What is Open Games? Where is it?
Open Games can be found at the Norwescon Games – Info Desk and Open Games booth inside the Arena. Come to Open Games if you’re interested in pulling up a virtual chair and playing a game with your friends and/or other available players. Stop by Norwescon Games – Info Desk and talk to the staff at the Games Help Desk. Games staff can suggest games you may like, help you find a game and/or other players, and even play games with you. In addition, we have trial memberships available from our partner Tabletopia if you want to play a game they provide on their platform. Otherwise you can run a game on whatever platform you choose! Staff at the Help Desk can teach a number of games if you want to learn something new.
Schedule of Games
Our Schedule of Games is now live! Stop by to see what we have planned for the weekend, and check back for updates until the con kicks off!
I Want to Play a Scheduled Game. Do I Need to Sign Up in Advance?
Advance signup is not needed, but is preferred, as scheduled games are on a first-come-first-served sign up basis.
How Do I Sign Up for a Scheduled Game?
Sign-ups are available online. Most games have a maximum player limit. if you sign up after that limit is reached, you will be placed on the waitlist and can play if players who signed up earlier don’t show up. There is no sign-up list for Jackbox Games–just look for the Jackbox table inside the booth and show up and play!
Scheduled Games Sign Up
Please see below for information about how the sign up process works. You can sign up in advance using the games sign up form!
- You must be a member of Norwescon 43 to play games. There is no additional fee required for any games.
- Select the games you are interested in by preference:
0 = Not Interested
1 = I might be interested.
2 = If there’s room, please put me on the waiting list after folks with Level 3 interest.
3 = I absolutely want to play this game, please pick me!
- Visit the Games Info Desk, starting Thursday at 10 a.m., to confirm your interest in attending the games you have signed up for. If you don’t, your space may be given away.
- Schedules may change leading up to the event, and more games may be added. Check back in closer to the convention to see any new changes. After providing us with your name and contact information, please review the games in the next sections (organized by day). You will then be prompted to make your selections by preference.
Our virtual Norwescon 43 games area will include plenty of amazing game content, including:
- Board and card games online from Tabletopia.
- Party games online from Jackbox Games.
- Role-playing games online run by Emerald City Game Masters Guild.
- Emerald City Game Masters Guild was founded in 2019 to lower the barrier of entry into tabletop role-playing games for new players, orphan players, and groups in need of a game master. Our guild is committed to fostering consent-based, engaging environments for players of all backgrounds, especially those who have been marginalized by the TTRPG community.
- Role-playing games online run by individual game masters.
We will keep updating our offerings as we get confirmation from content providers, so check back.
What role playing games would you like to play? Tell us by filling out this form.
Would you like to run games this year? Apply by filling out this form.
Thursday 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Still not sure about playing games online? Here are some resources about playing games in a virtual environment:
- 5 Science-Backed Benefits of Playing Tabletop RPGs During (and After) COVID-19, article by Pop Mythology.
- Roll 20: Create a free account to facilitate online role playing.
- Roll20 brings pen-and-paper gameplay right to your browser with a rich set of features that save you time and enhance your favorite parts of tabletop games. Video and voice chat, shared images, music and sound effects, and built-in support for hundreds of rule systems make Roll20 an award-winning virtual tabletop loved by over four million players.
- How to play Dungeons & Dragons and other pen-and-paper games without leaving home, article by Polygon.
- How to play board games online with friends, article by Dicebreaker.