EGS Mission Statement
We want gamers of all skill sets and experience levels to come together and share their wealth of collective knowledge in a relaxed and fun environment. The Edmonton Game Spiel was started to unite the realms of boardgaming, tabletop roleplaying, and miniatures. There are already amazing communities and events here in Edmonton representing those groups, but we wanted an event that brought them all together under one roof. We encourage you as attendees to go outside of your comfort zone and discover a new hobby and most of all, we hope you’ll make some friends along the way.
Zero Tolerance Policy
Our event welcomes diverse people of every race, religion, orientation and gender. Edmonton Game Spiel has a zero tolerance policy towards any sort of harassment, be it physical, emotional, or verbal. Anyone who disrespects other guests in any way will be asked to leave without refund. Liquor will be served on the premises and we reserve the right to halt service at any time, should that be deemed necessary. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Why did you call the convention Edmonton Game Spiel?
We wanted to nod to the our venue, the Jasper Place Curling Club. Curling tournaments are called bonspiels and we thought that was a fun tie-in to the Spiel des Jahres yearly board game awards in Germany. Hence Game Spiel.
What is happening at this event?
A wide variety of tabletop gaming! You can enter tournaments, join in role playing games, wage miniature wars, try new board or card games, meet industry insiders and win prizes!
Who is coming to this event?
Is this an all ages event?
Yes, gamers of all ages are encouraged to attend but minors under 12 require parental supervision at all times.
How do I become a sponsor?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Sponsorship” for details.
How do I become a vendor?
Email email@example.com with the subject line “Vendor” for details.
What do I get with my pass?
-The opportunity to complete the EGS Passport for a chance to win a paid trip to SHUX in october
-Entry into the sunday megagame (with sunday/weekend only)
-tournaments, learn-to-plays, RPG sessions, miniature demos and open gaming
What is the difference between Saturday and Sunday?
Saturday is the longer day. Sunday has the Megagame. Both days will have tournaments and freeplay gaming, as well as TTRPGs and miniature demos.
Transportation & Accommodations
Will there be parking?
There will be free parking at the venue.
We recommend staying close to the event or carpooling for the weekend if possible. If you have to take transit, the event is a short bus ride from the West Edmonton Mall.
Food & Drink
Will I be able to buy food on site?
Yes! We will have a Roka food truck serving amazing woodfire pizza. The concession will be selling drinks, snacks and alcoholic beverages.
Will I be able to bring in outside food?
Absolutely. You are welcome to bring whatever you like into the venue. However, we encourage you to support the food truck and concession as the revenue feeds directly back into making sure we can bring this event back year-over-year.
I have dietary restrictions. What should I do?
If you have serious allergies or restrictions, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Dietary Restrictions”. Also please include the email you signed up for your badge.
Will I be able to purchase alcohol?
Yes, we will be fully licensed.
Can I take my alcohol on the gaming floor?
How do I sign up to be a Volunteer?
Email email@example.com with the subject line “Volunteer” for details.
How do I sign up to host an RPG session?
Fill out the form here.
Do I have to buy a pass to volunteer?
No, you do not. You do have to volunteer for a minimum of 10 hours, though. You will be responsible for making sure you show up for your scheduled shifts to avoid being charged.
What do I get for being a GM/DM?
If you host sessions for a minimum of 10 hours, we will compensate you for your pass.
Do I have to buy a pass to GM?
No, if you are hosting an event for the convention, you do not have to purchase a badge up front. You will be responsible to make sure that you put in your 10 hours as scheduled on the website to ensure you aren’t charged for admission.
Can I bring my own board games to play?
Yes, but you assume all responsibility in the event that any of your personal property is lost or stolen.
Can I host a board game?
Yes! You will be able to set up a time to play a specific game. Either one from our library or one that you bring yourself. If you want to register it on our website and encourage people to sign up, please fill out this form here.
Can I get credit for hosting a board game?
No. Several volunteers will be dedicated to teaching games. Credit towards compensation for a pass applies to GM’s and Volunteers only.
What is a Mega Game?
A Megagame is a large multi-player game in which the participants are organized into teams very much in the vein of a model UN or other mock government simulation. The number of players can vary from 20 - 100 depending on the game and is played over the course of a day or afternoon. Expect to be involved in the game for 6 or more hours.