Sunday, May 6, 2012

Convention Season is upon us

Summer is right around the corner, and that means game convention season is almost here in all it's geeky glory.

As a central Pennsylvania gamer, here are a few conventions that are on my radar:

ORIGINS = May 30 - June 3 at Greater Columbus Convention Center (Columbus, Ohio).
One of the largest tabletop gaming conventions in the USA. A heavy emphasis on board games and card games (with an absolutely superb Board Game Room), but with a solid dose of miniatures as well. Definitely worth a visit if you've never had the "big con" experience. Over 300 exhibitor booths makes this a shopping mecca for gamers.

NJ Con = June 8 - June 9 at New Jersey Convention & Expo Center (Edison, New Jersey).
With Historicon moving outside of relatively close driving range for me (45-90 mins), this small miniatures convention has caught my attention and might be worth a visit this summer. I love the fact that it includes both historical and fantasy/sci-fi gaming, and has a handful of terrific vendors slated to attend (including The Warstore, Eureka Miniatures, Miniature Building Authority, On Military Matters, and Age of Glory).

Historicon = July 19 - July 22 at Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center (Fredericksburg, Virginia).
I'm really bummed that summer's biggest miniature wargaming convention has moved away from the Lancaster/Philly area down south to Virginia. Instead of day-tripping to the con, now I must decide if I want to make a weekend vacation of it, with associated hotel costs for me and my buddies. This is definitely a great con, with the best Vendor Hall and Flea Market for miniatures gaming enthusiasts anywhere. And Fredericksburg is a great little town to visit, especially if you're a Civil War buff (very nice battlefield to visit, fun Ghost Tours, quaint little town to explore on foot or by taking the trolley). So I'm still debating this one!      

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