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The 13th annual CharCon will be hosted at the Clay Center, where we will have Board Games, RPGs, Miniatures, Cosplay and more.
The 13th annual CharCon will be hosted at the Clay Center, where we will have Board Games, RPGs, Miniatures, Cosplay and more.
64 backers pledged $5,713 to help bring this project to life.

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CharCon - The fun starts Friday, July 13th at Noon and runs until Sunday, July 15th at 5PM.  That's a lot of gaming!  

This will be our 13th year.  Time flies...

Some things to look forward to:

  • Lots of fun!  Our theme is Star Wars vs. Star Trek!
  • 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.
  • Friday "CharCon Out Loud" at The Bakery!
  • Saturday "CharCon After Dark!"
  • Local and National artists.
  • The CharCon Raffle with tons of prizes!
  • Cosplay panels & events, plus costume contests for adults & children.
  • Catan National Championship Qualifier.
  • Miniatures events all weekend!
  • 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.  This is something new for us that we are able to offer thanks to the new venue.  They include more swag and access to the VIP lounge all weekend long!

Past Guests & Attendees

We have been lucky to have not only great attendees over the years, but also quite a few special guests (Larry Elmore, Sam Flegal, Tony Darling, Stephanie Erb, Billy Tackett and Raining Neon, just to name a few).  We asked several of them to film a short note about what they thought about CharCon.  Many of those are included in the video above, but our buddy Jason Matthews also sent us the following.  

Jason has been our guest twice (and hopefully working on a third time soon).  He is an accomplished game designer, best known for co-designing Twilight Struggle, which spent over 7 years as the #1 rated game on Board Game Geek.  

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Some pictures from last year  

Partial vendor hall view
Partial vendor hall view
Nitro Billy Gamers (watch out for them in Catan!)
Nitro Billy Gamers (watch out for them in Catan!)
Cosplay Video Shoot
Cosplay Video Shoot
Ghostbusters enjoying the show
Ghostbusters enjoying the show
Kids Ghost Hunt
Kids Ghost Hunt
Statler and Waldorf
Statler and Waldorf

Our Venue  

We are super hyped to be in the beautiful Clay Center for our 2nd 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
Clay Center with view of balconies
Clay Center with view of balconies
Clay Center Lobby
Clay Center Lobby

Artist Guest of Honor  

We are thrilled to once again feature the fabulous Jeff Carlisle.  Jeff was our guest in 2011 and he provided us with the following image for our t-shirts and program cover (NOT this year's art, from 2011):

2011 Jeff Carlisle art for CharCon
2011 Jeff Carlisle art for CharCon

Considering Jeff has done work for both Star Trek and Star Wars, including being a regular at the Star Wars Celebration event and routinely being chosen to create one of their limited edition prints only available at that show...we can't wait to see what he creates for us this year!  

More about Jeff below and you can see his work here:  Art of Jeff Carlisle

"A life-long Science Fiction and Fantasy fan, Jeff Carlisle's journey began with seeing the original Star Wars when he was four, watching classic Sci-Fi television as a child, reading classic science fiction and fantasy books in his teen years and playing lots of role-playing games and video games while in art school. The drawing and dreaming he has been doing his whole life is now his career, and over the last two decades he has designed or illustrated Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Indiana Jones, The ALIEN franchise, Spider-Man, The X-Men, Lord of the Rings, THE GUILD, Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder for various projects such as Books, Magazines, Web Comics, Role-Playing and Miniatures Games, Trading cards, Posters, Art Prints, Maps, Sketchcards, Webshows and Short Movies, a Video Game, and even Paper Airplanes--and many others.

Jeff is proud to have been able to contribute his small part to the dreams of others and hopes to continue for a long time. Jeff and his wife Lisa live in Ohio. Life is Good"

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 game's or anything in support of making CharCon a success over the past 12 years.  Let's keep working to make things even better in the future!

 Being the first year of our kickstarter, we really are just happy to offer our attendees the opportunity to register a little cheaper and pick up some swag, plus offer those who are so inclined an upgraded VIP experience.    

Should we be lucky enough to hit our target and beyond, here are some stretch goals.  If we somehow manage to meet these, more will be on the way.

-$2000 : UNLOCKED!!!!  We will release the never before seen blooper footage from the film session by MAYCHEAL MINE, ESQ (definitely not Michael Mayne, artist). 

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-$3000 : UNLOCKED!!!! We will host a viewing of a movie from either the Star Wars or Star Trek franchise on Friday night at the Clay Center in the planetarium/Imax.  

We will start working with the Clay Center to plan this movie night right away.  Watch for details coming soon!

