Mid Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA)

 

Here is the game convention list for the Mid Atlantic region of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. While we are reasonable certain we have them all, if you discover one is missing, please help us update our calendar and submit a missing game con.

Cons that have not yet declared their dates are displayed with a ?-month as their start date. The month in these cases is our best guess based on last year and will be updated when real dates become available. Conventions that start in one month and finish in the next (ex on the 30th of one month and end on the 1st of the following month) appear under the month of their start date.

2014

April 2014

4 April – 6 April

MepaCon (Spring)

Clarks Summit, PA (Scranton area)

MidEasternPennsylvaniA Game Convention held twice per year (spring and fall) near Scranton, PA. A fun little con that we don’t get to nearly as often as we should!

4 April – 6 April

Maelstrom

Morristown, NJ (Northern NJ)

The latest in a series of game cons from Double Exposure. This is their fourth convention after DexCon in July, Dreamtion in February, and Metatopia in November. This gaming convention is different in that they are doing it without a schedule – allowing players and GMs to come together and start a game whenever and end without an eye on a clock or slot ending time. Based on the success of their other three cons this one should be amazing as well!

11 April – 13 April

UBCon

Student Union, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260

Annual Anime and Gaming Convention of the University of Buffalo.

25 April – 27 April

Zenkaikon

Lancaster County Convention Center, Lancaster, PA

Anime Convention with comics, music, games, and more.

25 April – 27 April

ARCON

SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY (Syracuse, NY)

From their website: ARCON is SUNY Oswego’s annual gaming convention organized by The Story Tellers’ Guild, held in the school’s Campus Center. A gaming convention is a multi-day event in which people gather to participate in roleplaying games, card games, video games, board games, miniature games, LARPs, and all sorts of other types of gaming.

? April

POINTCON

Thayer Hall, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY (Hudson Valley area)

[CANCELED - according to their website, the 2014 con has been canceled and they are unsure if it will return.] West Point Cadet’s annual war games convention.

June 2014

6 June – 7 June (Fri-Sat)

NJcon

Edison, NJ (Central NJ)

Two day (Friday, Saturday) war game convention in Central NJ.

6 June – 8 June

AnimeNEXT

Somerset, NJ (Central NJ)

Anime convention with both video gaming and a table top gaming area.

19 June – 22 June

Comic Con Wizard World Convention – Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Annual pop culture convention including Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Anime, Manga, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles and More.

27 June – 29 June

TooManyGames

Oaks, PA 19456 (Philadelphia area)

Game con with over 80,000 square feet of gaming including video games, arcade games, board games, computer games and more.

July 2014

2 July – 6 July

DexCon

Morristown, NJ 07960 (Northern NJ)

Over thirty national championships, over forty LARPS, over fifty NAGA and 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!

? July – ? July

Gamers of Summer

Grantville, PA (Harrisburg area)

Pocket Change Productions summer gaming convention with eurogames, card games, RPGs, and some minis games.

? July – ? July (28 July)

Ryu-Kon Anime and Gaming Convention

Niagra Falls, NY (Buffalo area)

Anime and gaming convention. From the organizers: Ryu-Kon is back and the theme this year is Steampunk! That means that, in addition to all of the usual anime and gaming fun, there will also be Steampunk themed activities and vendors. Join us for panels, Dragon Bazaar, video game room, workshops, cosplay, Anime Screenings, Large RPG events, Anime Rave, Voice Actor activities, contests, exclusive Ryu-Kon games, such as Human Katamari Tag, Not a Japanese Game Show and more. Dragon Plaza will hold vendors, artist alley, Center Stage, Ghibli Village, the Table Top Gaming Center with open game play, tournaments & demos, the Healthy Shinanigans Club and more. There will be a Steampunk Fashion Show, a Steampunk Ball, cosplay competitions, Karaoke, a Celebrity Comedy Show, a Cosplay Parade and more tba! Then on Sunday, prepare for the event of a lifetime – The Ryu-Kon Extreme Treasure Hunt, which is the activity that inspired the slogan- One Con . . . Two Countries! Trust me, you do not want to miss this!

August 2014

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

World Boardgaming Championships

Lancaster Host, Lancaster, PA

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

? August – ? August

RetCon

Plainview, Long Island, NY

Newly expanded three day game convention.

? August – ? August

Cohorts

Allentown, PA

Annual war games convention sponsored by Dragonhead Hobby and Games. Offers multiple wargaming tournaments and contests as well as Magic: the Gathering, Pathfinder Society, board games, other gaming, vendors, model and diorama displays and contests and more.

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September 2014

19 September – 21 September

SIBCON

Butler, PA (Pittsburgh area)

Circle Of Swords annual fall games convention [COSCON is their spring convention]. Each COS convention raises money for local charities and are attended by roughly 300 gamers. From the organizers: We promote interactive table-top board games, miniature war games, and role-playing games in a safe and family friendly environment.

19 September – 21 September

Queen City Conquest

Buffalo, NY 14202

Gaming convention. From their website: We welcome all types of gaming, including Role Playing Games, War Games, Board Games, Collectible Card Games, and more. Join us for a fantastic weekend of gaming enjoyment.

