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May 22, 2020

Gamex 2020 Virtual Registration Hours

Convention registration will be open roughly 8 am to just before midnight, PDT, daily

Another learning experience -- we need some sleep. Convention and event registration will shut down while we do. The system is not fully automatic as it was set up for a face-to-face game convention and is not the system we normally use during the show itself. So we batch up both sending out emails about the Discord server and event approvals. Both require some human intervention. Sorry for the inconvenience.

The Event Registration system will actually stay on full time, but no one will be checking it during these hours, so don't expect approvals to happen. The con reg system will be off for new badges.

May 22, 2020

First Gamex 2020 SNAFU! Discord link changed

Whoops. Sorry about that -- email resent.

May 21, 2020

Gamex 2020 link to Discord server will be sent Friday morning

Hopefully by 9 am.

May 16, 2020

Virtual Gamex 2020 Game Pre Registration is On!

You may now preregister for events!

May 10, 2020

Gamex 2020 Virtual Con is on!

We'll be adding more details here, more to follow

Convention registration is on (free!) as is adding events. We'll turn on pre reg next weekend. We have (non virtual) Tshirts too! The art is done and we'll post them soon.

We will be using Discord as our central hub. Discord requires accounts, but they are not specific to an event/server -- they are for all of Discord. Discord runs on Mac, PC, iOS and Android. You will need a Discord account in order to access the Gamex 2020 server. You can set up a Discord account well in advance so if you want to get started early, download Discord and create an account.

May 7, 2020

Gamex 2020 Badge Migration Complete

If you had a paid badge for Gamex 2020, it has been transferred to Gateway 2020 or beyond.

All paid Gamex 2020 badges have been migrated to the next convention you did not have a badge for. All requests for refunds have been completed. If you see any issues with the badge migration please contact us immediately.
April 15, 2020

Gamex 2020 Cancelled

Gamex 2020 is cancelled due to the situation surrounding the Coronavirus

Unfortunately, given the current circumstances in California related to the Coronavirus, Gamex 2020 will not be happening. Thank you very much for your interest and support of Strategicion gaming conventions!

We will be doing some form of a virtual convention in the same time frame as Gamex. At this point we have very little in the way of details on this but will send out more information when we have it a little more put together.

If you have already pre-registered for Gamex 2020 you can apply that registration to any one of our next three gaming conventions! If you would prefer to have a refund you can email us and we will give you a full refund.

The Hilton is cancelling rooms in the block, but if you have a room reserved you should verify it is cancelled.

February 13, 2020

Orccon 2020 con book posted!

Get it here.

February 10, 2020

Last chance to preregister for Orccon 2020 is today!

Save some money and preregister for the con.

February 8, 2020

Orccon 2020 T-Shirts Posted!

See them here.

January 29, 2020

Orccon 2020 Room Block Sold Out!

There are some rooms still available at the Hilton through their web site, but the Orccon 2020 block is sold out.

January 25, 2020

Orccon 2020 Game Pre Registration is On!

You may now preregister for events!

August 28, 2019

Gateway 2019 con book posted!

Get it here.

August 26, 2019

Last chance to preregister for Gateway 2019 is today!

Save some money and preregister for the con.

August 25, 2019

Gateway 2019 T-Shirt Posted!

See it here. Yes, it's been up for a while -- we forgot to announce it.

August 10, 2019

Gateway 2019 Game Pre Registration is On!

You may now preregister for events!

May 21, 2019

Gamex 2019 con book posted!

Get it here.

May 20, 2019

Last chance to preregister for Gamex 2019 is today!

Save some money and preregister for the con.

May 16, 2019

Volunteers Requested!

Want your badge reimbursed? Then help us with Gamex 2019!

Part of what makes this con so great is our great volunteers! You can be one of these very important people too! Artemis, Collectables, Family Area, Miniatures, Party Games, and Video Games would appreciate more volunteers. The Game Library would also like help packing up on Monday. Donate 8 hours your time across one or more departments for a full badge refund. Interested? Please submit your interest on the volunteer page.
May 15, 2019

Gamex 2019 T-Shirt Posted!

See it here.

May 9, 2019

Event Pre-Reg Working Again!

Due to an update made on Monday, May 6, the event pre-reg was accidentally turned off. It's now back on.

May 9, 2019

Last call for rooms at Gamex 2019

We're down to the last few rooms. When they are gone they are gone. Register for them here.

May 3, 2019

Gamex 2019 Game Pre Registration is On!

You may now preregister for events!

February 13, 2019

Orccon 2019 con book posted!

Get it here

February 11, 2019

Orccon 2019 pre reg ends tonight!

Today is the last day to preregister for Orccon 2019.

February 5, 2019

Orccon 2019 T-Shirts Posted!

See them here.

January 26, 2019

Orccon 2019 Game Preregistration is On!

You may now preregister for events!

December 5, 2018

Paypal Registration Was Broken -- Fixed Now

It appears the Paypal confirmation code was not working due to a change made by Paypal. We've fixed the issue and have entered the badges affected.

