A Master Schedule For All Gaming Activities Is Here

All Board, Card, and Electronic Gaming Will Be Located At The Amway Grand Plaza!

Electronic Gaming

 Open Video Gaming

photo/Tori Hallwood

photo/Tori Hallwood

All Weekend, Governor’s Room

Whether you’ve got a taste for “the good old days of retro gaming,” or prefer the newer, less pixelated games of today, you can find a little bit of everything in our gaming room provided by the Nexus Gaming Alliance! Drop in and play anytime for free. If you’re into tournaments, check the schedule for this year’s lineup and stop by to add your name to the list.

Other events in which NGA operates an electronic gaming room includes Anime Boston, Gen*Con, Awesome Con (Washington DC), and Origins, so you know the electronic gaming area will be first class!

NGA is a combination of various talents brought together to form the ultimate experience in gaming. NGA is also involved in a multitude of other areas while at events.

Gaming Tournaments

In our quest to find the elite gamers, tournaments will take place throughout the weekend. Sign-ups for all tournaments will be at the HQ table right inside the entrance the arena.

All tournaments have a roll call to assure attendance. Please make sure to check in 5 minutes before the start of any event. If you show up late, you very well could lose your spot in the tournament. Don’t let that happen to you!

  • All tournament rules can be found at our website:
  • Have a question? Need help? Do not be afraid to ask Nexus Gaming Alliance staff members that will be on site. Just look for the branded NGA shirts.

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Saturday and Sunday, Senator Vandenberg Room A

Being on the bridge of a starship is a lot of work and requires a well-functioning team of officers, from a Captain all the way to a communications specialist. Immerse yourself completely in the realm of space by taking on a critical ship role and working with others to overcome obstacles, complete missions, and keep your crew safe and out of trouble. To sign up, visit Senator Vandenberg Room B and add your name to the list!

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photo courtesy Starship Horizons

Missions will run throughout the convention on Saturday and Sunday only. Register in advance to play here or signup at the convention.

To learn more about the game check out and

We’ll see you on the bridge!

Board and Card Gaming

board gaming room

photo/Tori Hallwood

 Pantlind Ballroom All Weekend

From quick and simple all the way to thought provoking strategy, our game library has something for everyone! Sample a huge variety of board and card games from dozens of different publishers and make some new friends. Open late into the evening and with over 100 games available for rent and game demos running all the time (check the schedule outside of our room), there is plenty to keep you busy here!

Our board and card gaming area will be handled by Wargames North, the premiere gaming and comic store in the northern half of lower Michigan. Wargames North has been involved in the gaming area of the Grand Rapids Comic-Con from the very beginning, and if you are from the Cadillac/Traverse City area then we would encourage you to check out their store and support them like they have supported us!

Open Board Gaming

Check out a game from our diverse library of board games! Whatever your age or attention span, we have something that’s sure to please. Try something new or introduce friends or family to a favorite.

Open Card Gaming

Bring your decks and competitive spirit! Our card gaming area is is available for open play as our tournament schedule allows.

Learn how to Tabletop Role Play

Senator Vandenberg Room B

Saturday at 10:00am – 1:00am

Pull a chair up to the table and explore fantasy and sci-fi realms all day on Saturday! Guided by experienced Game Masters, you will learn the basics of how to play in a table-top campaign by making characters, interacting with other players, solving puzzles and engaging in combat with enemies. Visit the gaming room to sign up for a spot and have an adventure!

Collectible Card Gaming

Pantlind Ballroom/Senator Vandenberg Room B

All Weekend

Bring decks from your favorite CCGs and enjoy our large space for open card gaming! From Magic: The Gathering to Yu-Gi-Oh, everything is welcome! Check the schedule in the gaming room for CCG events for the weekend.

Magic: The Gathering – Commander Tournament

Senator Vandenberg Room B

Friday at 7:00pm – 1:00am

Commander is an exciting, unique way to play Magic that’s all about awesome legendary creatures, big plays, and battling your friends in epic games! In Commander, each player chooses a legendary creature as the commander of their deck. Then, you match your commander’s colors with your 99-card deck and crush your opponent! This tournament will be 1v1 and is open to everyone who’d like to play. Come and join us!

Magic: The Gathering – Standard Style Tournament

Senator Vandenberg Room B

Saturday at 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Standard is a dynamic format where you build decks and play using cards in your collection from recently released Magic: The Gathering sets. Evolving gameplay and fresh strategies make it one of the most fun and popular ways to play magic. So, grab your deck and a few friends and join us in our gaming quarters for a magical (get it?) time!

The Haunt – Spooky Board Gaming

Senator Vandenberg Room B

Saturday at 9:00pm – 1:00am

Prepare yourself for murder most foul during this event! We’ll be showcasing board games that pit you against supernatural monsters, shambling zombies, terrifying elder gods, and so much more. Step into our haunted hall and choose a guide who will take you on a journey into the realm of horror games!

Learn to Play: Go

Pantlind Ballroom

Saturday at 10:00am – 7:00pm

Learn the art of the ancient game “Go” with the members of the West Michigan Go Club! Surround more territory than your opponent in this complex and abstract strategy board game that’s been around for thousands of years.

Challenge the Vegan Black Metal Chef

Senator Vandenberg Room B

Saturday at 9:00pm – 1:00am

Steel yourself and brave the horrors of the haunt to challenge the Vegan Black Metal Chef to a game of Magic: The Gathering! Join the group in the haunted game room and take him on! You can challenge him to other games, too, but there’s no guarantee he’ll know how to play.

Learn to Tabletop Role Play: Family Style

Senator Vandenberg B

Saturday at 10am – 7pm

If you have children or are a person with special needs who would like to learn how to play a tabletop RPG, we have a group of Game Masters ready for you! This team of GMs specializes in easy introductions and patient explanations so that no one is left out and fun can be had for the entire family.

Grand Gamers Guild Demos

Pantlind Ballroom

All Weekend

The team from the publisher, Grand Gamers Guild, will be on site to showcase some of their most popular games! They’ll be on hand to teach you StroopUnreal Estate, and Pocket