DriveThruComics.com

October 2014

10 October – 12 October

Travellercon/USA

Lancaster, PA

Gaming convention dedicated to all versions of Traveller. Includes RPGS: CT/MT/T4/GT/T20/TNE, Miniatures: Striker/StarGrunt/FullThrusts, and Boardgames: Snapshot/Azhanti. Also has panel discussions, a mini painting competition, vendors and more.

? October – ? October

Erie Days of Games

Erie, PA

Board game, card game, miniatures games convention.

? October – ? October

Council of Five Nations

Schenectady, NY (Albany area)

A small balanced game convention with role playing games, miniatures, board games and more.

? October

RetroGameCon

Cicero, NY (Syracuse area)

From the organizers: A video gaming convention highlighting not just retro video games but also the art and culture that has sprung up around them.

? October – ? October

Burning Con

New York City, NY

Game convention focusing on Burning Wheel but including other role playing games as well.

November 2014

6 November – 9 November

Metatopia

Morristown, NJ (Northern NJ)

Double Exposure’s Fall Gaming Convention. This one concentrates on Indie games and more specifically, play testing upcoming gaming systems and events.

7 November – 9 November

Nerdvemberfest

Fort Washington, PA (Philadelphia area)

From the organizers: Nerdvemberfest is a tabletop boardgaming and roleplaying convention with a focus on building a community of gamers.

? November – ? November

The Warstore Weekend

East Brunswick, NJ (Central NJ)

Miniatures War Game Convention.

? November – ? November

Albacon

Latham, NY 12110 (Albany area)

From the organizers: Albacon is a weekend gathering in Albany, NY, of fans and creators of Science Fiction or Fantasy, including literature, movies, games, and other media. Join us for three days of panel discussions, interviews, films, games, readings, autographs, an art show, special events, a fabulous dealers room, debates, conversation, and socializing with people who share your interests!

? November – ? November

GASPCon

Pittsburgh, PA

Annual gaming con of the Gaming Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

? November – ? November

MepaCon (Fall)

Clarks Summit, PA (Scranton area)

MidEasternPennsylvaniA Game Convention held twice per year (spring and fall) near Scranton, PA. A fun little con that we don’t get to nearly as often as we should!

? November – ? November

Philcon

Cherry Hill, NJ (Philadelphia area)

General Science Fiction Convention with a gaming area, an Art Show, an Anime Room, a Writer’s Workshop, a Dealer’s Room, a Masquerade, and more.

? November – ? November

Fall In!

Lancaster, PA

The Historical Miniatures Gaming Societies annual fall war game convention.

December 2014

2015

January 2015

? January – ? January (Sat-Mon)

Gamers of Winter

Grantville, PA (Harrisburg area)

Pocket Change Productions winter gaming convention with eurogames, card games, RPGs, and some minis games.

? January – ? January

Running GAGG

College Union, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY (Rochester area)

Annual Game Convention of the Geneseo Area Gaming Group.

February 2015

19 February – 22 February

Dreamation

Morristown, NJ 07960 (Northern NJ)

Game convention with over 800 Events in seven continuous gaming tracks of Boardgames, Card Games, Wargaming, RPGs, LARPs, Collectible Card Games, and Video Gaming. Run by the same amazing people who run DexCon in July and Metatopia in November.

They also have a large dealers’ room, anime programming throughout the weekend, a poker championship, and the Double Exposure Con Suite, including all of the snacks and refreshments you can eat FREE all convention long!

? February – ? February

No Such Convention (NonCon/NSCon)

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 (Hudson Valley area)

From the organizers: No Such Convention (NonCon) is a small all inclusive family friendly convention held annually in the Vassar College Campus Center, in Poughkeepsie, New York, and run by the campus’ Geek Club, the NSO. No Such convention offers a little bit for every type of geek: Anime, Video Games, Board Games, Table Top RPGS, Screenings, Panels, Workshops, and much more!

28 February – 2 March

Genericon

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (Albany area)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s annual geek convention drawing over 2000 attendees for a weekend of video gaming, table top gaming, anime, sci-fi, guests, and panels!

March 2015

5 March – 8 March

Cold Wars

Lancaster, PA

The Historical Miniatures Gaming Societies annual spring war game convention.

27 March – 29 March

GZG ECC

Owego, NY (Ithaca area)

Ground Zero Games East Coast Convention where the focus is on miniatures gaming.

? March – ? March

Albany Games Fest

University at Albany, Albany, NY 12222

From the organizers: Albany Games Fest is an annual gaming convention held every Spring by The Guild, the gaming club at SUNY Albany. The convention is a two-day event involving vendors, entertainment, competitions, and lots and lots of gaming.

? March – ? March

PrinceCon

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (Trenton area)

The Simulation Games Union’s annual game convention at Princeton University. Each year the entirety of the convention roleplays in the same game world uniting to accomplish shared goals and building their character as they go on. The results of earlier slots directly affect how the weekend’s story progresses.

? March – ? March

COSCON

Butler, PA (Pittsburgh area)

Circle Of Swords annual spring games convention [SIBCON is their fall convention]. Each COS convention raises money for local charities and are attended by roughly 300 gamers. From the organizers: We promote interactive table-top board games, miniature war games, and role-playing games in a safe and family friendly environment.

? March – ? March

LunaCon

Rye, NY (NYC area)

Science Fiction convention with a small open gaming area.

? March – ? March

SIMCON

Goergen Atrium, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627

Annual Game Convention of the University of Rochester Simulation Gaming Association (URSGA).