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Table Top/Board Games/CCG Games

Calling all lovers of collectible card games, board games, and miniature table top games! Check out what Anime North has in store for this year!

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Video Gaming

This year at Anime North, there will be an even wider variety of video game events than ever before. Come join us for some great video game competitions at the Sheraton.

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Live Action Role Playing (LARP)

Live Action Role Playing (LARP) is a form of role-playing where the participants physically act out their character's actions. The players pursue goals within a fictional setting represented by the real world while interacting with each other in character. Anime North wants to bring you the best of the best with companies like Underworld LARP (horror/fantasy), Resurrection (horror/survival), Epoch (family-friendly fantasy), Katharsis DC (vampire) and Fantasy Alive (family-friendly fantasy) are here to show you how to get into the genre, how to make weapons, and present battle royales that YOU can enter and defeat your friends for the chance at a grand prize!!!

Table Top/Board Games/CCG Games

Calling all lovers of collectible card games, board games, and miniature table top games! Check out what Anime North has in store for this year!

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Archers Arena

Archers Arena

Combat Archery is a brand new sport in Toronto that has exploded in popularity. In a nutshell you can now safely shoot people with a bow and arrow. Our customers are the same crowd who like cosplay and larping. Since we have opened, we have setup Archery Tag for numerous events Taste of Asia, Bread and Butter Festival, TNT Waterfront Night Market, Miss and Mr Asia Canada, Garden Of Eden Festival, Atomic Lollipop, Goodlife Fitness City Chase, UofT Frosh, Ryerson Frosh, Craft Market, and Gentlemen Expo. We are the experts at safe and entertaining combat archery.

  • Our coaches will provide archery lessons to beginners
  • We run archery target challenges
  • We run 20 vs 20 combat archery games

Console Gaming

Anime North is excited to announce that Toronto Top Tiers http://torontotoptiers.com/ will be joining us to host our fighting game tournaments. Fight through a horde of convention go'ers and be crowned Anime North Champion. Featuring Ultra Street Fighter V, Guilty Gear Xrd, Mortal Kombat X, Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma Extend, and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. Fighting gamer fans, join the beatdown.

Anime North is excited to announce that EvenMatchupGaming http://www.evenmatchup.com/ will be joining us to host Super Smash Brothers WiiU and Melee.

Duck Hunt Competition

Game On Entertainment Service (http://gameonentertainmentservices.com/) will be back this year and with their convention favourite Duck Hunt Points Tournament with prizes provided by Chop Shop Goods (www.Chopshopgoods.com) and a Retron video game console provided by GOES for the winner of the Two Duck competition.


401 Games

401 Games

401 Games, www.401games.ca, will be hosting events for both Weiss Schwarz and Force of Will all weekend at Anime North! The format for Weiss events will be Neo-Standard and tournaments will run in both English only and Japanese/English mix. Force of Will will be New Frontiers format as well as draft side events!


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Video Gaming

This year at Anime North, there will be an even wider variety of video game events than ever before. Come join us for some great video game competitions at the Sheraton.

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AnimeNia Card Game Cosplay Event

A new card game featuring content based on anime fans and events we have seen during anime conventions. This game features a combination of strategy, timing, and careful decision making as well as content that relates to anime fans.


All Night D&D - The Elder Sock

A band of enthusiastic and clueless heroes has been hired to break into the heavily guarded citadel of Snore Fang the Congested! Inside the fortress is rumoured to be a treasure of most frightful power, the Elder Sock.

Gaming North is proud to announce the return of All NIght Dungeons and Dragons with everyone's favourite Dungeon Master, Jason Anarchy!

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LAN Gaming Area

Anime North Gaming returns for our 7th Annual BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) LAN this year! Drop on by with your computer for Hearthstone Fireside and Free Play Friday yet again as we'll have a whole host of different games and game modes that YOU decide on; anything goes - within reason of course! In-house games, ARAM, DOTA 2 Custom Maps, or CS:GO Workout are just some of the possibilities! Saturday brings about our annual League of Legends championship - will last years' victors repeat or will a new team rise triumphant in the end? We'll have the later stage matches up on the big screen and streamed online even by our own Anime North Team - so come on by and join us! Whether it's to spectate, chill out, or partake in the free play festivities, we're sure you'll end up having a blast!

