U-Con Gaming Convention November 11-13, 2016, Ypsilanti, Michigan
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Board and Card Games

Friday

2p

5815 Sentinels of the Multiverse: Game with the Creator, GM: Christopher Badell, 4 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 2p-4p. Play Sentinels with the creator of the game, Christopher Badell! General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 301. $2.00

4p

5577 Dead of Winter: Game with the Creator, GM: Jonathan Gilmour, 5 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 4p-6p. One of the biggest hits of 2014, Dead of Winter has become one of the best "co-op with a traitor" games off all time. Here's your chance to play with one of the designers who helped show that sometimes your fellow survivors can be worse than zombie. General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 313. $2.00

8p

6077 Sentinels of the Multiverse: Game with the Creator, GM: Christopher Badell, 4 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 8p-10p. Play Sentinels with the creator of the game, Christopher Badell! General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 301. $2.00

Saturday

11a

5813 Sentinels of the Multiverse: Game with the Creator, GM: Christopher Badell, 4 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 11a-1p. Play Sentinels with the creator of the game, Christopher Badell! General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 301. $2.00

4p

6078 Sentinels of the Multiverse: Game with the Creator, GM: Christopher Badell, 4 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 4p-6p. Play Sentinels with the creator of the game, Christopher Badell! General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 301. $2.00

8p

5593 Dead of Winter: Game with the Creator, GM: Jonathan Gilmour, 5 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 8p-10p. One of the biggest hits of 2014, Dead of Winter has become one of the best "co-op with a traitor" games off all time. Here's your chance to play with one of the designers who helped show that sometimes your fellow survivors can be worse than zombie. General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 313. $2.00

5814 Sentinels of the Multiverse: Game with the Creator, GM: Christopher Badell, 4 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 8p-10p. Play Sentinels with the creator of the game, Christopher Badell! General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 301. $2.00

Sunday

10a

5591 Vault Wars: Game with the Creator and Win a Copy, GM: Jonathan Gilmour, 4 players, No XP/Simple, Sunday 10a-12p. Many heroes go forth to battle, but some never return. You'll be part of the bidding war for the vaults they left behind to gain valuable items. Outbid your opponents, equip artifacts to gain new abilities and find the gear your up-and-coming heroes are looking for to be victorious in Vault Wars. Winner of the game wins the copy used for the event. Family Friendly (7+) Ballroom Table 313. $2.00

5730 Sentinels of the Multiverse: Game with the Creator, GM: Christopher Badell, 4 players, No XP/Simple, Sunday 10a-12p. Play Sentinels with the creator of the game, Christopher Badell! General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 301. $2.00

2p

5590 Dead of Winter: Game with the Creator, GM: Jonathan Gilmour, 5 players, No XP/Simple, Sunday 2p-4p. One of the biggest hits of 2014, Dead of Winter has become one of the best "co-op with a traitor" games off all time. Here's your chance to play with one of the designers who helped show that sometimes your fellow survivors can be worse than zombie. General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 313. $2.00

Role Playing

Friday

9a

5358 DCC RPG: Xcrawl: Destroy All Crawlers, GM: Brendan LaSalle, 8 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 9a-1p. Your favorite live-on-pay-per-view death sport is back, with a whole new rules set! Now powered by the Dungeon Crawl Classics rules, Xcrawl is wilder than ever! All new challenges, all new high-impact rules set, same old attitude! Family Friendly (7+) Conference E Table 5. $3.00

10a

5185 D&D 5e (Aetaltis): The Temple of Modren, GM: Marc Tassin, 6 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 10a-2p. Goblins are loose in the hills surrounding Thornwall, and the town is under attack! With the nearest royal guard post more than three-days ride to the South, you and your stalwart companions are the only hope for this harried hamlet! You must defeat the goblins and seal what ever Deepland hole they crawled out of, or Thornwall is lost. General Audience (13+) Seminar 2. $3.00

5294 Champions: The Adventure of Overlord's Lair, GM: Michael Surbrook, 5 players, No XP/Average, Friday 10a-2p. In 1981 Aaron Allston ran a simple game of Champions in order to playtest the rules with four of his friends. Little did he know he was kicking off a campaign that would run for more than 250 sessions and over 20 years. Play as either DarkKnight, Lightrune, Phosphene, ShadowWalker, or Swashbuckler as they investigate a mysterious building and battle the notorious Overlord. General Audience (13+) Conference F Table 1. $3.00

5615 Swords & Wizardry: Zaya's Promise - Game With the Creator, GM: Stacy Dellorfano, 8 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 10a-2p. Off in a corner of a forgotten land lies the fabled ruins of a town lost to the ravages of war. Covered in a thick layer of thorny, poisoned vines, the town itself has all been forgotten for beneath that lies the rumored lair of the only survivor. None who have entered have returned for hundreds of years. The place has been quarantined and left as cursed, but surely your party will succeed where all others have failed. Right? Zaya's Promise is a deadly funhouse set in an ever-changing dreamworld. Originally released with the third printing of Swords & Wizardry, this game will be run by the Adventure's author. General Audience (13+) Board Room. $4.00

