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Charleston WV - July 12-14, 2019.
64 backers pledged $9,075 to help bring this project to life.

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 Welcome to the 2019 CharCon Kickstarter!


CharCon - The fun starts Friday, July 12th at Noon and runs until Sunday, July 14th at 5PM.  That's a lot of gaming!  

This will be our 14th year.  Time flies...

Some things to look forward to:

  • Lots of fun!  Our theme is Post-Apocalypse!
  • Large board game library with both brand new and classic titles.
  • Non-stop Role Playing Games all weekend long!
  • Close to 100 Play to Win games!
  • Learn to play events for Board Games, RPGs & Miniatures.
  • Fabulous vendors.
  • Saturday "CharCon After Dark!" (Featuring the Old Crow Karaoke Show!)
  • Local and Nationally recognized artists.
  • The CharCon Raffle with tons of prizes!
  • Cosplay panels & events, plus costume contests for adults & children.
  • Catan National Championship Qualifier.
  • Overnight gaming space at our host hotel!
  • So much more!

You can always keep track of us here:

CharCon Facebook   &  CharCon Website

VIP Pledge Levels

Make sure to review our VIP pledge levels.  They were new to us via Kickstarter last year and  were a big success. They include more swag and access to the VIP lounge all weekend long!  These pledge levels are limited in number, so don't hesitate if you are thinking about one! Please note we also added 2 unique VIP pledge levels! We will shift the number of pledges around as needed, but the overall total number of VIP admissions available is limited. 

Don't see the pledge you need?  Feel free to message us and we will do our best to help you out!


Add-Ons


To do an Add-On:

  • Click on the pledge level that you would like.
  • Manually increase the pledge to the correct amount for what you want, adding the cost of the pledge and your add-ons together.
  • There is no need to message or post a comment. We will collect this information in the survey. 
  • If you decide to add-on later, simply adjust your pledge level to the correct amount.
Chewie & Boushh the Bounty Hunter with Han in Carbonite (this was the backdrop to the Star Wars wedding we hosted)
Chewie & Boushh the Bounty Hunter with Han in Carbonite (this was the backdrop to the Star Wars wedding we hosted)
Board Game on the balcony, overlooking the lobby & downtown Charleston at night.
Board Game on the balcony, overlooking the lobby & downtown Charleston at night.
The Ghostbusters with their junior members.  Looks like they caught the ghost!
The Ghostbusters with their junior members. Looks like they caught the ghost!
Art in the making at the JR & Friends Quick Draw event!
Art in the making at the JR & Friends Quick Draw event!
Star Wars Legion demo.
Star Wars Legion demo.
And of course, the return of Statler & Waldorf.
And of course, the return of Statler & Waldorf.

Our Venue  

We are super hyped to be in the beautiful Clay Center for our 3rd year.  This is truly a spectacular venue, and they are great community partners and genuinely excited to have us as an event.  Located in downtown Charleston, WV, this art museum, discovery center, and performance hall offers us a variety of unique locations to host our various events. Must be seen to believe! 

The Clay Center
The Clay Center
The Clay Center
The Clay Center
The Clay Center
The Clay Center


Charles Urbach - Artist Guest of Honor  

We have been trying to coordinate having this year's artist as our GoH for a few years and this year it finally worked out!  After attending several times as an Exhibitor, this year Charles Urbach will be our featured Guest of Honor!  We can't wait to see what the artwork he does for our cover and t-shirts!  Here is a little information about his background:  

Charles Urbach is a writer and colored pencil artist with more than two decades of work in design, publishing, and illustration. His subjects, like the techniques employed in its making, are a blend of ancient and modern. His work explores fantasy, science fiction, young adult, horror, and surrealistic imagery by drawing on a rich tradition of historical, spiritual, literary, and mythological sources.

