PRGE 2014 Passes On Sale Now!

Sample PRGE Badges

At past events we have always had tickets available at the door, but purchasing your passes to PRGE 2014 online will guarantee your spot at the largest retro gaming con in the Pacific Northwest. Our growth year-over-year could mean that this is the year we reach capacity before the doors open.

Print-at-home or pick up at the Expo

Through our ticketing vendor, ShowClix, you can purchase admission online using any major credit card. Print out your tickets and bring them to the Will Call counter on the weekend of the Expo to speed your checking and pick up your show badges. Didn't print your tickets? No problem - just show an ID with the name of the ticket purchaser to the Will Call staff and you are good to go. Please note: we are not mailing badges - all presale badges can be picked up at the Will Call counter.

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Portland Retro Gaming Expo Changes 2014 Dates

PRGE New Date! - October 18-19, 2014

Dear Retro Gaming Fans,

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. The Portland Retro Gaming Expo has been asked by the city to move our event out one week in order to accomodate a large sporting event that will require the majority of the Oregon Convention Center (OCC). It was not an easy decision for us, but the event has enormous potential upside for the city of Portland and its local businesses. The PRGE board decided that it made sense to accept the proposal from the OCC to move out the date of the Expo by one week from October 11-12, 2014 to October 18-19, 2014. This will open up the previous weekend for an event that is projected to bring over $1.4 million in revenue into the city.

New Date - Same Event

So mark your calendars - the new date of the 2014 Portland Retro Gaming Expo is October 18-19, 2014. Otherwise it will be the same great show as always.

We're Sorry

We realize that this change might be an inconvenience for some. We sincerely apologize for any difficulty or confusion the change causes for our attendees. It was not an easy decision, but we are confident that this is the right decision for the continued success of the Expo.

Did you already book a hotel?

Our hotel partners (The Jupiter, Residence Inn and Doubletree) are working with us to move out room blocks out to the new dates. We have asked them to proactively reach out to anyone who booked a room already, but we encourage you to contact your hotel right away to confirm your reservation for the new dates. There will be no difference in price.

Exhibitor Information

If you have already paid for a space at PRGE 2014 and you are OK with the new dates then there is nothing you have to do. Our vendor coordinator will be reaching out to paid exhibitors over the next couple of weeks to confirm the date change and help with the transition in any way we can. You can ask questions and discuss your specific situation with the vendor coordinator anytime by emailing

Tickets on sale SOON!

We have held off on posting PRGE passes for sale until the negotiations with OCC were complete. Now that we have come to an agreement, ticket sales will start up within the next few days.

Thank You

Thank you very much for supporting PRGE. It's very gratifying to know how many classic video game fans want to come to our little show that started in the back room of the Vancouver Quality Inn nine years ago.

The Board and Staff of the Portland Retro Gaming Expo

Seattle Retro Gaming Expo Tickets on Sale Now!

Seattle Retro Gaming Expo - June 28-29, 2014

Our friends at the Seattle Retro Gaming Expo have announced their 4th annual show on June 28-29, 2014. The event has moved into the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

Both single-day and weekend SRGE passes are now on sale online. Each 2-day pass is good for both Saturday and Sunday, and provides access to all SRGE events. In addition, attendees who pre-register for the whole weekend (including family pass holders) will receive early access to the exhibits hall and show floor. For classic game collectors and people looking for the best deals in gaming, that extra hour of checking out the vendors before everyone else is invaluable!

For a limited time: Buy a weekend pass and enter to win a 3D-Printed mini NES!

Until April 30, SRGE is offering a special Swag House package that includes a weekend pass granting 9:00 AM early admission on Saturday and a chance to win one of twenty custom 3D printed mini NES console models.

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9th Annual PRGE on October 18-19, 2014

Portland Retro Gaming Expo - October 18-19, 2014

2014 will mark the 9th annual Portland Retro Gaming Expo to be held once again at the Oregon Convention Center on October 18-19, 2014. We will have more vendors, speakers and games than ever before!

Would you like to volunteer to help organize the Expo? Assistance is needed in the areas of social media/advertising, promotional events, game system maintenance and preparation and more. Please contact us at

Tickets will be on sale soon. Please check back soon for information on admissions, vendor registration, hotels and programming.

