Welcome to MaricopaCon 2018

About Us

MaricopaCon 2018

Arizona's first Kickstarted Gaming Convention.  This will be our sixth year at a public venue.  We are returning to the same venue as last year, with a similar setup.  The Main room will have the vendors and 90% of the scheduled events.  Hacienda room will have RPGs.  Cactus room will have Open Gaming.


Badges are sold through the Kickstarter that is running now thru mid-February.  

Visit the KS and pledge here


Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport

3422 E. Elwood St. 

Phoenix, AZ 85040

Hotel Room Code:  TBD

The room is around $80 after tax.

What the Convention is About

Bringing the valley all the fun board games, card games, and RPGs you know and love.  Dice are rolled, and friendships are made.  We have around 250 attendees and the best GMs.


Saturday 9am-Midnight

Sunday 9am-7pm

(Game Events start at 10am each day)

Dealers and GMs may arrive at 8am.

What's New

We are in the process of convention planning for August.  The kickstarter has launched and will run until mid-February.

Pictures from MaricopaCon 2013

Pictures from MaricopaCon 2014

Pictures from MaricopaCon 2015

Pictures from MaricopaCon 2016

Pictures from MaricopaCon 2017



Mrs. and Mr. MaricopaCon

Tyfani Johnson and Chris Sidwa

Tyfani was introduced to the world of Cosplay in 2012, when she attended Phoenix Comicon as Black Widow from Iron Man 2.  She was Ms. MaricopaCon in 2013.  She met Chris at Amazing Arizona Comicon 2014 in his Batsuit.  Both love to go shooting in the desert, help/attend charity events in cosplay, see the newest movies, workout, and spend time with their five kids (2 humans and 3 dogs).  They will be wed in 2018 and MaricopaCon is very happy for them both. 

Badge Artist: Ash Williams

 Ash has been drawing since her little sister was born. What started out as stick dogs with angel wings and redraws of Dr. Suess books, has developed over twelve years of scribbles to a dragon with glaring eyes. Ash remembers hosting drawing clubs in third grade because friends would always ask her to teach them to draw like her, but it's more about the experience of learning to draw than immediately knowing. 

Program Book Artist: Anabel Amis

 Anabel Amis is a an award-winning digital artist, graphic designer, and cosplay enthusiast who has lived in Chandler, AZ for a decade. Raised on fairy tales, anime, and video games as a child, Anabel finds herself influenced by both the colorful and the macabre. Her primary drives are working on concept art, book covers, and helping creators breathe life into their marketing efforts. She also enjoys dabbling as a project manager for Allen Amis Creations (helping with sci-fi and fantasy costumes and props) and runs the Men vs Cosplay and Women vs Cosplay projects.  Anabel and Allen are amazing at what they do, and MaricopaCon is honored to have her design the program book cover. 

Volunteer Guests of Honor

Jessie Foster

 Jessie is a solo parent, semi-retired teacher of practical self-defense, and a full-fledged geek. However, he's here because he's a Game Master. And a damn good one too. Jessie's been known as "The GURPS guy" in the Arizona gaming community for nearly thirty years. During that time he's run thousands of hours of board, card, dice, and role-playing games at local and regional game stores, conventions, trade shows, and demo days. Over the past seventeen years, he's done so as an official member of the Men in Black, the volunteer demo team for Steve Jackson Games. The Arizona Men in Black are one of the four pillars that support MaricopaCon every year. MaricopaCon in turn, is pleased to once more roll some dice and get their Munchkin on with Jessie and his team.  

John Grigg

 If there is an unsung hero of Arizona conventions for almost twenty years, it is John Grigg.  He has volunteered at so many local conventions we cannot even keep track any more.  Always with a smile on his face, he is one of the nicest and most dependable people on the planet.  MaricopaCon is honored to honor him this year.  John will be running some games at the con be sure to check them out. 


Thing 12 Games

Gamelyn Games

Talon Strike Studios

Gateway Games

Leather Dice Bags

Sarah Wilbur

Kameron Hoffs

Event Highlights

RPG Events


Board Game Events


Card Game Events


Cosplay Contest

MaricopaCon 2018 Cosplay Contest (Sunday at 1pm)

MaricopaCon strives to present a Cosplay Contest that can be fully enjoyed by both contestants and audience members.

