U-Con Gaming Convention November 17-19, 2017, Ypsilanti, Michigan
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Board and Card Games

Friday

4p

6331 Wasteland Express Delivery Service: Game with the Creator , GM: Jonathan Gilmour, 5 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 4p-7p. You get to play with the designer of one of the hottest games of 2017! Take on the role of the half-insane drivers for the last delivery company left on earth: the Wasteland Express Delivery Service. In order to scratch out a living in this deranged universe, drivers will deliver goods and guns between the handful of settlements pockmarked throughout the hellscape that they call home and take on missions from the handful of factions still trying to hold onto the last dregs of civilization. General Audience (13+) $4.00

Saturday

2p

6330 Dead of Winter: Game with the Creator, GM: Jonathan Gilmour, 5 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 2p-5p. One of the biggest hits of 2014, Dead of Winter has become one of the best "co-op with a traitor" games of all time. Here's your chance to play with one of the designers who helped show that sometimes your fellow survivors can be worse than zombies. General Audience (13+) $4.00

6853 Cthulu Wars, GM: Ariel Celeste (ConTessa), 4 players, No XP/Average, Saturday 2p-4p. The Old Ones have risen. Monsters walk the Earth. Humanity is finished but the struggle continues. Which Great Old One will rule the ruins of Earth? Cthulhu Wars is a combination of strategic gaming and Lovecraftian horror, with the bonus of high-quality monster figures to make the end of the world even more fun. Cthulhu Wars is a fast-moving strategy game about the end of the world. You take part of various monstrous aliens seeking to dominate the world. You can play as Great Cthulhu himself, or you can take charge of the other factions, such as the slither hordes of the Crawling Chaos, or the insane minions of the Yellow Sign. Earn and cast spells and summon monsters unique to your own Faction. Each Faction is strikingly different in tactics and techniques. A strategy that works for the Black Goat will be ineffective for the Crawling Chaos. The game is for 2-4 players, and up to 8 with the expansions. Each Faction has multiple unique strategies for winning, so Cthulhu Wars has incredible depth and replay value. General Audience (13+) $2.00

8p

6332 Wasteland Express Delivery Service: Game with the Creator , GM: Jonathan Gilmour, 5 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 8p-11p. You get to play with the designer of one of the hottest games of 2017! Take on the role of the half-insane drivers for the last delivery company left on earth: the Wasteland Express Delivery Service. In order to scratch out a living in this deranged universe, drivers will deliver goods and guns between the handful of settlements pockmarked throughout the hellscape that they call home and take on missions from the handful of factions still trying to hold onto the last dregs of civilization. General Audience (13+) $4.00

Sunday

10a

6333 Dinosaur Island: Game with the Creator, GM: Jonathan Gilmour, 5 players, No XP/Simple, Sunday 10a-1p. One of the biggest hits of 2017. Here's your chance to play with one of the designers and show him that you can be more vicious than a velociraptor. General Audience (13+) $4.00

12p

6852 Cthulu Wars, GM: Ariel Celeste (ConTessa), 4 players, No XP/Average, Sunday 12p-2p. The Old Ones have risen. Monsters walk the Earth. Humanity is finished but the struggle continues. Which Great Old One will rule the ruins of Earth? Cthulhu Wars is a combination of strategic gaming and Lovecraftian horror, with the bonus of high-quality monster figures to make the end of the world even more fun. Cthulhu Wars is a fast-moving strategy game about the end of the world. You take part of various monstrous aliens seeking to dominate the world. You can play as Great Cthulhu himself, or you can take charge of the other factions, such as the slither hordes of the Crawling Chaos, or the insane minions of the Yellow Sign. Earn and cast spells and summon monsters unique to your own Faction. Each Faction is strikingly different in tactics and techniques. A strategy that works for the Black Goat will be ineffective for the Crawling Chaos. The game is for 2-4 players, and up to 8 with the expansions. Each Faction has multiple unique strategies for winning, so Cthulhu Wars has incredible depth and replay value. General Audience (13+) $2.00

