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! 

Magic the Gathering Event

The Brother’s War Booster Drafts

**Signups at The Gaming Warehouse booth located upstairs in the board game area beginning at Noon on Friday.

  • Location – GR Comic-Con (Upstairs in gaming area)
  • Format – 8 Player Booster Drafts
  • Date – Saturday, Nov. 12th
  • Times – 11am, Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, & 4pm
  • Cost – $20.00 per player

Payouts – Single Elimination

  • 1st Place – 8 Packs
  • 2nd Place – 4 Packs
  • 3rd Place – 2 Packs
  • 4th Place – 2 Packs

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

Photo by Have Camera, Will Cosplay

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! 

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.

Game Demos

 Photos 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 on the whiteboard in the gaming section for demo times.

Guest Demos: High Alloy Games

An indie board game company based out of Toledo, High Alloy Games is visiting Grand Rapids Comic Con with their flagship game: Sour Grapes. They will be running demos all weekend long in the board game hall, so be sure to stop by and check them out!

Tabletop 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, 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! There will be a sign-up sheet near the entrance, and if you need any help just ask one of our friendly staff members at the Board Game Library!

Here’s what our game masters are running this year:

Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition

A game that can be absolutely whatever you want it to be, Dungeons & Dragons has been around since 1974 and has accumulated millions of players over the last 47 years. The latest and most popular version, called 5th Edition, is a fantastic place to start if you’re a new role-player! And don’t worry, seasoned veterans – there’s absolutely something here for you, too.

Whether you’re looking to save the world from the brink of a vengeful dragon goddess or just wanting to kick back at the tavern and share some war stories with your pals, you’ll be able to find it in one of D&D’s many realms.

Join one of our experienced game masters for a demo adventure over the weekend and give it a try for yourself! Both new and experienced players are welcome at the table – we can’t wait to see you!

The schedule for D&D games is located at the gaming library. Check the board there for details on how to sign up!

Hidden Worlds: Incursion

An entire world is hidden from the consciousness of humanity…but the myths and legends that haunt our histories and traditions are real. In Hidden Worlds: Incursion, you will be encouraged to delve deep into your character’s history as you shape their life in the new world unfurling before them. You’ll encounter mythological monsters, infiltrate and confront dark cults, and befriend – or perhaps make enemies of – other paranormal creatures. 

With a quick and deadly combat system that utilizes only a single d20, the encounters and challenges will feel fluid  and limitless. You are in control of your character’s choices and destiny – there are no classes, no levels, and no limits. So…what will you do? 

Join one of Section 28 Publishing’s game masters for a demo during comic con weekend and give the game a try for yourself!

Sign up sheets will be available at the board game library in the gaming section.

Game 1: Launch Party Refined

You are a brand new recruit to the agency, and your team is the last line of defense to save the agency, and the world, from destruction by the Unseelie Court. It’s your time to shine – if you can survive being thrown into the fire. This game introduces you to the Hidden Worlds Refined Core, the brand new game release from Bryan Donihue, the One-Legged GM. 

Game 2: Toy Battle Refined

Battle Royale(-ish) of Knock-off toys as they battle to become the premiere toy of the Christmas season! Play as Primus Optimal, Reylo Wren, Winterberry Darbie, or even Electric Squirrel as you battle to be the best toy of the season! This game introduces you to the Hidden Worlds Refined Core, the brand new game release from Bryan Donihue, the One-Legged GM. 

Their scheduled game demos are:

Launch Party Refined

  • Friday 4pm – 6pm
  • Saturday 11am – 1pm & 3pm – 5pm
  • Sunday 1pm – 3pm

Toy Battle Refined

  • Friday 4pm – 6pm
  • Saturday 11am – 1pm & 3pm – 5pm
  • Sunday 1pm – 3pm

Other TTRPGS

Looking to learn or explore a new system? Ask us! We may be able to throw a session together for you and your group to give it a try. Some examples include: Pathfinder 2E, Pathfinder 1E, Quests of Yore, The Labyrinth, 7th Sea, and more!

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.