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A full con experience dedicated to both retro and modern video games in the North NJ/NYC area: Parsippany NJ Saturday, Sept. 19 2015
A full con experience dedicated to both retro and modern video games in the North NJ/NYC area: Parsippany NJ Saturday, Sept. 19 2015
A full con experience dedicated to both retro and modern video games in the North NJ/NYC area: Parsippany NJ Saturday, Sept. 19 2015
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A Video Game Con: Retro & Modern Video Game Convention In NJ

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What is “AVGC” ?

AVGC stands for A Video Game Con. The event is being held Saturday September 19th at the Parsippany PAL in Parsippany NJ from 10:00am – until the last tournament or musical performance is finished. AVGC is committed to hosting a full convention experience dedicated to both retro and modern video games!

What's there to do at AVGC?

  • Console Freeplay
  • Cosplay Contests
  • Meet Special Guests
  • Musical Performances by chiptune DJs and rock bands
  • Panels about video game history, culture & more.
  • Pro & Casual Video Game Tournaments 
  • Auctions/Raffles/Giveaways
  • Indie Video Game Developers
  • Video Game themed Burlesque show 
  • Food to satisfy your caloric intake needs
  • & SO MUCH MORE!

Location/Venue & Date/Time

The convention is being held at the Parsippany PAL at 33 Baldwin Road Parsippany, NJ.  The convention will be open to the public 10am until post midnight. AVGC will be renting out the entire 36,000 square feet venue to set up space for the convention. The PAL is the perfect setting as it has 2 larger rooms the size of a gym (1 will be for vendors, while the other will be used for all video gaming), 1 large room with a stage for main events and musical performances, a large room for panels, as well as a smaller room for more panels or guest signings. Our crowd capacity is 3,000 people. The PAL is conveniently located directly off of Route 46 in Parsippany, with plenty of lodging in the surrounding area. The PAL is easily accessible from NYC. Here's a pic of our event space below. A detailed layout will be posted in future project updates.

Why are you doing this?

  •  Video Game Conventions Are Currently Underrepresented in NJ. VGCs are typically small, local meetings located sporadically across north and central NJ
  •  Larger conventions are >2-hour commute
  •  Most conventions are singularly focused – tournaments, sponsored events, or vendors only
  •  Increasing demand from both purveyors and fans of retro & modern gaming for a local, full, convention experience
  • Larger, more established conventions no longer have a video game presence.

Financing & Budget Explanation


  • Personal Promo                              260 
  • Non-Personal Promo                      250 
  • Venue                                            4,000 
  • Additional Floor Equipment           1,100 
  • A/V Equipment                               950 
  • Food                                              150 
  • Entertainment                                700 
  • Operations                                     850 
  • Gifts/Prizes                                    400 
  • Print Production                             1,330 

TOTAL: ~$10,000 USD

A Video Game Con’s first year goal is to break even with revenue and cancel out costs of the convention.  However, that does not mean we don't want to make the event profitable. All profits will be utilized for future conventions held annually. In order for AVGC to survive the con must be run with the careful practice of keeping costs below projected revenue. The convention heads have a professional background of managing budgets and project timelines. Our committee will be keeping record of sales and expenditures, budget for inevitable unexpected occurrences, and utilize a keen sense of the nuances of operation to calculate accurate values for risk and success. 

We spent a great deal of time determining the budget breakdown. We know more popular guests can cost more than double of what we set aside for guests. However, we want to make sure the foundations for the event are set. This is the goal we arrived on to ensure that we can match the basic tenants of a fun full convention experience while being financially responsible and avoid going into debt year one. Things like guest panels, vendors, participant events, prize giveaways and swag are all accounted for in this budget. 

Even though our entire budget is presented here on Kickstarter ($10,000 USD) we are only asking for a goal of $4,000 USD. This sum will cover the rental of our venue for proper setup Friday evening (9/18), the entire convention all day Saturday (9/19), and cleanup AM on 9/20. This also includes the initial costs for rentals of the barebones necessity of 100 tables and 250 chairs. We expect the remainder of revenue to trickle in as we get closer to the actual date of the convention.

T-Shirt for our supporters

A preview picture of the t-shirt mock will be posted soon.

Risks and challenges

We appreciate any support you provide us and will make good on the execution of AVGC this fall. Any funding, even $1 is highly appreciated. If you're a Northern NJ local, your kickstarter money is not only a short term investment in AVGC but a long term investment in the area.

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    We will credit your name in our event program's dedicated thank you page as well as on the event website! Also, a personal thank you e-mail from us!

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    **A High-Five from our event staff**
    **A Video Game Con Sticker**
    **A Swag Bag filled with cool stuff from our sponsors**

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    PLUS THE FOLLOWING
    **A High-Five from our event staff**
    **A Video Game Con Sticker**
    **A Swag Bag filled with cool stuff from our sponsors**
    **A Video Game Con T-Shirt in S,M,L, or XL**

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    PLUS THE FOLLOWING
    **A High-Five from our event staff**
    **A Video Game Con Sticker**
    **A Swag Bag filled with cool stuff from our sponsors**
    **A Video Game Con T-Shirt in S,M,L, or XL**
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    **A Video Game Con Sticker**
    **A Swag Bag filled with cool stuff from our sponsors**
    **A Video Game Con T-Shirt in S,M,L, or XL**
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    1 Table displaying the latest build of your own video game project. This includes 2 badges to A Video Game Con.

    **Electricity will be provided for these tables**

    **PLEASE NOTE: THESE EXCLUSIVE TABLES DO NOT HAVE SEATING OR AREA BEHIND THE TABLE AS THIS WILL BE GROUPED IN GAMING AREAS**

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    Advertise on http://www.avideogamecon.com - Your banner will be displayed in the right hand column globally on our website.

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    PLUS THE FOLLOWING
    **A High-Five from our event staff**
    **A Video Game Con Sticker**
    **A Swag Bag filled with cool stuff from our sponsors**
    **A Video Game Con T-Shirt in S,M,L, or XL**
    **VIP Entry at 9:30AM - Get access to the good stuff first!**

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    Automatic one day pre-registration! Those who pledge this tier will get a early bird badge package that is exclusive to Kickstarter! Name credit in program and website included. The badge is required to get inside the Parsippany PAL, participate in and attend events such as guest panels, cosplay and gaming contests and exclusive performances. The badge & package will be picked up on location at the Parsippany PAL.
    PLUS THE FOLLOWING
    **A High-Five from our event staff**
    **A Video Game Con Sticker**
    **A Swag Bag filled with cool stuff from our sponsors**
    **A Video Game Con T-Shirt in S,M,L, or XL**
    **VIP Entry at 9:30AM - Get access to the good stuff first!**

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    [PIKACHU PUBLIC APPEARANCE]

    A Video Game Con Founder Paul Solomine will dress as Pikachu and appear in a public location for 2 hours. Paul will only communicate in "Pika" "Pika-Pi" "Chu" and "Pikachu"

    The only limitations are that this can not be during Paul's work hours or at Paul's work setting. Scheduling is limited. Appearance will happen before A Video Game Con & will be documented. Travel reimbursement must be provided if the appearance is greater than 25 miles from zip code 07927.

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Funding period

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