2p

6334 Path of Light and Shadow: Game with the Creator, GM: Jonathan Gilmour, 4 players, No XP/Simple, Sunday 2p-5p. One of the biggest hits of 2017. Here's your chance to play with one of the designers and show him if you will rule with a gentle hand or an iron fist. General Audience (13+) $4.00

Role Playing

Friday

9a

6909 Dungeon Crawl Classics : DCC: The Accursed Heart, GM: Brendan LaSalle, 7 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 9a-1p. You're no hero. You're an adventurer; a reaver, a cutpurse, a heathen-slayer, a tight-lipped warlock guarding long dead secrets. You seek gold and glory, winning it with sword and spell, caked in the blood and filth of the weak, the dark, the demons, and the vanquished. There are treasures to be won deep underneath, and you shall have them.... The journey before you holds great risks. Your very humanity could be stripped away, your body deformed, your mind erased, your soul snatched away. But if the prophecies be true, one shall walk away with cosmic power and the key to a world of riches. Will it be you? This is a zero-level funnel. General Audience (13+) $4.00

10a

6552 Dungeon Crawl Classics: The One Who Watches from Below, GM: Bailey Nichols (ConTessa), 8 players, No XP/Average, Friday 10a-2p. Will you brave the Temple of Shigazilnizthrub and emerge with fat purses and tales of legend? Or will your sanity be stretched beyond its limits while your body becomes fodder for the voracious acid worms? All are welcome to test their mettle in this level 1 DCC Adventure! General Audience (13+) $4.00

6916 Cortex Prime: Eidolon Alpha, GM: Cam Banks, 6 players, No XP/Average, Friday 10a-1p. Playtest this setting where those who can channel the mighty powers of the legendary Eidolons struggle to keep their city-states safe from malignant evils of the mind, body, and soul. Embody the wrath of the Gorgon, the tenacity of the Hydra, or the adaptability of the Chimera in this preview of a Cortex Prime world. General Audience (13+) $6.00

1p

6910 Dungeon Crawl Classics : Xcrawl: Please Xcrawl Don't Hurt 'Em, GM: Brendan LaSalle, 7 players, No XP/Average, Friday 1p-5p. It's time for the game that's protesting black puddings until Cosby testifies...Xcrawl! Yes, your favorite Live-On-Pay-Per-View death sport is back and badder than ever. Newly joined forces with the elegantly lethal Dungeon Crawl Classics rules system, Xcrawl is better than ever! DJ Rosie the Riveting's revolting retinue of rapscallions has come to Detroit! In what's being billed as the first-ever skyscraper crawl, Crawl Teams must face perils on a level never-before seen in the Empire! Do you have what it takes to survive this winner-take-all event? General Audience (13+) $4.00

7p

6549 Free Wolves: The Resistance, GM: Emily Danvers (ConTessa), 10 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 7p-11p. The world turned upside down when the first werewolf was caught on camera. It's up to you to navigate this strange, fraught new world. Join this homebrew creation in a world created by Emily Danvers of ConTessa and Swords and Wizardry Developer and ConTessa Head, Stacy Dellorfano. Navigate the near future where being a werewolf is very real and quickly becoming illegal. You're the member of a very public pack led by one of the oldest werewolves in the world and his husband, fighting back against those who think you're subhuman in the current political climate. This adventure will take you all over the world as you try to uncover a conspiracy and make the world a little better for your fellow werewolves. General Audience (13+) $4.00

6911 Dungeon Crawl Classics : Village of Gillkas (Pt 1), GM: Brendan LaSalle, 7 players, No XP/Average, Friday 7p-11p. Meet the residents of the Village of Gillkas, and discover the perils and secrets that lie beneath. This three-part adventure harkens back to the modules of old using DCC, and introduces new players to the world of Narosia by Legendsmiths. No experience necessary, characters provided, and no need to play any of the other parts. http://www.legendsmiths.com/narosia General Audience (13+) $4.00