All badge purchases are fine -- they just weren't reflected on the web site. It was a systemic failure that affected badges purchased from September until noonish today (5 December 2018). No one's badge will be lost and we have all the necessary information. We processed the the affected badges by hand.

Current status: All badges fixed. Please verify and if you find any issues let us know immediately.

August 28, 2018

Gateway 2018 con book posted!

Get it here

August 25, 2018

Gateway 2018 T-Shirts Posted!

See it here.

Better late than never.
August 11, 2018

Gateway 2018 Game Preregistration is On!

You may now preregister for events!

August 1, 2018

Volunteers Needed!

Strategicon always needs volunteers! If you're interested in helping us out now or in the future, please visit our Volunteer page for more details.

May 23, 2018

Gamex 2018 con book posted!

Get it here

May 9, 2018

Gamex 2018 T-Shirts Posted!

See them here.

The annual shirt is more expensive this year ($20) due to the expense of the tie-dye shirts. The Gamex shirt is still $15.
May 5, 2018

Gamex 2018 Game Preregistration is On!

You may now preregister for events!

May 2, 2018

Oops -- Gamex 2018 is May 25 to 28th

We sent out an email earlier today that had the dates for Gamex 2018 wrong. The dates should read May 25 to 28, 2018. All other dates in the email are correct. Sorry for the confusion.

February 16, 2018

Parking update!

The front of the Hilton is now open. Construction is not complete, but all is operational.

The front of the Hilton was temporarily inaccessible (canvassed off) due to renovations. The Hilton officially opened the renovated front of the build Friday around 6 pm.
February 14, 2018

Orccon 2018 con book posted!

Get it here

January 31, 2018

Orccon 2018 T-Shirts Posted!

See them here.

The annual shirt is more expensive this year ($20) due to the expense of the tie-dye shirts. The Orccon shirt is still $15.
January 27, 2018

Orccon 2018 Game Preregistration is On!

You may now preregister for events!

We had a slight hiccup to start with -- but it's fixed now.
January 26, 2018

Hotel Rooms Sold Out

We are officially sold out of hotel rooms for Orccon 2018.

Rooms may become available due to cancelations, but the hotel itself is completely sold out for the weekend.
October 13, 2017

Web site upgrade in progress

The long-awaited front-end web site upgrade is now live!

Last year we overhauled the back end of the web site, installing and upgrading software as needed. Now the other shoe drops and our overhauled front end design gets to see the light of day. Some stuff will undoubtedly be broken, but we'll be fixing it as quickly as we can. Enjoy! Send us your comments and if you find things broken let us know by contacting the webmaster.
August 30, 2017

Gateway 2017 conbook posted!

Get it here

August 12, 2017

Gateway 2017 Game Pre-reg is On!

You may now preregister for events!

August 9, 2017

New Gateway 2017 T-Shirt posted!

See it here.

May 24, 2017

Gamex 2017 conbook posted!

Get it here

May 6, 2017

Gamex 2017 Game Pre Reg is On!

You may now preregister for events!

February 16, 2017

Orccon 2017 Con Book posted!

Get it here

January 28, 2017

Orccon 2017 Game Pre Reg is On!

You may now preregister for events!

November 19, 2016

Big web site update going on

We've completely updated the back end of the web site.

Our long-overdue web site upgrade is in progress. The underlying software has been updated and we believe everything is working. However, if anyone notices anything amiss, please contact the webmaster.
September 2, 2016

Gateway 2016 Con Book Posted!

Get it here

August 13, 2016

Gateway 2016 Game Pre Reg is On!

You may now preregister for events!

August 12, 2016

Web site experienced DNS issues

While the web site was fine, getting here was a bit haphazard.

Early Wednesday morning someone restored an out-of-date backup for one of our DNS servers, resulting in no one being able to find that DNS server and therefore us (and several other affected sites). It has been corrected but since the bad change propagated all the way up to the top of the .net domain, things took a bit of time to return to normal.

We apologize for the inconvenience. You may have received duplicate marketing emails as this is how we initially discovered the problem.

May 26, 2016

Gamex 2016 con book posted!

Get it here

May 23, 2016

Gamex 2016 T-Shirts are up!

Three different shirts. See them here.

May 7, 2016

Gamex 2016 Game Pre Reg is On!

You may now preregister for events!

May 6, 2016

Hilton Hotel Food Policy Enforcement

Going forward, convention staff must enforce the Hilton’s outside food policy. The convention can and will be fined for individual infractions, so your cooperation is imperative.

Absolutely NO outside food or beverage items, including alcohol, are permitted in public and convention areas. This includes the hotel lobby, registration and gaming areas, meeting rooms, theater and dealer room. If you wish to have food in any of these areas, it must be purchased from the hotel.

