Event Registration is Now Active

Event registration has been enabled for all users.  Events can be registered until 11:59PM on March 15.  You MUST have an account to register an event on the site.

This year, we are implementing an event block schedule to help reduce event overlap.  When registering your event, please register it within one of the following event blocks:

Friday, March 27 5:00PM-9:00PM
Friday, March 27 9:00PM-1:00AM
Saturday, March 28 11:00AM-3:00PM
Saturday, March 28 3:00PM-7:00PM
Saturday, March 28 8:00PM-12:00AM
Sunday, March 29 11:00AM-3:00PM
Sunday, March 29 3:00PM-7:00PM

Your event does not have to start at the beginning of a block, but it should not extend past the end of a block.  These times are also listed on the New Event form.

Also, a reminder to all users that you MUST enable Bookings for your event to allow other users to sign up for your event online.  This is the best way to let users know how many people can play in your game.

As always, email me at kara.morse@rochester.edu with any questions.  We recently had trouble with the reCAPTCHA for new users trying to register, so let me know if you encounter any problems.

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Badge Preregistration is Now Online

The form for preregistering badges is now live.  It will be live until Friday, March 27 at 4:59PM.  In other words, you have until SIMCON XXXVII begins to preregister a badge and get a discount.

Click here to see the preregistration form.

You do NOT have to have an account on this website to preregister.  You can revisit and edit your response if you need to after submitting.  As mentioned in the previous post, preregistering before February 14 will give you a larger discount and the ability to reserve merchandise.  Visit the Preregistration page for more detailed information.

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Badge Pricing + Merchandise

Happy Holidays from the SIMCON team!
This year, we will be introducing a new pricing system for the convention! There are three tiers of pricing based on when you buy.
Premium Preregistration (January 1 – February 14): For those who sign up early, we have a special price of $10 for a full-weekend pass or $6 for a one-day pass! Whether you go for the weekend or day pass, you will also get the exclusive option to put a piece of merchandise on reserve. We will put on reserve up to one shirt in a size of your choosing, one pair of dice, and one SIMCON dice cup and hold it for you so that you can come to the convention assured that you will be able to buy the convention merchandise you want. (Note: this is not a preorder and does not make you eligible for a discount, please pay for the item(s) at the convention itself.)
Standard Preregistration (Jan 15 – March 26): Standard preregistration will get you a discount on the ticket price, bringing it down to $12 for a full-weekend pass or $8 for a one-day pass. Our merchandise reserve option will not be available for standard preregistration, as it is exclusive to the premium package.
At the Door (March 27-29): Buying tickets at the door during the convention will put these tickets up to full price, which is $14 for a full-weekend pass or $10 for a one-day pass.
As mentioned in the Premium Preregistration blurb, we will be selling SIMCON shirts this year in addition to dice pairs and dice cups (note: these are the same dice cups from the previous year).  Shirts will be in very limited quantity, so if you would like a shirt, you should preorder one as soon as you get the chance!
Click below for pictures of the t-shirts and dice.

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SIMCON XXXVII Announcement

It’s been a long time since the last SIMCON announcement, and I am very sorry for that.  So, it is my great pleasure to announce the details for next year’s SIMCON:

SIMCON XXXVII: Hoenn CONfirmed
March 27-29, 2015
University of Rochester
Wilson Commons Building

The con will be Pokémon-themed this time around, and we will be incorporating this with Pokémon-themed events.

Additionally, we have a new SIMCON Chair this year- UR student Alex White.  (Note: this is not the same Alex White who runs Boldo’s Armory)  Alex’s email is nwhite5@u.rochester.edu.  Alex can field any questions you have about SIMCON planning, such as events, vendors, special guests, etc.  You can also contact me, Kara, with any questions pertaining to this website.  My email is kara.morse@rochester.edu.

We will be updating the website as more details are confirmed.  Badge prices will be posted in December, but as always there will be discounts for those who register early and those who run events.

Thank you all for your support!

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Summer Greetings and Security Updates

Hello to all, from SIMCON!

Since an official post was never made, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who supported SIMCON this past year.  It’s thanks to you that we can continue to hold this convention and try to improve it every year.  One of our top priorities is inventing a weather machine so snowstorms stop bothering us in late March.

As of now, we are busy planning for next year’s SIMCON.  We do not yet have a date or theme confirmed, but you can expect it to be held during one of the last weekends in March (the 20th-22nd or 27th-29th).  Of course, we will update the site as soon as we have more details confirmed.

On a different note, since the summer began this website has been attracting a number of spam users.  We have installed some extra security software to help cut back on new spam users registering and to clean out our user database.  I have already begun deleting users who have been identified as spammers.

