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List maintained by /u/kittenkaijugames www.kittenkaijugames.com
Bolded events have attedance of 2000+ and a signifigant focus on gaming
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To sort this list by state, right click on column D (State). Select "sort sheet A-Z" from the drop down.
These events focus on indie games, unpublished games and/or the game design community.
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International Listings can be found after the US listings.
These events have gaming elements but are not exclusively for them. The focus is more about comics, sci-fi, anime or computer and video games.
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Convention NameStart DateCityState
Attendance
WebsiteBoard?Minis?RPGs?CCGs?Misc Info
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Congress of GamersJanuary 11-12, 2020RockvilleMD400http://emsps.com/cog/YY
Gaming convention (Board, RPG, designers, tourneys)
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Stumptown Game SummitJanuary 18-19, 2020PortlandOR?https://stumptowngamesummit.com/
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Protospiel - MinnesotaJanuary 24-26, 2020BloomingtonMN180http://protospiel-mn.org/????Design and playtesting convention
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Prototype ConFebruaryKissimmeeFL200
https://www.facebook.com/ExpeditionPrototypeCon/
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Indiecade EastFebruary 15-18, 2019New YorkNY*http://www.indiecade.com/Y
Independent game, artist and developer festival; includes board games
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DREAMATIONFebruary 21-24, 2019MorristownNJ1500http://www.dexposure.com/events.html????
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ConnConMarch 20-22, 2020StamfordCT600http://conncon.com/Y?YY
general con but with a gaming section and a developers focus
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Congress of GamersApril 18-19, 2020RockvilleMD400http://emsps.com/cog/YY
Gaming convention (Board, RPG, designers, tourneys)
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Protospiel - MilwaukeeApril 5-7, 2019MilwaukeeWI125http://protospiel-milwaukee.org/Design and playtesting convention
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NewMexiConApril 5-7, 2019AlbuquerqueNM100+http://www.newmexicon.com/Yindie games
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FantasticonMay 22-24, 2020New HavenCT75https://newhavengamemakersguild.org/specifically focuses on indie games and playtesting
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Proto ATLApril 30-May 3, 2020AtlantaGA*https://protoatl.com/
gaming convention aimed at designers and developers
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Protospiel IndyMay 15-17, 2020IndianapolisIN50http://protospiel-indy.orgYDesign and playtesting convention
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Unpub 9May 21-24, 2020BaltimoreMD2500-3000
https://tabletop.events/conventions/unpub-9
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Congress of GamersJuly 11-12, 2020RockvilleMD400http://emsps.com/cog/YY
Gaming convention (Board, RPG, designers, tourneys)
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ProtospielJuly 12-14, 2019ChelseaMI*http://www.protospiel.org/YDesign and playtesting convention
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CT Festival of Indie GamesJuly 9-12, 2020NewingtonCT15000http://www.ct-fig.comYYIndie board and card games
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Congress of GamersJuly 11-12, 2020RockvilleMD400http://emsps.com/cog/YY
Gaming convention (Board, RPG, designers, tourneys)
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Protospiel Southunsure if still runAustinTXhttp://www.protospielsouth.com/YDesign and playtesting convention
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Dice Tower ConJuly 1-5, 2020OrlandoFL3000http://www.dicetowercon.comY
Board games, Dice Tower Network, family-friendly gaming, prototype section
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Boston UnloopSeptember 14, 2019BostonMAhttps://www.bostonfig.comdevelopers conference
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IGD Exponot runWest MonroeLANAwww.igdexpo.comGaming and Geek Culture
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Protospiel ChicagoSeptember 6-8, 2019BolingbrookIL100http://www.protospiel-chicago.org/Board game Design, development convention
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Protospiel - San JoseOctober 11-13, 2019San JoseCA750http://www.boardgamebuilders.com/YDesign and playtesting convention
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IndiecadeOctober 10-12, 2019Los AngelesCA*https://www.indiecade.comIndependent game development event
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Congress of GamersOctober 12-13, 2019RockvilleMD400http://emsps.com/cog/YY
Gaming convention (Board, RPG, designers, tourneys)
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Crafter ConOctober 17, 2019MadisonWI150
https://www.facebook.com/events/717870458661147/
Game design and publication
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Protospiel - MadisonOctober 18-20, 2019MadisonWI100
https://tabletop.events/conventions/protospiel-madison-2019
Design and playtesting convention
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Board Game Design Lab Design Day
October 19, 2019TauntonMA100https://theboardgameworkshop.com/design-day/Design Event
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METATOPIANovember 7-10, 2019MorristownNJ700http://www.dexposure.com/events.htmlBoard game design festival
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TableTop NetworkNovember 18-19, 2019DallasTX3000https://www.tabletopnetwork.coDesign festival as a leadup to the BGG con
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Chicago Toy & Game FairNovember 21-24, 2019ChicagoIL25000+https://www.chitag.com/Toy and game conference and awards
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PAX UnpluggedNovember 29-December 1, 2019PhiladelphiaPA55000http://unplugged.paxsite.com/Gaming convention
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MagfestJanuary 3-6, 2019Oxon Hill, MDMD24000http://magfest.org/????
