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May 25th – 26th, 2024


FriendCon is a cosplay, video game, and board game convention that is run, supplied, and made possible by friends.

We are committed to maintaining a welcoming and friendly atmosphere while running both casual and competitive events!

All FriendCon attendees must be 21+ years of age.


Video Gaming

Battle it out in a variety of games, genres, consoles, and experiences. From old-school retro tournaments, to arcade and VR challenges, our gaming selection brings the heat.

Tabletop and RPGs

Ready to roll for initiative? Various tabletop campaigns and minis are run throughout the event!

Board Games

From the wide range of cult classics to homebrew and in-house developed games, our tabletop gaming offers a wide selection of familiar and indie hits.

Cosplay, Arcade, More!


Rhythm games, fighters, Flying Power Disc, cosplay contests, showcases, speedruns, and countless other attendee-run activities make FriendCon unique!

What's going on this year!?
May 25
May 26
11:00 AM
Opening Ceremonies
📍Main Stage
All Convention
✨ Photo scavenger hunt - take pictures and submit them to earn tickets!
✨ Beyblade battles - let it rip!
✨ Silent Auction - bid on goodies!
✨ Hustle Table - sell your wares!
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Mario Maker: 2 Hearts, 1 Dream
📍Main Room - Consoles
Randomly-selected teams face off against each other in a race to complete a curated list of stages in Mario Maker 2 for the Nintendo Switch. The kicker is that on each team, the teammates will have to work together to control a separate half of the controller with the use of joycons. I.E. On a team, player one will have the left joycon and would control where Mario moves. Player two would have the right joycon and would control where Mario jumps and how fast he moves. The players would race in levels added to a super world for simplicity and teams would race simultaneously to see who could reach the flag first.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Lettuce Feast
Participants will be provided with lettuce, from which they may eat. Best lettuce wins. Show up for some free lettuce I guess. I'll bring some dressings too.
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Mario Kart 8 Tournament
📍Main Room - Tournament TVs
Y'all know what's up here
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Lawn Games
📍Tabletop / Board Games
Hang out and play some classic lawn games such as Ladder Golf and Cornhole!
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Big Ol' Steve's Big Ol' Trivia: The Trilog-three
📍Main Stage
Trivia, we're doing it again!
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Social Deduction Power Hour
📍Main Room - Tables
Do you like social deduction like Monica likes social deduction? Let's play Werewolf then Avalon then Secret Hitler.
10:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Samurai Shodown Tournament
📍Main Room - Consoles
SNK's Samurai Shodown on the SNES. Like Street Fighter, but with swords!
10:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Street Fighter Alpha 2 Late Night Brawl
📍Main Room - Consoles
PvP tournament, set to evoke late night gaming while staying at a friend's house
All Convention
✨ Beyblade battles - let it rip!
✨ Silent Auction - bid on goodies!
✨ Hustle Table - sell your wares!
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fabula Ultima
📍Tabletop / Board Games
A new lightweight TTRPG system that is not as rules intensive as D&D and evokes older Final Fantasy themes.
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Super Smash Bros. Tournament
📍Main Room - Tournament TVs
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
This House is Dangerous! There are Terrible Demons! The Legacy of Resident Evil
📍Tabletop / Board Games
Ethan will be discussing the Resident Evil games, starting with RE1 in 1996 all the way through to RE4R in 2023. Along the way, learn about lore, trivia, differences between the originals and remakes, and why Resident Evil has become the phenomenon it is.
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Nerf Arena Blast Tournament
📍Main Room - PCs
It's NERF meets QUAKE in this long lost crossover game. 2v2 elimination matches in this arena blaster!
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Maximum Carnage Challenge
📍Main Room - Consoles
Maximum Carnage on the SNES. This game's fricken hard. How far can YOU get?
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Gartic Phone IRL
📍Main Room - Tables
Participants write down a prompt, then everyone passes their paper to the next person, who has to try to draw that prompt. Then, the artist passes their drawing down the line, and the next person has to write what they think the person before them drew (without looking at the prompt beneath the drawing). At the end, everyone shares the sequence of creations that they end up with.
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
The Game of Game Shows
📍Main Stage
This will be an interactive game show where all of the games are built around other popular American and English game shows. Everyone in the audience can play along, but we will be selecting winners to 'compete' in more specific challenges! It's going to be a fun weird mess.
11:00 PM
Closing Ceremonies
📍Main Stage
Our Location
Hotel Information


Hyatt Place State College

219 W Beaver Ave
State College, PA 16801
(814) 862-9808

Room block information

Attendees of FriendCon can get a discounted rate at our official hotel, the Hyatt Place State College for Saturday the 25th – Sunday the 26th (two nights). Reservations can be made by either calling Central Reservations at 1-888-492-8847 and referencing the group code G-FRCN or going online at

When booking online, type in group code G-FRCN to ensure that you receive the group discount under the “Corporate or Group Code” option from the drop-down menu beneath the dates.

While the hotel is pet friendly, pets are not allowed in the FriendCon convention space.

The cutoff date for booking reservations is May 3, 2024. Rooms can go quickly, so book yours early!

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