Grand Rapids first gaming and comic book convention starts

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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- ArtPrize isn't the only game in town this weekend. GrandCon, Grand Rapids' first comic book and board gaming convention, kicked off Friday morning with hundreds of fans from across the area descending on the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College.

Marc Spector is one of the event organizers and was happy with the 600 people who pre-registered to the event. He expects more at the door.

"It is a gathering of people with like minded enthusiasm," says Spector. "We have artists from around the country, we have publishers from around the country. We are bringing the genres together."

The lobby of the Prince Conference center was filled with people playing board games, but a game like Monopoly is nowhere in sight. Board game enthusiasts play Euro style games; a style of game that balances strategy with luck. Popular Euro games include Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Puerto Rico, and thousands of others.

The convention also contains vendor rooms that are filled with comic book collectors, artists, and board game sellers. There are rooms for testing games, and national speakers are there to talk about comics, books, and world building for games.

GrandCon runs Friday to Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College. For ticket prices and information click this link. 



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