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

Friday

11a

5530 Sushi Go, GM: Jeannette Quirk, 5 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 11a-12p. Card game where you pick a card and pass your hand while trying to build sushi for points. General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 222. $1.50

5576 Castles of Mad King Ludwig, GM: Nikki Carr, 4 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 11a-1p. In the tile-laying game Castles of Mad King Ludwig, players are tasked with building an amazing, extravagant castle for King Ludwig II of Bavaria, one room at a time. You see, the King loves castles, having built Neuschwanstein (the castle that inspired the Disney theme park castles) and others, but now he's commissioned you to build the biggest, best castle ever- subject, of course, to his ever-changing whims. Each player acts as a building contractor who is adding rooms to the castle he's building while also selling his services to other players General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 309. $1.50

12p

5554 Airlines: Europe, GM: Cheryl Orosz, 10 players, Some XP/Average, Friday 12p-2p. Use your influence skillfully and your cash wisely in this game of aviation development. Compete for favorable routes and government subsidies as you marshal your investments General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 424-425. $1.50

5674 Bohnanza, GM: Samantha Orosz, 7 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 12p-1p. Live the exciting life of a bean farmer! Trade, plant, and harvest beans to acquire the most gold. Do you have what it takes to farm beans? Family Friendly (7+) Ballroom Table 420. $1.50

2p

5506 North Dakota Rummy, GM: Rhonda Berg, 6 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 2p-4p. Why not learn a game that you can immediately go home and play with standard playing cards? North Dakota Rummy is a particularly fun variant of rummy because you can buy cards from the discard pile when it is not your turn. It is played in seven rounds that each have different requirements to begin to play cards on the table. Use your buys carefully, though, because only three buys are allowed per round! (For those who are very familiar with popular variants of rummy, it is similar to Contract Rummy.) General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 415. $1.50

5531 Ninja Dice, GM: Jeannette Quirk, 5 players, Some XP/Average, Friday 2p-3p. Break, sneak or fight into a neighboring house and try to steal the treasure. Beware, the other players can attempt to block you! General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 222. $1.50

5578 Orléans, GM: Nikki Carr, 4 players, No XP/Average, Friday 2p-4p. During the medieval goings-on around Orléans, you must assemble a following of farmers, merchants, knights, monks, etc. to gain supremacy through trade, construction and science in medieval France. In the city of Orléans and the area of the Loire, you can take trade trips to other cities to acquire coveted goods and build trading posts. You need followers and their abilities to expand your dominance by putting them to work as traders, builders, and scientists. Knights expand your scope of action and secure your mercantile expeditions. Craftsmen build trading stations and tools to facilitate work. Scholars make progress in science, and last but not least it cannot hurt to get active in monasteries since with monks on your side you are much less likely to fall prey to fate. General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 309. $1.50

3p

5513 Street Kings, GM: Blair Reamy (Amorphous Blob), 6 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 3p-5p. Welcome to the world of underground racing. Your goal? To become the Street King in your own epic racing career. You’ll start at the bottom using your “D” class cars. With the help of your crew, cars, upgrades, and skills, you’ll win races to gain credits and fame. With these credits, you’ll be able to buy parts, hire crew or even advance to the next class. Another way to gain credits is by showing off your ride at local car shows. You'll also be able to choose locations where the race will take place. Family Friendly (7+) Ballroom Table 204. $1.50

5555 : Splendor, GM: Cheryl Orosz, 8 players, No XP/Average, Friday 3p-5p. Become a gem merchant of the Renaissance, buying gem mines, transportation, and shops. Attract the favor of nobles and acquire impressive investments to gain victory points and win the game. General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 424-425. $1.50

5731 Elder Sign, GM: Becky Reamy (Amorphous Blob), 8 players, No XP/Average, Friday 3p-5p. Investigators need to quickly gather Elder Signs in order to close and seal the gates to the beyond, to keep the Elder Ones from escaping into our world. If they are unable to close the gates in time, then they must defeat the elder one. General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 203. $1.50

