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Virtuacon14

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Timeline

inline 25-Mar ... Call for Volunteer Staff
inline 15-July ... Call for Game Masters (GMs)
inline 15-Aug ... Call for Panelists, Contest Creators
inline 01-Sep ... Early PR Push Underway
inline 15-Sep ... Game List Finalized (final GM submissions)
inline 15-Sep ... Panels, Contests Finalized
inline 15-Sep ... Heavy PR push
inline 22-Sep ... Call for Players
inline 05-Oct ... Fill-the-Games, Final PR Push
inline 10 Oct ... Virtuacon '14 Begins!
inline 12 Oct ... Virtuacon '14 Ends!

What?

Virtuacon is an all-virtual worldwide RPG gaming convention utilizing free online tools to bring gamers together for The Best 3 Days in Virtual Gaming. Virtuacon is the convention you attend from the comfort of your own home - but run much like a traditional convention with slotted game events, industry guest speakers and contests galore. With 85 games being offered by world-class GMs, you can be sure to find something great to play! We especially welcome new players to the hobby - come and experience the rich world of role-playing with a community who would love to count you among our friends!

When?

Virtuacon runs from 16:00 (UTC) October 10th until 22:00 (UTC) October 12th, 2014. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are our days of operation and we'll be slotting games and events around the clock.

Where?

All games are coordinated via RPG Geek. The primary point of execution for the games (Hangouts, training, etc) will be on our Virtuacon G+ Community

UTC?

UTC is universal time code. It's the same time as GMT. You can find a bunch of converters on the web (like this one). Don't let the fancy timezones scare you! When Virtuacon '14 starts it will be about 7:00 pm in Eastern Europe, 6:00 pm in Western Europe, 5:00 pm in the UK, and about noon in the eastern US.

How Does it Work?

These days, technology has gotten to the point where we can easily play Role-Playing games, live, with people all across the globe. This is generally done via Google Hangouts which turns your webcam (most laptops have them built in) and microphone into vehicles to "sit", virtually, at the table with other gamers. While Google Hangouts provides the video and audio, add-on programs such as DiceStream or Roll20 provide die rollers and virtual tabletops. All of these tools are free - and Game Masters have leveraged these tools to great effect in the last few years. Virtuacon '14 will use these same tried-and-true online tools to bring a full convention lineup beamed directly into your house! Cool. Seriously.

Several of last year's games were recorded (with player consent of course). You can check out some of the results on this list: Games on Air: Actual Play videos by the RPGGeek community

Game Master Information

We have locked in our Game Masters for VC14. Thanks to all who responded previously!

Contest Information

There will be a number of contests at Virtuacon '14. Last year we had contests ranging from word searches and crosswords to a site-wide adventure game. If you are interested in helping to design a contest, we'd be very interested in hearing your ideas. Contests will run during the week of the convention (i.e. they will start earlier than the actual gaming portion of the convention).

Prize Information

This year's prize pool will be for the gamemasters. They work very hard to ensure each attendee that sits at their virtual table has an enjoyable time. The prize pool (PDF coupons, gift certificates, etc) will be presented to all the GMs; each will be free to pick one prize per session they ran. Selection will be on a first come, first served basis.

Sponsors

Virtuacon would like to extend a thank you to our gracious sponsors, who together have provided us with some great prizes to give away to lucky GMs!

