing of online board game conventions in our master list.

Why should I go to a board game convention?

There are lots of great reasons to go to a convention! Everyone gets something different out of their experiences, but here are some prominent reasons that a board game convention might interest you.

You want to:

  • play a lot of games.
  • try the hot new games before they are released.
  • meet your favorite designers, authors, artists, publishers, or media personalities.
  • compete in large gaming tournaments.
  • find really cool stuff to buy and take home.
  • survey lots of different board games from different publishers to find something new that you might like.
  • meet other gamers with similar interests.
  • hear talks and panels about topics in the industry that interest you.
  • get ahold of exclusive promotional cards/pieces/expansions for your favorite games.

If any of those interest you, then giving a gaming convention a shot might be right up your alley! In all honesty, there is so much more to do at conventions, but these are a few of the cool things that really stand out.

Ok! I want to go! Now what?!

Good question! The first thing you’ll need to do is decide on whether you want to go to a smaller or larger convention. For many people, location will be a big factor in this decision, while others may be willing to travel long distances. Let’s take a look at some of the options available. Most of these will be “large” conventions, but there are some smaller ones that squeak through based on popularity.

Most Popular Board Game Conventions

This is, by no means, an exhaustive list of gaming conventions. There are hundreds of game conventions each year, just in America, so it would be quite difficult to cover them all. The selections below are all either significant because of their pure size or following. Some may be “smaller” conventions, but they are still very prevalent in the board game industry or even run by a large publisher or media outlet. Check out the bottom of this article for an up to date list of worldwide board game conventions!

Small to Medium Conventions

Dallas, TX
Atlanta, GACheck out Phil & Justin’s experience at CMON Expo!
Dice Tower Con
Dice Tower Con
Orlando, FL
Geekway to the West
St. Louis, MO

Large Conventions

UK Games Expo Expo
UK Games Expo
Birmingham, UK
~21,698 attendees
Origins Game Fair
Origins Game Fair
Columbus, OH
~20,642 attendees
Pax Unplugged
PAX Unplugged
Philadelphia, PACheck out Ashley & Justin‘s recap of PAX Unplugged 2018.
Gen Con
Gen Con
Indianapolis, Indiana
~60,000 attendees
Essen Spiel
Essen Spiel
Essen, Germany

I’ve picked a convention, how do I prepare for it?

Buy your badge

Gen Con badge

First things first, you’ve got to purchase a badge. Some conventions only last a day or two and only have one badge option, while others will allow for you to purchase a badge for individual days or just the weekend. Since most conventions run through both weekdays and weekends, you’ll need to decide what works best for your schedule. Purchasing a badge is usually simple and can either be done online or at the door. Be careful, though! Many conventions sell out ahead of time!

Find housing

Find housing
We got lucky with a beautiful airBnB at Gen Con in 2016!

Housing can be one of the most frustrating parts of prepping for a gaming convention. Each con is a little different, but most are infamous for making this a true pain. If you buy your badge as early as possible, you should receive some sort of communication before the hotel sales go live. This can be a tricky process as some will have a “queue” system and others will have a “whoever can get through” set up. Either way, for larger conventions these websites will often become bottlenecked and crash. Honestly, there is often just a lot of luck here. Make sure you’re online the second they go live!

If you aren’t interested in a hotel or you weren’t able to get one, there are still lots of other options! I’ve used airBnB a couple times for this and it has worked wonderfully. You might have to walk a bit farther or drive to the convention center, but you also might save some money and stress, so it’s often worth it for many people.

Register for events

Giant King of Tokyo at Gen Con 2016.

Each convention will have a long list of events that you can attend. These can range from talks/panels, gaming tournaments, game demos, and more. Some events will cost while others will be free. Most conventions open their events up to pre-registrations and many events fill up. Each convention website should have a portal that you can log into to find and register for each event. If you miss out on registering in advance, sometimes you can still make it into them, though! Most large conventions will offer “generic tickets” that you can purchase and spend for events. If it isn’t full, you should be able to spend these “generics” to jump in. If a “full” doesn’t have all of its registered attendees, you might be able to jump in with generics as well!

Make a plan of attack

The convention floor can be overwhelming! With so many booths to stop in and so many new games to try, it’s easy to see why you could get lost in the mix. To help ease this sensory overload, it can be helpful to have a plan before you even begin your travels to the convention. There are two things that can help with this: making sure you know which games you are interested in up front and preparing your path in the expo hall.

It can be hard to keep up with all of the games coming out each year, especially with so much going on during the convention season. One of the best ways to keep an eye out on new releases during the major conventions is through the Boardgame Geek Preview lists. Board Game Geek usually releases their preview geeklist a month or two in advance of each major convention. These lists have all of upcoming convention releases and their information listed in order by publisher. This is a great resource to scope out the games that really interest you the most. Be careful, though, as you don’t want to miss out on a game that you didn’t expect to enjoy by counting it out ahead of time!

