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April 22-24, 2016 Kansas City

Pure Gaming Satisfaction

BobCon 2010 DragonTime is Upon Us

BobCon is only a month away, so it is time to get the Convention Machine fired up. This email will be a bit long since we need to touch on several topics, but the ones in the following weeks should be shorter and more focused. And yes, in these last four weeks there will be a plethora of correspondence (updates, reminders, announcements, etc.). We appreciate you're interest in BobCon and want to keep you as informed as possible.

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BobCon Events

THE most important aspect of BobCon is the events. Whether they be RPGs, card games, board games or non-gaming social activities, the events are what bring us together. Well, the Events Page is now live and is populated with over three-dozen opportunities for fun and excitement.

Our event coordinator, Dave Phillips, has scoured the globe to come up with these wonderful events (many of you have spoke with him and have agreed to sponsor an event).  But what you see listed isn't the final schedule – you can submit even more events. Run an adventure in your favorite role-playing system or simply make sure there is a game of <insert favorite game here> on the schedule. This convention is about playing the games you want to play. Check out the BobCon Game Library to see what we have available if you need any ideas.

The deadline for submitting events is September 12.

And just to give you an idea of a few of the great events we already have lined-up:

  • Red Moon Medicine Show is back again this year hosting two new events
  • Return of the Bad Batch is Jon Spinner's follow-up to his popular, cookie-centric RPG
  • Jyhad/VtES is a con favorite and this year we have prize support from White Wolf, so embrace you inner vampire and join the Struggle
  • The Farmer's Market Cook-off is another BobCon staple and should be a crowd pleaser again this year
  • And MUCH, MUCH MORE!

RSVP, Registration and Sign-ups

Along with the Events Page, the RSVP form is also live today. Whether you are able to attend this year's convention or not, we ask you take a minute to fill it out. It helps us to know how many attendees we can expect. It also important to know why those of you who are unable attend this year can't, so we can make every effort to make future BobCons as accessible as possible (just use the "comments" section).

Now that the events are posted you might ask, "When can I sign up so that I don't miss out on getting into Candyland?" The Event Sign-up form should go live September 13, the day after the events are finalized. A reminder will be sent out that weekend, too.

As far as registration for this year's convention, the initial RSVP is all we need. We were hoping to be able to avoid charging admission through the various fundraisers we've had this year, but we fell short of our target goal. In the spirit of making BobCon affordable to all, we were able to keep admission to a minimum: the cost is only $5 per day or $10 for the whole weekend. Since this is half of the price of last year's cost there is no discount for paying early – but you can use the donation button on the Website to go ahead and get your payment out of the way. We are also happy to accept any additional donations if you feel BobCon is worth it. We will have an official accounting of expenses after the Con is over, but it looks like we will not recoup our operating costs this year (unless we have a big turnout for the Poker Tournament on September 18).

Out of Town Guests

It looks like we will have several out-of-town attendees again this year. It is great to have enough interest in BobCon to be able to draw from outside the local area. This year we tried to arrange for some hotel discounts but hit a big snag ­– BobCon weekend is also NASCAR Weekend at the Kansas Speedway. That means the local hotels are full and prices are at a premium. Some of you may have already booked your room. Awesome! If you haven't, then please give me a call and we'll get housing arranged (Bob's cell 913-669-5768). We have many options and no one will be left out in the cold (nor have to pay ridiculous prices). The sooner I hear from you, the better.

BobCon Merchandise

Finally, the BobCon CaféPress Store has been updated with our 2010 items. You can simply click the Shop button from our site or go to http://www.cafepress.com/bobcon/ to get the gear you need and show your support for BobCon. We do not make much off of these items but every little bit helps. Plus, you'll just look cool!

That is all for now. We look forward to having a great BobCon and hope you are, too.

--The BobCon Staff

p.s. Be sure to send in your RSVP today!

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Dark Sun 4eGenCon attendees have their Dark Sun campaign books already, but everyone else is "patiently waiting." Pre-order yours today from our Amazon Store and a portion of the purchase price will go to benefit BobCon!

The World is a Desert

"Athas is a hot, arid planet covered with endless seas of dunes, lifeless salt flats, stony wastes, rocky badlands, thorny scrublands, and worse. From the first moments of dawn, the crimson sun beats down from an olive-tinged sky. Temperatures routinely exceed 100 degrees F. by midmorning and can reach 130 degrees or more by late afternoon., The wind is like a blast of a furnace, offering no relief from the oppressive heat. Dust and sand borne on the breeze coat everything with a yellow-orange silt."

