Pop-Up Gen Con 2019
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Can’t make it to Indianapolis for Gen Con 2019?

Pop-Up Gen Con brings the convention experience to a store near you! We’ll ship exclusive demo copies of new games debuting at Gen Con to game stores across the United States (and a couple in the U.K.), so you can play and pre-order convention-release games before they hit the market! In the pilot year of the program, activations will occur at over 40 participating stores this August 1-4, and feature video content streamed live from Gen Con 2019 in the Indiana Convention Center.

Gather with your local gaming community, try out hot new games before anyone else, and feel the excitement of The Best Four Days in Gaming™ — all from the comfort of your friendly local game store!

Check the list below to find your nearest participating store! Registration is just $5 and includes a commemorative badge and an exclusive Pin Bazaar: Gen Con pin.

Participating Publishers and Featured Games

Publisher Game
Greater Than Games Medium
Renegade Games Terror Below and Bargain Quest
Breaking Games We're Doomed! and Hypothetically Fun
Forbidden Games Extraordinary Adventures: Pirates
Czech Games Trapwords
Pandasaurus Mental Blocks
Paizo Pathfinder Second Edition: Core Rulebook and Bestiary
Z-Man Games Love Letter (New Edition) and Hadara

Have questions? Check out the FAQ, or send an email to customerservice@gencon.com. By registering for Pop-Up Gen Con, you agree to abide by the Pop-Up Gen Con Terms of Service.

