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GottaCon 2014 Gaming Convention Feb 28 – Mar 2, 2014

user 20544761
Victoria, BC
Post #: 194
GottaCon 2014 Gaming Convention Feb 28 – Mar 2, 2014

After a fifth successful year, GottaCon 2014 is set to take place on February 28th to March 2nd, 2014 at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, BC. The 2013 show saw an increase in attendance which exceeded 1,600 individual attendees and attendance for the 2014 show is expected to continue to grow.

GottaCon is a three-day broad spectrum gaming convention that is held annually in February in Victoria, British Columbia. GottaCon celebrates the science fiction and fantasy genres, covers many related hobbies and offers a one stop experience for the fans and enthusiasts of those genres.

The vision of GottaCon is to host something for everyone including free-play and tournaments in board games, collectible/non-collectible miniatures, collectible trading cards, role-playing games, and electronic gaming as well as demonstrations, contests, information sessions, workshops, discussion panels and a variety of exhibitors.

Our goal is to deliver a high quality and exciting environment that will establish GottaCon as an annual destination that participants will return to for years to come. Our 2014 event, called GottaCon 2014, will be our sixth show. The convention doors open at 5:00pm Friday and close at 6:00pm Sunday.

GottaCon will take place at Victoria Conference Centre at 720 Douglas Street. with over 47,000 square feet of floor space.

History of GottaCon Attendance
First show (GottaCon 2009) attendance: 600
Second show (GottaCon 2010) attendance: 900
Third show (GottaCon 2011) attendance: 1100
Fourth show (GottaCon 2012) attendance: 1500
Fifth show (GottaCon 2013) attendance: 1600
Anticipated GottaCon 2014 attendance: 1800 to 2000 Individuals

If you still haven’t experienced what GottaCon has to offer then you should definitely check out our 2014 show. For more information, please visit our web site at or e-mail one of the owners or our staff at the following addresses:

Carson Upton, Partner:
Evan Hatch, Partner:

Chris Gensey, Volunteer Manager:
Mike Gruber, Role Playing Game Manager:
Lee Guille, Board Games Manager:
Paul Puhallo, Miniatures Manager:
Sol Kauffman, Social Media Manager:
BC Gamer, LAN Operations:
Kellan Johnson, LAN Events
Wilf Rondeau, Office Manager

We will also be making numerous announcements over the next few weeks around sponsors, events and developments so please keep an eye on our website, Facebook page, and Twitter account to stay up to date.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our convention.
user 20544761
Victoria, BC
Post #: 203
I'm excited to announce that Jonathan Tweet is coming to GottaCon for a Walk & Talk! He'll be here Saturday from 1-2pm at the RPG area. Topics are games, science fiction, fantasy, geeky interests, and conventions; or pose your own questions to the group. Originally a Burning Man event.

Jonathan Tweet has been bringing new ideas to roleplaying games since 1987. He authored or co-authored the RPGs Ars Magica (1987), Over the Edge (1992), Everway (1995), D&D 3rd Ed (2000), and Omega World (2002) and is in the Origins Gaming Hall of Fame. His latest RPG, 13th Age, brings story-oriented, indie-style creativity to familiar d20-style gaming. Jonathan values roleplaying games because they inspire players to be creative. He is a Burning Man regular, an armchair evolutionary psychologist, and an atheist Sunday school teacher. You can follow him on G+ right here:­
user 20544761
Victoria, BC
Post #: 208
GottaCon 2014 Panel Line-Up Part 3 - Sunday

Panels of GottaCon 2014 on Sunday

The Future of Gaming
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Making Kickass RPG Adventures
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm

Storytelling in Video Games: Telling Tales Around the Digital Campfire
Time: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Memorable Characters in Literature and Games
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The Art of Gaming
Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

PC vs Console, Digital vs Physical, Cable vs Netflix
Time: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Complete panel and guest information can be found here.

For full details on Sunday events and on the panelists and performers visit our website
user 20544761
Victoria, BC
Post #: 213
GottaCon 2014 Extends Advanced Tickets Sales

GottaCon 2014 is happy to announce due to high demand we will be extending tickets sales until 11:59pm Feb 16.

