When and where is it?
BobCon 2014 is being held October 24-26, 2014 at The Coves Clubhouse in Kansas City, Missouri. For location details and event listings see the BobCon website at bobcon.org.
What exactly is BobCon anyway?
It's three days of pure gaming satisfaction. Board games? BobCon's got ‘em. Role-playing games? Check! Card, strategy or video games? Check, check and check! But it's also more than that. Each year we have other activities that provide a great opportunity for folks to get together and have fun. From our signature events like Friday night's Wine Tasting, Saturday's Farmers' Market Cook-Off, and Sunday morning's Political Roundtable to children's activities like Hide and Go Seek, movies, and Wii Sports Resort, there really is something for everyone.
The vibe at BobCon is small and intimate. Seating is limited.There are no dealers or vendors, everyone runs a game, and everyone has a great time. There are both scheduled and pick-up games of just about anything. There's a full kitchen, and everyone brings food and drinks to share. If you can't bring something to share, you can still eat and drink, just put some money in the Honesty Jar and we'll use it to repay folks who brought stuff.
Ok, sounds great, but who is Bob?
The Bob in BobCon is the one and only Robert Iliff, a gamer known to many not only in the Kansas City board and role-playing game community, but also in gamer circles from San Francisco, California to Louisville, Kentucky. The first BobCon was held in 2004 when Bob's annual gaming trip to Egyptian Campaign fell through. Why travel to a con when you can invite all your friends to one? Check out our History page for more on the storied history of BobCon.
So why a Kickstarter?
Lots of reasons. Funding has changed a lot since the days when Bob and a handful of friends footed all the bills for the weekend. Since 2010 when BobCon's steering committee, the BobCon Council, was formed we have continually sought to find new ways to meet our modest expenses without one or two people carrying the burden. From selling used games on eBay, to covering our website from end to end with banner and affiliate ads, nothing has ever garnered enough revenue prior to the convention to cover the upfront cost of the facility. We've always been in the black after the convention, but someone has always had to foot the bill in advance to reserve the facility. We want to avoid these hassles completely, and also raise the bar a little by adding commemorative items and special guests.
This year the Council decided to give Kickstarter a shot. There might be a way to leverage Kickstarter's viral effect to raise the funds prior to the convention so no one is on the hook. And in the process we might be able to make the convention better and increase awareness a little. It's worth noting that our goal is NOT to increase attendance so much that we lose the intimacy that BobCon is known for.
$900: If we hit the $900 mark we'll bring acclaimed game designer, poet, and all-around great guy, Lester Smith, to BobCon. Lester is a one-man game running machine, always bringing some new and fun game to play, either those he creates or those he discovers. You won't be disappointed.
$1,000: If we hit the $1,000 mark, we'll unlock the t-shirt reward and anyone eligible for a t-shirt (through the "All I Got Was This T-Shirt" or similar reward level) will get one. You'll have to pick it up at the convention, or arrange shipping or pickup separately.
$1,100: If we hit the $1,100 mark, we'll unlock the commemorative BobCon board game reward and anyone eligible for the game (through the "Armchair Detective" or similar reward level) will get one. You'll have to pick it up at the convention, or arrange shipping or pickup separately.
$1,200: If we hit the $1,200 mark, we'll provide some premium door prizes, above and beyond what we normally get through manufacturer and retailer solicitation. The more money we get past this level, the more premium items we'll get.
Pick-Up Board and Card Gaming
Come by and join in on one of these quick games: Dominion, Witches Brew, Great Wall, For Sale, Cat. 5, and many, many more... We will also have a check out table for games that run a bit longer.
Movies and Video Games
We'll have the upstairs set aside for running movies and video games. Bring your own, or check one out from our library. If you bring your own games or movies, make sure to label them or so they don't get mixed with others'.
Typical Marquee Event Schedule
There are tons of pick-up games for board and card games, but also a number of pre-scheduled marquee events. Here's a sample from 2013.
Risks and challenges
If funded, there are no real-world obstacles preventing BobCon 2014 from occurring. The event facility has already been reserved. Loss of leadership personnel should have no effect: The BobCon steering committee (known as the BobCon Council) is comprised of many dedicated, capable people, each capable of handling the details of the con alone if the need arises. Our hard costs this year are only the event facilities. Assuming we reach our stretch goals, additional expenses include travel money for special guests, and commemorative t-shirt and board game fulfillment. These costs have been factored into our stretch goals and their fulfillment is contingent upon those stretch goals being achieved. If actual production costs vastly exceed current estimates then we won't be able to produce them. We have been running this event for ten years now, and see no obstacles to execution as planned, if funded. Seating is limited, and an overwhelming response to the Kickstarter that causes a dramatic rise in attendance could be a concern; in a case like this we would have to issue a partial refund to those who register after we hit our ceiling.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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