Charles' published work includes hundreds of illustrations for the tabletop gaming industry, book covers for many independent publishing projects, cover/branding art for major gaming conventions including Origins Game Fair and Gary Con, and graphic design/concept work for the corporate world. Projects have included miniatures designs for Wizkids' Heroclix, illustrations for "Magic: The Gathering," “Star Wars,” "Legend of the Five Rings," and artwork for many other games and properties including “Esper Genesis,” “Das Schwarze Auge,” “Infinite City," “Doomtown Reloaded,” "Noble Treachery," "A Game of Thrones," "Call of Cthulhu," "Lord of the Rings," and a multitude of others. Clients have included Wizards of the Coast, NECA, Sony Online, AT&T and many other game publishers and independent clients. Among his accomplishments, he is a 2018 Chesley Award winner and an award winner at Gen Con, Dragon Con, ConVergence, Origins Game Fair, Jordan Con, PhilCon, and MarCon. Charles is a frequent Guest of Honor, panelist, and participant at conventions and gaming tournaments throughout North America and Europe.

"Not All Treasure Is Gold"
"Not All Treasure Is Gold"
Where Adventure Begins
Where Adventure Begins
Sands of Delirium (Magic the Gathering Card Art)
Sands of Delirium (Magic the Gathering Card Art)

Jason Matthews - Game Designer Guest

Last year Jason was kind enough to record a video for our Kickstarter, recalling his time and experiences at CharCon.  This year we are lucky enough to have him as a guest again!  For your viewing pleasure, here is the video from last year.  (*Note, we are not sure what he is talking about regarding being abandoned...)

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Our Mission

CharCon is an annual event run by the nonprofit West Virginia Hobby Gaming Association. Our goal is to bring families together in a fun environment, using games to help them find endless fun together. Games show kids a practical application for their learned skills from school, making them a great platform for them to have fun and learn at the same time. We also strive to bring an entertainment option into West Virginia for current and future gamers and geeks.

Without you...

A huge thank you to everyone who has attended, volunteered, been on staff, exhibited, ran games or anything in support of making CharCon a success over the past 13 years.  Let's keep working to make things even better in the future!


Going into our second year doing a Kickstarter, we are excited to continue offering VIP benefits and swag for all backers, while enhancing those perks from last year.  

Should we be lucky enough to exceed our target, here are some stretch goals.  If we meet all these, more will be on the way.

 UNLOCKED! $3500 -  We will edit and release a sure-to-be entertaining behind the scenes and outtakes video from the filming of this year's Kickstarter video.  Hilarity ensues...

UNLOCKED! $4000 -   We will host a viewing of one of the films from the Mad Max Franchise  (pending availability) on Friday night at the Clay Center in the (newly renovated and even better than last year) planetarium/Imax. 

UNLOCKED! $5000 -  The CharCast crew will host a live performance, including audience participation, guests and who knows what else...all right on the stage of the Clay Center.  

UNLOCKED! $6000 -  We will add an acoustical musical performer for one or both nights in the Founders Lounge 

UNLOCKED! $8000 - All Kickstarter backers will receive one (1) free Friday visitors pass that they can use to bring a friend, family member, significant other, etc. to the show AND to the movie Friday night!  If your pledge covers 2 people, you will get 2.  (Group backers will receive 1 total).  

Risks and challenges

CharCon has been happening for over a decade, so when you back, you can do so knowing that come July we will be at the Clay Center hosting the show. This campaign simply adds some new options for attendees who are interested in an enhanced experience and we have been careful to balance those in a way that we will have no trouble delivering them. So please feel confident as you consider backing our campaign.

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    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    Raider (Weekend badge)

    The Kickstarter only rate for CharCon (rates will be $45 at the door and $40 via pre-reg). Plus you get swag!

    Includes:
    • Full Weekend Admission
    • CharCon Collectible Die
    • Recognition as a Kickstarter Backer
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    Warboy (Weekend Pass + T-Shirt)

    The Kickstarter only rate for CharCon (rates will be $45 at the door and $40 via pre-reg). Plus you get swag!

    *Note, If you want a shirt, get it here on Kickstarter!
    **Shirts larger than XL will have a surcharge of $2 per size, which we will collect when you pick it up.

