PrairieCon XL D&D Tournament Update

PrairieCon XL D&D Tournament Update

Greetings Earthlings!

Preparations for the Dungeons & Dragons Tournament are chugging along nicely, with our playtesting scheduled for next weekend. For those wondering what this year’s scenario is all about, we have a teaser description for you:

The predominantly Human nation of Perchwall has been at war with the Humanoid Lands for years. Your group of humanoids has been tasked with escorting a high value prisoner to a meeting with the humans, where you hope to exchange your prisoner for one of your captured spies with valuable information. Will you be able to keep your prisoner alive, and make it to the meeting in time? Will your spy have the information needed to turn the tide in the war?

The scenarios this year will be set in the world of Vitania, which was created by local D&D enthusiasts Chris Blaikie, Craig Dedrick, Alyssa Fraser, Graham Harvey, James Hood, Xisra Winder, and Xanthe Zarry. If you are curious about the setting, you can learn more about it here: . If you are keen to read up on the setting prior to the event, the tournament will predominantly involve the Humanoid Lands, Perchwall, Unari, and the Church of the Ninefold Way. Anyone is welcome to make use of the Vitania settings in their own games if they so desire.

Speaking of humanoids, please feast your eye-holes on this fabulous new character art from Alyssa Fraser:

PrairieCon XL D&D Tournament

PrairieCon XL D&D Tournament

Ahoy PrairieCon Community!

With the Spring Gamesday in the rear view mirror, our thoughts are naturally turning toward the big event in June, and for many, the centerpiece of the PrairieCon weekend continues to be the annual Dungeons & Dragons Tournament. I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know what the format of the event will be this year, and to debut the first of five original pieces of character artwork.

Once again, the tournament will be making use of the 5th edition rules set, and the characters will be relatively low level. This means that the game system is very straightforward and easy to learn, and you don’t need to have a single lick of 5th edition experience in order to come out and play. We have a rules preamble at the beginning of the event, and we assume that the players have little to know knowledge of the rules. Our friendly and experienced Dungeon Masters are there to help if there are any stumbling blocks. The tournament always has a fun and friendly atmosphere, and all scoring is based on roleplaying, problem solving, and accomplishing goals, so your limited exposure to the rules will not inhibit you in the least.

Based on the success of the past few years, the tournament will once again be a team event. This means that scoring is based on the team rather than the individual. Players are welcome to register as part of a team, or as individuals who will be assigned to a team. Unlike last year, the event will not be a multi-table event; all groups will independently run through identical scenarios in separate rooms.

We will share more information about the scenarios and registration over the coming weeks. For now, I will leave you with an introduction to the first of five characters, all of whom are somewhat… unusual this year. Thanks to Alyssa Fraser for the awesome character art.

Meow meow meow.

After Dark Sponsors the D&D Tournament! Pictures of minis!

Good news, everyone! After Dark Winnipeg has come on board as a sponsor of the 38th Annual PrairieCon Dungeons and Dragons Tournament! The After Dark gaming lounge in Winnipeg is a great establishment, with plenty of board games and a great space for running rpg’s – if you are in Winnipeg, be sure to check them out. Thanks so much to Michael and the After Dark team for sponsoring our event.

As many of you know, Rick Pemkowski hand-paints a set of miniatures to be used as prizes for the D&D Tournament every year. Behold his handiwork:

D&D Tournament Registration Update


After just two weeks of pre-registration, we have 44 players for the D&D Tournament! That is the highest levels we have seen in many years. As a result of this, we added an additional DM for Saturday to accommodate one more group. With a couple more weeks of pre-registration remaining, we have only two spots left open on Sunday and 8 on Saturday. If you are thinking of joining the game, don’t delay!

The last two pieces of character art from Alyssa Fraser are in. Meet The Con Artist and The Enforcer:

Registration is almost here!

Registration is tomorrow!

As this new character artwork (by Alyssa Fraser) for the D&D Tournament shows, The Rookie is just as excited as I am!

The tournament has been play-tested by our loyal cadre of DM’s, and it is all ready to go. All that remains is for you to register!

A quick reminder: if you intend to participate in the D&D Tournament as a team, each of your players will need to register, just like they normally would every year. To indicate who is on your team, have your team captain send an email to

I would also like to remind everyone that you can pre-order buttons featuring your team name and the six different character portraits from Alyssa Fraser at by May 19th.

Happy registration everyone!