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 www.gottacon.com or e-mail one of the owners or our staff at the following addresses:
Staff Chris Gensey, Volunteer Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org Mike Gruber, Role Playing Game Manager: email@example.com Lee Guille, Board Games Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org Paul Puhallo, Miniatures Manager: email@example.com Sol Kauffman, Social Media Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org BC Gamer, LAN Operations: email@example.com Kellan Johnson, LAN Events Manager:firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
GottaCon Proud to Introduce Management Team for 2014 Show
As GottaCon entered its sixth show year with another growth in attendance expected we knew we would need help to handle the ever growing workload associated in running and improving a gaming convention. We just wanted to take a moment and introduce the individuals that will be helping to deliver our biggest and best show ever. We are very excited to have these individuals, some veterans, some new blood, onboard this year and we hope you are too!!
Sol Kauffman, Social Media Managert: email@example.com Chris Gensey, Volunteer Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org Kellan Johnson, LAN Events Manager: email@example.com Lee Guille, Board Games Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org Mike Gruber, Role Playing Games Manager: email@example.com Paul Puhallo, Miniatures Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org BC Gamer (Jeff Pedlow), LAN Operations Team: email@example.com Wilf Rondeau, Back End Office Manager
Once again we are proud to present our 2014 show managers and we look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our 2014 event. For bios our on managers please visit our website.
Re: GottaCon 2014 Gaming Convention February 28 to March 2, 2014
Hold on to your seats because we are about to tell you the biggest GottaCon news since we launched our event. GottaCon is excited to announce that we are moving, effective our 2014 show, to the Victoria Conference Centre and changing dates to February 28, March 1 and 2, 2014.
GottaCon Conventions was approached by the City of Victoria as well as a representative of the local video game studios to not only move the event to the Victoria Conference Centre but to do it for 2014. Needless to say we were speechless but up to the challenge. We have now met and negotiated the move with the parties involved and we are pleased to say that it is moving forward…and fast!
Mayor Dean Fortin and the City of Victoria are very excited about the potential GottaCon brings to our home town and the benefits this will bring to the local economy.
“The video gaming industry is one of the fastest growing segments of the technology sector and is a key element of our local economy”, said Mayor Dean Fortin. “I am very excited that this notable event will take place downtown close to the 19 studios where so much of this creativity is born”.
The event will expand to shine a light on the amazing video game studios that can be found all around the Capital Regional District. These fantastic companies are playing a big role in making all this possible.
“I think GottaCon is the perfect event to highlight our video game industry.” said Eric Jordan, CEO of DJArts Games. “Gamers are the heart of the video game industry and GottaCon is dedicated to the celebration of games and our community of gamers.”
Please bear with us as we are in the early stages of this significant development. We will be working extremely hard to continue to deliver the quality event that you have come to know. Floor plans, website, information packages, etc are all in the process of being updated. WeGottaCon 2014 Moves to New Location and New Dates are tremendously excited about this amazing opportunity and we hope you will be too. Please join us February 28, to March 2, 2014 at the Victoria Conference Centre for the best GottaCon yet!
GottaCon 2014 Ticket Packages On Sale October 25, 2013
GottaCon tickets will go on sale starting Friday October 25, 2013 on our website as well as at numerous retail locations (visit our website for a list of locations). 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 “add-on” options including our GottaCon 2014 t-shirt and dice set, video game themed burlesque show (18+) and BYOC seat reservations. There are a number of reasons why you should get your tickets in advance of the big show.
Most of our ticket options discounts for advance purchases. Once you have purchased a ticket and our warhorn site goes live in November you will be able to preregister for events via our warhorn event registration site. Preregistration allows you to reserve your seat at the events you want as seating at most events is limited. It also helps you evade standing in the event registration lines the days of the convention to sign up for the events.
!!NEW AND VERY IMPORTANT!!! * There are limits on the number of different passes this year. Limits are noted in each pass type on our website. * If you purchase your tickets via our site/Paypal you will receive a confirmation email with a unique code. You must bring a copy of this email/code with you to gain entry to our event this year. * If you purchase your tickets via a store location you will receive a ticket from the store with a unique code. You must bring this ticket with you to gain entry to our event this year. * When you show up we will enter the code into our database and check you in. Without this code we will not be able to check you in and thus you will not be able to enter GottaCon 2014. * We will have “Will Call” again this year which means starting at 2:00pm Friday February 28, 2014 you can come to the entrance to GottaCon 2014 and check in, receive your badge and be told a location where, once the doors open, you will be able to enter the event simply by presenting your pass. * The Will Call station will also have the ability to allow people to purchase tickets in advance of the doors opening between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. This is in an effort to decrease processing time at the doors on opening night. * Replacement of lost or forgotten badges will result in a $10 per day reprinting fee in which official identification will be required, so don't lose your badges. * The convention venue closes down to the public between 4am and 8am each day. * All prices are in Canadian Dollars, all sales are final. If you wish to upgrade your online ticket purchase, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GottaCon 2014 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 with GottaCon 2014 graphic on it (GottaCon Time or GottaCon Ponies) and a set of Chessex dice (seven pieces) which will match our promotional die that is given with purchase of a full weekend pass or package while supplies last. Also if you purchase a full weekend ticket or full weekend special event pass and the t-shirt and dice package you will be granted early access to GottaCon 2014 (Friday February 28, 2014 at 4:30PM instead of 5:00PM). This package will only be available until February 4, 2014. This package will not be available at the convention.
