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Mark your calendar: 2010 New England Gaming Cons January 20, 2010

New England is typically thought of as the land of thick accents and snow plows. However, with three gaming conventions in the first quarter, 2010 is out to prove it is good to be a gamer in New England. Today, I’m highlighting TempleCon, TotalCon and PAX East happening in my own backyard.


Kicking off the this year’s gaming convention schedule is TempleCon being held February 5th – 7th in Warwick, RI. TempleCon welcomes gamers from all walks of life with a retro-futuristic theme. Its emphasis is on the gamers, offering a fully immersing social experience. Sure gamers come to lay down cards, throw dice, wage war with miniatures, engage in some LARP action or logon in the LAN lounge to compete in video game competitions, but that is where the fun begins. TempleCon pays as much attention to special events, guests and parties as they do to gaming. Showing they are serious in their love for gamers, TempleCon has made it their standard to charge only a registration fee. Registrants attend all events and performances without paying additional fees.


Pre-registration is closed, but you can get your steampunk on with day passes starting at $15.00 and full weekend passes at $50.00. Military and students are eligible for discounted weekend memberships at $35.00. All tickets are available on-site. For more information and event schedules, visit the TempleCon website at




Total Confusion enters its 24th year, hosting the 2010 convention February 18th – 21st in Mansfield, MA. Touting itself as New England’s largest gaming convention, TotalCon indulges gamers of all kinds and is looking to break their attendance record once again. Highlights of the convention include events targeted to young players, workshops and underground indie film screenings. Some events and scheduled games may require event-specific registration at an additional cost.


Pre-registration continues through February 12th, 2010 with day passes at $10.00 and 4-day weekend passes at $30.00 (children ages 6-16: $5.00 per day or $25.00 for weekend passes). Pre-registration is available by mail or online with Paypal processing. Registration will also be available on-site with adult tickets costing $15.00 per day or $40.00 for weekend passes
(children ages 6-16: $7.50 per day or $20.00 for weekend passes). TotalCon registration includes admission to the Exhibit Hall, Awards Ceremony, Amphitheater, and general open board & video gaming areas.  For more information and a schedule of events, visit the website at



Gamers are already familiar with the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, WA. In 2010, PAX expands the festivities with PAX East to be held March 26th – 28th in Boston, MA. Transforming the Hynes Convention Center into a gaming mecca, PAX East is already on target to sell out. This 3-day event provides plenty of gaming opportunities, panel discussions, concerts and an expansive exhibitor hall highlighting game developers. Event schedules and sponsors have yet to be announced, but it’s sure to be an event to remember.


Registration is now available online with day passes at $30.00 per day or $50.00 for 3-day weekend passes. Provided the event does not sell out, on-site registration will also be available with day passes priced at $35.00 or weekend passes for $55.00. For more information and event updates, visit the website at



No matter what kind of gamer you are, New England is sure to offer a gaming convention to suit your style. Pack your bags, bring your laptop or consoles and I’ll see you at a con.

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