From esports to indie to industry, here's a rolling list of the games-related events taking place in Australia and New Zealand in 2021.
Worrying that your 2021 will be a bit quiet? Worry no more. Both Australia and New Zealand saw their games industries grow in 2020, making 2021 a perfect time to get out to some exciting events and celebrate games, the people who play them, and the people who make them. Here's a working list of the games-related events taking place this year.
ARMAGEDDON EXPO, NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand’s largest annual entertainment event is back in its 26th year, announcing dates for four events across four different cities. The two-day celebration of all things pop culture and games will include games events, competitions, musical performances, movie screenings, and more. So far, the only confirmed venue is for the March event in Christchurch.
Christchurch Armageddon: 6-7 March, Christchurch Arena
Wellington Armageddon: 17-8 April
Tauranga Armageddon: 12-3 June
Auckland Armadeggon: 22-5 October
Tickets for Christchurch Armageddon go on sale in February.
OCC POP UP BY OZ COMIC CON, 6-7 MARCH, SYDNEY
One of the first post-lockdown pop culture events that 2021 will see is the OCC POP UP, a two-day convention that will run in Sydney Showgrounds. After a year of virtual conventions, Oz Comic Con are hoping to run a series of pop-ups like these, in strict adherence to COVID-safe guidelines, to get their fans' pop culture fix. The two-day schedule will include Creators Live, an area dedicated to promoting Australian digital content creators, from podcasters to influencers, and the return of Cosplay Active, a semi-professional cosplay competition for individuals and groups.
So far, confirmed guests for OCC POP UP include artist Queenie Chan (The Dreaming, Fabled Kingdom), Christopher Sequeria (Sherlock Holmes: The Australian Casebook, The SuperAustralians), Louie Joyce (Haphaven, Past the Last Mountain), and Oz Comic Con Cosplay emissary, JusZ Cosplay.
Oz Comic Con have provided an FAQ ahead of ticket release.
BOARD GAME BBQ PRESENTS: BOARD GAME DAY, BRISBANE, 27 MARCH
The team behind the Board Game BBQ podcast are hosting their inaugural Board Game Day at Moorooka Community Centre, Brisbane. This family friendly, alcohol-free event will celebrate board games of all kinds. Attendees are invited to bring their favourites from home, or attend sessions at the event, including Werewolf, and a longer session of Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition.
Tickets are currently available.
OZ COMIC CON, AUSTRALIA
Oz Comic Con have also tentatively released dates for other events around the country.
Comic Con Adelaide: 26-7 June, Adelaide Showgrounds
Comic Con Melbourne: 3-4 July, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Comic Con Sydney: September 2021, Sydney Showgrounds
Comic Con Brisbane: September 2021, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
More information is available on the website.
CONQUEST GAMES CONVENTION, 2-4 APRIL, MELBOURNE
Conquest is an annual games convention held over the Easter weekend in Melbourne, celebrating tabletop games. The convention will host players and game masters in a range of games, including card games, trivia and costume contents, board games, multiplayer videogames, roleplaying games, and Live-Action Roleplaying (LARPing). The venue is yet to be announced.
More information and sign-up is available on the website.
SUPANOVA COMIC CON AND GAMING, AUSTRALIA
The pop culture, comics and gaming expo Supanova Gaming and Comics Expo have announced dates around the country.
Supanova Melbourne: 10-11 April, Melbourne Showgrounds.
Supanova Gold Coast: 17-8 April, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Supanova, Sydney: 19-20 June, Sydney Showgrown Olympic Park
Supanova, Perth: 26-7 June, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Supanova Brisbane: 6-7 November, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Supanova Adelaide: 13-4 November, Adelaide Showground
Tickets are available 13 February onwards.