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New MexiCon 2020

This is the 7th annual New MexiCon indie roleplaying convention! #RecognizeKSRU

New MexiCon 2020

This is the 7th annual New MexiCon indie roleplaying convention! #RecognizeKSRU

$5,832
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39
backers
5days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, November 25 2019 6:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

New MexiCon supports Kickstarter United's effort to unionize!

New MexiCon is the only indie tabletop roleplaying game convention in New Mexico. We strive to offer a wide variety of small-press games in a friendly and welcoming environment. Join us in 2020 for our best convention yet!

A weekend of gaming in Albuquerque: April 17th - 19st, 2020.

Join us for all FIVE sessions of gaming!

The genesis of New MexiCon came from late night talks at Origins 2014. A few New Mexicans mentioned putting on a con and several voices called out variations of “I’d go to that!” Less than five months later New MexiCon was born. We were thirty people playing small-press indie games in a dark room. Now, six years later, we have continued iterating on a unique con experience.

What makes us unique?...

Why are we putting on an indie tabletop roleplaying game con? We want people playing roleplaying games - new games, different games, more games! Providing a welcoming space where this can happen is our goal for New MexiCon. We want to expand gaming circles, foster local and regional rpg communities, and bring people together to play games and share ideas!

The traditional model for tabletop roleplaying game conventions has been a large room with lots of tables. This works well for some games but sometimes the nuances of a scene can get lost in a big  room with background noise. This is why we have structured New MexiCon to have each game run in its own private room. We want you to have an environment for your game that will be as distraction-free as possible.

Mustering is a fun way to pitch your game or find a game to play on the fly! To kick things off, all people running games will pitch their game to the con. Next, players choose the games they want to be in. A symbol on your badge will help determine priority and resolve ties. The result? We get a large number of people playing really awesome games!

If you want to sign up to run a game or play a game before the convention, we have you covered! After the Kickstarter closes, backers who backed for a badge will be able to choose from a selection of scheduled games. This is a backer-exclusive feature of New MexiCon, so make sure to get your badge through this Kickstarter if you want access to scheduled games! More information will follow in Backer Updates.

As much as we like to game we also want to make sure folks have time to eat! Community is important to us, and what better way to get to know someone than to share a meal. This is why we schedule lunch and dinner breaks so everyone has time to grab some noms, socialize with their fellow attendees, and still make it to the next gaming slot.

Mustering at New MexiCon encourages people to bring a wide variety of tabletop roleplaying games. Our convention is shaped by what games people are excited to run! There's only one thing better than playing and running games that you love - finding new games to love! At New MexiCon we encourage people to gravitate not only to those things that you know and love but to try new things as well. Just to give you an idea of the scope of games pitched, here are some of the games people brought to New MexiCon 2019:

Inheritance, Witch, Apocalypse World, Ten Candles, Good Society, Dialect, Monsterhearts, Tall Pines, Scum & Villainy, John Carter of Mars, Bluebeard's Bride, InSpectres, Epyllion, Swords Without Master, The Bat Hack, Zombie World, Damn the Man Save the Music, The King is Dead and so much more!

This year we are returning to the site of New MexiCon 2018 and 2019: the Ramada Hotel Midtown! Here are some awesome features of this venue:

  •  On-site bar - Great for hanging out with people after games. Chat and have a drink!
  •  Free airport shuttle - Up to 5 miles around the hotel and airport pickup/dropoff.
  •  Breakfast - Free breakfast available for hotel guests. $5.95 for everyone else!
  •  Security - Gated parking with security 24 hours a day.
  •  Swimming pool - Take a break from games and go for a swim!
  •  Convention suite/break room - Hang out, talk games, and relax in the Lobo Room.
  •  Private rooms for gaming - Beds will be removed, making room for tables and chairs
  •  Event oriented staff - Friendly hotel staff is accustomed to hosting events of all sizes.

We have a number of GMs here at New MexiCon whose mastery we want to celebrate. We will single out these GMs to run a GM Spotlight game for select guests! Each badge purchase will enter the attendee in a raffle to win a seat at the table!

SPOTLIGHT GM: Amalie McKee

Amalie is a PhD scientist, comic collector, recently professed gothic horror fan, and all around nerd. They have been playing tabletop games since they were 12, and running them since they got to undergrad. They have what might be called a problem, running games or gaming events on most days that end with y, and designing games with friends – some of which actually hit paper – on the others.

