GamingDo you love to game? Then be sure to check out the Tekko Gaming Hall, home to Collectible Card Games, Board Games, Role Playing Games, the latest Video Game Consoles and much more!
The Region’s Premier Anime, Gaming, Music, Fashion and Japanese Pop Culture Convention is back and this year bigger than ever! 7 games take center stage as the region’s best come out to compete at the biggest fan convention in Pittsburgh! To add to the hype, each of our tournaments has a Progressive Pot Bonus! For every 16 players entered, Tekko will add $50 to the pot maxing out at $200!
Registration for all of our Fighting game tournaments are now live!
Registration for our Team Tournaments will take place at show. Make sure you’ve got your teammates with you when you register!
Street Fighter V
The 5th iteration of the main game in the series makes its return to Tekko for it’s 2nd year. Now with over 20+ and Season 2 of the Capcom Cup on its way. Get ready for the return of the Road Warriors.
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
The VS series returns to Tekko after taking a year off and this time on the PS4. Pick 3 of your favorite Marvel or Capcom characters to do battle in one of the fastest fighting games of all time.
King of Fighters 14
A variety of old and new SNK characters join this All-Star cast on the PS4. With brand new graphics on a new system, pick a team of 3 and ready to become the King of Fighters.
Guilty Gear Xrd -Relevator-
The newest update to Guilty Gear Xrd is finally here. With a rocking soundtrack and 23 characters, we have just one question? HEAVEN or HELL?
BlazBlue: Central Fiction
The Wheel of Fate is turning as the latest entry in the BlazBlue series comes to Tekko 2017. With 35 characters, the largest cast in the series, Central Fiction looks to continue the long line of BlazBlue Tournaments at Tekko.
Super Smash Bros Melee
The Fan Favorite game comes back to Tekko for the 3rd year in a row. Sponsored in part by the Pitt Smash Club and CMU Smash, get ready for the best in the region to challenge for the title.
Super Smash Bros for Wii U
Making its return to Tekko for the second year, the largest tournament game in Tekko History is ready to go again. Pick your favorite character and grab a controller as players from across the region join up for a tournament for the ages.
FPS Games make a return this year as OverWatch joins the ranks for the first time. This years tournament will be a 3v3 tournament in the new elimination style game mode. Gather your friends and get ready to answer the call.
A brand new game to the esports scene, Rocket League has quickly risen to the top of the competitive landscape. Featuring 3v3 soccer style gameplay Rocket League is looking to be a new favorite here at Tekko.
Overcooked!: Food Wars
A staff favorite and a new indie hit, Overcooked is new indie title in which Teams of up to 4 players try to complete meals for hungry customers as anything and everything try to get in their way. Teams are then scored on how quickly their meals are prepared. In this special tournament, Teams of 4 will have to play a series of staff picked levels with the the Team that gets the most points winning.
Don’t see a tournament for your favorite game? Well this year we’re inviting you, the attendees, to come and make your own tournament!
All Community Tournaments will be Single Elimination for time constraints. Tournament Matches will be allowed to be 2 out of 3 depending on the type of game.
Community Tournaments will have a Max of 8 players per tournament station available. This means that if a tournament has 2 set ups available to it, up to 16 players can enter. All community tournaments have a max player entry of 32 regardless of set ups.
Tekko is not responsible for running your event. You are. This includes equipment. Tekko will help provide some equipment if we have it and space in our Tournament Area. A full list of Games that we have is available below.
Upon completion of the Tournament, the Tournament Organizer will be provided with compensation the same as panel compensation.
If you wish to run more than one tournament, including our official tournaments, we encourage you to join staff and help us out. You get a cool shirt, badge, and the gratitude of our management staff!
List of Available Games
- Catherine (Xbox 360)
- Divekick (PS3)
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (PS3)
- Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3)
- Super Smash Bros Brawl (Wii)
- Super Smash Bros 64 (N64)
- Capcom vs SNK 2 (PS3)
- Super Street Fighter 2 (Xbox 360)
- Street Fighter 3: Third Strike (Xbox 360)
- Ultra Street Fighter 4 (Xbox 360)
- Mortal Kombat X(L) (PS4)
- Injustice: Gods Among Us: Gold Edition (Xbox 360)
- King of Fighters 13 (Xbox 360)
- Soul Calibur 5 (Xbox 360)
- Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition (Xbox One)
- Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
Collectible Card Games (CCG)Play your favorite Collectible Card Games at Tekko!
CCGs in the Gaming Hall will feature Demos and Open Play for a multitude of games as well as competitive tournaments for YuGiOh, Magic, Pokemon, and Cardfight!! Vanguard. 8-Player flights and structure deck playoffs will also be running all weekend for many other card games. Grab your friends and come see us to find out more!
Too shy to jump right into battle? Find any of our CCG Staff members and ask about Open Play or Demos available all weekend for any card game. Our vendor will be equipped with products for all card games to get you tournament ready.
YuGiOh will feature regular advanced-format tournaments with an extra challenge. Strong players will be entering and you can receive extra prizes for defeating them. See us to find out more!