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Live Action Role Playing (LARP)

Live Action Role Playing (LARP) is a form of role-playing where the participants physically act out their character's actions. The players pursue goals within a fictional setting represented by the real world while interacting with each other in character.

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Other Cosplay Events

You should also check out the events run by the Cosplay Department, such as the Saturday Masquerade and Friday Skit Contest.

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Retro Room

Miss the bleeps and bloops of the games from past generations? The Retro Room gives you the opportunity to play all the video games you don't have at home or wish you could play right now in a safe environment!

Request a game from our list and we will set it up for you! We will also be having retro video game challenges throughout the weekend and competitive retro tournaments with medals! We'll be having all our tournaments and challenges in the Golden Delicious Room at the Sheraton Hotel!

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Wood for Sheep

Wood for Sheep

WoodForSheep Hobbies Ltd. is back to showcase and teach some of our current board game favourites. Along with gaming demos, we'll also be running the Settlers of Catan tournament at Anime North! Tournament registration is $5 per player. Stop by and check us out and have a chance to win some cool game prizes! Participants of all ages and skill levels are welcome!



Anime North Gaming has our own brand of costuming events, including AnimeNia, a new cosplay-card game.

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Rock Band Idol

Rock Band Idol

It's time to Rock out! So let’s start with the fun! Rock Band Idol 2016 qualifiers start on Saturday at 6:00 PM in the Northern Spy Room of the Sheraton Hotel (if you’re participating, you’ll need to show up then), and runs until 10:00 PM (this may change depending on the number of bands that sign up). Finals will be held the next day on Sunday at 3:00 PM with the top contestants battling it out in front of our panel of judges. Award ceremonies to follow! All bands will play at least two songs in qualifiers, but only one in the finals, so make it your best! Your band can range in size from two to four people. However, if you're in a band of two, you will lose a few points, unless you can play multiple parts at once!


Featured Programming

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Warhammer is back at Anime North 2015 — All weekend long!

Space Marine Speed Painting Contest. Small entry fee, GW prizes!
Presented by The Game Chamber (http://thegamechamber.com/?page_id=36)


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Rhythm Games Room

Do you find it necessary to tap out the music you listen to? Tired of jamming out by yourself in your own room? Join us in the Anime North Rhythm Games Room! If you fancy yourself a frequent arcade-dweller, our collection of dance cabinets are ready for you to show off your moves. We also have the latest and greatest in interactive musical expression, featuring a wide variety of games straight out of Japan. Favorites like Beatmania IIDX, Pop’n Music, and K-Shoot Mania are making a grand return if you want to try something new!


Our Sponsors

  • Super 1Up Games
  • Nerd Block
  • Chop Shop Goods
  • Game On Entertainment Services
  • Roany's
  • Japanime Games
  • Microsoft Store
  • Geek Glass
  • Burning Meter


BeyBlade NOrth

Experience three days of high-speed battling action at BEYBLADE NORTH! Get expert hands-on training with Beyblade Burst, the explosive new series straight from Japan, and compete against rival Bladers for huge prizes! Presented by worldbeyblade.org.


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Participating Organizations

  • Even Matchup Gaming
  • EGE
  • Toronto Top Tiers
  • Ontario Smash

Just Dance

The Just Dance Competition will be back again this year. The prize for the highest score is a pair (2) weekend passes to Yeti Con http://www.yeticon.org/. The Just Dance points competition goes all weekend long in the Sheraton's hallway.


Steve Jackson Games - Men in Black

Wood for Sheep

Members of the Steve Jackson Games volunteer Men in Black program will once again be joining us in our gaming area. There will be a selection of SJ Games' product available that will be free to play during open gaming hours, as well as hosting game demonstrations to teach new players interested in learning. As a great way to change things up for those already familiar with Munchkin, a Tournament, complete with Steve Jackson Games prizes and other blended theme games will be scheduled.


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Pokemon Gym Leader Squad

A live-action Pokemon event! The Pokemon Gym Leader Squad is a group of Pokemon fans who cosplay as Pokemon Gym Leaders, Elite 4, and other strong trainers, and we're back for another year of epic battles! Look for us at the Sheraton Hotel or the gaming area of the TCC. Bring your 3DS and Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire version, win badges, and see if you have what it takes to be the very best! Visit http://ctrl-a.org/gymleaders/about-us/rules/ for more details.