Video game music, gaming of all types, and the gaming community.
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SacAnimeJanuary 4-6, 2019SacramentoCA21000http://www.sacanime.com/????Pop culture convention with gaming
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EverConJanuary 4-6, 2019RothschildWI1100https://www.facebook.com/evercon/????
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FlamingoConJanuary 5, 2019Delray BeachFL250flamingocon.org????
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Lakes Area GameFestJanuary 5-6, 2019OkobojiIA100http://www.lakesareagamefest.comY
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Role Play Rally (Winter)January 5-6, 2019AustinTX400http://www.roleplayrally.comY
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Midwinter Gaming ConventionJanuary 10-13, 2019MilwaukeeWI1100
http://www.midwintergamingconvention.com/
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OrcaConJanuary 11-13, 2019BellevueWA1200http://www.orcacon.orgY
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Dice Tower CruiseJanuary 12-17, 2019Ft LauderdaleFL700http://www.dicetowercruise.com/????
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Winter OffensiveJanuary 17-20, 2019 BowieMD?
http://www.multimanpublishing.com/Conventions/WinterOffensive2019/tabid/118/Default.aspx
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ConfuseSFJanuary 17-20, 2019 DearbornMI?http://confusionsf.org/????entertainment con with gaming
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Exploricon6January 18-19, 2019MadisonWI150https://www.exploricon.com/
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PAX SouthJanaury 17-19, 2020San AntonioTX15-30,000http://south.paxsite.com/????
Large convention focused on culture and community for all types of gaming (video to tabletop)
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Siege of AugustaJanuary 18-20, 2019AugustaGA300http://siege-of-augusta.orgYYHistorical miniatures and board games
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Geekway MiniJanuary 18-20, 2019St LouisMO400https://geekwaytothewest.com/mini/Y
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VerminConJanuary 18-20, 2019VermillionSD?https://vermincon.wordpress.com/????
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MarsConJanuary 18-20, 2019WilliamsburgVA1300http://www.marscon.net/wp/????Science fiction and fantasy convention with gaming
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CascadeConJanuary 18-20, 2019BellinghamWA125https://www.cascadecon.gamesY
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HexaconJanuary 18-21, 2019DenverCO?https://www.hexacondenver.org/????
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ArisiaJanuary 18-21, 2019BostonMA?http://www.arisia.org/????Sci-fi and Fantasy convention, with a side of gaming
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Scarab Gaming ConventionJanuary 18-21, 2019ColumbiaSC800http://www.s-c-a-r-a-b.com/????
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BryceConJanuary 18-21, 2019Bryce Canyon CityUT?http://www.brycecon.com????
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SnowConJanuary 19-20, 2019BangorME200http://snowconmaine.com/main/YYYY
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Whose Turn Is It Anyway?January 24-27, 2019DurhamNC350http://www.whoseturn.orgYN
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Platypus Con 5January 25-27, 2019Juneau, AKAK400http://www.platypusgaming.org/????