Buy early, save money.
user 20544761
Victoria, BC
Post #: 218
Saturday, March 1, at GottaCon will be a great day for costume lovers.

GottaCon 2014 Costume Contest
Registration: 10:00am to 4:30pm at the Northwest Fan Fest Booth, located next to the GottaCon Photo Booth
Deliberation: 5:00pm to 6:00pm in the main theatre – closed to the public
Awards Presentation: 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the main theatre – open to the public

Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, you’re welcome to strut your stuff at the GottaCon Costume Contest, sponsored by Dragon Impact and Northwest Fan Fest. Compete with others to win a prize in one of several categories. Judging will be based on individual costumes. Skits will not be performed (sorry)

For full details on categories and prizes please visit our website.

Costume Themed Party
Time: 8:00pm to Midnight
Location:The Tectoria Gamer Lounge

This year we will be hosting our first ever costume themed party in our new Gamer Lounge! Come out and show off your costume of choice (please adhere to our costume policies) and mix and mingle with other convention attendees. The party will have a live DJ, comfortable atmosphere, cash bar, and fun events Like a Karaoke challenge and fan favorites costume voting. Plus, we will ask all our costume contest finalists to show off their hard work for all to see! Join us Saturday night in the Tectoria Gamer Lounge

Please note this is a 19+ only event. Valid convention pass required to enter, entry to the event is free. Capacity is limited.

Please consult our costume and weapons policy on our POLICIES PAGE.
user 20544761
Victoria, BC
Post #: 221
Role Playing Games Line-Up at GottaCon 2014

Today we announce our role playing games line-up planned for GottaCon 2014 which will be held February 28 to March 2, 2014 at The Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria BC (720 Douglas Street).

Normally we would provide you with a whole bunch of highlights but this year, there are just too many events to shine a light on! There are over 100 RPG sessions in over 30 game systems scheduled and numerous special events and celebrity sessions including:

Live Improv Double-Header – Two Shows For The Price Of One, Plus Short Film in the Theatre

Walk & Talk with Jonathan Tweet

An entire room dedicated to Pathfinder and Pathfinder Society

Midnight Madness is back with “Descent into Midnight’s Madness”

Celebrity Game Master Events including:
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1E – The Kaadwalader Affair By: Steven Saunders of Black Goat Games
Pathfinder – To Hell and Back: A Standard Action Adventure – Part 1 By Joanna Gaskell of Standard Action
Pathfinder – To Hell and Back: A Standard Action Adventure – Part 2 By Rob Hunt of Standard Action
Sypcraft Third Edition – Spycraft Third Edition Playtest: “Full House” By Alex Flagg of Crafty Games
D&D Next – Upcoming Adventure Playtest By Chris Tulach, D&D Program Manager of Wizards of the Coast

Massive Werewolf event is back and brought to you by Knoll Stevenson

Something for the little ones! Faery’s Tale Deluxe – Faery’s Tale Adventure By Courtney Raines

Discussion panels including:
Standard Action Live Action D&D
Game Master’s Dirty Tricks: Troubleshooting Tabletop Tribulations
Standard Action Screening
Making Kickass RPG Adventures
Memorable Characters in Literature and Games

For a complete look at our RPG line up please visit our website and take a look at our program.

We hope you find a few games above to your liking and will come out to GottaCon 2014!
user 20544761
Victoria, BC
Post #: 227
GottaCon 2014 Wrap-up

GottaCon 2014 saw explosive growth from over last year, with approximately 3000 individuals coming through the doors. 2013 saw 1600, meaning our attendance growth was a staggering 88%! Our new venue and hosts (The Victoria Conference Centre, Fairmont Empress and the City of Victoria) were exceptional and their support and assistance with delivery made it a very positive and memorable experience. We can’t even count how many times attendees, exhibitors, guests, sponsors, etc came up to us and commented how great the new venue turned out to be.

