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Fear the Con, small enough to say "just show up and game," is back and you can help make it happen!
Fear the Con, small enough to say "just show up and game," is back and you can help make it happen!
Fear the Con, small enough to say "just show up and game," is back and you can help make it happen!
92 backers pledged $7,100 to help bring this project to life.

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Fear the Con 2018: This Con Goes to 11!

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June 22 and 23, 2018 - Brentwood Drury - Brentwood, MO

Fear the Con is a gaming convention that takes place at the Drury Hotel in Brentwood, MO.  We take over the two large ballrooms, a small meeting room, and a "board room" for two days of gaming fun.  While all types of tabletop games are played, roleplaying games make up the bulk of what is run.

For 8 years, Fear the Boot, an RPG podcast ran the convention as a means for their fans to get together and game.  By the 8th convention, the hosts needed a break and with their blessing, we took over.  After running "DruCon" in place of Fear the Con 9 and after Fear the Con 10, we are confident in our convention format.

Fear the Con is the "Family reunion that you want to go to".  While we love seeing old friends, we make extra effort to welcome new gamers into the fold.  We play everything from D&D and Pathfinder to Fate and Dread.  As well as new Kickstarted systems like Pugmire.  

So after 10 years, why the Kickstarter?

When we took over the convention, we decided to reformat the convention and focus on growth.  DruCon was our first trial of the concept.  Fear the Con 10 built on that into a full blown convention.  We learned a lot from Fear the Con 10.  Especially about the finances of a full convention.  And we are still learning.  While there are changes from last year, there are not as many as there were from DruCon to Fear the Con 10.  Figuring out a stable long term sustainability plan will be in the near future.

But the convention must:

  • Be free for the attendees
  • Focus on tabletop gaming
  • Be Indie game (meaning new developer and small design shop) friendly
  • Keep the friendly and accepting vibe the convention has now

To fully understand, it must be experienced.  So even if you cannot pledge, please join us for all the fun.

Mikey Mason - Geek Comedy Rock Star

A Fear the Con staple, Mikey Mason will be back again this year. But, this time, as part of the base package. We fund. We get Mikey. For those who are unaware, he is a fan boy, funny, and awesome. If you need more detail (from his website): 

Mikey Mason is a comedy monster. A naughty cartoon character. An experiment gone wonderfully wrong. He explodes onstage with unfathomable energy, relentlessly pounding away at his audience with a wit as fast as his mouth, infectiously hilarious original songs, and his completely twisted world view. He's the psycho stalker ex-boyfriend of comedy, except that you want to see him again. And again. And again.

Rewards

Please check out the pledge levels and rewards to the right.  Any options or additions will go under this heading.

Adding VIP to Live-Streamed games and Bob's Consultation:
If you want to add the VIP tier to the Live-Stream game or Bob's Consultation, pledge at the the Live-Stream or Bob's Consultation level.  Then add $50 to that pledge for a total of $150.  (NOTE: VIP cannot be added to the Official Attendee level)

Adding Badges to the Vendor Tier:
The Vendor tier comes with 2 vendor badges.  Each vendor badge beyond the first two is $20 each.

Goals

The base goal to run the convention is $6,000.  This figure is based off of last year's financial numbers.  Last year the organizers had to pay out of pocket to make up the deficit in order to put the convention on.  We are looking to run the convention at a zero loss.  Any excess will go to next year.  

Stretch Goals:

So we are doing something a little different this year.  We have a list of stretch goals ready to go, but we are revealing them as previous goals are met.

$6800: Pizza for Friday and Saturday lunch (for an extra fee) and a printed program that includes food options
$7400: Better art for the badges and artists will be paid
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$12,100:
 Okay, fine, we'll do the big reveal.... If we get this far (and we'll have to go bananas go get there, but that has happened before!), we'll bring out the One Shot RPG podcast guys! They'll record their podcast live at the convention, not to mention run and play games with we mere mortals! Let's do this!


--More stretch goals to be revealed when previous ones are met--

Risks and challenges

One of the amazing things about Fear the Boot and Fear the Con is the sense of community that has sprung up in the last ten years and the amount of diligence and support the community has shown over the years. Without the support of the community, there is no Fear the Boot and, in a very real way, there is no Fear the Con. That is right friends -- without at least a bare-bones commitment, there can be no Fear the Con this year -- something we'd like to avoid if at all possible.

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    You are an official convention attendee! You will receive a personalized convention badge at Fear the Con!

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    We will miss you and hope you can make it next year. You will get a badge and a special certificate authorizing your awesomeness! Additional rewards may be added in the general description.

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    Consult with Bob Arens

    You get a badge and any additional rewards that may be added in the general description. And, you get two consulting sessions, each an hour in length with Bob Arens, an industry professional, expert game designer, and all around great guy. The topic can be game creation or campaign design.

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    Churcher's Live Streamed Traveler Game

    You get a badge and any additional rewards that may be added in the general description. And, you get a spot in Churcher's world famous Traveler game session that will be live streamed. Slot to be announced later.

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    D12 Sponsor

    For your support, we will put your company's logo in all printed and online material for the convention, on our redesigned website, and social media ads for, at least two months, leading up to the con. Your support will also be in our announcements at the convention.

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    Super VIP

    You get a Super VIP badge, a Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt, and any additional rewards that may be added in the general description. And we will take you out to dinner at the Bonefish Grill between slots 5 and 6. Restrictions: No alcohol and 1 ticket per backer. If you add, at least, $100 to your pledge, a friend (limit 1) will get a Super VIP badge, the Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt, the potential other goodies, and the dinner. Anyone beyond this will be the responsibility of the attendee and notice must be given, at least, a month in advance so we can make sure the restaurant will have adequate space.

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    For your support, we will put your company's logo in all printed and online material for the convention, on our redesigned website, social media ads for, at least two months, leading up to the con, and banner(s) in the registration area and throughout the con. You will need to provide the banner(s). Please contact us for banner size and placement. Your support will also be in our announcements at the convention.

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