About Us

MaricopaCon 2019

Arizona's first Kickstarted Gaming Convention.  We pride ourselves on being family friendly, and bringing new people into the gaming community.  This will be our 7th year at a public venue. 


Badges are sold through the Kickstarter that will run mid-December thru mid-February.  Kickstarter supporters can pick up their loot at the convention.  Contact Jason at clashofsteel@yahoo.com for more info.


Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport

3422 E. Elwood St. 

Phoenix, AZ 85040

Tentative Date: 8/24 - 8/25

Hotel Room Code:  TBD 

Price: $79 a night 

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.  The convention has been around 8 years with 6 years at a public venue.  People have met at MaricopaCon and started their own conventions from it, as well as collaborated games.  Many of Arizona's game designers (with successful Kickstarters under their belt) gather at MaricopaCon.


Saturday 9am-Midnight

Sunday 9am-7pm

(Game Events start at 10am each day)

Dealers and GMs may arrive at 8am.

What's New

The kickstarter for MaricopaCon 2019 is live and ends 2/14/19.  Pledge now to secure your spot at Macro-Con and MaricopaCon!

MaricopaCon 2013 photos

MaricopaCon 2014 photos

MaricopaCon 2015 photos

MaricopaCon 2016 photos

MaricopaCon 2017 photos 

MaricopaCon 2018 photos

Guests of Honor



Ms. MaricopaCon

Johnna Buttrick

Badge Artist

Nathan David Smith

Program Book Artist 

Kris Michael


GameMaster Guest of Honor


Blaze (Rob) won Voted Best GM of 2018 so that makes him the Guest of Honor for 2019.




All vendor slots open thru the kickstarter have been filled.

Event Highlights

RPG Events


Event planning starts April 2019

Board Game Events


Event planning starts April 2019

Card Game Events


Event planning starts April 2019

Cosplay Contest


MaricopaCon 2019 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 2019 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 2019 MaricopaCon Cosplay Contest winner.

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 3rd year brought about the Kickstarter project and a public venue.  This will be the 7th year at a public venue and it will be 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.  Visit his Deviant Art page at https://jasonyoungdale.deviantart.com/gallery/

Our Products

Sage and Sand RPG 2nd Edition


Post-Apocalyptic RPG for 2-6 players.  Rulebook I contains everything you need to get started (except pencils and dice).

MaricopaCon Swag


Visit our store on teepublic for totes, phone cases, t-shirts, and more.

Hand-Cast pewter Minis


Buy old school pewter miniatures from the Clash of Steel website.

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!

MaricopaCon 2013-2018