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San Japan’s Gaming

Electronic / Console / PC

San Japan’s Electronic Gaming areas will be hosting multiple gaming tournaments on multiple large projection screens and over 100 consoles and PCs of all different types. The console / PC sections will be located on the 3rd floor of the convention center in the Hemisfair Ballroom in a 30,000 square feet section. We will have one of the largest game rooms at any Texas anime convention.

For any particular tournament questions please e-mail gaming(at)san-japan.org or ask them at the convention. We will only post the tournament schedules on here since that’s all that is provided to us. Also, the tournament organizers do not give us the tournament rules. We do not pre-register online for tournaments as you will have to pay for them at the convention.

We do not a have a list of what console games will be available on free play.

San Japan Tournament Schedule

Tournaments

San Japan 2019 Tournament Schedule (PDF)

Tournaments with cash entry are paid on-site at the convention inside the game room. There will be free tournaments which prizes will be from our prize chest (Random Prizes). All tournaments will have a limit by the number of entries and do tend to fill up based on the popularity of the game.

There are no refunds on convention badges even if you are unable to enter a tournament.

Any questions about the tournaments must be sent to congaming@gmail.com as San Japan does not have any information about tournament setups beyond what’s listed in the tournament schedule.

There will be a $500 Pot Bonus for certain games based on the number of entries.

Tournament entries prices are listed at the bottom.

Console Tournament Schedule And Pricing

TimeDate / GameEntry Fee
Friday 8/30
2:00 PMMinecraft Free Play Meet-Up (PC)FREE
2:00 PMFight of Gods (Switch)FREE
3:00 PMConker: Live And Reloaded (XBox Original)FREE
3:00 PMSuper Street Fighter 2 Turbo (PS4)FREE
4:00 PMTMNT Tournament FightersFREE
4:00 PMBlazBlue Cross Tag Battle$5
4:00 PMStreet Fighter V* (PS4)$5
5:00 PMQuake 3 ArenaFREE
5:00 PMSmash Ultimate Doubles$10/team
6:00 PMSmash Melee Doubles$10/team
6:00 PMStreet Fighter 3: 3rd Strike$5
6:00 PMDonkey Kong CountryFREE
6:00 PMBlazBlue Central Fiction$5
6:00 PMMortal Kombat 11$5
7:00 PMSoul Caliber 6$5
8:00 PMKing of Fighters 2002FREE
8:00 PMSkull Girls 2nd Encore$5
TimeSATURDAY 8/31Entry Fee
1:00 PMSuper Smash Bros Ultimate Wave 1*$10
1:00 PMMinecraft Free Play Meet-Up--
1:00 PMDragonBall Fighter Z* (PS4)$5
3:00 PMMelee Pools$10
3:00 PMHalo 2FREE
3:00 PMWindjammersFREE
4:00 PMSuper Smash Bros Ultimate Wave 2$10
4:00 PMKiller InstinctFREE
4:00 PMGuilty Gear Xrd Rev2$5
4:00 PMTekken 7* (PS4)$10
5:00 PMCounter Strike: Global OffensiveFREE
5:00 PMVampire Saviour$5
6:00 PMSmash Melee Top 8--
6:00 PMMortal Kombat IIFREE
6:00 PMPuyo Puyo ChampionshipFREE
7:00 PMSmash Ultimate Top 16--
7:00 PMUnder Night In-Birth$5
7:00 PMSamurai Showdown$5
8:00 PMTetrisFREE
TimeSUNDAY 8/31Entry Fee
12:00 PMMario Kart Deluxe (Switch)FREE
12:00 PMAnarchy ReignsFREE
12:00 PMPuyo Puyo TetrisFREE
2:00 PMKill la Kill IFFREE

Japanese Arcade

San Japan is partnering with multiple arcade suppliers to ensure that we bring Japanese arcade cabinets to our convention attendees. Below are the arcade games expected to be at San Japan XII. Most importantly, all games will be free of charge to play as long as you have a valid 2019 convention badge.

San Japan is planning to have nearly 100 arcade cabinets, we will have a plethora of Japanese music rhythm games that you won’t find anywhere else in Texas! Below is a partial list of anticipated cabs at San Japan.

