VCON 34 – Oct 2-4, 2009

The following post is an announcement received from Jenni Merrifield at VCON in Vancouver, BC. The convention sounds like a lot of fun!


My name is Jenni Merrifield and I have recently taken over the role of Games Coordinator for VCON 34. I am sending out this message to gamers and gaming groups primarily in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest as a call to action – by promoting the VCON games room and filling you in on some of the incentives available for gamers in general and anyone interested in hosting game events during the convention I hope to encourage you and all your friends to come out to our event!

Quick Summary for the “TLDR” crowd

  • VCON is Western Canada’s longest running science fiction, fantasy and gaming fan convention, held in the Vancouver, BC, Canada metropolitan area every October. VCON 34 is Oct 2-4, 2009. Details at
  • VCON 34’s games room is open 24 hours and has scheduled game events, drop in games, and free-play tables available.
  • There is a reduced price pass for those who are primarily interested in gaming scene and do not intend to attend other scheduled programming.
  • More hosts are needed to run scheduled game events during core programming hours – any host who commits to at least 4 hours of game events is eligible for a discounted membership rate.
  • The VCON 34 Games Coordinator is looking to connect with individuals with almost any significant connection to the table top or video gaming industries who would be interested in attending the con as a programming guest and participating in game related programming.

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TROOPS: Sobriety Checkpoint

Copyright 2009 Steve Schönberger

Another crazy night at the Thursday Night Open Games; we get not one but two hilarious recaps of the action, one from player Steve Schönberger and one from GM Rolfe Bergstrom.

The premise: you’ve all seen the video TROOPS!, it’s been around for over a decade: an Imperial stormtrooper patrol unit, filmed in the style of COPS! Rolfe’s game revisited the setting, with another unit manning a DUI checkpoint near Mos Eisley. Hilarity ensued. The game used the Star Wars RPG D6 system from West End Games.

Seriously, go read the summaries — they’re screamingly funny.

Mortalis LARP at ConQuest

mortalisAmber Eagar of Mortalis Games announced on Emerald City Game Feast on Monday:

Here’s my shameless promotion: I’ll be in the LARP room promoting my game system, Mortalis LARP. Won’t be running anything, just promoting my system and helping 5th Wall Gaming out.

For those unfamiliar with the acronym, LARP means live-action role-playing.  Mortalis Games have both a Website and a LiveJournal community that will be of interest to LARPers.  Mortalis is a fantasy-themed game using a boffer-type system, meaning combat action are resolved through the use of padded weapons facsimiles.

LARPs at ConQuest NW are organized by the Portland-based LARP organization called 5th Wall Gaming, a bunch of great people who run extremely fun games.  And I do mean “Xtreme”…  🙂

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Pre-program available!

The PDF file of the program is available for viewing on Scribd. A word of warning: the file is “imposed” for printing on tabloid-size paper, which means the pages are in the following order: 8, 1, 2, 7, 6, 3, 4, 5.

See over 40 games to choose from!

More Guests at ECG!

In addition to author Erik Scott de Bie, mentioned in a previous news release, we have more confirmed guests for this year’s Emerald City Gamefest game day on November 15. Also returning after his popular visit last year is Wolfgang Baur, well known for his Open Design Project, his work on D&D supplements, and his magazine Kobold Quarterly.

New to the event is artist and writer Tarol Hunt, author of the long-running comic Goblins: Life Through Their Eyes. You can see Tarol drawing live on

Hosting a Story Game Lounge will be bloggers, podcasters, designers, and indie game enthusiasts Mickey of Geek Girls Rule! and Ogre of Stabbing Contest. We are extremely happy and grateful to have so many distinguished guests.

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