If you’re a fan of games – board, card, video, and otherwise! – then you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss out on visiting the River Overlook area! There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re looking to learn a new board game or dominate in some competitive video gaming. The entire weekend is jam-packed with events, so be sure to read on below to see all of the awesome activities you can look forward to in our gaming section!

Have a question or a suggestion for something you’d like to see in future years? Email us at!

Gaming Department Hours

Friday: Noon – 11:55pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 11:55 pm

Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Electronic Gaming

Video Game Room – Nexus Gaming Alliance

photo/Jacky Petters

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. 

NGA is a combination of various talents brought together to form the ultimate experience in gaming. Check out the list and schedule of tournaments at the bottom of the page and come on over to the gaming area to sign up for one throughout the weekend!

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 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. Curious about the game? Check out Nebula Amusements’ website here to learn more.

Visit the sign-up table just outside of River Overlook C/D to nab your time slot! 

Hado Hours of Operation

Friday: 2:00pm-11:00pm

Saturday: 12:00pm-11:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm

Board and Card Gaming

Board Game Library

photo/Jacky Petters

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. 

The board games are free to rent – we just require a photo ID as collateral while you play. When you’re finished, bring the game back, we’ll trade you your ID, and you’ll be on your merry way! If you have any questions, please don’t be afraid to ask us.

Game Demos

We love teaching new games to people! We’ll be running demos of popular games all weekend long (check the schedule in the gaming area), and we’re happy to take requests if there is something specific you’d like to learn that isn’t on our schedule.

Escape Rooms in a Box

Want to challenge yourself and a group of friends? We have the entire collection of Unlock! games available in our library this year! These escape rooms in a box require a free app that you can download on your phone or tablet to play and are a great way to pass an hour with some family or friends.

Giant Games

If you want to feel like you’ve stumbled into Wonderland, check out some of our giant-sized games! Test your wits in an epic game of chess, roll some oversized dice in a thrilling game of Yahtzee, or hop skip and jump over your opponents with some giant checkers. 

Support your Friendly Local Game Store

If you try a game from our library and fall in love with it, be sure to visit our friend Mike from Grand Rapids game store, The Gaming Warehouse! His booth is set up in our gaming area across from the rental library and he would be more than happy to get you set up with anything you need.

Table-top Role Playing

Are you a seasoned TTRPG player or are you someone who is just looking to give it a try for the first time? No matter what your skill level, you’ll be able to sit down with one of our experienced game masters and escape into a fantasy world for a few hours. 

We’re not only offering demos of the popular Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, but also in other games such as Stars Without Number, Quests of Yore, The Labyrinth, and more! Section 28 Publishing will also be offering demos of their popular RPGs throughout the weekend as well.

In order to sign up for a session, make sure you pop up to the gaming area early to sign up for a time slot!

Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition

Stars Without Number

Quests of Yore

The Labyrinth

Section 28 Publishing