SPOTLIGHT GAME: Rapscallion

You are a pirate. Whether you’re a romantic hero, monstrous cyclops, or victim of dark powers beyond your ken, one thing is certain – the Bucketheads are out to get you, and if they catch you, you’re hung. In the meantime, you’ve got to see a man about a debt – a favor it’s time he repay. If only you and your crew can hold fast against the call of the stars. Rapscallion is a Powered by the Apocalypse game, set at sea.

SPOTLIGHT GM: Paul Beakley

Paul Beakley (he/him) created the Indie Game Reading Club, a blog (indiegamereadingclub.com), Slack community and upcoming Patreon for designers, facilitator and players to meet and discuss intentional play, new and old small press games, and indie gamer culture.

SPOTLIGHT GAME: Free From the Yoke

Free From the Yoke is a Worlds of Legacy game based on Legacy from UFO Press (https://ufopress.co.uk/free-from-the-yoke/), featuring an epic sprawl of history across multiple generations in a Slavic-flavored fantasy realm. The longcon format will be two (or three if we can get signups for this!) sessions with as many of the same players as we can get to commit. The first session will feature much of the world-building and character-building necessary, and a session of roleplaying in the setting. Subsequent sessions will pick up where the first left off, only a generation later! Legacy + longcon is a great way to get a deep, meaningful mini-campaign in a convention setting. Four players per session, with players strongly encouraged to commit to as many sessions as they can.

SPOTLIGHT GM: Katherine Fackrell

Katherine Fackrell is a long-time board member of New MexiCon. When not building satellites or making quilts, she moonlights as a proofreader for RPG books and products.

SPOTLIGHT GAME: Bluebeard's Bride

You are a new bride left alone in your new home. Your husband has given you the keys, but forbids entry to his private chamber. Can you resist the seductive & dreadful mystery that lies within? Bluebeard's Bride is a game of investigatory feminine horror powered by the apocalypse. 18+ only.

Every pledge helps us bring you the best convention possible. Every guest helps us brings new and interesting characters to the table. And every game master helps us tell the moving and adventurous stories of our dreams. We love our spotlight GMs and want to give everyone a chance to play with these masters of the craft. So, when you buy a badge you automatically enter a raffle to be a part of the spotlight game! Or you can back at A BADGE + A BED + NAME A GAME ROOM level to get a guaranteed spot in a GM spotlight game.

With an increase in hotel costs and growing numbers of attendees, we're looking to raise $1,500. We need your help to bring together this weekend of great gaming and awesome people against the beautiful southwestern backdrop of the Land of Enchantment.

Backing this Kickstarter will allow us to:

  • Provide private gaming rooms
  • Stock our Lobo Room with snacks and water
  • Have an on-site printer
  • Spotlight talented GMs

Every little bit helps, so please spread the word and bring your friends out to New MexiCon 2020!

We have several reward tiers for you to choose from.

Registration at the door of the convention is always welcome, but you’ll miss out on these backer-exclusive rewards!

($10+): SUPPORT THE CON

  • Special thanks on our website
     

($60): A BADGE WITH YOUR NAME ON IT!

  • Special thanks on our website
     
  • Full Badge (5 sessions)
     
  • Access to scheduled games
     
  • Raffle ticket for a GM Spotlight Game
     

($100): A BADGE + NAME A GAME ROOM (limited)

  • Special thanks on our website
     
  • Name & thanks in New MexiCon program
     
  • Full Badge (5 sessions)
     
  • Access to scheduled games
     
  • Raffle ticket for GM Spotlight Game
     
  • Name one of our game rooms!
     

($275): A BADGE + A BED

  • Special thanks on our website
     
  • Name & thanks in the New MexiCon program
     
  • Full Badge (5 sessions)
     
  • Access to scheduled games
     
  • Raffle ticket for a GM Spotlight Game
     
  • Hotel room (2 nights, Friday - Sunday)
     

($350): A BADGE + A BED + NAME A GAME ROOM (limited)

  • Special thanks on our website
     
  • Name & thanks in the New MexiCon program
     
  • Full Badge (5 sessions)
     
  • Access to scheduled games
     
  • Reserved seat in a GM Spotlight game
     
  • Hotel room (2 nights, Friday - Sunday)
     
  • Name one of our game rooms!
     
  • Set of 2020-exclusive six-sided dice

We have three add-ons this year; you can add money to your pledge to get additional badges, additional nights in the hotel (consider adding Thursday and Sunday night!), or a set of New MexiCon 2020-exclusive six-sided dice!

