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

A former member
Post #: 10
Trading Card Games at GottaCon 2012 Part Two

GottaCon is excited to announce part two of our great trading card game lineup for GottaCon 2012. We will feature two Legend of the Five Rings events (Story Line Name a Card Event and Salute to Celestial) which will be hosted by Magic Stronghold. Also we will continue to deliver World of Warcraft TCG events and will be featuring three major events (GottaCon Championship, Realm Qualifier and a Spectral “Kitten” Safari) which will be hosted by Skyhaven Games. AEG and Cryptozoic have both given us special events that are sure to please fans of these great games.

Events Hosted by Magic Stronghold:
If you have any questions regarding L5R TCG event please contact: sales@magicstronghold.com

“Name a Card” Story Line Event
Day: Saturday Feb 4, 2012
Start Time: Registration is at 10am and the event starts at 11am.
Price: $10 + HST.
Come earn you place in L5R history. Like many champions to come before you, you will compete among other hopeful prospects for the chance to win the ultimate prize: The honor of naming one of the first few cards of Emperor Edition. This means your card will stay in circulation for almost 2 years, one of the most prestigious things that can happen in a trading card game. The format is constructed 40/40, there will be a cut to top 8.

Salute to Celestial
Day: Sunday Feb 5, 2012
Start Time: Registration is at 10am and the event starts at 11am
Price: $5 + HST.
Maximum Players: 32
Say farewell to the Celestial block in style. Each player will get one booster from the Celestial block and will make a deck with it. They will play a single elimination round. Those that move on will get another pack to use to remake their deck. All players will get one pack of the newest set; these cards cannot be used in this tournament.

Events Hosted by Skyhaven Games:
If you have any questions regarding World of Warcraft TCG Events please contact: skyhavenvictoria@shaw.ca

GottaCon 2012 World of Warcraft TCG Championship
Day: Saturday Feb 4, 2012
Start time: Registration is at 10am and the event starts at 11pm.
Price: $30 + HST. If you have purchased the World of Warcraft full weekend package entry is free.

Welcome to the World of Warcraft TCG GottaCon Championship - sealed deck event. Each player makes a minimum 30 card deck from the 6 packs they open, and can choose any Hero from the set used (we will be using the most recent set). The tournament will consist of swiss rounds. Prizes will be award to the top four or eight based on attendance.
World of Warcraft TCG Season 7 Ashenvale Forest Realm Qualifier
Day: Saturday Feb 4, 2012
Start Time: Registration is at 5pm and the event starts at 6pm
Price: $10 + HST.
Format: Core Constructed, Realm: Ashenvale Forest

Welcome to the World of Warcraft TCG Season 7 Realm Qualifier. This tournament consists of a Constructed format with Swiss rounds in which participants face off for prizes and glory. After the Swiss rounds, the top players will play single elimination matches to determine the final winner of this event. Decklists must be provided. Players earn qualification points towards a Realm Championship invite based on their standings. Players need 10 points to earn their invite to a Realm Championship: 1st: 10 points, 2nd: 10 points, 3rd-4th: 6 points, 5th-8th: 4 points, 9th+: 3 points

Top Prize – Deathwing the Destroyer Extended Alternate Art Card
Top 4 – Sava'gin The Reckless Foil Card
Top 8 – 2012 Hunter Deckboxes (+ 1 given out as door prizes)
Booster Packs based on final standings
Participation Card – Rosalyn von Erantor Foil Card (First 24 players)

World of Warcraft TCG Spectral Safari (Door Prize: Spectral Kitten)
Day: Sunday Feb 5, 2012
Start Time: Registration is at 10am and the event starts at 11am.
Cost: $20 + HST (free with World of Warcraft TCG ticket package)

The format is Class Deck Starters with 30 min rounds, number of rounds based on attendance. You don’t need to own any cards to participate; you just need knowledge of how to play. Participants will receive one of the 2011 Class Starter decks. First to fourth place will receive an epic collections as well as product prizes based on attendance. At the end of the tournament, one lucky participant chosen at random will win a Spectral Kitten Loot card. Prizes are given based on participation and performance.

World of Warcraft TCG Beginners Sealed Events
Day: Friday Feb 3, 2012 at 7pm, Saturday Feb 4, 2012 at 1pm and Sunday Feb 5, 2012 at 10am
Cost: $10 + HST

Each player receives one random 2011 class deck and then one War of the Elements booster after each round. With 10 players, two rounds of 30 minute rounds are played.

We are happy to deliver an expanded TCG lineup at GottaCon 2012 thanks to our great sponsors. If you are a fan of these games we hope to see you out on February 3 to 5, 2012.
A former member
Post #: 11
Pre-Registration of Events Now Available

The warhorn site is now ready for advance ticket holders to create accounts and start signing up for events. Please keep in mind that events will be continuously added over the weeks to come and we will provide updates on what was added on the site listed above starting December 1, 2011. In a few weeks an excel and PDF version of our event listing will be available on our website as well.

