The Con

gnconGamer Nation Con 4 – “A New Hope”

The hopes of all of the gamer nation rested on finding a new place, a new site for the convention. Fearing the worst and believing Dallas Games Marathon was soon to be the new Alderaan, the convention staff embarked on a galaxy wide search of nearby facilities that offered the amenities and activities that made Gamer Nation Con such a wonderful event. We found a location, only to have our hopes dashed at the 11th hour when the leasing agreement fell through. Then, two more places were found that showed promise and expeditions were dispatched to recon the area for maximum enjoyment when, like a Falcon coming out of nowhere to clear the path for a trench run, Dallas Games Marathon miraculously came to terms with their landlord and Gamer Nation Con 4 – A New Hope found its new home in exactly the same spot as its old one.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are ready to announce….

GamerNation Con is 4 Days of Gaming Goodness (4DoGG) that will be held March 30-April 2 at the Dallas Games Marathon facility in Plano, Texas just north of Dallas.  We rocked two huge gaming rooms and made great use of their Wall of Games for the whole weekend the last two years and look forward to even more gaming greatness this year.  The con will be open from noon to 2am on Thursday, 9am to 2am Friday and Saturday and 9am to 2pm on Sunday.

Once again, the gaming wall is available for any convention attendee to use, free of charge and has just been augmented with a ton of new releases from BGG.con and Essen, among other great titles.  This year’s convention is called GNCon 4: A New Hope and cosplay is considered awesome at the event.  We are happy to announce that the Kickstarter for funding the event will be live on October 19, 2015! This is the only way to guarantee yourself a ticket, so don’t miss out this year. With walk up traffic, the event was just a few people shy of selling out last year, so we anticipate the possibility of selling out the event during the kickstarter this year.

DFW Nerd Night


DFW Nerd Night is an organization that believes tabletop game players are uniquely qualified to build better local communities because of the relationships that are forged while playing games. They host monthly gaming parties for charity, and work to help communities across the country in every way they can, which is emblazoned in the logo “We Play Games and Help People” Since 2012, DFW Nerd Night has partnered with local and national organizations to help with raising over $80,000, all without ever charging for events.

The Convention will transform into a charity event on Thursday evening, March 30 and the Nerd Nighters will do their thing! We ask for a donation at the door, and in return you can spend the evening having fun and helping people. A charity announcement will be made in the days to come. Attendees that purchase a 4-day badge will not be asked for an additional donation, as Gamer Nation Con will be donating a portion of your badge registration to the Nerd Nighters with the hopes of raising $5000 during the event for charity.

Please consider purchasing the All Access badge, even if you only plan on attending for three or fewer days to help DFW Nerd Night play games and help people!

Guests of Honor 

Katrina Ostrander

Katrina Ostrander started her professional gaming tenure with Fantasy Flight Games as an RPG producer, working as a contributing writer and a lead developer on numerous products in the Star Wars Roleplaying Game lines. Her work on these products has garnered much industry attention and three Golden Geek Nominations! She now serves as FFG’s Fiction Editor, where she oversees FFG’s line of novellas and the story teams for the Android, Arkham Horror, Legend of the Five Rings, and Runebound universes. In addition to her work as a contributor for Geek & Sundry, Katrina is the creator and author of the acclaimed and fan-loved TripleCrit blog, dispensing passionate and amazing advice for writers, roleplayers, and gamemasters. She continues to be a well-known and respected face on the convention circuit, and a talented and creative GM for those lucky enough to run a game with her. Her experience and advice on world-building, RPG development, writing, and gamemastering will be a large focus for GamerNationCON 4, and we are proud to welcome her as our Guest of Honor.