I am trying to be careful and make sure no actual users are deleted, but there’s always a chance that a real person could be reported as spam, either as an existing user or during account registration.  Therefore, if you find that your account is wrongfully deleted or you are blocked from registering for the site, please let me know and I can resolve the issue.  My email is kara.morse@rochester.edu.  Hopefully, we can clear our user database of all spammers before event registration opens up again later in the year.

Thank you all for reading.  Have a wonderful summer!

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Hours of Operation Update + Things to Know

SIMCON quickly approaches!  Here are a few tips and updates to help maximize your SIMCON experience.

Firstly, our hours of operation have changed slightly.  Unfortunately, we could not keep the entire Wilson Commons building on reserve for all of Sunday.  The registration desk, vendors area, and open board gaming areas will begin to pack up starting at 5:00PM.  For users who have registered events that run until 6:00PM, you will still have reserved space for your game!  However, all other con functions will end at 5:00PM.

SIMCON will still officially start at 5:00PM on Friday in the Wilson Commons Building.  See the Directions page for a map and parking info.  You can also find a map of the campus tunnel system, which will let you get from Rush Rhees Library (the domed building that is closest to the parking lots) to Wilson Commons without going outside.  Look for signs in Rush Rhees to help you get to the Registration Desk via the tunnels.

You will find the registration desk on the 2nd floor in Hirst Lounge (also known as Flag Lounge).  Note that the tunnels will lead you to the 3rd floor of Wilson Commons.  We will be accepting cash and URos/Flex (if you are a UofR student).  If you are short on cash, there is also an ATM on the 2nd floor.  Also note that all food sold in Wilson Commons can be bought with cash or credit.

Hirst Lounge will be the center of SIMCON.  There you will find the SIMCON registration tables + merchandise, the vendors, and Magic: The Gathering and Warhammer events.

Overlooking Hirst Lounge two floors above is Bridge Lounge.  Bridge Lounge will host open gaming run by some of our special guests.

Havens Lounge is about half a staircase down from Bridge Lounge, and will have tables for board/card game events and extra room for open board gaming.  Havens is the best location if you want to relax and sit somewhere.

Many user events will have their own conference rooms somewhere in the Wilson Commons Building.  There will be references in the con booklets to help you find your room, and you can always ask a member of the SIMCON staff for help.

Remember that Preregistration is still open!  Preregistering yourself for a badge will automatically save you $2 on badge price!  Also, event bookings are still enabled.  Preregistration and event bookings will stay open until 4:59PM on Friday, March 28.

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Magic: The Gathering and Warhammer Events Now Posted

Descriptions for the Magic: The Gathering and Warhammer events being run this year at SIMCON have been posted online.  Thank you to Boldo’s Armory and Dragon Snack Games for running these events.

Links to the event listings can be found under the Events menu item.  Or, you can find the Magic: The Gathering events here and the Warhammer events here.  These events are not posted in the regular events list, and do not require registration.  However, users are recommended to denote which Magic: The Gathering and Warhammer events they will be attending through the preregistration form.

The event descriptions for these events, especially the start and end times, may change within the next few days, so please check back before SIMCON to confirm the actual times.

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Event Registration is now Closed

Event registration is now closed for all users.  Thank you to everyone who created an event.

Users may still edit events they have already published.  Bookings are also still enabled for all users.

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Event Registration Closes March 16

This is a reminder that event registration will be closing at 11:59PM on Sunday, March 16.  Thank you to everyone who has registered events so far!

The SIMCON team will be sending out emails to GM’s who have registered 6 hours worth of events to confirm that they have qualified for a free weekend pass.  In addition, users who have registered events NOT totaling 6 hours will receive notifications alerting them to this fact.  The emails will be sent to whichever email is registered on this site with your username.  Expect emails to come from my email address kara.morse@rochester.edu

If you miss the opportunity to register an event before the deadline, you may still try to start a pickup game at SIMCON.  We have no guarantees that we will have the ideal space for the event, but if you notify the SIMCON staff that you would like to run a pickup event, we will let you have whatever space is available.

Although event registration is closing, you may still book spaces for registered events until the first day of SIMCON, Friday, March 28.  Preregistration will also still be open until March 28, and the $2 discount on ticket price will remain so long as you preregister.

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Event Registration is Active

Event registration is now active for all users!  We will be accepting new event submissions until Sunday, March 16 at 11:59PM.  Please note that you must have an account on this site in order to create an event.  However, you do NOT have to have an account in order to register for an event.

The list of events can be found on the Events page, which has the link to create a new event.  Under the Events heading is an instructions page for creating events.  This is a new event registration system for us, so please let us know if any part of the event creation/registration process is confusing or does not work.

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