Any attendee, staff member or exhibitor bringing coolers, fast food bags, bottles, cases of beer or soft drinks, delivery boxes, grocery items or other outside food into public convention areas will be directed to take it back to their hotel rooms or the third-floor Courtyard.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Strategicon staff
February 9, 2016

Orccon 2016 Con Book Posted!

Get it here

January 23, 2016

Orccon 2016 Game Pre Reg is On!

You may now preregister for events!

January 22, 2016

Orccon 2016 shirts are up!

Would you believe four shirts? We got carried away. See them here.

September 14, 2015

Gateway 2015 largest show of year!

Gateway 2015 Breaks Records, Was Enormous

Los Angeles-based gaming convention Gateway 2015 drew 2,100 attendees, continuing a seven-year growth streak. Strategicon Conventions, which comprises Gateway, Orccon and Gamex, has seen attendance increase 10% year-over-year since 2009. We are delighted to see the community grow; thank you for joining us. Huzzah, and onward!
September 2, 2015

Gateway 2015 Con Book Posted!

Get it here

August 15, 2015

Gateway 2015 Game Preregistration Is On!

You may now preregister for events!

August 10, 2015

Gateway 2015 shirts are up!

Three shirts -- see them here.

May 23, 2015

$10.80 parking at Airport Spectrum parking

Parking is tight at the hotel right now. But the parking lot between the Hilton and the Marriott is $10.80 a day normally.

May 21, 2015

Gamex 2015 Con Book Posted!

Get it here

May 2, 2015

Gamex 2015 Game Preregistration Is On!

You may now preregister for events!

May 1, 2015

Gamex 2015 TShirts up!

3 designs -- 1 for the year. See them here

April 29, 2015

Second room block sold out

We've opened a third block but that's all there is.

April 25, 2015

Initial room block sold out!

Second block opened, but when that's gone there will be no more rooms at the hotel

We have sold out our initial block of rooms for Gamex 2015. We have negotiated a second block of rooms but it's the last of what's available at the hotel and it's not as inexpensive as the first block.
February 19, 2015


For the first time since the 1990s, Orccon had over 2000 attendees.

We are delighted to announce that Orccon 2015 entertained more than 2,000 attendees, making it our largest show in two decades. Many thanks to our hosts at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel, as well as our attendees, volunteers, sponsors, vendors and staff. We couldn't have done it without you and look forward to more adventures ahead.
February 10, 2015

Orccon 2015 Con Book Posted!

Get it here

February 1, 2015

Orccon TShirts up!

3 designs -- 1 for the year. See them here

January 28, 2015

Second Hotel Room Block Sold Out

Our second block of rooms has sold out. We are working to get more, but at this time we do not know if that's possible

January 24, 2015

Orccon Game Preregistration Starts Today!

You may now preregister for events!

January 20, 2015

Room block sold out!

Second block opened, but when that's gone there will be no more rooms at the hotel

We have sold out our initial block of rooms for Orccon 2015. We have negotiated a second block of rooms but it's the last of what's available at the hotel and it's not as inexpensive as the first block.
September 2, 2014

Thank you for a record breaking Gateway 2014

Gateway had its largest attendance of this millennia, topping 1800 people.

Just 3 years ago we were ecstatic that we broke 1200 attendees. We've now topped 1800, coming in just barely under Orccon 2014. All three Strategicon conventions had their best years in quite some time, with Gamex topping 1500 (just missing 1600) for the first time since the mid 1990s. Thanks to all our attendees, volunteers, vendors and staff. We couldn't have done it without you.
August 26, 2014

Gateway 2014 Con Book Posted!

Get it here

August 25, 2014

Parking Info Updated!

We've completely updated our parking information for the Hilton and the surrounding area.

August 22, 2014

We have Gateway 2014 TShirts!

Two designs! See them here

When ordering specify which design(s) you'd like. If you've already ordered we'll contact you!
August 9, 2014

Gateway 2014 event pre reg starts today!

You may now preregister for events!

July 2, 2014

Server Upgrade Complete

Still restoring things as we find them broken, but the relocation and hardware upgrade is complete.

June 28, 2014

Server Maintenance!

We are upgrading and relocating the server this weekend, so the web site will be down for a bit at one point.

May 23, 2014

Gamex 2014 Con Book Posted!

Get it here

May 8, 2014

We have TShirts!

Two designs! See them here

When ordering specify which design(s) you'd like. If you've already ordered we'll contact you!
May 6, 2014

Hotel Room Reservations Due Friday

Just $99 for a room with two doubles or a one king-sized bed. Sign up via the "Hotel" link to the left.

May 3, 2014

Gamex 2014 Event Pre Reg is On!

You may now preregister for events!

January 25, 2014

Orccon 2014 Event Pre Reg Is On!

You may now preregister for events!

January 17, 2014

Hotel Room Reg Update

The group link is finally up! Yeah, better late than never.

If you've already registered with the hotel, you can go through this and save some additional cash or call the hotel and move your reservation into the group block. Remember, if you find a cheaper rate, let us know and we receive credit for the room.
August 10, 2013

Gateway 2013 Event Pre Reg Is On!

