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GAMCON is a 2 day convention where we come together to celebrate gaming, anime, music, and everything in between!
GAMCON is a 2 day convention where we come together to celebrate gaming, anime, music, and everything in between!
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What's GAMCON?

 GAMCON stands for Gaming, Anime & Music Convention. The convention will take place during the 5th and 6th of July, 2014 in the downtown Bremerton waterfront area. It is a non-profit, community driven event! 

What's there to do?

 Demo new creations!

 Cosplay!

 Buy stuff from a wide range of vendors!

 Screen new anime films!

 Compete in fun events!

 Giveaways!

 Listen to great musicians perform live!

 Attend guest panels!

 Anime, Gaming, & Music related keynotes!

 Be around people who share your hobbies and lifestyle!

Location 

 The convention is on the Bremerton waterfront, just off the Bremerton Ferry Terminal. We are going to rent out the Kitsap Conference Center and utilize the entire harbor side to set up space for vendor floors, cosplay photo opportunities, musical performances and attendee contests. The conference center has a perfectly sized main hall for premium vendors to set up in while its side rooms will be utilized for game competitions. The waterfront area is a perfect location for the outdoor portion of the event because it is spacious and scenic. If you've heard bad things about Washington weather, not to worry. In the summer the region is bright and warm. Events like the Blackberry Festival are held there annually with great success because the location is so suited to conventions like this.

Shows boardwalk and Kitsap Conference Center on bottom left
Shows boardwalk and Kitsap Conference Center on bottom left

Why?

  Anime, music and gaming have all been a huge part of our lives. We wanted to create a tribute to these mediums by exposing more people to Japanese animation and the creativity of game creators, celebrated over the energetic backdrop of musical performance.

  We know that the Seattle metropolitan area is already a hot spot for events like this. One of the reasons for starting this convention here is because we want to join the effort to make downtown Bremerton a destination. Bremerton has a storied past with a large base of supporters who are doing all they can to give the city the vibrancy it had during the WWII effort in the 40's. Annual events like the Blackberry festival, the Summer BrewFest and the Armed Forces Day Parade all help to boost business in the area. The city government has done its part to establish a foundation for holding large events that would bring in tourists. We decided it was time to step up and base GAMCON in Bremerton.

Financing

  GAMCON is non-profit meaning we don't pocket anything once revenue exceeds cost.  However, that does not mean we don't want to make the event itself profitable. We understand that non-profits need to be run efficiently and like a business to generate enough profits to cover itself in the future. From charitable operations like low income housing to smaller crowd-sourced projects like community gardens, for those to survive they must be run with the careful practice of keeping costs below projected revenue. This involves knowing how to keep a record of sales and expenditures, budgeting for inevitable unexpected occurrences, and actually knowing the nuances of operation well enough to calculate accurate values for risk and success. 

       The GAMCON Kickstarter goal is a compromise between making sure the funding comes through and managing to land the "frosting on the cake" for our event. Yes, 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 convention while being financially responsible and profitable. Things like guest panels, vendors, participant events, prize giveaways and swag are all accounted for in this budget. 

   With badge sales and vendor rentals the event will be immediately profitable and we can adjust the "frosting" of the con upward while maintaining a meaningful margin. This doesn't even include funding above our goal or sponsorship. It is huge to note that in the absolute worst case scenario of zero sold badges and zero sold vendor rentals, zero funding past $8000 on Kickstarter, and zero sponsorship, the event will still break even which means the goal you see here, in the event of no additional generated revenue, is enough to make the convention happen. We need your support in making the $8000 goal! 


Kickstarter Exclusive Apparel

T-shirt for those who pledge $30 and up
T-shirt for those who pledge $30 and up
GAMCON Hoodie for those that pledge $200 and above! Remember, there are still lots of cool rewards if you can't reach the $200 tier so be sure to check out the Rewards sidebar!
GAMCON Hoodie for those that pledge $200 and above! Remember, there are still lots of cool rewards if you can't reach the $200 tier so be sure to check out the Rewards sidebar!

Risks and challenges

Everyone knows that a system like Kickstarter has the potential to create moral hazard from creators. Creators may start to feel that their only obligation is to reward fulfillment but not to the actual execution of the goal itself. Our risk of moral hazard is mitigated by the fact that there are many things on the line for us: Our reputations, our wish to pay tribute to things we were raised on, and even the image of the city itself. So rest assured that we are going to put all of our energy towards making this a successful event.