Once you’ve found the games you are most interested, you can either register for demo events or seek them out in the exhibit hall. The advantage to demoing games in the hall is that you usually will only play a quick demo to get a feel for them. Of course, if you want to play a full game or don’t want to wait in a line, events might be better for you. If you do chose the path of the exhibit hall, it can be a huge help to familiarize yourself with where booths you want to visit are actually located. Most conventions will post a map of the exhibit hall ahead of time, and you can even print it out to highlight and draw the most efficient path for you!

One more thing to keep in mind is that sometimes it can be important to prioritize the “hot” booths first. Every year there are certain games that everyone knows will sell out quickly. If you want those games, you’ll need to make sure that they are your first stops! This can be hard to tell sometimes, but keeping an eye on the comments of the preview lists can help you gauge people’s interest.

Pack accordingly

My pre Gen Con shopping trip from 2016
My pre Gen Con shopping trip from 2016

So, what do you bring to a convention? Well, outside of the obvious answer of clothes, there are some things that I’ve found helpful to have on you.

  • Hand sanitizer. Seriously. The “con crud” is real and you don’t want to mess with that! Think about it, tens of thousands of people in one room does not lead to good sanitation.
  • Snacks. Cliff bars, trail mix, crackers. Whatever you need, make sure to keep some snacks on hand to keep yourself energized.
  • Water bottle. Similar to the snacks, you’re going to want to keep hydrated to stay healthy.
  • Battery chargers. My phone always seems to die twice as fast during conventions. The last thing you want is to not have a way to find your friends in the midst of tens of thousands of people!
  • Games. Ok, I’ve overdone this too many times. In my experience, it isn’t worth bringing big box games unless you have a specific plan to play them. Instead, I always make sure that I have a couple small card games in my bag for those times where you’re stuck in a line or waiting on something to start.

Get Out of the Con

Yes, we know you’re there for board games. But if you’re traveling to a new city, then consider getting out of the con at least once and seeing sights. Visit an art museum, eat at a great local restaurant, or look for a board game cafe in that city.

Update: Since this piece was originally published we’ve added lots more Gen Con content. Make sure to check out our Gen Con 2017 wrap up, and Gen Con 2017 interviews, along with our newbie’s guide to Gen Con.

Run Your Own Gaming Event

If all of this seems a bit overwhelming, perhaps you should start smaller. Check out our guide to running a successful board gaming event and start your own event in your hometown!


I know this process can be quite stressful, but hopefully this gives a little bit of direction for your journey to your first convention! Do you have any other tips or tricks? Make sure to let us know in the comments below!

Worldwide Board Game Convention List

The following list of worldwide board game conventions is updated regularly.

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Game Devs of Color Expo

Online Sep. 15-18, 2022


Online Oct. 21-23, 2022

Protospiel Online April 2022

Online Jan. 13-15, 2023

Protospiel Online August 2022

Online Jan. 13-15, 2023

Protospiel Online January 2023

Online Jan. 13-15, 2023

Terminal City Tabletop Convention

Online Mar. 25-26, 2023


Online Apr. 14-16, 2023

Protospiel Online May 2023

Online May. 5-7, 2023

Protospiel Online August 2023

Online Aug. 25-27, 2023


Ettin Con

Blackheath Jul. 16-17, 2022


Coburg Jan. 28-30, 2022

Oz Bunny Con

Glen Waverley Apr. 7-10, 2023

LFG Canberra

Grifith Nov. 25-27, 2022


Mitchell Jan. 21-23, 2023


Shepparton Jun. 24-26, 2022

PAX Australia (cancelled)

South Wharf Sep. 13, 2022



Brussels TBA

Brussels Game Festival

Brussels Aug. 25-27, 2023


Genk Oct. 2, 2022


Merelbeke May. 21-22, 2022


Board Game Fest

Chavdar Jun. 18-19, 2022




Calgary, Alberta Aug. 25-27, 2023

Calgary Tabletop Day

Gate: 500
Calgary, Alberta Nov. 17-19, 2023
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly Game Design / Playtesting Tournaments Vendor Hall