8p

6763 Bluebeard's Bride, GM: Sarah Richardson, 4 players, No XP/Average, Friday 8p-12a. You are a new bride and your husband has left you alone in your new home while he attends to urgent business. He has given you keys to all of the mansion’s many rooms, but warns you never to venture into his private chamber. Can you resist the seductive and dreadful mystery that lies behind the keyhole? In this one-shot horror game you play an aspect of a young bride’s mind. Bluebeard’s Bride is a PbtA tabletop role-playing game where players explore the Bluebeard fairy tale and investigate mature and troubling feminine themes. Mature Content (18+) $6.00

6861 Dungeon Crawl Classics: The Low Game, GM: Doug Kovacs, 8 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 8p-12a. You have seen Goblins, and maybe Orcs, but it's still hard to tell them apart. Halflings are dirty pecks. Some say there are such things as Elves, and the Stoutfellas are best avoided where you come from. You have only ever seen the most basic of hedge magic, if that. You are not even sure it wasn't just a trick. Your city, the city of Cube, was in the path of a humanoid hoard crashing into what you are told was once an Empire. Some called the hoard the Army of the Black Eagle, some just called it the Doom. Reluctantly, you were conscripted into the Army of Cube and given some fundamental training. Prior to that you had never been outside of the Low End much less outside the city of Cube. Being able to see stars in the sky and waking up to something other than coughing fits is still somewhat amazing to you. Along with neighborhood friends in your unit, you are now in a bad spot; overrun and behind enemy lines. It's not looking good. General Audience (13+) $4.00

Saturday

9a

6912 Dungeon Crawl Classics : Village of Gillkas (Pt 2), GM: Brendan LaSalle, 7 players, No XP/Average, Saturday 9a-1p. Meet the residents of the Village of Gillkas, and discover the perils and secrets that lie beneath. This three-part adventure harkens back to the modules of old using DCC, and introduces new players to the world of Narosia by Legendsmiths. No experience necessary, characters provided, and no need to play any of the other parts. http://www.legendsmiths.com/narosia General Audience (13+) $4.00

10a

6917 Cortex Prime: Hammerheads, GM: Cam Banks, 6 players, No XP/Average, Saturday 10a-1p. Playtest this Cortex Prime world of international rescue, daring disaster recovery, wicked saboteurs, and colossal machines in the near future. Join the ranks of the Hammerheads, a global response initiative committed to saving lives and stopping geo-terrorism in its tracks. General Audience (13+) $6.00

6p

6551 Dungeon Crawl Classics: The Emerald Enchanter, GM: Bailey Nichols (ConTessa), 8 players, No XP/Average, Saturday 6p-12a. This level 2 DCC adventure is a good, old fashioned dungeon crawl. Explore the Emerald Enchanter's keep, discover his strange expiriments and enigmatic machinery, save your fellow villagers and, if you're lucky, escape with treasures beyond your imagination. General Audience (13+) $4.00

7p

6548 The Free Wolves: The Temple of the Crystal Staff, GM: Emily Danvers (ConTessa), 10 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 7p-11p. The year is 1942. Almost no one knows that the paranormal is real. At least, you thought that was the case. Word has gotten around in the werewolf community that the Nazis are breaking open tombs, looking for ancient artifacts of great power that could tip the war in their favor. Because really, who else would be digging up artifacts of great power? You've been tasked with diving into one of these tombs and securing the artifact before the Reich can claim it for their own. Unlike The Free Wolves: The Resistance, Temple of the Crystal Staff won't focus as much on LGBT issues and race, though diverse characters are still strongly encouraged. This is meant to be simply a fun dungeon dive instead of the heavier themes in The Resistance. General Audience (13+) $4.00