-$4000 : UNLOCKED!!!! Everyone who backed this campaign will have the opportunity to take a free green screen photo at CharCon 2018, which will then be inserted into a super cool background.  Costumes encouraged!  (Group pledges get group photos)

$5000 :  UNLOCKED!!!!  If we hit this stretch goal, we will host an acoustic music performance on Saturday night on the Founders Lounge balcony or in the lounge (based on weather).  Attendees can relax, play games, enjoy beverages and listen to some sweet tunes.

$6000 : At this stretch goal, everyone who backed any admission level of the Kickstarter will receive an additional item (TBD) of swag featuring the CharCon logo.  

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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    Mysterious Benefactor

    Thanks for your interest and support for our Convention!

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    Red Shirts (Weekend Badge)

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

    -Full Weekend Admission
    -Collectible CharCon Die
    -Recognition in our program

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    Stormtroopers (+T-Shirt and more swag)

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

    -Full Weekend Admission
    -Collectible CharCon Die
    -Recognition in our program
    -2018 themed collectible t-Shirt

    *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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    The Away Team (X2 Red Shirts)

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

    -X2 Full Weekend Admission
    -X2 Collectible CharCon Die
    -Recognition in our program

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    Starship Captains (VIP Access)

    This is the first tier that includes our new 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 for dinner Friday, breakfast/lunch/dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday.

    -Full Weekend Admission
    -2 Collectible CharCon Dice
    -Recognition in our program
    -2018 themed collectible t-Shirt
    -Collectible CharCon Glass
    -Exclusive access to the VIP Room
    -Invitation to the Thursday night VIP only dinner (food provided)
    -Exclusive 2018 CharCon Christmas Tree Ornament

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    Not The Droids... (X2 Stormtroopers)

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

    -X2 Full Weekend Admission
    -X2 Collectible CharCon Die
    -Recognition in our program
    -X2 2018 themed collectible t-shirt

    *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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    Jedi (Founder's Party and more swag!)

    This level includes everything from the Captain's, 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 for dinner Friday, breakfast/lunch/dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday.

    -Full Weekend Admission
    -4 Collectible CharCon Dice
    -Recognition in our program
    -2018 themed collectible t-Shirt
    -2 Collectible CharCon Glasses
    -Exclusive access to the VIP Room
    -Invitation to the Thursday night VIP only dinner (food provided)
    -Exclusive 2018 CharCon Christmas Tree Ornament
    -Founders Party Invitation (Saturday Evening). Learn 2 games and take copies home!

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    Imperial Sponsorship

    This level is for businesses who want to support and be involved with CharCon.

    Sponsors will receive:

    -Half page color ad in the CharCon Program
    -Logo placement on the front cover of the program and the CharCon Website
    -Social media promotion for your company and products, with links to your web presence
    -Featured product presentation at the convention
    -1 Sponsor badge for your company representative.
    -Open window for further promotional opportunities with CharCon.

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    Jedi Master

    This includes everything from the Jedi, plus we book and cover your hotel room at our host hotel and leave you a welcome basket!

    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 for dinner Friday, breakfast/lunch/dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday.

    -Full Weekend Admission
    -4 Collectible CharCon Dice
    -Recognition in our program
    -2018 themed collectible t-Shirt
    -2 Collectible CharCon Glasses
    -Exclusive access to the VIP Room
    -Invitation to the Thursday night VIP only dinner (food provided)
    -Exclusive 2018 CharCon Christmas Tree Ornament
    -Founders Party Invitation (Saturday Evening). Learn 2 games and take copies home!
    -Hotel room at our host hotel for Friday & Saturday nights.
    -VIP Welcome Basket

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    Trouble with Tribbles (group level)

    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.

    -10 Full Weekend Admissions
    -10 Collectible CharCon Dice
    -1 Group Table

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    Rebel Sponsorship

    This level is for businesses who want to support and be involved with CharCon.

    Sponsors will receive:

    -Full page color ad in the CharCon Program
    -Logo placement on the front cover of the program and the CharCon Website
    -Social media promotion for your company and products, with links to your web presence
    -Featured product presentation at the convention
    -2 Sponsor badges for your company representatives.
    -Open window for further promotional opportunities with CharCon.

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    Klingon War Party (8 badges, 2 rooms)

    This is everything a hardcore group of gamers needs. 8 badges, 2 rooms and a basket of stuff. Grab your buddies, your dice and mark the calendar.

    -8 Full Weekend Admissions
    -8 Collectible CharCon Dice
    -2 Adjacent Hotel Rooms at our host hotel
    -Gamer Gift basket with survival and hygeine items

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