Edmonton, Alberta Mar. 17-19, 2023

British Columbia


New Westminster, British Columbia Nov. 4-6, 2022

SHUX | Shut Up & Sit Down Expo

Vancouver, British Columbia Sep. 30 – Oct. 2, 2022



Brandon, Manitoba May. 26-28, 2023


Winnipeg, Manitoba Jan. 27-29, 2023

New Brunswick


Fredericton, New Brunswick Sep. 23-25, 2022

Impossible Realities

Saint John, New Brunswick Sep. 9-11, 2022


Ragnarok XP

Kitchener, Ontario Aug. 20-21, 2022

Niagara Boardgaming Weekend

Niagara Falls, Ontario Jan. 19-22, 2023


Ottawa, Ontario May. 19-21, 2023


Peterborough, Ontario Nov. 5-6, 2022


Stratford, Ontario Mar. 24-26, 2023


Thunder Bay, Ontario Jan. 8, 2023

Breakout Con

Toronto, Ontario Mar. 17-19, 2023


Les Jeux Au Boute

Chertsey, Quebec Apr. 26-30, 2023


Gatineau, Quebec Oct. 28-30, 2022



Amerikavej Apr. 5-10, 2023


Copenhagen Oct. 14, 2022




Basildon, East Feb. 24-26, 2023


Norwich, East May. 1, 2022

Norwich Games Convention

Norwich , East Aug. 26, 2023


Tring, East Oct. 7, 2023

East Midlands


Northampton, East Midlands Nov. 18-21, 2022

Field Of Games

Silverstone, East Midlands Jul. 23-24, 2022



London, London Dec. 3, 2022

North West

Tabletop Gaming Live

Manchester, North West Sep. 17-18, 2022

Warhammer Fest 2023

Manchester, North West Apr. 29 – May. 1, 2023


Manchester, North West Nov. 10-12, 2023



Hunstanton, Northwest Jan. 18-22, 2023

South East


Eastbourne, South East Apr. 28 – May. 1, 2023


Farnham, South East Nov. 12, 2022

Concrete Cow

Milton Keynes, South East Mar. 18, 2023

Stabcon South

Southampton, South East Sep. 29 – Oct. 1, 2023


Southampton, South East Oct. 15-30, 2023


Worthing, South East Feb. 11, 2023

South West

Grand Tribunal

Cheltenham, South West Aug. 11-13, 2023

The 24 Hour Board Game Marathon UK 2023

Gate: 200
Ilminster, South West Jul. 22-23, 2023
Family Friendly Play to Win Special Events / Parties Special Guests Tournaments


Kennford, South West Apr. 12-16, 2023

United Kingdom


Devon, United Kingdom Nov. 17-19, 2023

West Midlands

UK Games Expo

Birmingham, West Midlands Jun. 2-4, 2023

epic.LAN TT1 – Tabletop Weekender

Coventry, West Midlands Feb. 23-26, 2023



Gate: 5,000
Harrogate, Yorkshire Mar. 14-17, 2024
Family Friendly Food Trucks RPG Special Guests Vendor Hall

Leeds Board Games Fest

Leeds, Yorkshire Jan. 14-15, 2023

7 Hills

Sheffield, Yorkshire Apr. 1-2, 2023

North Star

Sheffield, Yorkshire May. 13-14, 2023


Sheffield, Yorkshire Oct. 7-8, 2023



Helsinki Jul. 28-30, 2023


Festival International des Jeux

Cannes Feb. 24-26, 2023


Deux_Sevres Jul. 12-23, 2023


Lyon Sep. 30 – Oct. 2, 2022


Mons-en-Barœul Mar. 25-26, 2023

Paris est Ludique!

Paris Jun. 24-25, 2023

LPO Board Games Holiday

St Gilles Croix de Vie Sep. 11-18, 2023

Alchimie du Jeu

Toulouse May. 5-7, 2023


Berlin Brettspiel Con

Berlin Jul. 14-16, 2023


Bielfield Nov. 11-12, 2023

Spiel (aka Essen)

Essen Oct. 5-8, 2023

Nord Con

Hamburg Jun. 2-4, 2023


Munich Nov. 10-13, 2022

Göttingen Game Designer Convention

Nuremberg Feb. 3, 2023

Ratinger Spieletage

Ratingen Apr. 1, 2023



Dublin Oct. 28-31, 2022

K2 Con

Dungarvan Feb. 24-27, 2023


Galway Mar. 25-27, 2022



Tel Aviv Aug. 24-25, 2023


Delbello Ludico

Cerveteri Nov. 25-27, 2022

Gaming By Sea – Summer 2023

Civitavecchia Jun. 22-29, 2023

Modena play

Gate: 40,000
North Tonawanda May. 19-21, 2023
Cosplay Game Design / Playtesting Miniatures Gaming Painting Special Guests


Kobe Game Market

Tokyo May. 13-14, 2023



Gate: 200
Druskininkai May. 13-14, 2023
Family Friendly Game Design / Playtesting Panels RPG Tournaments


Mega XP

Mexico City Jul. 15-16, 2023


Roll Initiative Con

Ewijk Apr. 15, 2023


Amersfoort Jan. 21, 2023


Utrecht Nov. 4-5, 2023


Veldhoven Mar. 18-19, 2023

New Zealand

Boardgames By The Bay

Auckland Jul. 30-31, 2022

Games Fair

Auckland Apr. 29-30, 2023


Wellington Jun. 3-4, 2023



Haugesund Mar. 10-13, 2023


Oslo Jun. 17-20, 2022


Planszówki w Spodku

Gate: 7,000
Katowice Sep. 9-10, 2023
Family Friendly RPG Tournaments Vendor Hall


Poznan Jun. 16-18, 2023



Viana do Castelo Oct. 21-23, 2022


Vieira de Leiria Mar. 23-26, 2023

San Marino

San Marino

Serravalle May. 5-7, 2023


Tabletop Scotland

Gate: 3,000
Perth Aug. 25-27, 2023
Family Friendly Food Trucks Game Design / Playtesting RPG Vendor Hall


Asian Board Games Festival

Singapore Dec. 1-3, 2023


Singapore Toy Game & Comic Convention

Singapore Oct. 10-11, 2022


DAU Barcelona

Barcelona Nov. 19, 2022



Gothenburg Mar. 29-31, 2024


Kalmar Feb. 24-26, 2023


Linköping May. 18-21, 2023


Skellefteå May. 26-28, 2023

Prolog (skipping to 2024)

