MARCON’s Gaming Department

MARCON’s Gaming Department

Marcon’s Game Department pledges to create a fun, relaxing environment for everyone. We strive for people of all ages to feel encouraged and welcome to participate. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner at games or have been rolling dice for 50 years. We, the Marcon Gaming Staff, will create a great experience for anyone who attends our convention and wanders into our gaming department.

Marcon’s Game Department encourages the social aspect of boardgames, gaming, and the experience of trying new games. We hope that everyone attending meets new friends, has stimulating conversation, and discovers the joy of connecting that comes with playing boardgames.

48 Hours of Continuous Gaming

Role Playing Games, Card Games, Computer Games, Board Games, and Tournaments scheduled throughout the weekend as well as a full rental library of games to choose from.

Marcon Gaming is located in:

Union A, B, C, & Hall


  • 2018 Marcon Game Department Schedule:

Game Masters

MARCON welcomes Game Masters from central Ohio and surounding areas to host games in .


MARCON’s Gaming Department offers games in the following genres:

Role Playing Games

LARP (Live Action Role Playing)

Table-Top Board/Card Games

Collectible Card Games


  • Special Presentations:

    Marcon Catan National Qualifier Tournament

    Marcon will be hosting an official Catan US Nationals Qualifier Tourney.

    • Saturday, May 12, 2018

    • 2pm

    The Tournament Winner will win a trip to the 2018 Catan US Nationals Tournament at Origins Game Fair 2018 in Columbus, OH, June 13-17, 2018.


    The Catan US National Champion will move on to the 2018 Catan World Championship in Germany.


    For more information about the Qualifier, contact your Qualifier Host.


    For more information about the Catan World Championship Program, visit Catan Studio:

    Tournament Sign Ups

    • Players may only sign up AT THE CONVENTION.

    • Tournament sign up sheets will be posted at Noon Friday.


A Cthulhu Live LARP

  • The Bermuda Triangle, and other Nautical Mysteries

  • Dark Secrets from Beneath the Deep


Video Game Room

Rock Band – Street Fighter V –  Killer Instinct – Mortal Kombat – Guitar Her


This year’s video game room is hosted by Matsuricon.

Matsuricon is an annual Japanese pop-culture event that focuses primarily on Japanese animation (known as “anime”), manga (Japanese graphic novels), and video games. We also showcase both American and Japanese popular culture, due to the natural overlap of fandom from both genres. Matsuricon’s goal is to promote the cultural awareness of japanese pop-culture through related events, special guest speakers and cultural presentations.

**For more info, please visit:


Cosplay Foam Fighting


Cosplay Foam Fighting is a group out of Chicago that brings the boffer weapon LARP to various conventions all over the midwest.

  • CFF is a combat boffer game!

  • Events and Loaner Gear is free!

  • Our gear complies with Amtgard/Belegarth/Dagorhir standards.


Pokemon Gym

Presented by

The Platinum League


An organization that is dedicated to creating the experience of collecting badges and battling in a Pokemon League Tournament similar to the ones shown in the games and anime. We do not host sanctioned PLAY! Tournaments, however we do use VGC Rules for some of our tournaments.

The Platinum League began in 2014 as the Shinbokucon Pokemon League, where we hosted a one day tournament. The model was simple, collect badges from the members who volunteered as gym leaders, then anyone who had the badges would enter into a tournament at the end of the day. The tournament was successful and from there we have been refining this model to use at other conventions.

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Shadowrun Society


It’s been a while since the Catalyst Demo Team was last at MARCon. But when Mr. or rather Ms. Johnson called with a need for some professional runners and offered some sweet bits of biz, well we just couldn’t say no.

So what is the CDT and what’s our deal? Well, scan this: we’re offering anyone with enough nerve the chance to earn some serious cred and build their rep by running in some of the meanest back alleys and assorted insanity the Sixth World has to offer.  

Not sure what that means, or even what a shadowrunner is? Well that’s chill omae, we’re nice enough to help you build yourself up and even give you a first taste of what you’ll deal with on a ‘run. Be you a chromed-out ork street samurai, a mojo-slinging dwarf magician, the elven face to pretty to hit, or something in-between, everyone has to start somewhere. And if you haven’t bugged out after that, our dedicated team of professionals may have just the mission for you. So if you got the spine for it, now you know where to find us.

And remember the street proverb:  watch your back, shoot straight, conserve ammo, and never, EVER, cut a deal with a dragon…

Ultimate Team-Up

Brings You

New Games Being Tested


In the Ultimate Team-Up area there will be games from Game Designers available for demos and playtesting.

“Our mission is to promote Nerdy culture in Northeast Ohio. We believe that pastimes and hobbies like science, music, game design and development and engaged play activities like tabletop and video games can provide experiences that can enrich our lives and expand our understandings of the world. We want to make sure that everyone in Northeast Ohio can come and get their Nerd on at least once a month.”


  • Challenge Me & Learn To Play:

Members of the game department staff will choose a variety of games they enjoy for Marcon attendees to choose from and either learn to play that game or challenge the staff member to that game.

This is excellent for those attendees with little time between panels, but would like to participate in Marcon's Game Department. The majority of these games last 10-30 minutes.

Learn to Play:

– For those who've never really ventured to a game department of conventions. Come learn a quick game and maybe make a friend too.

Challenge Me:

– Challenge the staff member's skills at these games.

– – – Win the “Challenge Me” and you will get to choose a sweet treat from our winner's basket!


  • 2018 Tournaments:

(Check back often for tournament additions and updates.)


Magic the Gathering


  • Basic Wizards of the Coast rulings and banlist.

  • 1 Round


Just how good are you at Magic the Gathering? Can you take any deck… Any card… And win with it? This tournament is a very good chance for you to test your skill with a deck you know nothing about against a deck your opponent knows nothing about!

  • Players will be handed a pre-built deck.

  • They will then play the tournament with that deck.

  • 3 Rounds

  • Best out of 3 wins


Tanto Cuore

Hire maids to work your mansion. Beware though! Some of these maids will teach others bad habits!

  • 2 Rounds

  • 4 Players per Table

  • 2 Piles General Maids


Heart of Crown

The king has died and someone must succeed him. You want that person to be your princess.

  • 4 Players per Table

  • 2 Piles General Maids

  • First to 20

  • If tied, first person to 30


  • Events of Note:

Magic the Gathering


Magic the Gathering


Dynomite Nurse


Much Much More!!



  • Questions?:


If you have any questions about Marcon’s Gaming Department, please email the head of gaming at:


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