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SoCon Board Game Convention

Come to SoCal for SoCon

Event Details

Location

Encore Events Center
8253 Ronson Rd.
San Diego, CA 92111

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Dates

April 24 – 26, 2020
Friday 10 AM – 12 AM
Saturday 8 AM – 12 AM
Sunday 8 AM – 8 PM

Love board games? Or are you board game-curious?  SoCon is the newest convention in Southern California dedicated to tabletop board games. SoCon features a vast game library at a convenient, comfortable, spacious venue.

Set up at a table to spend the day with your friends, or easily meet new friends at pick-up games advertising “Players needed!” Teach a game you know well or try out new games from the extensive library. Attend a game demo of the latest hot games and enter drawings to bring a new game home.

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DIRECTIONS & PARKING

FOOD

LODGING

FAQ

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Plan Your Attendance

We welcome your participation, whether for a day or for the whole event.

   FRIDAY        10:00AM – midnight
   SATURDAY  8:00AM – midnight
   SUNDAY      8:00AM – 8:00PM

Tickets are non-refundable 24 hours after purchase or within 24 hours of the start of the event.

Early Bird Pricing

Weekend Pass - $60.00

Access to all 3 days of SoCon

Friday Pass - $35.00

Single day pass for access to SoCon on Friday, April 24th

Saturday Pass - $35.00

Single day pass for access to SoCon on Saturday, April 25th

Sunday Pass - $35.00

Single day pass for access to SoCon on Sunday, April 26th.

Early bird pricing ends March 31, 2020

Regular Pricing

Begins on April 1, 2020

Weekend Pass - $70.00

Access to all 3 days of SoCon

Friday Pass - $40.00

Single day pass for access to SoCon on Friday, April 24th

Saturday Pass - $40.00

Single day pass for access to SoCon on Saturday, April 25th

Sunday Pass - $40.00

Single day pass for access to SoCon on Sunday, April 26th.

At the Door

Begins on April 24, 2020

Weekend Pass - $100.00

Single day passes are not available at the door. Onsite sales are subject to space availability.

 

Early Bird pricing ends at midnight PST on March 31, 2020.

Sign up early

and save!

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SoCon Experience

SoCon Events

In addition to open gaming, several events will take place at SoCon, such as:

  • First Time Con Attendee Session
  • New to Gaming Lingo Lesson Session
  • Games taught and played in American Sign Language

For example, we’ve scheduled two 3-hour teaching sessions of Dungeons & Dragons in American Sign Language. Learn how to play the role-playing game that has captivated millions of players worldwide for more than 45 years! No experience is necessary, as Ando will teach people who use ASL how to play the game and guide them on an adventure. All ages are welcome.

Check back regularly for the latest event updates!

Game Play

Playing games is what SoCon is all about. Check out the extensive SoCon library and play the latest games.

Need more players for a game? Grab a “Need Players” sign and invite others to game with you. Want to schedule a specific game and allow others to sign up to join you? Event scheduling will be available via the site soon.                                         

Teachers & Learners

We welcome people of all experience levels. If you know a game well, you might respond to a “Teacher Needed” sign. If the folks at your table are trying a game for the first time, don’t hesitate to display a sign yourself.

We will also host teaching sessions for some popular games. See SoCon Events for further details.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I've never been to a Board Game Convention Before and I don't know what to expect. Help!

Ugh, I hear you! I hate going new places where I don't know what to expect. As a result, we are striving to make SoCon an event that's approachable for first time attendees.

At the event, join one of our First Time Con Attendee Sessions to get an overview of how to navigate the SoCon experience.

At a board game convention, the primary experience is about having lots of people to game with and lots of games available to try. To support this, you will see features such as:

  • A vast library of games, featuring many of the hot new releases
  • Demo tables for getting an overview of popular games
  • Table signs that say "Need Players" or "Need Teacher"
  • Game sign ups where attendees can schedule play of specific games at specified times and other attendees can sign up to learn/play
  • ...and much more!
I'm deaf or hard of hearing; is this event ASL-friendly?
Yes! SoCon will have gaming space dedicated to American Sign Language (ASL)-friendly play, where games will be taught and conducted entirely in ASL. For example:

Dungeons & Dragons 

   Saturday, April 25, 10:00 a.m.  to 1:00 p.m.
   Sunday, April 26, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm.

