Playing games at a convention

Whether you’re going to a convention for your job or for fun, the experience can be as grueling as it is rewarding. As we go to conventions we all learn tricks that allow us to get the most out of a specific con (or cons in general). Here are a few tips and tricks that we here at GeekDad have compiled. If you have more advice for the con-goer, please post it in the comments.

Things to do

Sails of Glory
‘Sails of Glory’ is a great game that I would not have discovered without trying new things at PaizoCon. Photo by Ryan Hiller

Things to bring

Maxpedition Kodiak Gearslinger
Maxpedition Kodiak Gearslinger. Left and right sling versions are available. Photo from
Two-outlet splitter
This splitter will allow you to get power when all available outlets are in use. Photo from
Folding Stool
Expect to be standing in line for hours. If that’s not your thing, or you physically can’t handle it, consider a folding stool. Image from
Christian Doyle signing a poster
Christian Doyle of Journey Quest and The Gamers fame signs some loot. Bring your own sharpie. Photo by Ryan Hiller.

If you brought everything on this list you’d need a henchman to carry it all. The idea of this list is to provide you items to think about. Bring just what you need. Traveling light is also desirable.

Henchman carrying a lot of stuff
Don’t bring everything on this list! Bring what makes sense for you. Photo by Ryan Hiller. Figure by Reaper Miniatures.

Again, if you have more advice for cons in general, or for a specific con, please post in the comments below. We’d love to hear your ideas.

Updated: April 6, 2016

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