Magic will feature Standard, Modern, Commander, and Draft tournaments. There will also be Challenge tournaments to really test your strength. Check the schedule or come see us to find out when!
Pokemon will feature Standard and Expanded tournaments as well as Open Play for beginners. Our resident Pokemon Professor is happy to show you the ropes and get you ready for our other tournaments running all weekend!
Saturday at 1:00pm will be the Sneak Preview event for the Cardfight!! Vanguard set Raging Clash of the Blade Fangs. Upgrade your deck with the newest cards and join the others tournaments to earn more!
Board Games2017 Game Information Coming Soon!
2017 Game Information Coming Soon!
2016 Board Games
Learn to Play some of the past year’s most popular games.
A few of the games we’re doing demos of will have bigger events for more fun and prizes!
Here are some of the games we will have available:
Pitch Car – We will have a big Grand Prix race over the weekend for this.
Splendor – There will be a tournament for this as well.
Dead of Winter
Xia: Legends of a Drift System
The Village Crone
The Big Book of Madness
King of Tokyo
One Night: Ultimate Werewolf and Vampire
Role Playing Games2017 Game Information Coming Soon!
Welcome back to another fun and exciting year of Tekko. Here in RPG we’ve been hard at work for the past year to get ready to give you some of the best and most diverse choices we’ve ever had. Stop by and join us for a game this year while we’re in our element.
As always, no experience is necessary to join us; our mission is to teach and entertain old and new players alike.
Tekko LARPLive Action Role Play
Pre-Register before March 1st!
We are now accepting pre-registrations for the Tekko LARP. This will guarantee you the character you want to play as and will speed things along at the con when you come to sign-in, as all of your character information will be ready for pick up. Pre-registration is very easy, all you have to do is:
#1: Go to the site http://tekkowebapp.appspot.com/ and look at the list of characters already created.
#2: If you do not see the character you want to play listed, that’s okay. You can request that character anyways, BUT keep in mind that the GMs give final approval on all characters concerning playability. (Note: all of these characters are Anime/Manga characters we will allow Video Game characters on a PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY basis, also all video game characters must be created/published by a Japanese company to be considered.)
#3: Email Brian.Hykes@teamtekko.us with: A. Your choice of character and two alternate character choices, listed in order. B. Your full first and last name, for the purposes of pickup. C. An email address where we may contact you if there are any issues.
If you have any further questions, you may contact the head GM at Brian.Hykes@teamtekko.us
Also please join our Facebook group for any and all updates about LARP pre-registration.
Plot Teaser #1
Flo: It took me two hours on the phone with Bob—two hours!—just to find out if he’d gotten the updated construction insurance forms. Look, Bob, I KNOW you can build it. That wasn’t the question. That was never the question!
Mr.Mayhem: I am a poorly-maintained cement truck.
Flo: Mr.Mayhem, you get me.[Gecko enters]
Gecko: Good morning, Flo. Mr. Mayhem.
Flo: Hey Gecko. What’s news?
Gecko: New orders from the top, actually. We’re now supposed to start selling sidewalk insurance.
Flo: Sidewalk insurance?
Gecko: Yeah. But if you think about it, lotsa things can happen on a sidewalk. Very hazardous, sidewalks.
Mr.Mayhem: I am a runaway baby stroller. My brakes are cheap. My cargo…adorable.
Gecko: Exactly, Mr.Mayhem, exactly.[Mr.Mayhem’s phone rings]
Mr.Mayhem: I am an exploding cell phone battery…Yes…I see. [Puts phone away.] I am a shocking news report.
Mr.Mayhem: Just turn on the news.
Gecko: Oh. [Raises a remote. *click*]
Reporter:…In the wake of CEO Cave Johnson’s unauthorized disappearance, the Nexus Transit Authority is scrambling to maintain service throughout the city’s major routes, but traffic and trade is already grinding to a halt. An investigation is underway to find out why Mr. Johnson disappeared without filing the proper paperwork first. Now we go live to the traffic report. Arnie?
Arnie: This is Arnie Pie, high in the sky, and I’m looking down on pure pandemonium! It’s unmoving bumper to bumper traffic as far as the eye can see! Highways, skyways, and waterways are all backed up, and if you’re thinking of using the Hyperspace Bypass, don’t even try! As always, platinum membership lanes are still open and flowing freely. But for the rest of us, expect to add at least a week to your commute time. I hope everyone’s Late to Work Insurance is up to date. And remember, don’t exit your cars unless you’ve paid all your sidewalk convenience fees in advance and have a current sidewalk insurance policy. This is Arnie Pie, filled with existential terror as our city’s essential services start to break down—[Mr.Mayhem turns off the t.v. *click*]
Flo: So…does this count as a pre-existing condition?
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s a LARP?
LARP stands for Live-Action Role-Playing. It is a lot like a normal Role-Playing Game such as Dungeons & Dragons, but instead of having everyone seated around a table with pencils and dice, everyone gets to interact with each other on a face-to-face basis, with everyone playing their role physically and in near real-time. This allows for very large groups of people to all be involved as players come and go.
So what makes it so special?
