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ppuhallo Inactive Member22 Jul 2011 4:41 p.m. PST

GottaCon 2012 Gaming Convention Returns for 4th Year- February 3 to 5, 2012

After a third successful year, GottaCon 2012 is set to take place on February 3rd to 5th, 2012 at the Pearkes Recreation centre in Victoria, BC. The 2011 show saw an increase in attendance which exceeded 1,100 attendees and attendance for the 2012 show is expected to continue to grow.

GottaCon is a three-day broad spectrum gaming convention that is held annually on the first weekend in February in Victoria, British Columbia. GottaCon celebrates the science fiction and fantasy genres, covers many related hobbies and offers a one stop experience for the fans and enthusiasts of those genres.

The vision of GottaCon is to host something for everyone including free-play and tournaments in board games, collectible/non-collectible miniatures, collectible trading cards, role-playing games, and electronic gaming as well as demonstrations, contests, information sessions, workshops, a variety of exhibitors.

Our goal is to deliver a high quality and exciting environment that will establish GottaCon as an annual destination that participants will return to for years to come. Our 2012 event is called GottaCon 2012. The convention doors open at 5:00pm Friday and do not close until 7:00pm Sunday (around the clock gaming for an entire weekend).

GottaCon will take place at Pearkes Recreation Centre at 3100 Tillicum Rd. with over 24,000 square feet of floor space (for facility details, visit: link

History of GottaCon Attendance:
First show (GottaCon 2009) attendance: 600
Second show (GottaCon 2010) attendance: 900
Third show (GottaCon 2011) attendance: 1100
Anticipated attendance at GottaCon 2012 show: 1300 to 1500


If you still haven't experienced what GottaCon has to offer then you definitely check out our 2012 show. For more information, please visit our web site at gottacon.com or e-mail one of the owners or our staff at the following
addresses:

Owners
Carson Upton, Partner: cupton@gottacon.com
Evan Hatch, Partner: ehatch@gottacon.com

Staff
Bonnie Beyea, Volunteer Manager: volunteers@gottacon.com
Corey Burger, Role Playing Game Manager: rpgs@gottacon.com
Dan Erickson, Board Games Manager: boardgames@gottacon.com
Julia Sherred, Special Events Manager: specialevents@gottacon.com
Paul Puhallo, Miniatures Manager: ppuhallo@gottacon.com

We will also be making numerous announcements over the next few weeks around sponsors, events and developments so please keep an eye on our [url=http://www.gottacon.com]website[/url], [url=http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=53735751473]facebook group[/url] and [url=http://twitter.com/GottaCon]twitter[/url] account to stay up to date.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our convention!

ppuhallo Inactive Member19 Aug 2011 11:16 a.m. PST

GottaCon Proud to Introduce Area Managers at 2012 Show

As GottaCon entered its fourth show year it was decided that help was needed to handle the ever growing workload associated in running and improving a gaming convention. We just wanted to take a moment and introduce the individuals that will be helping to deliver our biggest and best show ever. We are very excited to have these individuals onboard this year and we hope you are too!!

Bonnie Beyea, Volunteer Manager
Though it has been more than a couple years since Bonnie worked at a game store she has lost none of her love for gaming. Bonnie is a long standing GottaCon volunteer and has experience in many of our key positions. Last year Bonnie really stepped up and took on a leadership role which put her on our radar for this position. This year she has taken on the role of volunteer manager and will be working hard with all our volunteers to make sure we have another successful year.

Contact Bonnie regarding volunteering and related questions at: volunteers@gottacon.com

Corey Burger, Role Playing Games Manager
Corey has been part of the Victoria RPG community for many years, both in organization and running events. This is only one of the many ways that he gets involved in the local community. Corey is experienced with many systems and has a passion to help others have fun. Corey has been running the on-site RPG event coordinator duties for the last two years and is now stepping up and taking on a management roll.

Contact Corey regarding role playing games related questions and events at: rpgs@gottacon.com

Dan Erickson, Board Games Manager
Dan has a passion for board games and when we approached him about the position of managing the board games area he jumped right in to our delight. Dan has past experience working in game stores, is versed in a long list of board games, has shown great leadership, and teaching skills as well as he is a very personable guy which will come in handy as he oversees all things board games at GottaCon 2012.

Contact Dan regarding board game related questions and events at: boardgames@gottacon.com

Julia (Jules) Sherred, Special Events Manager
Jules has been a part of the Geek Community for many years. She runs a successful blog and radio show Geeky Pleasures. She has experience working with celebrities as she has interviewed some well known geeks on her radio show, including: Wil Wheaton and Jonathan Coulton. She has attended and volunteered at the last two GottaCon conventions and now brings her experience to help organize and run panels, workshops and special events at the 2012 show.

Contact Jules regarding special events related questions and events at: specialevents@gottacon.com

Paul Puhallo, Miniatures Manager
Paul has been with GottaCon since the beginning back in 2009. Paul's continued dedication to GottaCon and Miniature based events and communities as a whole made him one of our most wanted. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have him come on as our Miniatures Manager for GottaCon 2012. Paul is very outgoing, kind, considerate and dedicated individual that strives to make our events the most well presented, fun and fair that they can be. We look forward to what he will bring to our 2012 show.

Contact Paul regarding miniature games related questions and events at: ppuhallo@gottacon.com

Once again we are proud to present our 2012 show managers and we look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our 2012 event.

ppuhallo Inactive Member07 Sep 2011 7:44 a.m. PST

GottaCon 2012 Vendor Booths, Sponsorship and Floor Plan

This announcement is a quick update on the status of our vendor booth availability, sponsorship/advertising options and a first look at our preliminary floor plan for GottaCon 2012.

