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Last year, we went Into the Wilds on our first adventure. We gained a lot of experience and are ready to Level Up! with AcadeCon 2016.
Last year, we went Into the Wilds on our first adventure. We gained a lot of experience and are ready to Level Up! with AcadeCon 2016.
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         AcadeCon 2016: Leveling Up!!

We've finally counted up all the experience gained by running three years of incredible conventions and uncountable hours of our podcasts, and now it is time to take it to the next level!  

With AcadeCon 2016: Leveling Up! we at The RPG Academy are expanding and growing our own regional tabletop gaming convention. This year it will be in the Dayton Convention Center, in Dayton, Ohio. AcadeCon is happening November 11th-13th, 2016.

AcadeCon's primary focus remains tabletop role playing games. But we welcome board games, card games, tactical miniatures games, LARPs, and anything else that gets people together playing games and having fun! 

We have had the extreme fortune of building a wonderful community of gamers that listen to our podcast and play games with us. More than anything, we thrive on interacting with our listeners and fans. This is the true purpose of AcadeCon. 

If you’ re not sure if this convention is for you or not, please consider our motto: If you're having fun, you're doing it right! 

If that sounds like something you’d like to support, please buy a badge and come game with us if you can. If not, a donation goes a long way. 

Thank you for checking out our Kickstarter and we hope to see you in November! 

Michael & Caleb
Hosts of The RPG Academy Podcast

www.TheRpgAcademy.com

www.Facebook.com/TheRpgAcademy

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@TheRpgAcademy

@AcadeCon

What's AcadeCon all about?

AcadeCon is specifically designed to be a smaller, non-traditional convention. We are not trying (nor do we want to) compete with or replace the huge conventions that attract a national audience. At our convention, you're going to get access to 24-hour gaming, a better chance to play in games you want, the opportunity to spend time and game with special guests, and time to hang out with some of the best gamers in the world - the fans of our show!

Whether you are one of our listeners, are interested in meeting and playing with some of our special guests, or just found us by accident, we hope you'll consider attending our convention or simply donating to the cause.

AcadeCon 2016 is our fourth annual gaming convention. We've hosted three previously successful cons, with the first two being invite-only due to space limitations. Last year we opened it to the public and it was better than we could ever imagined.That’s why we are growing and expanding this year. At the Dayton Convention Center, we have room to grow for years to come. 

AcadeCon2016 will again be in November, the 11th – 13th.

www.TheRpgAcademy.com/AcadeCon


WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO WITH ALL YOUR MONEYS?

We have set our minimum funding goal as that – our absolute minimum. The cost of reserving space at the Dayton Convention Center is over 80% of that initial goal. If we reach that minimum goal, we can afford to hold the event and not lose any money. However, that doesn’t include anything else we need, such as the cost of bringing in so many amazing special guests. We can have the Con without them, but why would we want to? We need your help to reach those stretch goals. We want to provide an almost unprecedented experience by putting these special guests in the trenches of AcadeCon running and playing games on the convention floor.

If we reach $15,000.00 or more we can also bring in the GenCon board game library. This will allow our guests to have access to over 1,000 board game titles, 24/7 during the event with no per-game or added costs.

WHO ARE THESE SPECIAL GUESTS THAT YOU KEEP TALKING ABOUT?

We are so excited to play host to absolutely amazing people from the game design industry and from the podcast world. We're even more excited that these fine folks are willing to come to AcadeCon and play games with us and you! Here's the list, as it stands now...
John Wick
John Wick
Rob Schwalb
Rob Schwalb
Rich Baker
Rich Baker
   
Keith Baker
Keith Baker
Kenneth Hite
Kenneth Hite
A.P. Klosky
A.P. Klosky
WIll Hindmarch
WIll Hindmarch
  
James D'Amato
James D'Amato
Kat Kuhl
Kat Kuhl
DM Mitch and DM Chris
DM Mitch and DM Chris

OTHER SUPER COOL THINGS THAT ARE  HAPPENING

Artemis Space Bridge Simulator
Artemis Space Bridge Simulator

Our inner SciFi nerds are insanely happy to have this chance to pull on those costumes that we don't tell anyone about and log some time on the Artemis Space Bridge Simulator. Sponsored by Game Base 7, this is going to be a highlight of the con. Registration information for these games will be included in the gaming schedule when it is released after the campaign ends.

You Too Can Cthulhu
You Too Can Cthulhu
We are pleased to welcome the You Too Can Cthulhu team back to AcadeCon! The games they ran for us last year were absolutely amazing and every participant loved their time experiencing Lovecraftian horror at the hands of the team. Who knows what eldritch terrors will be thrust upon us this year?