You may now preregister for events!

May 24, 2013

Gamex 2013 Con Book Posted!

Get it here

May 4, 2013

Game Pre Reg is on!

You may now preregister for events!

February 12, 2013

Orccon 2013 Con Book Posted!

Get it here

January 26, 2013

Pre reg for games at Orccon 2013 is on!

You may now preregister for events!

September 6, 2012

Gateway 2012 largest of century!

Gateway hit 1560 attendees this year, making it the largest Gateway of the century! For the third year in a row Gateway was the largest game convention in California. Thanks everyone -- we'll see you in February.

August 11, 2012

Pre reg for games at Gateway 2012 is on!

You may now preregister for events!

May 22, 2012

Gamex 2012 Con Book Online!

Get it here

May 5, 2012

Game Pre Reg On for Gamex 2012!

You may now preregister for events!

May 2, 2012

Why Isn't My Favorite Board Game Listed?

Games previously run by the Board Game department are not going to be scheduled without a GM.

The board game department has enacted a new policy. Only games claimed by a GM will be run. There are over 100 games that ran at Orccon 2012, that will not be run Gamex 2012 if someone doesn't offer to run the event. Some of these games are usually run at all three of our conventions.
For a list of games that don't appear to be on the Gamex 2012 schedule go to
General game submission closes in 2 days.
Any submissions after that will have to be sent to the board game department directly and are not guaranteed to be approved.
February 14, 2012

Orccon ConBook online!

Get it here

January 28, 2012

Event Pre Reg is on!

You may now preregister for events!

January 28, 2012

T-Shirt preview up!

We have Four (yes, four!) different T-Shirt designs this year. We're printing three of them to order only, so if you're interested, check them out right here!

September 8, 2011

Thank you for a great Gateway 2011

We broke 1250 attendees, making this the largest Gateway convention since 2002.

For the second year in a row we were the largest game convention in California on Labor Day weekend. Thanks to all our attendees. See you at Orccon 2012!
August 13, 2011

Game Pre Reg is Open!

You may now preregister for events at Gateway 2011!

May 18, 2011

Warhammer 40k Apocalypse

SoCal Crusaders will be running an Apocalypse seminar Friday and games of Apocalypse on Saturday & Sunday. Come check it out!

We're the SoCal Crusaders, and we'll run the Apocalypse seminar Fri from 5pm to 9pm. Saturday will be our first Apocalypse game, open to the all, register at 10am, starts at 11am-max 10,000pts with our gaming group's rules set (found at We'll of course have copies of our rules for all to view. The game Saturday will then play from 11am to 10pm, if that much time is needed. Sunday will be same time registration, 10am, game starts 11am, open to all, 10,000pts max, etc. Sunday's game will end at 6pm. Both days will be separate Scenarios/Games.
May 7, 2011

Event Pre-Registration is on!

You may now preregister for events at Gamex 2011!

April 18, 2011

Gamex Needs Volunteers!

Volunteer to become part of our success at Gamex '11.

We are looking for enthusiastic people who want to get involved in making Strategicon Gaming Conventions better and more fun. Do you think you have what it takes? Let us know. Click the "Volunteer" link on the menu at the left or go to and sign up.
March 30, 2011

FoW National Qualifier

Strategicon will be hosting a Flames of War, National Qualifier at Gamex 2011

Strategicon will be hosting a Flames of War, National Qualifier at Gamex 2011. This will be a 4-round tournament on May 28th. This will be a 2000 point mid war doubles tournament. Teams of 2. Each player is allowed to bring one 1000 point list. Team members can lend up to 100 points to the other.
February 2, 2011

Orccon 2011 Room Block Sold Out

We are attempting to procure more rooms, but as of February 2, we have sold out our block at the Sheraton. We have procured some overflow rooms at both the Sheraton and Radisson, but they are $159 and $169, respectively. Still cheaper than the going rate, however.

January 29, 2011

Game pre reg is on!

January 25, 2011

War Times Journal at Orccon

War Times Journal will be at Orccon running a hypothetical Trafalgar 1900 scenario using their Quickfire pre-dreadnought naval rules. Stop by and check it out on Sunday at 1pm in the Miniatures area.

The War Times Journal is an on-line magazine which covers all periods of military history and military science. They offer in depth articles and free on-line wargaming resources, as well as a store where you can buy gaming miniatures and books, and a portal to related sites. Check out their website at
November 4, 2010

Site back up!

Thank goodness for backups. We had a disk crash on our primary server. All seems to be normal and we believe all data has been recovered.

September 23, 2010

More gaming while waiting for Orccon

There's always more fun to be had!

Though our next convention is still months away there is plenty of good gaming going on between now and then.

Magic The Gathering players rejoice! Sun Mesa is running a pre-release for Scars of Mirrodin this weekend at the LAX Radisson. Same place that Gateway was held! If you haven't played Magic for a while then a pre-release is a great time to get back into the game. Hope to see you all there.

