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:

Please submit all of your events at:

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:

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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2017 Guest of Honor Cam Banks

A native of New Zealand, Cam lives with his family in St Paul, Minnesota. Since 2013 he’s worked for Atlas Games as RPG director, producing games such as Feng Shui 2 and Unknown Armies 3. Prior to this he oversaw game development and design at Margaret Weis Productions, where he led the development of many games based on the Cortex and Cortex Plus systems: Smallville Roleplaying Game, Leverage: The Roleplaying Game, Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, and others. Cam contributed extensively to the Dragonlance campaign setting during its d20 years first as a designer and later as a developer and product manager.

Recently, Cam and his new company Magic Vacuum Design Studio licensed the rights to the Cortex system in all of its iterations on order to create Cortex Prime.

The Kickstarter for Cortex Prime runs through May 29. We look forward to Cam demonstrating the new version of Cortex Prime this fall! Join us!

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December GLD Reminder plus a New Initiative!

Greetings! I have a Games Library Day reminder plus a little bit of new info! For those of you who were at the U-Con wrap-up meeting last night you heard a little about this but for everyone else, we’ve decided to do monthly ConComesque (sorta) get togethers. We’ll take the first hour of Games Library Day to talk shop about U-Con, ask questions, answer questions, brainstorm, problem solve and lastly, socialize in general. And also eat and drink if you’ve a mind to. You don’t have to be on the ConCom to attend and you don’t have to attend if you don’t want to, but if you’ve ever been curious about U-Con, this is a good way to satiate that curiosity. After a brief gab session we’ll break away and do gaming proper so you won’t miss out on any GLD goodness.

December Games Library Day: 12/11/16 from Noon to 4pm (officially. So far there’s nothing planned after us so we can game until the cows come home.)

December U-Con Enthusiast Get Together (This needs a better name!) 12/11/16 Noon to 1PM.

Come join us!

Games Curator

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December Games Library Day…

It’s been one week since U-Con but that doesn’t mean you have to go without gaming: December’s Games Library Day is right around the corner! Wander over to Arbor Brewing Company (ABC) Microbrewery in Ypsilanti (map) (or as us locals keep calling it The Corner Brewery) on December 11th from noon to 4pm and get your game on. I’ll bring a select portion of the Games Library and you are welcome to bring any of your games that you’d like to play.

Also, as an after con treat, here are the 2017 Games Library Days.

2017 Games Library Day Schedule
Start time 12:00; End time (official) 4:00. Later if there isn’t anything else using that space.

January 8th
February 12th
March 12th
April 9th
May 7th (First Sunday!)
June 11th
July 9th
August 13th
September 10th
October 8th
November 12th
December 10th

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Online Reg, Reg Materials Pick-up, & Onsite Reg

Pre-registration has ended and online registration has begun.  Tickets and badges are still available for purchase, however Saturday and Weekend badges are now listed for our at-the-door prices.

Wed, 11/2 11:59p

ONLINE Registration ENDS

Thu, 11/10 8p-9p

Online Reg materials avail for pick-up

Fri, 11/11 8a

ONSITE Registration OPENS

Online Reg Materials Pick-up Time & Location

If you registered online before Wed, 11/2 11:59p, you can pick-up your registration materials (badges, tickets, t-shirts, Gamemaster packets) from us in the Marriott Eagle Crest lobby, right next to the View Bar from 8p-9p, Thu, 11/10. 

If you can’t make it, please pick up your materials at Registration during registration hours, beginning Fri, 11/11 8a.

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U-Con 2016 Con Book and T-Shirt – Pirates vs Superheroes

For our con book and t-shirt, we selected the theme of “Pirates vs Superheroes” as a tribute to all our guests of honor.  Dobby Doodles captured that idea with this great art.  The Con Book is now available for download.

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U-Con News and Reminders – 10/10/16

Hello Attendees,

Just a few of the things we wanted to remind you of this week.

New Artemis Events

Something new for U-Con. We’re hosting Artemis, a live, starship bridge simulator (via networked computers) for up to 6 players. (Please note: NO RIBBONS) Check it out at:

More Gaming Events Have Been Added

U-Con has more events than ever before! For those of you who have already pre-registered, you can see if there’s something else you’d like to play at:

Hotel Reservation Deadline: This Friday 10/14, 11:59p

Interested in staying at the beautiful, affordable, and adjoining Marriott Eagle Crest Ypsilanti during U-Con? See information on how to reserve today at:

Volunteer With Us

U-Con only succeeds with the help of our Volunteers. Please consider lending us a hand (and save yourself some money). Find details and our Volunteer application form at:

Thanks, and see you at the Con!

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Preregistration OPENS TODAY at 11 AM

Hello everyone,

U-Con PRE-REG IS OPEN today (9/22) at 11 AM!

Check out our events & programming and join us for THREE full days of gaming and fun: Friday, Nov 11th through Sunday, Nov 13th once again at the beautiful Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest.

* Order your U-Con badge (required for entry) at:

* Then, register for gaming events at:

Thanks and see you soon!

U-Con Team 2016


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