Planned Events

We are in planning for 4DoGG 2017, but the following events are currently planned, and may change without notice:

  • Artemis – Coop scenarios and GamerCred badges for events all day Friday and Saturday
  • The GamerCred system will have a bunch of retired badges, and new ones will be published very soon. The secret badges will be much more secret and given at the end of the convention for more fun times! The number of secret badges will be very limited in number, so don’t worry.
  • Playtest Saturday – From 9am until 2pm, designers are welcome to show up and playtest their yet to be released games with convention attendees.
  • Role Playing Games: Edge of the Empire, Age of Rebellion, Force and Destiny, Pathfinder, D&D, Fiasco, Mutants & Masterminds and much more on the way, with GMs Dave and Chris each running modules out of the Gamer Nation Vault for attendees.
  • Tabletop Gaming: If you can dream it, we probably have it.  The wall of games is available and we will have a couple of tournaments, including EPIC Card Game
  • Friday Night Two Rooms and a Boom! – Massive werewolf-esque game which requires to rooms (teams) where the red team tries to get the bomb with the President.
  • GNCon After Dark: Saturday after 9pm, the convention will be open for those guests 21 years and older only, as rumor has it the nafarious activities and open bar that happened last year will be dwarfed this year as the Canadians return in larger numbers!
  • More Events coming soon.


Once again, we are at the Dallas Games Marathon Facility at 930 W. Parker Rd, Plano TX 75075.

Convention Hotel Block

After last year, we’ve been searching for a replacement hotel that will remain economical, continue to be close to the venue, and be of a high quality for our attendees.  We’re pleased to announced that GNCon has reached an agreement with the Magnuson Hotel in Plano to provide room blocks for GNCon 4! The Magnuson is a historic hotel in Plano with beautiful rooms, great amenities, and a mere 5 minute drive from the convention venue.

If you’re attending GamerNationCON IV, you can contact the Magnuson Hotel right now and reserve your room with the block code of “GamerNationCON”. The room price for our attendees is only $72/night (+tax). That price is per room (regardless of the number of guests) for both Double-Queen rooms and King-Bed rooms. That price also includes a free breakfast and free WiFi, as well as access to the hotel’s pool, gym, and other facilities.

Magnuson Hotel Park Suites
640 E Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75074
Block Code: “GamerNationCON”

Simply call, 24 hours a day, tell them you’d like to book for the convention room block with the code “GamerNationCON”.


The Kickstarter for the event is completed!  Event Tickets are now available at the door, starting Thursday!


  1. G Steven Willett March 12, 2015 11:42 am  Reply

    I’m not going to attend. Life has got me by the balls.

  2. Adie (R2DToots) March 18, 2015 2:58 am  Reply

    Already saving up for the transatlantic trip for Thunderdome, so hope to see you all again next year.

  3. Brev December 14, 2015 12:56 pm  Reply

    I WILL be there because I have to be… :'(


  4. Captain Jim February 21, 2016 8:27 am  Reply

    Looking forward to this. Going to be running some Red Dragon Inn. Should be fun!

  5. r.shenk March 9, 2016 7:28 pm  Reply

    so was the board game pentathlon canceled?

    • gmdave March 9, 2016 10:09 pm  Reply

      Dave has had a client postpone their project installation, which is now scheduled for the exact time of the convention. If he somehow is able to get to the con, we will put it back on the schedule.

      • gmdave March 9, 2016 10:15 pm  Reply

        General Registration for events will open next week. Thanks for your patience!

  6. sarah cook March 18, 2016 7:02 am  Reply

    I purchased tickets from Gamernation’s website, but I cannot figure out how to get them. I got a text saying “your order is ready for pickup” Any help?

  7. Kat March 27, 2016 5:53 pm  Reply

    You should be able to just pick them up at the door

  8. Donovan Morningfire April 5, 2016 5:45 pm  Reply

    4DoGG was a hoot. Shame about the folks that couldn’t make it, but it was great to see Toots again as well as meet Hooly and other members of the Australian contingent. And getting to talk/hang-out with Chris West, Sam Stewart, Sterling Hershey, and Rodney Thompson. To say nothing of the metric crap-ton of gaming that was done.

  9. Brev March 27, 2017 5:56 pm  Reply

    Who’s ready to GAME?!???!!??!??

    • Eric Brenders March 28, 2017 6:46 pm  Reply

      I’m ALWAYS ready to GAME!!! But are people ready for ME!?!?!?

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