U-Con Friends and Donors 2014

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Prize Support Tokens

U-Con is proud to continue our tradition of offering a unique gaming experience.  As part of that, we offer prizes to participants of our events, and we maintain a library of games.  We were pleased to extend our prize support policy to even more gamers this year.  As with this past year, the library will continue to travel to monthly events so that you can enjoy gaming more than once a year.

We are able to offer prizes and maintain our library of games because of the contributions of many generous companies.  Please join us in thanking the library and prize donors for 2014:

Wizards of the Coast
Cheapass Games
ElfinWerks
Zvezda
Passport Games Studios
Minion Games
Out of the Box Games
Red Glove
Warriors 3
Flat Land Games
Light Trading Co
Chic G33k
North Star Games
Eagle Games / Gryphon Games
Goblinoid Games
Dot Quirk
Jolly Roger Games
Caged Gorilla Games
The Spoils
Kalidasia Media Productions
Helaman’s Warriors
Thunderhead Enterprises
Here to Amaze
Confusion
Zingermans

– Staff, U-Con 2014

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Attendance 2014

Attendance figures for 2014 are in!

Total Attendance: 741

  • 2014: 741
  • 2013: 633
  • 2012: 528

If you enjoyed U-Con this year, please bring a friend next year!

U-Con 2015, November 20-22
Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest

See you soon!

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Survey Reminder & Personal Thanks

Hello All!

Survey Reminder

Now that there’s been some time to recover and you’ve had some time to reflect, I’d like to ask that you consider filling out our survey this weekend. We’ve tried to keep it brief, yet thorough and your perspective is invaluable to us. We’re interested in hearing from all parties: Attendees, Group Coordinators, Guests, Volunteers, Staff, Vendors, etc. All views welcome.
Please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ucon2014 and give us your perspective.
We’re up for hearing both the good and the bad, but please we appreciate specific and constructive feedback even more, thanks!

Personal Thanks

Hi there,
Some of you may know me personally. Some of you may only know me as the White Cleric. Some of you may have less flattering views of me and some of you may not know me at all. I’m Matthew Rindfleisch and I’ve been fortunate to Chair this convention for the past 3 years. It’s been quite an odyssey for me and I really have nothing but gratitude for all who attend, all who volunteer, and for all who have worked as U-Con Staff. I’m also very grateful to those on the U-Con Board who have given so much of themselves to this Con. I know for a fact that this is a labor of love for all.
I was adopted into this strange “family” in the Pendleton Room at the Michigan Union. It was to be the last U-Con at UofM and so I was with U-Con during the tremendous change of no longer being affiliated with the University. We then had the Con “in exile” at the Metropolitan Hotel. After which, I was asked if I’d be willing to Chair. Fool that I was, I simply said, sure. What a fabulous, wonderful opportunity for which I’ll always be glad.
I’ve been able to chair U-Con through fantastic growth and I’m very excited to see what’s next for us. I am stepping down as Chair, but plan to continue with U-Con, focusing on Marketing and integrating our recently obtained 501c3 status into the organization.
As exhausting as it can be for us to pull U-Con together, I am saddened by its ending. However, that sadness is far exceeded by the comfort in being part of such a diligent and devoted “family”.  Thank you, U-Con family!
Until next year, with much gratitude,
Matthew Rindfleisch
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The Lords of U-Con

Thank you to our visiting lords!

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Lord of Waterdeep Rodney Thompson, Lord of Fate Lenny Balsera, and Lord of Vegas James Ernest

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Prize Support Policy

Hello Attendees,

U-Con has updated its Prize Support (PS) policy.  More events are eligible for PS this year and we are adding special Drawings for some of the prizes!

U-Con Prize Tokens

U-Con Prize Tokens

Event Eligibility, Updated for 2014

In order to receive a Prize Token, an event must meet these criteria:

  • Event tickets are not free.
  • Has 3+ players with Event tickets or PGAW ribbons.
  • GM has not made other PS arrangements with U-Con (e.g. tournaments).

Note that groups such as Pathfinder Society will be eligible for Prize Tokens (check w/Group Leaders for their individual availability).

Using Prize Tokens

  • Prize Tokens may be traded directly for prizes or used to participate in Drawings.
  • Each prize which may be earned by trading Prize Tokens will be labeled with the number of required Prize Tokens.
  • Alternately, each Prize Token may be turned in for 3 Drawing tickets into one or more of our prize Drawings.
  • Prize Tokens from previous U-Con will be honored. As before, Prize Tokens retain their value into next U-Con and may be used to trade for the next U-Con’s PS.

