SIMCON, western New York’s largest and longest-established simulation gaming convention, will be held on the University of Rochester’s River Campus from Thursday, March 17, to Sunday, March 20. Developed and run by the University’s Simulation Gaming Association, this annual conference has drawn gaming enthusiasts from around the country for the past 26 years.
This year’s four-day convention is filled with officially sanctioned tournaments and other events centered on games of all kinds, including team and individual role-playing, board games, historical miniatures, and war games. Several professional game developers and publishers will participate in panel discussions and workshops over the course of the weekend. Game designer Justin Dagna, creator of a science fiction role-playing system called “Pax Draconis,” will be the conference’s guest of honor. Other special guests include B.D. Flory, Geoff Grabowski, Ellen P. Kiley, James Kiley, and Alia Ogron.
SIMCON XXVII also includes events such as The Anime Room, a showing of a wide selection of Japanese animation, and The Merchants’ Bazaar, a marketplace of games, accessories, and other goods. On Friday and Saturday nights, registrants are invited to participate in The All-Nighters, events and tournaments that will take place around the clock.
Admission to the SIMCON Gaming Convention costs $10 for a single-day pass. More advanced registration, which includes various events, meals, and gifts, ranges from $10 to $100. Registration will take place in Douglass Dining Center on the University’s River Campus, and events will take place in several adjacent buildings. SIMCON XXVII runs from 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, March 17, and then remains open from 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, until 7 p.m. Sunday, March 20.
Registration and SIMCON XXVII information can be found on the Web at http://www.simcon.org, or by calling (585) 275-6186.