Name ▲ Location
Bearded Dragon Games NJ Bernardsville Get A Badge
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Blue Highway Games WA Seattle Get A Badge
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Board Game Barrister - Mayfair Mall WI Wauwatosa Get A Badge
Inside Mayfair Mall, 1st floor next to Macy’s. 2500 N Mayfair Road. www.boardgamebarrister.com/locations/mayfair-mall/ We are pleased to host this year’s inaugural Pop-Up Gen Con experience at our Mayfair Mall store. Please signup for your badge today, and check our website for more details and a schedule-of-events as we get closer to the event.
Board Game Barrister - North Shore WI Glendale Get A Badge
Our new North Shore store is located at 5530 North Port Washington Road, Glendale - 1 block south of Bayshore Town Center. www.boardgamebarrister.com/locations/north-shore/ We are pleased to host this year’s inaugural Pop-Up Gen Con experience at our new North Shore store. Please signup for your badge today, and check our website for more details and a schedule-of-events as we get closer to the event.
Bosco's AK Anchorage Get A Badge
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Cape Fear Games NC Wilmington Get A Badge
Join us Saturday, August 3rd for an amazing day of games, demos, and streaming! We will be raffling off promos, so stay for the entire day! Hours: M-S 10am to 11pm, Sun 12pm to 10pm. Phone Number: 910-798-6006
Chicagoland Games Dice Dojo IL Chicago Get A Badge
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Crazy Squirrel CA Fresno Get A Badge
Plenty of on-site parking and more than a dozen restaurants in our shopping center and across the street. We also carry concessions. With a studio for streaming, we'll make sure we're live for as much of the event as possible. We also have some private gaming spaces in addition to our open play area.
Dragon's Lair Comics and Fantasy TX Austin Get A Badge
Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy® is Austin's favorite destination for gaming and the latest in comics, graphic novels, role playing games, CCG's and more! With more than three decades of experience, we are proud to continue to serve our community with a commitment to be the best place to relax and have some fun in the greater Austin area. Store Hours: SUN: 10am-10pm / MON: 11am-midnight / TUES: 11am-midnight / WED: 9am-midnight / THUR: 11am-midnight / FRI: 10am-midnight / SAT: 10am-midnight If you have any immediate questions feel free to give our store a call at 512-454-2399! For more details and our events calendar for other events check out our website located at: www.dlair.net/austin Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy® Austin is proud to be part of the first year of Pop-Up Gen Con! Current plans include a launch party for Pathfinder 2.0 with our local Pathfinder group and demos of new exclusive games with staff and volunteers on Saturday August 3rd! Gather with your local gaming community, try out hot new games before anyone else, and feel the excitement of The Best Four Days in Gaming™. Registration is just $5 and includes a commemorative badge and an exclusive Pin Bazaar: Gen Con pin. Check out our website for the most up to date schedule for our Pop-up Gen Con events!
Eclectic Games (United Kingdom) Reading Get A Badge
Regular Store Hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 11pm, Saturday 10am to 6pm, and Sunday 10am to 5pm. Phone number +44 (0) 118 959 8250. Pop-Up Gen Con Program events will run from 6pm to 11pm Friday 2nd August, 10am to 9pm Saturday 3rd August, and 10am to 5pm Sunday 4th August.
Empire Games SC Anderson Get A Badge
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Epic Loot OH Centerville Get A Badge
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Fair Game IL Downers Grove Get A Badge
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Fan Boy 3 (United Kingdom) Manchester Get A Badge
Join us for Pop-Up Gen Con from 1st -4th August. The main events will take place 3rd-4th with smaller events taking place on 1st -2nd. We're very excited to be a part of this event and have lots of events planned so don't forget to get your tickets! Pop-Up Store Hours: Thursday – Friday: 12-10pm, Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm. Contact Information: fanboythreemanchester@gmail.com
Game Theory NC Raleigh Get A Badge
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Games and Stuff MD Glen Burnie Get A Badge
Since 2000, Games and Stuff has been the premiere tabletop gaming location in the Mid-Atlantic. With over 7,700 square feet of space, we've got the room to devote to board games, card games, roleplaying games, miniature games and supplies, and so much more! We feature a robust event calendar and our Event Center supports over 150 people with ease.
Games by James - Ridgedale Center MN Minnetonka Get A Badge
Located in the Ridgedale mall: 2nd Level, Nordstrom Wing. Open Hours: 10am – 9pm Mon – Sat, and 11am – 6pm Sun. Store Phone: (952) 545-6616. For event details visit www.gamesbyjames.com/events (and view the listing for Pop-Up Gen Con).
Games of Berkeley CA Berkeley Get A Badge
