HOW WE GOT HERE – OUR ROOTS.
In 1994, KublaCon’s founding Executive Producer, Japji Khalsa and longtime friend, Anthony Galella, produced a one-day Collectible Card gaming event in San Francisco called ManaFest. Proving to be a popular and successful gathering for the CCG revolution, ManaFest continued each year through 2000.
In 1998, KublaCon’s current Executive Producer, Mike Eckert, produced a Memorial Day weekend convention in Oakland called GameCon. GameCon was known for great Roleplaying games, Miniature wargaming and LARPs.
Then in 2000, ManaFest and GameCon began to talk about the relatively small size of their two conventions and the very different types of gamers each convention attracted. Since we all loved gaming of all types, discussions began to create KublaCon – changing the focus from strictly our own segments of gaming, to include all types of gaming.
So, in 2001, the newly merged and formed KublaCon was held in Oakland over Memorial Day Weekend. Held every Memorial Day weekend, KublaCon’s first two years were hosted at the Oakland Airport Hilton, but in 2003 moved to the more spacious Hyatt Regency SFO. Then in 2018 we expanded to include the Crowne Plaza SFO. The Hyatt and Crowne Plaza continue to be the home of KublaCon, and plans call for it to be there at least through 2022.