Main News – Aug 4, 2020


Pacificon Game Expo 42 postponed

My mantra has always been ‘hope for the best, prepare for the worst’. And we waited and worked with the Marriott, checking in every couple of weeks, paid close attention to the Santa Clara county reports. And to no one’s surprise, we are faced with having to postpone <still not giving up total hope> Pacificon… in case things change before next year’s show.

No matter how hard we try, there is just too much risk to the health of people we have grown to love these past fifteen years, and look forward to seeing again for many years to come.
All registrations and dealer payments will be applied to either a postponed show, or to next year’s show, through 2022. Your choice. So even if we start up next year, and you aren’t ready to attend, you can come the following year.
We are not in a position to offer refunds at the moment, as our monthly expenses have put us in a tough situation, like so many of you. We can offer refunds, but likely won’t have the financial ability to do so until after our next live event.
We ask you for your understanding with this, because we want to survive the year, and be here to continue a Bay Area Labor Day Weekend tradition that has been here since 1979.

Please. Most importantly, be safe. Just because we have made it this far, with many of us entering our fourth month of quarantine, the virus is just as deadly to many of our community and their families.
My story is not much different being 60 with blood sugar issues and, well, I could stand to lose a few <many> pounds. Like so many of you, I have stayed locked in my home, rarely venturing out. Gaming is such a huge part of my life, has been for all my life, playing games, designing, running events, game shop, convention owner. I pray for each and everyone of you that we all get through this, and are able to roll dice together once again.

Yours in Gaming,

In the meantime…

Pandemic Pacificon 2020 – Sept 4-7, 2020
(an online gaming experience)

That’s right. Over Labor Day weekend (September 4-7, 2020) we will be hosting our first ever online gaming event! The gang at ConQuest ran a test con in July, and taking the oodles we have learned from that, are ready to bring you an opportunity to play in a safe manner…. online. 
So far, we are looking forward to some Organized Play role playing, open role playing, board games, and Karl and Tim from War Game Boot Camp! We are booking some discussion groups and seminars as well! 
Registration opens in a couple days. We will splash that announcement in a followup email later this week. We are hoping to pay some of our monthly bills with a Pay What You Can model that allows people to pay either $10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 dollars for the weekend. We even will have sponsorship passes with exclusive Pandemic Pacificon pins, t-shirts, and dice towers.
So stay tuned, True Believers! We will have some fun this Labor Day weekend until…

Back to the Dunfey! 

Come Labor Day Weekend, Sept 3-6, 2021…
 “Pacificon Game Expo 42 – Life, the Universe, and Gaming”,
…will be moving to it’s place of origin, The San Mateo Marriott, formally The Dunfey
We were waiting to make this Big Announcement at this year’s Pacificon, but, well, we might as well work in some good news where we can! 
Many of the oldtimers in our community consider this to be one of the most hallowed grounds of gaming in the Bay Area. We are excited to be going Back to the Dunfey for next year’s show! And they are rolling out the Red Carpet for us and happy to have us back after a long time away.  
More details in the weeks ahead! 
Now… who wants to play a game in the old Tower Room!!
Outdoor Flea Market anyone?

Pacificon Game Expo 42
September 3-6, 2021
San Mateo Marriott Hotel
(formally The Dunfey – Birthplace of Pacificon!)

Hello! We are excited to be bringing you a fun-filled weekend of tabletop gaming at the Pacificon Game Expo. Here you will find some quick links to get you registered for the convention, or to submit games to run, or book a room at the hotel.

(we will activate the links below once we get past Labor Day this year.)

Pacificon Game Expo Convention Registration

Submit a game (Eight hours and get a free weekend pass!)

Book a room at the San Mateo Marriott Hotel

Pacificon Game Expo Community Behavior Policy


Historical Miniatures
Wargames – Monster Games
War Game Boot Camp
D&D Adventurer’s League
Pathfinder Society
Starfinder Society
Pacificon Protospiel
Euro/Board/Card Games
Roleplaying Games
Live Action Roleplaying Games (LARPs)
West Coast Boardgame Championships
Friday Late Night Flea Market
Vendor Hall
Game Library
Family Game Tables

And so much more!!

Pacificon People of Interest!

Rachel Wood – Contributing Artist
Darin Leviloff – Game Designer
Jodi Soares – Contributing Artist/Game Designer
Martin Anderson – Game Designer
Joe Youst – Game Designer
Sarah Grayhill – Game Designer
John Shulters – Game Designer
Karl Kreder – War Game Boot Camp
Tim Porter – War Game Boot Camp
Luke Laurie – Pacificon Protospiel
Jennifer Young – Contributing Artist

Other Gaming Conventions We Run:

ConQuest Cons Live Long and Prosper hand propping a TARDIS between index finder and thumb, and holding a dodecahedron between middle and ring fingers
Young green dragon holding a blue egg in a nest atop the Dunfey hotel.

An Online Adventure!