Gaming

The gaming department at Grand Rapids Comic Con offers something for everyone! Electronic gaming and tournaments, bridge simulators, escape rooms, open tabletop and board gaming, and much more await you all weekend long in the River Overlook Rooms. All of the activities in the gaming department are covered with the cost of your badge, so stop in, pull up a chair, and join us for some fun!

Gaming Department Hours

Friday
Noon – 11:45pm
Saturday
10am – 11:45pm
Sunday
10am – 4:45 pm

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. We’ll be running demos of popular games all weekend long (check the schedule in the gaming area or online once it’s posted), and we’re happy to take requests if there is something specific you’d like to learn that isn’t on our schedule.

Open late into the evening and with over 200 games available for rent, there is plenty to keep you busy here! 

Electronic Gaming

Nexus Gaming Alliance

This year, we’re amping up video gaming here at the Grand Rapids Comic Con! NGA’s setup will fill Ballroom D with more gaming square footage than we’ve ever had at this event before!

Whether you love consoles, computers, or cabinets, you’ll be able to find something to play in our electronic gaming area, powered by the Nexus Gaming Alliance! NGA has operated their first-class electronic entertainment area at Anime Boston, GenCon, Awesome Con (Washington D.C.) and Origins, and they’re excited to be returning for another year at the Grand Rapids Comic Con. 

photo by Truong Lam

If you’re looking for more than just casual play, keep an eye out for the various tournaments offered in the gaming room throughout the weekend! You can see the schedule below as it gets closer to the event. Sign-ups for tournaments will be available in the electronic gaming room all weekend long. 

NGA is a combination of various talents brought together to form the ultimate experience in gaming.  Come and check it out!

Hado – Nebula Amusements

Ever wonder what it would be like to go toe-to-toe in some anime-style dodgeball? Try out Hado, new to

photo by Truong Lam

Grand Rapids Comic Con this year! Nebula amusements brings this revolutionary augmented reality esports attraction to our event this year where you can face off in 3v3 matches by shooting orbs of glowing energy from your hand. 

Feel like you’re right in the middle of a dramatic battle in a Dragon Ball Z episode in this Ready Player One style experience that you’ve been waiting for. 

Bridge Simulator

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be the captain of your own starship and lead your crew on missions across the galaxy? Do you have a penchant for lasers and enjoy blowing up enemy ships? Maybe you’re the peaceful type and prefer to try and talk to your enemies before resorting to violence. There’s something for everyone with the bridge simulations here at the convention!

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.

We’ll see you on the bridge!

Board and Card Gaming

Open Gaming

From quick and simple all the way to thought provoking strategy, our game library has something for

Photos by Have Camera, Will Cosplay

everyone! Sample a huge variety of board and card games from dozens of different publishers and make some new friends. We’ll be running demos of popular games all weekend long (check the schedule in the gaming area or online once it’s posted), and we’re happy to take requests if there is something specific you’d like to learn that isn’t on our schedule.

Open late into the evening and with over 200 games available for rent, there is plenty to keep you busy here! 

Game Demos

Photo by Have Camera, Will Cosplay

We are happy to teach you any game that we have in our library, but we also have several featured games that we will schedule for demonstrations throughout the weekend. We also partner with indy developers to bring new gaming opportunities here to the show for you to experience for yourself!

Check back here in October for details and schedules.

Tabletop Role Playing

Ever wanted to learn the classic role playing game? Now’s your chance! Talented Game Masters will be available throughout the weekend to run demonstrations and short adventures. Whether you’re an experienced player or just picking up the game for the first time, you’ll be able to find fun here. All ages are welcome (kids 12 and under must please be accompanied by an adult).

Board Game Library

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. We’ll be running demos of popular games all weekend long (check the schedule in the gaming area or online once it’s posted), and we’re happy to take requests if there is something specific you’d like to learn that isn’t on our schedule.