Västerås Mar. 4-6, 2022



La Chaux-de-Fonds Mar. 17-19, 2023

United Kingdom


London Apr. 15, 2023

United States



Juneau, Alaska Jan. 8-10, 2023


Play on Con

Birmingham, Alabama Jul. 7-10, 2022

Rocket City Gamefest

Huntsville, Alabama Jan. 21-23, 2023


Tucson Comic-Con

Mesa, Arizona Sep. 2-4, 2022

Phoenix Fan Fusion

Gate: 30,000
Phoenix, Arizona Jun. 2-4, 2023
Family Friendly Panels RPG Special Events / Parties Special Guests


Phoenix, Arizona Aug. 25-27, 2023

Consim World Expo

Tempe, Arizona Aug. 26 – Sep. 2, 2022


Gate: 600
Tucson, Arizona Jun. 23-25, 2023
Family Friendly Panels RPG Special Guests Tournaments



Anaheim, California Mar. 24-26, 2023

Gob Con

Berkeley, California Aug. 5-7, 2022

KublaCon Game Convention

Burlingame, California May. 26-29, 2023


Irvine, California Apr. 13-16, 2023

Long Beach Comic Con

Long Beach, California Sep. 2-3, 2023


Los Angeles, California Feb. 17-20, 2023

D20 Cruise

Los Angeles, California Apr. 19-24, 2023


Los Angeles, California May. 26-29, 2023

Anime Expo

Los Angeles, California Jul. 1-4, 2023

GACUCON Game Cruise

Los Angeles, California Jul. 10-14, 2023

GACUCON Gaming & Cosplay Cruise

Los Angeles, California Jul. 10-14, 2023

Battle Barge Cruise

Los Angeles, California Jul. 17-21, 2023


Los Angeles, California Sep. 1-4, 2023

Board Game Extravaganza

Modesto, California Nov. 19, 2022

Anime Los Angeles

Palmdale, California Jan. 5-8, 2023


Sacramento, California Jan. 6-8, 2023


San Diego, California May. 6-8, 2022

San Diego Historical Games Convention

San Diego, California Jun. 4, 2022

JoCo Cruise

San Diego, California Mar. 5-12, 2023

San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego, California Jul. 20-23, 2023


San Diego, CA, California Oct. 24-26, 2022


San Francisco, California Nov. 25-27, 2022

Big Bad Con

San Francisco, California Sep. 28 – Oct. 1, 2023


San Jose, California May. 26-29, 2023

Game on the Table Con

Gate: 250
San Jose, California Jul. 15, 2023
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly Miniatures Gaming RPG Vendor Hall


Santa Clara, California Feb. 17-20, 2023

South Pacificon Game Fest

Santa Clara, California Sep. 1-4, 2023



Aurora, Colorado Aug. 24-27, 2023

Genghis Con

Auroro, Colorado Feb. 23-26, 2023


Broomfield, Colorado Jan. 13-16, 2023

Springs RetCon

Colorado Springs, Colorado Apr. 8-9, 2023


Denver, Colorado Oct. 21-23, 2022


Northglenn, Colorado Sep. 14-17, 2023


Compass Games Expo 2022

Meriden, Connecticut Nov. 10-14, 2022

LevelUp Retreat

Stamford, Connecticut Jul. 14-16, 2023


West Hartford, Connecticut Jul. 20-23, 2023

HBG-CON Summer

Windsor Locks, Connecticut Jul. 15-16, 2023

District of Columbia


Washington, District of Columbia Mar. 26-27, 2022

Circle DC

Washington, District of Columbia Mar. 31 – Apr. 2, 2023

Scrum Con

Washington, District of Columbia Apr. 8, 2023


Washington, District of Columbia Aug. 30 – Oct. 3, 2023


Tampa Nerd Con

Clearwater, Florida Nov. 3-5, 2023

Gaming By Sea

Fort Lauderdale, Florida Jun. 22-29, 2023

Dice Tower Cruise

Ft Lauderdale, Florida Jan. 15-21, 2023

Game and Party Con

Jacksonville, Florida Aug. 19-21, 2022


Kissimmee, Florida Sep. 22-25, 2022

Board Games, Beaches & Brew

Miami, Florida Jan. 15-22, 2023

Meeples at Sea Spring

Miami, Florida Mar. 19-26, 2023

Dice Tower Retreat

Miami, Florida Sep. 4-10, 2023

Meeples at Sea

Miami, Florida Apr. 6-13, 2024

Crucible X

Orlando, Florida Sep. 30 – Oct. 2, 2022

Escape Winter Con

Orlando, Florida Feb. 22-26, 2023


Orlando, Florida Mar. 30 – Apr. 2, 2023

Dice Tower East

Orlando, Florida Jul. 5-9, 2023

Quest Con

Orlando, Florida Sep. 29 – Oct. 1, 2023

Lair Con 2022

Pensacola, Florida Oct. 7-9, 2022

Pensacon Pensacola Comic Con

Pensacola, Florida Feb. 24-26, 2023

Tampa Tabletop Role-playing Games Convention

Tampa, Florida Apr. 7-9, 2023


West Palm Beach, Florida Jan. 14, 2023


Proto ATL

Atlanta, Georgia Mar. 30 – Apr. 2, 2023

Furry Weekend Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia May. 11-14, 2023


