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UPDATE:

Well it's pretty clear at this point that the BGG.PreCON doesn't have the momentum to hit our goal, so we're going to cancel it. We're grateful for the support we've received thus far and hope y'all will be able to join us at one of our events next year. Keep watching the front page of BGG and its Twitter and Facebook feeds - we expect to open registration for BGG.Spring'17 sometime in the next couple of weeks.



We are pleased to announce a Kickstarter for a brand new con to be run THIS YEAR, just before BGG.CON 2016! Come join us for BGG.PreCON, November 11-15, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency DFW Airport!

BGG.CON 2016 sold out in 2-3 hours back in March. Even with the badges made available soon after sellout this year, our waiting list continues to grow and as of today (August 23rd) it sits at around 1,000 badges still being requested. If any badges remain from those set aside for exhibitors once their arrangements have been finalized, we will make those available to the waiting list, with one caveat: If you are a BGG.CON “EveryTimer” who currently does not have a badge for 2016, please contact me directly and I’ll see what can be done about making sure this isn’t the first year you have to miss.

We have been in contact with the Hyatt Regency DFW about adding an event before BGG.CON as discussed in the previous post (Thoughts on and plans for BGG.CON 2017). Our current thought has evolved to having this new event focus on just the open gaming aspects of BGG.CON. Basically BGG.CON ‘16, ‘17, and ‘18 will be as they have always been (or at least recently): hosting the same events, featuring as many exhibitors as we have room for, and running Wednesday through Sunday, the week before Thanksgiving.

However, for those who aren’t able to make BGG.CON for one reason or another — and for those who want extended gaming time — we now plan on offering BGG.PreCON leading up to “the main event”. BGG.PreCON will be all about the BGG Library, the Hot Games room featuring titles just released at SPIEL, and open gaming for 24 hours, four days straight, with no exhibitors and minimal special events (yet to be determined).

After having discussed these arrangements for future years, the Hyatt has graciously moved some things around to make BGG.PreCON a possibility for 2016 as well — but since this is so last minute, we need to move quickly as we are not positive the demand is really there for such a thing. Thus, we’re going to do a Kickstarter for this event before we sign the contract:

BGG.PreCON Kickstarter

To be clear, as soon as the Kickstarter hits the minimum target, we’ll sign the contract with the hotel. The space is already being held for us, but only temporarily (hence the timing of the Kickstarter). If it doesn’t fund, no PreCON event will take place. In any case, BGG.CON will go forward exactly as it has the past few years.

A PreFAQ:
Yes, current badge holders for BGG.CON can also book for BGG.PreCON
The hotel blocks for the two events are separate, so if you’re staying for both events, you will need to make separate hotel reservations. There is no deposit required for the PreCON block.
We need to sell 800 badges minimum to make this happen, and we can sell a maximum of 1,200 badges. The way that’s going to work on Kickstarter is with a limited number of rewards for either one, two, or four badges. We’ll add reward levels as needed, based on which is more popular, while still keeping the total number of possible sales under the maximum we can support.
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I predict the interwebs will break at 17:00:00.01 CDT today
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How much, homey?
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I am only sad that this will overlap the following local events:

Dallas Games Marathon
DFW Nerd Night
BirthdayCon

so where I would normally be at this for as much as possible, I'll be doing that instead - but I still intend to back it!

Good luck y'all
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Will the price be the same or less, since there will not be the events or exhibition hall vendors?
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Man, I wish I was local.
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How much, homey?


$80 per badge.
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jayahre wrote:
I am only sad that this will overlap the following local events:

Dallas Games Marathon
DFW Nerd Night
BirthdayCon

so where I would normally be at this for as much as possible, I'll be doing that instead - but I still intend to back it!