Anime Cause Hilarity

Think of it as Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity but involving anime content.

Introducing Inside job by PANI.Q. Room Escapes


You are a group of mercenaries working for one of Gotham’s biggest crime lords. You must you must find and locate the City’s largest jewel and return it to the rightful owners.

You have 20 mins to find the jewel and escape before the time runs out.


Japanime Games

Japanime Games

Japanime Games will be on hand to teach demos and run FREE tournaments for our games! Come learn to play Tanto Cuore, Barbarossa, Heart of Crown, God's Gambit, and the NEW Naruto Shippuden Board Game! Tanto Cuore tournaments scheduled on Saturday at noon and 4:00PM, and Sunday at noon. Come join us to play games and win promo cards and playmats!


Hairy Tarantula: Magic the Gathering

Hairy Tarantula On Demand Events - All Weekend


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Go board

Go is an ancient Chinese board game of surrounding territory. Everyone attending Anime North is welcome to visit the Go tables to learn and play all weekend. The Go tables are located at the table top gaming venue in the Toronto Congress Centre, Hall B.


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Yu-Gi-Oh! and Cardfight Vanguard


Untouchables is happy to bring you all a fun weekend full of Vanguard and Yu-Gi-Oh! Join us as we will be hosting tournaments all weekend where you can get cool promos and win some of the newest packs.

All three days of Anime North, Untouchables will be hosting four intermediate tournaments for Cardfight and Yu-Gi-Oh. Players pay $10.00 to play and receive two booster packs for play and top cut will receive store credit to spend at the booth.

On Saturday we will also be having non-stop $10 box tourneys for both games between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Everyone gets a pack and the top four split the box. Whenever we have eight players signed up, we will start a new one.


Palladium Books® – Rifts® – Robotech®


Palladium founder Kevin Siembieda and others will run FREE role-playing games in the gaming area, while others demo Robotech® RPG Tactics all weekend. Meet and get books signed by Palladium creators: Kevin Siembieda, Charles Walton (artist, concepts), Greg Diaczyk (writer), Braden Campbell (writer), Wayne Smith (editor), Apollo Okamura (artist), Brett Caron (writer/editor) and maybe a few others.

The main Robotech® RPG Tactics gaming takes place on Saturday and Sunday, and depending on Kevin Siembieda’s schedule, he hopes to run his infamous Lord DeSilca Fantasy RPG tournament game (2½ hours; 8-10 players, character sheets provided) twice over the weekend, and maybe a Beyond the Supernatural game as well. Times and sign-up sheets will be located at the Palladium booth in the Gaming Hall. A selection of Palladium products will be available for purchase.


Dice Masters

Dice Masters

In Dice Masters, two players take the role of masterminds directing the actions of a team of powerful characters (represented by dice) to battle each other! Each turn, you’ll roll your dice to see what resources you have available, buy dice, send your team members into the field, and then strike at the enemy mastermind. Reduce the opposing mastermind’s life to zero, and save the day!

Join us all weekend for a short free demo or compete in our tournament Saturday at 1pm. $5 entry, constructed format, prizes for all participants.


Skyfox Games

Pokemon CCG Tournaments from Skyfox Games

Pokemon CCG Tournaments brought to you by Skyfox Games.


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See-Scape is a Sci-Fi cafe/bar in Toronto, Ontario. It's an event space that has board games, video games, local art and more. Hang out with friends in a relaxed space that celebrates creativity and imagination across the genres!


Sproutli Games


Founded in 2014 by Patrick Lapienis, Sproutli Games is a new and growing developer of Tabletop RPGs and board games that seeks to expand the genre with unique and interesting mechanics. Having just released their flagship title, Trials of the Magi, they are looking forward to offering free demonstrations, and play-tests at this years Anime North.


Landal at War

If you have played Final Fantasy Tactics, you'll love this game! Put your strategy against others in this RTS table top game


Casual Gaming on behalf of "Cambridge Cards and Games"

Anime North 2016 Casual Gaming on behalf of Cambridge Cards and Games is proud to confirm the following game from both Canada and Japan

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