This particular LARP will be based on Anime and Manga, along with a bit of Video Games, with characters both famous and obscure. Players get to choose who they play, receiving a character sheet which spells out the powers and abilities of that character.
How much time does it take to play?
As much or as little as you’re willing to put into it. Character signup will be on Friday, sometime in the early afternoon. Game play will officially start in the late afternoon. (Times are subject to change but traditionally pickup starts close to 1PM and the game starts close to 4PM.) The LARP will run through Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and events will happen throughout all three days. Attendance is not mandatory if you sign up, but the more you play, the greater the odds are that you’ll be around for something neat.
Does it cost anything more to sign up?
Registration for the LARP only requires that you’ve registered for the con.
Can I play -Name of Character Here- ?
Possibly, the list of characters available can be found here , but if you don’t pre-register, we can’t say for sure that a character will be available for you. If you wish to request a character that is on the list, feel free, but again, you MUST pre-register to give us time to write up the sheet. Bear in mind that this LARP is meant for Anime, Manga, and Japanese Video Game characters only, so if you’ve a character in mind from Japanese pop-culture, or American produced cartoons in mind, they won’t be on the list.
The series I like has characters listed, but why isn’t -Character- listed?
If you don’t see a character listed, or even a whole Anime or Manga series listed, it’s likely because of one of two reasons. Either:
1. The character is too powerful or evil to be allowed to be played as a character. Characters who have no motivation but to kill everyone they see only limit the fun of playing for all involved.
2. The character hasn’t been written up yet! Sorry, but there are so many series to choose from, and only so many people write up character sheets. Go ahead and per-register and we’ll get right on it!
Will my character be able to -Description here- ?
Again, possibly. The character sheets try to capture the spirit of the characters, but may not have every single power that a character has ever displayed in a series. This is in the interest of game balance; making sure no one character can beat all the others at everything.
So, we all just mill about playing our characters, then?
Well, yes, but then the GMs have to come up with an overarching plot that gets your characters involved. Hopefully the characters in play will also want to do things based on their motivations. I also put in characters played by the GM’s who send you on missions or tell you of events that will be happening.
What if you post a teaser that makes me want to change my character choice?
We will allow character swapping up until the close of pre-registration on March 1st. If you still find a good reason to swap after this point we’ll allow it on a case-by-case basis, but please, if you swap after the close date, you may only swap to a character whose sheet is already written.
I thought I could make it this year, but it turns out I can’t, and I pre-registered, what now?
We’re sorry you couldn’t make it, but if you find out you are unable to attend, please let us know so we can free up the character you’re pre-registered as for other people to play. There’s nothing worse than being told you can’t play a particular character because they were reserved, and then the person who reserved the character never shows up.
So, what are the rules?
The basic rules are actually easy to learn, using rock-paper-scissors to resolve conflicts, detailed instructions will be available at the convention, but I do wish to stress six golden rules of the game:
Rule 1: No Touching! Nobody playing in the LARP is allowed to physically touch anyone else in the LARP for any reason, no exceptions. This is why any combat or conflict is resolved with games of rock-paper-scissors.
Rule 2: No Stunts. Your character might be able to jump 50 feet in the air, do a somersault and pose while landing on both feet, but unless you’re THAT well trained, you can’t. Also, if you ARE that well trained, kudos to you, but this isn’t the time or place to be showing off. It’s in everyone’s best interest to keep the LARP safe.
Rule 3: No Weapons. The LARP follows all of the rules of the con, including the weapons policy, but it goes one step further. Nobody is allowed to even PRETEND to hold a FAKE weapon as if it is a REAL weapon. If you have a fake weapon as part of your costume which is allowed by con policy, that’s great, you can keep it on you. But again, for the sake of safety, we ask that you keep it out of game play.
Rule 4: Be mindful of those not playing. If you’re playing in the LARP, have all the fun you want, but do bear in mind there is a con going on around it and a lot of people won’t be in the LARP. This means you shouldn’t act as if everyone is playing. The best way to avoid this is to try and keep most of the action close to the LARP area in the Convention Center (and yes, the LARP will have its own specialized area).
Rule 5: Remember it’s just a game. In the LARP, there won’t be prizes for winning or losing. In fact, like most RPG’s, it will sometimes be hard to tell who exactly won or lost. Don’t take the game too seriously. If something bad happens to your character, don’t worry about it. It might make for an interesting plot twist later on in the game. As long as you’re having fun, that’s all the matters.
Rule 6: Listen to the Game Masters. Running the game will be a dedicated team of game masters who will be doing their best to keep track of all of the dealings going on. They need every player’s help in order to do their jobs. If you don’t listen to the rules, or don’t pay attention to them, then the game will only seem like it’s taking forever.
Beyond these 6 rules, everything else can be learned easily enough at the con. The rules are meant to be as quick and simple as humanly possible.
Wait a minute; I know these rules from Nekocon/Zenkaicon/A-Next!
That’s not a question, but yes, they’re the same rules as are used in the LARPs at other conventions. The LARP staff at Nekocon has been gracious enough to allow Tekko the use of them.