Good luck y'all


We've already had discussions with Kevin at DGM and are talking about how to shift things around beneficially to everyone if the KS funds. I wasn't aware it hit a DFWNN event as well - I thought that was the week before.
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Will this take the place of the open gaming that happens on Tuesdays for those who come in early? Will they (us) have to play somewhere else?
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What about those that have rooms and badges for the main con. Can they move them to the pre con?
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Awesome! So awesome! I will probably sell my BGGCON pass (and transfer my hotel room) and just attend this instead, mostly because my sister's due date for her second baby is Nov 18 and I want to be sure I'm in town around that time. Now I get to be!! Yaaay!
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So what is going to happen with folks like myself that are planning to arrive on Mon/Tues for all the unofficial pre-con gaming that has always been a big part of the bgg experience? Will we have to spend the extra $80 or else be forced to stay in our rooms to game?
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So what is going to happen with folks like myself that are planning to arrive on Mon/Tues for all the unofficial pre-con gaming that has always been a big part of the bgg experience? Will we have to spend the extra $80 or else be forced to stay in our rooms to game?


You should be punished for having so much free time! Actually I'm jealous.
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Sigh.

This is a bit of an improvement over where you were, but you're pretty much guaranteeing some kind of major issue by forcing it in this year.

And Tuesday is going to be a major, major problem. You need to deal with that *now*, and get some clear policies in place and publicized.
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Jeff...

what's the age restriction going to be?
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jayahre wrote:
I am only sad that this will overlap the following local events:

Dallas Games Marathon
DFW Nerd Night
BirthdayCon

so where I would normally be at this for as much as possible, I'll be doing that instead - but I still intend to back it!

Good luck y'all


We've already had discussions with Kevin at DGM and are talking about how to shift things around beneficially to everyone if the KS funds. I wasn't aware it hit a DFWNN event as well - I thought that was the week before.


No problem at all - the DFWNN crowd is probably a different crowd than would be attending BGG.Con (though there's obviously a lot of overlap) so we can handle the difference.

The big thing is DGM - really glad you're working with Kevin. In the past they've gone game development workshops, which I assume is what you guys are talking about.

If there's anything at all that I and DFWNN can do to assist with this, I'm 100% in.
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So what is going to happen with folks like myself that are planning to arrive on Mon/Tues for all the unofficial pre-con gaming that has always been a big part of the bgg experience? Will we have to spend the extra $80 or else be forced to stay in our rooms to game?


You will ran out of town by an angry mob wielding pitchforks and torches.

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Will this take the place of the open gaming that happens on Tuesdays for those who come in early? Will they (us) have to play somewhere else?


PreCON officially ends Tuesday at 3pm. Some space will be available for unbadged gaming after that into the evening. It shouldn't impact the traditional pre-gaming that happens Tuesday afternoon/evening.

Hotel rooms may be limited for Tuesday night - we expect most PreCON-only attendees to travel home that evening to save the cost of another hotel night.
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Ninja'd! Thanks for clarifying the Tuesday crossover
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JonnyG wrote:
What about those that have rooms and badges for the main con. Can they move them to the pre con?


We won't have an automated method of moving you from one to the other, but you won't have any trouble offloading your current reservations and badges once you've secured PreCON arrangements. Please transfer your badges and reservations using the existing methods:
CLOSED - Official BGG.CON 2016 Waiting List - This is for Buyers and Sellers
BGG.CON 2016 Official Hyatt Regency Room Reservation Transfer List

I would suggest waiting until the KS actually funds though... blush
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Exactly JR. I guess this will impact the DDG con on Monday and Tuesday. I am sure we will figure something out
 
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eskmoe wrote:
So what is going to happen with folks like myself that are planning to arrive on Mon/Tues for all the unofficial pre-con gaming that has always been a big part of the bgg experience? Will we have to spend the extra $80 or else be forced to stay in our rooms to game?


Convention space is restricted to PreCON badge holders until Tuesday at 3pm.
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Jeff...

what's the age restriction going to be?


Same as BGG.CON: No one under 12 permitted. Children under 18 must have an adult escort.
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Exactly JR. I guess this will impact the DDG con on Monday and Tuesday. I am sure we will figure something out


Kevin let us know about that as well and I hope to continue that conversation. It ties in very nicely with BGG.DEV^H^H^H^H^H^H^H something I'm not yet ready to talk about.
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