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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!

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!

What's new this year in videogaming?

  • Virtual Chessiecon's videogaming will be streamed Friday-Sunday at twitch.tv/sagesaria9475! The stream is completely open to the public, but membership grants you access to our discord server where you can vote on the games we play on stream during our Attendees' Choice blocks, as well as join in the games to play on stream! Our discord will also allow you access to our official Minecraft survival server, where we will be holding a building competition, a scavenger hunt, and an open pixel art build! Go here to see what games we have available to play (in theory...this is new territory even for us.)

Virtual Chessiecon 2020 Videogaming Schedule

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM     Attendees' Choice
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM     Game Demos - Chaos and Destruction Block: One-Finger Death Punch & Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball
This block of demos features two hectic and generally chaotic games that are just as intense to watch as they are to play. First is Silver Dollar Games’ One-Finger Death Punch (Steam, T for Teen), a game so named because you can theoretically play with only one finger, though two are ideal. The player character is constantly being swarmed by fighters, and the only way to fend them off is by pressing left or right on the mouse or keyboard. Sounds simple, right? Well that simple concept turns into the most dramatic martial arts fight any stick figures have ever performed in, with animations modeled after real kung fu styles, exciting music, and satisfyingly brutal kills and combos the more you fight. Then once we’ve had our fill of cartoon kung fu violence, we move on to Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball (Steam, E10+). This mouthful of a title nevertheless describes the game exactly; you are a robot on wheels playing dodgeball on a map as brightly colored and dimly lit as the most hype laser tag map. With several game modes, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the experience of throwing balls at the enemy and scoring points, with even more exciting music to keep the blood flowing.
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM     Attendees' Choice
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM     Game Demos - PC Platformer Block: A Hat in Time & Portal
This block of demos is all about games that make you jump, climb, and otherwise traverse a series of obstacles to a set goal, featuring two highly acclaimed platformers from two different eras of gaming. First, we take on the indie hit from 2017, A Hat in Time (Steam, T for Teen). Inspired by classic collect-a-thons such as Super Mario 64 and Banjo Kazooie, you take the role of a young girl known only as Hat Kid, whose flying house has lost its power source of magical time pieces. Using a series of special hats and a few tricks of her own, she travels the strange planet the time pieces fell onto and traverses many dangers and puzzles to find them all, meeting a wacky cast of characters along the way. Then, we go back in time ourselves to the 2007 classic, Portal (Steam, T for Teen). You play as Chell, a woman who has been unwittingly recruited into a series of tests run by an AI named GLaDOS. Using a special gun that creates portals between spaces, she breezes through these tests, driven by the promise of cake at the end. You might have heard of a certain meme relating to this game in that regard.
8:30 PM - 12:00 AM     Attendees' Choice
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM     Attendees' Choice
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM     Game Demos - Happy Block: Wandersong & Untitled Goose Game
This block of demos is dedicated to good vibes only, with a pair of fun, upbeat, and silly games that are guaranteed to make you smile. First, Wandersong (Nintendo Switch, E10+) weaves a charming tale of a bard trying to save the world from its imminent destruction with the power of music. The right control stick makes the bard sing different notes to interact with the bright, colorful world around them, solve puzzles, and occasionally pester the locals. Memorable characters, beautiful and adorable artwork, catchy music, and best of all, a designated dance button! Then, we go over to House House’s surprise hit, Untitled Goose Game (Nintendo Switch, E for Everyone), where you play a terrible goose whose only goal is to make life difficult for the townsfolk. The goose can honk, flap its wings, swim, sneak, and grab everything within reach to toy with the humans in every way possible. A short game and a simple concept, but an engaging and highly entertaining execution that will leave you honking for joy.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM     Attendees' Choice
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM     Designated Break - Stream Offline
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM     Game Demos - Cryptic Block: Crypt of the Necrodancer & Cadence of Hyrule
