Conventions
The place for RPG convention info
Section Editor: Steve steve@dragonsfoot.org
Introduction
Welcome to the new Conventions section at Dragonsfoot!

There have been numerous requests on the Dragonsfoot forums for information regarding role-playing conventions. This is an attempt to list all such conventions world-wide along with advice, a list of supplies and adventures that are likely suitable for convention play. A few of the listings are for anime conventions or wargaming conventions, but in all cases an element of role-playing in the convention programs was verified, though the type and extent of such activity may be limited. In the search for such information, a few gaming clubs and other pertinent sites were discovered and those links have been included as well. There were many listings online for various conventions, but included here are only those with informational and functional links. Several online links were broken or led to hijacked or junk sites.

General advice for con attendees:

You can never bring enough cash...

You will NOT have time for everything you want to do. Don't schedule games every single slot, as you will want time to just hang out and maybe go for lunch/dinner one day...

Meet as many gamers/guests as you can. You might think you are coming back next year, but you never know. Don't pace yourself in that regard...

Drink a lot of water. Don't just fill up on carbonated beverages and beer.

Likewise eats....don't fill up on candy, chips and beef jerky. Mix in a salad or some protein.

Buy a con shirt or something from the con. You'd be surprised how many cons I went to where I got home and realized I had NOTHING to prove I ever went there! In the same vein, buy something from the con organizers, bid in the auction, etc. Most cons are not making a ton of money and rely on cash from selling snacks or shirts to keep going every year.

Convention Calendar:
January
SnowConMaineBangor ME
ChattaconChattanooga TN
WarpconCork, Ireland
ArcanaconMelbourne, Australia
KapConWellimgton, New Zealand
Winter WarChampaign IL
 
February
Winter FantasyFort Wayne IN
DundraconSan Ramon CA
Total ConfusionMansfield MA
GhengisConAurora CO
OrcConLos Angeles CA
GamiConIowa City IA
Con of the NorthSt. Paul MN
BASHConToledo OH
OwlConHouston TX
Marmalade Dog Kalamazoo MI
 
March
GaryConLake Geneva, WI
ConQuestSACSacramento CA
CoastConBiloxi MS
MadiCon Harrisonburg VA
MarsConBloomington MN
ConnConStamford CT
SimComRochester NY
MidSouthConMemphis TN
PrinceConPrinceton NJ
GameStormVancouver WA
WillyCon Wayne NE
 
April
CodConGlen Ellyn IL
HAVOC Shrewsbury MA
JordanConAtlanta GA
NorwesconSeattle WA
Kawaii KonHonolulu HA
ARCONOswego NY
Spring Gaming HooplaJanesville WI
RECONCocoa Beach FL
ConglomerationLouisville NY
UBConBuffalo NY
ConquestMelbourne, Australia
FastavalÅrhus, Denmark
GothConGothenberg, Sweden
PLAY: Games FestivalModena, Italy
ICONMidrand, South Africa
 
May
KublaCon Burlingame CA
GamexLos Angeles CA
Anime Central (Acen)Rosemont IL
ComicpaloozaHouston TX
MisConMissoula MT
CangamesOttowa, Ontario Canada
PenguiconTroy MI
Phoenix Fan FusionPhoenix AZ
MegaConOrlando FL
Collosal ConIndependence OH
MomoConAtlanta GA
Anime St. LouisCollinsville IL
DemiConDes Moines IA
DieCon Collinsville IL
 
June
SoonerConOklahoma City OK
OriginsColumbus OH
North Texas RPG ConIrving TX
PortConMaine South Portland ME
PrairieConBrandon, Manitoba Canada
Nexus Game FairMilwaukee, WI
RPCCologne, Germany
OMGconPaducha KY
 
July
InConJunction Indianapolis IN
TrollCon Little Rock AR
KantConOverland Park KS
AnimaritimeMoncton, New Brunswick Canada
ConnectiConHartford CT
NADWConMadison WI
Quetzalcoatl Con
(End of the World Con)
Troy MI
San Diego ComicCon (SDCC)San Diego CA
Fantasy Gamers ConclaveCary NC
Flying Buffalo ConScottsdale AZ
Necro Game DaySt. Petersburg FL
SagaConSan Antonio TX
AVCONAdelaide, Australia
ContinuumOadby, Leicester UK
Festival Ludique International
de Parthenay (FLIP)
Parthenay, France
OGCNashua NH
DEXCONMorristown NJ
QuinConQuincy IL
ConVergence Bloomington MN
 
