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We heard you like games. So we're bringing you games.

Hustle and bustle of the convention getting to you? Maybe you have some free time in between panels? Or maybe you just want to kick back and play some games. Whatever your motivation might be our gaming rooms have what you are searching for. This year we have an entire ballroom full of console and VR gaming, arcade machines, new this year pachinko machines and more! If tabletop gaming is more your thing be sure to check out our new tabletop rooms with more events and more board games than you knew existed. The cosplay battle arena once again opens its doors to new challengers and old. With so much to do and see this year at JAFAX be sure to check out what our gaming rooms have to offer!

Download the full gaming guidebook here. Additions will be made to the site soon.

Open Gaming

DeVos Place Ballroom D | Hours:

Friday | 2 PM - 12 AM
Saturday | 8 AM - 12 AM
Sunday | 8 AM - 4 PM

Deadstate Gaming

Dead State was once a grass roots volunteer group who grew into a Design / Equipment / Event Consultant company in 2009. Experience forged out of necessity and time, they tailor video gaming content to regional communities and conventions. Aiming for multiplayer experiences that engage friends and fans. Today Dead State specializes in community standard tournament organization and providing a quality stream lined experience for all.

We are happy to have Dead State back with us this year. Dead State is a wonderful company that supplies more than half of the games used for open play and video game tournaments.

Treefort VR

Treefort VR is a local virtual / augmented reality development studio that specializes in various interactive experiences, training simulations 3D motion capture and much more!

Tournaments

DeVos Place Ballroom D | Hours:

Friday | 6 PM - 12 AM
Saturday | 11 AM - 12 AM
Sunday | 10 AM - 4 PM

Friday

6:00PM – Pokken Tournament DX: Free

8:00PM – Mario Tennis Aces: Free

8:00PM – Modded SM4SH Doubles: Free

10:00PM – Late Night Super Mario Party: Free

Saturday

11:00AM – Pokemon Let's Go Singles: Free

12:00PM – Tekken 7: Free

1:00PM – BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle: Free

3:00PM – Jump Force: $15

4:00PM – Smash Ultimate Singles: 3v3 Squad Strike: Free

6:00PM – Dragon Ball Fighter Z: Free

8:00PM – Gamecube Gauntlet: Free

9:00PM – Soul Caliber VI: Free

11:00PM – SM4SH TR4SH Singles: Free

Sunday

11:00AM – Mario Kart 8 (Switch): Free

12:00PM – My Hero: One's Justice: Free

12:00PM – Pokemon League Championship: Free

Other Events

Friday 2PM - 8PM – Pokemon League Gym Leader Challenge: Free

Saturday 12PM - 8PM – Pokemon League Gym Leader Challenge: Free

Saturday 12PM - 8PM – Pokemon Go Safari: Free

Tabletop Board Games

Grand Gallery Overlook G/H | Hours:

Friday | 2 PM - 12 AM
Saturday | 8 AM - 12 AM
Sunday | 8 AM - 4 PM

Do you like board games? At JAFAX we love board games. We love them so much in fact we brought out an entire board game library supplied by Tabletop Gaming Library. Games old and new are available to rent and play with friends. Don’t have anyone to play with or want to learn a new game? One of their friendly staff will teach you! There are good times to be had in the tabletop gaming room this year at JAFAX!

Trading Card Games

Grand Gallery Overlook F | Hours:

Friday | 2 PM - 12 AM
Saturday | 8 AM - 12 AM
Sunday | 8 AM - 4 PM

The Griffin's Rest will be offering play space for participants to enjoy a variety of TCG events and activities. Want to learn how to play Magic: The Gathering? Pokémon? Final Fantasy? We'll be available to teach you these games as well as offering a variety TCGs and accessories for sale.

Event Schedule

Daily Learn to Play

10:00AM – Learn to Play: Magic the Gathering

11:00AM – Learn to Play: Keyforge

12:00PM – Learn to Play: Final Fantasy

1:00PM – Learn to Play: Pokemon TCG

2:00PM – Learn to Play: Magic the Gathering

3:00PM – Learn to Play: Keyforge

4:00PM – Learn to Play: Final Fantasy

5:00PM – Learn to Play: Pokemon TCG

6:00PM – Learn to Play: Magic the Gathering

7:00PM – Learn to Play: Keyforge

8:00PM – Learn to Play: Final Fantasy

9:00PM – Learn to Play: Pokemon TCG

On Demand Events

Commander (MTG) – We will assign you to a pod of 4 and let you duke it out to see who is going to come out on top: $2 per person

1v1 (Any) – You want to battle? We'll find another person who wants to get in a game: $2 per person

Scheduled (Friday & Saturday)

12PM – Magic the Gathering Draft: War of the Spark - Join us for a draft tournament of War of the Spark. For each round win participants will receive 1 pack of War of the Spark. 1st place will also receive an additional promo card. $15 per person

