Tabletop Gaming

About Otakuthon

Otakuthon is Quebec's largest festival celebrating Japanese animation (anime), graphic novels (manga), related gaming, and pop culture.

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The first of its kind in Montreal, Otakuthon is a full-fledged, fan-run, bilingual anime convention that features a number of special guests as well as many activities and events spotlighting anime, manga, video games, artwork, and Japanese culture.

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During the whole weekend, day and night, a dedicated team will be on site to help you discover the best board games, trading card games, roleplaying games and wargames. Whether you're novice or hardcore, it's the perfect opportunity to have fun with friends and meet new people. There will be tournaments, draws, and activities.

Boardgaming Section

Games of all categories (competitive, cooperative, bluff, strategy) as well as classics (Go, Shogi, XianQi) will be available to borrow from our demo table. No need to know the rules, as our presenters will glady explain them to you. A team from the publisher Filosofia ( will also be there on site to present some of their best sellers: Settlers of Catan, Small World, Bang!, Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, Dominion & Dominion Intrique, Tokyo Train, etc.

Carta Magica Collectible Card Games Section

Trading Card Games

Back again this year, the trading card game (TCG) section can found in the tabletop gaming room, they fascinate players of different generations.  Called "Planeswalkers", "Pokémon Trainers", "Heroes of the Horde or Alliance", or "Duelists", or "Hokage's apprentices", players compete all around the world and Otakuthon is no exception. Come and meet the players and enthusiasts of all levels. Bring your deck of cards and maybe you just meet your match!


The Carta Magica team will be available to demonstrate several games to anyone who is curious about this genre.  You can learn more about:

  • Cardfight! Vanguard
  • Magic - The Gathering
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • Pokemon
  • Weiss Scwartz
  • World of Warcraft
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!

For enthusiasts

Tournaments and Drafts

Tournaments are always in the spotlight!  Get a chance to win an Xbox 360, PSP GO, Playstation 3, Android Premium 8 Nextbook tablet or other prizes. There are also spaces to participate in drafts. Ask Carta Magica staff at any time for details.

Cardfight! Vanguard

Know about the Japanese television series or card game? If not, then satisfy your curiosity by participating in a demonstration of this dynamic and recent TCG.

Weiss Scwartz

Imagine a universe that unites all others-- a world where characters meet from various different Japanese animation series and video games. Weiss Scwartz is a TCG that makes this dream possible and your favorite characters might even be in it.  Come and open your mind.

Tournament List

Note: A registration fee will be required to participate in the tournaments.  Tournaments and prizes subject to change without notice.

Cardfight!! Vanguard
Saturday August 4, 2012
Registration : 10:00am - 10:55am / Start : 11:00am
Only $5 per participant
1st place: Nextbook Premium 8 Android tablet ($399.99 value)
Boosters depending on the number of participants
Promo; Playmat...

Saturday August 4, 2012
Registration : 4:00pm - 4:55pm / Start : 5:00pm
Only $5 per participant
3rd Quarter
Chunin Tournaments
Boosters for ALL players
Plus $500 in prizes provided by Bandai!

Sunday August 5, 2012
Registration : 10:00am - 10:55am / Start : 11:00am
Only $5 per participant
1st : Microsoft Xbox 360 with Kinect ($399.99 value)
Boosters depending on the number of players
Promo; Playmat...

Magic: The Gathering 2013 CORE SET
Throughout the weekend
Any time - ask when you like
Draft Format (4 people)
Only $15 per participant
(3 boosters from 2013)
1st place : 3 boosters (2013)
2nd place : 2 boosters (2013)
3rd & 4th place : 1 booster (2013)

For more information:

Role-Playing Games (RPG) Section

Ever wanted to be a fearless hunter of demons? An honourable knight? A powerful sorcerer who can call upon the wrath of the elements? Role-Playing Games grant you the ability to re-create yourself as a hero who can join an adventuring party and go on quests for wealth, glory or more than just a little thrill.

  • D&D 3.5 / D&D 4.0 - The iconic d20 fantasy RPG system
  • BESM - (Big Eyes, Small Mouth) a roleplaying game that is designed to simulate the action of anime and manga.
  • Dragonball RPG - Take up the fight in Akira Toriyama's world of Saiyans
  • Serenity - Based on the Firefly series, this RPG allows players to take on the role of a mercenary crew in a pioneering space age, finding and completing 'jobs' while skirting authorities as need be.
  • More to be announced...

Minature Wargames Section

Playing a miniature wargame is like custom selecting a chess army and adding dice. Take command of mechanical armies, ferocious beasts or outlaw mercenaries! Deploy your forces and unleash devastating tactical attacks until nothing remains of the opposition!

  • Heavy Gear- Welcome to Terra Nova, a far away planet settled by humanity in the far future. People have adapted to this new world and evolved, socially and technologically, bringing a new level to mechanised combat.
  • Warmachine - Set in a steampunk Iron Age, the most powerful cites wage devastating combat with hulking heavily armed machines of destruction led by fearless and powerful Warcasters.
  • Hordes - Counterpart to Warmachine, the beasts of the invaded wilderness retaliate savagely, unleashing the brutal fury of the most monstrous creatures guilded by merciless Warlocks.
  • Malifaux - In  the horrific fantasy Victorian world of Malifaux nowhere is safe. Masters of the undead terrorize the living, malicious mythical beings lurk in every shadow, power hungry mages heedlessly plunder for relics and the law enforcement is every bit as corrupt and brutal. Your only chance for survival lies in mystical soulstones and their ability to cheat fate...
  • Super Dungeon Explore - a fantasy dungeon crawl with super chibi style! Take control of a pair of heroes or the evil consul's horde of minions in this fast-paced melee.
  • Anima: Beyond Fantasy - a fusion of Eastern and Western myth, art, and belief

Dream Pod Nine (a Montreal based gaming company) will be hosting tournaments for Heavy Gear on both Saturday and Sunday of Otakuthon! Visit their website for updates.