The Big Eight

 
2014

August 2014

(2 August – 3 August) 4 August – 10 August

World Boardgaming Championships

Lancaster, PA

Over 1500 people attend this week long (including pre-cons the previous weekend) board game convention in Lancaster, PA.

14 August – 17 August

GenCon

Indianapolis, IN 46225

Close to 50,000 attendees attended last year.  A huge exhibitor (vendor) hall, art show, costumes and most of all over 12,000 events!  This is the grand-daddy of all game conventions!

29 August – 1 September

DragonCon

Atlanta, GA

Multi-media convention focusing on science fiction, fantasy, gaming, comics, art, film and more!

29 August – 1 September

Pax Prime

Seattle, WA

Penny Arcade’s Annual West Coast Video Game Convention with a sizable Tabletop Game component as well. (Usually sells out in about a week.)

April 2015

? April – ? April

Pax East

Boston, MA

Penny Arcade’s Annual East Coast Video Game Convention with a sizable Tabletop Game component as well.

June 2015

3 June – 7 June

Origins Game Fair

Columbus, OH 43215

The kickoff gaming convention for the summer!  Run by GAMA (The Game Manufacturers Association) the highlight of the show is the annual Origins Awards.  These awards highlight the best of gaming, nominated at the GAMA Trade Show and voted on by convention attendees, the awards are announced Saturday evening.  In addition there are over 200 vendors and 1000’s of events.

July 2015

1 July – 5 July

DexCon 15

Morristown, NJ 07960

Over thirty national championships, over forty LARPS, over fifty NAGA & RPGA events, over 100 independent publisher events, and over 1000 additional events as well as $60,000 in prizes. One of the most unique gaming cons you will ever attend!

9 July – 12 July

Comic Con International: San Diego

San Diego Convention Center

Largest Annual Comic and Pop Culture Convention with celebrities, panels, anime, art show, masquerade, some open gaming and more.