GottaCon Conventions is excited to release the preliminary floor plan for GottaCon 2012. As you can see, via the link below, this year we continue to host events in over 24,000 square feet of space and we have modified some of the areas to meet demands! Some of the features new to GottaCon 2012 that you might notice from this floor plan are as follows:

- We have expanded our board game and video game and role playing game areas to keep up with demand. We also expanded the auction space to keep up with the large amount of great items up for sale.
- Warhammer 40K, Fantasy and LoTR championship qualifiers are back and bigger than ever!! We continue to up our capacity to accommodate.
- Warmachine/Hordes made a successful d้but at GottaCon 2011 and will be returning in 2012 with increased capacity and support.
- Video games were a huge hit last year and in response to that we will be dedicating a lot of effort this year into improving it. This year the video game console area will be back featuring Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii with lots of great casual as well as competitive tournaments and freeplay.
- We have expanded our computer LAN capacity further. As always attendees are encouraged to bring their own systems and jack into our LAN at no extra cost. The LAN will feature casual as well as competitive tournaments and freeplay

link


GottaCon Vendor booths are now 50% sold out. If you are interested in promoting your business and the many fine items you have for sale at our 2012 show please contact us before it is too late!! Also if you know of a business you would like to see at GottaCon 2012 please let us know and we will contact them. Below please find a link to our vendor information package.

PDF link

Are you thinking of ways to market your business/product to the gaming world? Well becoming a sponsor of GottaCon 2012 is a great way to do just that. Our sponsorship/advertising packages are very affordable and reach the audience you desire. For more information please see our sponsorship and advertising information package.

PDF link

As always please visit our website for more information on our 2012 event! See you on February 3, 2012.

ppuhallo Inactive Member03 Oct 2011 7:36 p.m. PST

GottaCon 2012 Official Accommodation Howard Johnson Victoria

GottaCon Conventions is pleased to announce that Howard Johnson Hotel Victoria is once again our official accommodations provider for GottaCon 2012. The Howard Johnson has provided our convention goers with special rates on their rooms as well as at their restaurant and pub. When you call to book your room please mention you are attending the GottaCon convention and quote the reservation code CGOTTA to benefit from our special room rates.

Standard Room – $55/Night (plus taxes)
Two Double Beds or One King
TV
Voice Mail
Hairdryer
Iron & Ironing Board
In room complimentary coffee
Work Desk
High Speed Internet (Wi-Fi)
Complimentary Newspaper
Air Conditioning

For information on other room options and a list of hotel amenities visit our website.

The Howard Johnson Hotel Victoria is located at 310 Gorge Road East along the Galloping Goose Trail and across from the Gorge Waterway, only a few minutes' drive from the GottaCon 2012 convention, Victoria's Inner Harbour, major attractions, shopping, dining and sports arena. Howard Johnson Hotel Victoria offers and comfortable rooms with attentive staff.

ppuhallo Inactive Member14 Oct 2011 9:05 a.m. PST

GottaCon Magic: The Gathering Lineup
Amazing Value This Year!

Once again Yellowjacket Comics and Toys along with a team of certified DCI judges will be running our Magic: The Gathering events at GottaCon 2012. Yellowjacket, spearheaded by Nelson Salahub, and the team are sure to deliver an exciting lineup of events and prizes. Also this year we have confirmed convention support from Wizards of the Coast which has allowed us to deliver some extra great events with cool prizes! The prize payout structure will be announced in the next week or two.

We will have numerous Dark Ascension launch parties and related events with promos as Yellowjacket, Skyhaven Games and Dice Bag Games will all have their launches at GottaCon 2012. Nelson and the team will bring experience and professionalism which are sure to attract an excellent turnout for these events.

As mentioned above Wizards of the Coast is supporting our convention (thank you Wizards!) and as a result we will be hosting three additional events this year as well as introducing an advanced ticket purchase incentive at select retail locations. These events are a Mini Master tournament, an all weekend Intro Deck Duels event and Gunslinging. These new events in combination with the promotional offer described below offer fantastic value for the cost of the Magic: the Gathering weekend pass. How these special events work is included in the event descriptions below.

The Magic the Gathering weekend pass this year will cost $60 taxes included and will include the following:
- Full weekend pass to GottaCon 2012 (valued at $35 USD)
- Entry into the VIMC MTG Open event which consists of one FNM Standard Constructed event and one Sealed Dark Ascension Launch Event (valued at $40 USD)
- Free entry into the Mini Master event (valued at ($5)
- Free entry into the Intro Duel Deck event (valued at $10 USD)

As you can see the value of the MTG weekend package is very good and we hope you are all as excited as we are…but wait there is more…

for the complete announcement including event details visit our site.

ppuhallo Inactive Member19 Oct 2011 11:39 a.m. PST

GottaCon 2012 Warhammer Lineup

GottaCon is pleased to announce that it will once again be hosting North American qualifier tournaments in Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Fantasy and Lord of the Rings, War of the Ring at GottaCon 2012 on February 3 to 5, 2012. Come take part in an even larger Warhammer event then last year! Please see below for event details.

On opening night, Friday February 3 come out and take part in a 40K Apocalypse event where you will have the chance to battle against others in an effort to grab and/or hold objectives and win prizes. This event is a great way to warm up for the major Warhammer events that will begin on Saturday February 4 and continue into Sunday February 5. Also on Friday night we are hosting a War of the Ring qualifier tournament which will start at 6pm and last three rounds. There will be a seating limit of 20 players and first overall will receive invitations to the 2012 North American Throne of Skulls Tournament held in Memphis as well as additional prizes. As well prizes will be awarded for best painted army, best sportsmanship and best general. Army point limit is 1000. Or just show up and battle against a friend on one of our tables to sharpen your skills for the fun that begins on Saturday.