4p

5579 Terra Mystica, GM: Nikki Carr, 5 players, Some XP/Complex, Friday 4p-6p. In the land of Terra Mystica dwell 14 different peoples in seven landscapes, and each group is bound to its own home environment, so to develop and grow, they must terraform neighboring landscapes into their home environments in competition with the other groups. Terra Mystica is a game with very little luck that rewards strategic planning. Each player governs one of the 14 groups. With subtlety and craft, the player must attempt to rule as great an area as possible and to develop that group's skills. There are also four religious cults in which you can progress. To do all that, each group has special skills and abilities. General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 309. $1.50

5p

5529 Hanabi, GM: Jeannette Quirk, 5 players, Some XP/Simple, Friday 5p-6p. Hanabi - named for the Japanese word for "fireworks" - is a cooperative game in which players try to create the perfect fireworks show by placing the cards on the table in the right order. The card deck consists of five different colors of cards, numbered 1–5 in each color. For each color, the players try to place a row in the correct order from 1–5. Sounds easy, right? Well, not quite, as in this game you hold your cards so that they're visible only to other players. To assist other players in playing a card, you must give them hints regarding the numbers or the colors of their cards. Players must act as a team to avoid errors and to finish the fireworks display before they run out of cards. General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 222. $1.50

5732 7 Wonders, GM: Becky Reamy (Amorphous Blob), 7 players, No XP/Average, Friday 5p-7p. You are the leader of one of the 7 great cities of the Ancient World. Gather resources, develop commercial routes, and affirm your military supremacy. Build your city and erect an architectural wonder which will transcend future times. General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 203. $1.50

8p

5528 Tsuro, GM: Jeannette Quirk, 8 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 8p-10p. Tsuro is a game wherein you lay tiles down to create paths. The last person to remain on the board wins the game. General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 222. $1.50

5585 Power Grid, GM: Nikki Carr, 6 players, Some XP/Complex, Friday 8p-11p. The objective of Power Grid is to supply the most cities with power when someone's network gains a predetermined size. In this new edition, players mark pre-existing routes between cities for connection, and then bid against each other to purchase the power plants that they use to power their cities. However, as plants are purchased, newer, more efficient plants become available, so by merely purchasing, you're potentially allowing others access to superior equipment. General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 309. $3.00

10p

5673 Betrayal at House on the Hill, GM: Samantha Orosz, 12 players, No XP/Average, Friday 10p-12a. You and your friends explore "that creepy old place on the hill" and your fear will grow with each tile you place until enough mystic misadventures happen that one of the players turns on all of the others. Explore the creepy old mansion, that sounds like a fun time! (especially for your evil friend). Will you defeat the monsters that dwell within and your betrayer or will you never be heard from again? General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 310. $1.50

Saturday

9a

5589 Puerto Rico, GM: Nikki Carr, 5 players, No XP/Average, Saturday 9a-11a. In Puerto Rico players assume the roles of colonial governors on the island of Puerto Rico. The aim of the game is to amass victory points by shipping goods to Europe or by constructing buildings. The resource cycle of the game is that players grow crops which they exchange for points or doubloons. Doubloons can then be used to buy buildings, which allow players to produce more crops or give them other abilities. Buildings and plantations do not work unless they are manned by colonists. General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 309. $1.50

10a

5675 Greed, GM: Samantha Orosz, 5 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 10a-11a. If you've always wanted to be a crime lord then boy howdy, this game is for you! Acquire henchmen, shady businesses, and money to build your empire and crush the opposition. General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 307. $1.50

2p

5507 North Dakota Rummy, GM: Rhonda Berg, 6 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 2p-4p. Why not learn a game that you can immediately go home and play with standard playing cards? North Dakota Rummy is a particularly fun variant of rummy because you can buy cards from the discard pile when it is not your turn. It is played in seven rounds that each have different requirements to begin to play cards on the table. Use your buys carefully, though, because only three buys are allowed per round! (For those who are very familiar with popular variants of rummy, it is similar to Contract Rummy.) General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 204. $1.50

5547 Dixit, GM: Meri Orosz, 12 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 2p-4p. Dixit uses a deck of cards illustrated with dreamlike images. Players select cards that match a title suggested by the storyteller, and attempt to guess which card the storyteller selected. Family Friendly (7+) Ballroom Table 312-313. $1.50

