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Come experience timeless classics and the newest games on the market, European strategy and American warfare. From the cooperative, to the competitive, to the downright deceitful.

Got games? Bring them along and share them.
Have a favorite game? Volunteer to teach it.
Got a story you want to tell? Run a role-playing session.
Have a game you want to learn? Request a Learn To Play!

Contact our GameMaster, Mike Brown, at gaming@chessiecon.org with any requests, or to volunteer. YOU can make ChessieCon's Game Room even more exciting!

Volunteers are needed in videogaming for room monitoring, setup, and miscellaneous upkeep. We need people to:

  • Ensure that the equipment is handled properly, kept clean, and accounted for.
  • Assist in setting up different consoles and games throughout the day.
  • Maintain a friendly and safe environment, which may include asking troublemakers to leave.
  • Make videogaming staff aware of technical difficulties and assist in solving them if possible.
  • Occasionally assist with passing out snacks, party favors, or prizes.
  • Help to keep contests and tournaments running smoothly.
  • Help with cleanup and inventory at the end of each day.
  • Help with Thursday evening/Friday morning pre-con setup and Sunday evening post-con tear-down.

These jobs do not have to occupy the entire weekend. With more people shifts can be more easily divvied up and we can all see more of the con (and maybe play a few games ourselves ;) ). Questions will be happily answered by Saria.

In Chessiecon's video game room, our mission statement is to provide a fun, safe environment for everyone who loves video games to come play, with a focus on good sportsmanship and friendly bonding over games. We have several consoles old and new, and we add to our collection every year! We showcase various games from Steam on our projector and invite anyone to come check something out! Use one of our computers or bring your own to play Minecraft or other PC games; bring your 3DS, Switch, or other handheld games; or just come to watch or join in our other gaming-related events and contests! Whatever your fancy, we do our best to provide for video game fans of all ages, and our game shelf is always open for guests to peruse.

What's new this year in videogaming?

  • The video game room always needs computers! If you have an old laptop or tower with a decent amount of power or some games already installed on it, please contact us if you would like to donate or loan it to us!
  • Have you ever said to yourself, "I'd love to help the video game room, but I don't know what they need!"? Fear not! We now have an Amazon wishlist! Any game or console that the Crazy Headcrab Lady has brainstormed will be there, along with other assorted equipment the video game room needs, and the list is updated frequently! So if you have games that you'd like to loan or donate, the wishlist here will give you an idea of what we're looking for. You can also check out Saria's Backloggery, which lists all the games we currently own. If you have any questions about what else we might like or need, please feel free to contact us at videogames@chessiecon.org.
  • We have heard your request for more MMOs in our video game room, and we would love to fulfil that request, but it may take some time to do so and may not be for a few years; our computer situation is always uncertain as to what we'll have available each year, and we're uncertain of the wifi situation at our new location, the Lord Baltimore. Because of these two factors, we try to avoid putting online games on our loaned computers because we don't want to subject our guests to the frustration of lag and other connectivity issues. Having our own personal wifi for the room is a goal of ours, but it is further in the future than we'd like. Please be patient with us; we haven't forgotten the online gamers, we promise! In the meantime, we will be taking baby steps experimenting with Steam's new Remote Play Together feature to see if that scratches the itch on particular games.
  • The Secret Challenge is back! Saria and Dragonhand each have a video game challenge for you, and you won't know what it is until the convention! Come to video gaming any time during the con weekend and challenge one of us, and if you beat one of our challenges you win one of our prizes! You also get a ConCardia card just for participating in both of our challenges! Limit one ConCardia card and one prize per challenger per challengee (meaning if you beat one of us you can still try to beat the other for another prize!), there may be blocks where one or both of our challenges won't be available, contact us if you have any questions.
  • We have another challenge for you, the Hidden Gems Challenge! When you browse our game collection, you'll find some games marked with a special sticker that signifies it as a qualifying game for the Hidden Gems challenge; a game that's new to our shelves or that is often left neglected at Chessiecon. Play the game for ten minutes and you'll earn a ConCardia card!
  • We had so much fun with 2018's Calvinsmash, that we've decided to do it again in Calvinsmash II: The Switchening! Named after the unpredictable sport from Calvin and Hobbes, we've compiled a set of strange, goofy, and sometimes just plain chaotic rulesets for Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, both in-game and in the real world, and invite you to join us for the madness as we roll up a new set of rules every round! You'll get tickets for every round you participate in, and at the end of the event you can trade those tickets in for some cool prizes! Don't be afraid to be silly in this bucking of any sense of fair and balanced play, and just come have fun!
  • As always, we would like to remind our attendees that video gaming is NOT a babysitting service. A good portion of our games are rated T for Teen and M for Mature and contain violence, strong language, and other such themes, and we do not police our attendees' language unless it is hateful or hurtful. We will not be held responsible for what your children see or hear in the room, except on Saturday and Sunday mornings during Kids' Swim, so if the previous sentence makes you uncomfortable, consult our schedule when it is released to find out when our next Kids' Swim is, and do not bring your children outside of those times. We expect all attendees regardless of age to be responsible and respectful of the rules, and if they aren't, they will be asked to leave; if your child cannot be left unattended, do not leave them unattended. We are willing to help anyone struggling with a game, but we are also very busy and cannot be a child's personal strategy guide, so please understand if we can't always help when the problem is "this is hard" over "the game isn't working."
  • This year we are broadening our accessible horizons with a manual database, and we could use your help! We are scouring the internet far and wide for PDFs of instruction manuals and strategy guides for all of our games, so that someone who wants information about how to play can find it at our personal database! If you have a copy of a manual for any of our games listed on backloggery, please scan it in PDF format and send it to us! We'll appreciate any and all help in this regard.