Nothing But Games convention comes to Guildford hotel for two days in June

First-time event planned by West Coast Science Fiction Association

SURREY — Gamers will gather in Guildford next month for Nothing But Games, a two-day convention dedicated to analog and digital games.

The inaugural event is planned by West Coast Science Fiction Association (WCSFA), the group that stages VCON, billed as “the oldest fan-run general-interest science fiction and fantasy convention in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.”

The Nothing But Games convention will be held on June 17 and 18 at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel.

The family-friendly event promises nothing but board games, RPGs (role-playing games), arcade games, card games, a sci-fi bridge simulator and more.

Close to 500 people are expected to attend, said Andrea Driedger, an Aldergrove resident who co-ordinates registration for the event and also does social media for the WCSFA.

“If we could get 1,000 people, it’d be amazing,” she said Tuesday.

“Games are great for every age group, so we expect kids and adults, teens, people of all ages.”

In a sponsorship guide, the event’s “core audience” is described as males ages 18 to 45.

The convention will feature 32 hours of non-stop gaming, plus panels and workshops on a variety of game-related topics, according to a post on the event website.

“Those who come out can expect content (such as) The Artemis Bridge Simulator (x2 full setups!), Modern Console Gaming, Retro Console Gaming, Handheld Gaming, Retro PC LAN Gaming, Board Gaming, Miniature Gaming, Tabletop RPGs, Popular CCGs, vendors selling games and game-related merchandise,” the website says.

“There may also be some gaming-related talks, large-scale interactive games (LARP, anyone?) and a couple of hours will be set aside on Saturday evening to hold WCSFA’s Annual General Meeting. If you love games of any or all kinds, we invite you to become a member and come get your game on!”

Tickets for the event range from $10 to $40. For more details, visit Wcsfa.org/nothing-but-games-open-alpha.

“WCSFA, as a 100% volunteer run organization, sells memberships to its major events (such as Nothing But Games) rather than tickets,” the event website notes. “Each event membership purchased represents a support commitment towards the operational costs that must be met for the association to successfully host that event. Approximately 80% of the income for each event comes directly from these membership fees.”

tom.zillich@thenownewspaper.com

Just Posted

VIDEO: Young balance-bikers race through Surrey’s Civic Plaza at Strider Cup

The course has several obstacles including ‘Mount Scary’ and the ‘Noodle Monster’

‘Potentially life-threatening’ injuries in overnight Surrey crash

Police had Highway 10 between 180th and 186th streets closed for several hours

45-year-old ID’ed as victim of South Surrey stabbing

Delphin Paul Prestbakmo died at the scene, near 18 Avenue and 152 Street

Volunteers help remove invasive plants from Surrey park

Environmental groups can be a ‘stepping stone’ for future career

Support granted for NatureKids

Program provides opportunities for youth and families to learn about and enjoy the outdoors

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after B.C. Mountie’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Maple Ridge’s first retail cannabis store opens Monday

Spiritleaf is just the second private pot shop in the Fraser Valley

Discussion on grief and loss between Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper goes viral

The exchange includes emotional question from Cooper, and outlook on grief as a child

Toronto activist calling on federal parties to nominate more black candidates

Fewer than 20 black Canadians have been nominated so far, including some Liberal MPs seeking re-election

Most Read