DDR (Black LCD)
DDR (Red CRT)
In The Groove 2
DDR Supernova 2
DDR Extreme (2 cabs)
DDR Supernova

Dance Evolution
Beatmania IIDX
DanceManiaX
Pump It Up XX
Initial D 8 (4 cabs)
Jubeat (8 cabs)
pop’n music (2 cabs)
Taiko no Tatsujin
Sound Voltex (3 cabs)
Nostalgia
Crossbeats
Gunslinger Stratos
Scotto

Chunithm
Project Diva Arcade (3 cabs)
Groove Coaster (2 cabs)
Museca
Final Fantasy Theatrhythm
Bishi Bashi Channel
Gundam Bonds of the Battlefield (4 pods)
21 Japanese Candy Cabs
And Much More!

Bemani Master Texas

Based on the popular series, Bemani Master Korea, San Antonio Evolved Gaming presents its very own take of the rhythm game tournament. Each participant will play a qualifying set across all 5 designated machines. Click here for more information. Click here to talk about it on Discord.

Retro Gaming

Bits To Bytes Gaming and Computer History Museum was established in 2016 to preserve the history of home and arcade entertainment through working examples of retro gaming consoles and other gaming curiosities. Bits to Bytes boasts a mobile museum comprised of more than 100 traditional and handheld consoles, computers and peripheral devices from across every generation of gaming that can be viewed and played with.

The museum goes beyond a cursory look at the gaming industry and tries to include as many examples from video gaming’s rich history as possible. You won’t just find an NES or Genesis at the museum, but a range of devices including numerous Pong-style machines to lesser-known consoles like Milton Bradley’s handheld Microvision.  The museum aims to showcase everything it can related to gaming from Atari to XBOX from all across the world.

Indie Gaming

San Japan is setting up an Indie Gaming section for the convention. Furthermore, it is completely free for Independent Game Developers and comes with one complimentary badge. You can promote your game to the over 18,000 attendees.

Restrictions apply. This section will be for game demonstrations. The complimentary table section will not allow the selling of games. If you wish to sell the game please inquire with San Japan on an Indie Game Booth.

Tabletop Gaming

At San Japan we will have a tabletop section with dozens of games to demo along with a large section to allow fans of CCG/TCG games to play against each other. There will be tournaments throughout the weekend. The tabletop area will require a convention badge in order to participate in all free play and tournaments.