This block of demos gets a little creepy and a little funky as we tackle the rogue-like rhythm game concept that took the indie game world by storm. First, we check out the Nintendo Switch edition of Brace Yourself Games' classic Crypt of the Necrodancer (Nintendo Switch, T for Teen), where our heroine, Cadence, has the tragic misfortune of falling into an underground crypt, where the evil Necrodancer steals her heart to add her to his lifeless dancing thrall. Navigate procedurally generated rooms and fight monsters...but do it to the beat of the intense electronic music or you won't survive! Then once we've escaped the terror of the crypt, we follow Cadence into a familiar and beloved place in Nintendo's official spinoff, Cadence of Hyrule (Nintendo Switch, E for Everyone). The land of Hyrule is cused by a strange musical spell, and now Link and Zelda must join in the rhythmic fight and solve puzzles and find clues in the classic Legendo of Zelda style overworld. Featuring familiar characters, a nostalgic playstyle, and familiar Zelda tunes remixed in the catchy Crypt of the Necrodancer style!
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM     Attendees' Choice
7 PM - 8 PM     Designated Break - Stream Offline
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM     Attendees' Choice
10:00 PM - 11:00 PM     Game Demo - Serious Block: Papers, Please & This War of Mine
We’ve been playing lots of lighthearted games in these demos, but there is another side to the gaming coin. In this block, we take on a pair of sad, dark games with similar themes of surviving day to day, making difficult decisions, and the atrocities of mankind. First, in Papers, Please (Steam, M for Mature), you take on the role of a border inspector in the fictional dystopian country of Arstotzka, checking passports of those passing through the checkpoint, and using the payment from processed entrants to pay for the utilities you need to support yourself and your large family. The game rapidly increases in difficulty as rules are added or changed, more details need to be scanned more closely, and the migrants’ cases become more morally challenging. Then, we turn to a game some consider Papers, Please’s sister game; This War of Mine (Steam, M for Mature). Based on the real lived experiences of the Siege of Serajevo, you take control of a small group of survivors taking shelter in a destroyed house in the fictional city Pagoren, wracked by a vicious civil war. During the day the survivors work in the house to survive and find comfort if they can, and at night one survivor is sent out to scavenge for resources wherever they may find something. Scavenging locations, special events, and which survivors you get are semi-randomly generated every time, so you may not always know what’s going to happen when you go out at night, and there’s always a likelihood of your home being raided in the night, so you can never truly let your guard down until the war is over...if you survive that long.
11:30 PM - 1:30 AM     Stream Offline, Silent Hill Movie Group Viewing
As our last activity of the evening, we will be shutting down the twitch stream and moving to Kosmi for a group watching of the 2006 video game movie Silent Hill (rated R). Based on the popular survival horror franchise, the movie follows a rough retelling of the story of the first Silent Hill game, with familiar imagery and creepy atmosphere and even a few familiar characters. Keep an eye on the Chessiecon discord or the twitch chat for the Kosmi link!
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM     Attendees' Choice
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM     Game Demos - Animal Friend Block: The Last Guardian & Never Alone
For this block of demos, we take a look at two games that tell a story of a human chancing upon a special creature, and the unbreakable bond that forms between them. First is Team Ico’s The Last Guardian (Playstation 4, T for Teen), in which a nameless young boy wakes up in the ruins of an ancient tower, where he finds Trico - an enormous beast in the likeness of a horned, taloned, feathered cat - wounded and restrained. Through kindness, patience, and intuition, the boy earns Trico’s trust, and the two explore the ruins, guiding each other through obstacles to reach the top of the tower where Trico is looking for something. Then, in Upper One Games’ Never Alone (Steam, E10+), a young Alaskan girl named Nuna ventures out to find the source of a harsh, unending blizzard that ravishes her village, and meets an arctic fox who saves her from danger. The pair become fast friends and tag team with their individual strengths and skills to help each other towards Nuna’s goal. Alongside a touching tale of an unlikely friendship, Never Alone acts as an educational resource to share the culture, folklore, and daily lives of the Iñupiat people.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM     Attendees' Choice
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM     Jackbox Party Pack Games
The convention is drawing to a close, and it's time for us to start winding down, so join us in our last hurrah with the 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 computer, tablet, or phone 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.