In order to pre-register for events you must first purchase an advance ticket to our convention. To do this please visit our website at or visit one of the eight retail locations selling our tickets.

How to Pre-Register for Events:
1) Pre-purchase a ticket via our website, warhorn site or store location
2) go here.
3) Create a user account
4) Wait for GottaCon Staff to clear you (remember only people who have purchased tickets can pre register for events). You will receive an email letting you know you have been cleared.
5) Once you have been cleared, you browse the event listing (while logged in) by going here.
6) Then you sign up for the events you want.

If you are organizing an event, an exhibitor or special guest at our show please let us know which event or which exhibitor and we will clear your account.

If you don't get a chance to pre-register for events, there will be a registration desk at GottaCon where you can sign up for the event you want. But why wait when you can sign up now, get through the doors faster and secure your seat at the games you want to play!
A former member
Post #: 12
Video Gaming at GottaCon 2012

Today we announce our electronic gaming line-up planned for GottaCon 2012. Below please find our list of game systems, games and tournaments planned for GottaCon 2012, which will be held February 3rd to 5th, 2012 at Pearkes arena in Victoria BC (3100 Tillicum Road).

Public stations are free to use by any GottaCon attendees as long as they are not needed for our premium events. BYOC slots will remain free and available on a first come, first serve basis. We will have 80 LAN seats available. These seats will be able to be reserved on our Warhorn site but only if you purchase your ticket in advance. A new feature in the LAN this year will be a PC check where attendees that BYOC, if they want, can drop off their systems instead of leaving them hooked up or taking them home. This service will be offered free of charge but GottaCon and its partners will not be responsible if the system is damaged or stolen. We will have someone watching the systems 24 hours a day but again this is at the owners own risk and a signed waiver is required.

Also, this year we are doing something a little different. We will have two types of tournaments in additions to our public stations and BYOC seats; premium tournaments and secondary tournaments.

Premium tournaments will require the video game add-on package ($15 taxes included) to be able to participate in. Premium events will be more competitive, have higher prize payouts and will be sponsored by our fantastic video game sponsors.

Secondary tournaments are free to any GottaCon attendees but will have small or no prizes associated to them. These events are meant to be casual, fun and easy to jump in and out of. Examples of these events include private Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike: Source and Battlefield 3 servers as well as Left 4 Dead 2 Survival and Survivor vs. infected matches, Heroes of Newerth, League of Legends, Starcraft 2 2vs2 and 1vs1 single elimination pickup matches, etc.

This year we are pleased to announce that we have numerous major sponsors for our video games area including: Kingston Technology, Antec, Logitech, SteelSeries, Shaw Communications, Canadian Joystick, GUNNAR Optiks, Patriot Memory, Memory Express, Future Shop – Uptown Mall location, DTI Computers, Island Collateral, Game Deals, Play N Trade (Duncan), Stain Internet Café, LANcouver, CrossXover and BC Gamers. All of these fantastic companies have provided substantial support in the way of prizes and technology. Events sponsored by these companies are noted below.

For a full list of premium events and more details on the LAN please visit our site.


A former member
Post #: 13
GottaCon 2012 Gamers Silent Auction – It’s Back!

On Saturday February 4th only between 9:00am and 6:30pm, come out and take part in the GottaCon gamers silent auction brought to you by GottaCon Conventions. Convention goers are welcome to bring out their own items for sale as well as bid on the wide variety of items that will be available. We stress patience with convention staff as it takes time to enter all the information of submitted items and when the auction is complete to record all the results. If you would like to fill out a form and bring it with you to the convention please download the form here. Also this year we are looking to set up self serve computers where you can fill out your forms and print them for our staff.

What is a silent auction?
In this type of auction, items are put on display. To place a bid, bidders write on a piece of paper located near the item. The bidder will be able to see the bids made already and must bid at least the minimum amount specified higher than the current bid. The minimum increase over the current bid will be $1.00 unless otherwise indicated. Bidding closes after a pre-set period of time. The highest bidder at the end of the auction wins the item and pays the price submitted.

For more specifics on how the auction is run and how you can submit a item visit our website.

Some items that will be up for bid are:
- Board games new and used
- Tradable card games, singles and boosters
- Previously owned video games
- Video game systems
- Collectible/non-collectible miniatures and accessories
- Role-playing games old and new
- Books, comic books and animé
- Movies
- Many other gaming and hobby related items

The GottaCon auction provides a great opportunity to buy and sell all of your gaming and hobby related items at great prices. The previous three years have been hugely successful so make sure you check out the auction on Saturday!!

