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In a series of blogs, I am forming a list of the best gaming conventions and festivals around the world. There are many gaming festivals for each type of gamer, so no matter where you are located and no matter what kind of gaming area you enjoy, there is a convention for you! As we make our way around the globe, let’s take a stop in the Asia Pacific and Australia areas!


AVCon – Adelaide, Australia

A favorite Australian gaming festival is AVCon. AVCon is a video game and anime convention that showcases many Japanese vendors. This gaming festival has competitive events such as video game tournaments, anime music video competition, and the National Madman cosplay competition. AVCon is typically held in July.


KapCon – Wellington, New Zealand

KapCon is New Zealand’s longest running and one of the largest gaming festivals in New Zealand. This gaming show runs over every Wellington Anniversary Weekend (the weekend closest to January 22). KapCon focuses on tabletop roleplaying and hosts regular Live action role-playing games and an annual Scenario Design Competition.


Philippine Game Festival – Manila, Philippines

Another popular gaming festival is the Philippine Game Festival (PGF). The Game Developers Association of the Philippines hosts the event and attracts game enthusiasts, designers, and developers in the entire local game development industry. PGF also hosts two main attractions: the PGF Annual Awards, a ceremony recognizing the country’s best developers and the games made throughout the year, and the Game On Challenge, an annual game development competition for students.


Penny Arcade Expo – Melbourne, Australia

The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is not new to our top gaming list. PAX is a large gaming festival held across the world. PAX is home to arcade gaming, and tabletop gaming, video gaming events. The Australian PAX is held in Melbourne each fall.


Chimera – Auckland, New Zealand

Our final gaming festival for Australia and the Asia Pacific is Chimera. Chimera is a live-action role-playing festival held each August in Auckland. The New Zealand Live Action Role Playing Society hosts the event. Chimera is the largest even of its type in New Zealand and attracts players of many different gaming styles.  


We’re still not done! Check back soon to learn more about the top gaming shows in Africa!


Hal Abramson is a festival promoter based in Los Angeles who has a love of gaming and technology. Be sure to check out his other gaming blogs or follow his travels on Twitter!