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Tabletop Gaming

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, Trevor Schadt, at gaming@chessiecon.org with any requests, or to volunteer. YOU can make ChessieCon's Game Room even more exciting!

Tabletop Gaming Schedule!

See the videogaming schedule
Chesapeake 4-6
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM     They Stole Grandma's Brain
The heroes, Luchadors of great fame, are beset with personal tragedy when Grandma calls from the retirement home describing a weird situation of bright lights, strange noises, and missing persons. Suddenly, the phone goes dead... Players: 2-4.
Christian Strama
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM     Revolution!
Blackmail the printer. Threaten the innkeeper. Bribe the priest. Welcome to Revolution! Secretly bid against your opponents to gain victory points, control territories (worth victory points at the end of the game) and collect more Gold, Blackmail, and Force tokens for the next round of bidding! Will you try to control the tavern or the fortress? The harbor or the plantation? Knowing where to push for points -- and where to back away and let your opponents fight -- is the key to victory. Whoever has the most victory points at the end of the game wins. It's a game of bluff, counter-bluff, and surprise! Players: 2-4.
Stephen Brinich
6:45 PM - 8:00 PM     Sentinels of the Multiverse
Sentinels of the Multiverse is the award-winning game in which players join forces as heroes to combat a dastardly villain in a dynamic environment! Players: 3-5.
Mike Brown
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM     The Pursuit of Happiness
We all have one common desire: the desire for happiness. As we build our life, taking steps towards the pursuit of happiness, we come closer to the realization that happiness lies in the pursuit. In The Pursuit of Happiness, you take a character from birth and you live the life you always wanted. Using card drafting and a unique "reverse worker-placement" mechanism with time as your workers, you can take on projects, get jobs, buy items, establish relationships and raise families as you work towards fulfilling common life goals. What kind of life will you lead? Players: 2-4.
Trevor Schadt
8:00 PM - 9:15 PM     Eminent Domain
Survey the galaxy to expand your civilization -- will you colonize nearby planets, or take them over by force? Harvest resources for trade, and do research to improve your technology. Build the best civilization and win the game! Players: 2-4.
Mike Brown
9:15 PM - 10:30 PM     Movie Buff
Movie Buff is the game where folks who pass the time quoting lines and fun film trivia can show off their big screen skills. Each round relies on players' own movie knowledge, so you can never play the same game twice. You guide the game; we just give you the tools to best show off your skills. Whether it's a fiercely competitive game with your best buds, or a fun family night, Movie Buff brings it!
Mike Brown
10:30 PM - 1:00 AM     The Devil's Playground
18+ ONLY. What happens when you and your friends have to survive a weekend in the world's most diabolical city while trying to be the one with the most money when it's over? Prepare to use money, wits, people, and a dash of good, old-fashioned luck as you swindle, bribe, steal, and kill your way to the top! Players 3-6.
Mike Brown
Chesapeake 4-6
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM     Spring Beginnings
After a long and harsh winter, the Duchy of Kent is cleaning up and preparing for a late spring planting. Seed must be checked for spoilage. People are hiring workers for field preparation. News is being exchanged. Illness is still somewhat rampant from the winter. Into this mixture come the unusual caravans that one particular merchant has been receiving from the Horde. What do they bring to Arketton and where does the Merchant's true loyalties lie? Players: 2-8.
Allison Kaese
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM     The Treasure of One-Eyed Jimmy
The group has recently acquired a map that legend says leads to the treasure of the infamous pirate and smuggler "One-eyed" Jimmy McQuill. Jimmy was well-known for finding, trading, and stealing items both magical and technological. Does the map truly lead to one of Jimmy's treasure stashes? Or does it lead to deadly traps? Those who have studied Jimmy's legend say both! No experience with AGE system required, super easy to learn and play! A selection of characters will be provided to choose from along with pen, paper, etc. Dice will also be provide/available if needed. However, if you have your own lucky dice and want to bring three of your favorite dice with you, please bring 3D6 and make sure 1D6 is unique from the others. Players: 3-6.
Jim Garner