Summary of Successes:

Continued increase in attendance (88% increase)

Our volunteer team of over 65 “Wardens” did a fantastic job given the unexpected attendance

Record number of individual events by record number of event coordinators delivered

Video Gaming LAN was hugely successful and will see another increase next year to 250+ BYOC seats. Introduction of our new tournament systems and upgraded stream coverage was well received. LAN functioned at 100% for the entire event.

RPG growth in Pathfinder as well as various other systems was significant

Huge Magic: the Gathering events continue to be an attraction and saw record attendance

GottaCon continues to host the largest miniature based event in western Canada…likely in Canada with 170+ competitive players playing at one time

Board games area saw huge growth and was consistently busy, BG library saw another large increase in use (nearly 300 sign outs) and more freeplay space is once again need to accommodate demand.

Introduction of second track of panels and nearly 3x as many panels was well attended

GottaCon Attendee Ticket and Event (GATE) System continued to successful speed up attendee registration in the face of near double attendee numbers.

Student day was a huge success with over 400 secondary students attending our video game industry panel and unveiling of the student work experience opportunities project through the local video game studios.

GottaCon and VIATeC held the first pre-show media event Friday with the focus on our fantastic local video game studio sponsors.

Expanded management team helped to deliver a smooth event in our most challenging year ever.

Summary of Challenges:

Despite a space increase of nearly 100%, space continues to be a major concern given growth. 2015 will see the addition of 18,000sqft as we take over Crystal Gardens as well. Ticket sale limits will once again be implemented for our 2015 show as we are expecting 4000 to 5000 attendees. We continue to encourage advance ticket purchases.

Opening night lineups were looong but we keep it moving thanks to our fantastic volunteers. 2015 will see a 100% increase in badge registration check-in kiosks will include designated advance ticket holder check-in location in a different area to provide additional benefit for advance ticket holders. We are also going to do our best to open will call for a period of time the Thursday night before the convention opens.

Announcement system was reported to be disruptive and annoying. We are exploring options for 2015 such as an announcement app that attendees can choose to receive and a scheduled convention wide announcement track for major content and emergencies only.

The new venue has a confusing layout and despite our large floor plan posters, attendees had a hard time finding events. We are looking to implement “Ask Me” stations at various locations on the convention floor with signage and volunteers to direct and answer questions. We will also have more area specific floor banners created to help identify key areas from a distance.

Freeplay board game tables were in short supply despite significant expansion. We will be increasing space allocation in 2015.

“Puke-achu”…enough said

BYOC attendees had a long haul with their gear. In 2015 we will implement a “porter” system where volunteers will help transport gear with dollies. Also we are considering early check-in and PC setup for BYOC attendees on Friday.

The auction was hugely successful again but the structure of how it is operated needs to be modified to deal with the volume of items and the processing time of sellers and buyers. We are exploring options for 2015.

The food court was hard to find. Unfortunately the space used was the closest available space that was available for use by the Empress for 2014. 2015 will see the food court move to a more accessible and visible location.

Outside food brought in by all levels of stakeholders was noted by GottaCon and venue staff alike. As per our policies and the policies of the venue, outside food is not permitted. We understand this is a change from previous GottaCon events but we have new event partners and we would like everyone to respect the policies in place.

Alcohol brought in by attendees was out of control. As a result 2015 will see mandatory bag checks. Any alcohol found on a person that is unopened will need to be immediately removed from the facility or left at coat check. Any open alcohol will be confiscated, the attendee in possession of it will have their badge revoked and will be removed from the venue for the remainder of the event.

Theft was an issue this year with numerous items going missing from the tournament system area. If by chance you accidently took home one of our Logitech G35 headsets and/or G400s mice we sure would appreciate their safe return…no questions asked.
GottaCon would like to thank all the fantastic volunteers and event coordinators who came out and made the event awesome as well as the amazing sponsors that helped us deliver events with excellent prizes.

Another big thanks to our area managers; BC Gamer, Sol Kauffman, Chris Gensey, Jules Sherred, Lee Guille, Mike Gruber, Glenn Morgan, Paul Puhallo, Kellan Johnson and Wilf Rondeau.

If you have any feedback please send a email to Carson Upton:

Look for more information on GottaCon 2015, Feb 27 to Mar 1, 2015 coming soon to our website!
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