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IGDA Victoria Message Board › GottaCon 2012 Gaming Convention Returns for 4th Year- February 3 to 5, 2012

GottaCon 2012 Gaming Convention Returns for 4th Year- February 3 to 5, 2012

A former member
Post #: 1
After a third successful year, GottaCon 2012 is set to take place on February 3rd to 5th, 2012 at the Pearkes Recreation centre in Victoria, BC. The 2011 show saw an increase in attendance which exceeded 1,100 attendees and attendance for the 2012 show is expected to continue to grow.

GottaCon is a three-day broad spectrum gaming convention that is held annually on the first weekend 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, 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 2012 event is called GottaCon 2012. The convention doors open at 5:00pm Friday and do not close until 7:00pm Sunday (around the clock gaming for an entire weekend).

GottaCon will take place at Pearkes Recreation Centre at 3100 Tillicum Rd. with over 24,000 square feet of floor space (for facility details, visit: http://www.saanich.ca...­.

History of GottaCon Attendance
First show (GottaCon 2009) attendance: 600
Second show (GottaCon 2010) attendance: 900
Third show (GottaCon 2011) attendance: 1100
Anticipated attendance at GottaCon 2012 show: 1300 to 1500

If you still haven’t experienced what GottaCon has to offer then you definitely check out our 2012 show. For more information, please visit our web site at www.gottacon.com or e-mail one of the owners or our staff at the following addresses:

Owners
Carson Upton, Partner: cupton@gottacon.com
Evan Hatch, Partner: ehatch@gottacon.com

Staff
Bonnie Beyea, Volunteer Manager: volunteers@gottacon.com
Corey Burger, Role Playing Game Manager: rpgs@gottacon.com
Dan Erickson, Board Games Manager: boardgames@gottacon.com
Julia Sherred, Special Events Manager: specialevents@gottacon.com
Paul Puhallo, Miniatures Manager: ppuhallo@gottacon.com

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 group and twitter account to stay up to date.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our convention!
A former member
Post #: 1
GottaCon 2012 Paintball Fundraiser

Welcome to the fourth annual GottaCon paintball fundraiser!! We invite you to come out for an exciting day of paintball on October 23, 2011! Come out and support your local GottaCon convention by shooting your friends with paint at Victoria Paintball Advenures! Also this year we have a new feature, the first annual GottaCon Paintball Pistol Duel – Sponsored by Dragon Impact* (see details below).

New to paintball? Never fear! The day will begin with a briefing on your paintball gun, how to use it, and the rules of the paintball field. Then you’ll spend the next 3 to 4 hours splattering your friends with high velocity paintballs. We’ll relax afterwards with a barbeque lunch provided by the fantastic staff at Victoria Paintball which is included in the price.

Details
Date: October 23rd, 2011 (Sunday)
Location: Victoria Paintball Advenures!
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Lunch: Served after the game.

Price
- $55 per person (taxes included)
- Price includes paintball gun, CO2 for gun, camo uniform upon request, protective mask, 300 rounds of paintballs, one hot dog or hamburger, one drink, and one bag of chips.
- This also includes free entry into the GottaCon Annual Paintball Duel

Extras
- Extra Paint: $5/100 rounds (5 cents a paintball, which is a great price)
- Gun owners who supply their own equipment receive a $5 discount.
- Air/CO2 will still be provided. Please note the field does not fill tanks on site.

First Annual GottaCon Paintball Duel – Sponsored by Dragon Impact
Ever want to fight like in the old west; staring down your rival, hand twitching above your six shooter, waiting to see who walks away and who doesn’t? Well now is your chance! Dragon Impact, GottaCon Conventions and in part by Victoria Paintball Adventures brings you the opportunity to test your “draw” skills in a duel to the paintball death. Complete details will be explained at the field but the important part is that Dragon Impact*, supplier of all your paintball needs, is providing some amazing prizes including trophies, gift certificates and for the winner, a Tippman TPX Pistol (retail $280). This is one sweet paintball marker and it could be yours for free! Have questions? Let us know via our Facebook Group, Twitter or on our Blog Post about this event.

Confirmation & Booking
In order to make sure that everything runs smoothly, please contact Evan Hatch(ehatch@gottacon.com) and book your reservation today! We will require a $20 down payment per person, and please contact him before October 15th, 2011.

Donations
As this outing is a fundraiser, a few dollars from each entry fee will go towards GottaCon. If you are feeling extra generous, we will happily accept any donations you wish to contribute towards GottaCon 2012.