As such, the number one rule, whether you are watching or participating, is to have fun and encourage others.

The contest is not just a fashion show but about creativity and celebrating characters, their humor/drama, and the art of costuming.

--All participants must have a MaricopaCon 2018 badge.

--All participants must read and agree to follow all rules of the Cosplay Contest.

--Costumes that won cash prizes at any previous MaricopaCon cosplay competition are ineligible.

--All costumes from all genres and media are accepted (no nudity)

--Reference pictures will be required. This includes screen captures, photos, posters, comics, or any other official medium that reveals  the character's full costume. The pictures should reveal different views of the character (i.e. front, back, sides). Do not assume judges know your costume or character! 

--All entrants will participate in the performance portion (either in a skit or a walk-on).

--Judging panel is made up of popular/respected cosplayers and costume makers.

--Awards include Best of Show and Fan Favorite.


The Costume construction scoring is based on the Adaptation and Representation of your costume to the character design as well as resemblance to character shown in documentation. Costume construction judging also takes into account use of materials, construction methods and durability, and use of appropriate/innovative methods and applications. Pre-fabricated, store-bought or rented costumes can compete in the cosplay contest but automatically receive a score of 0 for Costume Construction.  To score in Costume Construction the costume must be made by the wearer or a fellow fan. Store-bought elements can be incorporated into costumes, but the full costume cannot have been purchased or rented.


Walk-on –-- Quick presentation consisting of a few poses intended to show off a costume. Up to 30 seconds.


Skit---characters talking to each other or the audience and acting out a scene. Duration up to 90 seconds.

Scoring is based on costume, portrayal, and performance.  A group skit can last up to 180 seconds.


Win the crowd and win this award. Each MaricopaCon attendee that is part of the audience for the Cosplay contest will have the opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite entry in the cosplay contest.  If there is a tie, the Con Chair will break the tie.


Costume Construction score plus your Presentation score. 

Highest total is Best in Show and is the 2018 MaricopaCon Cosplay Contest winner (and receives an $75 cash prize).

Cosplay Contest Rules

-MaricopaCon is a family friendly event. Content should not go beyond PG-13. Offensive language of any kind is not allowed—no racial or sexual epithets; no profanity, etc. (this includes messages on signs or clothes).

-Be clever, not crass! If you think your costume or presentation might be too risqué or offensive, it probably is.

-No using stage time to make political, religious, insulting, or other demonstrations not related to your entry.

-No excessive violence.

-No sexual activity or contact (real or implied)

-No nudity—No costume is no costume

-If you need to throw something during your presentation clear it with Cosplay Contest director.

-No fire, smoke, flashpots, explosive devices,  messy substances, lasers, pressurized gases or liquids.

-All prop weapons must be peace bonded and approved.

-All weapons must be non-working and peace bonded. No functioning projectile weapons – including water pistols, silly-string guns, and ping-pong pistols. Bladed weapons must be cased or sheathed at all times

-You may surprise the audience, but NEVER SURPRISE THE JUDGES/CHAIR.

-By registering for the Cosplay contest, all participants agree to allow MaricopaCon to use their images for promotional purposes, both photographs and video.

About MaricopaCon

MaricopaCon is Arizona's first kickstarted gaming convention.  It started at Jason's house and was held there the first two years.  The third year brought about the Kickstarter project and a public venue.  This is the 6th year at a public venue and it is all made possible by the kickstarter supporters and GMs.  We specialize in small and cozy feel with a chill atmosphere.  MaricopaCon brings together many of the local game designers who have had many successful kickstarted projects of their own!

About Clash of Steel

Clash of Steel is the parent company that runs MaricopaCon.  They specialize in hand-cast pewter miniatures, 3D printed objects, perler bead art, and acrylic paintings.  Jason's art has been shown in the Firehouse Gallery and Frontal Lobe Gallery.

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.  Email clashofsteel@yahoo.com for more info.  Visit us on Facebook too!