Starting Saturday morning at 10am our two feature Warhammer events begin. A two day Warhammer 40K event will run both Saturday and Sunday starting at 10am each day. Day one will see three rounds of play and day two will see the final two rounds of play. Army point limit is 1750 points. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories; first, second and third overall score, best painted army, best sportsmanship and best general. Also first overall will receive an invitation to the 2012 North American Throne of Skulls Tournament held in Memphis. Armies will be formed according to the standard points costs, restrictions and rules presented in current Games Workshop army books, codexes, or White Dwarf official rules (no Imperial Armor units permitted). Seating limit of 60 players and last year we sold out before the end of January. Tickets will go on sale on October 24, 2011 and will be sold on a first come first served basis.

Also starting Saturday morning at 10am a two day Warhammer Fantasy event will run both Saturday and Sunday. Day one will see 3 rounds of play and day two will see the final 2 rounds of play. Army point limit is 2500. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories; first, second and third overall score, best painted army, best sportsmanship and best general. Also first overall will receive an invitation to the 2012 North American Throne of Skulls Tournament held in Memphis. Armies will be formed according to the standard points costs, restrictions and rules presented in current Games Workshop army books, codexes, or White Dwarf official rules. Seating limit of 40 players, Tickets will go on sale in October 24, 2011 and will be sold on a first come first served basis.

The price to gain access to GottaCon all weekend long and enter into any of our miniature based events is only $45 HST included if you buy your ticket in advance!! Stay tuned to our website as we will announce other miniature based events including Warmachine, painting contest, workshops and panels, when tickets for GottaCon go on sale and where you can get them. If you have any questions please contact our miniatures manager, Paul Puhallo, at ppuhallo@gottacon.com. Thank you.

Click here for rules and schedules of Warhammer events at GottaCon 2012.

ppuhallo Inactive Member21 Oct 2011 9:23 p.m. PST

GottaCon 2012 Warmachine/Hordes Lineup

GottaCon is pleased to announce that it will be hosting larger Warmachine/Hordes tournaments at GottaCon 2012 on February 3 to 5, 2012. Come take part in what will surely be the largest Warmachine/Hordes event ever to have been run on Vancouver Island. We have a great lineup of sponsors this year for Warmachine including Battle Foam LLC who is our Headline Sponsor for the Warmachine events at GottaCon 2012. This event is also sponsored in part by Privateer Press and www.onestopshopgames.com "One Stop Shop Cards and Games. Please see below for event details.

Starting Saturday morning at 10am our feature Warmachine/Hordes GottaCon Steamroller Championship tournament begins. A two day Warmachine/Hordes Steamroller tournament will run both Saturday and Sunday starting at 10am each day. Day one will see three rounds of play and day two will see the final two rounds of play. Army point limit is 50. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories; first, second, and third overall score as well as best painted army. Rules and restrictions as per the official Steamroller tournament format. There is a seating limit of 32 players. Tickets will go on sale October 24, 2011 and will be sold on a first come first served basis.

Starting Friday night at 7:30pm our doubles Steamroller event begins. Teams of two will face off against other teams battling it out for first overall in this three round event. Rules and restrictions as per the official doubles tournament format. The player limit is 16 players (8 teams) and will be on a first come first serve basis. The point limit is 25 per team member.

Saturday night will see a Highlander Steamroller tournament starting at 7pm. Players will war against each other for first overall in this three round event. Rules and restrictions as per the official tournament format. In the Highlander variant players are permitted to field as many Warbeast/Warjacks as they wish, however players are limited to only a single choice of other troop types such as Solos, Units or Battle engines. The player limit is 32 players and will be on a first come first serve basis The point limit is 20 per player.

Prizes for events will consist of amazing prizes provided by Battle Foam LLC, Privateer Press promotional items and Warmachine/Hordes related products as well as trophies for first, second and third place for the Steamroller tournament provided by One Stop Shop Cards and Games. These events are being brought to you by GottaCon Conventions, Battle Foarm LLC, Privateer Press and One Stop Shop Cards and Games.

The price to gain access to GottaCon all weekend long and enter into any of our miniature based events is only $45 HST included if you buy your ticket in advance!! Stay tuned to our website as we will announce other miniature based events including painting contest, workshops and panels, when tickets for GottaCon go on sale and where you can get them. If you have any questions please contact our miniatures manager, Paul Puhallo, at ppuhallo@gottacon.com. Thank you.

ppuhallo Inactive Member24 Oct 2011 9:09 a.m. PST

GottaCon 2012 Ticket Packages On Sale October 24, 2011

GottaCon tickets will be available for purchase from our website as well as at numerous retail locations (see list below) starting Monday October 24, 2011. There are different prices for each day as well as a full weekend pass price, family package prices, special packages which include entry into some of the major events as well as the option to add on a premium video game pass and/or a GottaCon 2012 t-shirt and dice set (more on this later). Also there is a special promotion on the purchase of Magic: the Gathering weekend packages (more on this later). There are a number of reasons why you should get your tickets in advance of the big show.

If you purchase your ticket in advance you receive $10 off on your full weekend pass (you pay $35 instead of $45 USD).

Once you have purchased a ticket and our warhorn site goes live in late November you will be able to sign up to our Warhorn site where, once we approve your account, you can start to preregister for events in advance. You will also be able to change your events at anytime up until preregistration is closed. Preregistration helps to ensure your seat at the events you want as seating at most events is limited. It also avoids you having to stand in the event registration lines the days of the convention to sign up for the events you want.