tabletop gaming san japan

Tabletop Area sponsored by Alien World and Court of Gamers

Tabletop and Card Game Schedule

DAYTIMEEVENTDESCRIPTION
Friday10am-7:30pmSan Japan Board Game LeagueAsk about the San Japan Board Game League when checking out board games at Tabletop to learn how you can win prizes for playing board games!
Friday10am-8pmDungeon and Dragons Adventurers League Character CreationOur Adventurers League volunteers are ready to assist with making your special Dungeon and Dragons character. All material will be provided. We also will have several adventures to try your new character. New players are welcomed and no tabletop RPG experience needed.
Friday10am-7:30pmDungeon and Dragons Adventurers League Intro AdventuresIf you are just starting adventures or have not played in a while, Dungeon and Dragons Adventurers League(AL) volunteers will offer adventures designed for new and returning players. This year the Dungeon Masters(DMs) will be running the module ‘CCC-BWM-06 Introduction to Adventuring’. New players are welcomed. Pre-made characters are available.
Friday10am-7:30pmDungeon and Dragons Adventurers League Tier 1 SessionsThe following Tier 1 (Adventurers Level 1-4) Adventures will be ran throughout the day: CCC-KUMORI-02-04 To Be the Very Best; CCC-KUMORI-01-02 Wretches; CCC-BLD 1-1 Bleeding Gate: Pandemonium; and CCC-BLD 1-2 Bleeding Gate: Amalgamation. Each adventure runs for about two hours. Signup at Tabletop, pre-made characters are available.
Friday10am-7:30pmDungeons and Dragons Adventurers League Tier 2 SessionsThe following Tier 2 (Adventurers Level 5-10) Adventures will be ran throughout the day: CC-BLD 01-03 Bleeding Gate: Lineage; CCC-TAROT-02-01 A Sunk Cost; CCC-TRI-03 Fences and Swords; and CCC-TRI-04 Birds of a Feather. Each adventure runs for two to four hours. Signup at Tabletop..
Friday10am-7:30pmDungeons and Dragons Adventurers League Tier 3 SessionsThe following Tier 3 (Adventurers Level 11-16) Adventurers will be ran throughout the day: CCC-REAP-01 Red War: Lost Ashes of a Wayward Gnome; CCC-BWM-003 A Tale of Two Towers; and CC-JGD-01 Left Black and Blue: A Red War Story. Each adventure runs for 2-4 hours. Signup at Tabletop.
Friday10am-8pmMiniatures Paint and TakeStop by Court of Gamers at Tabletop and paint a model to take home with you, free of charge!
Friday12pm-3pmYu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game TournamentAdvanced Format. $5 entry fee. Inquire at the Alien Worlds booth for more information.
Friday12:30pm-3:30pmKill Team ExhibitionStop by Court of Gamers at Tabletop for an exhibition of the premier Kill Team miniatures game. Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team is an exciting, fast-paced skirmish game set in the 41st Millennium, pitting 2-4 players against each other in close-ranged firefights and brutal melees. Each player leads a kill team of hand-picked fighters behind enemy lines, where they undertake daring raids, perform acts of sabotage and assassinate enemy targets in a series of covert operations.
Friday1pm-4pmPokémon Trading Card Game TournamentExpanded Format. $5 entry fee. Inquire at the Alien Worlds booth for more information.
Friday1:30pm-12:30pmMagic the Gathering: Commander$5 entry fee. Inquire at the Alien Worlds booth for more information.
Friday1:30pm-6:30pmX-Wing ExhibitionStop by Court of Gamers at Tabletop for an exhibition of X-Wing, the premier Star Wars space battle miniatures game. Control the most advanced starfighters and outstanding pilots in the galaxy! In X-Wing Miniatures Game, you take the role of squad leader and command a group of merciless Imperial or daring Rebel pilots in furious ship-to-ship space combat. Featuring stunningly detailed and painted miniatures, X-Wing recreates exciting Star Wars space battles from small engagements of only a couple of craft to large conflicts where multiple squadrons clash. Select and equip your ships, pick your crew, plan your attack, and complete your mission.
Friday2pm-6pmMagic the Gathering: War of the Spark DraftDraft. $15 entry fee. Inquire at the Alien Worlds booth for more information.
Friday3pm-6pmYu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game TournamentAdvanced Format. $5 entry fee. Inquire at the Alien Worlds booth for more information.
Friday4pm-8pmDragon Ball Super Card Game DraftDraft. $15 entry fee. Inquire at the Alien Worlds booth for more information.