Please remember that significant others and friends are more than welcome, so please ask them to come along! We just need to know, so send us an email.

We look forward to shooting you…I mean seeing you on October 23, 2011 at Victoria Paintball Advenures!
* Dragon Impact is located at 764-B Yates Street Victoria, BC, Business Phone: 1-250-590-8880


A former member
Post #: 2
GottaCon 2012 Official Accommodation Howard Johnson Victoria

GottaCon Conventions is pleased to announce that Howard Johnson Hotel Victoria is once again our official accommodations provider for GottaCon 2012. The Howard Johnson has provided our convention goers with special rates on their rooms as well as at their restaurant and pub. When you call to book your room please mention you are attending the GottaCon convention and quote the reservation code CGOTTA to benefit from our special room rates.

Standard Room - $55/Night (plus taxes)
Two Double Beds or One King
TV
Voice Mail
Hairdryer
Iron & Ironing Board
In room complimentary coffee
Work Desk
High Speed Internet (Wi-Fi)
Complimentary Newspaper
Air Conditioning

For information on other room options and a list of hotel amenities visit our website.

The Howard Johnson Hotel Victoria is located at 310 Gorge Road East along the Galloping Goose Trail and across from the Gorge Waterway, only a few minutes’ drive from the GottaCon 2012 convention, Victoria’s Inner Harbour, major attractions, shopping, dining and sports arena. Howard Johnson Hotel Victoria offers and comfortable rooms with attentive staff.

The Howard Johnson Hotel Victoria is the winner of the Howard Johnson franchise GOLD AWARD for service and quality from 2006 - 2010. They take pride in their hotel, their services and provide excellent service to all their guests. To contact the Howard Johnson Victoria to book your room call 250-382-2151 or 1-800-952-2151. Remember to mention you are attending the GottaCon convention and quote the reservation code CGOTTA to benefit from our special room rates.

Once again, we are pleased to have Howard Johnson Hotel Victoria sponsoring our convention on the weekend of February 3rd to 5th, 2012.
A former member
Post #: 3
GottaCon 2012 Warhammer Lineup

GottaCon is pleased to announce that it will once again be hosting North American qualifier tournaments in Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Fantasy and Lord of the Rings, War of the Ring at GottaCon 2012 on February 3 to 5, 2012. Come take part in an even larger Warhammer event then last year! Please see below for event details.

On opening night, Friday February 3 come out and take part in a 40K Apocalypse event where you will have the chance to battle against others in an effort to grab and/or hold objectives and win prizes. This event is a great way to warm up for the major Warhammer events that will begin on Saturday February 4 and continue into Sunday February 5. Also on Friday night we are hosting a War of the Ring qualifier tournament which will start at 6pm and last three rounds. There will be a seating limit of 20 players and first overall will receive invitations to the NA Championships held in Memphis as well as additional prizes plus prizes to best painted army, best sportsmanship and best general. Army point limit is 1000. Or just show up and battle against a friend on one of our tables to sharpen your skills for the fun that begins on Saturday.

Starting Saturday morning at 10am our two feature Warhammer events begin. A two day Warhammer 40K event will run both Saturday and Sunday starting at 10am each day. Day one will see three rounds of play and day two will see the final two rounds of play. Army point limit is 1750 (no Forge World models). Prizes will be awarded in the following categories; first, second and third overall score, best painted army, best sportsmanship and best general. Also first overall will receive an invitation to the NA Championships held in Memphis . Armies will be formed according to the standard points costs, restrictions and rules presented in current Games Workshop army books and codexes. Seating limit of 60 players and last year we sold out before the end of January. Tickets will go on sale on October 24, 2011 and will be sold on a first come first served basis.

Also starting Saturday morning at 10am a two day Warhammer Fantasy event will run both Saturday and Sunday. Day one will see 3 rounds of play and day two will see the final 2 rounds of play. Army point limit is 2500. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories; first, second and third overall score, best painted army, best sportsmanship and best general. Also first overall will receive an invitation to the NA Championships held in Memphis . Armies will be formed according to the standard points costs, restrictions and rules presented in current Games Workshop army books and codexes. Seating limit of 40 players, Tickets will go on sale in October 24, 2011 and will be sold on a first come first served basis.

The price to gain access to GottaCon all weekend long and enter into any of our miniature based events is only $45 HST included if you buy your ticket in advance!! Stay tuned to our website as we will announce other miniature based events including Warmachine, painting contest, workshops and panels, when tickets for GottaCon go on sale and where you can get them. If you have any questions please contact our miniatures manager, Paul Puhallo, at ppuhallo@gottacon.com. Thank you.