6761 Lamentations of the Flame Princess: The Seclusium of Orphone of the Three Visions, GM: Sarah Richardson, 5 players, No XP/Average, Saturday 7p-11p. The Seclusium of Orphone of the Three Visions, in which are perils and treasures both material and obscure, may be vulnerable to incursion, as their mistress has not been seen in months ... What wonders await you on this island of brooding severity and shadows? Play through an attack on a wizard’s secret hideout, generated using Vincent Baker’s toolkit for Lamentations of the Flame Princess. Pregens provided, and rules taught. Beginners welcome! All are unlikely to survive. Will you find unearthly treasures? Or will you become trapped yourself, awaiting the next foolish party to venture within... Adults Only (18+) $6.00

6913 Dungeon Crawl Classics : DCC: Symptom of the Universe, GM: Brendan LaSalle, 7 players, Some XP/Average, Saturday 7p-11p. You're no hero. You're an adventurer; a reaver, a cutpurse, a heathen-slayer, a tight-lipped warlock guarding long dead secrets. You seek gold and glory, winning it with sword and spell, caked in the blood and filth of the weak, the dark, the demons, and the vanquished. There are treasures to be won deep underneath, and you shall have them.... "...when our love will ride away into eternal skies; A Symptom of the Universe, a love that never dies." When a hero dies, only the dream remains. Who dare seek answers in the death dream of the most dangerous man in the world? This is an experimental DCC scenario for 4th level characters. Adults Only (18+) $4.00

8p

6615 Starfinder RPG: The Desothar Enigma, GM: James Sutter, 5 players, Some XP/Average, Saturday 8p-11p. Your starship crew must delve into an alien temple on the newly discovered world of Desothar in search of a valuable artifact. Yet you might not be the only team vying for the prize… General Audience (13+) $6.00

6860 Dungeon Crawl Classics: Inferno Road, GM: Doug Kovacs, 30 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 8p-12a. Multi-Judge Event: First run after hours at GenCon, this game is described as "basically Heavy Metal Mad Max meets Hieronymus Bosch." The sky is a roaring fire. Hot sulfurous winds whip over caustic ash dunes and howl through the smoldering ruins of infernal temples and iron prisons. Blue flames of hate burst among the slag heaps of pain. Devil bellies rumble in want of Souls in every hole and crack. Cutting through it all like a straight razor through soft flesh, a white highway paved with the skulls of the damned stretches to the burning black horizon. A bellow of boundless rage, titanic and rolling like a great wave of doom, shakes the blackened stones. The Lord of the Flies is betrayed. Blazing beams slash through the gloom of the clinging soot fog, and a deep, ominous rumble begins to rise. General Audience (13+) $4.00

Sunday

10a

6914 Dungeon Crawl Classics : Village of Gillkas (Part 3), GM: Brendan LaSalle, 7 players, No XP/Average, Sunday 10a-2p. Meet the residents of the Village of Gillkas, and discover the perils and secrets that lie beneath. This three-part adventure harkens back to the modules of old using DCC, and introduces new players to the world of Narosia by Legendsmiths. No experience necessary, characters provided, and no need to play any of the other parts. http://www.legendsmiths.com/narosia General Audience (13+) $4.00

12p

6550 Swords and Wizardry: Zaya's Promise, GM: Emily Danvers (ConTessa), 10 players, No XP/Simple, Sunday 12p-4p. Long ago, a whole town and the valley it inhabited disappeared. Rumors persist that the town was swallowed up by a sea of brambles and the valley made uninhabitable. Dare you seek what lies inside? Join a short crawl through a dungeon that's different every time it's played. Go looking for treasure in a fun house wonderland dungeon that's just as deadly as it is fascinating. Family Friendly (7+) $4.00

6614 Starfinder RPG: The Desothar Enigma, GM: James Sutter, 5 players, Some XP/Average, Sunday 12p-3p. Your starship crew must delve into an alien temple on the newly discovered world of Desothar in search of a valuable artifact. Yet you might not be the only team vying for the prize… General Audience (13+) $6.00