    Includes:
    • Full Weekend Admission
    • CharCon Collectible Die
    • Recognition as a Kickstarter Backer
    • 2019 themed collectible t-Shirt
    • Unlimited opportunities to tell other attendees "Witness me!"
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    Raider Party (x2 Raider)

    This pledge is simply double the Raider Pledge. For couples or so you can bring a friend or just give one to someone you really think should attend.

    Includes:
    • Full Weekend Admission
    • CharCon Collectible Die
    • Recognition as a Kickstarter Backer
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    Dogs of War (x2 Warboy)

    This pledge is double the Warboy Pledge. For couples or so you can bring a friend or just give one to someone you really think should attend.

    *Note, If you want a shirt, get it here on Kickstarter!
    **Shirts larger than XL will have a surcharge of $2 per size, which we will collect when you pick it up.

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    • CharCon Collectible Die
    • Recognition as a Kickstarter Backer
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    Vault Dweller (VIP Access)

    This is the first tier that includes VIP access, only available on Kickstarter.

    VIP's will enjoy access to our lounge which will be stocked with assorted snacks & drinks all weekend. Plus, food from local businesses will be brought in at scheduled times throughout the weekend.

    Includes:
    • Full Weekend Admission
    • CharCon Collectible Die
    • Recognition as a Kickstarter Backer
    • 2019 themed collectible t-Shirt
    • Collectible CharCon Pint Glass
    • Exclusive Access to the VIP lounge
    • Invitation to the Thursday night VIP only dinner (food provided)
    • Exclusive 2019 CharCon Christmas Tree Ornament
    • 2019 CharCon Collectible Challenge Coin
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    Mysterious Stranger (Founders Party)

    This level includes everything from the Vault Dweller, plus more swag and an invite to our Founder's Party where everyone gets free games!

    VIP's will enjoy access to our lounge which will be stocked with assorted snacks & drinks all weekend. Plus, food from local businesses will be brought in at scheduled times throughout the weekend.

    Includes:
    • Full Weekend Admission
    • CharCon Collectible Die
    • Recognition as a Kickstarter Backer
    • 2019 themed collectible t-Shirt
    • Collectible CharCon Pint Glass
    • Exclusive Access to the VIP lounge
    • Invitation to the Thursday night VIP only dinner (food provided)
    • Exclusive 2019 CharCon Christmas Tree Ornament
    • 2019 CharCon Collectible Challenge Coin
    • Founders Party Invitation
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    Master Blaster (x2 Vault Dwellers)

    This tier includes 2 of the Vault Dweller pledges, so you can bring family, a friend, your GSO (gamer significant other) or whoever you feel like!

    VIP's will enjoy access to our lounge which will be stocked with assorted snacks & drinks all weekend. Plus, food from local businesses will be brought in at scheduled times throughout the weekend.

    Includes:
    • Full Weekend Admission
    • CharCon Collectible Die
    • Recognition as a Kickstarter Backer
    • 2019 themed collectible t-Shirt
    • Collectible CharCon Pint Glass
    • Exclusive Access to the VIP lounge
    • Invitation to the Thursday night VIP only dinner (food provided)
    • Exclusive 2019 CharCon Christmas Tree Ornament
    • 2019 CharCon Collectible Challenge Coin
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    Brotherhood of Steel (group pledge)

    What is more fun that being at a great Game Convention? How about being there with 9 of your best gaming friends! Bring your whole game group! This pledge includes 10 Weekend admissions to CharCon and CharCon dice!

    PLUS! You get your very own table where you can play games, promote your group, keep your stuff. Pretty much whatever you want. Just don't take it home.

    Includes:
    • 10× Full Weekend Admission
    • 10× CharCon Collectible Die
    • 1 Group Table
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    Imperator (Hotel Room)

    This includes everything from the Mysterious Stranger, plus we book and cover your hotel room at our host hotel.

    VIP's will enjoy access to our lounge which will be stocked with assorted snacks & drinks all weekend. Plus, food from local businesses will be brought in at scheduled times throughout the weekend.

    If you want to add Thursday to your hotel room, see the "Add on" section below.

