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The Snohomish Roleplayers Meetup Group Message Board General Discussion Forum › GottaCon 2014 Gaming Convention Feb 28 – Mar 2, 2014

GottaCon 2014 Gaming Convention Feb 28 – Mar 2, 2014

Mike
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Victoria, BC
Post #: 182
GottaCon 2014 Miniature Painting Competition

GottaCon is pleased to announce that it will once again be hosting a miniature painting contest at this year’s convention and this year it is sponsored by Action Games Miniatures, makers of Drake: The Dragon Wargame. If you are a fan of painting miniatures then this event should interest you. Entry into this event is free and there are trophies for first place in each category as well as prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Categories are open to any scale model from any genre or manufacturer. 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
• Squad or Group

Full details on this event which include competition rules and regulations, category size restrictions and judging criteria can be found here.

Entry forms will be available at the miniatures tournament reporting booth during GottaCon 2014 (Feb 28 to Mar 2, 2014). If you have any questions regarding this event please check our website or speak to Paul Puhallo by email at ppuhallo@gottacon.com.
Mike
user 20544761
Victoria, BC
Post #: 186
GottaCon 2014 Gamers Silent Auction – It’s Back!

On Saturday March 1st only between 9:00am and 6:30pm, come out to the Sidney room 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 allowing for Friday drop off between 5pm and 10pm and we will set up self-serve computers onsite 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 an 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.
Mike
user 20544761
Victoria, BC
Post #: 190
Video Games Line-up at GottaCon 2014

Today we are pleased to announce the Video Game line-up for GottaCon 2014. Below please find our list of game systems, games and tournaments 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).

This is the biggest year for video gaming at GottaCon yet, and we don’t just mean in size. Sponsors and prizing are insane! This year we are pleased to announce the following sponsors:

NCIX.ca, Canada’s premier online computer store, as our presenting sponsor
Logitech G-Series™ as our official PC LAN sponsor
Shaw Communications as our internet sponsor
Azubu TV as our stream sponsor

We have numerous additional major sponsors and organizers for our video games area including: HyperX, Gamdias, Cooler Master, Ubisoft (ShootMania and Trackmania2), Torn Banner (Chivalry: Medieval Warfare), Future Shop – Langford location, Bugbear Entertainment, BC Gamer, and Teamspeak. All of these fantastic companies have provided substantial support in the way of prizes and technology.

For details on all our exciting event lineup, details on GottaCon LAN stage, and what is included with a BYOC seat please visit our website.


Mike
user 20544761
Victoria, BC
Post #: 195
GottaCon 2014 Panel Line-Up Part 1 – Friday

GottaCon 2014 is pleased to announce a variety of discussion panels and special events for the 2014 convention, held February 28 – March 2, 2014 at the Victoria Conference Centre. These special events and discussion panels will feature everything from burlesque and live improv shows, to discussion about Dungeons & Dragons and video games, and more.

Throughout this week, we’ll be making a number of announcements about the discussion panels and our guests, broken up by day. More information about our guests can be found below the panel information.

To kick off these announcements, here are the panels and special events you can attend on Friday, February 28, 2014. Complete panel and guest information can be found here.

Panels of GottaCon 2014 on Friday

Standard Action Live Action D&D
Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Video Game Burlesque Show
Seating: 10:00 pm, start time 10:30 pm

For full details on these events and on the performers visit our website.


Mike
user 20544761
Victoria, BC
Post #: 199
GottaCon 2014 Panel Line-Up Part 2 – Saturday

Panels of GottaCon 2014 on Saturday

Creating DIY Video Games – Indie Syle!
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Game Master’s Dirty Tricks: Troubleshooting Tabletop Tribulations
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm

Getting Into the Video Game Industry
Time: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Standard Action Screening
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Everything You Wanted to Know About Building A PC (But Were Afraid to Ask)
Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm

The World of Ingress
Time: 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Costume Contest
Sponsored by: Dragon Impact
By: GottaCon & Northwest Fan Fest
Day: Saturday
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

Live Improv Double-Header – Two Shows For The Price Of One, Plus Short Film
Brought to you by GottaCon, The Critical Hit Show and Improvised Dungeons and Dragons-Victoria
Time: 8:00pm to Midnight
Show:
The Critical Hit Show (8:00 pm start)
Game Companion – A short film (9:30-ish start)
An Improvised Dungeons and Dragons (10:00 pm start)
Price: $10 with valid Saturday convention pass for entry to all. $20 at the door starting at 7:30pm.

Complete panel and guest information can be found here.

For full details on Saturday events and on the panelists and performers visit our website
Mike
user 20544761
Victoria, BC
Post #: 204
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
Mike
user 20544761
Victoria, BC
Post #: 209
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.
Mike
user 20544761
Victoria, BC
Post #: 214
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.
Mike
user 20544761
Victoria, BC
Post #: 219
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!
Mike
user 20544761
Victoria, BC
Post #: 223
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: cupton@gottacon.com.

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