Travel and Con Info



Location and dates

Con of Heroes will be held in 2022 from May 20-22 at the Gamezenter in Roseville, Minnesota.

Gamezenter
1975 County Road B2 West
Roseville, MN 55113

  • Friday, May 20, 2022: 10AM to 11PM
  • Saturday, May 21, 2022: 10AM to 11PM
  • Sunday, May 22, 2022: 10AM to 6PM

While the Gamezenter does not allow outside food or drink, it does have a full kitchen as well as beer on tap available, and all Gamezenter food/drink is allowed inside. The store can get very busy and the lines can get long, so consider sneaking in an order when the kitchen opens (typically noon). They provide pagers that buzz you when your food is ready.

The center also has a full game store and on-site game library as well as opportunities to play plenty of other things, not just Marvel Champions. If you want to take a breather, you can easily do so, or perhaps head to Minneapolis for a day trip.

Con of the Rings has an excellent locally-sourced community guide for Twin Cities activities.

If you need help locating where Con of Heroes is within the Gamezenter, simply ask an employee where the “Sirus Event Room” is located.

Tickets will go on sale with advance notice, and are expected to roll out in early 2022.



Travel (airport code: MSP)

[Big thanks to Con of the Rings for letting us use some of this travel info, who has been hashing out events to the Roseville, MN area for several years]

Con of Heroes 2022 is in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, 9.5 miles from the state capitol and 8 miles from downtown Minneapolis. The nearest airport is the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP), located approximately 20 miles away from the convention. MSP is a major hub for Delta and Sun Country airlines.

While there is no direct mass transit link between the airport and the convention location, travel by rental car, taxi, or ride service is simple and efficient. Again, here is the address you need to get to from the airport/your place of lodging:

Gamezenter
1975 County Road B2 West
Roseville, MN 55113

For those who want to visit downtown Minneapolis or Saint Paul, there are electric train lines (Blue Line / Green Line) that run directly from the airport into the cities. For further mass transit information, visit MetroTransit.


Hotel

The convention is adjacent to several reasonable motels and hotels, but Con of Heroes has a deal with the DoubleTree Hotel Minneapolis/St. Paul North. The DoubleTree is within walking distance to the event, about .5 miles / .8 km. There is a special convention rate of $122 at the hotel if you book by phone using this number: 651.636.4567.

Ask for your reservation to be under the “Con of Heroes” block. To qualify for the reduced rate, you must reserve your room by April 28, 2022. Check-in is after 3:00PM central.

In case you ever need it, the address of the hotel is:

DoubleTree by Hilton
2540 Cleveland Ave
Roseville, MN 55113

For con-goers who are staying at the convention hotel, breakfast will be provided at the Walnut Room in Axel’s


Directions to the Gamezenter and the con room

This is a panoramic view of the Doubletree hotel and the Gamezenter: it’s basically just a stone skip away. The hotel sign is on the right of the image, the Gamezenter location is on the left.

Walk out of the side of the hotel near the restaurant (Axels), and up the hill. Turn left and go behind the building in front of you around the corner in the center of the image. The Gamezenter is on the left side at the very end.

This is the front of the Gamezenter.

When you enter, you’ll see the cafeteria/restaurant on the left (this is where you’ll buy items and order drinks/food). Head straight down the hall and to the left.

You’ll see a door in the left-hand corner: that’s where Con of Heroes is being held! The rest of the store is generally free play for patrons.


Groceries/food

There is a Walmart just several blocks away from the hotel and the Gamezenter, roughly 10 minutes walking distance.

Walmart Supercenter
1960 Twin Lakes Pkwy
Roseville, MN 55113

Here is a panoramic view of the Doubletree hotel and the Walmart. Walmart is on the left, the India Palace restaurant is in the middle, and the hotel is on the right.

Right next to it is an Aldi grocery store, which provides online ordering/pickup options. You can place the order from your hotel/on the way from the airport, then pick it up.

ALDI
2005 Twin Lakes Pkwy
Roseville, MN 55113

One of the more popular dining spots in Roseville is the County Road shopping center with Buffalo Wild Wings, which is roughly 12 minutes walking distance from Gamezenter. Right next to it is Punch Pizza and Lucky’s 13.

Buffalo Wild Wings
1777 County Road B2 W #215a
Roseville, MN 55113

In the above image, the road leading to Gamezenter is on the right, and the shopping center is on the left.


Vegan/vegetarian food options

If you need vegetarian/vegan dining recommendations, Happy Cow has a few options in the area. Do not count on the Gamezenter providing these options, as they have a limited menu for dietary restrictions (as of 2021, they can make a baked potato with no toppings, or customize salads, but no main courses).

The aforementioned India Palace restaurant is a great vegan/vegetarian spot, as it’s close to the hotel (which is ideal if you’re pressed for time), and the food is excellent. Make sure to check the hours, because they do close between lunch and dinner for a short time. It has a vegetarian menu, and we have confirmed that several items are vegan as well.

Other foods for specific dietary needs can be acquired via delivery, through services like Doordash. There are a few places that provide vegan/vegetarian food, including Impossible/Beyond Burgers and vegan pizza. If you provide exact instructions in the app, many services will even deliver it right to your hotel room door. You can also opt to meet them outside or check with the front desk to see if you can have food left there.