Double Exposure Envoy Program
Double Exposure Envoy Program

Sponsored by  Double Exposure, the Envoy program is unique and awesome! The Double Exposure team will provide us with about 25 brand new games that you can try out during AcadeCon. Every time you play a demo, you are entered into a drawing to win that game! You can play the same game multiple times to get a better chance at winning something you really enjoy or play them all and see if Lady Luck is smiling on you. 

Game Library from Lending Library Logistics
Game Library from Lending Library Logistics
The amazing crew from Lending Library Logistics is on board to haul more games than you could ever play to AcadeCon for your enjoyment! You've probably seen this collection of games at other conventions, such as GenCon. If we reach the necessary stretch goal (see below) these games will be available to play at AcadeCon for no extra cost or fees! Wow! 


                       STRETCH GOALS

 

$11,000 - Special Guests.  We couldn't choose a favorite and neither should you. At this level we can afford to bring in all the guests that have agreed to come play games with us.

$12,500 - Branded Swag Bag. At this level each of our guests who physically attend AcadeCon will get a branded Swag Bag.  To start it will be empty, sort of. Nothing physical will be included but it will come full of digital goodies! The Swag Bag starts with access to the library of Dark Discovery episodes (an RPG Academy Patreon-exculsive podcast), a Fifth Edition compatible adventure written and designed by The Rpg Academy Network, and a 25% discount code for A City of Brass subscription.

***if swag bag items are unlocked from the social goals (see below) those will still be honored even if we don't hit this level***

$13,500 - Each of our attendees (as well as virtual swag bag backers) will get a custom AcadeCon d6 added to the Swag Bag. VIPs, GMs and any of our Patreons that show up will get a set of four.

$14,000 - our Friends at TableTop Terrors will add a free to download link to one of their RPG supplements into the Swag Bag.

$14,500 - We'll add a branded AcadeCon Sticker and Magnet into the Swag Bag.

$15,000 - At this level we can afford to bring in over 1,000 board/card/dice games that will be free to use during the entire convention, hosted by Lending Library Logistics.

$16,000 - At this level we will throw in a custom AcadeCon 2016 Poker chip into the Swag Bag. These are perfect for Inspiration at your DnD tables or other markers.

$17,000 - At this level Network friend Jim McClure, host of Talking Tabletop, will throw a download link to one of his in-development games. Since this wont happen till November we don't know which one it will be, but you can go to his website- Third Act.pub  and check out all the awesome things he's working on!

$18,000 - At this level we will throw in an AcadeCon 2016 branded bookmark and button into the Swag Bag.

$19,000 - At this level Aram, from the Godsfall Podcast will include a download link to his Godsfall worldbook into the Swag Bag.

$20,000 and beyond -  Who knows??? 

Social Stretch Goals:

 What are Social Stretch Goals? They're this nifty new part of crowdfunding where additional rewards are unlocked simply by talking about the AcadeCon campaign on social media! As you can see from the chart above, we will be tracking both new followers of the official AcadeCon Twitter account and all Likes and Shares about AcadeCon Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and pretty much everything else! This also includes the posts from Kickstarter after you've backed, so this is such an easy goal to meet!

A huge thank you goes out to our friends at Battle Bards and Embers Design Studios for supplying these stretch goal rewards.

As a super special crazy bonus, as soon as either of these goals crosses the 300 mark, the official AcadeCon module will be converted into the fantastic system by Rob Schwalb, Shadow of the Demon Lord

So go ahead and do what you were going to do anyway...post about coming to AcadeCon and share/like/scream from the rooftops all of our campaign update posts and all of these awesome goodies will be yours!

KICKSTARTER FRIENDS

some of the people who are helping to make our event a reality are also working on their own projects - please take some time to check out:

Noisy Person Cards - by James & Kat / Paracosm Press


http://therpgacademy.com/show-and-tell-25-noisy-person-cards/

Forged in Magic: Reforged by Paradigm Concepts


http://therpgacademy.com/show-and-tell-26-arcanis-reforged-w-stat-monkey/

Ultimate Scheme by Sasquatch Game Studio


Risks and challenges

At this point, the biggest risk is that we don't fund, in which case the event does not happen. The venue this year is much more expensive than the one we used in 2015 and our costs are much higher. If we can't make it to our minimal funding we can't afford to put on the show. As long as we fund, only a catastrophe would stop the event from happening.

Beyond that, we are having the event in Southern Ohio in November. We can't control the weather so there may be a chance that people coming from out of town may have difficulty getting there or back. We are not responsible for any travel arrangements, costs, or difficulties.

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