Gaming is going to be a huge part of Phoenix Comic Fest this year. While tabletop gaming has indeed been moved out of the Hyatt and into the convention center, don’t let that discourage you, plenty of gaming to be had over the course of four days! Phoenix Comic Fest has called in some backup to make sure you get your fill of gaming whether that is arcade/console or table gaming, there should be something for everyone!
Game On Expo
Game On Expo, the local video game convention every August, will be returning to Phoenix Comic Fest and will be putting on a Modern Gaming Free Play area as well as a Retro Video Gaming Free Play area. These areas will be home to various tournaments over the weekend as well as the ability to just hang out and play some of your favorite games with fellow attendees. These two areas are located in the new Esports area of the exhibit floor and will follow the same hours as the exhibit floor every day. For the list of modern game tournaments, click here. For retro game tournaments, those can be found here.
Modern Gaming Tournaments
Rocket League Tournament on Nintendo Switch: Signups 10:00 am to Noon, Tournament Noon to 5:00 pm
Street Fighter V Tournament on Playstation 4: Signups 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Tournament 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Super Smash Bros. Tournament on Wii U: Signups 10:00 am to Noon, Tournament Noon to 7:00 pm
Dragon Ball FighterZ Tournament on Playstation 4: Signups 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Tournament 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Guilty Gear Xrd Tournament on Playstation 4: Signups 10:00 am to Noon, Tournament Noon to 5:00 pm
Injustice 2 Tournament on Playstation 4: Signups 10:00 am to Noon, Tournament Noon to 5:00 pm
Retro Gaming Tournaments
Game On Expo Nintendo Campus Challenge & Super Mario Kart Tournaments: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Halo 2 4 on 4 Team on Xbox Tournament: Signups 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Tournament 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Tetris Tournament on NES: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Punch-Out Tournament on NES: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
NBA Jam Tournament on SNES: Signups 10:00 am to Noon, Tournament Noon to 5:00 PM
Arizona Game Fair
Another local gaming convention, Arizona Game Fair, will be taking over the majority of the second floor in the West building. There will be 80+ tables ready for you to join up with your friends and attendees in playing a wide variety of tabletop, board, and party games. The hours will be extended for this area as follows:
- Thursday May 24, 2018 :: 12:00 pm to 11:30 pm
- Friday May 25, 2018 :: 10:30 am to 1:00 am
- Saturday May 26, 2018 :: 10:30 am to 1:00 am
- Sunday May 27, 2018 :: 10:30 am to 4:30 pm
Additional Information can be found on the official Facebook event page but here are the highlights:
“You will need a Phoenix Comic Fest badge to enter the tabletop gaming area.
We will have D&D, Pathfinder, Boardgames, Tournaments, Open Gaming, Scheduled Gaming.
We are bringing a library of 300+ games, or you can play your own in our open gaming area. We will have scheduled gaming, tournaments, events, raffles and more.”
Game CoLab Indie Gaming
Game CoLab will be bringing some of the latest and greatest in indie gaming to Phoenix Comic Fest. This area will also be near the Game On Expo Free Play areas in the exhibit hall and will follow the same hours of the exhibit hall. For the schedule of events put on by GameCoLab, click here.