What is GameCon?
GameCon is a tabletop gaming convention for students in grades 6 - 12 from around the Pikes Peak region. GameCon hosts tournaments, board games, roleplaying games, cosplay, authors, special guests, vendors, and much more.
Tabletop games help teens develop cognitive skills, including complex sequencing, abstract reasoning, problem-solving, literacy, and numeracy. Games also provide a great way for teens to develop socially, including taking turns, negotiation, and compromise. Tabletop games help teens build social confidence, work together to accomplish a common goal, and improve their communication skills. Finally, playing games provides a safe outlet for teens to express themselves and have fun with friends.
Our next event is called GameCon XVI and will be held on May 6, 2023 at Janitell Junior High School. The event will focus on board games, card games, roleplaying games, and cosplay.
GameCon was founded in 2013 by Dustin Flesher and Carolyn Payne. Their vision was -- and still is -- to provide an inexpensive, high-quality tabletop gaming experience for teens in the Pikes Peak region. GameCon is a 501(c)(3) non-profit managed by educators in the Pikes Peak region.
How can I volunteer for GameCon?
GameCon relies upon adults in the community who are enthusiastic about tabletop strategy games and willing to share their knowledge with teens. Please volunteer to teach or facilitate games in your area of interest. Even if you're not a gamer, we also need adults who can help out with registration, concessions, and tournaments.
GameCon volunteers come from all walks of life. We have a large number of teachers, administrators, spouses of educators, and parents who contribute their time and energy to GameCon.