Gaming at Hal-Con

Hal-Con Gaming Schedule – 2016

Hal-Con boasts the largest gaming convention east of Montreal. Hal-Con features 15,000 square feet of gaming on a dedicated floor with 100+ tables offering fans a diverse range of games to play, watch and learn. From the World of Dungeons & Dragons, to miniatures war games, board games, collectible card games and more – Hal-Con has something for gamers of all ages and experience levels.

We’ve hosted sanctioned gaming tournaments by partnering with some of the largest game companies in the World, including Repos Production, Days of Wonder, Z-Man Games and Steve Jackson Games.

Keep an eye on our Gaming News section for the latest updates and special events.

Board Game Library

A staple of Hal-Con, the Board Game Library is a large collection of some of the best games of the past and present. Large epic games, small family-oriented games, social games, card games, miniature skirmish games, old games, new games, there is something for everyone. Grab some friends, browse the library and sign a game out and give it a whirl! We’ll also have game gurus on hand to help you get started or make recommendations for you and your friends.

Game Demos

Several of our volunteers will be running demos of specific games throughout the weekend. If you’re new to gaming or perhaps feel a little intimidated by all the activity, this is a great place to start.

Board Games For Kids

We all know kids love to play games, after all, we were once that age too. With that in mind, each day, we will have family-friendly game demos run by our team of volunteers. With the holidays coming up, this is also an excellent opportunity for parents to get some gift ideas.

Board Game Tournaments

The Great Canadian Board Game Blitz

Returning for its seventh straight year, The Great Canadian Board Game Blitz (GCBGB) will take place on Sunday, November 6. The GCBGB is a “table-top” game tournament consisting of 4 rounds of great games.

More tournaments will be announced soon.

Roleplaying Games

Hal-Con always delivers lots of RPG action for fans of tabletop action of all stripes. The showcase event of Hal-Con Gaming 2015 was our exclusive debut of the Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition Adventurers League module The Waydown for Adventurers League characters levels 5-10. Pathfinder Society will be back to run all your PF organized play fun, as well as non-Society Pathfinder games. As always, there will also be several standalone RPG games from a wide variety of games and genres.

Grudge of Ages Warhammer Tournament

Each player will get to play five great games of Warhammer 40k or Warhammer Fantasy with fully painted terrain. It was a great time last year, with lots of positive feedback, so it will be even better this year!

Player packs are in the works! For more information please email: tilley@hal-con.com. Spots are limited, and table space is at a premium! Sign-up early to save your spot.

Miniature Painting Competition

Our Miniature Painting Contest returns! Any painted model from any system or company will be gladly accepted.  If your sharp eyes and steady hands have crafted pieces you’re proud of, we’d love to give you the opportunity to show them off in style.

Video Games

Our arcade provides all your video gaming needs. This year there will be several video game tournaments and special events ongoing all weekend.

There will be a number of arcade cabinets provided by Richard Black of Old School Games.

The Hal-Con Arcade will also have free-to-play pinball tables provided by Silverball Games. Xbox Ones, Playstation 4s, and 3 Wii-Us will also be on hand.

Magic: The Gathering

This year we will be hosting a number of casual Magic: The Gathering events hosted by The Deck Box. Since these are casual events, a DCI number is not required for participation!

Girl Gaming

Hal-Con is proud to once again offer this unique and popular event within our Gaming schedule. Girl Gaming is a set of events which celebrate and promote female engagement with our wonderful gaming hobby in all its unique varieties. It is a celebration of what it is to be a female gamer, and a time to talk about the unique issues female gamers face within the gaming hobby as a whole. The Girl Gaming series of events helps bring the female perspective to the fore, and provides a unique space within the Gaming schedule for women of all gaming stripes to meet and connect with other women and have fun.