Two great game conventions outside the Los Angeles area are happening soon. RinCon happens October 8-10 in Tucson Arizona and NeonCon happens November 4-7 in Las Vegas.

If you are looking for other gaming options, look into one of the many gaming groups throughout Southern California. For a partial list go to our registration page and scroll down. While you are there you can go ahead and register for Orccon as well.

September 9, 2010

Gateway 2010: Thank You For a GREAT Con!

Largest and most successful Gateway in years!

Hello Everybody!! (Yes this means you!)

Thanks to all who attended Gateway 2010 and made it a huge success. We had over 1200 attendees which was a great way to close out 2010.

We want to hear your stories. Find us on facebook as "Strategicon Conventions" and tell us your stories from Gateway.

Let us reflect on some of the great things that happened at Gateway ... Hmmm ... Where to start.

We had Tom Lehman and Looney Labs as our Guests of Honor and what outstanding guests they were. Tom was running in or playing games all weekend, including the hugely succesful Pandemic LARP and Race for the Galaxy. Looney Labs was Demoing their new Back to the Future Card Game and teaching/playing their other games all weekend. Also, who could forget the great Andy vs Everybody event!

It was great to see HMGS at our convention with many many games throughout the weekend. We launched over 100 roleplaying events as well! Sun Mesa Events ran our Magic events for the first time and our attendance at these events almost doubled from Gamex to Gateway. We look forward to seeing what they will have in store for us at Orccon. Speaking of Orccon is it not just a mere 161 days away?

If 161 days seems like a long time to wait for your next gaming convention fix you might want to check out Neoncon. Their convention is coming up in November and their games count towards the Strategicon points race and Jack Butler awards. Find them at

Soon enough though it will be time for Orccon. We will have over 500 events and we look forward to settling into our new home at the Sheraton for all of our conventions in 2011. Again, thanks for coming if you did and either way we will see you at Orccon. You can even pre-register now if you would like, same bat channel ...

August 22, 2010

David Zevin goes to Catan World Championships

Gamex 2010 Catan winner David Zevin,will be among those representing the U.S. at the 2010 World Wide Championship in Germany. Details.

August 22, 2010

Family Games Day - Sunday, Sept. 5

Families get in at a reduced rate - - $50 for the whole family! *One or two parents and up to five kids ages 16 and under. Details.

August 22, 2010

New Additions to Games Libraries

More Games in our Library from Mayfair, Rio Grande, Minion, and others.

Added since Gamex - From Mayfair Games: Settlers of America, Pillars of the Earth, Domaine, Before The Wind, Lemming Mafia. From Rio Grande Games: Tobago, Krysis & Dream Factory. From Minion Games: Sole Mio and Nile, Sturgeon, Those Pesky Humans and Legitimacy. Also Road Kill Rally, Rattus, Magical Athlete, and Speicherstadt.
August 21, 2010

Event Pre Reg is ON!

Assuming the router stays up....

July 19, 2010

Mini-Wars at Gateway 2010

Gateway will host the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society / Pacific Southwest (HMGS/PSW) Mini-Wars convention this Labor Day weekend.

Gateway will host the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society / Pacific Southwest (HMGS/PSW) Mini-Wars fall convention this year with a wide range of historical miniatures games this Labor Day weekend. In honor of the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Steven Reid and Gary Archer will present "Royal Air Force to the Rescue" a "Check Your 6" WWII airpower game. If you like your history from a more ancient time, how about knights and longbow men meeting on the muddy fields of France? Dave Maupin and Greg Kildare will present "Agincourt, the Band of Brothers". The rules are Piquet: come and join this fascinating game on Saturday morning. Make sure and check the Gateway website for additional exciting games.
June 24, 2010

Meet the Best Settler!

An interview with the winner of the Settlers of Catan SoCal National Championship Qualifier David Zevin

May 22, 2010

Sunday is Family Game Day

Sunday, May 30, families get in at a reduced rate - - $50 for the whole family. More.

May 21, 2010

Gamex Hosts Catan Pre-Qualifier

Your chance to qualify for U.S., then Worldwide Catan Championships!

May 21, 2010

New Games in the Game Library

See the list of new games in our Game Library!

May 15, 2010

Event Pre Reg Is On For Gamex 2010!

You may now preregister for events at Gamex 2010!

May 5, 2010

Math Trade at Gamex 2010

Trade games you don't want for the games you do want! Everybody wins... More about how a math trade works is available on the link.

April 23, 2010

We've Got Parking!

April 22, 2010

Archival conbooks posted

The convention booklets for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 are now available.

April 2, 2010

Sheraton Gateway Hotel Special Rate

Until May 14, get a special $99 room (double occupancy) registration at the Sheraton Gateway for Gamex 2010. Triple occupancy $119 $139 for four people. Parking with room - valet $15/day (regular $24) self-parking overnight is $11.