August
GenConIndianapolis IN
ConsternationCambridge UK
FanExpo CanadaToronto Canada
BuboniConAlbuquerque NM
PAX PrimeSeattle WA
DragonlightSeattle WA
DragonfireCape Town, South Africa
RopeConEspoon, Dipolissa Finland
FragapaloozaLeduc, Alberta Canada
QC anime-zing!Davenport IA
ShadowConLondon, UK
 
September
Pacificon Santa Clara CA
DragonConAtlanta GA
VCON Vancouver, BC Canada
GatewayLos Angeles CA
PandemoniumAdelaide, Australia
GaelConDublin. Ireland
Nuke-ConOmaha NE
CogCon Missoula MO
Hurricon Orlando FL
CopperCon Avondale AZ
Concrete CowWolverton, Milton Keynes UK
SpelkonventStockholm, Sweden
Geek.KonMadison WI
GameConMemphis TN
CelesticonRedwood City CA
HawaiiconHawaii
 
October
RinConTucson AZ
ConQuestOREGON Hillsboro OR
AlbaConAlbany NY
Necronomicon St. Petersburg FL
FlatCon Bloomington IL
FoxCon Augusta ME
Vul-ConPhoenix AZ
ConjectureBloomington MN
OshConOshKosh WI
I-ConSpringfield IL
Council of Five NationsAlbany NY
UniconMelbourne, Australia
FurnaceSheffield, UK
SIEGEAtlanta GA
Central Canada Comic ConWinnepeg, Manitoba Canada
Rock-ConRockford IL
FenconDallas TX (more literary than RPG, but has strong gaming themes)
 
November
LutherCon Chicago IL
HammerCon Hamilton, Ontario Canada
CarnageCon Fairlee VT
GameCon Memphis Memphis TN
Zona LudicaMollina, Malaga Spain
MACEHigh Point NC
Hal-ConHalifax, Nova Scotia Canada
PhilConCherry Hill NJ (a SF con w/ gaming room)
OberConParsippany NJ (may be defunct)
ShaunConKansas City MO
Minnesota Gamers' ConventionSt. Paul East MN
MillenniumRound Rock TX
U-ConAnn Arbor MI
PentaConWayne IN
IndieConHobourne, Naish, Christchurch, Dorset UK
DragonMeetKensington, London UK
FLIP d'hiver Parthenay, France
(this is a shorter, indoor version of the 12 day festival held in July)
Lucas GamesLucca, Italy
The Pure Speculation FestivalEdmonton, Alberta Canada
UberConEdison NJ
AetherConOnline
 
December
AnonyConStamford CT
Convention Regions:
Online
AetherCon
 
Northeast USA
ARCON
CarnageCon
ConnCon
ConnectiCon
Council of Five Nations
DEXCON
FoxCon
HAVOC
OGC
Philcon
PortConMaine
SimCon
SnowConMaine
Total Confusion
UBCon
UberCon
 
Southeast USA
DragonCon
Fantasy Gamers Conclave
JordanCon
MACE
MadiCon
MegaCon
MomoCon
Necro Game Day
Necronomicon
RECON
SIEGE
 
Midsouth USA
Chattacon
CoastCon
Conglomeration
GameCon Memphis
Hurricon
MidSouthCon
OMGcon
TrollCon
 
Midwest USA
Anime Central
Anime St. Louis
BASHCon
CodCon
CogCon
Colossal Con
Con of the North
Conjecture
ConVergence
D&D Experience
DemiCon
DieCon
FlatCon
GamiCon
GaryCon
Geek.Kon
GenCon
GhengisCon
I-Con
InConJunction
KantCon
LutherCon
Marmalade Dog
MarsCon
Minnesota Gamers' Convention
MisCon
NADWCon
Nexus Game Fair
Nuke-Con
Origins
OshCon
Penguicon
UberCon
PentaCon
QC anime-zing!
Quetzalcoatl Con
QuinCon
Rock-Con
ShaunCon
Spring Gaming Hoopla
U-Con
WillyCon
Winter War
 
Northwest USA
ConQuestOREGON
Dragonflight
GameStorm
GenghisCon
Norwescon
PAX Prime
 
Southwest USA
Bubonicon
Comicpalooza
CopperCon
Flying Buffalo Con
Millennium
North Texas RPG Con
Phoenix Fan Fusion
RinCon
SagaCon
SoonerCon
Vul-Con
OwlCon
Fencon
 
California (North) USA
ConQuestSAC
DunDraCon
KublaCon
PacificCon
Celesticon
 
California (South) USA
Gamex
Gateway
OrcCon
SDCC
 
Pacific Islands
Kawaii Kon
Hawaiicon
 
Canada
Animaritime
Cangames
Fan Expo Canada
Fragapalooza
Hal-Con
HammerCon
PrairieCon
The Pure Speculation Festival
VCON
Central Canada Comic Con
 