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Boardgame Geek
10 - $10 coupons usable at the DriveThru RPG (DTRPG).
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Engine Publishing
10x each of the following books:
Eureka
Masks
Never Unprepared
Odyssey
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Evil Hat
3 copies of the new Atomic Robo RPG
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Ginger Goat
6 copies of the new Dangers Untold
a copy of Doll
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Modiphius Entertainment
3 copies of Three Kings Revised
3 copies of Cogs, Cakes and Swordsticks
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Roll20
5 Three Month Roll20 Supporter Accounts (Each $15 in Value)
5 Exclusive Roll20 Token Packs (Each $5 Value)
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Pinnacle Entertainment Group
20 - $5 coupon usable at the Pinnacle webstore.
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Fabled Environments
15 maps from their catalog (excludes the Mall and High School)
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Accessible Games
2 copies of Psi-punk
2 copies of Monster Kart Mayhem
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Third Eye Games
1 copy of Part-Time Gods
1 copy of AMP: Year one
1 copy of Infestation - Fresh from Kickstarter!
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eXtra-Dimensional Publishing
5 copies of Adventures in the East Mark Basic Set
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ZERO/Barrier Productions / Dyson Logos
10 copies of Dyson's Delves
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Purple Sorcerer Games
2 Copies of SC-1 Perils of the Sunken City
2 copies of SC-2 Ooze Pits of Jonas Gralk
2 copies of SC-3 A Gathering of the Marked
2 copies of SM-1 Lair of the Mist Men
2 copies of Nebin Pendlebrook's Perilous Pantry
1 copy of Sunken City Omnibus
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Monte Cook Games
1 copy of Numenera Core Book
1 copy of The Devil's Spine
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Legendary Games
10 copies of Ultimate Rulership
10 copies of Mythic Monsters 1: Demons
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Hazard Studio Ltd.
Every GM will receive: Supers! The Comic Book Edition, Scene Stealers Module and a $5 coupon good for SUPERS! Revised Edition
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Storium
5 one-year Storium memberships w/ instant Beta access following the convention
(if you have an existing Storium account and you choose this prize, please let the company representative know when they contact you.)
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Pelgrane Press
3 $10 gift certificates to their webstore

If you are a retailer, distributor, publisher or game author and want to donate a little something-something to the event for prizes, we welcome the offering. Since this is a virtual event, we're more than happy to have PDF Coupons or gift certificates as prizes. We will be sure to mention all such sponsors in our flyer and hope that whatever you donate will come back to you 10 fold in good karma. Please contact dave@rpggeek.com to discuss.

Technology Training

Need help setting up Google Hangouts? Want to try out your Webcam? Don't know how to use Roll20 for mapping? We can teach you - stay tuned for a schedule of teaching times which will get you up to speed quickly. If you're a GM but unsure of how to use the technology - rest assured; it's really easy! Most computers these days have a built in webcam and microphone and it's easier than ever to leverage this into virtual tabletop gaming.

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inline 3 August 2014 at 2000 UTC (1600 EDT) VC '14 Tech Training Hangout #2
inline 9 August 2014 at 2300 UTC (1900 EDT) VC '14 Tech Training Hangout #3
inline 10 August 2014 at 1800 UTC (1400 EDT) VC '14 Tech Training Hangout #4
inline 16 August 2014 at 2000 UTC (1600 EDT) VC '14 Tech Training Hangout #5
inline 17 August 2014 at 1900 UTC (1500 EDT) VC '14 Tech Training Hangout #6
inline 18 August 2014 at 2300 UTC (1900 EDT) VC '14 Tech Training Hangout #7
inline 23 August 2014 at 2300 UTC (1900 EDT) VC '14 Tech Training Hangout #8
inline 24 August 2014 at 1800 UTC (1400 EDT) VC '14 Tech Training Hangout #9

Technical Support Page

Schedule of Events Information

The full schedule has yet to be determined, but you can be sure there will be games and panels. Several of last year's panels were recorded so if you'd like to see some examples, check out this list: VirtuaCon '13 - "On-Air" Panels

Virtual Swag

Though the real reward is in playing great games with great people from around the world... we've also got some virtual swag for those who frequent the Geek:

mb - Virtuacon '14 - Oct 10-12th, 2014 at RPG Geek! (Given to all participants)
mb - Virtuacon '14 - Game Master (Given to Game Masters)
mb - Virtuacon '14 - Event Staff (For those running the event)
mb - Virtuacon '14 - Contest Master
mb - Virtuacon '14 - Event Champion

Player and GM Etiquette

Don't be a jerk. If you feel you need more instruction that this, please see our Virtuacon14 Etiquette page for full details.

Can I promote Virtuacon?

Hell yes! If you are involved with other RPG communities, please let them know that we would love to have them come help with this event! You can point them to this wiki page which we will keep updated. Feel free to use the following banner image to promote the event or use the full promo image at the top of the page. If you tweet about the event, please include @rpggeek and/or #Virtuacon so we can find it quickly and give it some re-tweet love. We also have a full page of promo images you are free to use to help promote Virtuacon.

Contact Info

You can email the staff anytime at virtuacon@rpggeek.com

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