Drawings, New for 2014

Drawing tickets may be accrued in two ways:

  • Claim a Drawings ticket with your badge at Ops (during Ops hours).
  • Trade 1 Prize Token for 3 Drawings tickets at Ops (during Ops hours).

Some prizes will be slotted for Drawings instead of Prize Token trade. Each prize will be labeled with a designated time for the individual prize’s Drawing, with some taking place each day. Any prize with no Drawings ticket entries at its drawing time will be rescheduled for another, new Drawing, if time permits at the discretion of U-Con.

Winning ticket numbers for each Drawing will be posted at Ops.  Please check the prize listings. Winners must have the matching ticket stub to claim their prize. Prizes must be picked up by the close of Ops on the day of the Drawing. If the prize is not picked up, its Drawing will be rescheduled for another, new Drawing, if time permits at the discretion of U-Con.

Other Info

Prizes are available during Ops hours. Please note that events run past the end of Ops hours, so GMs running later games may wish to award Prize Tokens early and take a break so the winner can pick out a prize.

  • On Sunday, the number of Prize Tokens required for direct prize trade will be reduced. The policy for Drawings will remain the same.
  • The stock of prizes which can be traded for Prize Tokens will be replenished as space and inventory permits.
  • Concerns about PS policy should be raised with the Ops Captain (or to the Chair during Sunday’s Feedback Session).  Please do not complain to our Volunteer Event Runners.  They are only doing what we told them!
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2014 Site Map

Our Venue: Eagle Crest information has been updated!

The registration desk is adjacent to the stairs to the 2nd floor, and the elevator is just behind the stairs.  Board games and miniatures will primarily be downstairs in the Ballroom and adjoining space.  Roleplaying Games will primarily be upstairs in the Conference area.  We have added 3 additional small rooms for RPGs on the second floor.  Exhibitors will be in Auditorium 2 near registration on the first floor.    The Ballroom and some Conference rooms will remain open for late night open gaming!

First Floor:

  • Ballroom: Board Games, Miniatures, and Amorphous Blob Games (details below)
  • Atrium: Auction, and lunch & dinner seating

Second Floor:

  • Conference A: Special events, LARP, The Smithee Awards, and The Gamers: Dorkness Rising
  • Conference B: Roleplaying events including Fate Track
  • Conference C: OSR Track
  • Conference D: Living Arcanis and Game Base 7 Wolverines
  • Conference E: Roleplaying events including We Hate Bards
  • Conference F: Adventurers League
  • Conference G-H: Pathfinder Society
  • Board Room: Guest of Honor Events
  • Seminar 1: Seminars and roleplaying events
  • Seminar 2: Roleplaying
  • Seminar 3: Here be dragons…
  • Seminar 4: Roleplaying
  • Seminar 5: Tekumel Track

Ucon2014BookMap U-Con 2014 Ballroom Layout

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2014 Tee Shirt

2014 tee shirt art was finalized today:

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You can preorder one until Friday Nov 7 at Midnight!

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Con Book 2014

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Artwork provided by Wizards of the Coast. This event is not administrated, sponsored, or endorsed by Wizards of the Coast.

The con book PDF is available on the Program page, which is also where errata will be posted.

Here are a few tidbits about this year:

  • Thursday night preregistration pickup returns in the Marriott Lobby 8pm – 9pm!
  • The food stand will be open for breakfast on Friday 8:30am – 10am
  • Registration opens at 9am on Friday
  • The Exhibitor Hall will open on Friday Nov 14 at 2pm

Select your game on our website and pick up your tickets at the door!  Online registration is available until Friday, Nov 7.  After that we will be completing last minute preparations for the convention!

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Browse our website on your phone

Did you know you can browse events at our website on your smart phone?

Our list of events will remain available during the convention. While you can no longer purchase event tickets by the website, you can view the list of events.  We will keep the sold out star marks updated throughout the con so you’ll know right away if an event is sold out.  We will also add the event locations, so you’ll know that the game you want to play is in Conference A.

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See you soon!

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Photos from U-Con 2013

Here are a few random images from U-Con 2013.  Go to Photos 2013 to see more!

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