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Gaming @ ECCC

From tabletop to consoles, the gaming area at ECCC is the go-to spot for fans to grab some friends, take a seat and try out a new game or put your skills to the test in video game competition. Whether you are an expert or a novice, there is room for all skill levels!

We are thrilled to bring you demonstrations of some of the best new and soon-to-be-released video, mobile, board, card and roleplaying games from a variety of Pacific Northwest game designers. Demos will rotate every three hours all show long, so plan to visit often to try them all!

Listed below are the selected games for the Showcase. Please visit the Showcase Schedule Grid for specific times each game will be demonstrated.

Aaron Mesnik-Greene

Bear Hugs
Board Game
THU: 7:30-10; FRI: 4:30-7; SAT: 10:30a-1, 7:30-10; SUN: 10:30a-1

You are a wildlife enthusiast with questionable judgement and one goal in life: to befriend all the Bears. Forage for food in the wilderness and then use it to make friends with the bears that you find.

Aaron Mesnik-Greene

5FS
Board Game
THU: 7:30-10; FRI: 4:30-7; SAT: 10:30a-1, 7:30-10; SUN: 10:30a-1

A hand management / set collection game where you race against your friends to assemble the best hand of cards.

Bad Cat Media

For All Mankind
Board Game
FRI: 10:30a-4; SAT: 4:30-7; SUN: 10:30a-1

For All Mankind is a tabletop strategy game set in our solar system where 2-4 players compete for resources to become the most powerful stellar empire. Plan carefully, because the planets move, and the strategic battlefield changes over time. And watch your back! You never know what tricks lurk in the Espionage deck, or who has a nuke with your name on it...

Buh! Gaming

Tournament of Tamers
PC Game
THU: 10:30a-4; FRI: 7:30-10; SAT: 1:30-4; SUN: 10:30a-1

Tournament of Tamers is a Dragon vs Dragon PvP MOBA. It's the only FLYING dragon MOBA out there and we've got a lineup of ten diverse dragons anxiously waiting to meet you. Will you be ready for the Tournament of Tamers?

Cat Quartet Games

Hot Takes
Board Game
FRI: 4:30-7; SAT: 10:30a-4; SUN: 1:30-4

Hot takes is a deduction party game that can be played with 3-8 players. Players compete to see who can guess their friend's opinions on each other's hot takes. Ever wonder if your friends think a taco is a sandwich? What about if it's okay to take off your shoes on a plane? Dish out your hottest take and try to guess who agrees or disagrees with your wildest opinions.

Cat Quartet Games

Red Cliffs
Board Game
FRI: 4:30-7; SAT: 10:30a-4; SUN: 1:30-4

In Red Cliffs, play as strategists plotting to win the pivotal battle of China’s Warring States Period. The goal is simple: win the majority of three battlefields by having a more powerful and well-supplied army than the opposition. Each turn, nobles will approach you offering their troops. Will you welcome them with open arms, deploy them in secret, or shun them in hopes that they will disrupt your enemy’s plans? Make your mark on history here on the Red Cliffs!

Cleric Games

Collateral Damage
Tabletop RPG
THU: 1:30-7; FRI: 1:30-4; SAT: 4:30-7

IN A WORLD...where your everyday life is part of an epic, cinematic experience, things can get a little tense. Mountains crumble... aliens invade...the Statue of Liberty explodes...and you’re there to see it all. So why do you spend every day feeling like an extra? While the stars of the silver screen save lives, find romance, and conquer intergalactic enemies, you’re stuck running for your life. Can a group of normal schmucks survive in the world of an action blockbuster?
WELCOME TO COLLATERAL DAMAGE: a fast-paced storytelling tabletop roleplaying game that slams you and your friends in the center of heart-pounding, action-packed movie mayhem. Pop some popcorn, pour a soda, and settle in to your own cinematic experience.
Just remember: STAY ALERT, BE SAFE AND GOOD LUCK.

Corgi Industrial

Beyond the Horizon
Mobile Game
THU: 4:30-10; FRI: 7:30-10; SAT: 4:30-10

Beyond the Horizon is an astronaut's adventure across the forgotten planets of the future. Use gravity powers to solve puzzles, battle dangerous world guardians, and discover what was left behind.