Pre-paying for your ticket also gets you past the lines at the door as we will have an advance tickets line especially for you. Once you arrive just look for this line to get your convention pass, swag bag, program and get directly into the action of the vendors and events.

Here are the ticket pricing and special packages available (all pricing in Canadian dollars, HST is included):
*Full weekend preregistration: $35.00
*Full weekend registration at the door: $45.00
*Friday admission only: $17.00
*Saturday admission only: $24.00
*Sunday admission only: $17.00
**Single Day Family Pass: $55
**Full Weekend Family Pass: $115
*Package 1 – Full Weekend Pass + VIMC Magic: The Gathering Open Tournament: $60
*Package 2 – Full Weekend Pass + World of Warcraft TCG Spectral "Kitten" Safari + GottaCon WoW TCG Sealed: $60
*Package 3 – Full Weekend Pass + Warhammer 40K North American Championships Qualifier: $45
*Package 4 – Full Weekend Pass + Warhammer Fantasy North American Championships Qualifier: $45
*Package 5 – Full Weekend Pass + Warhammer LOTR North American Championships Qualifier: See Note Below
*Package 6 – Full Weekend Pass + Warmachine/Hordes GottaCon Championships: $45
GottaCon 2012 T-Shirt and Dice Set (only available online or at Skyhaven Games, this does not include a weekend pass): $25
Premium Video Game Pass Add-on (does not include a weekend pass): $15
* ** For terms and conditions please visit our website.

For a list of local participating retail locations where tickets can be purchased please visit our website.

Magic the Gathering Weekend Package Limited Promotion

As a thank you to the continued support by the following brick and mortar stores on the island and mainland we are offering an additional free Mini Master event to the first 16 people who purchase a MTG full weekend pass at these locations. These events will be run at the store you purchased your ticket between January 7 and January 20, 2012 (date to be selected by the store). The event will follow the same mini master structure as described in the events below. Stores are encouraged to provide a prize to first place but are not required to.

The stores that will have this special offer are:
- Yellowjacket Comics and Toys located at 649 Johnson St. Victoria, BC Phone: 250-480-0049
- Magic Stronghold located at 7709 Royal Oak Ave. Burnaby, BC Phone: 604-568-6030
- Dice Bag Games located at 60 Queens Road Duncan, BC Phone: 250-597-1992
- Skyhaven Games located at 3458 Tillicum Rd Victoria, BC Phone: (250) 477-1519
-The Connection Games located at 2945 Renfrew St. Vancouver, BC Phone: 604-327-4585

Similar to what MTG fans experienced on Magic Celebration day, this format is a fast fun way to play Magic! Each participant will received two boosters of Magic 2012 and have 15 minutes to construct a 30 card minimum deck. Participants will then be paired in a single elimination format with 50 minute rounds. The winner of each round will receive an additional booster of either Magic 2012 or Innistrad and will have 10 minutes to modify their decks with these new cards to a 40 card deck. Participants will then be paired for the next round. This pattern will continue until there in one overall winner.

For more on our Magic: the Gathering Lineup at GottaCon 2012 please visit our website.

GottaCon 2012 T-Shirt and Dice Package

Once again GottaCon is happy to offer a T-Shirt and Dice package to our attendees. The package includes one t-shirt (colour and design to be announced) with GottaCon 2012 graphic on it and a set of Chessex dice (seven pieces) which will match our promotional die that is given away in swag bags. Also if you purchase a full weekend ticket or full weekend package and the t-shirt and dice set package you will be granted early access to GottaCon 2012 (Friday February 3, 2012 at 4:30PM instead of 5:00PM). This package will only be available until January 7, 2012 and only online via our website and at Skyhaven Games. This package will not be available at the convention.

Dice Set Colour for 2012

ppuhallo Inactive Member02 Nov 2011 7:33 a.m. PST

Costume Contest at GottaCon 2012

Whether you're a beginner or a veteran, you're welcome to strut your stuff at the GottaCon Costume Contest, sponsored by IRL Events and Dragon Impact. Compete with others to win a prize in one of several categories. Judging will be based on individual costumes. Skits will not be performed (sorry).

On Saturday February 4th, convention attendees can stop by the IRL Events booth and fill out a contest entry form. At that time their photos will be taken and each contestant will be assigned an entry number. Contestants will be eligible for all categories in their age group. The winners will be announced Saturday evening at the IRL Events booth. Prizes will be handed out following the announcements also at the IRL Events booth.

Entry into this contest constitutes an agreement by the contestants to allow their photo to be taken by the contest organizers. Your photo may be used by GottaCon Conventions and IRL Events for promotional purposes at their discretion.

This will be the third annual GottaCon costume contest and we are very excited to host this annual event with the help of IRL Events!!

Categories:
-Best In Show
-Best In Show (16 & under)
-Best Craftsmanship
-Best Gaming Related
-Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Anime

For complete details please visit our site.

ppuhallo Inactive Member03 Nov 2011 9:24 a.m. PST

Dice Bag Games Mini Painting Competition at GottaCon 2012

GottaCon is pleased to announce that it will be hosting Dice Bag Games miniature painting contest at this year's convention. If you are a fan of painting miniatures then this event should interest you. Dice Bag Games has kindly offered to hold this event and provide trophies for each category.

There are three categories that attendees can submit an entry into (limit of one entry per category per person) which include:
-Single Figure
-Large Figure
-Vehicle

There is a $5 entry fee for the first entry to GottaCon attendees plus $1 for each additional entry (max 1 entry per category) payable onsite at the Dice Bag Games exhibitor booth. Categories are open to any 25 mm to 35 mm scale model from any genre or manufacturer. Trophies will be awarded to the top three submissions in each category. Full details on this event which include competition rules and regulations, category size restrictions and judging criteria can be found on our site.