Please note that GottaCon Conventions reserves the right to refuse any items submitted for sale in the auction. All items must be registered with GottaCon staff at the special events area and a fee of $1.00 per item must be paid.
A former member
Post #: 14
Call for GottaCon 2012 Volunteers

GottaCon is looking for a few good men and women to for GottaCon 2012! Our last convention in 2011 was a success thanks in large part to the efforts of our volunteers. They helped to make the event happen and we can’t thank them enough for all their hard work and dedication!

To continue this momentum we are looking for motivated individuals to come join the team that will form the backbone of the convention.

Volunteering has its benefits with GottaCon. Volunteers get 1/3 off full weekend entry fee (valued at $35) for every 5 hours of time given. Put in 15 or more hours and you get a free weekend pass. But that is not the only benefit you will receive. Depending on the amount of time given, volunteers will receive one or more free meals, the option of buying a GottaCon T-Shirt and Dice package at cost (request must be received by January 10, 2012), and other potential benefits.

If you are eager to help GottaCon out, or maybe just a bit cash strapped but still want to come out to the largest gaming event on the island, then volunteering is for you. If you are interested in helping out please contact Bonnie Beyea at volunteers@gottacon.com. For more information visit our volunteer section on our website and/or download our Volunteer Information Packet.

If you have any questions let us know! We look forward to hearing from you.

Please note we prefer our volunteers to be at least 16 years of age.
A former member
Post #: 15
Board Games Line-Up at GottaCon 2012

Today we announce our board games line-up planned for GottaCon 2012. Below please find a list of tournaments planned for GottaCon 2012, which will be held February 3rd to 5th, 2012 at Pearkes Arena in Victoria BC (3100 Tillicum Road).

Settlers of Catan Tournament
By GottaCon and M3 Gamers.
Day: Friday Start Time: 7:00pm

Race for the Galaxy Tournament
By Starlit Citadel.
Sponsored by: Rio Grande Games
Day: Saturday Time: 10:00am

Small World Tournament
By GottaCon and M3 Gamers.
Sponsored by: Days of Wonder
Day: Saturday Start Time: 10:00am

Munchkin Victoria Championship
By Steve Jackson Games.
Day: Saturday Start Time: 2:00pm

Sherwood Showdown Tournament
Day: Saturday Start Time: 2:00pm

Dominion Tournament
By Starlit Citadel.
Sponsored by: Rio Grande Games
Day: Saturday Start Time: Time: 7:00pm

The Great Canadian Board Game Blitz Qualifier
By GottaCon.
Day: Sunday Start Time: Registration at 9:30am games start at 10:00am

Ticket to Ride Tournament
By GottaCon and M3 Gamers.
Sponsored by: Days of Wonder
Day: Saturday Start Time: 2:00p

For a complete list of tournament details, board game events, and how to pre-register for them please visit our website.
A former member
Post #: 16
Guests and Discussion Panels of GottaCon 2012

GottaCon is please to present the following guests who will appear and be speaking at our upcoming February 3rd to 5th, 2012 convention. Following the information on our guests please find our discussion panels descriptions.

Guests of GottaCon 2012
Standard Action – Guests of Honour
LoadingReadyRun
and many more...

For a complete list of guest please visit our site.

Panels of GottaCon 2012 – in order from Friday to Sunday
LoadingReadyRun Q&A and Video Session
Making a Player Character That is More Than Just Statistics
Evolution of Social Gaming
So You Want To Write A…
RPG Improv with Standard Action
DM Roundtable
GottaCon’s Minute to Win it staring Standard Action
Learning Through Gaming

For a complete list of details for each event, including day and time, please visit our site
A former member
Post #: 17
Role Playing Games Line-Up at GottaCon 2012

Today we announce our role playing games line-up planned for GottaCon 2012. We are hosting more RPG events than ever before, a vast variety of modules and game systems.

For a full list of RPG events, and instructions on how to save yourself a seat, please visit our site.
A former member
Post #: 18
GottaCon Advance Ticket Price Ends this Tuesday

If you plan on attending GottaCon 2012 and the massively huge and impressive amount of games at it you should buy your ticket while it is still on sale and save yourself some cash. Full weekend tickets can now be bought for $35 whereas after January 24th they will cost you $45. It just makes sense to buy them now. To buy your tickets online you can go to our site.

To see the full announcement, which has the full list of retail locations you can visit to but tickets, click here.
A former member
Post #: 19
GottaCon State of the Convention

Advance tickets closed as of last night. We are still collecting store sales info but it looks like we will break the 500 pre-sales mark which will mean pre-sales this year over last will exceed a 60% increase!

For more details about the upcoming convention and some of the great events happening there visit our website.
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