Special Guest Doug Kovacs

Please join us in welcoming U-Con 2017 Special Guest Doug Kovacs!Doug-Kovacs

Doug grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, playing with Star Wars figures, then GI-Joe, and later graduating to Dungeons and Dragons and other RPGs (which he continues to play to this day). He drew his way through High School, avoiding involvement in most things but art class, where he cultivated a love for all forms of painting. Find out more about Doug on our Guests page.


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Special Guest Brendan LaSalle

Please join us in welcoming U-Con 2017 Special Guest Brendan LaSalle!

Brendan J. LaSalle has been writing and publishing in the game industry since 2002. He has written for Goodman Games, Fat Dragon Games, Troll Lord’s Games, Savage Mojo, Pandahead Publishing, Hand Made Games, and Legendsmiths. You can find more info about Brendan and all our Guests.Brendan LaSalle

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Special Guest Jonathan Gilmour

Jonathan Gilmour (art by Beth Sobel)Please join us in welcoming U-Con 2017 Special Guest Jonathan Gilmour!

Jonathan Gilmour is a Board Game Designer from NW Ohio. His credits include: Co-designer of Dead of Winter: A Crosssroads Game, and Vault Wars. His greatest weaknesses are writing Bios, and the color green.

Find more information about Jonathan on our Guests page.

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2017 Hotel Reminder

We are pleased to return to Eagle Crest for our 2017 convention. We’ve expanded our space to fit more events than ever. Our block of rooms at the adjoining Marriott will be $99 per night. The deadline for this reservation rate is October 16, 2017 or until space runs out!

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You can find more details on our Venue page.

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2017 Guest of Honor breakfast

GMs, want to get, from the source, answers to your game system specific questions and get to know the Guests of Honor better?  Check out our Sunday breakfast, where you will be eligible to join them!

The following Guests of Honor who will be in attendance are:

James Sutter, Sarah “Doombringer” Richardson, Whitney “Strix” Beltran, and Cam Banks.

The GMs who will be eligible for this exclusive event are:
GMs running Starfinder games
GMs running Bluebeard’s Bride games
GMs running Cortex Prime or Cortex Plus games

As you know, we run with a tight budget to keep our costs low so payment for breakfast will need to be covered by you, but we will reserve a seat at the table if you let us know you’d like to attend 🙂 See https://www.ucon-gaming.org/program/guest-of-honor/ for more details on our U-Con 2017 Guests of Honor!

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Lots of exciting Guest news coming your way this week!

Hey everybody, hang onto your hats because we’ve got a lot of great things to tell you!

First, please join us in welcoming U-Con 2017 Guest of Honor Sarah “Doombringer” Richardson!

Guest of Honor Sarah “Doombringer” Richardson

Guest of Honor Sarah “Doombringer” Richardson

Sarah Richardson is currently working as Magpie Games’ Marketing Director, as well as one of their in house designers and developers. She is the author of the tabletop rpg Velvet Glove and co-author ofBluebeard’s Bride. In addition to her work with Magpie Games, she serves on the leadership team of the Indie Games Developer Network (IGDN) and has worked on a number of freelance projects throughout the RPG industry.
You can find more info on Sarah along with the rest of our Guests of Honor.
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2017 Event Preview – coming soon!

We are working hard on getting event registration ready! The lateness of Gen Con this year has pushed back some event submission. Currently, we have over 650 events in the system and are expecting at least 100 more.

However, more event submissions are welcome and encouraged – please do so now!

Our plan is to open event preview soon, and then event registration a few days after that!

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September Games Library Day A Week Early

If you are in town this Labor Day Sunday and find you have some spare time and a hankering to play some games, you are in luck! September’s Games Library Day is one week early this month. We will be gaming at the Arbor Brewing Company’s Microbrewery (or The Corner Brewery for us old school gamers) on the corner of Norris and Forest in Ypsilanti (720 Norris St, Ypsilanti) on Sunday, September 3rd (Noon to 4PM). As always, I’ll bring a selection of games from the Games Library and if you see something you’d like to play, leave a note here or on our Facebook page.

Hope to see you there!

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Dear Gamemasters!

Event submission for U-Con 2017 is underway, and we need your events! Information for Gamemasters can be found at: https://www.ucon-gaming.org/participation/gamemasters/

Please submit all of your events at: https://www.ucon-gaming.org/reg/gcs/gm/submit.php

We ask all gamemasters who wish to receive a Gamemaster Badge (which means that you free U-Con weekend registration) to run 6+ hours of events. If you wish to run less than six hours of games, that is fine too!

Guest of honor, industry insider, and special guest announcements are underway. Find the announcements at: https://www.ucon-gaming.org/program/guest-of-honor/

The earlier we receive your events, the better your chances of getting your preferred times AND the better your chances of having your events filled.

Pre-registration will open in September.

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2017 Guest of Honor Whitney Beltrán

Whitney Beltrán, AKA “Strix” is a writer and narrative designer for analogue and video games, scripts and features, and transmedia IP. She has written for studios including Undead Labs, Onyx Path, and Crackhorse Films. She is an expert in world building and narrative design, and holds a Master’s in Mythological Studies. She has published peer reviewed academic papers on psychology and narrative play, contributed a chapter to a university textbook on role-playing games, and has conducted research through Carnegie Mellon’s Human Computer Interaction Institute on technology and live action role-playing.
Strix also heads up a minority advocacy group called Gaming as Other, meant to empower marginalized members of the gaming community. She has recently released her own games, Bluebeard’s Bride. She regularly travels both locally and internationally to conventions and academic conferences to present papers, lecture, and most importantly, play. She believes that narrative games—games that tell stories—can be transformative and powerful tools for learning and growth.

Catch her Twitch show Weekly Affirmations, an exploration of indie games on Hyper Rabbit Power Go!

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