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Fun fact: Gen Con’s name is short for “Geneva Convention”, named after nearby Lake Geneva.
It’s also a play on words since the origin of the convention focused on war games, and as you know, the original Geneva Convention is a series of war treaties. Location: Los Angeles, CA Dates: October 14-16, 2016 Ticket price: – 5 Great for: Learning how to design your own game, introspective panels, staying up late with friends to play lots of games Photo by jeriaska (creative commons) Some of the biggest games of the last five years started out as a little independent setup with big aspirations.
;) Location: Seattle, WA Dates: March 2-5, 2017 Ticket price: – 0 Great for: American comic book enthusiasts, families, sci-fi fans, meeting celebrities Photo by artvixn (creative commons) It’s a bird! No, it’s the Pacific Northwest’s largest comic convention!
Since its inception in 2003, Emerald City Comi Con has exploded to include huge names across a number of geek-tastic industries: comics (of course), science fiction, movies, television, gaming, and more.
Engagement designer, Stanford lecturer, and tabletop geek Chris Bennett gave me the inside scoop on Go Play Northwest.
He travels from the bay area every year to join the intimate but thriving Go Play community.
One gauge for the evolution of a convention is the talent it can attract.
Previous years have been dazzled by star-sprinkled ensembles including Patrick Stewart, Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, Gillian Anderson, Carrie Fisher, Adam West, and so many more.
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.One of the highlights of PAX is their music talent.The convention has been an early supporter of “Nerdcore”, a genre that blends the heavy beats of rap with the subcultural geek sensibilities of gaming, comics, and lyrics that play out like a Revenge of the Nerds movie.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.