Games of Berkeley is currently planning premier events for paid, registered Pop-Up attendees on Saturday August 3, including the new games demos and preorders. We are also working on smaller, linked functions Thursday through Sunday for all store patrons, hopefully scaled down versions of some of Gen Con's traditional, iconic activities. With approximately 8,000 sqft of public-facing retail and event areas, we'll have plenty of space for a variety of functions.We are located in the heart of Berkeley, in the Telegraph Avenue (Southside) district. Public transit, bike racks, and street parking are available, and the Telegraph-Channing garage one block west is an affordable, ample alternative. As we are only one block from UC Berkeley, there are nearly 40 dining options within easy walking distance (both sit down and take out). We also have well-stocked snack and beverage vending machines in our gaming rooms.
Generation X: Bedford TX Bedford Get A Badge
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Giga Bites Cafe GA Marietta Get A Badge
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Gnome Games Appleton East WI Appleton Get A Badge
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Gnome Games Green Bay West WI Green Bay Get A Badge
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Great Escape Games CA Sacramento Get A Badge
Great Escape Games also known as GEG is located at 1250 Howe Ave #3a, Sacramento, CA 95843. Our phone number is 1-916-927-0810. We are a family friendly store and as such we do enforce a no swearing policy. We also have a NO outside food or drink policy as we have concessions one can buy up at the front register. We are located in the back of our building and parking can get a little tight but the front shopping area does have plenty of parking.
Kings Games NY Brooklyn Get A Badge
Kings Games' Pop-Up Gen Con events will take place on Saturday, August 3 from 12 to 6pm.
Labyrinth Games & Puzzles DC Washington Get A Badge
Located on Capitol Hill, Labyrinth Games & Puzzles offers a unique, fun-filled shopping experience. Not your average game store, we feature a wide variety of specialty games, puzzles, mazes and more. Come out and play with us!As the culmination of our weeklong Celebration of Gaming, Labyrinth will be hosting a Pop-Up Gen Con on Saturday, August 3, from 10am to 8pm. You can play demos of some great upcoming games, and be first on the preorder list for your favorites. There will be cool giveaways, and since it’s Kathleen’s birthday, we’ll also have cake!
Little Shop of Magic NV Las Vegas Get A Badge
The Little Shop of Magic is Nevada's largest and oldest dedicated table top game store. Since 1994, our mission is to deliver fun to passionate gamers like yourself while growing the gaming community and industry to unprecedented heights. Store hours: shopofmagic.com/index.php/hours Our shopping center has ample parking with over 300 spots. Our store features 6 private gaming rooms, a common play area that can fit over 100 players comfortably and a balcony for 'al fresco' gaming during clement weather.On site snacks and beverages include but are not limited to ice cream, premium and standard soft drinks, bottled water and energy drinks, iced coffee beverages, hot coffee, tea and chocolate, jerky, assorted cheese blocks and spreads, chips, cookies, trail/nut mixes and other dry snacks. Within easy reach are several other food establishments: Sushi Koma: in same shopping center. What's Crepe: in same shopping center. Cafe' Darak: in same shopping center. Layla Grill: in same shopping center. Jack in the Box: in same shopping center. Port-a-Subs: in same shopping center. Distill Bar & Grill: across the street. Sweet and Spicy: across the street. Albertson's (grocery store): across the street. Wendy's: easy walking distance. Elia Greek Tavern: easy walking distance. Geek and Sundry did a nice article showcasing a bit of our history and the shop itself: geekandsundry.com/this-gamer-found-their-calling-by-helping-marines-get-get-gaming/ We have a short video of our previous location along with some awards and accolades on our website here: shopofmagic.com/index.php/about-us A video of the buildout and reveal of our new location, along with some of our silly shows are available on our YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/user/ShopOfMagic Pictures and more on our Facebook: www.facebook.com/pg/SHOPOFMAGIC/ and Twitter: twitter.com/ShopofMagic pages.
Lodestone Coffee and Games MN Minnetonka Get A Badge
Lodestone Coffee and Games is a premiere board game cafe located in Minnetonka, MN. We offer a complete espresso bar plus breakfast bagels and paninis for delicious food options. Grab some games from our 100+ title demo shelf and take a seat at one of our many handmade wooden tables in our large play area. Regular store hours are: Mon-Fri 7am-10pm, Sat 8am-10pm, Sun 8am-9pm and our phone # is 952-657-5226. For Gen Con Pop-Up, demo games will be available for play all day Saturday, Aug 3 and Sunday, Aug 4. Staffed demos of games will be from 12pm-6pm both Saturday and Sunday. Preorders for all demo games will be taken as well!"
Millennium Games NY Rochester Get A Badge
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Mox Boarding House - Bellevue WA Bellevue Get A Badge
Mox Boarding House Bellevue offers a unique gaming experience that was created with the gaming community in mind. We offer a huge selection of tabletop games to purchase, and a game library with over 600 titles, in addition to restaurants and special events throughout the week! Join us for a premier gaming experience. Enjoy a wonderful meal in our restaurant, which boasts many taps of local craft beer, cider, and wine. We offer space for private events, including our large tournament room and beautiful private rooms. These spaces are perfect for company meetings, game nights, and more!