Atlanta, Georgia May. 25-28, 2023

Southern-Fried Gaming Expo

Atlanta, Georgia Jul. 28-30, 2023


Atlanta, Georgia Aug. 31 – Sep. 4, 2023

Siege of Augusta

Augusta, Georgia Jan. 13-15, 2023

Atlanta Game Fest

Gate: 250
Peachtree Corners, Georgia Apr. 20-23, 2023
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly


Kawaii Kon

Honolulu, Hawaii Mar. 31 – Apr. 2, 2023

Comic Con Honolulu

Gate: 13,000
Honolulu, Hawaii Aug. 4-6, 2023
Cosplay Family Friendly Play to Win RPG Vendor Hall



Cedar Rapids, Iowa Feb. 24-26, 2023

Sioux City Games Con

Sioux City, Iowa Mar. 10-12, 2023

Sioux City Tabletop Gamers Fall Convention

Sioux CIty, Iowa Mar. 10-12, 2023

Cardboard Caucus

West Des Moines, Iowa Oct. 27-29, 2023


Gem State Gaming Convention

Boise, Idaho Jul. 7-9, 2023

iCON – Idaho Convention for Boardgamers

Idaho Falls, Idaho Apr. 14-15, 2023


Protospiel Chicago

Bolingbrook, Illinois Sep. 15-17, 2023

Winter War

Champaign, Illinois Feb. 3-5, 2023


Collinsville, Illinois Jun. 2-4, 2023


Collinsville, Illinois Sep. 29 – Oct. 1, 2023


Decatur, Illinois May. 5-7, 2023


Effingham, Illinois Nov. 4-5, 2023


Glen Ellyn, Illinois Apr. 14-16, 2023


Lexington, Illinois Apr. 1, 2023

Polar Vortex

Lisle, Illinois Feb. 17-19, 2023

Little Wars

Lisle, Illinois Apr. 27-30, 2023

Windy Con

Lombard, Illinois Nov. 11-13, 2022

The Gaming Hoopla

Mundelein, Illinois Apr. 28-30, 2023


Quincy, Illinois Jul. 14-16, 2023


Rockford, Illinois Nov. 4-6, 2022

Tabletop Central

Gate: 250
Savoy, Illinois Sep. 16-17, 2023
Family Friendly Food Trucks Miniatures Gaming Play to Win RPG


Schaumburg, Illinois Jan. 8, 2023

2020 D8 Summit Charity Convention

Utica, Illinois Apr. 21-23, 2023


Wheeling, Illinois Feb. 2-5, 2023


Who’s Yer Con

Indianapolis, Indiana Apr. 7-9, 2023


Indianapolis, Indiana Jul. 7-9, 2023

Gen Con

Indianapolis, Indiana Aug. 3-6, 2023

Lake City Game Fest

Warsaw, Indiana Mar. 18, 2023



Overland Park, Kansas Jul. 14-16, 2023

Tsunami GameDay

Wichita, Kansas Sep. 24, 2022



Lexington, Kentucky Apr. 21-23, 2023


Louisville, Kentucky Oct. 14-16, 2022

Den Con

Newport, Kentucky Sep. 16, 2022


Louisiana Comic Con (Cancelled)

Lafayette, Louisiana Mar. 11-12, 2023

Southern Board Game Festival

Lafayette, Louisiana Oct. 14-15, 2023


Lake Charles, Louisiana Mar. 31 – Apr. 2, 2023



Boston, Massachusetts Jan. 13-16, 2023

PAX East

Boston, Massachusetts Mar. 23-26, 2023


Fairhaven, Massachusetts Mar. 23-26, 2023

ReUnity Games

Framingham, Massachusetts Sep. 10, 2022

Total Confusion

Marlborough, Massachusetts Feb. 23-26, 2023

Rising Phoenix Game Convention

Milford, Massachusetts Apr. 21-23, 2023


Shrewsbury, Massachusetts Mar. 31 – Apr. 2, 2023


Congress of Gamers Cruise Session (cancelled)

Baltimore, Maryland Oct. 15-20, 2022


Baltimore, Maryland May. 26-29, 2023

Epic Nerd Camp

Darlington, Maryland Aug. 19-23, 2023


Havre de Grace, Maryland Sep. 22-23, 2023

Unpublished Games Festival

Hunt Valley, Maryland Mar. 16, 2023


Oxon Hill, Maryland Jan. 5-8, 2023

Congress of Gamers Summer Session

Gate: 300
Rockville, Maryland Jun. 18-19, 2022
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly Game Design / Playtesting Play to Win Tournaments

Congress of Gamers Fall Session

Gate: 300
Rockville, Maryland Oct. 22-23, 2022
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly Game Design / Playtesting Play to Win Tournaments

Congress of Gamers Winter Session

Gate: 300
Rockville, Maryland Jan. 14-15, 2023
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly Game Design / Playtesting Play to Win Tournaments