Entry forms will be available at the Dice Bag Games booth during GottaCon 2012 (February 3rd to 5th, 2012). If you have any questions regarding this event please speak to Colin Wheelock of Dice Bag Games by phone at 250-597-1992 or visit their facebook page and post your questions there.

GottaCon would like to thank Dice Bag Games for adding another great event to our exciting lineup. See you at GottaCon 2012!

ppuhallo Inactive Member10 Nov 2011 9:42 a.m. PST

GottaCon 2012 Magic Promotion Package Correction

GottaCon 2012 Magic: the Gathering Promotion Package Correction

Due to a communication error by GottaCon Conventions to Dice Bag Games regarding the promotional Mini Master tournament that was offered at the Dice Bag Games location we are unable to host an event at Dice Bag Games and as such the promotion will not be available at their location.

As an alternate to this unfortunate development GottaCon will provide the first 16 people to purchase their MTG weekend package at Dice Bag Games two complementary boosters for doing so. These two boosters will be provided by GottaCon Conventions to the individuals at the GottaCon 2012 event on February 3, 2012. These boosters can be picked up at the MTG tournament reporting station upon presentation of your MTG weekend pass. Your name will be checked against our record of sales at that location. These boosters will not be provided by Dice Bag Games or at their store at the time of purchase and will only be available for pick up at the tournament reporting centre the weekend of GottaCon 2012.

GottaCon Conventions takes full responsibility for this miscommunication and would like to apologize for this issue to Dice Bag Games. If you have any questions please email Evan Hatch at ehatch@gottacon.com.

Magic the Gathering Weekend Package Limited Promotion

As a thank you to the continued support by the following brick and mortar stores on the island and mainland we are offering an additional free Mini Master event to the first 16 people who purchase a MTG full weekend pass at these locations. These events will be run at the store you purchased your ticket between January 7 and January 20, 2012 (date to be selected by the store). The event will follow the same mini master structure as described in the events below. Stores are encouraged to provide a prize to first place but are not required to.

The stores that will have this special offer are:
• Yellowjacket Comics and Toys located at 649 Johnson St. Victoria, BC Phone: 250-480-0049
• Magic Stronghold located at 7709 Royal Oak Ave. Burnaby, BC Phone: 604-568-6030
• Skyhaven Games located at 3458 Tillicum Rd Victoria, BC Phone: (250) 477-1519
• The Connection Games located at 2945 Renfrew St. Vancouver, BC Phone: 604-327-4585

Similar to what MTG fans experienced on Magic Celebration day, this format is a fast fun way to play Magic! Each participant will received two boosters of Magic 2012 and have 15 minutes to construct a 30 card minimum deck. Participants will then be paired in a single elimination format with 50 minute rounds. The winner of each round will receive an additional booster of Magic 2012 and will have 10 minutes to modify their decks with these new cards to a 40 card deck. Participants will then be paired for the next round. This pattern will continue until there in one overall winner.

For more on our Magic: the Gathering Lineup at GottaCon 2012 go to our site.

ppuhallo Inactive Member16 Nov 2011 7:23 p.m. PST

Solicitation for Event Coordinators

We are putting out the call for event submissions for GottaCon 2012. If you would like to run an event at GottaCon 2012 (become an event coordinator) please contact us at the related address below:

-Mike Gruber, Role Playing Game Manager: rpgs@gottacon.com
-Dan Erickson, Board Games Manager: boardgames@gottacon.com
-Julia Sherred, Special Events Manager: specialevents@gottacon.com
-Paul Puhallo, Miniatures Manager: ppuhallo@gottacon.com
-Evan Hatch, All other events: ehatch@gottacon.com

Once we receive your message outlining your interest we will contact you via email with information on what to do next.

Benefits for event coordinators will be the same as last year which was 33% discount off of a full weekend pass (not including special packages) or $10.40 discount off of any ticket you purchase for each slot of events you run. Run three or more events get a free weekend pass (valued at $31.25 USD). All discounts are valued at before HST pricing, the maximum discount value is $31.25 USD. If you are attending for the full weekend you will also receive a swag bag and be granted early access to the convention Friday if you show up between 4:00pm and 5:00pm. This is in an effort to get you in before the rush which will allow you time to check out the vendors and the rest of the convention.

This year we will continue to award draw tickets to those people that participate in events labelled as a demonstration in an effort to get people trying out a variety of games. These draws will happen at the end of each slot (from 9am to 11pm each day) on top of the door prize draws and other giveaways.

Thank you and if you have further questions please contact Evan Hatch at ehatch@gottacon.com

ppuhallo Inactive Member30 Nov 2011 10:14 a.m. PST

Trading Card Games at GottaCon 2012 Part Two

GottaCon is excited to announce part two of our great trading card game lineup for GottaCon 2012. We will feature two Legend of the Five Rings events (Story Line Name a Card Event and Salute to Celestial) which will be hosted by Magic Stronghold. Also we will continue to deliver World of Warcraft TCG events and will be featuring three major events (GottaCon Championship, Realm Qualifier and a Spectral "Kitten" Safari) which will be hosted by Skyhaven Games. AEG and Cryptozoic have both given us special events that are sure to please fans of these great games.