Mox Boarding House - Seattle WA Seattle Get A Badge
Mox Boarding House Seattle is located in the beautiful Ballard neighborhood. Our unique gaming parlor is like no store you’ve experienced before! We offer a huge selection of tabletop games to purchase, and a game library with over 600 titles, boasting 9k sq ft of retail, restaurant and event space. The restaurant has artisan food and 14 local craft beers and cider on tap. We also offer one-of-a-kind private rooms, which are perfect for immersive gaming sessions.
Other Realms HI Honolulu Get A Badge
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Pearl Street Game and Coffee House IN Jeffersonville Get A Badge
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Rainy Day Games OR Aloha Get A Badge
Store Hours Saturday August 3 - 10am-8pm
Rooks Games MT Bozeman Get A Badge
Can't make it to Gen Con? Then participate in Pop-up Gen Con at Rook's. We will be running events starting Aug 1st and running through Aug 4th. We will be doing game demos as well other activities. Check out our website at rooksgamesandmore.com for updates on times and activities.
Star City Games VA Roanoke Get A Badge
Share the Joy of Gen Con! Join us Saturday August 3rd from 11AM to 9PM for demos, fun, and gaming! Be among the first to preorder your favorite new games! Phone #: (540) 767-4263 Email: gamecenter@starcitygames.com
The Game Shoppe Omaha NE Omaha Get A Badge
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The GameBoard WI Sheboygan Get A Badge
The GameBoard is located just north of the downtown area. The store offers drinks and snacks onsite, and we are anticipating having food trucks available on Saturday August 3. We have parking available in our lot or extra across the street from us.We will have events and demos running inside the store and outside the garden patio under our beautiful big tent. Stroll our gardens while waiting for the next demo to begin, shop all our board games or rent a game for the weekend to borrow till Monday to extend your Gen Con experience.
The Games Keep PA West Chester Get A Badge
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The Wizard's Chest CO Denver Get A Badge
The Wizard’s Chest is proud to be one of this year’s participants on Pop-up Gen Con. Please visit wizardschest.com/wordpress/calendar/ for the full details on the weekend of gaming happening at The Castle for this event. The Castle is located at 451 N Broadway in Denver. We are open from 10am to 7pm on Monday through Saturday and 10am to 5:30pm on Sunday. Metered street parking is available in front of the store. The Meininger parking lots to the north of the store are off-limits, but the Fentress Architects lot at the sound end of the building is available during store hours on weekends. Please respect our neighbors in the area. Thank you and we will see you soon!
Titan Games IL Champaign Get A Badge
Titan Games Champaign is open 1pm-10pm Monday - Friday and noon-9pm Saturday and Sunday. Our store phone number is 217-607-2317.
Uncle's Games Bellevue Crossroads WA Bellevue Get A Badge
Uncle's Games Bellevue is in the Crossroads Mall next to the Game Lane and International Food Court. There is ample parking around the Mall and we have an exterior entrance on the east side. There are over a dozen food vendors adjacent to the store, public restrooms with family facilities, and a Game Lane with large gaming tables where many of the events will be happening. We plan to run smaller demos and events Thursday and Friday (open at 10am, close at 10pm) with the main event and sale of Gen Con exclusive titles beginning Saturday the 3rd (open at 10am, close at Midnight). Many game designers, artists, podcasters, and more will be present celebrating with us. We will also host some minor events Sunday (open at 11am, close at 6pm). www.unclesgames.com/locations/bellevue/
Uncle's Games Spokane Valley WA Spokane Get A Badge
Uncle's Games Spokane Valley is in the Spokane Valley Mall on level 2 near the Macy's. There is ample parking around the Mall and several restaurants both in and surrounding the mall as well as snacks and drinks available at the store. We will begin demo events and sale of Gen Con exclusive titles beginning Saturday the 3rd (open at 10am, close at Midnight) and host some minor events Sunday (open at 11am, close at 6pm). www.unclesgames.com/locations/spokane-valley-mall/
Vault of Midnight Ann Arbor MI Ann Arbor Get A Badge
Can’t make it to Indianapolis for Gen Con 2019? Pop-Up Gen Con brings the convention experience to Vault of Midnight Ann Arbor! As an Official Host, our Ann Arbor location will be the only location in Michigan receiving exclusive demo copies of new games debuting at Gen Con, so you can play and pre-order convention-release games before they hit the market! Our Pop-Up Gen Con festivities will be taking place Saturday, August 3rd from 12-4pm in The Ultralounge, nestled beneath Vault of Midnight. Gather with your local gaming community, try out hot new games before anyone else, and feel the excitement of The Best Four Days in Gaming™ — all from the comfort of your friendly local Vault of Midnight! Registration is just $5 and includes a commemorative badge and an exclusive Pin Bazaar: Gen Con pin. Parking Info: visitannarbor.org/about/transportation/parking
Wandering Dragon Games IL Plainfield Get A Badge
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