NEA Game Fest 2024

And as every gamer knows, a thorough rulebook is the key to everyone having a good time, so it's time to review the rules for a safe and fun NEA Game Fest:

Be Safe

Play Nice

Everyone should observe common sense rules for behavior, personal interaction, courtesy, and respect. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. NEA Game Fest reserves the right to revoke, without refund, the badge of any participant not in compliance with this policy.


NEA Game Fest is committed to providing a safe environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Harassment or unwelcome conduct, whether verbal, physical, visual, or in any other form, is strictly prohibited. NEA Game Fest’s anti-harassment policy applies to all persons involved in the operation or attendance of the convention or sponsored event. NEA Game Fest will not tolerate harassment of anyone by anyone, including participants, vendors, hosts, or staff.

NEA Game Fest defines harassment as any behavior that threatens a person or group or produces an unsafe and non-inclusive environment. Harassment includes, but is not limited to offensive verbal comments or non-verbal expressions related to:

Furthermore, harassment includes, but is not limited to, sexual or discriminatory images in public and quasi-public spaces (online and offline), intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Harassment may take the form of comments, epithets, slurs, discriminatory or insensitive jokes, teasing, display or discussion of written or graphic material, repeatedly standing too close to or brushing up against a person, or giving gifts of an unwanted or sexual nature. Advocating or encouraging any of the above is also considered harassment.

Harassment at NEA Game Fest does not include respectful disagreement or critique offered in good faith. NEA Game Fest reserves the right to alter or broaden its definition of harassment at its sole discretion.

No one should tolerate any conduct of this type. Should you experience or witness harassment, you may choose to take any of the following actions:

Based on any informal or formal complaint or report of harassment, NEA Game Fest may take the following steps. Note that this list is not exhaustive, and other appropriate action may be taken as necessary.

Read and investigate all reports. Reporting parties may be contacted by NEA Game Fest for further clarifying information, unless they have submitted a report anonymously or asked to not be contacted further. Note that NEA Game Fest will not share the results of these reports with anyone, including the person who filed the report, unless required by law.

Intercede if and when appropriate. Staff may take immediate action to address harassment concerns, including but not limited to, escorting participants to a location in which they feel safe, refunding tickets, cancelling events, moving event locations, requesting participants leave a specific area, removing offenders from the event, or banning offenders from the show. Bans and removals may be on a temporary basis, for the duration of the show, or permanent.

Contact police and medical authorities when appropriate. If, upon review, NEA Game Fest finds that relevant local government officials should be notified, staff may contact such entities and/or share confidential information as required by law.

Sanction participants based on our investigations. NEA Game Fest participants found to have violated the Code of Conduct may be subject to sanctions, including but not limited to:

This Code of Conduct applies in all physical and online spaces within NEA Game Fest's control. This includes, but is not limited to, event venues, NEA Game Fest social media pages and groups. Occasionally NEA Game Fest is made aware of behavior by participants (or potential participants) that has occurred outside of the event — either online or offline — and is a gross violation of our Code of Conduct. These actions need not occur in NEA Game Fest-affiliated spaces to be considered for sanctions by NEA Game Fest. These include, but are not limited to:

We understand that, at times, participants will have disagreements or interpersonal conflicts that do not necessarily escalate to the point of harassment or abuse. NEA Game Fest will not arbitrate such disagreements—we ask that you please leave these conflicts at home.

If you have a question about a certain policy or guideline, be sure to read through all of our policies. If that still doesn’t answer your question, email Game on!

-Gen Con code of conduct used with permission-