2p

5360 DCC RPG: Symptom of the Universe, GM: Brendan LaSalle, 8 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 2p-6p. ". . . when our love will ride away into eternal skies; A Symptom of the Universe, a love that never dies." When a hero dies, only the dream remains. Who dare seek answers in the death dream of the most dangerous man in the world? This is an experimental DCC scenario for 3rd level characters. Family Friendly (7+) Conference E Table 5. $3.00

3p

5186 D&D 5e (Aetaltis): Isle of the Dead, GM: Marc Tassin, 6 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 3p-7p. When relatives drop in unexpectedly, it's almost always a challenge. It's even worse when they've been dead for years! In a tiny village in the north of New Erinor, the dead have risen to torment the living. It’s up to you and your companions to put an end to this shambling nightmare! General Audience (13+) Seminar 2. $3.00

8p

5190 Swords & Wizardry: Mythrus Tower, GM: Bill Webb, 15 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 8p-1a. Bill Webb of Frog God Games brings the long-running Mythus Tower late night game to Detroit! Its been running for several years in Madison, Dallas and Seattle, as well as last year here. There is no school like the old school! Late Night Swords and Wizardry with grognard GM Bill Webb of Frog God Games. Travel back to the dawn of the game where character generation took 2 minutes (which is good, because you die a lot!), there was no such thing as a spot check, dwarves and elves were classes, not just races, and a +1 sword was a wonder! This is the 8th year in a row that Bill has run an event of this type at gaming conventions, and it's always late night affair. This year expect a dungeon crawl adventure where you better bring your imagination and your thinking cap. Starting at 8 pm and ending at 1 am (or later). Number of players is capped at 15 (plus invited guests for a total of 20 players). Bring dice and miniatures. You can roll up characters at the table. Rules will generally follow those in Swords and Wizardry Complete and Bill Webb's book of Dirty Tricks (available at the Frog God store--and the rulebook pdf is free!). All character generation is 3d6 in order, although stats cap at +1/-1 on bonus and penalty, and are thus, mostly irrelevant. Bill's games are well known for having high fatality rates and extremely difficult puzzles and traps. If you play in both sessions, experience points and treasure carry over to the next night. If you have a character from prior adventures you may continue play them here--if not just bring 3d6 and a d20 and you can make one at the table. Kids welcome, but it gets pretty late at night for little ones. Prizes awarded for a) first to die, b) MVP of session (as voted by players), c) most creative, d) best roleplayer and e) most number of kills (and other PCs count if its accidental)! Family Friendly (7+) Conference F Table 1-2. $4.00

5692 Golden Age Champions: For Whom The Bell Tolls, GM: Darren Watts, 5 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 8p-12a. In the last days of World War II, as the Allied army races the Soviets toward Berlin, the mighty Defenders of Justice are asked to go on a last secret mission to track down a rumored German "wunderwaffe" deep in a Silesian mountain range. General Audience (13+) Seminar 2. $4.00

5770 7th Sea: Game with the Creator, GM: John Wick, 6 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 8p-12a. Play the 2nd Edition of 7th Sea with the creator, John Wick! General Audience (13+) Board Room. $4.00

Saturday

9a

5295 Champions: The Adventure of Overlord's Lair, GM: Michael Surbrook, 5 players, No XP/Average, Saturday 9a-1p. In 1981 Aaron Allston ran a simple game of Champions in order to playtest the rules with four of his friends. Little did he know he was kicking off a campaign that would run for more than 250 sessions and over 20 years. Play as either DarkKnight, Lightrune, Phosphene, ShadowWalker, or Swashbuckler as they investigate a mysterious building and battle the notorious Overlord. General Audience (13+) Seminar 2. $3.00

5359 DCC RPG: Xcrawl: Destroy All Crawlers, GM: Brendan LaSalle, 8 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 9a-1p. Your favorite live-on-pay-per-view death sport is back, with a whole new rules set! Now powered by the Dungeon Crawl Classics rules, Xcrawl is wilder than ever! All new challenges, all new high-impact rules set, same old attitude! Family Friendly (7+) Conference E Table 5. $3.00

2p

5184 D&D 5e (Aetaltis): The Temple of Modren, GM: Marc Tassin, 6 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 2p-6p. Goblins are loose in the hills surrounding Thornwall, and the town is under attack! With the nearest royal guard post more than three-days ride to the South, you and your stalwart companions are the only hope for this harried hamlet! You must defeat the goblins and seal what ever Deepland hole they crawled out of, or Thornwall is lost. General Audience (13+) Conference F Table 4. $3.00