April 2, 2010

Pre-reg Now for Gamex 2010

Don't wait and end up paying more. Pre-register now for Gamex 2010 at the bargain price of $40 for the entire weekend. Save $5 more if you're a member of one of the registered game groups!

January 30, 2010

Event preregistration for Orccon 2010 is open!

You may now preregister for events at Orccon 2010!

December 23, 2009

Online Hotel Registration Is On

$109 room registration with parking included for one car is now available for Orccon 2010. This is subject to change.

October 27, 2009

Miniatures Boot Camp Returns for Orccon!

Our successful Miniatures Boot Camp will be back for Orccon. The boot camp games provide attendees the opportunity to learn from experienced and welcoming players. Ask questions, try out tactics, or test-drive a game you are on the fence about. At Gateway we offered Flames of War, Warmachine, Uncharted Seas, and many others. Check back often with the website to see our offerings for Orccon 2010!

October 21, 2009

Malifaux at Orccon

Malifaux is the hottest miniature game to come out of Gencon Indianapolis in 2009. This is a diceless 28mm miniature system wrapped around Wyrd Miniature games ( ) line of miniatures. Wyrd Miniatures will be sponsoring demo games at Orccon!

What is Malifaux (Mal-i-foe)? It's a skirmish sized tabletop miniature game (5-8 figures per side is about right for your average game) played using "heroic" 32mm figures. The game is built for play on a 3 foot by 3 foot table with a decent amount of terrain - 2-3 small/medium pieces per square foot. Using a unique diceless combat system, Malifaux is a fun and challenging game.
October 21, 2009


That right, Warmachine and Hordes is back at Orrcon, and its new and better than ever!! With the release of the new Mark II version of the rules sets from Privateer Press ( the game system and tournament rules set have been updated to reflect player feedback and has been improved and updated!! ORCCON is sponsoring an official Privateer Press 25 point tournament on Saturday of the convention.

(From the Privateer Press web site (

In the past six years of WARMACHINE, the game has grown rapidly, and we feel the time has come to reevaluate and retool in preparation for the upcoming years of full metal combat. We have chosen to tighten the bolts on both the general game rules and the individual model rules to make every model as compelling as possible and to perfect the WARMACHINE experience,” stated Jason Soles, Privateer Press lead developer.

The public will got their first look at the WARMACHINE Mk II rules in April 2009 through an open field test, allowing players to become familiar with the changes while providing feedback that will assist Privateer Press in making final adjustments to WARMACHINE Mk II before going to press. Privateer Press released a pre-press WARMACHINE Mk II PDF to the general Public in September 2009. The Hordes Mk II field test goes live at the end of November 2009.

The Official WARMACHINE: Prime Mk II printed rulebook is to be released to the public in early 2010. The new edition of HORDES will follow later in the year. All tournaments, leagues, and release events that make up Privateer Press organized play will adopt the new editions in January 2010 (just in time for ORCCON).

October 21, 2009

Uncharted Seas

This is the heir apparent for everyone’s small scale fantasy Man-o-war. The scale is slightly larger, but it brings everyone’s favorite races back into play with Humans, elves, orcs and dwarfs playing a central theme.

From the designers web site:

The Uncharted Seas is a fast paced, action packed game of naval tactical combat set in a world of high fantasy. Using superb resin and white metal miniatures, and controlled by fast and easy to learn rules, the game allows you to wage war with fantastical squadrons of mighty warships.

Choose from one of several races, including the Iron Dwarfs with their steam powered ironclads, Orc Raiders with their grotesque machines of war, the ever powerful Dragon Lords, an ancient race of magical seafarers, Imperial Humans hell bent on grabbing as much land as they can and the Thaniras Elves with their sleek ships of war.

The whole premise of The Uncharted Seas rules is deliver a fun and fast game. The aim is to have a game finished within in 1.5 to 2 hours – or longer if you want to play multi-player games or use much bigger fleets.

The decks of cards (given away with each fleet bought) play an important role in the game, but you can play without them. The recommendation is that you DO use the cards as they add a wonderful color to game proceedings and a certain fog of war.


The game is hugely good fun to play. You can get up and running quickly, the rules do not have any grossly overcomplicated mechanics to confuse or befuddle you and the models look great! More upgrades are planned, and this includes models such as submarines, war platforms, troop ships, Dreadnoughts, Airships and so on. Spartan games is also working on a supplement to the core rule book that supports all of the new models that are coming out, but always makes these rules available for free download from their online site.

October 21, 2009

Broadside Bash at Orccon

The Broadside Bash is an official Games Workshop Independent Grand Tournament circuit. It is being run by Pacific Marauders ( This is the 3rd annual Grand Tournament hosted by Orccon and the Pacific Marauders.

This year’s event will include the three major game systems produced by Games Workshop: Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy and War of the Rings. This will be a two-day tournament with 3 games being played on Saturday, and the final 2 games being played on Sunday. See the Broadside Bash’s web site for further information and updates
August 26, 2009

Rio Grande Games Design Competition

Enter your game in the national Rio Grande Game Design contest!

