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GameStorm is a fan-run not-for-profit annual gaming convention held in the spring in the Portland, Oregon metro area.


GameStorm started in 1998 as a fan-run event at the Clackamas, Oregon Denney's Convention Center. The GameStorm group often provides gaming programming at OryCon and other conventions in the Pacific Northwest as well, and has an extensive game library. GameStorm also hosts panel discussions about games and gaming-related topics, provides space for designers to play-test new products, and cross-promotes for other area conventions.

GameStorm provides a number of different activities for gaming fandom:

GameStorm, like OryCon, is run entirely by fans, with no paid staff, and is sponsored by Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (OSFCI), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation.

Iteration Dates Location Attendance Notes
GameStorm 10 March 2008 Red Lion - Vancouver, WA 750 -
GameStorm 11 March 26–29, 2009 Hilton - Vancouver, WA 736 debut of Video games, first-ever Artist Guest of Honor, Rob Alexander
GameStorm 12 March 25–28, 2010 Hilton - Vancouver, WA 802 Board games Guest of Honor: Tom Lehmann
GameStorm 13 March 24–27, 2011 Hilton - Vancouver, WA 984 Guests: Lisa Steenson, Michael A. Stackpole
GameStorm 14 March 22–25, 2012 Hilton - Vancouver, WA 1072 Boardgame:Andrew Hackard and Sam Mitschke of Steve Jackson Games - RPG: Jason Bulmahn
GameStorm 15 March 21–24, 2013 Hilton - Vancouver, WA 1188 Guests: James Ernest from Cheapass Games, Henry Lopez from Paradigm Concepts
GameStorm 16 March 20–23, 2014 Hilton - Vancouver, WA 1346 Guests: Mike Selinker, Shane Lacy Hensley, Lisa Steenson, Zev Shlasinger of Z-Man Games LARP Guests of Honor: David Coronado, Michelle McNeill, and Matt Branstad of Theatre Arcanos
GameStorm 17 March 19–22, 2015 Hilton - Vancouver, WA 1547 Guests: Michael Mindes from Zman Games, Creator of Fiasco Jason Morningstar, and Special Media Guest JR Ralls
GameStorm 18 March 17-20, 2016 Hilton - Vancouver, WA 1550 Guests of Honor: Mike Mulvihill, Shadowrun developer, and Brian Poel

Upcoming GameStorm Convention[edit]

GameStorm 19 will be March 30-April 2, 2017, at the Red Lion Jantzen Beach.

Past Guests of Honor[edit]

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