Events Hosted by Magic Stronghold:
If you have any questions regarding L5R TCG event please contact: sales@magicstronghold.com

"Name a Card" Story Line Event
Day: Saturday Feb 4, 2012
Start Time: Registration is at 10am and the event starts at 11am.
Price: $10 + HST.
Come earn you place in L5R history. Like many champions to come before you, you will compete among other hopeful prospects for the chance to win the ultimate prize: The honor of naming one of the first few cards of Emperor Edition. This means your card will stay in circulation for almost 2 years, one of the most prestigious things that can happen in a trading card game. The format is constructed 40/40, there will be a cut to top 8.

Salute to Celestial
Day: Sunday Feb 5, 2012
Start Time: Registration is at 10am and the event starts at 11am
Price: $5 + HST.
Maximum Players: 32
Say farewell to the Celestial block in style. Each player will get one booster from the Celestial block and will make a deck with it. They will play a single elimination round. Those that move on will get another pack to use to remake their deck. All players will get one pack of the newest set; these cards cannot be used in this tournament.

Events Hosted by Skyhaven Games:
If you have any questions regarding World of Warcraft TCG Events please contact: skyhavenvictoria@shaw.ca

GottaCon 2012 World of Warcraft TCG Championship
Day: Saturday Feb 4, 2012
Start time: Registration is at 10am and the event starts at 11pm.
Price: $30 + HST. If you have purchased the World of Warcraft full weekend package entry is free.

Welcome to the World of Warcraft TCG GottaCon Championship – sealed deck event. Each player makes a minimum 30 card deck from the 6 packs they open, and can choose any Hero from the set used (we will be using the most recent set). The tournament will consist of swiss rounds. Prizes will be award to the top four or eight based on attendance.
World of Warcraft TCG Season 7 Ashenvale Forest Realm Qualifier
Day: Saturday Feb 4, 2012
Start Time: Registration is at 5pm and the event starts at 6pm
Price: $10 + HST.
Format: Core Constructed, Realm: Ashenvale Forest

Welcome to the World of Warcraft TCG Season 7 Realm Qualifier. This tournament consists of a Constructed format with Swiss rounds in which participants face off for prizes and glory. After the Swiss rounds, the top players will play single elimination matches to determine the final winner of this event. Decklists must be provided. Players earn qualification points towards a Realm Championship invite based on their standings. Players need 10 points to earn their invite to a Realm Championship: 1st: 10 points, 2nd: 10 points, 3rd-4th: 6 points, 5th-8th: 4 points, 9th+: 3 points

Top Prize – Deathwing the Destroyer Extended Alternate Art Card
Top 4 – Sava'gin The Reckless Foil Card
Top 8 – 2012 Hunter Deckboxes (+ 1 given out as door prizes)
Booster Packs based on final standings
Participation Card – Rosalyn von Erantor Foil Card (First 24 players)

World of Warcraft TCG Spectral Safari (Door Prize: Spectral Kitten)
Day: Sunday Feb 5, 2012
Start Time: Registration is at 10am and the event starts at 11am.
Cost: $20 + HST (free with World of Warcraft TCG ticket package)

The format is Class Deck Starters with 30 min rounds, number of rounds based on attendance. You don't need to own any cards to participate; you just need knowledge of how to play. Participants will receive one of the 2011 Class Starter decks. First to fourth place will receive an epic collections as well as product prizes based on attendance. At the end of the tournament, one lucky participant chosen at random will win a Spectral Kitten Loot card. Prizes are given based on participation and performance.

World of Warcraft TCG Beginners Sealed Events
Day: Friday Feb 3, 2012 at 7pm, Saturday Feb 4, 2012 at 1pm and Sunday Feb 5, 2012 at 10am
Cost: $10 + HST

Each player receives one random 2011 class deck and then one War of the Elements booster after each round. With 10 players, two rounds of 30 minute rounds are played.

We are happy to deliver an expanded TCG lineup at GottaCon 2012 thanks to our great sponsors. If you are a fan of these games we hope to see you out on February 3 to 5, 2012.

ppuhallo Inactive Member01 Dec 2011 12:57 p.m. PST

Pre-Registration of Events Now Available

The warhorn site is now ready for advance ticket holders to create accounts and start signing up for events. Please keep in mind that events will be continuously added over the weeks to come and we will provide updates on what was added on the site listed above starting December 1, 2011. In a few weeks an excel and PDF version of our event listing will be available on our website as well.

In order to pre-register for events you must first purchase an advance ticket to our convention. To do this please visit our website at or visit one of the eight retail locations selling our tickets.

How to Pre-Register for Events:
1) Pre-purchase a ticket via our website, warhorn site or store location
2) go here.
3) Create a user account
4) Wait for GottaCon Staff to clear you (remember only people who have purchased tickets can pre register for events). You will receive an email letting you know you have been cleared.
5) Once you have been cleared, you browse the event listing (while logged in) by going here.
6) Then you sign up for the events you want.

If you are organizing an event, an exhibitor or special guest at our show please let us know which event or which exhibitor and we will clear your account.

If you don't get a chance to pre-register for events, there will be a registration desk at GottaCon where you can sign up for the event you want. But why wait when you can sign up now, get through the doors faster and secure your seat at the games you want to play!

ppuhallo Inactive Member08 Dec 2011 5:34 p.m. PST

Video Gaming at GottaCon 2012

Today we announce our electronic gaming line-up planned for GottaCon 2012. Below please find our list of game systems, games and tournaments planned for GottaCon 2012, which will be held February 3rd to 5th, 2012 at Pearkes arena in Victoria BC (3100 Tillicum Road).