Friday4:30pm-6:30pmA Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game ExhibitionStop by Court of Gamers at Tabletop for an exhibition of the premier Game of Thrones miniatures game. A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game is a competitive miniatures game for two or more players. Each player controls one of the Great Houses of Westeros, commanding battlefield units, recruiting legendary Heroes, and manipulating the political stage, in the attempt to claim the greatest prize of all: The Iron Throne.
Friday7pm-8pmDungeons and Dragons Adventurers League: Fai Chen’s Fantastical EmporiumThis is an activity center for Dungeons and Dragons Adventurers League Players. Fai Chen runs an emporium that facilitates the trade of magic item certificates between players and offers a seasonal selection of magic items for trade. He has potions, scrolls, pets, and trinkets available. There may be other interesting activities in store at Fae Chen’s this season...
Saturday10am-7pmSan Japan Board Game LeagueAsk about the San Japan Board Game League when checking out board games at Tabletop to learn how you can win prizes for playing board games!
Saturday10am-7:30pmDungeon and Dragons Adventurers League Character CreationOur Adventurers League volunteers are ready to assist with making your special Dungeon and Dragons character. All material will be provided. We also will have several adventures to try your new character. New players are welcomed and no tabletop RPG experience needed.
Saturday10am-2:30pmDungeon and Dragons Adventurers League Intro AdventuresIf you are just starting adventures or have not played in a while, Dungeon and Dragons Adventurers League(AL) volunteers will offer adventures designed for new and returning players. This year the Dungeon Masters(DMs) will be running the module ‘CCC-BWM-06 Introduction to Adventuring’. New players are welcomed. Pre-made characters are available.
Saturday10am-2:30pmDungeon and Dragons Adventurers League Tier 1 SessionsThe following Tier 1 (Adventurers Level 1-4) Adventures will be ran throughout the day: CCC-KUMORI-02-04 To Be the Very Best; CCC-KUMORI-01-02 Wretches; CCC-BLD 1-1 Bleeding Gate: Pandemonium; and CCC-BLD 1-2 Bleeding Gate: Amalgamation. Each adventure runs for about two hours. Signup at Tabletop, pre-made characters are available.
Saturday10am-2:30pmDungeons and Dragons Adventurers League Tier 2 SessionsThe following Tier 2 (Adventurers Level 5-10) Adventures will be ran throughout the day: CC-BLD 01-03 Bleeding Gate: Lineage; CCC-TAROT-02-01 A Sunk Cost; CCC-TRI-03 Fences and Swords; and CCC-TRI-04 Birds of a Feather. Each adventure runs for two to four hours. Signup at Tabletop..
Saturday10am-2:30pmDungeons and Dragons Adventurers League Tier 3 SessionsThe following Tier 3 (Adventurers Level 11-16) Adventurers will be ran throughout the day: CCC-REAP-01 Red War: Lost Ashes of a Wayward Gnome; CCC-BWM-003 A Tale of Two Towers; and CC-JGD-01 Left Black and Blue: A Red War Story. Each adventure runs for 2-4 hours. Signup at Tabletop.
Saturday10am-7:30pmMiniatures Paint and TakeStop by Court of Gamers at Tabletop and paint a model to take home with you, free of charge!
Saturday12pm-3pmYu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game TournamentAdvanced Format. $5 entry fee. Inquire at the Alien Worlds booth for more information.
Saturday12pm-7pmWarhammer Age of Sigmar ExhibitionStop by Court of Gamers for some exhibition matches of Warhammer Age of Sigmar, a fantasy tabletop miniature wargame from Games Workshop that simulates battles between armies by using miniature figurines.
Saturday1pm-4pmPokémon Trading Card Game TournamentExpanded Format. $5 entry fee. Inquire at the Alien Worlds booth for more information.
Saturday1:30pm-5:30pmMagic the Gathering: War of the Spark DraftDraft. $15 entry fee. Inquire at the Alien Worlds booth for more information.
Saturday1:30pm-5:30pmWARCRY ExhibitionStop by Court of Gamers at Tabletop for an exhibition of the premier WARCRY miniatures game. Play WARCRY the fast-paced, skirmish-level game pitting bands of Chaos-worshipping warriors against each other.
Saturday2:30pm-5:30pmDragon Ball Super Card Game Tournament$5 entry fee. Inquire at the Alien Worlds booth for more information.
Saturday3pm-7pmDungeons and Dragons Adventurers League Epic AdventureLast Orders at the Yawning Portal Durnan, proprietor of the Yawning Portal, has closed the famous Waterdeep tavern and mysteriously disappeared back down the well into the sinister dungeon, Undermountain. His old adventuring companion Mirt has hung up his tankard and set off to find him, but he can’t do it alone. Champions gather from afar to answer his call and rescue one of the city’s most iconic heroes. Will YOU join them? Muster begins Saturday at 3:00pm. Sign-up are at the Dungeon and Dragons Adventurers League area in Tabletop. This epic adventure is for any AL D&D character that is level one to sixteen. Join dozens of other players for this cross-table epic that runs 4 hours.
