Gaming 2018

Emerald City Comic Con’s Gaming areaFrom board games to video games, from classic arcade games to roleplaying games, to unreleased soon-to-be favorites, Emerald City Comic Con’s Gaming area has it all! Spend some time on Level 2 of the WSCC and explore a wide range of gaming goodness, and stay late into the evening, long after the main show floor and panels have ended for the day. Come out and play some games!

Gaming Hours

  • Thursday 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Friday 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Sunday 10:00 AM -5:00 PM

Here are the highlights of what you’ll find when you visit ECCC Gaming:

Gaming MapBoard Game Freeplay/Lending Library

WSCC Level 2, Rm. 201/202/203 – Want to try out a new board game, or play an old favorite? Come to the ECCC Game Lending Library, browse our shelves, and grab an open table. The Library is available to all show attendees free of charge (photo ID required to check out games).

Board Game/Card Game Organized Play & Tournaments

WSCC Level 2, Rm. 212 – ECCC’s Gaming Minion team will be running board game tournaments throughout the show. Please visit the Lending Library in Rm. 202 for full details and event times.

WSCC Level 2, Rm. 2A/B – Ascension, Marvel Legendary, Magic: the Gathering, Pokemon TCG, Red Dragon Inn (Provided by Cascade Games)

WSCC Level 2, Rm. 204/205 – Star Wars Destiny Galactic Qualifiers (Provided by Cascade Games)

Game Demos/Learn to Play

WSCC Level 2 Open Tables – Inquire in Rm. 204 for specific locations

Learn to Play Magic: the Gathering (Presented by the Lady Planeswalkers Society)

Titles from Fantasy Flight Games, Days of Wonder, Z-Man Games and more, (Presented by Asmodee North America)

Play-and-Win Games

WSCC Level 2, Rm. 214 – ECCC is proud to present the Play-and-Win program, where game publishers provide our show with copies of some of their newest titles, for you to win! Each player (and teacher!) gets a raffle ticket for a chance to win the games they demo. Drawings held Friday at 9:00 PM, Saturday at 9:00PM, and again Sunday at 3:00PM.

Unpublished Board Game Playtesting

WSCC Level 2 Corral – PlaytestNW is once again bringing its Unpublished Board Game program to ECCC, giving you a sneak peek into the design and development of next year’s most exciting board games – today! Come play unreleased games, and help their creators improve and refine their games throughout the show.

ECCC Indie Games Showcase

WSCC Level 2, North Hallway – ECCC is thrilled to again bring you demos of some of the best new and soon-to-be-released video, mobile, board, card and roleplaying games from Pacific Northwest game designers. Demos will rotate every three hours all show long, so visit often to try them all!

Gaming After Dark

WSCC Level 2, Rm. 203 [8PM-12AM THU, FRI and SAT] Age: 18+ – The ECCC Gaming After Dark room is where to go to try out games with more risqué content. Yes, this is where you can go to play Cards Against Humanity, Red Flags, and Exploding Kittens NSFW—but there will be other novel, innovative adult-themed games to try too! (Valid Photo ID required)

Special Events & Tournaments

WSCC Level 2, Rm. 211


  • 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Dexterity Game Freeplay
  • 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Two-Player Game Freeplay
  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Smash Up! Tournament
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Tokaido Tournament
  • 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM Social Deduction Gaming


  • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Ticket to Ride Tournament
  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Catan Tournament
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Lanterns Tournament
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Sparkle Kitty Tournament
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Pandemic Survival Discovery Event

Participate in the casual event warm-up for Saturday’s Pandemic Survival Regional Event. Players of all ages are welcome. Full details about Pandemic Survival can be found below.

8:00 PM - 12:00 AM Social Deduction Gaming


  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM NMBR 9 Tournament
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Kokoro Tournament
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Kingdomino Tournament
  • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Mystery Box Game Design Challenge

Stretch your creative muscles in the Mystery Box Game Design Challenge. Alongside game design professionals, work in teams to create a board game using only a box of mystery items. Stick around afterward to play and critique your fellow competitors’ creations! There will be prizes for the the best game design! Sponsored by: Daily Magic Games and Thing 12 Games. Hosted by: Alice Davis, Matt Jacobs

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Pandemic Survival Regional Event

ECCC is proud to provide a 2018 season Regional Event of Pandemic Survival, and win an invitation to the Pandemic Survival World Championships. Pandemic Survival is an extreme version of Pandemic where teams of 2 players face each other simultaneously with the same objective in mind: be the first team to find all four cures or be the sole survivor at the end of the game. During this unique experience, your team will face the same starting situation: identical roles, infected cities, and the same player cards in the same order. Only your strategic choices will differentiate them and prove to be a winning or losing strategy. The winning team of the Pandemic Survival Event will receive an invitation to the National Final (transportation and accommodations paid for by the participants). More info.

Team Sign Up Link

8:00 PM - 12:00 AM Social Deduction Gaming


  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Abstract Board Game Freeplay
  • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Lords of Waterdeep Tournament
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM King of Tokyo Tournament

WSCC Level 2, Rm. 204, 205

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WSCC Level 2, Rm. 2AB

Social Deduction Gaming

WSCC Level 3, Rm. 211 [8:00 PM - 12:00 AM Thursday, Friday and Saturday] – Do you have what it takes to figure out who's telling the truth, and who is eyeing you up as their next meal? Show off your ability to bluff, or your ability to identify a liar in our menu of social deduction party games! Come bring your friends with you to the Social Deduction Room, featuring Ultimate Werewolf, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, The Resistance, Coup and more.

Pinball and Arcade Games

WSCC Level 2, Rm. 212 – Emerald City Comicon in conjunction with the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show is pleased to bring you the classic arcade at ECCC 2017. The arcade will be available from opening time until 10:00 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and until 4:30 pm on Sunday. Full size arcade games and pinball machines will be set to free-play and are available to all ECCC attendees. This is your chance to play some of the best games ever made which range from 1980s classics to the most recent games!

If you enjoy the arcade, check out the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show on June 8th through 10th at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. The show is a volunteer-run nonprofit event which will have hundreds of games on free-play along with seminars, tournaments, artists, prizes and more. For more information, check out their website.

ECCC RPG Adventures

Featuring introductory and advanced adventures, we have plenty of Role Playing Games to choose from over the weekend. Visit the our RPG area to sign up for one of our Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Story Games/indie RPGs, or browse through our Classic RPG library.

Classic RPGs

WSCC Level 2, Rm. 208

Story Games

WSCC Level 2 North Lobby.

Dungeons & Dragons

WSCC Level 3, North Lobby

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, and Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

WSCC Level 2, Rm. 213

ECCC Gaming Area Exhibitors and Vendors

  • Alexandria RPG Library
  • Asmodee North America
  • Cascade Games LLC
  • Card Kingdom/Mox Boarding House
  • Daily Magic Games
  • Double Exposure Envoy
  • D&D Adventurer’s League
  • Digital Future Lab
  • Lady Planeswalker’s Society
  • Northwest Pinball & Arcade Society
  • Oni Press Entertainment
  • OrcaCon
  • Seattle Story/Indie Games on Demand
  • Pathfinder Society
  • Uncle’s Games

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