    Includes:
    • Full Weekend Admission
    • CharCon Collectible Die
    • Recognition as a Kickstarter Backer
    • 2019 themed collectible t-Shirt
    • Collectible CharCon Pint Glass
    • Exclusive Access to the VIP lounge
    • Invitation to the Thursday night VIP only dinner (food provided)
    • Exclusive 2019 CharCon Christmas Tree Ornament
    • 2019 CharCon Collectible Challenge Coin
    • Founders Party Invitation
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    The Lone Wanderer (Unique Pledge)

    This is a unique pledge level. There is only 1. It includes everything from the Imperator level. PLUS, it includes other stuff:

    Dinner for you and 1 guest with Jason Matthews, prolific game designer including Twilight Struggle and Travis Reynolds, the US rep for publisher Queen Games (and co-founder of CharCon). We cover the bill, you bring the conversation topics!

    Also, 1 CharCon branded item that will be extremely limited and customized just for you.

    VIP's will enjoy access to our lounge which will be stocked with assorted snacks & drinks all weekend. Plus, food from local businesses will be brought in at scheduled times throughout the weekend.

    If you want to add Thursday to your hotel room, see the "Add on" section below.

    Includes:
    • Full Weekend Admission
    • CharCon Collectible Die
    • Recognition as a Kickstarter Backer
    • 2019 themed collectible t-Shirt
    • Collectible CharCon Pint Glass
    • Exclusive Access to the VIP lounge
    • Invitation to the Thursday night VIP only dinner (food provided)
    • Exclusive 2019 CharCon Christmas Tree Ornament
    • 2019 CharCon Collectible Challenge Coin
    • Founders Party Invitation
    • Dinner with Jason & Travis
    • Customized limited edition CharCon merchandise item
    • Only you can have "The Lone Wanderer" on your badge!
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    The Road Warrior (Unique Pledge)

    This is a unique pledge level. There is only 1. It includes everything from the Imperator level. PLUS, it includes other stuff:

    Dinner for you and 1 guest with Charles Urbach, our Artist Guest of Honor and Billy Tackett, resident artist extraordinaire. These guys are both amazing artists and veterans of hundreds of conventions. We cover the bill, you bring the conversation topics!

    Also, 1 CharCon branded item that will be extremely limited and customized just for you.

    Finally, you and only you can put "Road Warrior" on your badge for CharCon 2019!

    VIP's will enjoy access to our lounge which will be stocked with assorted snacks & drinks all weekend. Plus, food from local businesses will be brought in at scheduled times throughout the weekend.

    If you want to add Thursday to your hotel room, see the "Add on" section below.

    Includes:
    • Full Weekend Admission
    • CharCon Collectible Die
    • Recognition as a Kickstarter Backer
    • 2019 themed collectible t-Shirt
    • Collectible CharCon Pint Glass
    • Exclusive Access to the VIP lounge
    • Invitation to the Thursday night VIP only dinner (food provided)
    • Exclusive 2019 CharCon Christmas Tree Ornament
    • 2019 CharCon Collectible Challenge Coin
    • Founders Party Invitation
    • Only you can have "Road Warrior" on your badge!
    • Dinner with Charles & Billy
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    The Dual Survivors(Imperator & Stranger)

    This includes 1 Imperator and 1 Mysterious Stranger, so you can come together, share the room, attend the Founders Party, etc.

    VIP's will enjoy access to our lounge which will be stocked with assorted snacks & drinks all weekend. Plus, food from local businesses will be brought in at scheduled times throughout the weekend.

    If you want to add Thursday to your hotel room, see the "Add on" section below.

    Includes:
    • Full Weekend Admission
    • CharCon Collectible Die
    • Recognition as a Kickstarter Backer
    • 2019 themed collectible t-Shirt
    • Collectible CharCon Pint Glass
    • Exclusive Access to the VIP lounge
    • Invitation to the Thursday night VIP only dinner (food provided)
    • Exclusive 2019 CharCon Christmas Tree Ornament
    • 2019 CharCon Collectible Challenge Coin
    • Founders Party Invitation
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