Click here for rules and schedules of Warhammer events at GottaCon 2012.


A former member
Post #: 4
GottaCon 2012 Warmachine/Hordes Lineup

GottaCon is pleased to announce that it will be hosting larger Warmachine/Hordes tournaments at GottaCon 2012 on February 3 to 5, 2012. Come take part in what will surely be the largest Warmachine/Hordes event ever to have been run on Vancouver Island. We have a great lineup of sponsors this year for Warmachine including Battle Foam LLC who is our Headline Sponsor for the Warmachine events at GottaCon 2012. This event is also sponsored in part by Privateer Press and One Stop Shop Cards and Games. Please see below for event details.

Starting Saturday morning at 10am our feature Warmachine/Hordes GottaCon Steamroller Championship tournament begins. A two day Warmachine/Hordes Steamroller tournament will run both Saturday and Sunday starting at 10am each day. Day one will see three rounds of play and day two will see the final two rounds of play. Army point limit is 50. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories; first, second, and third overall score as well as best painted army. Rules and restrictions as per the official Steamroller tournament format. There is a seating limit of 32 players. Tickets will go on sale October 24, 2011 and will be sold on a first come first served basis.

Starting Friday night at 7:30pm our doubles Steamroller event begins. Teams of two will face off against other teams battling it out for first overall in this three round event. Rules and restrictions as per the official doubles tournament format. The player limit is 16 players (8 teams) and will be on a first come first serve basis. The point limit is 25 per team member.

Saturday night will see a Highlander Steamroller tournament starting at 7pm. Players will war against each other for first overall in this three round event. Rules and restrictions as per the official tournament format. In the Highlander variant players are permitted to field as many Warbeast/Warjacks as they wish, however players are limited to only a single choice of other troop types such as Solos, Units or Battle engines. The player limit is 32 players and will be on a first come first serve basis The point limit is 20 per player.

Prizes for events will consist of amazing prizes provided by Battle Foam LLC, Privateer Press promotional items and Warmachine/Hordes related products as well as trophies for first, second and third place for the Steamroller tournament provided by One Stop Shop Cards and Games. These events are being brought to you by GottaCon Conventions, Battle Foarm LLC, Privateer Press and One Stop Shop Cards and Games.

The price to gain access to GottaCon all weekend long and enter into any of our miniature based events is only $45 HST included if you buy your ticket in advance!! Stay tuned to our website as we will announce other miniature based events including painting contest, workshops and panels, when tickets for GottaCon go on sale and where you can get them. If you have any questions please contact our miniatures manager, Paul Puhallo, at ppuhallo@gottacon.com. Thank you.


A former member
Post #: 5
GottaCon 2012 Ticket Packages On Sale October 24, 2011

GottaCon tickets will be available for purchase from our website as well as at numerous retail locations (see list below) starting Monday October 24, 2011. There are different prices for each day as well as a full weekend pass price, family package prices, special packages which include entry into some of the major events as well as the option to add on a premium video game pass and/or a GottaCon 2012 t-shirt and dice set (more on this later). Also there is a special promotion on the purchase of Magic: the Gathering weekend packages (more on this later). There are a number of reasons why you should get your tickets in advance of the big show.

If you purchase your ticket in advance you receive $10 off on your full weekend pass (you pay $35 instead of $45).

Once you have purchased a ticket and our warhorn site goes live in late November you will be able to sign up to our Warhorn site where, once we approve your account, you can start to preregister for events in advance. You will also be able to change your events at anytime up until preregistration is closed. Preregistration helps to ensure your seat at the events you want as seating at most events is limited. It also avoids you having to stand in the event registration lines the days of the convention to sign up for the events you want.

Pre-paying for your ticket also gets you past the lines at the door as we will have an advance tickets line especially for you. Once you arrive just look for this line to get your convention pass, swag bag, program and get directly into the action of the vendors and events.

Here are the ticket pricing and special packages available (all pricing in Canadian dollars, HST is included):
*Full weekend preregistration: $35.00
*Full weekend registration at the door: $45.00
*Friday admission only: $17.00
*Saturday admission only: $24.00
*Sunday admission only: $17.00
**Single Day Family Pass: $55
**Full Weekend Family Pass: $115
*Package 1 - Full Weekend Pass + VIMC Magic: The Gathering Open Tournament: $60
*Package 2 - Full Weekend Pass + World of Warcraft TCG Spectral “Kitten” Safari + GottaCon WoW TCG Sealed: $60
*Package 3 - Full Weekend Pass + Warhammer 40K North American Championships Qualifier: $45
*Package 4 - Full Weekend Pass + Warhammer Fantasy North American Championships Qualifier: $45
*Package 5 - Full Weekend Pass + Warhammer LOTR North American Championships Qualifier: See Note Below
*Package 6 - Full Weekend Pass + Warmachine/Hordes GottaCon Championships: $45
GottaCon 2012 T-Shirt and Dice Set (only available online or at Skyhaven Games, this does not include a weekend pass): $25
Premium Video Game Pass Add-on (does not include a weekend pass): $15
* ** For terms and conditions please visit our website.