Public stations are free to use by any GottaCon attendees as long as they are not needed for our premium events. BYOC slots will remain free and available on a first come, first serve basis. We will have 80 LAN seats available. These seats will be able to be reserved on our Warhorn site but only if you purchase your ticket in advance. A new feature in the LAN this year will be a PC check where attendees that BYOC, if they want, can drop off their systems instead of leaving them hooked up or taking them home. This service will be offered free of charge but GottaCon and its partners will not be responsible if the system is damaged or stolen. We will have someone watching the systems 24 hours a day but again this is at the owners own risk and a signed waiver is required.

Also, this year we are doing something a little different. We will have two types of tournaments in additions to our public stations and BYOC seats; premium tournaments and secondary tournaments.

Premium tournaments will require the video game add-on package ($15 taxes included) to be able to participate in. Premium events will be more competitive, have higher prize payouts and will be sponsored by our fantastic video game sponsors.

Secondary tournaments are free to any GottaCon attendees but will have small or no prizes associated to them. These events are meant to be casual, fun and easy to jump in and out of. Examples of these events include private Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike: Source and Battlefield 3 servers as well as Left 4 Dead 2 Survival and Survivor vs. infected matches, Heroes of Newerth, League of Legends, Starcraft 2 2vs2 and 1vs1 single elimination pickup matches, etc.

This year we are pleased to announce that we have numerous major sponsors for our video games area including: Kingston Technology, Antec, Logitech, SteelSeries, Shaw Communications, Canadian Joystick, GUNNAR Optiks, Patriot Memory, Memory Express, Future Shop – Uptown Mall location, DTI Computers, Island Collateral, Game Deals, Play N Trade (Duncan), Stain Internet Caf้, LANcouver, CrossXover and BC Gamers. All of these fantastic companies have provided substantial support in the way of prizes and technology. Events sponsored by these companies are noted below.

For a full list of premium events and more details on the LAN please visit our site.

ppuhallo Inactive Member20 Dec 2011 8:30 a.m. PST

GottaCon 2012 Gamers Silent Auction – It's Back!

On Saturday February 4th only between 9:00am and 6:30pm, come out and take part in the GottaCon gamers silent auction brought to you by GottaCon Conventions. Convention goers are welcome to bring out their own items for sale as well as bid on the wide variety of items that will be available. We stress patience with convention staff as it takes time to enter all the information of submitted items and when the auction is complete to record all the results. If you would like to fill out a form and bring it with you to the convention please download the form here. Also this year we are looking to set up self serve computers where you can fill out your forms and print them for our staff.

What is a silent auction?
In this type of auction, items are put on display. To place a bid, bidders write on a piece of paper located near the item. The bidder will be able to see the bids made already and must bid at least the minimum amount specified higher than the current bid. The minimum increase over the current bid will be $1.00 unless otherwise indicated. Bidding closes after a pre-set period of time. The highest bidder at the end of the auction wins the item and pays the price submitted.

For more specifics on how the auction is run and how you can submit a item visit our website.

Some items that will be up for bid are:
- Board games new and used
- Tradable card games, singles and boosters
- Previously owned video games
- Video game systems
- Collectible/non-collectible miniatures and accessories
- Role-playing games old and new
- Books, comic books and anim้
- Movies
- Many other gaming and hobby related items

The GottaCon auction provides a great opportunity to buy and sell all of your gaming and hobby related items at great prices. The previous three years have been hugely successful so make sure you check out the auction on Saturday!!

Please note that GottaCon Conventions reserves the right to refuse any items submitted for sale in the auction. All items must be registered with GottaCon staff at the special events area and a fee of $1.00 per item must be paid.

ppuhallo Inactive Member05 Jan 2012 11:11 a.m. PST

Call for GottaCon 2012 Volunteers

GottaCon is looking for a few good men and women to for GottaCon 2012! Our last convention in 2011 was a success thanks in large part to the efforts of our volunteers. They helped to make the event happen and we can't thank them enough for all their hard work and dedication!

To continue this momentum we are looking for motivated individuals to come join the team that will form the backbone of the convention.

Volunteering has its benefits with GottaCon. Volunteers get 1/3 off full weekend entry fee (valued at $35 USD) for every 5 hours of time given. Put in 15 or more hours and you get a free weekend pass. But that is not the only benefit you will receive. Depending on the amount of time given, volunteers will receive one or more free meals, the option of buying a GottaCon T-Shirt and Dice package at cost (request must be received by January 10, 2012), and other potential benefits.

If you are eager to help GottaCon out, or maybe just a bit cash strapped but still want to come out to the largest gaming event on the island, then volunteering is for you. If you are interested in helping out please contact Bonnie Beyea at volunteers@gottacon.com. For more information visit our volunteer section on our website and/or download our Volunteer Information Packet.

If you have any questions let us know! We look forward to hearing from you.

Please note we prefer our volunteers to be at least 16 years of age.

ppuhallo Inactive Member08 Jan 2012 3:41 p.m. PST

Board Games Line-Up at GottaCon 2012

Today we announce our board games line-up planned for GottaCon 2012. Below please find a list of tournaments planned for GottaCon 2012, which will be held February 3rd to 5th, 2012 at Pearkes Arena in Victoria BC (3100 Tillicum Road).

