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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, Trevor Schadt, 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 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! 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?

  • Have a need for speed? A drive to drift? A dread fear of spiky blue tortoise shells? This year, the Chessiecon video game room is hosting a tournament in Mario Kart 8 for the Wii-U! No experience is needed, though we'll be glad to help anyone get a leg up or shake off the cobwebs before the race starts Saturday afternoon. Participants all receive a ConCardia card, and you could win a plush Mario creature, a Luigi Amiibo, or a Mario Kart K'Nex set to build your own tracks and race at home!
  • One of our favorite traditions has been the Saturday night session of the dungeon-crawling rhythm game, Crypt of the Necrodancer. This year, we're excited to announce that the Crypt has gotten a lot bigger; so big that we're going to have to go in twice! On Friday night, we'll be playing classic Necrodancer the way we've been running it the past two years. Then on Saturday night, we'll be running the new AMPLIFIED DLC, featuring new enemies, new loot, a new zone, new music, and new characters, including the heroine of a new prequel storyline, Nocturna! As always, we'll have our selection of custom music to play after some time rocking it old school, but be aware that our current playlists are not made to include AMPLIFIED's new features, and since the DLC is new this year, we encourage spending more time on it before going to custom music. Feel free to bring your own MP3s as well! (Disclaimers: Custom music may contain mature or offensive themes. Please be respectful of others' music tastes. To see our full list of custom music, go here!)
  • 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.