Welcome to the third annual New MexiCon!
New MexiCon is New Mexico’s only small press indie gaming convention where we strive to make a comfortable, welcoming space for people to try a wide variety of indie roleplaying games.
It happened at Origins 2014. Late on a Friday night, a bunch of us were sitting in the bar talking games and generally enjoying the company of friends. Someone said, “Why don’t you do a convention in New Mexico? I’d go to that!” Wheels started turning (and by the end of the night), we were convinced that it was going to happen. I wasn’t sure if it was just a bunch of folks talking over beers or if this was going to materialize… but four months later we had our first New MexiCon.
This year, we’re taking New MexiCon to the next level. We’ve got a brand new hotel that features nothing but private rooms for gaming, our staff is better prepared than ever to make the con a success, and we’ve arranged for John Wick (7th Sea, Legend of the Five Rings, Wicked Fantasy) to come out as our special guest.
We play indie games. And we eat green chile. We hope you’ll join us.
We’ve learned lots of lessons from previous years. Our first venue was cheap and convenient... but was located in an area of town that made folks feel unsafe. Last year we stepped to a beautiful (and expensive!) space… but the support we received was less than stellar.
Yet, we totally found a killer app. Last year, we ended up playing almost all of our games in small private rooms, venues that are perfect for the kind of indie games we play. Playing smaller games requires a space where voices can be lowered and distractions are minimized.
Every game we run this year will have its own room. Every single game.
(Of course, we’re also thinking about safety. Every room is part of a suite with adjoining french doors and we’re having the hotel replace all the furniture in the room with a simple table and chairs.)
We're in a brand new location this year... The Ramada Albuquerque East.
We'll be running games from Friday evening to Sunday morning, September 16th-18th! This location makes it possible for us to have suites for every game, a central mustering location, and pool access for guests.
We're also excited by the local food options immediately around the convention: Sadie's, The Owl Cafe, and many more New Mexican classics are within walking distance or a short drive.
If you're interested in getting a room, give the hotel a call at (505) 271-1000. A room with a king is $69.99 + tax and a double room with two queens is $74.99. Or you can back at one of our Enchilada levels and we'll take care of getting a room for you!
We know we have a lot of people who want to support New MexiCon but can’t make it out to Albuquerque. This year, we’re featuring a new PDF bundle from indie designers who want to support our little indie community by donating a PDF for us to sell as part of the New MexiCon 2016 PDF bundle.
If you back at $20 or more, you’ll get a DTRPG coupon (at the close of the campaign) with the following PDFs:
Cat: A Little Game about Little Heroes (John WIck)
The Last Days of Anglekite (Brendan Conway)
Masks of the Mummy Kings (Nathan Paoletta)
My Life with Master (Paul Czege)
Our Last Best Hope (Mark Diaz Truman)
Part Time Gods (Eloy LaSanta)
Steal Away Jordan (Julia Ellingboe)
Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai (Julia Ellingboe)
... and maybe more!
All together, the bundle retails for more than $50 on DTRPG. Pick it up quick before the Kickstarter closes on September 4th!
Chips and Salsa ($20), a good snack to start! We wanted to have something for folks that wanted to come but couldn’t swing it. A group of really excellent game designers have graciously donated their games to the 2016 New MexiCon PDF bundle. Even without attending we can get some really excellent games out there for people to read and hopefully run in their home groups! We would really like to see you next year to run them at New MexiCon!
Huevos Rancheros ($40), a wonderful breakfast dish with green chile, eggs, and meat all served on a tortilla (usually with a side of beans). Really quite delicious, like our Con! This level gets you into the full Con for the entire weekend. That is one session Friday night, three on Saturday and another Sunday morning. If you register at the door each session will be will be $10. You also get a copy of the New MexiCon Indie PDF bundle for no additional charge.