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM     Red Dragon Inn
You've raided the dungeon, killed the monsters, and taken their treasure. Now you're back, and what better way to celebrate your most recent victory than to spend an evening at the Red Dragon Inn. You and your adventuring companions will spend the night drinking, gambling, and roughhousing. The last person who is both sober enough to remain conscious and shrewd enough to hold onto his Gold Coins wins the game.
Mike Brown
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM     The Networks
Welcome to the TV business! You are the owner of a new television network. All you have are three awful public access shows, a small amount of cash, and endless ambition. Plus it looks like you're not the only new TV network in town... Can you snatch up the best Shows with the most popular Stars and the most lucrative Ads? Can you get enough Shows of the same Genre to make your network stand out? Can you best utilize the powers of the handy Network Cards? Whose network will get the most Viewers and win the game? Players: 2-5
Trevor Schadt
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM     Solar Echoes
As seven alien races struggle to co-exist in an uneasy alliance, the Inter-Stellar Union sends specialized forces of agents on missions to preserve the balance. Do you have what it takes to serve in the Union Guard? Solar Echoes is a sci-fi tabletop RPG designed to move fast, encourage teamwork, and to provide a variety of challenging scenarios including squad combat, vehicle chases, starship combat, hacking, and dialogue encounters. In Solar Echoes, each player designs a character from one of 7 different alien races and becomes a Union Guard agent on a special-forces team. The game moves fast because no initiative rolls means no more waiting for your turn -- players plan their movements and actions together and can react to anything whenever they choose. Solar Echoes encourages tactics and team-play because wound penalties and smaller hit point totals make team tactics crucial for success. Every system in the game is designed to involve all players working together! Players: 2-8.
Andy Mitchell
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM     Munchkin: Marvel/Nightmare
Munchkin Marvel fuses the classic card game fun of monster-slaying and role-playing with the most iconic characters from the Marvel universe. Players: 2-6.
Mike Brown
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM     Dazzle
A polygonal matching game where strategy is the key. Players: 2-6.
Charles Butler
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM     Learn to Play Concardia!
You've collected some cards in the scavenger hunt, now learn how to play the game. Don't have your deck yet? It's not too late! The inventor of Concardia will give a rules explanation and strategy tips, and sign up any newcomers.
Michael Whitehouse
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM     Seasons
The greatest sorcerers of the kingdom have gathered at the heart of the Argos forest, where the legendary tournament of the 12 seasons is taking place. At the end of the three-year competition, the new archmage of the kingdom of Xidit will be chosen from among the competitors. Take your place, wizard! Equip your ancestral magical items, summon your most faithful familiars to your side and be ready to face the challenge! Players: 2-4.
Dave Wright
1:45 PM - 5:30 PM     Scythe
It is a time of unrest in 1920s Europa. The ashes from the first great war still darken the snow. The capitalistic city-state known simply as "The Factory", which fueled the war with heavily armored mechs, has closed its doors, drawing the attention of several nearby countries. Scythe is a 4X-esque board game set in an alternate-history 1920s period. It is a time of farming and war, broken hearts and rusted gears, innovation and valor. In Scythe, each player represents a character from one of five factions of Eastern Europa who are attempting to earn their fortune and claim their faction's stake in the land around the mysterious Factory. Players conquer territory, enlist new recruits, reap resources, gain villagers, build structures, and activate monstrous mechs. Players: 2-5.
Trevor Schadt
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM     Eminent Domain, Take 2
See Friday 8:00pm.
Mike Brown
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM     Castles of Burgundy
Become an autocrat in the Burgundy region of High Medieval France. You start the game controlling a small princedom; build your estate by completing cities, pastures, mines, castles, waterways, and knowledge. Players: 2-4.
Stephen Brinich
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM     Movie Buff, Take 2
See Friday 9:15pm.
Mike Brown
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM     Crazy Karts
Crazy Karts is a team-based, fast-paced racing game for 3-8 players, who compete in teams of 2. Each player controls specific actions of their kart, but they cannot communicate with their teammate!
Mike Brown
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM     The Duke's Own
It's a tough life, being a member of the Duke of Regina's personal troubleshooting team. But you've never had trouble to shoot like this. Players: 2-6.
Steve Osmanski
6:45 PM - 8:00 PM     Hidden Identity Game Extravaganza
Various quick-play games of mystery and intrigue will be represented. Classics such as Werewolf, Resistance, Exploit!, and more.
Mike Brown
8:00 PM - 9:15 PM     Mysterium
Become a psychic investigator attempting to quell the restless spirit of a murder victim in a haunted mansion. Mysterium is a cooperative communication game with elements of Dixit and Clue, where a single player takes the role of the ghost and attempts to help the other players guess their individual suspect, location and murder weapon, then communally identify the real killer! For this instructional session, your GM will be playing the role of the ghost. Afterwards, if you're interested in taking a turn behind the mortal veil, see Saturday, 9:15pm. Players: 3-6.
Trevor Schadt
8:00 PM - 9:15 PM     Chairman Mao
Shh... less is more.
Mike Brown
9:15 PM - 10:30 PM     Mysterium, Take 2
See Saturday, 8:00pm for a description of this game. After we're done with the first introductory round, and your GM's spirit has been (we hope!) finally sent to its final resting place, it's time for someone else to die and take up the mantle of storyteller! Let's shuffle up the cards and play again, with a different ghost and different suspects, locations and weapons guaranteed to make a very different game. Spectators who didn't get a chance to play in the first game can take the places of the GM or any players who don't want to play again. Players: 3-7.
Trevor Schadt
9:15 PM - 11:45 PM     Awful Green Things from Outer Space
Your exploration expedition has discovered an interesting oval green rock which turned out to be an interesting oval green egg. Try to survive and figure out how to destroy the Awful Green Things before they overrun the ship. Players: 2 (possibly 4)
Stephen Brinich
10:30 PM - 1:00 AM     The Devil's Playground, Take 2
18+ ONLY. See Friday 10:30pm.
Mike Brown
Chesapeake 4-6
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM     Mystic Vale
In Mystic Vale, players take on the role of druidic clans trying to cleanse the curse upon the land. Each turn, you play cards into your field to gain powerful advancements and useful vale cards. Use your power wisely, or decay will end your turn prematurely. Score the most victory points to win the game! Players: 2-4
Mike Brown
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM     Solar Echoes, Take 2
See Saturday 10:00am.
Andy Mitchell
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM     The Treasure of One-Eyed Jimmy, Take 2
See Saturday 10:00am.
Jim Garner
11:15 AM - 1:30 PM     Vinhos
Vinhos (Portuguese for "wines") is a trading and economic game about winemaking in Portugal, one of the world's leading wine producers. Over six years of harvests, cultivate your vines, choose the best varieties, hire the best oenologists, take part in trade fairs, and show your opponents you are the best winemaker in the game. The 2016 Deluxe Edition of Vinhos introduces new art, some new game features, and a generally streamlined set of rules from the original 2010 version; if you tried the original version of Vinhos and found it intimidating or overly complicated, this is the perfect time to give this intriguing and satisfying strategy game another taste.
Trevor Schadt
11:15 AM - 1:30 PM     Concardia Tournament
Bring your deck and all the spiffy new cards you found and/or earned throughout the con. Have fun! Win prizes!
Michael Whitehouse
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM     Red Dragon Inn, Take 2
See Saturday 10:00am.
Mike Brown
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM     Eminent Domain, Take 3
See Friday 8:00pm.
Mike Brown
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM     Tales of Arabian Nights
In Tales of the Arabian Nights, you are the hero or heroine in a story of adventure and wonder just like those told by Scheherazade to her spellbound sultan! You will travel the land seeking your own destiny and fortune. You will learn stories and gain wisdom to share with others. Will you be the first to fulfill your destiny? The next Tale is yours to tell! There is, of course, a winner in Tales of the Arabian Nights, but the point of the game is less to see who wins and more to enjoy the unfolding and telling of a great story! Players: 2-6
Mike Brown


In Chessiecon's video game room, our mission statement is to give you 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! Come play on our provided computers or bring your own to play Minecraft and many other PC titles, bring your 3DS 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.

Our Team

  • Saria: Video Gaming Coordinator and Crazy Headcrab Lady
  • Cory Laidlaw: Minion
  • Sinespawn: Minion
  • Squid: Minion

Videogaming Schedule!

3:00 PM - 5:15 PM     Flashback Friday
The Chessiecon Video Game Room opens its doors with a blast to the past, giving older games on the Nintendo 64 or even older a time to shine. If we don't have it on cartridge, we might have it on emulator or virtual console, just ask!
9:15 PM - 10:15 PM     Dance Dance Revolution
Step on the arrows on the dance pad in time to catchy technopop music. Fun and a good source of exercise! Towels and water will be available. (Playstation 2, rhythm/dance, E for Everyone, 1-2 Players)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM     Super Smash Brothers Novice Hour
Enjoy Super Smash Brothers but still learning the ropes playing it? Frustrated with being constantly outclassed with no chance to practice? This is the panel for you; for one hour, we ask the experts to sit aside a while and let newbies and novice players take the wheel. If you're a skilled player, we also encourage you to come by as a tutor to offer advice for new players to help them improve!
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM     Videogaming TV Special - The Legend of Zelda: The Animated Series (1989)
This cheesy miniseries ran as a special in the Super Mario Brothers Super Show, and though it hasn't aged well it's still a fun ride in the days of Nintendo's infancy, when the land of Hyrule was not so well established and developed. Princess Zelda commissions the wisecracking, slightly sexist hero Link to assist in guarding the Triforce of Wisdom from the evil wizard Ganon, who owns the Triforce of Power and intends to complete the set. Magic, swordplay, bickering, and comedy (intentional or not) abound on a quest to protect the kingdom. Episodes: The Ringer, Sing for the Unicorn, Underworld Connections, and The Missing Link. Videos are captioned.
12:30 PM - 2:45 PM     Pokemon BinGO!
If you play Pokemon GO, and like catching them all and winning prizes, join your fellow trainers in a guided tour around the hotel and nearby shopping center. If you catch, hatch, or evolve a Pokemon on your Bingo card (designed and created by Jason Metcalf!), mark it off! ConCardia cards will be handed out for participating, prizes will be awarded for five in a row, and a grand prize for filling the board! Maximum 30 people, please sign up before 12 PM Saturday in Timonium and make sure to stock up on supplies, especially Pokeballs, before the event! Please try to meet 15 minutes early to speed up the setup process, and we encourage parents to come with younger children as we will be leaving the hotel for a portion of the event.
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM     Surgeon Simulator
Control a single surgeon's hand using the mouse and keyboard to perform various surgeries. Easy to explain, intentionally difficult to play and entertainingly brutal and violent. Take turns one at a time, or coordinate with another to make a team effort. (PC, simulation, Not Rated, 1-2 Players).
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM     Turbo Dismount
Do you consider mom's warnings not to play in traffic a challenge? Here's a game to give you the thrill of breaking all the laws with none of the hospital bills! Pick a vehicle, pick a track, rev up and watch the carnage! (PC, simulation, Not Rated, 1 Player)
6:45 PM - 7:45 PM     Crypt of the Necrodancer
Give beatdowns to the beat in this Roguelike rhythm game! Use the keyboard or dance pad to explore randomly-generated corridors, collect treasure, and fight your way through a medley of music-driven monsters, but remember to keep the rhythm going! Comes with an exciting original soundtrack, plus playlists of custom music from the Crazy Headcrab Lady herself, or bring your own MP3s to add to the fun! (WARNING: Lyrics of custom music may contain mature, obscene, or offensive content. Please be respectful of other people's music tastes.) (PC, Rhythm/Roguelike, Not Rated, 1-2 Players) .
9:15 PM - 10:15 PM     Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball
Who needs the bruises and phys ed class flashbacks when you can have robots do the dirty work! Now with local multiplayer, up to four players can duck, dive and dodge in this chaotic dodgeball game with exciting music and atmosphere just like that of a laser tag arena! (PC, first-person sports shooter, Not Rated, 1-4 Players)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM     Kids' Swim
Family-friendly hours; all games are rated E for Everyone/E10+ and inappropriate language is forbidden. Talk to Saria and get a free temporary tattoo applied! (children under 13 must have parents' permission)
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM     1-Cup: Video Gaming Talk over Tea - Baby's First Video Game
Enjoy a hot drink and some cookies as we sit together and talk about video games in a light-hearted round-table discussion. This year's topic: Baby's First Video Game - We all had to start somewhere. What was the first game you ever played? The first console you owned? What influenced you to start playing video games? Do you have any funny stories about playing games as a child? What games do your children play? Share your stories with us or just laugh along with others'.
1:45 PM - 4:00 PM     PC Games Only -- Featuring Jackbox Party Games
The convention is drawing to a close and it's time to start putting our toys away. From now until closing time, the only things left out to play with are our computers. But you're welcome to stay and join us in a few hilarious rounds of Jackbox Party Pack games (PC/mobile, Party/Trivia, T for Teen, 1-8+ Players), a set of wacky party games from the creators of You Don't Know Jack. Use your laptop, tablet, phone, or one of our provided computers to play You Don't Know Jack, Quiplash, Fibbage, Drawful, Earwax and more! Easy to sign in and play, always good for a final laugh, and maybe you'll even learn something about the world...or your friends.

What's New?

  • Sinespawn and Squid have joined the party! Everyone offer them a warm welcome to their first Chessiecon and thank them for all their help!
  • We love video games so much that we're always looking for more! If you have any games, systems, or equipment that you'd like to loan or donate to videogaming, please contact us at videogames@chessiecon.org.
  • Reiterating some tl;dr for the Pokemon BinGO! challenge listed on the schedule above: sign-ups are limited to 30 players, so please come sign up as soon as you can. Sign-ups are closed at 12:00 PM Saturday - half an hour before the event starts. Please try to come 15 minutes early to pick up your board so that the tour can be more quickly put underway, and be sure to stock up on as many pokeballs and other items as you can before the event because there aren't any pokestops within easy access of the hotel.
  • We could always use an extra hand! If you'd like to volunteer with us, please feel free to contact us. Help is needed with setup/teardown, room monitoring, and miscellaneous upkeep. See Volunteers or contact us for more information.
  • If you'd like to run any videogaming related events such as tournaments, please contact us and we'll gladly find a time to add you to our schedule!
If you have any questions, something to donate or loan to the room, or would like to suggest a game you'd like to see in the future, please send us an email!