Volunteer Your Time at the Retro Gaming Expo

Volunteer at PRGE!
PRGE runs on volunteers
and we need your help!

Do you love classic video games? Would you like to hang out with hundreds of like-minded classic gaming fans? Would you like to touch real-live video game nerds? Get all this plus free admission to the Portland Retro Gaming Expo!

PRGE is a 501(c)4, 100% non-profit and volunteer-operated convention. Our continued growth and improvement depends on fans like you to volunteer your time and skills. If you will be in the Portland, OR area on October 9-13, 2014 we can use your help. There are postions available in setup, and breakdown, guest assistance, tournament organization and stage management/production. Each volunteer gets free admission to the Expo for the entire weekend and special volunteer PRGE t-shirt.

To volunteer, complete the volunteer application and a volunteer coordinator will contact you.

Gaming Con Survival Guide

R.O.B. commands you to collect NES games!

Here are a few tips for everyone from the casual retro gamer to the passionate collector for getting the most out of any classic video game con.

General Convention Tips

  • Footwear
    You'll spend a lot of time on your feet so make sure to bring comfortable shoes.

  • Just say no to nerd funk
    Standing on your feet all day, running from panel to panel, racing around the show floor looking for the best deals: these things can bring out the odor in anyone. Take a shower each morning before the con and bring along some extra deodorant/anti-perspirant to "take the edge off" later in the day. Your fellow con-goers will thank you!

  • Bag with Undetectable Extension Charm
    You will end up with a ton of stuff to carry even if you don't intend to when you arrive. Having an expandable bag or backpack will help you manage your con treasures. Also consider making trips to your car and store your con booty there.

  • Water and snacks
    Dehydration is the enemy. Keep some water on you and drink it regularly. It's also helpful to keep a supply of small snacks to get help keep your energy up for the long haul. Food will also be available in the show hall at PRGE.

  • Plan of attack
    Take a look at the convention schedule and the floorplan and try to come up with a strategy for the weekend. It will be a lot easier to figure out now than when you are in "the heat of battle", so to speak.

  • Be excellent to each other
    Sounds simple, right? The con can get stressful at times, but falling back on kindness and courtesy is contagious and will be cause for a better event for everyone. Be cool and have a good time.

Shopping for Games

  • Make a list
    Knowing what you are looking for before you enter the chaos of Saturday morning in the Vendor Marketplace is key. Write down specific games you're targeting so you don't forget anything. Smart phones are handy for keeping your list in digital form. Many buyers keep a checklist of games they have for each system so they can quickly identify if a game will fill a hole in their collection. Ask vendors if they have a specific game you're looking for. Most vendors know their inventory and are happy to pull games and get you on your way to the next booth.

  • Arrive early
    While the Expo opens to the public at 10:00 AM on Saturday, attendees who buy their passes online ahead of the Expo will gain entry 1 hour early at 9:00 AM. This extra hour can make the difference between getting that rare item or not! Arrive early so you have time to pick up your badge and get in line for the opening bell at 9:00 AM.

  • Haggle
    Some vendors at PRGE are open to haggling on price, particularly if you are buying a quantity of merchandise. Haggling is a subtle art. Ask for a 50% discount on one game and you risk offending the seller. On the other hand, it's not unusual for sellers to discount the total price when you buy several items. It never hurts to ask! The worst that can happen is the seller says no.

  • Payment methods
    Increasingly, exhibitors are accepting credit cards via iPhone apps like Square. That said, it's a safe bet to carry cash with you if you plan to buy. Cash in hand is a great motivator when haggling over price. There are ATMs located throughout the Oregon Convention Center.

  • Carrying your finds
    You will be amazed how quickly you accumulate merchandise at the Expo. Smart shoppers will bring their own bag or backpack to carry their finds through the show.

  • Great deals on Sunday
    While the initial rush on Saturday in the Vendor Marketplace is exciting, Sunday is a great day to get some deals as well. Vendors are generally more willing to negotiate price on Sunday - especially as the end of the day approaches. If you were on the fence about an item on Saturday, be sure to take a walk around the Marketplace on Sunday to see if the item is still available. You might be suprised what kind of deal you get!

That's it! Follow these tips to help ensure you have a fun and successful time at the Expo. Good luck.

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