Gamemaster Event Review 2014

Greetings Gamemasters for U-Con 2014,

Before preregistration goes live, we’d like to give you a chance to review your event schedule. Our event list is up on our website, however ticket selection and purchases are still disabled.

The easiest way to look at your schedule is to use the search page. Please type your last name or your group name into the event search, e.g. Thompson or Amorphous. Apologies to the few people with duplicate last names – there is not a good way to filter for that currently.

You can also check to ensure your event is listed on appropriate tracks. Please use the event browse page and click on your track. Then use the find feature of your web browser (ctrl-f) to look for your name.

Please contact us with your concerns, such as:

  • Events you submitted are missing
  • You have a scheduling conflict you didn’t know about when submitting events
  • You have two events overlapped in the schedule and you can’t run both
  • You want your event listed under a different name, such as a group name
  • Your event should be listed as part of a track but it is not
  • You want to edit your event description, complexity, difficulty, or age rating settings
  • Your event is priced differently than you expect (proceeds support U-Con unless already discussed)

Please reply with changes or concerns in the next 48 hrs. We plan to open the website for preregistration on Thursday, Oct 2.

Though our opening of preregistration was delayed, we are quite pleased with the selection of events. If we are missing games you want to play, please let us know or consider submitting additional events. Event submission will close on Friday, Oct 17.

Events Team, U-Con 2014

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Games Library Track Announcement

Greeting and salutations!

U-Con maintains a library of board games which travels to our monthly events at ABC Microbrewery in Ypsilanti.  The library is returning to U-Con 2014, and we want to see all our games played.

To make that happen, we’re building a track out of the games in the library.  In order to be a part of this track, simply submit an event for one of the games in the library.  You can even borrow the library copy, and thus to can run games you don’t own or you can have more players for a game you do own.  When you submit your event, tell us which option you want (and set the number of players accordingly):

Option 1: Bring your own copy
Option 2: Borrow the library copy
Option 3: Bring your own copy and use the library copy to increase the maximum number of players.

James Ernest of Cheapass Games is joining us as one of our Guests of Honor.  When you become a board game gamemaster you will qualify for a special event with him.

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2014 Guests

This year is our biggest ever for special guests and programming, coinciding with the 40th Anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons.

Rodney Thompson (Wizards Of The Coast). Starting with the latest chapter in D&D, U-Con is very pleased to welcome Rodney as a Guest of Honor. He is one of the lead designers for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition and a co-designer of Lords of Waterdeep, among many other game developer projects.

James Ernest (Cheapass Games). We also welcome this veteran board game designer as our Guest of Honor, and he is bringing with him some of his latest inventions. U-Con will also be sponsoring an opportunity for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to work with Mr. Ernest toward earning their Game Design Merit badge.

OSR Track. Going back to D&D’s beginnings, U-Con is proud to announce a new RPG track. The OSR (Old School Roleplaying) movement embraces the principals of our earliest roleplaying adventures and we are eager to foster this renaissance. To launch this new track we are pleased to have four Special Guests from the OSR community:

  • Doug Kovacs (Artist)
  • Jim Wampler (Spellburn)
  • Tim Snider (Goblinoid Games)
  • Bill Barsh (Pacesetter Games & Simulations)

Please see the Guests of Honor page for photos, bios, and future updates.  In the coming weeks we will be sharing the special programming associated with our Guests of Honor and the new OSR Track, and we encourage you to submit any events that are inspired by this announcement. See you in November!

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2014 August Roundup

U-Con Gaming Convention, November 14-16, 2014 at Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest

  • Gamemasters: Submit your events NOW to be included in the first preregistration schedule.  Gamemasters who run 6+ hours of regular events will have their GM deposit refunded.  If you run 20+ hours (5 slots) we’ll give you a free Play Games All Weekend ribbon.
  • Reserve your room at the Marriott online using code UCOUCOA or by calling 1.877.757.7133 or 1.800.228.9290 by Oct 25
  • FULL COLOR Advertising now available in our convention book.  Availability is limited.