Saturday3:30pm-7:30pmMagic the Gathering: Core 2020 DraftDraft. $15 entry fee. Inquire at the Alien Worlds booth for more information.
Saturday4pm-5pmMagic the Gathering: Commander$5 entry fee. Inquire at the Alien Worlds booth for more information.
Saturday7pm-8pmDungeons and Dragons Adventurers League: Fai Chen’s Fantastical EmporiumThis is an activity center for Dungeons and Dragons Adventurers League Players. Fai Chen runs an emporium that facilitates the trade of magic item certificates between players and offers a seasonal selection of magic items for trade. He has potions, scrolls, pets, and trinkets available. There may be other interesting activities in store at Fae Chen’s this season...
Sunday10am-4pmSan Japan Board Game LeagueAsk about the San Japan Board Game League when checking out board games at Tabletop to learn how you can win prizes for playing board games!
Sunday10am-4pmDungeon and Dragons Adventurers League Character CreationOur Adventurers League volunteers are ready to assist with making your special Dungeon and Dragons character. All material will be provided. We also will have several adventures to try your new character. New players are welcomed and no tabletop RPG experience needed.
Sunday10am-4:30pmDungeon and Dragons Adventurers League Intro AdventuresIf you are just starting adventures or have not played in a while, Dungeon and Dragons Adventurers League(AL) volunteers will offer adventures designed for new and returning players. This year the Dungeon Masters(DMs) will be running the module ‘CCC-BWM-06 Introduction to Adventuring’. New players are welcomed. Pre-made characters are available.
Sunday10am-4:30pmDungeon and Dragons Adventurers League Tier 1 SessionsThe following Tier 1 (Adventurers Level 1-4) Adventures will be ran throughout the day: CCC-KUMORI-02-04 To Be the Very Best; CCC-KUMORI-01-02 Wretches; CCC-BLD 1-1 Bleeding Gate: Pandemonium; and CCC-BLD 1-2 Bleeding Gate: Amalgamation. Each adventure runs for about two hours. Signup at Tabletop, pre-made characters are available.
Sunday10am-4:30pmDungeons and Dragons Adventurers League Tier 2 SessionsThe following Tier 2 (Adventurers Level 5-10) Adventures will be ran throughout the day: CC-BLD 01-03 Bleeding Gate: Lineage; CCC-TAROT-02-01 A Sunk Cost; CCC-TRI-03 Fences and Swords; and CCC-TRI-04 Birds of a Feather. Each adventure runs for two to four hours. Signup at Tabletop..
Sunday10am-4:30pmDungeons and Dragons Adventurers League Tier 3 SessionsThe following Tier 3 (Adventurers Level 11-16) Adventurers will be ran throughout the day: CCC-REAP-01 Red War: Lost Ashes of a Wayward Gnome; CCC-BWM-003 A Tale of Two Towers; and CC-JGD-01 Left Black and Blue: A Red War Story. Each adventure runs for 2-4 hours. Signup at Tabletop.
Sunday10am-4:30pmMiniatures Paint and TakeStop by Court of Gamers at Tabletop and paint a model to take home with you, free of charge!
Sunday10am-4pmWarhammer 40,000 ExhibitionStop by Court of Gamers for some exhibition matches of Warhammer 40,000! Social, strategic and nail-bitingly dramatic, Warhammer 40,000 is a game of dark futuristic warfare that sees carnage erupt upon a spectacular scale. Whether playing narrative battles with friends, or leading your forces to victory in gaming tournaments, you’ll find that every game you play is unique, exciting, and tells its own tales of carnage, horror and heroism.
Sunday1pm-4pmPokémon Trading Card Game TournamentExpanded Format. $5 entry fee. Inquire at the Alien Worlds booth for more information.
Sunday1:30pm-5pmMagic the Gathering: War of the Spark DraftDraft. $15 entry fee. Inquire at the Alien Worlds booth for more information.
Sunday1:30pm-3:30pmSkytear ExhibitionStop by Court of Gamers at Tabletop for an exhibition of the premier Skytear miniatures game. Skytear is a card-driven miniatures game inspired by MOBA video games.
Sunday2pm-5pmYu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game TournamentAdvanced Format. $5 entry fee. Inquire at the Alien Worlds booth for more information.
Sunday2pm-3pmMagic the Gathering: Commander$5 entry fee. Inquire at the Alien Worlds booth for more information.
Sunday3pm-4pmDungeons and Dragons Adventurers League: Fai Chen’s Fantastical EmporiumThis is an activity center for Dungeons and Dragons Adventurers League Players. Fai Chen runs an emporium that facilitates the trade of magic item certificates between players and offers a seasonal selection of magic items for trade. He has potions, scrolls, pets, and trinkets available. There may be other interesting activities in store at Fae Chen’s this season...