Congress of Gamers Spring Session

Gate: 300
Rockville, Maryland May. 6-7, 2023
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly Game Design / Playtesting Play to Win Tournaments


Timonium, Maryland Nov. 10-13, 2022



Bango, Maine Jan. 14-15, 2023


Portland, Maine May. 19-21, 2023


Portland, Maine Jun. 22-25, 2023


Chaosium Con

Ann Arbor, Michigan Apr. 13-16, 2023

U-Con Gaming Convention

Ann Arbor, Michigan Nov. 17, 2023

Fandom Fest of Southwest Michigan

Berrien Springs, Michigan Apr. 2, 2023

Bayou Wars

D’iberville, Michigan Jun. 10-12, 2022


Dearborn, Michigan Jan. 20-22, 2023


Detroit, Michigan Nov. 3-6, 2022


DeWitt, Michigan Jan. 7, 2023


Grand Rapids, Michigan Sep. 1-3, 2023


Hattiesburg, Michigan Sep. 9-11, 2022

Marmalade Dog

Kalamazoo, Michigan Mar. 17-19, 2023


kansas city, Michigan Aug. 17-20, 2023

Michigan GT

Lansing, Michigan Sep. 30 – Oct. 2, 2022

Capital City Comic

Lansing, Michigan Jun. 30 – Jul. 2, 2023


Livonia, Michigan Mar. 18, 2023

30th Motor City Comic Con

Novi, Michigan May. 19-21, 2023


Con of the North

Bloomington, Minnesota Feb. 17-19, 2023

2D Con

Minneapolis, Minnesota Aug. 25-27, 2023


Roseville, Minnesota Apr. 13-16, 2023


Roseville, Minnesota Sep. 29 – Oct. 1, 2023


Midwest GameFest Fall

Kansas City, Missouri Dec. 1-4, 2022


Kansas City, Missouri Jun. 2-4, 2023


Lees Summit, Missouri Sep. 23-25, 2022


Springfield, Missouri Jun. 9-11, 2023


Springfield, Missouri Jul. 7, 2023


Springfield, Missouri Oct. 13-15, 2023

Warfaire Weekend

St. Louis, Missouri Nov. 4-6, 2022

Geekway To the West Mini

St. Louis, Missouri Jan. 13-15, 2023

Geekway to the West

St. Louis, Missouri May. 18-21, 2023


West Plains, Missouri Apr. 28-30, 2023



Biloxi, Mississippi Mar. 3-5, 2023

Mississippi Comic Con

Jackson, Mississippi Jun. 24-25, 2023

Siege of Vicksburg

Vicksburg, Mississippi Oct. 14-16, 2022


Miscon 33

Missoula, Montana May. 26-29, 2023

North Carolina

Mythic Con West (Asheville, NC)

Asheville, North Carolina Mar. 10-12, 2023


Charlotte, North Carolina Jun. 3-5, 2022

JeffCon, the Final MACE

Charlotte, North Carolina Nov. 11-13, 2022


Charlotte, North Carolina Feb. 24-26, 2023

Mythic Con

Charlotte , North Carolina Nov. 10-12, 2023

Whose Turn Is It Anyway?

Durham, North Carolina Jan. 26-29, 2023

Game On Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina Mar. 26, 2022


Greensboro, North Carolina Jul. 14-16, 2023

ReCon Board Game Convention

Kernersville, North Carolina May. 28-30, 2022

Southern Front

Morrisville, North Carolina Sep. 16-18, 2022

Playthrough Game Convention

Raleigh, North Carolina Mar. 18-19, 2023

North Dakota

Fargo GameFest

Fargo, North Dakota Mar. 24-26, 2023

CoreCon 11

Fargo, North Dakota May. 25-28, 2023


Punchboard Paradise Con

Ashland, Nebraska May. 4-7, 2023

Great Plains Game Fest

Lincoln, Nebraska Mar. 10-12, 2023


Omaha, Nebraska Oct. 21-23, 2022


Omaha, Nebraska Jul. 28-30, 2023


Omaha, Nebraska Sep. 22-24, 2023

New Hampshire


Lebanon, New Hampshire Apr. 21-23, 2023

Granite Game Summit

Nashua, New Hampshire Mar. 9-12, 2023


Star Island, New Hampshire Aug. 2-6, 2023

New Jersey


Morristown, New Jersey Jun. 29 – Jul. 2, 2023


Olympia, New Jersey May. 26-28, 2023


Princeton, New Jersey Mar. 4-6, 2022

New Mexico


Albuquerque, New Mexico Jul. 26-28, 2022


Meeple Peak

Carson City, Nevada Mar. 17-18, 2023


Las Vegas, Nevada Oct. 21-23, 2022

Dice Tower West

Las Vegas, Nevada Mar. 8-12, 2023

World Series of Board Gaming

Las Vegas, Nevada Sep. 24-28, 2023


Reno, Nevada Jun. 30 – Jul. 2, 2023

New York

Great Escape on the Lake

Bradford, New York Aug. 23-27, 2023


Croton-on-Hudson, New York Sep. 1-3, 2023

Long Island Retro Con

Garden City, New York Jul. 12-14, 2022

Long Island’s Tabletop Gaming

Garden City, New York Mar. 18-19, 2023

Running GAGG

Geneseo, New York Feb. 10-12, 2023


Gate: 150
Glens Falls, New York Sep. 30 – Oct. 1, 2023
Auction / Flea Market Game Design / Playtesting Play to Win RPG Vendor Hall


