Fans of tabletop gaming get a brand new dedicated convention this weekend in the form of Arizona Game Fair. The two day convention takes place at the Mesa Convention Center during January 21 and 22. On top of plenty of gaming to do, the con promises vendors, industry guests, and other events over the two days.
A quick browse of the Arizona Game Fair website shows all the events that you can join, such as Codename Kids Next Door: Operation C.A.K.E.H.O.L.E which is described as “Adults are keeping all the cake to themselves, and the kids of Sector X have to locate the mysterious cakehole and liberate the delicious confections” and can be found in the RPG Room. Events are split between the main hall and the RPG Room with tables assigned to several events each day.
Another aspect to the convention which is pretty cool is that they will have a dedicated game library where you can go and check out a game to play at the convention. The list of games available to check out at the library is pretty vast. The convention also is bringing eight guests from different backgrounds of the tabletop industry.
I’ll be honest, I have never ever played a tabletop board game but they have always seemed pretty interesting. I had no plans to attend the Arizona Game Fair for that reason but the convention organizer reached out on Twitter after I had mentioned the convention. Not one to say no to a con badge, I accepted the offer and hopefully I learn some things about tabletop gaming, learn to play, and bring some coverage of this first year con to your computer screens. You can buy your badge online which will run you $30 for the weekend or $15 for one day. Looks like they will have on site registration but at an increased price so buy early if you are interested!