5583 Castles of Burgundy, GM: Nikki Carr, 4 players, No XP/Average, Saturday 2p-4p. The game is set in the Burgundy region of High Medieval France. Each player takes on the role of an aristocrat, originally controlling a small princedom. While playing they aim to build settlements and powerful castles, practice trade along the river, exploit silver mines, and use the knowledge of travelers. The game is about players taking settlement tiles from the game board and placing them into their princedom, which is represented by the player board. Every tile has a function that starts when the tile is placed in the princedom. The princedom itself consists of several regions, each of which demands its own type of settlement tile. General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 309. $1.50

4p

5548 Telestrations, GM: Meri Orosz, 12 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 4p-6p. If you've played telephone and can draw even a little, this is the game for you! Family Friendly (7+) Ballroom Table 411. $1.50

5584 The Voyages of Marco Polo, GM: Nikki Carr, 4 players, No XP/Average, Saturday 4p-6p. In The Voyages of Marco Polo, players recreate this journey, with each player having a different character and special power in the game. The game is played over five rounds. Each round, the players roll their five personal dice and can perform one action each turn with them. After five rounds, the game ends with players receiving victory points for arriving in Beijing, fulfilling the most orders, and having reached the cities on secret city cards that each player gets at the start of the game; these points are added to the VPs gained during the game. General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 309. $1.50

11p

5586 Small World, GM: Nikki Carr, 5 players, No XP/Average, Saturday 11p-1a. Small World is inhabited by a zany cast of characters such as dwarves, wizards, amazons, giants, orcs, and even humans, who use their troops to occupy territory and conquer adjacent lands in order to push the other races off the face of the earth. Picking the right combination from the 14 different fantasy races and 20 unique special powers, players rush to expand their empires - often at the expense of weaker neighbors. Yet they must also know when to push their own over-extended civilization into decline and ride a new one to victory! General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 309. $1.50

Sunday

9a

5549 Codenames, GM: Meri Orosz, 20 players, No XP/Simple, Sunday 9a-11a. The two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their CODENAMES. Family Friendly (7+) Ballroom Table 424-425. $1.50

10a

5587 Tzolkin': The Mayan Calendar, GM: Nikki Carr, 4 players, No XP/Average, Sunday 10a-12p. Tzolkin: The Mayan Calendar presents a new game mechanism: dynamic worker placement. Players representing different Mayan tribes place their workers on giant connected gears, and as the gears rotate they take the workers to different action spots General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 309. $1.50

5676 Splendor, GM: Samantha Orosz, 8 players, No XP/Simple, Sunday 10a-11a. Become a gem merchant of the Renaissance, buying gem mines, transportation, and shops. Attract the favor of nobles and acquire impressive investments to gain victory points and win the game. General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 418. $1.50

11a

5508 Arctic Scavengers, GM: Rhonda Berg, 5 players, No XP/Average, Sunday 11a-1p. This is a post-apocalyptic deck-building card game where you are the leader of a small tribe fighting to survive amidst scarce resources and challenging conditions. Players work to build their tribes by hiring mercenaries, scavenging junk piles, and winning skirmishes for resources against other player's tribes. The player with the largest tribe at the end of the game is the winner. General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 415. $1.50

2p

5553 Wizard, GM: Cheryl Orosz, 12 players, No XP/Simple, Sunday 2p-4p. A progressive trick-taking game, Wizard will test how well you assess the hand you were dealt -- and your opponents. General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 424-425. $1.50

5588 Keyflower, GM: Nikki Carr, 5 players, No XP/Average, Sunday 2p-4p. Keyflower is a game for two to five players played over four rounds. Each round represents a season: spring, summer, autumn, and finally winter. Each player starts the game with a "home" tile and an initial team of eight workers, each of which is colored red, yellow, or blue. Workers of matching colors are used by the players to bid for tiles to add to their villages. Matching workers may alternatively be used to generate resources, skills and additional workers, not only from the player's own tiles, but also from the tiles in the other players' villages and from the new tiles being auctioned. General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 309. $1.50

4p

5687 Sentinels of the Multiverse, GM: Anne Moore, 4 players, No XP/Average, Sunday 4p-6p. Cooperative game where players run superheroes fighting a supervillain. We will fight the Apostate in the Wagner Mars Base. http://sotm.wikidot.com/ General Audience (13+) Ballroom Table 416. $1.50