Dragonwatt Games

Rise of the Gods
Board Game
THU: 10:30a-4; FRI: 10:30a-1; SAT: 1:30-4; SUN: 1:30-4

In RISE OF THE GODS, two players compete to earn the Favor of their chosen god by battling it out across the playing field. The field itself consists of 16 spaces spread over three territories, where players will deploy followers, settle domain, and perform rituals in the fight to prove themselves worthy before the gods.
Cards must be placed thoughtfully to keep pressure on the opponent while also guarding from enemy attacks. The first player to earn 20 Favor by attacking the enemy god is the winner.

EVC

Wintermoor Tactics Club
PC Game
THU: 4:30-10; FRI: 1:30-7; SAT: 1:30-4

Discover the sinister truth behind the War of the Clubs in this cozy tactics RPG. Test your strategic mettle against an avalanche of strange and colorful characters. And don't forget to make new friends!

Flatout Games

Cascadia
Board Game
FRI: 7:30-10; SAT: 4:30-10

Cascadia is a puzzly tile-laying and token-drafting game featuring the habitats and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest.
Players take turns building out their own terrain area and populating it with wildlife. Players must create a diverse and harmonious ecosystem as each animal species has a different spatial preference, and each habitat must be placed to reduce fragmentation and create wildlife corridors. Cascadia involves a unique dual-layer puzzle that progresses over time as more habitats and wildlife are added to each player's individual ecosystem. Players score points by creating the most harmonious spatial arrangements of wildlife, and also by creating the largest contiguous habitat corridors.

Good Enough Games

Hero Tactics
PC Game
THU: 10:30a-4; FRI: 10:30a-4

A love letter to old-school tactics RPGs. Lead your motley party of heroes through a series of micro tactics battles. Each enemy encounter plays out like a puzzle. But if you can solve it, you'll recruit more heroes, learn new skills, and vanquish evil!

intimplay

BAREFACED®
Board Game
FRI: 10:30a-4; SAT: 10:30a-1; SUN: 1:30-4

BAREFACED® is a new way to have "the talk". It's a comprehensive sex education card game that turns awkward conversations into normal ones. Created by a certified sexuality educator and tested on diverse families, this game is proven to help prevent freezing in your tracks, feeling too embarrassed, or coming across as annoying. The best sex education can happen at home, but it doesn't have to be so serious.

JailBird Games

JailBird
Board Game
THU: 4:30-7; FRI: 4:30-10; SAT: 7:30-10; SUN: 10:30a-1

JailBird is a bird-themed party card game in which players betray their friends and frame them for crimes.
Players draw through a deck, gathering cards and evidence in their hand until a police card is drawn. This starts a police raid, and all players enter a mad scramble to try to plant their evidence on other players while trying to prevent others from doing the same. At the end of each raid, the player(s) with the most evidence are caged for their crimes. Play continues until there is one feathered fiend left who gets to walk away scot free.

Loot & Lute

Potions & Puppies
Board Game
THU: 10:30-4, 7:30-10; FRI: 4:30-7; SAT: 7:30-10, 7:30-10; SUN: 1:30-4

In Potions & Puppies play as magical doggos, gathering crystals and brewing potions to overcome traps in the crumbling ruin- all while the ruin's guardian tries to chase you down! This cooperative game combines light puzzle and resource management while players use their puppies unique abilities to turn the tides in their favor! Drawing crystals from the bag is necessary to continue brewing potions, but for every black crystal you pull the guardian grows closer- and if they catch you it's game over!

Loot & Lute

Appurritions
Tabletop RPG
THU: 10:30-4, 7:30-10; FRI: 4:30-7; SAT: 7:30-10, 7:30-10; SUN: 1:30-4

Appurritions is a light stand-alone tabletop game where you play as a cat in a haunted household. Work with your fellow kitties to stop a malevolent spirit from scaring your human away! This TTRPG is completely a cooperative narrative game focusing on storytelling and kitty hijinks, race the clock to save your human- or will catnip mice be your downfall?

O'Brien Pastime

1,000 Year Beard
Board Game
THU: 4:30-10; SAT: 4:30-7; SUN: 1:30-4

Be the first dwarf to grow the longest, most majestic beard of a thousand years in this fun 1-2 player card game for ages 9 & up.

