It's That Time Again! 

Event Submissions for Gen Con 2018 open January 7th! This year, ConTessa will be hosting some awesome themed gaming blocks as well as a few times where GMs can run whatever they'd like! 

GM Badges

GM badges are available to anyone who submits a total of 10 volunteer hours. You can split this up however you like between running games, panels, and working at our registration desk! We have some of the lowest requirements at Gen Con, so be sure to check us out! Most of our events allow you to run any game or adventure you like. We'll take care of getting your events set up, getting you players, and getting you a badge. You just have to show up and run your game! To apply for a GM badge, first submit your events below, then submit your volunteer/gm badge application. 

Panels, Seminars, Workshops, Etc...

As always, we're excited to let you moderate any additional content you like! We're looking for panels, seminars, workshops, and supplemental events that cover topics from getting into gaming to creating and freelancing in the gaming industry. If you're passionate about your topic, we'll be passionate too! Simply use the Event Registration form below to submit your idea. We'll take care of getting it submitted and help you out if you need to flesh out the idea or get guests for your panel. 

Main ConTessa Space Schedule (Subject to Change)



10am-5pm Open Swim

All lanes are open for open swim! No particular theme or type of game required -  host a table of your favorite RPG, Card or Board Game!

1pm-5pm Learn to Play BIG GAMES

Bring your big ol' board games and hunker down for some dedicated play. This time is for those board games you have that are super fun but you rarely get to play since they require a substantial time commitment to learn and play. Don't have a game like that? That's fine, any board games are welcome. 

5pm-6pm Group Pictures & Social Hour

Open to all GMs, facilitators, moderators, and panelists! Stop by to socialize with other ConTessans and stick around for a group photo at 5:45!

6pm-12am Women's Game Night

Are you a woman? Come join and meet other women in a fun and supportive environment for our 3rd annual Women's Game Night. Host your favorite RPG, Card, or Board Game for a group of eager gamers! 


10am-2pm Dungeon Crawl Classics Battle Royale

We're hosting a Dungeon Crawl Classics Tournament! Each GM will run players through a dungeon designed for level zero characters while several bands of adventurers will take their chances completing each one. Players with surviving characters after completion of every dungeon will square off in a final challenge to determine the winner!

To help judge this event, contact Bailey at!

2pm-6pm Board Game Tournaments

Join us for some board game tournaments! 16 total players for each game (King of Tokyo, 7 Wonders, Splendor, and Tsuro) will square off for a game. The winners of those four will then square off against each other. The final winners for each game will then participate in a rock-paper-scisssors game to determine the all-around winner! Prizes TBA. 

6pm-12am ConTessans of Color Game Night

Are you a Person of Color? Inspire others through the power of representation while you host whatever RPG, board, or card game that ignites your passion for gaming at our second annual ConTessans of Color Game Night!


10am-2pm Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League Epic: DDEP07-01 Peril at the Port

Pirates! Dastardly ne’er-do-wells have been spotted just outside of the harbor! Not content with scratching a living off of the rich port city’s scraps, pirates are making for the city by land and sea. But Port Nyanzaru is far from defenseless; pick up a yklwah, climb aboard a dinosaur, or man the wall; but whatever you do, don’t let those rapscallions into the city!

To help GM this event, send an email to!

2pm-4pm Open Swim

All lanes are open for open swim! No particular theme or type of game required -  host a table of your favorite RPG, Card or Board Game!

4pm-6pm Non-Binary Gamers Social Time

Open to anyone who identifies as non-binary in any way +1! Meet others who defy the binary while enjoying our safer space and a library of board games provided by our friends at Meeple Muse!

6pm-12am QueerTessa Pride Night

Do you identify anywhere on the LGBTQ+ spectrum? Come be a representational powerhouse as you host whatever RPG, board, or card game you like the most in our space on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium. 


10am-4pm Open Swim

All lanes are open for open swim! No particular theme or type of game required -  host a table of your favorite RPG, Card or Board Game!