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Gen Con has been bringing a bevy of gaming to the masses since 1968.

Its roots are deep in tabletop games such as RPGs, card, strategy, board games, etc.

They’ve since broadened into the computer game arena.

Fun fact: Gen Con’s name is short for “Geneva Convention”, named after nearby Lake Geneva.

They’re a curated resource to see when the convention is happening and what’s worth seeing there. It’s definitely not a requirement to be a certifiable geek on a topic. Location: Seattle, WA Dates: TBA (likely Labor Day Weekend 2017, September 1-4) Ticket price: – 0 (Registration will likely open Spring 2017.

Check out the first in the series – a list of anime conventions! But in my experience of attending conventions for 14 years, you haven’t lived until you attend a convention. Check here.) Great for: Playing big-name games before they’re released, tabletop gaming, learning from industry pros Photo by Danosuke (creative commons) Who knew that a humble web comic about gamer life, borne from the creativity of two friends, would grow into the largest fan-operated gaming show for the public?

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But if you want a taste of it, look no further than PAX.

And not even a decade ago, you only needed to be one or two connections removed from a game industry pro to score tickets.

E3 started cracking down on the fandom attendance to get it back to its insider industry roots.

But why would they when they have built up a critical mass of a gamer fan following with their comic of nearly 4 million readers?

PAX draws in crowds large enough to fill a football stadium – and in record time. And that’s weekend passes doubled from in 2013 to 0 in 2014.) Short for “Penny Arcade Expo”, PAX is known for representing a comprehensive breadth of gamerdom: from retro to next season’s anticipated console release, from tabletop gaming to independent gaming, expect to find it there. I could easily write blog posts for a solid week about PAX, so I should stop while I’m ahead.

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