Missing the Portland Retro Gaming Expo May Be Dangerous To West Coast Collectors


I’m sure you’ve all heard of the various video game conventions. There is just about a different gaming expo for about every gamer out there. The biggest convention pertaining to us retro gamers has to be the Portland Retro Gaming Expo.

Portland Retro Gaming Expo

The History of PRGE

Back in 2006, a Retro Gaming Expo started in Vancouver, Washington. A year later, the convention, organized by Northwest Classic Games Enthusiasts (NWCGE), moved to Portland, Oregon. They changed the name in year 4 to Portland Retro Gaming Expo (or PRGE). Ten years later, it’s still going strong.

Portland Retro Gaming Expo 2016

The Portland Retro Gaming runs October 21 through October 23 at the Oregon Convention Center. Day 1 features a Retrocade, the main expo starts on Day 2. The second day of the Retro Gaming Expo includes speakers and panels, a long list of exhibitors and vendors, gaming tournaments, and a collectibles auction. The night closes with live music featuring Jason Heine, Sergio Elisondo, and Kirby Krackle (you can click on their names to find out more about each artist). Day 3 of the gaming expo has more speakers and panels and the tournaments continue. The whole thing closes with Micropalooza XIII: an over 21 after party with Greightbit, Tonight We Launch, Graz, Plain Flavored, Blood Code, Glooms, and Mechlo.

This is going to be a great opportunity to those of you who collect autographs, and they’re all free!

Here’s the list of everyone signing at the event:

  • Pat “The NES Punk” Contri
  • Matt “Matt3756” Magnon
  • Peanut Butter Gamer, BrutalMoose, SpaceHamster, and ProJared
  • Dan and Terry Diebold (owners of the Nintendo-Playstion prototype that I told you about in a previous post)
  • Metal Jesus Rocks and Friends
  • Tim Lapetino and Steve Hendricks
  • James Rolfe – The Angry Video Game Nerd

You can read about the aforementioned participants listed above plus all of the other Portland Retro Gaming Expo speakers and special guests.

If you’re not headed there this year (or if you live on the east coast), it’s a good one to remember next year. Consider adding it to a list of places to visit in the future.

I found a couple of eBay items relevant to PRGE 2016:

Here are some collector’s items and swag from some other cons (past and present):

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