2PM – Pokémon Standard Tournament - Are you a Pokémon master? Join us for our Pokémon Standard Tournament where you will get to face off against other trainers to determine who is the very best. Participants will receive one pack of Pokémon cards per round win. $6 per person

4PM – Magic the Gathering: Modern Tournament - Modern is one of the most diverse and challenging formats in Magic: The Gathering. This DCI sanctioned tournament will provide a 60%/30%/10% split for 1st/2nd/3rd respectively. $10 per person

6PM – Keyforge Archon Tournament - Bring your deck and try to forge three keys before your opponents do in this exciting new card game. $6 per person

8PM – Magic the Gathering Draft: War of the Spark - Join us for a draft tournament of War of the Spark. For each round win participants will receive 1 pack of War of the Spark. 1st place will also receive an additional promo card. $15 per person

Arcade Games

DeVos Place Ballroom D | Hours:

Friday | 2 PM - 12 AM
Saturday | 8 AM - 12 AM
Sunday | 8 AM - 4 PM

Ever wanted to go to a Japanese arcade, but don’t have the money for a plane ticket? Well JAFAX has your back. Imported straight from Japan are amazing rhythm, racing, action and dance games for you to enjoy, no quarters, yen or tokens needed!

KDogs Arcade

KDOGS ARCADE has been providing console and Japanese style arcade games for conventions since 2002. Headquartered in Ohio, they've supplied video games for various game rooms to many different conventions. The owner has always loved music and rhythm games and strives to provide an experience that cannot be recreated at home. They also provide top notch support and love to teach people how to play the games they provide. Need help or have a question about a game? Find a KDOGS ARCADE staff member and ask!

Psychic Drive

Psychic Drive brings a wide range of genres from puzzle games to classic fighters - arcade games in traditional Japanese candy cabinets!

Pachinko

DeVos Place Ballroom D | Hours:

Friday | 2 PM - 12 AM
Saturday | 8 AM - 12 AM
Sunday | 8 AM - 4 PM

We are excited to have a new offer for JAFAX attendees this year. Pachinko Fever! All the fun and thrills of a Japanese pachinko parlor right here in Grand Rapids! Pachinko is a popular game in Japan which is a mix between pinball and plinko. Fast paced and fun with the opportunity to win great prizes. Stop by the booth in the game room for more details.

Pachinko Fever

Pachinko Fever is a travelling pachinko parlor based out of Kansas City, Missouri. We travel to events such as anime and gaming conventions and Japanese festivals with 8-24 pachinko machines and run an arcade with them, where players can earn cool prizes.

Cosplay Battle Arena

Grand Gallery Overlook E | Hours:

Friday | 2 PM - 12 AM
Saturday | 8 AM - 12 AM
Sunday | 8 AM - 4 PM

Love the Final Fantasy battle system? Ever wanted to see your favorite characters absolutely demolish another? Sephiroth vs Naruto, Shiro vs Shoji, Ichigo vs Izuku. Any combination is a possibility. 2-8 players on stage duking it out in turn based, team-oriented combat. Swinging weapons*, casting firebolts, chugging potions, and reviving fallen allies, until only one team (or one person) survives. Typical combat lasts between 2 and 10 minutes

* No actual weapon contact is made. Costumes optional.

Mech Pods - Battletech: Firestorm

2nd Floor Hallway by tabletop game rooms | Hours:

Friday | 2 PM - 12 AM
Saturday | 8 AM - 12 AM
Sunday | 8 AM - 4 PM

Have you ever wanted to pilot your very own mech around a battlefield? Try hoping into one of our mech pods and joining the battle against your friends or other attendees. Exciting full immersion gameplay from the safety of a futuristic pod allows for an exciting and unique gaming experience completely free to JAFAX attendees! Be sure to check them out this year.

BattleTech: Firestorm delivers adrenaline-pumping game action. From the moment you spot an opponent on your radar screen to the explosive battles, you are exhilarated. Enjoy the hunt for prey in a futuristic wasteland. BattleTech is not hide and seek, it's seek and destroy.

Every moment counts as you control a thirty-foot tall, 75 ton walking tank, blasting your way to victory. You're the pilot of a BattleMech®competing against seven other players in the 31st century. Each 'Mech®is equipped with tons of ammo, cannons, lasers and missiles. Your job is to destroy your opponents while trying to withstand their vigorous attack on you.

Indie Games

DeVos Place Ballroom D | Hours:

Friday | 2 PM - 12 AM
Saturday | 8 AM - 12 AM
Sunday | 8 AM - 4 PM

Want to try some new original video games made by some of the best local talent around? JAFAX is proud to present some of these videos developed by independent game studios and developers. The unrestricted nature of these games makes them well worth checking out. Get a first hand look at these games, talk with the developers, support them if you enjoy their games. We love indie developers and their creations and hope you will as well!