The Grassroots Gaming Expo is all about the love of gaming. This years expo is scheduled for Oct. 12-14 at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa. It will be open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Weekend passes for the event are available for $20 online at www.GrassrootsGamingExpo.com. Single day passes are also available online or at the door.
Entering it's second year in Ottumwa, the goal of Grassroots Gaming Expo is to promote gaming in a positive light by giving people the opportunity to experience gaming in all forms, from it's inception up to present day, while encouraging positive social interaction.
The Grassroots Gaming Expo celebrates not only video gaming, but also pinball, tabletop and card games as well as film. There will be a little bit of everything for everyone at the Expo. This years expo will feature several firsts.
A Kansas City based company, Gaming Consoles Worldwide, will be releasing their new handheld console, the GCW Zero, to the public for the first time. It will also be the first time the public will be able to play Busterball, an iOS title being developed by the local company, Full Sea Productions. Twin Galaxies International (the official scorekeeper for the video game industry) will be premiering 14 new trading cards in their Video Game Trading Card set. There will also be a world premiere trailer for the film, “Dungeons & Dragons: A Documentary,” which covers the history of one of the worlds most popular and revolutionary games.
There will be an even bigger Bring Your Own Computer/Console area, over two dozen tournaments including arcade, classic console, modern console, PC and new for this year will be a Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament! There will be 60+ console and arcade games on free play the whole weekend along with more than a dozen gaming related films. Sunday will be Family Fun Day, which will include games and activities geared towards younger children with a focus on family participation.
This event is being organized and ran by Liz and Josh Bolinger, who have several years experience planning and running successful gaming events.