Australia/New Zealand
Arcanacon
AVCON
Conquest
KapCon
Pandemonium
Unicon
 
United Kingdom
Concrete Cow
Consternation
Continuum
DragonMeet
Furnace
GaelCon
IndieCon
ShadowCon
Warpcon
 
Other Countries
DragonfireSouth Africa
FastavalDenmark
Festival Ludique International de ParthenayFrance
FLIP d-hiverFrance
GothConSweden
ICONSouth Africa
Lucas GamesItaly
PLAY: The Games FestivalItaly
RopeConFinland
RPCGermany
spelkonventSweden
Ziggurat_ConIraq
Zona LudicaSpain
Gaming clubs, societies, casual events, etc.:
Green Mountain GamersNorwich VT
Vancouver Gaming GuildVancouver Canada
The Games Club of Maryland
(Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina)
contact in Ridgley, MD
HMGS Southcontact hmgs@hmgs-south.com
The Gaming Club of Texas A&MCollege Station TX
Shadow WarriorsNorthfields, West London UK
What to Bring:
(The notation [G] refers to GameMaster materials and [L] indicates Local cons, for which you can pack a vehicle)
  1. dice
  2. adventures (G)
  3. maps (G)
  4. minis
  5. characters
  6. character sheets (G)
  7. gaming books
  8. pencils
  9. gum erasers
  10. scratch paper
  11. mats (G)
  12. wet erase markers (dry erase if you're using whiteboard) (G)
  13. terry rags
  14. gaming hats, shirts, pins
  15. costume (if you're into that)
  16. changes of clothes
  17. toiletries
    • deodorant (Body Glide, used by runners to prevent chafing was recommended, but make sure you smell good) ( Most important. Please, please do not sit down at the table smelling like yesterday's armpit with food stains across your shirt.)
    • Gold Bond Powder or talc (the former is medicated)
    • toothbrush
    • toothpaste
    • mouthwash (L)
    • floss
    • extra soap
  18. cooler (L)
  19. snacks
  20. drinks (L)
  21. water (L)
  22. coffeemaker (L)
  23. booze
  24. smokes
Always check with the con and hotel beforehand. Some of these suggested items may be restricted (food in a venue with a food court, appliances in the hotel, etc.).
[Liquids over 3.5 oz. may not be packed in carry-on luggage on US flights. Liquids, as well as knives and firearms must be in checked baggage. International regulations may differ. Always check with your carrier if you're flying to a con.]
Suitable Adventures (Dragonsfoot downloads library):
(abbreviations: OD&D - anything after Chainmail and before AD&D, C&C - Castles & Crusades, SW - Savage Worlds, HM4 - HackMaster 4e, HMB HackMaster Basic, AHM - Advanced HackMaster, LA - Lejendary Adventure, LL - Labyrinth Lord, AD - Arduin, S&W - Swords & Wizardry, CoC - Call of Cthulhu, OS - other simulcran)
Regarding Hank
The Melford Murder
Trident Rock
The Monastery of the Order of the Crimson Monks
The Howling Hills (possible)
The Banked Swamp
Pop Goes the Meazel
Sanctum of the Stone Giant Lord
The Disappearance of Harold the Hedge Mage
The Battle for Gib Russ & supplementary documents
Goblins Tooth I - Moonless Night
The Spider Farm
The Temple Diancecht
The Corrupt Crypt of Ilmater
Fugitive (OD&D)
High Atop Dragonmount (The Legend of the Stronghold of Arolon) (AD&D/OD&D)
Vander's Lost Home (OD&D)
Shadow Over Pendleton (OD&D)
Voices of Three (C&C)
The Eye of Kilquatol! (SW)
Dungeon Crawl (SW)
Shades of Terror (SW)
Red Swamp Fantasy (SW)
In addition to these, any of the adventures in Footprints, Dragonsfoot's online magazine, would also be reasonable to run for a con. The modules included in most of the Dragon and Dungeon magazines could also be used, but careful scrutiny is required regarding length and complexity.
[Contributors to this effort have included stouty, Mock26, BadMike3, Chainsaw, JohnGaunt, D.J., tedopan, wolfpack, Torctref Spleenkiller, vlark, greylond, Argennian. And a special thank you to bloodymage for starting this page in the first place]
Last updated 05-Feb-2019. Please send corrections, updates, information on broken links, etc. to steve@dragonsfoot.org
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