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What is Gryphcon?

Gryphcon is a Gaming convention held at the University of Guelph and hosted by the University of Guelph Games Club. Gryphcon is what one my call venerable - it has been around for more than 20 years in various incarnations. Gryphcon has been holding steady as a small to medium sized con since inception. There are familiar faces and a great sense of comradarie throughout the Con - which makes Gryphcon a great con to experience!

What sorts of games are at Gryphcon?

We cover a lot of ground for being a "small" con and Gryphcon is flexible concerning the gaming systems present each year as it largely depends on what our Game Masters (GMs) run. However, we generally have at least one game or event run from each of the following categories:

  • Board Games
  • Table Top Role-Playing games (RPGs)
  • Live Action Role-Playing games (LARPs)
  • Collectable Card Games (CCGs)
  • Miniature Games
  • And More...

When does Gryphcon happen?

Traditionally Gryphcon is held in the spring over a weekend beginning on Friday and ending Sunday evening with a closing banquet or gathering - usually in March or April.

Gryphcon 2012 is March 2nd (Friday), 3rd (Saturday) and 4th (Sunday)

Our closing event is the Post Gryphcon Pub at 6:30pm on the 4th after the last game.

How Do I Register And What Are The Costs?

Gryphcon works on a convention-pass system. Once you have a pass, it gives you access to the open convention space for the entire weekend, and the ability to register for limited-space games for the duration it is valid.

The passes offered at Gryphcon 2012 are listed below. Additional closed-game slots beyond the access your pass gives you are $5 apiece.

  • ($5) Access Pass (1 Free Slot Included)
  • ($8) Friday Pass (Slots #1 and #2)
  • ($10) Saturday Pass (Slots #3, #4, #5 and #6)
  • ($8) Sunday Pass (Slots #7 and #8)
  • ($20) Weekend Pass (All 8 Slots Included)

NOTE: Some Special Events have additional costs.

This is to cover prizes and other unique costs above the operating costs of the convention itself.

Where is Gryphcon held?

Gryphcon takes place in the Basement of the University Centre at the University of Guelph. Here's a handy google map to get you there:

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If you have a GPS, the address for the university itself is
50 Stone Road East, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1.


Parking in pass-only slots on campus is FREE AND PERMITTED AFTER 5:00pm on Friday, and for the rest of the weekend . The lot opposite the Bus Loop (P31) is suggested. Just be aware of the following:

  • There are 24-hour restricted parking spots, WATCH FOR SIGNAGE.
  • The parking lots close between 3am and 6am for plowing if there is snow present.


Gryphcon DOES NOT provide accommodations for con-goers, vendors or guests. Volunteers have limited crash space in the staff room. There are two hotels across the street, The Best Western and The Delta, as well as several others within reasonable driving distance. Please be prepared with your own hotel accommodations or arranged crash space with a local gamer.

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