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Rocket City GamefestJanuary 25-27, 2019Huntsville, ALAL250http://www.rocketcitygamefest.com/Y
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Polar VortexJanuary 25-27, 2019Glen EllynIL400https://polarvortex.games/Y
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GCOM Winter WarJanuary 25-27, 2019ChampaignIL?http://www.winterwar.org/????
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Winter Game FestJanuary 25-27, 2019SevernMD75http://winterfest.gamesclubofmd.org/????
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Rocket City GamefestJanuary 25-27, 2019Huntsville, ALAL250http://www.rocketcitygamefest.com/Y
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GamerConJanuary 30-February 2, 2020San DiegoCA1000https://10times.com/gam-rcon
Gaming convention, including video and tabletop gaming
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RudiconFebruaryRochesterNY?https://www.facebook.com/rudiconY
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PurpleBunnyConFebruaryMurfreesboroTN?http://www.purplebunnycon.com/YRPG and Pathfinder
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Game School ConFebruary 1-3, 2019IrvineCA400https://www.gameschoolcon.com/????
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EGGFebruary 1-3, 2019SpringfieldOR?
http://www.pairofdiceparadise.com/egg_registration.php
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SoCal Games DayFebruary 2, 2019BurbankCA75http://www.socalgamesday.com/????
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Winter FantasyFebruary 6-10, 2019Fort WayneIN400http://wintfan.baldmangames.com/YY
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GameOn!February 6-10, 2019IssaquahWA160http://gameon-con.com/YY
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RapierFebruary 7-10, 2019JacksonvilleFL200http://www.rapiercon.com/YYY
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Game-O-RamaFebruary 7-10, 2019AtlantaGA325http://game-o-rama.com/????
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Running GAGG XXI: Do Androids Dream of Electric Squirrels
February 8-10, 2019GeneseoNY300
https://www.geneseo.edu/gagg/runninggagg
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Captain ConFebruary 8-10, 2019WarwickRI?http://captaincon.com/????
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LodgeConFebruary 9-10, 2019PeotoneIL350http://lodgecon.netNYY
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CapriconFebruary 14-17, 2019WheelingIL1100http://capricon.org/capricon39/????
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MittenConFebruary 15-17, 2019OkemosMI?
https://www.facebook.com/events/266328617557094/
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TantrumConFebruary 15-17, 2019SpartanburgSC350http://www.tantrumcon.comY
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BASHCon 34February 15-17, 2019ToledoOH750http://www.ut-bash.com/?q=bashcon????
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Williamsburg MusterFebruary 15-17, 2019WilliamsburgVA275http://hamptonroadsgamers.org/????
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RadConFebruary 14-16, 2020PascoWA2300http://www.radcon.orgYYYY
Science Fiction/Fantasy convention featuring three game rooms including board, card, role-playing, and miniature gaming.
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Con of the NorthFebruary 14-16, 2020PlymouthMN2000http://www.conofthenorth.org/????
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DunDraCon 43February 14-17, 2020San RamonCA1800http://www.dundracon.com/????
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OrcconFebruary 14-17, 2020Los AngelesCA2500http://www.strategicon.net/YYY
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GhengisconFebruary 21-24, 2019AuroraCO1000http://www.genghiscondenver.com/Y YY
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Total ConfusionFebruary 21-24, 2019MarlboroughMA?http://www.totalcon.com/????
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Hoop & Stick ConFebruary 21-24, 2019New PlymouthOH75
http://www.ravenwoodcastle.com/hoopandstick
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GenriconFebruary 22, 2019TroyNY?http://genericon.org/????
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CondorConFebruary 22-24, 2019San Diego, CACA?http://www.condorcon.org/YYSciFi and Fantasy Con with board and card gaming
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League of Geeks: ReconFebruary 22-24, 2019MiamiFL550https://www.leagueofgeeks.org/recon/????