5361 DCC RPG: Symptom of the Universe, GM: Brendan LaSalle, 8 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 2p-6p. ". . . when our love will ride away into eternal skies; A Symptom of the Universe, a love that never dies." When a hero dies, only the dream remains. Who dare seek answers in the death dream of the most dangerous man in the world? This is an experimental DCC scenario for 3rd level characters. Family Friendly (7+) Conference E Table 5. $3.00

5616 Swords & Wizardry: Zaya's Promise - Game With the Creator, GM: Stacy Dellorfano, 8 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 2p-6p. Off in a corner of a forgotten land lies the fabled ruins of a town lost to the ravages of war. Covered in a thick layer of thorny, poisoned vines, the town itself has all been forgotten for beneath that lies the rumored lair of the only survivor. None who have entered have returned for hundreds of years. The place has been quarantined and left as cursed, but surely your party will succeed where all others have failed. Right? Zaya's Promise is a deadly funhouse set in an ever-changing dreamworld. Originally released with the third printing of Swords & Wizardry, this game will be run by the Adventure's author. General Audience (13+) Board Room. $4.00

5769 7th Sea: Game with the Creator, GM: John Wick, 6 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 2p-6p. Play the 2nd Edition of 7th Sea with the creator, John Wick! General Audience (13+) Seminar 2. $4.00

8p

5191 Swords & Wizardry: Tegel Manor: Judges Guild 40th Anniversary, GM: Bill Webb, 15 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 8p-1a. Play in the dungeon I learned to play in! Tegel Manor came out in 1977 and was the first dungeon adventure I ever had. In honor of Judges Guild’s 40th anniversary, I will be deviating from my standard Mythus Tower game and running a slightly modified (by me) version of this old classic! Startling Statues and the infamous Rump Family awaits! This old time haunted house is an original masterpiece by Bob Bledsaw, one of the three men that inspired me to play the game. Fire up your clerics and holy water and prepare for lots of creepy encounters. Locate the inspiration for the Gazebo legends of the game! Just don’t make the house mad. Late Night Swords and Wizardry with grognard GM Bill Webb of Frog God Games. Travel back to the dawn of the game where character generation took 2 minutes (which is good, because you die a lot!), there was no such thing as a spot check, dwarves and elves were classes, not just races, and a +1 sword was a wonder! Starting at 8 pm and ending at 1 am (or later). Number of players is capped at 15 (plus invited guests for a total of 20 players). Bring dice and miniatures. You can roll up characters at the table. Rules will generally follow those in Swords and Wizardry Complete and Bill Webb's book of Dirty Tricks (available at the Frog God store--and the rulebook pdf is free!). All character generation is 3d6 in order, although stats cap at +1/-1 on bonus and penalty, and are thus, mostly irrelevant. You may bring your characters from Mythus Tower to play. If you play in both sessions, experience points and treasure carry over to the next night. If you have a character from prior adventures you may continue play them here--if not just bring 3d6 and a d20 and you can make one at the table. Family Friendly (7+) Conference F Table 1-2. $4.00

5693 Golden Age Champions: Neuschwabenland, GM: Darren Watts, 5 players, No XP/Average, Saturday 8p-12a. The Germans have been defeated, Berlin has fallen and Hitler himself has committed suicide. But the events of the last adventure have clued the Defenders in that the Third Reich's final blow has not yet fallen. Adults Only (18+) Seminar 2. $4.00

5771 7th Sea: Game with the Creator, GM: John Wick, 6 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 8p-12a. Play the 2nd Edition of 7th Sea with the creator, John Wick! General Audience (13+) Board Room. $4.00

Sunday

9a

5296 Champions: The Adventure of Overlord's Lair, GM: Michael Surbrook, 5 players, No XP/Average, Sunday 9a-1p. In 1981 Aaron Allston ran a simple game of Champions in order to playtest the rules with four of his friends. Little did he know he was kicking off a campaign that would run for more than 250 sessions and over 20 years. Play as either DarkKnight, Lightrune, Phosphene, ShadowWalker, or Swashbuckler as they investigate a mysterious building and battle the notorious Overlord. General Audience (13+) Conference F Table 1. $3.00

5362 DCC RPG: The Inn at Five Points, GM: Brendan LaSalle, 8 players, No XP/Simple, Sunday 9a-1p. After a rough convention full of strife, travail, and stress, why not relax at the Inn at Five Points? Have a bowl of hot stew, cold ale, and a loaf of Quendy’s famous fresh bread. What have you got to worry about? Everything is going to be just fine. Just . . . fine . . . Family Friendly (7+) Conference E Table 5. $3.00