6 seats available per session

Come join dungeon master Ando Ferguson for an engaging game of Dungeons & Dragons in American Sign Language! Learn how to play the role-playing game that has captivated millions of players worldwide for more than 45 years! Dungeons & Dragons is a game in which players take on the roles of warriors, wizards, elves, and other fantasy characters to adventure in a shared world full of intrigue, excitement, and memorable moments. No experience is necessary, as Ando will teach people who use ASL how to play the game and guide them on an adventure. All ages are welcome.
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Please monitor our events section for the latest information! You may also contact the event organizers at soconboardgames [at] gmail [dot] com for more details.

Is the location wheelchair accessible?

Yes! The location is wheelchair accessible. If you require additional accommodations, please contact the event organizers at soconboardgames [at] gmail [dot] com. 

Why do people attend board game conventions?

At a board game convention, the primary experience is about having lots of people to game with and lots of games available to try.

One of the benefits of a convention (over a local Meetup event, for example), is that it's a dedicated time that people are agreeing to clear their calendars and get together to game for an extended period.

It's also a great way to meet gamers outside of your typical circle and try new games you didn't previously have access to.

To support this, you will see features such as:

  • A vast library of games, featuring many of the hot new releases
  • Demo tables for getting an overview of popular games
  • Table signs that say "Need Players" or "Need Teacher"
  • Game sign ups where attendees can schedule play of specific games at specified times and other attendees can sign up to learn/play
  • ...and much more!
I'm not really a gamer, will I fit in?

Have you ever played a board game? You're a gamer. Even those of us that play board games all of the time have a variety of interests and are "new" to some aspect of gaming. The SoCon community is a welcoming community where you can feel comfortable and learn more about board games... or not learn more! It's whatever you want to get out of the experience. If you are interested in learning more, check out our First Time Con Attendee Session or our New to Gaming Lingo Lesson Session.

When is SoCon 2021?

SoCon 2021 is in the works. Dates will be announced a few weeks after SoCon 2020. Tickets will go on sale in November 2020.

Can I get a Refund on my ticket?

After 24 hours of purchase or within 24 hours of the event itself, tickets are non-refundable. If it is less than 24 hours after your purchase and more than 24 hours away from the event, please email soconboardgames [at] gmail [dot] com with your ticket confirmation information and your reason for cancellation. 

Our company is interested in exhibiting and we would like more information.

Thank you for your interest! Our Exhibitor page will be up soon. If you have further questions, please reach out to soconboardgames [at] gmail [dot] com.

Is there parking available at SoCon?

Parking at SoCon is free.

There is a parking lot surrounding both buildings of the Events Center and ample street parking in the area.

Is there food available at SoCon?

Yes, food is available at SoCon.

A taco & pizza bar (cash or credit) will be open during lunch and dinner hours and a snack bar (cash only) will be available throughout the entire event.

The local area also has many restaurant options within walking distance if you would prefer to go offsite.

Attendees may bring their own food onsite; however, alcohol may not be brought onsite.

Are children welcome at SoCon?

Yes! SoCon is a family friendly event. Older children that are interested in gaming are especially encouraged to attend. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.

An area will also be dedicated to kids that love gaming, but maaaaybe don't want to game for as many hours as their parents! At a minimum, it will have bean bag chairs and outlets for their devices. Depending on space availability, this area might have additional activities.

Children under the age of 10 are free, but we ask that their attendance and age be registered upon arrival at the event.

Parents or guardians are responsible for the conduct of their children at the event. While children are welcome, disruptive behavior is not.

Where can I sign up for the SoCon Board Game Geek Guild?

https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/3689

Per the BGG site: Guilds are smaller discussion groups for subjects of interest to its members.

Guilds are targeted at things like gaming-related events and are a way to receive the latest info on SoCon and to communicate with other attendees.

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DIRECTIONS

Encore Events Center

8253 Ronson Rd.
San Diego, CA 92111

Parking is free.

There is a parking lot surrounding both buildings of the Events Center and ample street parking in the area.

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FOOD

A taco & pizza bar (cash or credit) will be open during lunch and dinner hours and a snack bar (cash only) will be available throughout the entire event.

The local area also has many restaurant options within walking distance if you would prefer to go offsite.

  • Wendy’s half a block west
  • Common Theory Brewpub half a block west
  • Kearny Mesa Deli half a block east

Attendees may bring their own food and beverages on site. Alcohol may not be brought on site.

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LODGING

There are a number of hotels conveniently located less than 1 mile from the Encore Events Center:

Hampton Inn

Ramada by Wyndham

Residence Inn

Courtyard by Marriott

TownePlace Suites

Questions? Contact Us

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SoCon Board Game Convention

At the Encore Events Center | 8253 Ronson Rd. | San Diego, CA 92111

April 24-26, 2020

Friday 10 AM - Midnight
Saturday 8 AM - Midnight
Sunday 8 AM - 8 PM

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