2015 Guest of Honor Bill Webb

Join us in welcoming Guest of Honor Bill Webb!  Bill co-founded Necromancer Games in 1999, with a focus on “Third Edition Rules, First Edition Feel” and producing numerous well-known adventures of the 3rd Edition/D20 era.  In 2010, Bill spun off Frog God Games who have become one of the largest 3rd party publishers in the gaming industry. They produce books for Pathfinder, 5th Edition, and Swords and Wizardry, an OSR system modeled after pre-Advanced D&D.  As a GM, Bill is known for his difficult adventures, high mortality rate in games, and his penchant for literally making it up as it goes along.  See his full bio under Guests of Honor.

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2015 Industry Insider Jim Wampler

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Jim Wampler

U-Con is pleased to welcome game writer, designer, artist, and industry insider Jim Wampler!  Jim is a writer and editor for Goodman Games, and creator of the forthcoming Mutant Crawl Classics RPG. Jim also co-hosts the popular old school gaming podcast Save or Die!

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2015 Guest of Honor Shoshana Kessock

Shoshana Kessock is a game designer and writer, and one half of the team that began Phoenix Outlaw Productions. She is the author of games like Dangers Untold and SERVICE and is co-author of the Dresden Lives project for Evil Hat Productions. She has freelanced for over a dozen companies on tabletop and LARP projects, and has written academic and scholarly articles about games and media for various outlets and journals.  See her full bio under Guests of Honor.

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2015 Guest of Honor Nicole Lindroos

Our very exciting first guest of honor announcement!

Nicole Lindroos will join us for U-Con this November. Nicole has quite a list of credits to her name: Ars Magica, Earthdawn, Everway, Hong Kong Action Theater!, Unknown Armies, and Vampire: the Masquerade. Nicole has served on the board of GAMA and as the chair of the Academy of Adventure Gaming Art and Design. She is co-owner and General Manager of Green Ronin Publishing. Her recent projects include contributions to the Dragon Age Roleplaying Game, Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana, and her most recent project Blue Rose RPG using the Adventure Game Engine.  See her full bio under Guests of Honor.

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More announcements are on the way, so stay tuned!

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Make your hotel reservation for U-Con 2015

UCON_2015_hotel_reservationsStaying on site?  Make your hotel reservations now!  We have a block of rooms at the adjoining Marriott for $89 per night.  You can reserve by calling 1.877.757.7133 or 1.800.228.9290 or reserve online using code UCOUCOA.

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

See more about Eagle Crest.

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Event Submission 2015 Open!

Event submission is open on our website! We need lots of RPGs, Board Games, Miniatures, and all other types of games and events! Join us November 20-22 for U-Con 2015!

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Now Accepting Exhibitor Applications for 2015

U-Con is pleased to welcome exhibitors to register for our Exhibitor Hall!

Benefits: Exhibition space Friday afternoon/evening, Saturday and Sunday of the convention. Parking, wifi and weekend badges for your staff are included. Hall secured during closed hours.

Cost: $95/table (same as 2014!)

How to register or questions: Contact your Exhibitor Coordinator, Suzette.

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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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