For a list of local participating retail locations where tickets can be purchased please visit our website.

Magic the Gathering Weekend Package Limited Promotion


As a thank you to the continued support by the following brick and mortar stores on the island and mainland we are offering an additional free Mini Master event to the first 16 people who purchase a MTG full weekend pass at these locations. These events will be run at the store you purchased your ticket between January 7 and January 20, 2012 (date to be selected by the store). The event will follow the same mini master structure as described in the events below. Stores are encouraged to provide a prize to first place but are not required to.

The stores that will have this special offer are:
- Yellowjacket Comics and Toys located at 649 Johnson St. Victoria, BC Phone: 250-480-0049
- Magic Stronghold located at 7709 Royal Oak Ave. Burnaby, BC Phone: 604-568-6030
- Skyhaven Games located at 3458 Tillicum Rd Victoria, BC Phone: (250) 477-1519
- The Connection Games located at 2945 Renfrew St. Vancouver, BC Phone: 604-327-4585

Similar to what MTG fans experienced on Magic Celebration day, this format is a fast fun way to play Magic! Each participant will received two boosters of Magic 2012 and have 15 minutes to construct a 30 card minimum deck. Participants will then be paired in a single elimination format with 50 minute rounds. The winner of each round will receive an additional booster of either Magic 2012 or Innistrad and will have 10 minutes to modify their decks with these new cards to a 40 card deck. Participants will then be paired for the next round. This pattern will continue until there in one overall winner.

For more on our Magic: the Gathering Lineup at GottaCon 2012 please visit our website.

GottaCon 2012 T-Shirt and Dice Package

Once again GottaCon is happy to offer a T-Shirt and Dice package to our attendees. The package includes one t-shirt (colour and design to be announced) with GottaCon 2012 graphic on it and a set of Chessex dice (seven pieces) which will match our promotional die that is given away in swag bags. Also if you purchase a full weekend ticket or full weekend package and the t-shirt and dice set package you will be granted early access to GottaCon 2012 (Friday February 3, 2012 at 4:30PM instead of 5:00PM). This package will only be available until January 7, 2012 and only online via our website and at Skyhaven Games. This package will not be available at the convention.

Dice Set Colour for 2012

A former member
Post #: 6
Costume Contest at GottaCon 2012

Whether you're a beginner or a veteran, you're welcome to strut your stuff at the GottaCon Costume Contest, sponsored by IRL Events and Dragon Impact. 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).

On Saturday February 4th, convention attendees can stop by the IRL Events booth and fill out a contest entry form. At that time their photos will be taken and each contestant will be assigned an entry number. Contestants will be eligible for all categories in their age group. The winners will be announced Saturday evening at the IRL Events booth. Prizes will be handed out following the announcements also at the IRL Events booth.

Entry into this contest constitutes an agreement by the contestants to allow their photo to be taken by the contest organizers. Your photo may be used by GottaCon Conventions and IRL Events for promotional purposes at their discretion.

This will be the third annual GottaCon costume contest and we are very excited to host this annual event with the help of IRL Events!!

Categories:
-Best In Show
-Best In Show (16 & under)
-Best Craftsmanship
-Best Gaming Related
-Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Anime

For complete details please visit our site.
A former member
Post #: 7
Dice Bag Games Mini Painting Competition at GottaCon 2012

GottaCon is pleased to announce that it will be hosting Dice Bag Games miniature painting contest at this year's convention. If you are a fan of painting miniatures then this event should interest you. Dice Bag Games has kindly offered to hold this event and provide trophies for each category.

There are three categories that attendees can submit an entry into (limit of one entry per category per person) which include:
-Single Figure
-Large Figure
-Vehicle

There is a $5 entry fee for the first entry to GottaCon attendees plus $1 for each additional entry (max 1 entry per category) payable onsite at the Dice Bag Games exhibitor booth. Categories are open to any 25 mm to 35 mm scale model from any genre or manufacturer. Trophies will be awarded to the top three submissions in each category. Full details on this event which include competition rules and regulations, category size restrictions and judging criteria can be found on our site.