If you want to share the New MexiCon experience with someone else, consider purchasing an additional badge and then donating to our scholarship program! We'll pass donated badges on to gamers who would otherwise not be able to attend!

We’ve got some awesome stretch goals lined up. Help us unlock cool new things to bring to New Mexicon 2020!

$2,000 - Snack Time! - UNLOCKED!

First up, at $2,000 we will provide snacks for the whole convention. The Lobo Lounge will be stocked with a variety of food and beverages to keep every attendee refreshed and ready for action!

 $4,000 - GM Spotlight Strikes Back! - UNLOCKED!

Next up, at $4,000 we will bring in another Spotlight GM Game! We have a number of GMs here at New MexiCon whose mastery we want to celebrate. We will single out one of these GMs to run a GM Spotlight game for select guests. Each pledge of $60+ will give you a chance of at a seat at the table!

$5,000 - Sandia Peak Game Mastery Awards! - UNLOCKED

At $5,000 we will introduce the Sandia Peak Game Mastery Awards. After each slot, players will have an opportunity to nominate their GM as a Peak GM for the con. We’ll hand out the awards at the closing ceremony for the convention on Sunday! We want to thank our exceptional GMs for creating such amazing stories with their players, so spread the word and help us unlock the Sandia Peak Game Mastery Awards!

$5,500 -  Return of the GM Spotlight! - UNLOCKED

Next up, at $5,500 we will bring in a third Spotlight GM Game! We have a number of GMs here at New MexiCon whose mastery we want to celebrate. We will single another one of these GMs to run a GM Spotlight game for select guests. Each pledge of $60+ will enter you in a raffle to win a seat at the table!

$6,000 - Post-con Party!

Next up, at $6,000 we will arrange for a little shindig on Sunday afternoon at Red Door brewery. This is a great way to wind down after the convention, swapping game stories with old friends and exchanging contacts with new ones.

Keep up with New MexiCon online! Are you interested in indie tabletop games or the local gaming scene here in New Mexico? Join our social media pages. Tell us what games you are excited to run and play!

Join our Discord Community: https://discord.gg/Aw3SDMj 

Join our Facebook Community:

https://www.facebook.com/New-MexiCon-2260892927315723/

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/New_MexiCon

Read about our past conventions: http://www.newmexicon.com/?page_id=101

Keep your games alive by posting and making new friends!

New MexiCon is possible through the generous financial support of the following fine businesses:

Magpie Games is an Albuquerque-based publisher of indie RPGs, including award winning games like Bluebeard's Bride and Urban Shadows.

Matt Bohnhoff is Convention Chair for New MexiCon again this year! Matt publishes his own silly games through Wasteland of Enchantment and organizes games for teenagers at local libraries. He believes in the power of games as tools of expression, bonding, and education.

Katherine Fackrell has claimed the position of Treasurer for New MexiCon and continues to manage the website. She is the proud recipient of the first New MexiCon IndieSomnia Award for playing too many games instead of sleeping, and is definitely not a vampire...

Jason Slanga has claimed full control as Head of Community Coordination and stands as next in line for the Convention Chair of New MexiCon. He is a fluent speaker of Latin, and co-host of a Latin-language podcast. Ask him about his short form, one-shot game that's played in Latin!

Justin Rogers, or "J.Ro", has shifted into the New MexiCon Community Coordination team, and has done some writing, editing, and music composition for various indie RPG projects. He enjoys unreleased Apocalypse World hacks and is the board's token LARP enthusiast.

Sean Friend is a Marketing Coordinator for a local law firm, Slingshot Law and has taken on duties as New MexiCon’s Head of Front of House.  He has created his own Board Games, Dastardly Deeds and Mystic Pizza, under his company Bananatee Games.  He has a passion for great storytelling, design, artwork, and gaming.  He is looking forward to this new and exciting experience at the next New MexiCon!

Nick Hopkins is  the Head of Program Coordination for New MexiCon this year! He had a very long stretch away from gaming but jumped back in with both feet in 2012. He is slowly slipping toward the inevitable event horizon of game design, dabbling in games about iron giants, eldritch horrors, and brave little mice.

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Risks and challenges

The contract is signed with the venue and our Kickstarter is launching on time. We have intentionally kept the stretch goals simple to make sure that we have them in place by the time of the con.

This is our third year working with the venue, and they are ready to accommodate the con.

New MexiCon is in our seventh year! We've learned a lot from the six previous New MexiCons and are looking to make this our best con yet!

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