An Unofficial Legend of the Five Rings and Gaming Convention
An Unofficial Legend of the Five Rings and Gaming Convention
Legend of the Five Rings (L5R) has always been a beautiful, rich, dynamic, and simply amazing property spanning various media including card games, role-playing games, literature, and art. Over the decades it has amassed an astounding and passionate fan community that is ever eager to engage with the game and each other. And while there have been many meet-ups and events for these fans to get together and share their love of magical samurai drama, there has yet to be a full blown convention with a focus on all of L5Rs family of fandoms. Until now. Rokucon seeks to be the first Unofficial Legend of the Five Rings and table-top board gaming fan convention, a celebration of L5Rs incredibly community, and a place to learn more about Japanese and East Asian cultures.
What to expect
This event will have all of the activities one would expect from a convention: Vendor and Artist spaces, Special Guests from L5R’s history, Fashion contests, Panel discussions and Interactive Workshops, and more!
The main event will be the Legend of the Five Rings LCG tournament based on the current version of the card game produced by Fantasy Flight Games. This is an unofficial fan run event but will feature an amazing prize pool sponsored by our partners at Luxury Playstyle and The Province League! Additionally, registration for this tournament will be completely FREE OF COST to anyone with a badge for the event. A special Tournament only badge will be available for those only seeking to enter the tournament and nothing else.
Next, we feature a massive gaming room, graciously being provided by the Youmacon Tabletop Gaming Library! They have a selection of hundreds of games of all sorts available for checkout as well as raffled give-aways, Paint-n-take stations, and drop-in card game tournaments! This experienced staff from the biggest anime convention in Michigan is more than ready to help you have a great time and fulfill all of your gaming needs!
We would be remiss not to include Role Playing events as well. That is why on top of having available space for pick-up-and-play RPG pods, Rokucon has also partnered with Heroes of Rokugan! Heroes of Rokugan has been one of the oldest and largest pillars in the L5R community, successfully operating their own fan run events and spearheading an amazing series of organized play style RPG modules for years.
We have so much more in the works right now, including Guests, events, and demonstrations which we will be announcing as soon as plans are finalized. We are developing a comprehensive code of conduct to ensure that Rokucon is a safe space that promotes inclusion, diversity, and cultural sensitivity. Harassment of any kind is completely unacceptable. With your help, Rokucon will be an amazing event that everyone can enjoy!
When and where?
The target date for this event is May 1st, 2020 in south Michigan. Rokucon is currently in negotiations with a number of hotels in the region. We have a short list of great venues already generated and will be able to make final determinations shortly after the completion of the Kickstarter campaign. The date is subject to change based on venue availability, but should not fluctuate more than a week or two. Our goal is to avoid dates that many potential attendees and several of our as of now unannounced guests already have scheduled with other major events during that time of year. Once details are locked into place they will be announced here and on our various media platforms.
Who are we?
Rokucon is being created by Trevor Cuba, a long time fan of Legend of the Five Rings. He and his team have a long history of running a number of conventions in the south Michigan area. Though Rokucon is a separate entity from those organizations, our staff has a tremendous amount of experience in convention operations and know what it takes to put on a successful show. Additionally, the partners we have announced and are working with behind the scenes come from an extensive background in Legend of the Five Rings. Their love and passion for the property touches every aspect of this convention and they all know exactly what it takes to make this event a success! The only thing we need is your generous support. The pieces are all in place, and the more successful this Kickstarter Campaign is the more we can do to make Rokucon the best it can be! We look forward to seeing you there.
Risks and challenges
The risks of this event are fairly minimal. The two biggest concerns are 1. Horrible mismanagement of funds and 2. Event cancellation due to disaster.
For the first, the best safeguard I can provide is transparency to how funds are being spent. For various legal and professional reasons we cannot disclose the exact amount we will be spending on individual line items, but we shall do the best we can to demonstrate all funds collected are going to towards putting on the best event we can and nothing else.
For the second, cancelling a convention due to an emergency or disaster is extremely rare but not impossible. If the worst does happen, every effort will be made to move the event to a new location and details will be posted via all available media. Fortunately, we do have contingencies in case a situation like this arises but the last minute nature of this type of emergency means the event would most likely be severely paired down. In the absolute worst case, the Rokucon event may still be liable for various contracts made in advance, and covering those costs while simultaneously trying to shift to a new venue might be a ruinous financial situation. But again, this is an extremely unlikely scenario.
There are many challenges to running a convention, but fortunately the experience of our staff goes a long way towards mitigating those obstacles. Negotiating with hotels, coordinating guests, setting up events, and a myriad of other issues that always pop up out of the blue are treacherous waters that the Rokucan staff has seen before. Perhaps the biggest challenge the convention faces is that it is a first year convention, and thus has no name brand recognition starting out. Additionally, while the event is being also a general Table-top gaming convention, its primary focus as an Unofficial Legend of the Five Rings convention gives it a relatively niche appeal. And while that could turn off potential attendees, it also creates a unique opportunity to tap into the extremely passionate L5R community and provide a venue those fans cannot find elsewhere.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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