Off the Page Games

MIND MGMT: The Psychic Espionage "Game"
Board Game
FRI: 1:30-4, 7:30-10; SAT: 10:30a-1:00, 7:30-10; SUN: 10:30a-1

A 1 vs. many, hidden movement game that plays in less than an hour! Capture the recruiter or evade the agents.

Paper Wilds

Hunker
Board Game
FRI: 1:30-4; SAT: 10:30a-1, 7:30-10; SUN: 10:30a-1

In this light-hearted strategy game of fierce friendship and frosty fortitude, take on the role of woodland friends Fox, Squirrel, Rabbit, or Bear to see who will be best prepared for winter.
Optimize your actions and explore, forage for food, build shelter, do favors for each other, and hunker down before bad weather strikes. Earn the most points before snow completely blankets the forest to be declared the winner of winter! For 2-4 forest friends.

Quack Quack Games

CD-RUN
PC Game
THU: 10:30a-4; FRI: 10:30a-1; SAT: 4:30-10; SUN: 1:30-4

In CD-RUN the objective is simple: stay in the match longer than your 7 opponents. The level is generated every time so no two matches are ever the same! The level will mess with the players too, so everyone will need to stay on their toes! Fill your living room with cheers and rage in this competitive platformer!

Soaring Pixels Games

Breakwaters
PC Game
THU: 4:30-10; FRI: 10:30a-1; SAT: 10:30a-1; SUN: 10:30a-1

Fight corruption by becoming a Breakwater! Breakwaters is a survival adventure game with a world scale ocean simulation. Build structures that dynamically hold back the water from destroying your base and the people of the land. Survive by helping humans & fantasy creatures, crafting new items, and collecting resources. Adventure into the oceans depths to fight creatures that are corrupting the water. Explore by boat a massive procedural world with multiple biomes.

Studio Bakajo

Cascadio
Mobile Game
FRI: 10:30a-1, 7:30-10; SAT: 10:30a-4; SUN: 10:30a-1

Cascadio - The Cascading Number Puzzle Game.
Cascadio plays like a fast-paced Sudoku. Arrange cascading flows of numbers to complete this mind bending puzzle of sums. Unique games are endlessly created and may easily be shared with friends to race for a solution.

Studio Kumiho

A Sound Plan
Console Game
THU: 10:30a-4; FRI: 10:30a-1; SAT: 1:30-4

Ever wanted to feed your friends to zombies, but the pesky law is in your way? Well, want no longer, welcome to A Sound Plan. A Sound Plan is a competitive arena game about using sound to manipulate zombies into attacking your friends, or enemies; we don't judge. Kill your foes in one of two ways: bash their skulls in with rocks (always fun), or lure zombies into them using sounds generated by throwing stones into walls or other people. Be violent, be passive; we don't care; just take each other out!

Tony Mullen

Finity
Board Game
THU: 10:30a-4; FRI: 10:30a-1; SAT: 10:30a-1; SUN: 1:30-4

Finity is a competitive abstract strategy game for 2-4 players ages 10 and up based on foundational concepts from computer science. It offers highly dynamic, deeply strategic game play that encourages algorithmic thinking and pattern recognition. Finity has been awarded a Certificate of Authentication as an educational game by STEM.org.

Travelers Games

Su Kwan - A Good Luck Game
Board Game
THU: 7:30-10; FRI: 4:30-10; SAT: 1:30-4

A string that symbolizes your past, present, and Future. A string that celebrates your current success and blesses you with future achievements. Be the player that obtains the most strings to be the luckiest person alive. A game influenced by the Laotian culture and their people.

Travelers Games

The End Game
Board Game
THU: 7:30-10; FRI: 4:30-10; SAT: 1:30-4

Our game is about the elderly and the ceremonial pursuit of some of their most coveted (and common) food dishes, mashed potatoes and pudding. Growing old is hard but it’s not without its laughable moments. The End Game sheds light on some of the shittiest moments (sometimes literally) of aging, along with some of the perks of being too old to care! Regardless of your age, we hope this game brings you and yours some joy throughout the years.