1p

6762 Velvet Glove, GM: Sarah Richardson, 5 players, No XP/Average, Sunday 1p-4p. It’s the ‘70s. High school’s a drag, and your parents are worse. There are skeezeballs that catcall you on the street, and teachers who wouldn’t know cool if it slapped them. You live in a crummy neighborhood, and all the excitement seems to be happening somewhere—anywhere—else. What’s a girl to do to get a little money and have some fun? Welcome to the gang. Your girls have your back. There’s drugs to be used, crime to be done, and sex to be had—if you’re willing to pay the price. Can you dig it? Velvet Glove is a PbtA tabletop role-playing game where you play a teenage girl in a gang on the streets of 1970’s America. Mature Content (18+) $6.00

3p

6915 Dungeon Crawl Classics : DCC: New Sky Over Normaltown, GM: Brendan LaSalle, 40 players, Some XP/Average, Sunday 3p-5p. The elevator pitch: DCC. Two Hours. High Intensity. Zero and first level. Based on the Novel. Funnel. Not a Funnel. Experimental. One of the previous statements was false. We aren't just saying, So Long, U-Con - we're going to blow out a whole new door and moonwalk into the New Sky. General Audience (13+) $2.00

Special Events

Friday

5p

6859 OSR Panel: DCC Artists Talk, GM: Doug Kovacs, 100 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 5p-7p. START TIME IS 5:30 for this event. Come listen to DCC RPG artists Doug Kovacs and Stefan Poag talk about their work experiences on DCC and other RPGs. As with previous OSR Track seminars, this discussion will open up to a Q&A with the audience and will be recorded. This event will be in the OSR Track Room. Family Friendly (7+) Free!

11p

6794 Happy Hour Mixer , GM: U-Con Staff, 30 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 11p-1a. Join some Guests of Honor and staff for drinks at the bar! Adults Only (18+) Free!

Saturday

2p

6922 Panel: Gamemaster Tips, GM: Shane Harsch, 20 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 2p-3p. Join guests James Sutter, Brendan LaSalle, Emily Danvers, and Sarah Richardson in a panel discussion with tips and advice for gamemasters. Veteran GMs and new GMs alike are welcome to come and learn from industry insiders. General Audience (13+) Free!

3p

6924 Panel: Feminine Horror in Games, GM: Shane Harsch, 20 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 3p-4p. Join moderator Sarah Richardson in a panel discussion about feminine horror in gaming. General Audience (13+) Free!

4p

6925 Panel: Design a Monster for Starfinder, GM: Shane Harsch, 20 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 4p-5p. Join guests James Sutter, Sarah Richardson, Cam Banks, and Brendan LaSalle to design a monster for Paizo's newest space RPG Starfinder! General Audience (13+) Free!

5p

6926 Panel: Moral Quandaries in Gaming: (Or, Arguing About Alignment), GM: Shane Harsch, 20 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 5p-6p. Join guests James Sutter, Emily Danvers, Brendan LaSalle, and Cam Banks in a panel discussion about the moral quandaries in gaming and how alignments should- or should not- be used. General Audience (13+) Free!

6p

6918 What to Expect from Cortex Prime, GM: Cam Banks, 45 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 6p-7p. Set for launch in 2018, this new toolkit game system met all of its funding goals and is primed for release with over two dozen sample settings and worlds with hundreds of customizable rules and character options. Whether you were a Kickstarter backer or only just heard about it, Cam Banks of Magic Vacuum Design Studio is here to tell you all about the latest incarnation of the Cortex system: Cortex Prime. General Audience (13+) Free!

11p

6795 Happy Hour Mixer , GM: U-Con Staff, 30 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 11p-1a. Join some Guests of Honor and staff for drinks at the bar! Adults Only (18+) Free!