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Pacificon Game Expo 42, Life, the Universe, and Gaming

Yes people, the weekend of September 3-6 will hail the return of one of the SF Bay Area’s premiere regional gaming events from the pandemic fog of war. 
Our venue for this year is the San Mateo Marriott Hotel. 

See you here as we roll out information to purchase your tickets for live face to face gaming, vendors, artist tables, the best in wargaming, role playing, artists, larps, and more gaming shenanigans! 

PacCon 2021 Updates:

Updated July 21, 2021. Mask protocol has been changed from recommended to strongly recommended. (Note that this may change again for the reasons stated below.)

The latest update to our Covid Care Protocols (CCP) as of June 25, 2021 will allow the eating of food and drinking of beverages at the gaming tables. Also, cash food sales will be available at mealtimes from the hotel.
And as a reminder, we updated the CCP as of June 16, 2021 following the change in California’s recommendations. Attendees will be required to provide proof of vaccination (and have finished the final shot no later than August 20, 2021), and masks will be recommended indoors. We are also cautiously raising the attendance cap for the event.

Not to be harsh, but there will be no exceptions to this, in the interest of public health and safety. We understand their may be various legitimate reasons, or personal choices, for not getting vaccinated. We respect your right to make that choice for yourself, and will not inquire as to why, but considering the group as a whole, we are going to strive to make the event as safe as we possibly can this year. So, for this year’s show, it is recommended for folks to wear masks indoors during the event, and to provide proof of being two weeks out from your completed vaccination series.

Covid Preparations:
If you have a fever or present other symptoms of covid, we ask that you not attend the event.
We are working with the hotel to do regular table cleaning and such, per CDC/County recommendations. Hand sanitizer and wipes will be made available.

Social distance requirements will follow the CDC/County recommendations, at the time, for a fully vaccinated group. (Since we will be a 100% vaccinated group, tables and seating will be setup in the traditional manner.)

We are making a limited amount of tickets available for sale based on the attendance cap currently in place for our convention. We will increase the amount of tickets available for sale as the cap is raised and/or lifted.
We also have some vendor tables <indoors for four days>, Artist Alley tables <outdoors in five hour blocks each day>, and Flea Market tables <outdoors for a two hour block>
Because we only have a limited amount of tickets available, we are only offering weekend passes to start. If we don’t sell out closer to the event weekend, and depending on the limits in place by the CDC/County, we might offer Day passes this year.

Weekend Pass: $70
To buy a pass for the convention fill out this google form, agree to our mask/vax policy, and then purchase!
Flea Market Table: Sat or Sun $20 (One table/person. Must be a paid ticket holder. Gaming related material only, please.)
Sat Sept 4 9-11am (8am setup) Link to purchase.
Sun Sept 5 9-11am (8am setup) Link to purchase.

Artist Alley Table: Sat or Sun (1-6pm each day – Setup at Noon) $30
If you are interested in an Artist Alley table, send an inquiry to and describe what you will be selling. The vast majority of what you are selling should be made by the artist in attendance.

Vendor Space (8×8 area) $350
If you are interested in a Vendor Space, send an inquiry to and describe what you will be selling. It should be directly gaming related.

Hotel Reservations:
Venue – San Mateo Marriott Hotel
Guest Room 1 King – $144/night
Bedroom Suite, 1 King, Sofa bed – $154/night
Guest Room, 2 Queen – $154/night
Rooms and Rates available through Thursday August 19, 2021
Hotel guests get complimentary parking <in/out privs> and comp internet access.
Hotel Link:

Event Submissions:
In light of the capacity cap that is in place for the show, we have had to limit the number of GM complimentary passes being awarded this year.

To that effect, we are going to keep the eight hour minimum requirement to be considered for a complimentary pass, except in the areas of Euro/Family Board Games, and War Games, which will increase to 12 hours. Organized play games have always been a 12 hour commitment. This decision was based on the extra effort required to create and host miniature games, one-off role playing games, and LARPs.

Any attendee of the Pacificon Game Expo may submit a game to run at the show up until the dates of the show. To be approved and published in the program book, that submission must be made by August 15, 2021. Any submissions made and approved after that date will find themselves listed in an addendum available at the convention HQ.

Here is the link to submit games for the show this year.

Here is our current list of scheduled games at Pacificon 2021 this year! (Note, this is no guarantee that the game will actually have enough players, or have it’s time and place changed up to cancellation of the event.)

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