Package includes one shirt design and Custom D6 and Matching Dice Set
GottaCon Conventions is pleased to announce that The Fairmont Empress and the Quality Inn Downtown Victoria are our two accommodations sponsors for GottaCon 2014. Each hotel offers great services and special convention pricing to our attendees. Please find below a brief description of the rooms and prices at each of the hotels. For more details on each sponsor please visit our website.
Please be aware that the hotels sold out of rooms last year so book your rooms as soon as possible! When you call to book your room at either of these locations, please mention you are attending the GottaCon convention to benefit from our special room rates. The GottaCon 2014 standard room rates are as follows:
Fairmont Empress - $99+Tax/Night - Two Double/Double Beds or One King 721 Government Street, Victoria, BC 250-384-8111 or 1-800-441-1414
The Empress is attached to the Victoria Conference Centre where GottaCon 2014 is being held and is on the door step of Victoria’s Inner Harbour with access to major attractions, shopping and dining in the downtown core of Victoria.
Victoria Quality Inn - $65+Tax/Night - Two Queen Beds or One King or One Queen 850 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC 250-385-6787 or 1-800-661-4115
The Quality Inn is a two minute walk (1.5 blocks) to the Victoria Conference Centre where GottaCon 2014 is being held and is in the downtown core giving access to major attractions, shopping and dining.
Please visit our website to discover what each hotel has to offer and what is included with a room.
We urge all our in/out of town guests that require accommodations to use our hotel sponsors to help us forge lasting relationships that benefit everyone involved. Remember to mention you are attending the GottaCon convention to benefit from our special room rates.
Once again, we are pleased to have the Fairmont Empress and the Quality Inn Downtown Victoria as sponsors of our convention on the weekend of February 28 to March 2, 2014.
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Or do it the old fashion way by downloading and completing the below linked form, and email back to the related GottaCon Contact: Mike Gruber, Role Playing Game Manager: email@example.com Lee Guille, Board Games Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org Jules Sherred, Special Events Manager: email@example.com Paul Puhallo, Miniatures Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org Kellan Johnson, LAN Events Manager: email@example.com All other events types – Carson Upton, Partner: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Once again Yellowjacket Comics and Toys along with a team of certified DCI judges will be running our Magic: The Gathering events at GottaCon 2014 and we have our most exciting lineup of events ever!
A VERY important detail this year is there is a set limit of 150 MTG Weekend Passes available for purchase. At the time of writing we are already 17% sold out. If you want to receive maximum value with regards to MTG events at GottaCon 2014 get one of these passes before they are sold out. The advance ticket price (until February 4, 2014) is $65 GST included. At the door (if there are any left) they will be $75 GST included. Entry into the MTG events at GottaCon will still be possible without an MTG weekend pass but only while seating is available and you will need to pay each individual events entry fee on site at the Yellowjacket tournament reporting centre.
Wizards of the Coast is supporting our convention (thank you Wizards!) and as a result we will be hosting two fantastic special events again this year. These events are a Mini Master tournament and an all weekend Intro Deck Duels. How these special events work is included in the event descriptions below.
The Magic the Gathering weekend pass this year will cost $65 taxes included and will include the following: - Full weekend pass to GottaCon 2014 (valued at $45) - One Pro Tour Qualifier: Journey Into Nyx Standard Tournament - One Sealed Tournament Flight Entry - One Mini Master Tournament Entry - One Intro Deck Duels Entry - One FNM Standard Constructed Four Round Tournament
As you can see the value of the MTG weekend package is very good and we hope you are all as excited as we are.
We are also hosting the first of a series of legacy events, TJ Silver Power 9 Legacy Series (Pick a Mox). Starting this year, at GottaCon 2014, we will host the first of nine exciting tournaments which will each feature a first place prize of one “power 9″ card. Each year, for the next nine years, we will host one of these events.
At this year’s event we will host a Legacy tournament with the winner selecting one Unlimited Mox of their choice. Prizes for additional placements will be announced later along with more details. On the 10th anniversary of GottaCon (2018) a Beta Black Lotus will be up for grabs! This event will only continue if participation by the players/communities of Magic: The Gathering.These cards have been generously donated by one of our very own Magic community players. GottaCon would like to thank, from the bottom of our collective heart, the wonderful TJ Silver for supplying the cards which will be available to be won.
