River Overlook Rooms All Weekend!

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 – 4:45pm

Electronic Gaming

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/Tori Hallwood

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!


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.

2pm- Smash Ultimate
4pm- Nidhogg 1
6pm- Mario Kart 8 (200cc)
8pm- Mortal Combat 11
12pm- DBZ the Fighters
2pm- Duck Game
4pm- Towerfall
6pm- Project Diva Future Tone
8pm- Tekken 7
12pm- Soul Calibur 6

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!

  • 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.

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.

To sign up, visit Overlook Room C and add your name to the  list! Missions will run hourly.

To learn more about the game check out and

We’ll see you on the bridge!

Board and Card Gaming

Open Gaming

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.

Games on Tap, a local Grand Rapids pop up game experience, will also be on hand all weekend to teach games. Check out their website to have them at your next party, or watch their calendar to make sure you don’t miss their next local event!

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

Card Gaming

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

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).

Giant Tsuro

Calliope Games is loaning us their giant Tsuro board for the weekend, and we can’t wait to play with you! 

Place a tile and slide your stone along the path created, but take care. Other players’ paths can lead you in the wrong direction—or off the board entirely! Paths will cross and connect, and the choices you make affect all the journeys across the board. Find your way wisely and be the last player left on the board to win!

Look for Giant Tsuro in our open gaming area and join us for a fun and exciting game! You can learn more about Calliope Games on their website,

Ken Franklin and the Calliope Games Library

On Saturday only, you’ll be able to check out all of Calliope’s awesome games with Mansky Caper designer Ken Franklin!

Ken has been designing and collecting games for 55 years, and published his first Apple 2 game in 1980. During his 40 years in military, academic and family medicine, he published 5 more titles for desktops and iPhones. He recently retired from medicine to focus on game design. His first tabletop title, “The Mansky Caper,” will be released by Calliope Games this summer.

Look for Ken in the tabletop gaming area. Don’t be afraid to come up, say hello, ask questions, and sit down to play a game – he’ll be happy to teach you!

Escape Rooms

Immerse yourself in an exciting escape room experience right here at the Grand Rapids Comic Con! This year, we will feature two themed escape rooms that last between 45 and 50 minutes each.

Sign up sheets will be available outside of the escape rooms in River Overlook A and B in the gaming area of the con. The rooms run 10 people at a time and will run for the following hours:

Friday: 1pm to 11:30pm

Saturday: 10:30am to 11:30pm

Sunday: 10:30am to  4:30pm

Sign up early to make sure you get a spot!

Please note: this experience is recommended for individuals aged 13 and up. Anyone under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older.