Convention Hours:

Preregistration Pickup on Thursday Nov 13 8pm-9pm in the Marriott Lobby

Friday, Nov 14 Saturday, Nov 15 Sunday, Nov 16
Registration 9am-10pm  8am-10pm  8:30am-6:30pm
Events 10am-4am
Slot 1: 10am
Slot 2: 3pm
Slot 3: 8pm
9am-4am
Slot 4: 9am
Slot 5: 2pm
Slot 6: 8pm
9am-6pm
Slot 7: 9am
Slot 8: 2pm
Exhibitor Hall 2pm-8pm  10am-8pm  10am-2pm
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2014 July Roundup

U-Con Gaming Convention, November 14-16, 2014 at Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest

  • Gamemasters: Submit your events NOW to be included in the first preregistration schedule.  Gamemasters who run 6+ hours of regular events will have their GM deposit refunded.  If you run 20+ hours (5 slots) we’ll give you a free Play Games All Weekend ribbon.
  • Reserve your room at the Marriott online using code UCOUCOA or by calling 1.877.757.7133 or 1.800.228.9290 by Oct 25

Convention Hours:

Preregistration Pickup on Thursday Nov 13 8pm-9pm in the Marriott Lobby

Friday, Nov 14 Saturday, Nov 15 Sunday, Nov 16
Registration 9am-10pm  8am-10pm  8:30am-6:30pm
Events 10am-4am
Slot 1: 10am
Slot 2: 3pm
Slot 3: 8pm
9am-4am
Slot 4: 9am
Slot 5: 2pm
Slot 6: 8pm
9am-6pm
Slot 7: 9am
Slot 8: 2pm
Exhibitor Hall 2pm-8pm  10am-8pm  10am-2pm
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July Games Library Day

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Holy Cow…July! This means we’ve crested the midpoint of 2014 and are now coasting towards 2015. Yikes. I propose some gaming! Not only that, but I propose we do some new gaming because I have a pack of new games from Origins that are begging to be played. I’ll bring my fresh stack of new games to The Pub Formerly Known as The Corner (Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery) if you care to join me.

Also, we weren’t officially on the schedule for gaming in August, except for the part where we actually are on the schedule (bold as black, it says U-Con Games Library Day on ABC Microbrewery’s events calendar). Either way, we will be unofficially crashing the Pub and gaming on the 10th of August or we will be officially gaming on the 10th of August at the Pub. The short is, there will be gaming in August at the Microbrewery formerly known as The Corner.

Games Library Day – July
Sunday, July 13th
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
@ Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery in Ypsilanti (or the Pub formerly known as The Corner Brewery(map)

Days of Future Gaming:
(August 10 – official unofficial game day)
September 14
October 12
November 9

-JQuirk

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Greenbrier Games: Ninja Dice

Ninja Dice Cover
We’re still rolling out posts about amazing game companies at Origins who, out of the generosity of their awesomeness, chipped in a game or two (or lots) to the U-Con Games Library. Today I want to point you towards a small game company named Greenbrier Games and their impossibly cute (and fun) new game Ninja Dice
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Cheapass Games: Get Lucky

We didn't have to stay up all night to get it either!

We didn’t have to stay up all night to get it either!

James Ernest himself donated this game to the U-Con Games Library. Cheapass Games wr0cks!
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Mad Shout out Props and a Huge Thank You to the Folks at ConFusion

Legendary
(Image shamelessly yoinked from Board Game Geek because I forgot to take a pic of the actual game.)

Earlier this year, U-Con loaned out the Games Library to the the folks over at ConFusion for their 2014 convention. As a thanks for the loan of the Library, ConFusion bought Legendary (a semi-cooperative deck building game based on the Marvel Comics universe) for the U-Con Games Library. The game arrived on my doorstep just the other day and I am super excited to crack into this to see how it plays. Fortuitously, this coming Sunday (June 8th) is a U-Con Games Library Day at the Pub Formerly Known as The Corner Brewery. Join me and other adventurous players in taking this handsome game out for its first playing.

-JQuirk

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June Games Library Day

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June is busting out all over! So let’s bust out the gaming this weekend at Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery (or The Pub Formerly Known as the Corner). Also, because June started on a Sunday, the First Saturday (in which the Board League of Canton Gamers traditionally has their gaming day at the Canton Library) and Second Sunday (when U-Con traditionally has Games Library Day at the Pub Formerly Known as The Corner) fall back to back. You can game all weekend if you have a mind to.

Lastly, the folks at ConFusion have added a little something to the Library, which I’ll be bringing to play (along with a select selection from the Games Library). If you want me to bring a game, let me know here, on the Facebooks or in person. I’ll be sure to pack it up.

Games Library Day – June
Sunday, June 8th
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm (back to the lounge area)
@ Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery in Ypsilanti (or the Pub formerly known as The Corner Brewery(map)

Days of Future Gaming:
July 13
September 14
October 12
November 9

-JQuirk

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2013 Friends of U-Con

We received many generous donations to our prize support and games library, especially from vendors at Origins. Please give a shout out to these folks:

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