There will be thousands of dollars in prizes to be won in our MTG line-up. If you would like to see more in depth information on these events please check our website.
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 5, 2013. On or around December 17, 2013 an excel and PDF version of our event listing will be available on our website as well.
Also, there are a couple changes to how events are laid out this year. The first thing you will notice is that we have more slots than ever before, 23 in total. In order to aid organizing events over the weekend we now have two hour and one hour slots covering the entire weekend. Due to the increased number of slots events in Warhorn will only be placed in slot that they are scheduled to start in.
How to Pre-Register for Events Warhorn went through a large change this year and for now on you only need to create a Warhorn account once. Once you have an account you can join events on Warhorn through that single account.
Please follow these steps to create an account and start registering for events for GottaCon 2014: 1.) Pre-purchase a ticket via our website, Warhorn site or store location 2.) Go to Warhorn and create an account 3.) Login to your Warhorn account 4.) Click on “View all upcoming events”, then search for “GottaCon” 5.) Select GottaCon 2014 then in the upper left corner select “register for this event” 6.) 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. 7.) Once you have been cleared, you login to your Warhorn account and select GottaCon from your “Events you're attending” area. 8.) Browse the event listing (while logged in) by going here. To register for an event click the “play” button for that event. 9.) Then you sign up for the events you want
If you are organizing an event, a volunteer, an exhibitor or special guest at our show please let us know specifically how you are involved with our show 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!
GottaCon is pleased to announce that it will be hosting larger Warmachine/Hordes tournaments at GottaCon 2014 on Feb. 28 to Mar. 2, 2014. Come take part in what will surely be the largest Warmachine/Hordes event ever to have been run in BC. This event is sponsored in part by Privateer Press, Wiser’s Wide World of Collectibles, Advance Deployment and Attack-X. Please see below for event details.
Starting Saturday our feature Warmachine/Hordes GottaCon Steamroller Championship tournament begins. A two day Warmachine/Hordes Steamroller tournament will run both Saturday and Sunday starting at 9:30am each day. Day one will see three rounds of play and day two will see the final three 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 64 players. Tickets are now on sale (at time of writing is over 80% sold out) and will be sold on a first come first served basis.
Friday night will see a Team Tournament starting at 7pm. This event will pit teams of 3 players against each other in a chess style tournament. Retailers, Game Clubs and Groups of Friends are encouraged to put a team (or multiple teams) together and represent yourselves this year at GottaCon!! Each of the 3 players will be ranked by skill level: General, Captain, and Lieutenant. Each rank will be matched against the same rank during matches. Additional prizes will be awarded for best team appearance/name. Come out and show everyone why you think your team is the best!! 16 team maximum, 3 players per team (48 player’s maximum). See our website for event details and rules. Each team member must register!
Starting Saturday night at 7:00pm 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.
All weekend, day or night, Warmachine and Hordes players at GottaCon 2014 will be able to participate in the Iron Arena! Bring an army and play against an opponent in this open-play format. You decide upon the points value for the games. Collect points and redeem them to pick up some great prizes!!
The price to gain access to GottaCon all weekend long and enter into any of our miniature based events (while seating is available) is only $50 GST included if you buy your ticket in advance!! Stay tuned to our website as we will announce other miniature based events including painting contest. If you have any questions please contact our miniatures manager, Paul Puhallo, at email@example.com. Thank you.
GottaCon is pleased to announce that it will once again be hosting Warhammer tournaments in Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Fantasy and War of the Ring at GottaCon 2014 on Feb. 28 to Mar. 2, 2014. Come take part in our huge Warhammer events and side events! This year we are excited to have KR Multicase and Magic Stronghold as our headline sponsors for our feature events and Dice Bag Games, Magic Stronghold and Attack-X as our sponsors for our Warhammer side events. Please see below for event details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
Today we announce our Board 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).
There are a lot of exciting things happening in the board game area of GottaCon this year. GottaCon is hosting over a 120 BG sessions, supported by numerous communities, numerous tournaments, including two important qualifiers, and an ever growing board game library:
Tournaments: Settlers of Catan Tournament – Western Canadian Catan Championship Pre-Pre-Qualifier Lords of Waterdeep Tournament Race for the Galaxy Tournament North American Ticket to Ride Championship – Western Canada Regional Qualifier Dominion Tournament Great Canadian Board Game Blitz
Communities running tables all weekend: VCon M3 Gamers Interactivity Board Game Café Tradecraft
GottaCon’s Board Game Library has grown to over 250 games.
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.
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: email@example.com.
Look for more information on GottaCon 2015, Feb 27 to Mar 1, 2015 coming soon to our website!