Role Playing

Friday

9a

5431 Dungeon Crawl Classics: Black Sun Deathcrawl by James MacGeorge, GM: Laura Rose Williams, 6 players, No XP/Average, Friday 9a-2p. The apocalypse is not merely nigh, it has passed. The world is over and all that is left are the crumbling ashes of the ages before and the cursed survivors who have yet to succumb to the soul-obliterating rays of the Black Sun. Make what you can of the little time you have left before the Black Sun renders your efforts meaningless. General Audience (13+) Conference E Table 6. $3.00

10a

5159 Cortex Plus: Affects of the Void (ep 2), GM: Laura Hamel, 5 players, No XP/Average, Friday 10a-2p. Sequel to "The Way We Were" from U-Con 2014. Imprisoned in a government facility on a remote planet for supposed (or actual) crimes, you have been the subject of experiments verging on torture. Having escaped, you and your fellow fugitives are stuck in a remote system. This universe is a mashup of Firefly, Cowboy Bebop, and Farscape. Adults Only (18+) Seminar 4. $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

8p

5214 Cortex Plus: The Nature of Revenge (ep 3), GM: Laura Hamel, 5 players, No XP/Simple, Friday 8p-12a. Imprisoned in a government facility on a remote planet for supposed (or actual) crimes, you were the subject of illegal experiments with a new biotechnology. Now, it's time to deliver retribution to those who have wronged you. A space opera story of revenge, and finale to "The Way We Were" series, set in the near future with jumpgate technology and governments run by interstellar corporations. It is helpful if you have played previous episodes, but not necessary. Adults Only (18+) Seminar 4. $3.00

Saturday

9a

6035 Roll for Shoes, GM: Laura Morris, 6 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 9a-12p. This little microsystem is a ton of fun. Less than seven rules, and characters are built as you play. Check out the post where I found it (http://story-games.com/forums/discussion/11348/microdungeons-i-roll-to-see-if-i-have-shoes-on/) for an explanation of the name. This lightweight system is great for beginners of all ages looking for a good laugh. Family Friendly (7+) Conference F Table 1. $3.00

2p

5432 Dungeon Crawl Classics: Null Singularity, GM: Laura Rose Williams, 6 players, No XP/Average, Saturday 2p-7p. In Null Singularity by Steve Bean, players take on the role of Voidants, 70's-era space travelers who left the Earth to flee from the Null Singularity – an apocalyptic entity that is, at once, a massive black hole and a "long-dark night of the soul." For an unknown period of time – decades or even centuries – the Voidants of the Alektryon mission have played hide-and-seek with the Null Singularity across the cosmos, but today is the day it has caught up with them... or has it? General Audience (13+) Conference E Table 6. $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

5686 Amber Diceless: The Rim of the Fire, GM: Anne Moore, 5 players, No XP/Simple, Saturday 2p-6p. There has been an attempt on Prince Martin's life. There's no clear culprit and far too many suspects - several foreign powers might benefit from chaos in Amber, and there's no shortage of relatives who might think he was better out of the way. Player characters need to keep Martin alive, or at least, to figure out who's trying to kill him before war results. Knowledge of Zelazny's Amber novels extremely helpful. General Audience (13+) Seminar 3. $3.00

Sunday

9a

6036 Roll for Shoes, GM: Laura Morris, 6 players, No XP/Simple, Sunday 9a-12p. This little microsystem is a ton of fun. Less than seven rules, and characters are built as you play. Check out the post where I found it (http://story-games.com/forums/discussion/11348/microdungeons-i-roll-to-see-if-i-have-shoes-on/) for an explanation of the name. This lightweight system is great for beginners of all ages looking for a good laugh. Family Friendly (7+) Conference F Table 4. $3.00

2p

5158 Cortex Plus: The Nature of Revenge (ep 3), GM: Laura Hamel, 5 players, No XP/Simple, Sunday 2p-6p. Imprisoned in a government facility on a remote planet for supposed (or actual) crimes, you were the subject of illegal experiments with a new biotechnology. Now, it's time to deliver retribution to those who have wronged you. A space opera story of revenge, and finale to "The Way We Were" series, set in the near future with jumpgate technology and governments run by interstellar corporations. It is helpful if you have played previous episodes, but not necessary. Adults Only (18+) Seminar 4. $3.00

Special Events

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!