Pleasant Valley, New York Jun. 3, 2023


Rochester, New York Jul. 14-17, 2022


Rochester, New York Mar. 17-19, 2023

Flower City Comic Con

Rochester, New York Sep. 16-17, 2023

Council Con

Schenectady, New York Sep. 23-25, 2022



Cincinnati, Ohio Sep. 30 – Oct. 2, 2022

Ice & Dice

Cincinnati, Ohio Jan. 20-22, 2023


Cincinnati, Ohio Oct. 27-29, 2023

Cleveland ConCoction

Cleveland, Ohio Mar. 17-19, 2023

Origins Game Day

Columbus, Ohio Jan. 6, 2023

Buckeye Game Fest

Columbus, Ohio Apr. 27-30, 2023


Columbus, Ohio Jun. 21-25, 2023


Columbus, Ohio Jun. 21-25, 2023

AcadeCon 6

Dayton, Ohio Nov. 4-6, 2022


Hamilton, Ohio Mar. 3-5, 2023


Kettering, Ohio Mar. 31 – Apr. 1, 2023

Ratha Con

New Marshfield, Ohio Apr. 1, 2023

Con on the Cob

Richfield, Ohio Oct. 5-8, 2023

Wittcon XVI

Springfield, Ohio Mar. 25, 2023


Soonercon 28

Midwest City, Oklahoma Jun. 30 – Jul. 2, 2023


Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Mar. 17-19, 2023

Twisted Lords Con

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Jul. 14-16, 2023

Tokyo in Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma Jul. 14-16, 2023



Portland, Oregon Mar. 23-26, 2023

Rose City Comic Con

Portland, Oregon Sep. 22-24, 2023



Butler, Pennsylvania Mar. 17-19, 2023


Butler, Pennsylvania Sep. 22-24, 2023


Butler, Pennsylvania Mar. 22-24, 2024


Butler, Pennsylvania Sep. 22-24, 2024

S’mores & Meeples Board Game Camp

Coatesville, Pennsylvania May. 6-8, 2022

Erie Days of Games

Erie, Pennsylvania Oct. 13-14, 2023

Cold Wars

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Mar. 10-12, 2023

Fall In!

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Nov. 3-5, 2023

Pittsburgh Gaming Expo

Monroeville, Pennsylvania Sep. 30 – Oct. 1, 2023

Too Many Games

Oaks, Pennsylvania Jun. 23-25, 2023

PAX Unplugged

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dec. 2-4, 2022

Winsome Choose Some

Gate: 40
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania May. 26-29, 2023
Special Guests Tournaments

World Boardgaming Championships

Seven Springs, Pennsylvania Jul. 22-30, 2023

S’mores and Meeples Board Game Camp

Gate: 175
Spring City, Pennsylvania Oct. 26-29, 2023
Auction / Flea Market Family Friendly Game Design / Playtesting Special Events / Parties Tournaments


White Haven, Pennsylvania Apr. 14-16, 2023

Save Against Fear

York, Pennsylvania Oct. 6-9, 2022

Rhode Island

Captain Con

Warwick, Rhode Island Feb. 3-5, 2023

South Carolina


Columbia, South Carolina Jan. 13-16, 2023

Soda City Comic Con

Columbia , South Carolina Aug. 20-21, 2022


Pawleys Island, South Carolina Mar. 10-12, 2023


Richburg, South Carolina Sep. 16-18, 2022

South Dakota


Sioux Falls, South Dakota Sep. 29 – Oct. 1, 2023


Vermillion, South Dakota Jan. 27-29, 2023



Chatanooga, Tennessee Feb. 17-19, 2023


Chattanooga, Tennessee Jan. 13-15, 2023

Fun K-Town

Knoxville, Tennessee Apr. 28-30, 2023

Rocky Top Game Con

Knoxville, Tennessee May. 26-28, 2023

Protospiel Knoxville

Gate: 40
Knoxville, Tennessee Jun. 9-11, 2023
Game Design / Playtesting Panels

Board Game Days

Gate: 200
Knoxville, Tennessee Jul. 12, 2023
Family Friendly Game Design / Playtesting Miniatures Gaming Play to Win RPG


Memphis, Tennessee Jan. 6-7, 2023

MidSouth Con

Memphis, Tennessee Mar. 22-24, 2024

Tennessee Game Days Fall

Nashville, Tennessee Oct. 1-3, 2022

Tennessee Game Days Spring

Nashville, Tennessee Mar. 3-5, 2023

Nashville Tabletop Day

Gate: 500
Nashville, Tennessee Apr. 22, 2023
Family Friendly Food Trucks Play to Win Tournaments

