20 Nerd Conventions You Should Attend

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Unicornio

Looks like New York is the worst place for somebody that likes to go to those conventions. All the good stuff always happens in California.

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nlriehl87

The midwest gets the shaft more than anybody else. We have Chicago and we still get nothing...

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articia

http://2013.penguicon.org/

Penguicon 2013 April 26-28 Marriott Centerpoint Auburn Hills.

always a fun time.

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Nerd Ninja

Minecon

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KinsZilla

What about Seattle Retro Gaming Expo? www.seattleretro.org

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wilderowens

Considering New York Comic Con is the largest convention on the east coast, and has a bigger artist alley than San Diego, why did you leave it off the list??? It's more than geek worthy!

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NineRaven

Why pax east and not pax prime?

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Shuji.Yamigami

What about Megacon? That's a great con! www.Megaconvention.com

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Masikai

where for art thou BlizzCon . . .

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Uraence

WTF, how can you not list Gen Con?

Really?

45+ years of nerd gaming goodness!

http://gencon.com/

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Arse_assin

That's the best E3 photo you could some up with? Some knob with a sign where half his head is cut off and people walking away from the camera?

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West996

The girlfriend and I are from Canada. We are traveling to Dragon*Con this year and are very excited about it.

True it is a bit expensive, but to the other Canadians whining about the Cons not being in Canada, it is more expensive for us to travel with in Canada then it is to travel to the US.

If they put a Con in BC and you lived in Ontario check the cost on those flights. I guarantee you are paying more then I am playing to fly from Ontario to to Atlanta.

Americans still have to travel from state to state to get to the Cons they want to go to, living in Ontario and being angry that the Cons are not also in Ontario is silly.

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Cy-Kill

Must be nice having a job and the money to travel, I haven't interviewed in years for a job, I'm stuck on government assistance, so my only option is to hope the useless cons that are in america would come to Canada!

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West996

My point is, if you don't have the money to travel to the US, you don't have the money to travel with in Canada either. So unless these cons come to your home town, you are still out of luck even if they do come to Canada.

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jaygregz

These all sound like sausage fests. Count me out.

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Cleaver

I'm curious as to how old that Penguicon picture is.

I guess Linux doesn't have support for flatscreen monitors then?

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atdt1991

Penguicon is a non-profit, all-volunteer convention. If you're going to use the free computers, you're going to get hand-me-downs.

We set up our own high-speed wi-fi network, bypassing whatever hotel's crawling service.

Penguicon is all about open source software, hardware, DIY culture, etc. Not only can you learn about the latest linux OS, but you can learn how to build an Arduino, or solder, or basic metalsmithing, or impromptu costuming.

The year I learned to solder at Penguicon, I was taught by the creator of the TV-B-Gone, who also brought makerspaces to the U.S. (Mitch Altman). Preeetty sweet. 1200 people, free beer and hard cider all weekend, liquid nitrogen ice cream dispensed from a 7 ft tall dewar ... yes please!

We've also had MC Frontalot as a guest of honor, The Tesla Coils, and more.

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Damnlogin

LOL I was thinking the same thing.

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methuselah

I was wondering the same thing!
That pic has got to be Circa 1999

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Arlips

Some of these are actual purpose-run nerd conventions (QuakeCon, Star Trek conventions, Fanimecon, Defcon, etc), but many of these are just trade shows that happen to double as nerd gatherings.

Trade shows like CES, Tokyo Game Show, Pax, E3, Cebit, and GDC are not created for the sole purpose of nerds gathering to have a blast but are simply venues for publishers, studios, and other large companies to show off their upcoming wares and future releases. Most events that are at these types of shows revolve around the products and not the fans who are attending.

Hell for a while E3 wasn't even welcoming the public. San Diego Comic-Con has been more of a trade show as of late as well (especially with the increased press it now gets thanks to the blogsphere), though it started as an honest convention for the fans.

Also where's Otakon? It's a genuine convention (not a trade show) and is without a doubt more well known than Fanimecon.

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HeartBurnKid

Actually, PAX was created expressly for nerds to have a blast. Try going some time; besides the usual expo floor, there's a giant LAN party, a tabletop gaming room, panels by internet-famous people like AVGN, and a huge nerdcore concert every night. The industry has glommed onto it too, but it is first and foremost a gamer convention.

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Slurpy

I agree with you mostly, but not PAX. PAX is the epitome of nerd-run conventions. Hell, they don't allow BOOTH BABES. If that doesn't tell you whether the publishers or the nerds are in charge, I don't know what will.

Also, another shout-out for GenCon here!

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vrmlbasic

I agree that Otakon is much more renown than Fanimecon.

I cannot agree that it is a "genuine convention", using your definition that a "genuine convention is not a trade show" (consolidated),not compared to other anime-focused cons. Otakon is the East Coast summer soapbox for companies to show off the latest wares that they wish to promote. The anime-related industry holds staggering sway at Otakon, dictating the bulk of the guest list to fit their planned promotions, dominating huge swaths of the programming with industry panels & promotional panels and sucking up a sizeable chunk of the vending area in the dealers' room with massive (though less so in recent years) booths designed to promote their wares via shock & awe.

It's a useful arrangement, though IMO less so now that the "zeitgeist" of the anime industry is no longer something to which I subscribe, but it is an arrangement that should not be misrepresented. Otakon is a trade show. Press releases and press coverage at Otakon is second only to AnimeExpo, and the con caters to it. I feel it caters more to the industry & press than to "joe fan" these days, which tips it from "fan con" to "trade show" IMO.

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Eserpess

I suddenly wished I lived in America for one Delicious moment of fandom. But then I remember my beautiful health care system and and I'll just be happy with the 5 every year.

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vrmlbasic

There are airplanes. Why not fly over for one of the umpteen-gazillion cons? I mean, surely you have the money for a flight & a stay as you aren't paying an exorbitant sum for health care as we Americans are, right?

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Engelsstaub

Well, you can always check out beautiful Switzerland...

...where the health care isn't "free" either.

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Raswan

No love for BoardGameGeekCon? 3 days in Dallas, all the board games you can play?

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Cy-Kill

Well, if some of these conventions would come to Canada, then I'd go, we have the facilities to host all of them here in Toronto, but no, Canada is left out of the major convention circuit.

Yes, we do have a Comic-Con, but it's f***ing joke compared to all the other CCs!

The only convention we have of note is Fan Expo and it's also a f***ing joke when compared to the other fandom-type cons!.

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Corfy

No love for GenCon? "...the original, longest-running, best-attended, gaming convention in the world!" August 15-18 in Indianapolis, IN

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tony2tonez

Defcon sounds really interesting to me. I would consider attending, and after all it is Vegas. I have only been to Comic Con NYC.

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vrmlbasic

I haven't been to any of them.

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jimmthang

I've been to five. :P

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briansun1

you forgot Games day!

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