August 5th and 6th of 2017
Holy cow this is gonna be our fifth Kickstarter project for the convention! Did you love last year's new venue? We plan to return there with the same or a similar layout. Did you meet new people and gain new gamer friends last year? We hope you did, and we plan to have another 250+ people at the 2017 convention. Join us that weekend for some of the best board game, card game, RPG, and miniature war game events in the valley! Our Core Values remain strong, and we continue to run without debt each year. The Game Library will return as well.
What is MaricopaCon? MaricopaCon is Arizona's first kickstarted convention. We are for gamers and run by gamers with business experience. It was started in Jason's house in Maricopa many years ago now. We play board games, card games, RPGs, and tabletop miniature games at MaricopaCon. Demo groups run games and volunteer GMs do as well. MaricopaCon also brings together many successful game designers under one roof for one weekend. Welcome home.
Kids 12 yrs and younger are FREE with a paid adult! Woot!
2017 custom dice colors: Green
2017 Badge Artist: Leslie Avila
2017 Guest of Honor: The talented Kiba Walker! Kiba is a voice actor and musician who is best known for his work on “Earthlock: Festival of Magic” (Amon, Gnart), “Seiyuu Danshi” (Main Character [Haato]), “Dragon Skies VR” (Audio Cubes), “Minecraft Diaries” (Liochant, Roco), “Victus Vincimus: Veteran’s Revenge” (Eike Crimson), “Rite of Passing” (Oz), “Return of the Guitar Lord” (ScurvyBreath), “PawTail” (Carolina Dingo), “Echogeddon” (Dr. Jack Brinton), and much more.
His musical accolades span across different categories, including nominations for Best Male Vocalist (Forte Awards), Best Reno Musician (#8 out of 25), SacAnime Summer & Winter Karaoke (Winner 1st/2nd various times); his album “XO” debuted in May of 2016, bringing rock and roll and EDM together in one eclectic record.
His charisma and talent also won him the title of Mr. LGBT America Northern Nevada division. Kiba loves meeting new people, talking with fans, and geeking out over anime! He is very excited to attend MaricopaCon! https://www.kibawalkervoices.com/
2017 Program Book Artist: Jason Youngdale! Jason has helped AZ conventions for the last twenty years, but his true passion is art. He has shown in the Firehouse Gallery in Phoenix multiple times, and is always up for an art crawl downtown. http://jasonyoungdale.deviantart.com/gallery/
2017 Miss MaricopaCon: The amazing Courtney Fishell! Courtney is a costume designer, makeup artist, gamer, horror enthusiast, and cosplayer. She’s a graduate of a performing arts school as well as the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. In 2010 she began a costuming business, which progressed to be a full-time job. Today she makes and sells costumes to people around the world has made over 1,000 costumes for cosplayers, fan films, haunted houses, and theatre. Courtney has also been a featured designer in 3 fashion shows and plans to release another fashion line this coming fall. Along with her costuming, Courtney is a self-taught makeup artist and body painter and former makeup department manager at Fear Farm. In her down-time she makes videos and tutorials for her Youtube channel and website, but her heart is wherever there is creativity and expression, so there are always new projects on the way! http://courtneyleighcreations.com/
The spooner mugs will be similar to this one pictured, but with the con logo on them.
If the project gets to $5800 or above, Jason will throw in 2017 badge ribbons for every attendee that shows up to the convention.
Here is a picture of the previous years' dice...
The Shadowfist AZ Championship returns to the convention for the fifth year in a row. Kids 12yrs and younger are free at MaricopaCon. We will have schedule gaming as always, and open gaming again. Each MaricopaCon has roughly 120 scheduled events before the doors even open. MaricopaCon prides itself on bringing together all the best kickstarter game designers together again to hang out and try new designs!
Risks and challenges
1) Venue and weekend always a risk. We always try to get the best bang for your buck. We like having the convention as central as possible in the valley.
2) Retaining quality volunteers while getting new ones in the fold. Each GM is hand picked and Jason takes Customer Service seriously for all volunteers.
3) Good quality swag. We are using Chessex again for the dice. The same company making the mugs for us is the same company that made previous MaricopaCon rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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