Nashville Comicon

Nashville, Tennessee Jun. 3-4, 2023


Nashville, Tennessee Aug. 18-20, 2023

Music City Multi Con

Nashville, Tennessee Oct. 27-29, 2023


Wild Game Roundup

Austin, Texas Aug. 12-14, 2022


Austin, Texas Nov. 10-13, 2022

South by Southwest (SXSW) Gaming

Austin, Texas Mar. 10-19, 2023

STAPLE! Present Indie Tabletop Game Day

Austin, Texas Jun. 3, 2023
Family Friendly Game Design / Playtesting RPG


Dallas, Texas Mar. 16-19, 2023


Dallas, Texas May. 26-29, 2023


Dallas, Texas Nov. 15-19, 2023


Dallas, Texas Nov. 13-17, 2024


Dallas, Texas Nov. 19-23, 2025

Lone Star Game Expo

Grapevine, Texas Sep. 30 – Oct. 2, 2022


Houston, Texas May. 26-28, 2023


Irving, Texas Jun. 1-4, 2023


Irving, Texas Feb. 23-25, 2024

Mini Recon

Leander, Texas Apr. 22-23, 2023

The Long Con

Longview, Texas Nov. 11-13, 2022

GamerNation Con

Plano, Texas Apr. 13-16, 2023

ChupacabraCon Gaming Convention

Round Rock, Texas May. 5-7, 2023

Alamo City Game Convention

San Antonio, Texas Mar. 31 – Apr. 2, 2023

San Japan

San Antonio, Texas Sep. 1-3, 2023


Wichita Falls, Texas Mar. 24-26, 2023


SaltCON Spring 2023

Layton, Utah Mar. 2-5, 2023

SaltCON Summer 2023

Layton, Utah Jun. 2-4, 2023

SaltCON End of Summer 2023

Layton, Utah Sep. 1-3, 2023


Provo, Utah Nov. 3-5, 2023


Salt Lake City, Utah Jan. 28-29, 2022



Charlottesville, Virginia Feb. 20-26, 2023


Richmond, Virginia Mar. 18, 2023

GalaxyCon Richmond

Richmond, Virginia Mar. 24-26, 2023


Richmond, Virginia Apr. 21-23, 2023

Richmond Open

Richmond, Virginia May. 5-7, 2023

TCEP 28: 28 Years Later

Sterling, Virginia Sep. 1-4, 2023


Williamsburg, Virginia Jan. 13-15, 2023

Williamsburg Muster

Williamsburg, Virginia Feb. 17-19, 2023



Killington, Vermont Oct. 27-29, 2023



Bellevue, Washington Feb. 8-12, 2023

Dragonflight Game Con

Bellevue, Washington Aug. 18-20, 2023


Gate: 1,200
Bellevue, Washington Jan. 5-7, 2024
Food Trucks Panels Play to Win Special Guests Vendor Hall


Bellingham, Washington Jan. 27-29, 2023


Kennewick, Washington Apr. 14-16, 2023

Evergreen Tabletop Expo

Redmond, Washington May. 27-28, 2023

Go Play NW

Seattle, Washington Jun. 3-5, 2022

PAX West

Seattle, Washington Sep. 2-5, 2022


Seattle, Washington Nov. 5, 2022

Emerald City Comicon

Seattle, Washington Mar. 2-5, 2023


Seattle, Washington Jun. 26 – Jul. 3, 2023


Seattle, Washington Jul. 3-10, 2023


Phoenix Con

Appleton, Wisconsin Jul. 14-16, 2023

Strong Tower Gaming Convention

Brookfield, Wisconsin Sep. 15-17, 2023


Green Bay, Wisconsin Jul. 21-23, 2023

Coulee Con

La Crosse, Wisconsin Aug. 18-20, 2023

Gary Con

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Mar. 23-26, 2023

Free-For-All Gaming Event

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Mar. 24-26, 2023

Dragon Fall

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Oct. 7-8, 2023


Madison, Wisconsin Jul. 21-23, 2023


Madison, Wisconsin Oct. 19-22, 2023

Fire and Ice Convention

Manitowoc, Wisconsin Feb. 24-26, 2023


Merrill, Wisconsin Sep. 2-4, 2022

Nexus Game Fair

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Jun. 23-26, 2022

Midwinter Gaming Convention

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Jan. 12-15, 2023

Midwestern Gaming Classic

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Mar. 31 – Apr. 2, 2023

Protospiel – Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Apr. 14-16, 2023


Milwaukee, Wisconsin May. 20-21, 2023


Platteville, Wisconsin Feb. 24-26, 2023


Wausau, Wisconsin Jan. 20-22, 2023

No Brand Con

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin Sep. 1-3, 2023

West Virginia


Charleston, West Virginia Feb. 11, 2023

CharCon Game Convention

Charleston, West Virginia Jul. 14-16, 2023


Martinsburg, West Virginia May. 5-7, 2023


Cheyenne Gaming Convention

Cheyenne, Wyoming Apr. 21-23, 2023

About the author

Elijah Longwell

Recruiter by day, board game enthusiast by night. Despite controversy, i’m a firm believer that collecting can be just as fun as playing games. My favorite aspect of the board gaming hobby is its ability to bring people together in a meaningful way.

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