Are you hyped? Over 300 people have already signed up for the Convention,
and some games are now full in many of their sessions. If you're planning
to come along, you have until midnight on January 21st to pre-enter online
Take a look at the Con website where all the events are described in
loving detail - http://www.arcanacon.org/ - or go directly to AON
to signup -
Of course, if you're more the show-up-and-see kind of congoer, then
there's nothing stopping you from rocking up on the day and jumping
Arcanacon opens on Thursday the 25th, and the doors to the rego hall
swing wide to the hordes of entrants at 2pm - the gaming kicks off
with the first session is 4pm. (Thursday is not a holiday! :))
Got any questions? We'd like to hear them - email
and we'll get back to you asap. :)
So, what's news this year at Arcanacon?
Unfortunately, Mind Games
will not be running a stall at the Con. But
they are still sponsoring and supporting the convention. Every entrant
will receive a 10% off voucher good for the week after the convention.
Mind Games are also continuing sponsors of the Arcanacard (see below)
and the Writers Challenge (see belower).
A few games have unfortunately been pulled from the schedule - "The
Vampyre's Crypt" will not be running at Arcanacon, and "Mayhem on the
Orient Express" is looking uncertain (we are investigating alternative
options in the hope it can still run).
On the upside, most of the large freeforms at Arc have filled their
initial timetable slots, and so additional sessions have been made
available for those games during the convention.
Keep an eye out for the special events at Arcanacon - in addition to
the familiar favourites like the
3 session D&D Major,
Cheap Ass demos,
the Trivia night and
there is also a selection of
Indie demo games
being run across the convention long weekend. Arc
is also running a
2nd hand auction
on the Saturday - check out the
site for details on all of these fine and excellent events.
For more information, go to:
Are you sometimes not 100% sure who the writer of a game is? ("She's
a short girl... dyed hair... wearing black..... this isn't helping,
is it?"). Toying with playing something, but trying to decide between
games? Looking to see if that guy who wrote that game last year is
writing something this year?
Feedback we get back suggests that a lot of the time, its authors
that influence whether someone plays a game or not, so we've attempted
to help you out a bit by providing write bios linked into the blurbs
on the site - or you can just skim through them all by going straight
What's an Arcanacard? For the last few years, Arc has been supplying
these fine cards to entrants who pre-enter for a Get Wrecked entry, or
who write or GM full time. What are they good for, I hear you cry? The
owner of an Arcanacard is eligible for the following discounts:
- City Mind Games offers a 10% discount on all roleplaying material
which is not already discounted.
- Café Krifi offers a 10% discount per bill for Arcanacon holders.
- Of Science & Swords is offering Arcanacard holders a $10 gift voucher
for every $50 they spend in the store per single purchase, per person.
For more information, go to
Starting this year, Arcanacon is holding a Writer Challenge - people are
being offered the chance to nominate a con-goer to write a specific type
of game for the following convention.
For instance, you could nominate Andrew Smith to run a comedy game, or
Annie Browne to run a freeform. The central idea behind the challenge
part of it is that that you think that it would be something different
from their normal fare, but also something they would be good at. You
can nominate as many people as you like as often as you like, but the
nominees can turn down the offer.
The nominations will be announced at the prizegiving - three writers
will be chosen and Mind Games will be sponsoring the resulting triplet
of events at Arcanacon 2008.
For more information, go to: