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Gaming Conventions



We have some awesome gaming conventions happening in Michigan soon folks. Please tell everybody you know. Post flyers, send e-mails, write on blogs, post them on Facebook Walls, Tweet them in Twitter. Get the word out!    

PaizoCon 2013 at:

Seattle Airport Marriott,

Seattle, Washington

July 5-7, 2013



MichiCon 2013 Gaming Convention at:

Oakland University,

Rochester, Michigan

Friday and Saturday July 12-13, 2013



San Diego Comic Con 2013 at:

San Diego Convention Center,

San Diego, California

July 18-21, 2013



2013 HistoriCon at:

Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center


July 18-21, 2013



Pulpfest 2013 at:

Hyatt Regency Columbus,

Columbus, Ohio

July 25-28, 2013



Gen Con 2012 at:

Indianapolis, Indiana

August 15-18 2013



Dragon*Con 2013 at:

Atlanta, Georgia

August 30-September 2, 2013



GrandCon 2013 at:

Calvin College Prince Conference Center

Grand Rapids, Michigan

September 20-22, 2013



BarbeCon 2013

Independence Oaks County Park

Clarkston, Michigan

September 21, 2013



DaveCon 2013 at:

Okemos Comfort Inn Conference Center,

Okemos, Michigan

September 28-29, 2013



ConClave XXXVII 2013 at:

Double Tree by Hilton

Detroit-Dearborn, Michigan

October 11-13, 2013



Con on the Cob 2013 at:

Clarion Hotel

Hudson, Ohio

October 17-20, 2013



ProorCon 2013 at:

U-M Dearborn,

Dearborn, Michigan

October 18-19, 2013



CharCon 2013

Charleston Civic Center

Charleston, West Virginia

October 18-20, 2013



Detroit Fanfare Comic Book Convention at:

Adoba Hotel Dearborn

Dearborn, Michigan

October 25-27, 2013



Motor City Nightmares 2013 at:

Novi Sheraton Hotel,

Novi, Michigan

October 25, 2013



Youmacon 2013 at:

Cobo Hall & Renaissance Center

Detroit, Michigan

October 31-November 3, 2013



U-Con 2013 at:

Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest

Ypsilanti, Michigan

November 22-24, 2013



WinterCon 2013 Gaming Convention at:

Oakland University

Rochester, Michigan




Holiday Game Bash VIII

The Hive Concert Hall (formerly the Jigsaw Saloon)

Parma, Ohio

December 14, 2013



Spartacon XXIV at:

Lansing Center,

Lansing, Michigan

January 11, 2014



Legendary ConFusion 2014 at:

Double Tree Hotel

Dearborn, Michigan

January 17-19, 2014



Bashcon XXVIIII 2014 at:

University of Toledo,

Toledo, Ohio

February 14-16, 2014



Marmalade Dog 19 2014 at:

Bernhard Center,

Kalamazoo, Michigan

February 21-23, 2014



Battlefields 2014 by ProorCon at:

U-M Dearborn,

Dearborn, Michigan

March 14-15, 2014



WittCon XI

Shouvlin Center on Wittenberg University Campus

Springfield, Ohio

March 22, 2014



Ambercon 2014

Embassy Suites Detroit-Livonia/Novi

Livonia, Michigan

April 10-13, 2014



AnCon 2014

Clarion Inn Hudson

Hudson, Ohio

May 1-4, 2014



PenguiCon 2014 at:

Westin Southfield,

Southfield, Michigan

May 2-4, 2014



MarCon 49 at:

Hyatt Regency Columbus,

Columbus, Ohio

May 9-11, 2014



Motor City Comic Con 2014 at:

Suburban Collection Showplace,

Novi, Michigan

May 16-18, 2014



Up in the Aether: The Steampunk Convention 2014

Double Tree Detroit-Dearborn

Detroit, Michigan

May 22-May 25, 2014



Origins 2014 Game Fair at:

Columbus Convention Center,

Columbus, Ohio

June 11-15, 2014



1. Alan - April 14, 2010

Why Go To A Gaming Convention?

I have always pondered the ramifications of playing games at gaming conventions. I know why I run games at gaming conventions. But that’s not what this is really about.
There are some distinct features and benefits regarding participating in games at a gaming convention. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Camaraderie- This is a word that is one of the tenets of what Metro Detroit Gamers stands for. Not everybody has hundreds of friends that like board games or role-playing games. A gaming convention is a place to share stories and exploits of the adventures you have enjoyed while gaming. It’s about sharing those experiences to foster a communal spirit and justify the wonderful experiences we enjoy.

Discovery- There is a wide-reaching world of games from creative people to be played. Short of winning a big lotto prize, you can’t buy them all. Games at the conventions allow you the opportunity to play different games. I became an owner and huge fan of the Arkham Horror board game by watching and then playing the game at several gaming conventions.

Growth- Let’s look at this from a constructive perspective. Gaming works when you have different people to play with on a regular basis. Most groups on average have four players in their gaming groups. It’s a manageable size. But what happens if one or two players can’t make it? I favor running games for 4-7 players. It gives you as the game master the opportunity to creatively put the players in situations that challenge them by actually letting them go up against a more difficult encounter.

Learning- In a recent posting to the Savage Worlds Yahoo Group, one of the regular posters intends to run a gaming convention in Brazil. This person asked for some help and suggestions. One of the easiest ways to improve your gaming chops is to play and run games at conventions. You learn how to compress gaming adventures into three and a half hours of time when running. Playing you determine if the gaming system plays comfortably and whether the genre of the game inspires you to want more.


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4. Kerry - October 11, 2010

You forgot to mention this FREE anime con in NW Ohio – just 30 mins south of the Ohio Michigan border…

Animarathon March 26, 2010

Free one day anime con with gaming, costuming, and more! Over 1,000 attendies!


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6. vampiress - January 25, 2012

Looking for some conventions coming up for 2012. Really wanna go to one want to get my son Into geekdom.


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9. Roy Snyder - August 24, 2012

Marmalade Dog 18 will take place February 8-10; the date listed here is incorrect, or may have been a prior working date. Please check http://www.marmaladedog.org/ for updates. Happy Gaming!


10. John Jamieson - October 29, 2012

Had a blast at UCon in Ann Arbor this year (10-28-12). Could only attend on Sunday, but played a fun game of After the Bomb (my character: a mutant lynx with ridiculously large ears, mental stun blast, and a crabby attitude) and a game of D&D Next run by that guru of gamemasters, Shane Harsch. Good times. The venue at the Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti was classy (now there’s a change) and the UCon staff did a superb job as always. Cheers to all and good gaming.


11. William Geiger - October 30, 2012

Are you taking events for WinterCon 2012 yet?


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