Entry forms will be available at the Dice Bag Games booth during GottaCon 2012 (February 3rd to 5th, 2012). If you have any questions regarding this event please speak to Colin Wheelock of Dice Bag Games by phone at 250-597-1992 or visit their facebook page and post your questions there.

GottaCon would like to thank Dice Bag Games for adding another great event to our exciting lineup. See you at GottaCon 2012!
A former member
Post #: 8
GottaCon 2012 Magic: the Gathering Promotion Package Correction

Due to a communication error by GottaCon Conventions to Dice Bag Games regarding the promotional Mini Master tournament that was offered at the Dice Bag Games location we are unable to host an event at Dice Bag Games and as such the promotion will not be available at their location.

As an alternate to this unfortunate development GottaCon will provide the first 16 people to purchase their MTG weekend package at Dice Bag Games two complementary boosters for doing so. These two boosters will be provided by GottaCon Conventions to the individuals at the GottaCon 2012 event on February 3, 2012. These boosters can be picked up at the MTG tournament reporting station upon presentation of your MTG weekend pass. Your name will be checked against our record of sales at that location. These boosters will not be provided by Dice Bag Games or at their store at the time of purchase and will only be available for pick up at the tournament reporting centre the weekend of GottaCon 2012.

GottaCon Conventions takes full responsibility for this miscommunication and would like to apologize for this issue to Dice Bag Games. If you have any questions please email Evan Hatch at ehatch@gottacon.com.

Magic the Gathering Weekend Package Limited Promotion

As a thank you to the continued support by the following brick and mortar stores on the island and mainland we are offering an additional free Mini Master event to the first 16 people who purchase a MTG full weekend pass at these locations. These events will be run at the store you purchased your ticket between January 7 and January 20, 2012 (date to be selected by the store). The event will follow the same mini master structure as described in the events below. Stores are encouraged to provide a prize to first place but are not required to.

The stores that will have this special offer are:
• Yellowjacket Comics and Toys located at 649 Johnson St. Victoria, BC Phone: 250-480-0049
• Magic Stronghold located at 7709 Royal Oak Ave. Burnaby, BC Phone: 604-568-6030
• Skyhaven Games located at 3458 Tillicum Rd Victoria, BC Phone: (250) 477-1519
• The Connection Games located at 2945 Renfrew St. Vancouver, BC Phone: 604-327-4585

Similar to what MTG fans experienced on Magic Celebration day, this format is a fast fun way to play Magic! Each participant will received two boosters of Magic 2012 and have 15 minutes to construct a 30 card minimum deck. Participants will then be paired in a single elimination format with 50 minute rounds. The winner of each round will receive an additional booster of Magic 2012 and will have 10 minutes to modify their decks with these new cards to a 40 card deck. Participants will then be paired for the next round. This pattern will continue until there in one overall winner.

For more on our Magic: the Gathering Lineup at GottaCon 2012 go to our site.
A former member
Post #: 9
Solicitation for Event Coordinators

We are putting out the call for event submissions for GottaCon 2012. If you would like to run an event at GottaCon 2012 (become an event coordinator) please contact us at the related address below:

-Mike Gruber, Role Playing Game Manager: rpgs@gottacon.com
-Dan Erickson, Board Games Manager: boardgames@gottacon.com
-Julia Sherred, Special Events Manager: specialevents@gottacon.com
-Paul Puhallo, Miniatures Manager: ppuhallo@gottacon.com
-Evan Hatch, All other events: ehatch@gottacon.com

Once we receive your message outlining your interest we will contact you via email with information on what to do next.

Benefits for event coordinators will be the same as last year which was 33% discount off of a full weekend pass (not including special packages) or $10.40 discount off of any ticket you purchase for each slot of events you run. Run three or more events get a free weekend pass (valued at $31.25). All discounts are valued at before HST pricing, the maximum discount value is $31.25. If you are attending for the full weekend you will also receive a swag bag and be granted early access to the convention Friday if you show up between 4:00pm and 5:00pm. This is in an effort to get you in before the rush which will allow you time to check out the vendors and the rest of the convention.

This year we will continue to award draw tickets to those people that participate in events labeled as a demonstration in an effort to get people trying out a variety of games. These draws will happen at the end of each slot (from 9am to 11pm each day) on top of the door prize draws and other giveaways.

Thank you and if you have further questions please contact Evan Hatch at ehatch@gottacon.com
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