Unbound Creations

Rain on Your Parade
PC Game
FRI: 4:30-7; SAT: 4:30-7; SUN: 1:30-4

Play as a Cloud and rain on people’s parades in a number of hilarious levels. Customize your cloud. Control rain, thunder, tornado and other abilities. Soak ALL THE HOOMANS and cause maximum mayhem! But, no matter what, avoid the darn sun! The ultimate Cloud-based Gaming Experience.

Woodrow Arrington

Fates and Favors of Mount Olympus
Board Game
THU: 4:30-10; FRI: 7:30-10; SAT: 4:30-10

Fates & Favors is a 1 – 4 player track-movement game that replaces roll-and-move mechanisms with a highly tactical element of always choosing your next move from your hand of 5 cards. Based in Greek Mythology, Fates & Favors places you, an up-and-coming Hero, into the center of a Solstice celebration. In coordination with your teammate, you’re both trying to win the Gods’ favor by paying them homage before your opponents do. Fate cards will help you advance Tributes to the Temples where homage is paid, but the Gods are notorious for playing favorites and disrupting even the best of plans!

Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show (TCC Level 1)

Emerald City Comicon in conjunction with the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show is pleased to bring you the classic arcade at ECCC 2020. 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 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 5-7 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 at http://www.nwpinballshow.com/.

Artemis Space Bridge Simulator (TCC Level 1 - Yakima 2)

Sign up to explore the galaxy! Sail through the stars, go on epic missions and try to survive in the Artemis Space Bridge Simulator. Teams of players will have to work together as Captain, Engineering, Weapons, Helm and other key stations in this networked starship simulation.

Also, participate in the Artemis augmented reality (AR) metagame! Look around the Gaming Area to find additional game information hidden in augmented reality posters to aid your team on your stellar quests.

Sign-ups for Artemis are located outside of Yakima 2.

Freeplay/Lending Library (TCC Lower Level)

Want to try out a new board game, or play an old favorite? Come to the ECCC Game Lending Library, browse our offerings, and grab an open table. The Library is available to all show attendees free of charge. Located near the TCC Lower Level elevators.

Unpublished Board Game Playtesting (TCC Lower Level)

Hosted by PlaytestNW, we are proud to once again bring unpublished board games to ECCC, giving you a sneak peek into the design and development of next year’s most exciting games – today! Come play unreleased games, and help their creators improve and refine their games throughout the show. PlaytestNW is located next to the ECCC Freeplay Lending Library, near the Skagit floor elevators.

Play-and-Win Games (TCC Level 1)

ECCC is proud to once again present the Board Game Play-and-Win program. Sponsored by Double Exposure Envoy, a wide array of board 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.

Raffles will be held FRI 9pm, SAT 9pm, SUN 3pm

Visit the ECCC Gaming Area Info Point behind the escalators on TCC Yakima/First Level to begin playing games.

Blood on the Clocktower - (TCC First Level - Yakima 1)

In the quiet village of Ravenswood Bluff a demon walks amongst you, murdering by night and disguised in human form by day. Will the good townsfolk put the puzzle together in time to execute the true demon, or will evil overrun this once peaceful village? Blood on the Clocktower is a captivating and addictive new social bluffing game for those who delight in deduction and deception. In Blood on the Clocktower dead players are never eliminated, every player knows something that can impact the outcome, players may enter a game after it starts, the Storyteller may give misinformation to players who are “drunk” or “poisoned”, and the dynamic Storyteller role leads each game to a nail-biting outcome. No two games are ever the same and death is not the end. Find out more at bloodontheclocktower.com.

Sign up for games at the ECCC Gaming Area Info Point behind the escalators on TCC Yakima/First Level to join the fun!

Board Game State Championships (TCC First Level)

ECCC is proud to host the Washington State Championships for the following nine board games:

Diamonds * Coup * Wordsy * SHOBU * ICECOOL *
* Pyramid Poker * New York Slice * Skull King * Dimension *

Don’t know how to play? Don’t worry! A Learn To Play session will be conducted an hour before the tournament.

The winner of this tournament will get a trophy, a copy of the game, plus a seat at the final round of the Northwest Regional Championship at Gamestorm 2020 (as well as a free badge to Gamestorm)!

Visit the ECCC Gaming Area Info Point behind the escalators on TCC First Level to sign up for events.

Times for each tournament are listed in the Events Schedule below.