Breakfast Burrito ($60), green chile, eggs (usually scrambled), potatoes, meat (sausage, bacon or carne adovada) is optional. It is all wrapped up in a flour tortilla. A really amazing breakfast that you can even eat on the go (careful, it can leak out the bottom!). If you want to come to the Con (or even if you can’t and just want to support indie gaming) then this is the level for you. As a minor sponsor your name will appear in the program that we are printing and distributing to all attendees. You get a badge good for all five gaming sessions and the 2016 New MexiCon Indie PDF bundle. We appreciate your support and hope you can make it too!
Taquito Twosome ($80), kind of like a taco that is rolled up like a miniature burrito and usually stuffed with meat (chicken and beef are most common) then fried. So good you should probably have two! For the couples and friends out there who are coming together this gets you both badges for the entire weekend and copies of the 2016 New MexiCon Indie PDF bundle. What is better than heading to New MexiCon? Heading there with a friend or significant other!
The Chimichanga ($100). It’s a burrito. Deep fried. For folks who want to draw some attention to their companies or businesses you get a full Con badge for all five gaming sessions, the 2016 New MexiCon Indie PDF bundle, and we will name one of our game rooms after your company or cause. Every game session we send people to a room with your name on it. Again, we thank you for your support and hope that you can also come to our Con!
The Full Enchilada ($250). Enchiladas are a staple of New Mexican food. It is meat, (usually) red chile sauce, rolled in a corn or flour tortilla with cheese and onions (sour cream is optional). This reward level gets you the full package: a full Con badge for all five sessions, the 2016 New MexiCon Indie PDF bundle, a hotel room from Friday to Sunday, and a small basket sample of our New Mexico eats.
Enchilada de Pollo ($350). The chicken enchilada. You get everything in The Full Enchilada including a badge good for all 5 gaming sessions, the 2016 New MexiCon Indie PDF bundle, a hotel room from Friday to Sunday and a basket sample of our tasty New Mexico eats. You get a priority pass for any one gaming session that will get you into whatever you want to play. In addition, you get to have a private game with Marissa Kelly of Magpie Games. You may know her as the creator of Epyllion, a Powered by the Apocalypse game about baby dragons. Trust me, it’s a blast. Bring three of your friends for a great game with Marissa. You won’t regret it!
Enchilada de Carne Adovada ($350). The spiced pork enchilada. You get everything in The Full Enchilada including a badge good for all 5 gaming sessions, the 2016 New MexiCon Indie PDF bundle, a hotel room from Friday to Sunday and a basket sample of our tasty New Mexico eats. You get a priority pass for any one gaming session that will get you into whatever you want to play. In addition, you will have a private game with Mark Diaz Truman of Magpie games. You may know him from several games such as Urban Shadows, Cartel, Our Last Best Hope or even Bulldogs (Fate Core edition) and Firefly. Mark runs a great game and always brings it.
The Plato Grande ($500). You want everything? Okay. We’ll give you everything! This includes a badge for all five gaming sessions, the 2016 New MexiCon PDF bundle, a room from Friday through Sunday, a bigger basket of New Mexico eats, shuttling to and from the airport, and our sincere thanks! What? Not enough? Okay. How about a private game with John Wick for you and three of your friends? John Wick has a variety of games under his belt like 7th Sea (first and second edition), Legend of the Five Rings, Houses of the Blooded, Wield, Cat, Blood and Honor and Wicked Fantasy. Come spend the weekend in Southwestern opulence!
We're honored to be joined at New MexiCon this year by John Wick, owner of John Wick Presents and creator of Legend of the Five Rings, Orkworld, Houses of the Blooded, and... 7th Sea.
John Wick makes games. He also writes short stories, novels and scripts, but mostly, he makes games. He also collects orks. His most recent project is 7th Sea: Second Edition. You can find out more about John at www.johnwickpresents.com. You can find out more about 7th Sea at www.7thsea.com.
We’re a small con, so we’re going to be cautious with our stretch goals. That said, we’d love to do some awesome stuff if we get enough backers to make New MexiCon awesomer. We need at least $1,000 to fund the whole con, but if we get to…
… $2,000: We’ll provide water, chips & salsa, and other refreshments throughout the convention to everyone with a badge. Snacks Galore!
