Get to know your 2017 U-Con Staff – Fred

What I do IRL:
I write grants for a consulting firm, specializing in grants for local governments and non-profits
My history with U-Con:
This is my fifth or so U-Con, and my first year on the Convention Committee. In the past, I’ve volunteered and helped with prize support and event running. I’ve also played a lot of games
Other than games, I read, buy books, and I love to cook. The precision in baking lets me channel my frustrated inner chemist, only you can eat the results of your experiment. That was always a no-no in chemistry…. I also watch a fair number of bad movies.
Favorite game
Favorites are hard because I always feel like I’m going to forget something. The games I’ve logged the most time playing lately are Trivial Pursuit Master Game/Genus Edition (the original one from the early 1980s) and Sentinels of the Multiverse. (On Steam, I’ve also logged a ridiculous number of hours in FTL. On my PS4, I’m a fan of BioWare RPGs and Final Fantasy X and XII.)
Favorite past U-Con moment
The 2015 U-Con on Friday night. We were playing Titansgrave with a GoH, Nicole Lindroos who also helped create the game. We were all having so much fun—and laughing so hard—that the GM gave us some random surprise encounters because we were too distracted to notice. That was one of the most fun and most memorable experiences I’ve ever had while gaming. I still laugh when I think back on how we solved some of those encounters.
Advice for U-Con newbs
Aside from the usual con-going advice (eat, sleep, and shower), volunteer. It’s a great way to meet folks and make friends. Clones are also great for U-Con. I always find there are more games in any given time slot than I can play. Clones (or some sort of hivemind) would solve the problem….
– Fred, RPG Lead, ConTessa Liaison, and helped edit the con book

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Get to know your U-Con Games Library

First; a disclosure: I’m the keeper of the library so I might be a bit biased about this aspect of U-Con. One of my favorite things to do when I have downtime at the con is to grab a friend of mine who is also waiting on the next game, or for the lunch line to die down, or for the stars to align and go peruse the Games Library.


As of this writing, there are 222 games in the library and although I’ve played a lot of them, I haven’t played all of them. And a lot of the ones I have played are worth playing again. So if you have some time stop by and grab a game. Be adventurous, grab the prettiest. Or the biggest. Or the one with the most parts (quite possibly Eclipse). If you hate it, there are 221 other games and one of those has got to be your new favorite game.
-Jeannette Q

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U-Con 2017 Preregistration Open!

Dragon Keeper sculpture by Claude Raymond Design

Greetings Gamers!

U-Con 2017 will be held November 17-19 at the Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest.

Preregistration will open TODAY, Monday, September 25 at 11 AM EDT. As an existing member of our gaming community, preregistration will help you get an early sneak peek at what will be on offer and how you might want to start planning out your weekend. We are still adding events, including ones from our Guests of Honor, so stay tuned for updates!

We are still adding events, including ones from our Guests of Honor, so stay tuned for updates!

Gamemasters, are you running or could you run Starfinder, Bluebeard’s Bride, Cortex Plus or Cortex Prime at U-Con?  If you’ve already submitted or plan to submit your events by October 2nd, you will qualify for an opportunity to chat with one of our guests over breakfast! Look for our breakfast events in the schedule.

Finally, please join us in welcoming all our guests to U-Con 2017Look for their events by browsing the tag “guest.”

See you in November!

Events Team
U-Con 2017

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U-Con 2017: Events Preview


U-Con 2017 is November 17-19 at the Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest

Everyone: The events preview is posted to our website.  Registration and ticket selection are currently disabled, with a planned opening of Monday, Sept 25 at 11 AM EDT.  We are still adding events, including ones from our Guests of Honor, so stay tuned for updates!

Gamemasters: Before preregistration goes live, we’d like to give you a chance to review the event schedule and request changes.  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. Banks or Amorphous. Apologies to the few people with duplicate last names – there is not a good way to filter for that currently.  Unique first names also work well.

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.

    • Check details, time, category, track, pricing.
    • Any editions to your events, please let us know.
    • Are your submitted events missing?
    • Do you have a conflict that you didn’t know of before?
    • Do your events overlap in a way that won’t work for you?

Please let us know of changes or concerns via our online contact form.

Thank you for being a part of U-Con. 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. We will keep Event Submission open until October 2.

See you in November!

Events Team
U-Con 2017

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Call for Photographer

Are you a professional or semi-professional photographer looking to get your name out? Are you going to be at this year’s U-Con? Do you wish you could help support this year’s con more but aren’t sure how?

If you answered yes to the above questions, let us know because we’d love your help in showing off how much fun we have this year!

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Industry Insiders ConTessa

Please join us in welcoming U-Con 2017 Industry Insiders ConTessa!


ConTessa is an organization dedicated to increasing diverse representation in tabletop gaming by running events led entirely by marginalized people, and enjoyed by everyone. They run their own  conventions online, and attend popular conventions (like U-Con) around the United States, bringing games, seminars, workshops, and panels using their innovative convention-within-a-convention format. They aim to provide open, inclusive, and safe environments that diversify what a leader looks like within our hobby.

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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!

Eagle Crest

You can find more details on our Venue page.

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