International Games Week 2021

Calling all teen gamers! The most fun, exciting, challenging week of the year is almost here: International Games Week! Join us November 8–13 for action-packed tournaments, gaming and prizes. All events listed are for teens in grades 6–12.

So You Wanna Be a Dungeon Master?
Mondays, November 8, 15 & 22
Watch on YouTube as we cover a range of topics from planning your first session, understanding different DMing styles and common pitfalls, to highlighting awesome free resources to help with your campaign. Perfect for first time Dungeon Masters as well as experienced DMs looking to up their game.

Virtual Minecraft Club: Open Play
Wednesday, November 10, 3–5 p.m.
Grades 3–12
Join us and your fellow players for a special virtual session of Minecraft open play! Visit for the technical requirements. Registration required; registration opens Wednesday, October 20.

Paper Plate Pictionary (in person)
Saturday, November 13, 12:30 p.m.
Let’s play Pictionary with a fun, hilarious twist! Players will take turns drawing pictures. The twist–players will be drawing on a paper plate that is on top of their head! Which team will be able to figure out the answers to win the game? Registration required; registration opens Saturday, October 23.

Mafia Madness (in person)
Saturday, November 13, 2 p.m.
Join us for a game of sinister suspicion and deadly deceptions. There are those in the town who are not what they seem. Every night the mafia carries out a fatal strike. It’s up to the townsfolk to identify the killers in their midst–and hope you don’t execute too many innocents in your pursuit. Snacks will be provided. Registration required; registration opens Saturday, October 23.

Super Smash Bros. Tournament (in person)
Saturday, November 13, 3:30 p.m.
Compete in a Super Smash Bros. tournament with a prize awarded to the first-place finisher! Registration required; registration opens Saturday, October 23.

Character Clash: Video Game Edition
November 1–28

Who are your favorite video game characters? Sora from Kingdom Hearts, Chell from Portal, Mortal Kombat’s Sub Zero or Sonic the Hedgehog? We’ll determine the ultimate winner in a bracket-style voting tournament. In October, stop by the Vortex to submit your favorite characters for consideration. The top 16 will battle it out to be crowned victor.

Vote for your favorites each week in the Vortex or below. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card.

Year-Round Gaming

Don’t forget, the Vortex has board games you can play all year long! Stop by anytime to play classics such as Jenga, Monopoly, Uno and Scattergories, or try your hand at newer games like Sushi Go!, In a Pickle or Exploding Kittens.

You can also play Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Wii U, and XBOX One every Sunday (and sometimes other days) at our Open Video Game Play days. Visit our events calendar for our schedule.