August 22, 2009

Event preregistration for Gateway 2009 is open!

You may now preregister for events at Gateway 2009!

August 11, 2009

David E. Woolcott Memorial Acquire Tournament

The International Hotel Chain Entrepreneurs' game was one of Dave's favorites.

David E. Woolcott, a dear friend of Strategicon for many years passed away recently and his close friends have wanted to memorialize him -- with an Acquire tournament named in his honor.

Acquire, designed in the 1960s by Sid Sackson, pits hotel entrepeneurs against one another in a race to take over and be taken over by other hotel chains, all in a race to acquire the most money. Investing in the right hotel chain at the right time is key -- you'll need luck and skill to win. It takes 15 minutes to learn much longer to master. If you've never played, come and see if you're a natural at hostile takeovers ...

Learn more about Acquire

August 9, 2009

Gamex 2009 Winners posted

August 4, 2009

Sunday Night Settlers

Sunday night Settlers of Catan. $100 First Prize!

At Gateway 2009, Sunday night will see a huge Settlers of Catan tournament. Trade wood for sheep and build the longest road in this thrilling classic board game. Be the best settler and win $100!
July 29, 2009

Monday Morning Mega Dominion Returns!

$100 First Prize!

Our Monday morning Mega-Dominion tourney was a massive success with over 30 players! We are committed to making Mondays even bigger with more events and tournaments. Come play Dominion at 9am Monday and compete for the $100 First Prize!
May 19, 2009

Gamex welcomes Dan Verssen!

Dan Verssen is the Gamex 2009 Guest of Honor.

May 9, 2009

Pre reg is on!

Time to sign up for the games you want to play.

May 8, 2009

Hotel Registration closes today!

You must register with the Sheraton by 5 pm today to get the convention rate.

May 2, 2009

Flea Market back to normal times

The Saturday and Sunday flea markets return to their normal times of 10 am to 2 pm.

March 9, 2009

Preregistration for Gamex is Open!

Register here! (Updated on 11 March)

February 21, 2009

Gamex 2009 at the Sheraton Gateway

We're moving for one show to the Sheraton Gateway, which is half a block east of the Radisson. More details soon.

January 31, 2009

Game pre registration is on!

Had a brief false start, but it's really on now.

January 22, 2009

Flea Market Time Change

The Saturday and Sunday flea markets have been moved to the evening from 7 to 9 pm.

January 18, 2009

Hotel Registration deadline extended, parking added!

The hotel registration deadline has been extended to January 30th and the price of valet parking of one car is now included in the room price.

The Radisson is now including one valet parking spot per room for the Orccon. Valet parking is normally $20 a night so this is a real value and makes staying at the hotel much more economical and convenient.
November 25, 2008

Michael Schacht Guest of Honor for Orccon 2009!

Designer of Zooloretto (2007 Spiel des Jahres winner) and over 100 other great games will be the Guest of Honor for Orccon 2009

September 3, 2008

Gateway 2008 was Great!

Games were played, fun was had. We even had parking. On to Orccon 2009!

August 28, 2008

Parking Fun!

Now that we're actually here, we have more info.

August 26, 2008

Gateway Registration is closed

We'll see you at the con.

August 18, 2008

Parking under construction

The Radisson just received the permits to start construction. More details.

The Radisson just received the permits to begin construction on the parking lot and plans to start tomorrow (August 19, 2008). There will be a retroactive drop in the room price of at least $10 per night. There will be 200 spots still available on site and there will be other parking available off site. We'll post more as we know more.
August 16, 2008

Event pre reg is on!

You may now preregister for events at Gateway 2008!

August 14, 2008

Last Call for Events and Hotel

Friday August 15, 2008 is the last day to sign up to run events and register for the hotel at the special con discount rate. Parking for 1 or 2 cars is included in the room rate.

August 6, 2008

Special Events Posted!

There's a lot of them. We'll be adding more details soon.

July 24, 2008

Early bird registration and fee increase

We're holding rates steady until July 31, but after that pre reg fees will go up by $5 across the board.

After July 31, all pre reg fees will increase by $5. At the door rates will go up from $40 to $50. Obviously, we're trying to encourage people to pre-register for the convention.

We're adopting a pricing structure used by many other California-based gaming conventions in that we'll offer "early bird" rates for those that pre reg 60 days before the con (we're making an exception for this con as we're just introducing this).

We've also increased the fee for children 12 and under from free to $5 in order to cover the admin costs. A side benefit of this is that it allows children under 12 to be preregistered at the same time their parents sign up. This rate will be constant and will not fluctuate (i.e. it will be $5 for Early Bird and normal pre reg and at the door).

July 23, 2008

Gamex 2008 Winners posted

May 28, 2008

Gamex a blast!

Fun was had. On to Gateway!

May 19, 2008

Pre-reg is closed

See you at Gamex 2008!