2p

5694 Doctor Who: Arrowdown, GM: Darren Watts, 5 players, No XP/Simple, Sunday 2p-6p. The Doctor and his companions simply want to take in a pleasant day at the beach. What could possibly go wrong? General Audience (13+) Seminar 2. $4.00

5772 7th Sea: Game with the Creator, GM: John Wick, 6 players, No XP/Simple, Sunday 2p-6p. Play the 2nd Edition of 7th Sea with the creator, John Wick! General Audience (13+) Board Room. $3.00

Special Events

Friday

3p

5768 7th Sea: Tips and Tricks For A Successful Game , GM: John Wick, 40 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 3p-4p. Love running 7th Sea adventures but want to know how to make them even better? Then come learn directly from the creator himself on how to run successful adventures in the world of 7th Sea! From hero creation to sorcery to combat, and even advice on how to manage the action and drama, John will give you tips and tricks for making your games engaging, exciting, and flow with flair. General Audience (13+) Auditorium 1. Free!

6p

5611 OSR: Old School Game Design Panel, GM: Ryan Thompson, 80 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 6p-8p. Join the OSR Track's Guest of Honor, Stacy Dellorfano, Industry Insider Brendan LaSalle, and special Guest Bill Webb along with the Drink, Spin, Run Podcast Crew and our OSR Track Coordinator as we discuss OSR Games Design and Aesthetic! From DCC Zines to polished Frog God Games and Goodman products, we will talk about it. What's more? In this roundtable discussion audience questions are welcome! As always, the OSR Track Panel will be recorded! Family Friendly (7+) Conference E. Free!

11p

5822 Happy Hour Mixer & Sentinels Look-a-like Costume Contest, GM: U-Con Staff, 30 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 11p-1a. Join some Guests of Honor and staff for drinks at the bar! Come dressed as your favorite Sentinels of the Multiverse character, or come to watch. The creator of the game will personally judge the best hero - or villain - or environment! - in this fun-packed exhibition of character lookalikes. Are you a dead ringer for Expatriette? Strong like Haka? Can you dominate like Baron Blade or take care of business like the Chairman? Bring your best costume, irony, or humorous take and compete for fabulous token prizes! Adults Only (18+) View Bar. Free!

Saturday

8a

5617 : ConTessa GM's Breakfast, GM: Stacy Dellorfano, 7 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 8a-9a. It can be so hard to meet other women who play and run roleplaying games, so we try to add a social event to every one of the conventions we go to! Meet other women who play, run, and design games. Learn all about what we do at ConTessa, and Stacy, the founder, will be on hand to answer any questions or just chat! All women are welcome at this informal social beakfast panel! Family Friendly (7+) Hotel Restaurant. Free!

1p

5592 Prototype Workshop, GM: Jonathan Gilmour, 12 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 1p-3p. Are you interested in designing board games? Do you have a design you would like some help with, or get a professional's thoughts about? If so, stop by and have a chat with Jonathan Gilmour, Designer on such games as Dead of Winter, Vault Wars, and Heroes and Tricks. Family Friendly (7+) Seminar 4. Free!

5830 : Bill Webb Book Signing, GM: Bill Webb, 50 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 1p-2p. Join us at the Open Gaming Store booth in the exhibitor hall and have your books signed by author and President of Frog God Games, Bill Webb! Family Friendly (7+) Exhibitor Hall. Free!

6p

5187 Seminar: Writing for RPGs, GM: U-Con Staff, 12 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 6p-7p. Learn what it takes to write for your favorite role-playing games. We'll cover how to find job opportunities, what companies look for in a writer, and what it takes to achieve real success. Plus we'll touch on contracts, how much writers make, and some of the pitfalls to watch out for. With Guests John Wick, Darren Watts, and Marc Tassin. Hosted by Shane Harsch. General Audience (13+) Seminar 4. Free!

11p

5823 Happy Hour Mixer , GM: U-Con Staff, 30 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 11p-1a. Join some Guests of Honor and staff for drinks at the bar! Adults Only (18+) View Bar. Free!

Sunday

8a

5773 : 7th Sea: Breakfast with John Wick, GM: John Wick, 15 players, No XP/Simple, Sunday 8a-9a. Want to learn about 7th Sea directly from the creator? Join John Wick for breakfast and hear tales of game development, running campaigns, and how he hosted a very successful Kickstarter! (Note: everyone pays for their own breakfast.) Family Friendly (7+) Hotel Restaurant. Free!

12p

5695 Seminar: Running in the Golden Age of Comics, GM: Darren Watts, 16 players, No XP/Simple, Sunday 12p-1p. What are the key elements to running a genre-rich Golden Age game? What key stylistic elements should you include or avoid? Join Darren Watts, author of the upcoming Golden Age of Champions to discover his secrets (well, maybe not ALL of his secrets). General Audience (13+) Board Room. Free!