Catan National Qualifier (TCC First Level)

ECCC is hosting an official Catan US Nationals Qualifier Tournament. The Qualifier Champion will win a guaranteed seat at the 2020 Catan US Nationals Tournament at Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH, June 2020. The Champion will join the other Qualifier Champions and Catan Studio for a celebratory dinner on Saturday night of Origins. The Catan US National Champion will be sent to the 2020 Catan World Championship in Malta, courtesy of Catan Studio. You must be 18+ and a US Citizen/Permanent Resident to participate.

Visit the ECCC Gaming Area Info Point behind the escalators on TCC First Level to sign up.

Doctor Who and the Battle for New Emerald City (TCC First Level)

Play (no experience necessary) the 7th or 11th Doctor Who, Ace & Unit Troops, Daleks, Cybermen, The Master, Lady Morgaine & her Evil Knights and The New Emerald City Militia battle for objectives, each other and many evil surprises await all players. Each game has enough room for 6 players.

Times throughout the weekend are as follows:

  • Thursday, March 12 - 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Friday, March 13 - 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 14 - 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

To join, sign-up at the miniatures display, located behind the escalators on TCC Level 1.

Car Wars Classic Tournament (TCC First Level) [Saturday only]

He triggered the rear guns once more. A direct hit! The blue car skidded as the driver lost control – then flipped and caught fire. That would teach him not to tailgate…

Car Wars features the roads of the future where the right of way goes to the biggest guns. Use your armed vehicle to destroy the other players before they destroy you on this massive, triple scale 5’ x 8’ battlefield to earn the privilege of advancing to the final game.

Featuring introductory and advanced adventures, we have plenty of Role Playing Games available to play throughout the show. 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 (TCC Lower Level - Skagit 1)

The Alexandria RPG Library will have over 1000 source books and modules from scores of tabletop RPG systems, available for you browse through, or to use to run a session. They will be coordinating GMs to be on hand to introduce you to some of the greatest role playing games of the past 40 years. Learn how to hire a team in Shadowrun, see if you can outwit Friend Computer in Paranoia, or have the arcane ways of THAC0 explained. All experience levels are welcome!

Gamemasters will be on hand to run adventures in Pugmire, The Fantasy Trip, Star Wars D6, RIFTS, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more classic game systems.

Registration is located outside of TCC Lower Level Skagit 1, at the Alexandria RPG Library.

Pathfinder 2 / Starfinder (TCC Lower Level)

One-hour Demonstrations - The Pathfinder Society will be running 1-hour demonstration modules to introduce new players to the Pathfinder 2 and Starfinder gaming systems, and run demos of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. Six different scenarios for Pathfinder 2 will be run for characters from level 1 – 4. Multiple quest adventures will be offered for Starfinder. Pre-generated characters, pawns, dice and everything else you need will be provided, just bring your imagination.

Additionally, several Scheduled Scenarios will be run:

  • Pathfinder 2 - Absalom Initiation (FRI, 12pm-5pm, SAT 12pm-5pm)
  • Pathfinder 2 - Origin of the Open Road: Origin of the Open Road (SAT 5pm-10pm)

More details available in the Events Schedule below. Registration is located at the base of the TCC Lower Level stairs.

Indie Games On Demand Northwest (TCC Lower Level - Skagit 1)

Indie Games on Demand NW (formerly NGN) is back at ECCC for another year of table-top RPG’s. We’ll be running rolling games at our room in Skagit 1 alongside the Library of Alexandria! Come sign up to play an indie TTRPG with your friends at our game sign-ups table, or check a game out of our games library and run your own game!

We’ll be playing For the Queen, Microscope, Golden Sky Stories, Honey Heist, Sign, Epitaph, Kingdom, Home by Dark, i'm sorry did you say street magic, Follow, Rhapsody of Blood, Blades in the Dark, Fiasco, and many more...

Our Games Schedule for the weekend is as follows:

  • THU: 2pm-5pm, 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • FRI: 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm, 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • SAT: 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm, 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • SUN: 10am-1:00pm, 2pm-5pm

Just bring yourself to Skagit 1, peruse the games available, and sign up for a slot in the game of your choice during an open time. Make sure to sign up a few hours before you want to play, so you can make sure you get a spot. If you have any questions, one of our friendly neighborhood table staff will be happy to help you out.

We look forward to playing games with you!