… $3,000: We’ll add another special guest: Jerry Grayson (Khepera Publishing) will join us to run games and enjoy the beautiful the New Mexico weather.
Jerry has designed and published games since 2002. Flattered that others find his small efforts amusing, his proudest industry works are GODSEND Agenda, HELLAS: Worlds of Sun and Stone, and ATLANTIS: The Second Age. When not creating games that have all uppercase letters in the title, Jerry works on becoming a better human being through acts of civility and kindness to others. Jerry has been writing books set in and around Africa for years. And the books he’s written are fun, bold productions filled with awesome art and great characters. A little known fact; If tickled Jerry will hiccup cinnamon and glitter.
And maybe more…
Over the past few years New MexiCon has recruited an amazing team of folks willing to dedicate their time and energy to making sure this convention happens. Listed below are some of our core staff, but there are tons of other awesome Burqueños helping behind the scenes, too.
Katherine Fackrell is the proud recipient of the first IndieSomnia Award, granted at New MexiCon 2014 for playing too many games and not sleeping. She manages the New MexiCon website and is definitely not a vampire.
Nick Hopkins is an honorary New Mexican and New MexiCon Con Chair. He was born in Illinois but moved here just before starting second grade. He started playing AD&D in 4th grade, moving on to Top Secret and Marvel FASERIP and finally (gasp) Rifts in high school. He had a large amount of time away from games but rediscovered them in 2010 where he played a two year campaign of Call of Cthulhu. He found indie games in 2011 and has been reading game books steadily ever since. New MexiCon is one of the ways he shares his love of roleplaying games with people.
J. Derrick Kapchinsky is the Community Manager for New MexiCon and Director of Operations for Magpie Games. In addition to his operational and financial duties at Magpie, he is also a developmental editor, proofer, and indexer. His indices have appeared in games such as Epyllion, Masks: A New Generation, and 7th Sea: Second Edition. He also likes cats. He, in fact, likes cats more than he likes people.
Marissa Kelly (MK) is handling Front of House for New MexiCon. She is the co-founder of Magpie Games, author of Epyllion, and co-author of Bluebeard’s Bride. In addition to her design work, Marissa handles art direction for Magpie Games, John Wick Presents (7th Sea), Evil Hat Productions (Fate Worlds), and Storium. She also works as a paleontology intern throughout the year, spending her summers doing fieldwork.
Justin Rogers is excited to work as the Program Manager for this year’s New MexiCon and implement the OwlHeart mustering system that he co-created. He had an uncommon introduction to RPGs -- Justin's played at least a dozen different unpublished Powered by the Apocalypse and Fate games, but doesn't really have any idea what a Pathfinder is. Despite (or because of) this, he does some freelance editing and wrote a piece for the Halcyon City Herald supplement to Magpie Games’ Masks.
Mark Diaz Truman is an independent game developer, co-owner of Magpie Games (magpiegames.com), and the New MexiCon Master of Coin. Mark has authored/co-authored three indie RPGs—The Play’s the Thing, Our Last Best Hope, and the ENnie award winning Urban Shadows—and serves as Editor in Chief of The Fate Codex and Project Manager for 7th Sea: Second Edition. Mark is passionate about creating an inclusive and diverse gaming community and is thrilled to support New MexiCon’s third year!
Risks and challenges
We've already negotiated the contract with the Albuquerque Ramada East, and they are excited to have us this September. We're running the Kickstarter fairly close to the con, but we have local fiscal sponsors to make sure that cash flow isn't an issue. We're still a small convention, so all this stuff is pretty simple.
Our biggest risk is that we'll have unexpected expenses (like needing to rent tables or chairs), but we've got a lot of support from the community and companies like Magpie Games and John Wick Presents to fix problems when they come up.
We've done this twice before, and we're hopeful that the Ramada East (and Kickstarter) are our new home for the foreseeable future. We're already planning our next NewMexiCon for April 2017.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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