May 19, 2008

Parking normal -- no construction

$10 parking as normal at the Radisson.

May 10, 2008

Event Pre Reg is OPEN!

Make sure you login first. The Pre registration page is here.

April 23, 2008

Hotel rates reduced!

Due to construction on the Radisson's parking lot, hotel room rates for Gamex 2009 have been reduced to $99 per night. Also, the registration deadline has been pushed back to May 9. For more information, see the Hotel page.

April 23, 2008

Puffing Billy returns to Gamex 2008

Come join us for a Train Gamers Association Puffing Billy Tournament. Play train games in several categories, and join in the fun. We will also have 18XX, Empire Builder, and Ticket to Ride championships going on within the Puffing Billy Tournament. Check it out the Puffing Billy Events.

March 4, 2008

Thank you, Gary

February 27, 2008

Orccon a blast! On to Gamex!

Thanks to everyone who attended. We hope you had as much fun as we did. Now it's time to get ready for Gamex.

February 15, 2008

Orccon opens today!

Only $40 at the door for the whole weekend. Special one-day rates available. Check it out on the Registation page.

February 13, 2008

Orccon registration closed

We'll see you at the con!

February 10, 2008

Reminder: Orccon pre-reg about to close

Orccon pre-registration will close late night Monday, February 11. Event pre-registration will close late night Tuesday, February 12.

February 7, 2008

Special Guest: Ed Teixeira

Ed Teixeira of Two Hour Wargames is the creator of the popular Chain Reaction Engine. Ed won an Origins Award for "All Things Zombie" and his games include Six-Gun Sound, Black Powder Battles, Montjoie!, Nuts! and 5150. Come play with Ed and prove that the games of Two Hour Wargames can indeed be played in 2 hours! Check it out on the Events page.

February 5, 2008

War College Saturday!

Joseph Miranda and Jon Compton present ways to model conflict in the modern world. Check it out on the Events page.

February 2, 2008

Event Pre Reg is OPEN!

Make sure you login first. The Pre-registration page is here.

February 1, 2008

Event Pre Reg to open Tomorrow!

Orccon 2008's event pre-registration will be turned on around noon on Saturday February 2, 2008. The Pre-registration page is here.

January 31, 2008

Orccon 2008 hosts Broadside Bash

Warhammer Fantasy and 40K fans, check out the Broadside Bash. It's a 2 day independent Grand Tournament for both games. Only 50 people are allowed in each game, so sign up here now, or miss out!

January 29, 2008

Protospiel West returns to Orccon 2008

Orccon 2008 welcomes the Return of the Protospiel West Game Design Sessions on Sunday February 17. To get involved check out the details on the Events page.

January 28, 2008

Play with the Creator at Orccon 2008

Play the games with the people who created them. Several events available. You can see them listed on the Events page.

January 27, 2008

Orccon 2008 brings back M&M

Mustangs and Messerschmitts returns after a prolonged absence. Check it out under Events.

January 26, 2008

Orccon 2008 welcomes RSI

Running both their Duel 2 and Dwarves vs Orcs games, check them out in the ballroom at the con.

January 21, 2008

Gateway 2007 Winners Posted

August 28, 2007

Gateway 2007 registration is now closed

August 11, 2007

Event preregistration is now available

August 6, 2007

Introducing Play with the Creator

New at Gateway 2007, "Play with the Creator" events allow you to enjoy your favorite game designs with the people behind the games. It's your chance to learn secret strategies, fun trivia, and the history of the game. Some designers are hosting playtests of their newest creations and they are looking for your feedback. Search for them on the events page.

August 4, 2007

Gamex 2007 Winners Posted

May 20, 2007

Going to the Star Wars Celebration? Come to Gamex too - - for half price.

"That's not the convention you are looking for..."
"That's not the convention we're looking for"
"You can go along to Gamex now..."
"We can go to Gamex now."

Strategicon welcomes those of you who are attending Star Wars Celebration over Memorial Day weekend and would like to offer a special deal to you. Present your Star Wars Celebration badge at the registration desk and receive half off admission for the day or the whole con. It's that simple. Join us for a game or two and relax for a bit. May the Force be with you, always.
May 15, 2007

Gamex 2007 Official Classic
Dungeons & Dragons Tournament

Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00pm
Dare "Trial by Donjon" and win DVDs of The Hobbit, Black Arrow or the Odyssey!

May 14, 2007

Come Playtest a NEW Roleplaying Game

Space Blade: Far Future Fantasy
Saturday and Sunday at 10:00am
Help the author to create a better game

March 6, 2007

Strategicon forum is live!

We've added a forum to discuss the Southern California gaming scene and our conventions. So check out the forum by clicking on the link to the left. We hope to hear from you.

November 11, 2006

Under New Management

Strategicon and its three Los Angeles-based game conventions have been sold to Knight Errant Enterprises, LLC, of Long Beach. Orccon, Gamex and Gateway are under new management starting in 2007. Read more . . .