If you’re vegan/vegetarian, do yourself a favor and go to Walmart or another nearby grocery store (see above) on the first day. Set yourself up with a few essentials in case you find yourself in a position where you’re unable to eat at a certain location. Just remember that Gamezenter does not allow outside food/drinks.

The Herbivorous Butcher also has some great vegan meat options that you can store in your fridge: and is a short ride share trip away and delivers via some apps.


“What should I bring?”

First up, check out our schedule here.

We know that travel space is a premium, especially if you aren’t checking a bag. You’re free to bring your entire collection if you like, but we’re aiming to focus on two major cycles of encounters so everyone can simply pack the contents of several story boxes, and proctor games for every single group. You are free to bring as many scenarios as you like.

Right now we have Friday themed around Mad Titan’s Shadow with a showdown event against Ultron, and Saturday themed around Sinister Motives and a mini campaign culminating with a fight against Thanos (with another surprise).

Players are free to play and bring whatever scenarios they want, but we will have these days available as themes so everyone is experiencing the same general feel each day. For Saturday’s event Iron Man will be the themed character, so you may want to pack at least one deck with him as your hero.

Marvel Champions is also unique in that you can pack every modular set in the game without much issue if you’d rather do that; and just get your cards back at the end of a session.

As for how many hero decks you should bring, three to five is a good generalist recommendation. Three is just enough, as that way, you can ensure several combinations of heroes in four player, with very little chance of overlap throughout the entire convention. Think about packing a “sideboard” of 10-15 cards with each hero to cover unique card overlap in a bigger game.

Another suggestion is to bring four 25 card aspect decks, and four or more heroes, that way you can slot them into each hero if needed. Consider bringing sleeves as well, so that you can account for sleeving obligations if that arises. Special SWAG may require sleeving as well if you don’t want the cards to be marked (they will have different backs).

There are many convention go-ers who wouldn’t mind lending you decks, either. Don’t sweat only bringing a few decks: worst case, groups can come to an agreement where it’s OK to double-up on a few uniques. Con of Heroes will also have a table of cards that are freely available to take. Hero packs may be available for purchase at Gamezenter, depending on stock.

Another store you can try and hit for Champions stock is:

Source Comics & Games
2057 Snelling Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113

Here is a more detailed packing guide from our own KennedyHawk:

What sort of heroes should you pack? Bring as many decks as you like but what I recommend is bringing at least four decks (one for each aspect). You can even build your decks so the 25-35 player cards are more or less interchangeable. That way when you walk up to a table you’ll have a helpful aspect or hero always on hand!

Bring a player deck using 5-10 allies with a side deck of 10 cards you could swap in if some are… snapped away.

The super secret custom content mods: those will be printed and given to attendees as a part of the SWAG package you get for attending the con – but they’ll also be available as print and play for people following from home this year!

Friday we have our big Ultron mega event where all con attendees will be taking down this Metal Menace. The theme box for Friday is Mad Titan’s Shadow so you can expect a lot of open play against those villains! Saturday there will be a con-run mini campaign of three to four scenarios so you’ll want to pack certain villains and mods for them see the list below. Sinister Motives is also a free play box for Saturday.

How will these villains and mods combine and interlace? You’ll find out at the event. We’ll also have a set of printed cards to guide your table through the campaign. – KennedyHawk

These are the scenario cards you will want to bring:

Friday:

  • Ultron (default modular sets or any alternatives)

Saturday:

  • Drang
  • Red Skull
  • Thanos
  • Venom Goblin (or Green Goblin Mutagen Formula alternate)
  • Standard I
  • Expert I (optional)
  • Black Order
  • Children of Thanos
  • Galactic Artifacts
  • Hydra Patrol
  • Infinity Gauntlet
  • Power Stone
  • Ship Command
  • Symbiotic Strength (or Weapon Master alternate)
  • Super secret custom content Con mod I (provided at the con)
  • Super secret custom content Con mod II (provided at the con)
  • Red Skull tech upgrades
  • Red Skull captured campaign allies (or MTS Loki campaign allies as a substitute)
  • Red Skull basic/advanced stat upgrades
  • One copy of Shawarma

Events

The Con of Heroes team is hosting several events throughout the convention, and will be giving away prizes, including myriad copies of previous promo cards. Our current schedule is here.

We are not looking to host an off-site event during Con of Heroes in 2022 due to health and safety reasons. While these are very typical of fan conventions, we’re pushing our off-site event to 2023 as a precaution. Don’t worry, it’ll be worth the wait!


Rules

  • All attendees are customers of the Gamezenter and all customer guidelines apply. This includes NO outside food or drink or third-party transactions.
  • The convention planning team reserves the right to remove an attendee for 1) violating any local laws or facility rules, 2) failing to comply with the instructions of convention or Gamezenter staff, 3) endangering the physical or emotional safety of oneself or others, 4) threatening, stealing, cheating, or harassing others [including hate speech], or 5) failing to follow common-sense guidelines for mature conduct.
  • On Friday, the Gamezenter lot is very full to accommodate Asmodee North America employees, so please park across the street in the Salvation Army overflow lot as needed. On Saturday and Sunday, please park in the Gamezenter lot, paying very close attention to the signs. The parking lot can be confusing, and we owe it to the Gamezenter and its neighbors to be good patrons. Please double-check your parking spot.

Urgent care and COVID testing near Gamezenter

MinuteClinic
1515 County B Rd W, Roseville, MN 55113

Drive-Thru Testing at Walgreens
2635 Rice St, Roseville, MN 55113