One of the challenges we are facing is the assessment of booth value. Since we are a first time convention we are yet unable to gauge demand by the community which is the driving force behind vendor demand. Nobody wants to pay too much for too little self promotion. To be fair to those who pledge booth rewards, we are going to promote the event as much as possible and drive up the value of vendor space to at least justify the amount of the total booth pledge minus the value of priority location.

Another challenge is space. We are going to rent out the entire Kitsap conference center, including the fountain park and fountain room on the southwestern side of the Ferry terminal. We are aware that the fountain areas can only support so many people for events. If attendance is just right, great. If attendance is much greater than we expected, we will go ahead and rent out the Admiral Theater which seats 999 people for the exclusive events. If the attendance is there that means the revenue is high enough to cover a rental of the theater. If the revenue isn't there but the well-being of attendees and the convention demands it, rental will be paid by personal funds.

We appreciate any support you provide us and will make good on the execution of GAMCON this summer. Any funding, even $1 is highly appreciated. If you're a Bremerton local, your kickstarter money is not only a short term investment in GAMCON 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 letter from us!

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    Automatic one day pre-registration! Those who pledge this tier will get a badge that is exclusive to Kickstarter supporters! Name credit in program and website included. Remember the outdoor vendor space does not require a badge. The badge is required to get inside the Conference Center, participate in and attend events such as guest panels, cosplay and gaming contests and exclusive performances.

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    For attendees! Automatic pre-registration for both days at GAMCON. If you pledge this tier you will get a badge that is exclusive to Kickstarter supporters! Your name will be credited on the program and website and you will receive a thank you letter! Upon arrival you also receive a small Kickstarter-exclusive gift bag!

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    Option for those who will not attend but still wish to support us. Thank you so much! Your name will be credited in the event program and website. We will also mail you a copy of the event program, a thank you letter, GAMCON silicone bracelet and a GAMCON lapel pin!

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    2 day pass with Kickstarter-exclusive badges, Kickstarter-exclusive gift bag waiting for you at GAMCON, program & website credit and an official GAMCON t-shirt!

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    2 day pass, gift bag, program & website credit, official GAMCON t-shirt and entry into a prize giveaway!

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    Everything in the $45 tier as well as your own table in the Artist's Alley! Perfect if you're an up-and-comer trying to promote your arts and/or crafts! Limited tables for this offer! This...is a REALLY GOOD DEAL!

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    Gift bag, program & website credit, official GAMCON t-shirt, entry into a prize giveaway, TWO 2-day passes and a custom draw-string bag!

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    Gift bag, program & website credit, official GAMCON t-shirt, entry into a prize giveaway, TWO 2-day passes, custom drawstring bag, AND an EVEN MORE EXCLUSIVE swag bag. Don't worry it will...be big enough to contain all of the other bags you just acquired. You've got quite the haul before you even entered the event.

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    10' x 10' Single Outdoor or Indoor Booth:
    If you're a vendor and just want a booth and no rewards, this is the tier for you! Includes all necessary badges for up to 5 staff. Remember, these booth reservations are first come first serve and have lowest location choosing priority, so you will be choosing locations after $300, $400, and $500 pledgers.

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    $200 Rewards Tier: You get everything in the $100 tier as well as a GAMCON hoodie!

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    20' x 10' Single Outdoor or Indoor Booth: If you're a vendor and just want a booth and no rewards, this is the tier for you! Includes all necessary badges for up to 5 staff. Remember, these booth reservations are first come first serve and have lowest location choosing priority, so you will be choosing locations after $300, $400, and $500 pledgers.

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    EXHIBITOR BOOTH + $200 TIER REWARDS: 10' x 10' booth and you get to choose where to put it, indoors or outdoors! Includes all necessary badges for up to 5 staff. When the vendor map comes out you will have priority after $500 backers to pick your booth location! We ask that your booth be at least semi-related to our convention genres. If it has anything to do with gaming, anime, Asian culture, manga, comics or anything remotely nerdy, you're good to go!
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    EXHIBITOR BOOTH + $200 TIER REWARDS: 20' x 10' booth! Includes all necessary badges for up to 5 staff. You get to choose if it's indoors or outdoors. If you receive this reward, you get ultimate priority in choosing where to put your booth! Everything in $200 tier is included!

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