"In this forbidding world, cities and villages exist only in a few oases or verdant plains. Some places don't see rain for years at a time, and even in fertile regions, rain is little more than a humid mist that falls during a few weeks each year before giving way to long months of heat and drought. The world beyond these islands of civilization is a wasteland roamed by nomads, raiders, and hungry monsters."

"Athas was not always a desert, and the parched landscape is dotted with the crumbling ruins of a planet that once was rich with rivers and seas. Ancient bridges over dry watercourses and empty stone quays that face seas of sand tell the tale of a world that is no more."

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GLaDOS and the gang at Aperture Science are coming back to a PS3, PC, and Mac near you. Some of us here at BobCon are huge fans of Portal, Valve's sleeper classic from 2007. Check out the trailer for the sequel below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxSo1k2Y1Uk

There's also a more detailed write-up of Portal 2's gameplay over at Ars Technica.

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Holdem Spring 2010Saturday night we held the first BobCon Poker Tournament fundraiser. We had 12 participants. Though we were hoping for a larger attendance, everything seem to run very smoothly and a good time was had by all. And we raised nearly $250 for this year's BobCon!

We started the evening by splitting into two tables of six, each of us with 4500 in chips. There was plenty of room in Dave's place to easily accommodate us. A big THANKS to him for hosting the event! Play remained pretty steady for the first couple of hours with the two groups remaining split. The optional rebuys helped to keep people involved and gave several of us a chance to redeem ourselves. Our most inexperienced player was the only one who had to dip into the rebuy pool twice. He also had the best hand of the evening, showing quad Jacks against two pair (AAJJ).

Once each group had lost a player for good, we combined into a single table. John Carlton and Dan Justice were the chip stack leaders from Table 1, while Dave Phillips and Terry Eldred were the leaders from Table 2 (Dave having just tripled his stack before the merge). The change from six players to ten players definitely effects the card play, but Dave quickly took advantage of a monster hand to eliminate another player. We lost another shortly after and were now at eight players. The chips were gravitating toward the leaders and the field of play began to dwindle at a steady pace. Terry's luck went south while Bob Iliff began to hit some cards. With two sets of 5's within three hands he was able to join the top four.

It wasn't long before we were down to John, Dave, Dan and Bob. One of these players would walk away empty handed while the others would take home some of the prize pool. Only Dave and Bob from Table 2 had had to post rebuys earlier in the evening. Play remained steady for a short time, with Dan using his chip lead to effectively bully the other players, but eventually he succumbed to some lucky draws by opponents. And then there were three, all with similar chip stacks. We had quite a few spectators remaining to watch the outcome (thanks for dealing, guys). The hands were going fast and some thought it would take a while to finish since all three looked strong. Once the blinds increased to 1000/2000 things started to go fast, even though those blinds were easily covered the cards began to come out. Dave's chips were flowing away at a rapid pace. A couple of times when he was short stacked he was able to double up, but it wasn't enough. He took third and walked away with 20% of the prize pool.

John Carlton and Bob Iliff were now playing heads-up poker. Both were playing aggressively, but Bob took a decisive lead when he called an all-in bid by John and took away most of his stack. The audience thought the writing was on the wall but John doubled up two hands later and was again the chip leader. John took a fatal wound when he raised the blinds then matched Bob's "all-in" re-raise. Bob's pocket Aces held on and it took only a couple more hands to end tournament. John took 30% of the prize pool while Bob won lion's share of the winnings (50%).

A new member to the BobCon community, Robert, suddenly realized why it was called Bob Con. ;)

Photo Gallery

» Check out the event photos available in our Gallery.

Poker SwagThanks to everyone who was able to attend Saturday night!

Everyone who played received a custom Card Cover and Chip Magnet for participating (some of you left before they were handed out, so we will get you yours). If any of you who were unable to attend would like support the tournament by purchasing your own Card Cover or Magnet with a similar design, please send us an email and tell us which one(s) you want and how many. The cost of each are only $3 and would take a couple of weeks to come in.

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Crude, unsightly, and wildly impractical... but filled with potential. Is this how our grandchildren will play tabletop RPGs? View the latest Microsoft Surface D&D demo below...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n94E3IeBquY

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