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Thousands of games, tournaments coming to 4th annual Cheyenne Gaming Convention during final weekend of April

The convention is put on by Wyoming Gaming Library, a nonprofit organization that provides gaming resources to hospitals, schools, charities and other organizations throughout the Cowboy State.

Local YouTube content creators "The Old Warlock" learn a new game. (Photo courtesy of Brad Koch/Wyoming Gaming Library)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Cheyenne Gaming Convention is returning to Wyoming’s capital city April 26–28, bringing with it a slew of tournaments, thousands of games to play and around 30 vendors.

The convention, which is returning for its fourth year, currently has around 140 events scheduled throughout its three-day duration. Like previous years, the con will take place at Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center, 204 W. Fox Farm Road.

Video games, including virtual reality games and arcade cabinets, will be available to play. Board games, tabletop games, miniature games and more will also be present.

The convention is welcoming a VIP guest this year, too. Artist Crystal Sully, the “Maker of Monsters,” will have her own booth and be available for meet and greets, autograph signings and matches in “Dungeons & Dragons.”

Crystal Sully, who specializes in creating dragon artwork, speaks to attendees at her booth. (Photo courtesy of Brad Koch/Wyoming Gaming Library)

Many tournaments and competitive events are returning to CGC this year, such as the following:

  • “Catan” players have a chance to qualify for the 2024 national championship in a tournament Saturday morning.
  • A Texas hold ‘em charity tournament will take place Friday night and include a $1,500 grand prize. The maximum number of participants is 128.
  • Attendees will have a chance to learn how to play a variety of games for free. Staff members from Olympus Games & Comics in Cheyenne will walk attendees through how to play the miniature wargame “Warhammer 40,000” on Saturday morning. Convention-goers can learn to play “Dungeons & Dragons” on Saturday afternoon. A session on how to play the “Disney Lorcana” card game will be held Sunday afternoon.
  • Video game tournaments for “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” will take place Saturday morning, and competitions for “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” will be held Saturday morning ($5 entry, including prizes) and Sunday morning (free).
  • A “nerd trivia” event that includes prizes will take place Saturday night.

Brad Koch is founder and board president of Wyoming Gaming Library, which runs the annual Cheyenne convention. The nonprofit organization uses proceeds raised at CGC to help provide gaming resources to hospitals, schools, charities and other organizations throughout the Cowboy State.

“We just want to find a great way to give back to the community,” Koch said.

Brad Koch plays “Mortal Kombat II” on an arcade cabinet in the Cheyenne Gaming Convention’s video game room. (Photo courtesy of Brad Koch/Wyoming Gaming Library)

The Cheyenne Gaming Convention began in 2019 and received roughly 300 people, according to Koch. In 2023, the convention attracted 789 attendees and raised around $10,000 for the Wyoming-based gaming library.

Attendees can purchase CGC badges for one or all three days of the event. A three-day badge costs $50, while a one-day pass varies from $15 to $30. To purchase a badge, click here

Kids under age 10 can enter the convention for free if accompanied by an adult with a badge, Koch said. Various kid-only events will be offered throughout the convention.

The convention’s schedule for all three days is as follows:

  • Friday, April 26: 1 p.m. to midnight
  • Saturday, April 26: 8 a.m. to midnight
  • Sunday April 28: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.