Settlers of Catan Tournament
By GottaCon and M3 Gamers.
Day: Friday Start Time: 7:00pm

Race for the Galaxy Tournament
By Starlit Citadel.
Sponsored by: Rio Grande Games
Day: Saturday Time: 10:00am

Small World Tournament
By GottaCon and M3 Gamers.
Sponsored by: Days of Wonder
Day: Saturday Start Time: 10:00am

Munchkin Victoria Championship
By Steve Jackson Games.
Day: Saturday Start Time: 2:00pm

Sherwood Showdown Tournament
Day: Saturday Start Time: 2:00pm

Dominion Tournament
By Starlit Citadel.
Sponsored by: Rio Grande Games
Day: Saturday Start Time: Time: 7:00pm

The Great Canadian Board Game Blitz Qualifier
By GottaCon.
Day: Sunday Start Time: Registration at 9:30am games start at 10:00am

Ticket to Ride Tournament
By GottaCon and M3 Gamers.
Sponsored by: Days of Wonder
Day: Saturday Start Time: 2:00p

For a complete list of tournament details, board game events, and how to pre-register for them please visit our website.

ppuhallo Inactive Member13 Jan 2012 8:26 a.m. PST

Guests and Discussion Panels of GottaCon 2012

GottaCon is please to present the following guests who will appear and be speaking at our upcoming February 3rd to 5th, 2012 convention. Following the information on our guests please find our discussion panels descriptions.

Guests of GottaCon 2012
Standard Action – Guests of Honour
LoadingReadyRun
and many more…

For a complete list of guest please visit our site.

Panels of GottaCon 2012 – in order from Friday to Sunday
LoadingReadyRun Q&A and Video Session
Making a Player Character That is More Than Just Statistics
Evolution of Social Gaming
So You Want To Write A…
RPG Improv with Standard Action
DM Roundtable
GottaCon's Minute to Win it staring Standard Action
Learning Through Gaming

For a complete list of details for each event, including day and time, please visit our site

ppuhallo Inactive Member16 Jan 2012 11:49 a.m. PST

Role Playing Games Line-Up at GottaCon 2012

Today we announce our role playing games line-up planned for GottaCon 2012. We are hosting more RPG events than ever before, a vast variety of modules and game systems.

For a full list of RPG events, and instructions on how to save yourself a seat, please visit our site.

ppuhallo Inactive Member19 Jan 2012 8:28 a.m. PST

GottaCon Advance Ticket Price Ends this Tuesday

If you plan on attending GottaCon 2012 and the massively huge and impressive amount of games at it you should buy your ticket while it is still on sale and save yourself some cash. Full weekend tickets can now be bought for $35 USD whereas after January 24th they will cost you $45. USD It just makes sense to buy them now. To buy your tickets online you can go to our site.

To see the full announcement, which has the full list of retail locations you can visit to but tickets, click here.

ppuhallo Inactive Member26 Jan 2012 1:08 p.m. PST

GottaCon State of the Convention

Advance tickets closed as of last night. We are still collecting store sales info but it looks like we will break the 500 pre-sales mark which will mean pre-sales this year over last will exceed a 60% increase!

For more details about the upcoming convention and some of the great events happening there visit our website.

ppuhallo Inactive Member02 Feb 2012 1:30 p.m. PST

GottaCon 2012 is in ONE DAY!!

GottaCon 2012 is one day away, starting at 5pm on February 3rd, 2012 which will bring 50 straight hours of non-stop gaming goodness. Whether you like video games, trading card games, role playing games, miniatures, or board games we will have something for you. GottaCon also features a variety of exhibitors, discussion panels, face painting, a Lego kids build for the young and old, a costume contest as well as our ever popular silent gamer's auction. GottaCon is also happy to have doubled our board game library this year which includes games from; Fantasy Flight, Days of Wonder, Rio Grande, Steve Jackson Games, Mayfair Games, AEG, Zman Games and others.

We are also pleased to release a link to our web version (PDF, 7MB) of the GottaCon 2012 Program. We hope you enjoy it!!

For a complete list of all our events please visit our website.

We are expecting a great turn out this year with almost 800 attendees before the doors even open. If you are part of the line-up on Friday to get through the doors please be patient as we work as hard as we can to get you in as fast as possible.

ppuhallo Inactive Member16 Mar 2012 7:28 a.m. PST

GottaCon 2012 Wrap-up

GottaCon 2012 saw more than a 33% growth from last year, with more than 1500 people coming through the doors. There were fantastic Exhibitors, and more sponsors, which meant more prizes and giveaways.

Successes:
- Huge increase in attendance
- Our volunteer team of over 50 "Wardens" did a fantastic job
- Record number of individual events by record number of event coordinators delivered
- Video Gaming LAN was hugely successful and will see an increase next year
- RPG growth in Pathfinder as well as various other systems was significant
- Largest Magic: the Gathering events ever held on the island with one event hosting 134 players
- GottaCon now hosts the largest miniature based event in western Canada…maybe even in Canada with 138 competitive players playing at one time
- Board Games area saw huge growth and was consistently busy, BG library saw about a 400% increase in use.
- Discussion panels were very well attended and will continue to be a core feature at GottaCon

Challenges:
- Lineup Friday night was unprecedented and plans are already in the works to diffuse this issue in the future.
- Space is becoming a major concern given growth. We are exploring options for 2014 and beyond but may have to limit ticket sales for 2013.
- Public play LAN station use in the LAN tournaments caused major delays in the tournaments and steps will be taken to eliminate this issue going forward

GottaCon would like to thank all the fantastic volunteers and event coordinators who came out and made the event great. Also a big thanks to our area managers; Bonnie Beyea, Corey Burger, Dan Erickson, Jules Sherred, Mike Gruber, Paul Puhello and Spencer Whitney. We would also like to thank BC Gamer, CrossXover, eSports Collective, EVO Games, IRL Events, LANcover, M3 Gamers, Magic Stronghold, Raise your Weapon, Skyhaven Games, Standard Action, Starlit Citadel, VCON, VicLUG and Yellowjacket as well as the numerous individuals for coming out and organizing some great tournaments/special events.

If you have any feedback please send a email to Carson Upton cupton@gottacon.com

Look for more information on GottaCon 2013, Feb 1 to 3, 2013 coming soon to our website!

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