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.
tl;dr: Please GM games/volunteer at PrairieCon! Email your games and interests into email@example.com by March 20.
PRAIRIECON IS EXTRA LARGE THIS YEAR.
Hello PrairieCon GM (and Volunteer)!
It’s our 40th year! XL, get it! Well, we are easily amused. But this is a signature year for us and we want you to be there. We want you there to run games. Big games, Large games, Colossal games! And small games too. Any and all games and in large numbers. So come out and game large!
To make this a big convention, we need your help. We need volunteers to run games and do the many other important tasks that make the con a success. Become a PrairieCon Gamemaster or a PrairieCon Volunteer. Or both! The more games we have, the more successful we can be and the more perfect PrairieCon will become. If running games is not for you, we have other big ways to help like setup, cleanup, running the canteen, and registration.
This year, we would like to have more kids games and more heavy games. If you have some games that would fit these categories, I want to hear from you! Also we need more RPGs, especially non-standard ones. If you have an idea for a (for example) Chill, CoC or Amber game, I want you to run it! Finally if you have a game on the BGG “The Hotness” list, we’re interested! The list, as of the end of January, is copied below.
PrairieCon 2019 (XL/40) will be at Assiniboine Community College this year, 14-16 June 2019. Similar to last year, we have 17 slots during the entire weekend with a duration of 2 hours each. With this we may offer many shorter games with the option of double or longer slot opportunities for heavier gaming. See the attached slot schedule pdf.
As a way of thanking you for making the summer Convention a success, Gamemasters and volunteers alike will receive some special perks. The more slots in which you run games or volunteer your time the more perks you will get. See the attached recognition and incentive PDF.
By 20 March, we need the details about your games. The info we need is in the attached Gamemaster FAQ and Game Submission Requirements. Again this year, all GMs who provide all of the information requested, in a manner that may be easily copied and pasted, by the deadline of 20 March, will be entered into a special thank you draw. Giving us all the info early makes our lives easier.
Once you are at the convention, come to registration and we will get you set up. Make sure to come early, as there are always complications 🙂
If you want to GM but are not sure what you want to run, let me know. We sometimes receive Play-to-Win games that need GMs. In you’re interested, contact me.
Tuki Aftershock Wingspan The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth Vindication Root Gloomhaven Iwari Terraforming Mars SpaceCorp Spirit Island Battle of the Bards Arkham Horror: The Card Game Teotihuacan: City of Gods Architects of the West Kingdom Scythe DinoGenics Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done Sleeping Gods Nemesis Aeon’s End: Legacy New Frontiers Prêt-à-Porter Doppelt so clever The Quacks of Quedlinburg Mage Knight Board Game Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition) Azul Great Western Trail Gaia Project Nemeton KeyForge: Call of the Archons The 7th Continent Gùgōng Forum Trajanum Black Angel Underwater Cities Brass: Birmingham Concordia Western Legends The City of Kings Kingdom Death: Monster Dinosaur Island The Castles of Burgundy That’s Pretty Clever Legends of Andor Pandemic Alone Arkham Horror (Third Edition) Rising Sun
Once you get to the site, there are a few simple steps you have to follow:
Create an account, with an email validation
Purchase your pass (or redeem your gift pass)
Choose your games!.
A few things to keep in mind while you’re going through your registration:
We process payment using Paypal, you don’t need an account with paypal to pay, but you will need a credit card.
There is no ‘save games’ button at the bottom of the site. Your game choices are saved as you select them!
If people have technical problems during registration, they have to use the “Contact Us” through the registration page.
Please do not go and post on Facebook looking for help or support. The Contact Us button goes directly to the web administrator who built the registration system and he is the only one who can help you if there is a technical issue.
We don’t foresee any issues, but we want to make sure you have your problem resolved as soon as possible!
The Field of the God of War will be the Site of the Clash of the Army and the Dragon.
And this Clash will be a Sight.
Who will win?
Will you Burn in the Fires of the Wyrm?
Or will you have what it takes to win Victory?
Gather your team (or find a team there) and come to the City of Light and Dark for a battle of a kind that PrairieCon has never seen before!
All you need to be Victorious is your skill and your luck. Will you have what it takes to be a member of the Victorious Army? An army tough and smart enough to put down a Dragon? Find out at PrairieCon in the D&D Tournament.
Remember how we said that each character in the D&D Tournament this year is an individual?
Well, We meant it! Take a look!
Each character has their own miniature (each painted by the talented Rick Pemkowski). With these minis (and many more still to come), it will soon be time for you to make your way into the City of Light and Dark.
Who will you, your group and the entire company of Twenty-Four support? What secrets will you find? Will you all be able to work as a team? Or will you fall into disorder and death. Which treasures will you unlock, and which will the other players reveal. In the Last Battle, will you have what you need to survive? Find out on Saturday or Sunday this year at PrairieCon!
And if you like the mini, it’s yours to keep. Trust me, you’ll have paid for it by then.
p.s. You may enter as an individual. Having a group in mind when you register is a good idea but it’s not required. We will find you a group.