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Magic: the Gathering Shadows Over Innistrad Prerelease Event at SIMCON

We are delighted to announce that SIMCON, in conjunction with local game store Boldo’s Armory, will be hosting a prerelease event for the newest set of Magic: the Gathering during the convention!

As many Magic fans know, Shadows Over Innistrad, the new set of cards in the popular trading card game, is slated for release on April 2nd of this year. Magic: the Gathering has long been a staple of the University of Rochester Simulation Gaming Association, and has been featured in events at many SIMCONs in the past, so the fortuitous alignment of SIMCON with the next expansion of Magic should come as welcome news to many. The set will be introduced to players in the form of a prerelease, wherein players receive a pool of several sealed Magic: the Gathering booster packs which they use to build decks to compete in a tournament bracket.

The Shadows Over Innistrad prerelease event will take place at 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 2nd, on the vendor floor of SIMCON XXXVIII in Hirst Lounge in Wilson Commons. The cost to play will be $23 per person for a prerelease kit, in addition to the regular cost of a badge required to participate in events at the convention. In order to offset the additional cost to players who may primarily wish to attend the convention in order to participate in the prerelease, we are also offering a special prerelease pass at the reduced-price of $7. This information has been updated on the preregistration form.


We hope to see you at the convention!

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Announcing SIMCON 38

SIMCON 38 will take place during April 1st-3rd, 2016. It will take place in WIlson Commons on the University of Rochester campus, as it did in 2015. The theme for this SIMCON is SIMCON: The Hateful 38.

If you are a vendor, event runner, or special guest wishing to return to SIMCON or attend for the first time and you have not yet received an email from the convention, then we may not have received your contact details from last year’s convention organizers. If you wish to get involved in some way, please contact

If you are looking to attend SIMCON 38 as a regular guest, be sure to watch this space for further updates on pricing, ticket sales, events, merchandise, etc. Also consider joining the mailing list for more direct updates.

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SIMCON XXXVII: Thanks for Joining Us!

Thank you to everyone who attended SIMCON 37!  We had a great year despite some unfortunate last-minute occurrences.  I hope everyone who attended had a great time, because the admin team had a great time, too.  As always, we appreciate any feedback you have for any part of SIMCON.  Also, stay tuned for information about the t-shirts.

Some of you are aware that this is my last semester at UofR, so this has been my last SIMCON has an administrator.  This will likely be my last announcement on this website, but that doesn’t mean I’m done forever.  I hope to make some event posts for future SIMCON’s, and I look forward to seeing all of you at SIMCON again from somewhere other than behind the registration desk!

Thanks for being the very best,

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SIMCON XXXVII: Helpful Reminders

SIMCON XXXVII will begin tomorrow (Friday) at 5:00PM!  It’s time to get excited!

Just like last year, SIMCON will be held in the Wilson Commons Building on the University of Rochester campus.  You can reach Wilson Commons from the outside (look for a building with a big glass window-wall behind Rush Rhees Library, the big building with the dome) or through the tunnels.  Check for SIMCON signs on the doors to the library.  The registration desk will be on the 2nd floor in Hirst Lounge (also known as Flag Lounge because of all the flags hanging from the ceiling).  The parking lots closest to Wilson Commons are Library Lot and Intercampus Lot.  Parking will be free starting at 7:00PM for the entire campus.  Check the Directions page for more information and a map handy for navigating campus.

The registration desk will only be able to accept cash, but there is an ATM nearby.  The food venues in Wilson Commons can accept both cash and credit cards.

Preregistration is still open until 4:59PM on Friday.  Also, don’t forget to reserve a space in any events you are interested in joining.

I’d like to give a big thank you in advance to everyone who has supported SIMCON both this year and all the other years.  We’re so proud to run this convention and bring together gamers from all over.  I hope everyone has a great time at the con.

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SimCon Shirt Update

Due to a miscommunication with our manufacturer, SimCon shirts will not be available for pick-up at the convention. Instead, we will have a sign-up sheet where you can give your name, address, and preferred size so that we can mail the shirts out to you after the convention when they arrive. If you pre-ordered a shirt, let us know at the merch table for a special offer. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank you for understanding, and we’ll see you in a week!

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Event Registration is Now Closed

Event registration is now closed.  No new events may be added, however all users still have the power to edit their own events.

Over the course of the week, I will be sending out emails to people who have registered 6 hours worth of events and thereby qualify for a GM pass.  I will also be checking to make sure events fit within the timeslot guidelines.  You may receive an email from me if I have any questions about your event with regards to bookings, time, space required, etc.  If you need a specific space for your event (ex. a board game that specifically needs a round table), please feel free to email me at if I don’t confirm it myself.

Thank you to everyone who has registered events!  Don’t forget to preregister for a con badge here if you have not yet done so.

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Game Auction on BGG

We are holding an auction for our old board games and war games on  These are old games belonging to the club that simply don’t get played anymore, so we are trying to sell them to make room for new games.  There are also a few newer games at the end of the list.  You can check out the auction here:

In order to bid on an item, you’ll have to make a BGG account and then comment on the item you want.  The auction will end sometime between 6:00PM and 11:00PM on Sunday, March 22 (this is to prevent sniping).  Any games you’ve won can be picked up and paid for at SIMCON.

The games we don’t sell through the auction will be for sale at SIMCON, but it’ll be first-come, first-serve, so if you really want a game your best bet is to bid on it here.

Thanks for reading.  You can email me at if you have any questions.  Event registration ends on Sunday!

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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 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.