A few months ago I had offered my services to Gale Force 9 to work for them at Gen Con, little suspecting that they would take me up on my offer - happily they did and I get to help demo / play two new games they have coming out. As they describe it: "Star Trek: Ascendancy – a 4X game pitting the Federation, Klingons & Romulans against each other in a struggle for galactic supremacy and Tyrants of the Underdark – a game of intrigue and power brokering designed by the team behind the popular Lords of Waterdeep." I'm both excited and terrified. I have to learn two games in a short time and I'm a master procrastinator who has a thousand and one things that are screaming to be done yesterday - But like any good procrastinator, I know it will all work out.
I'll keep you updated on the Gen Con adventure.
This weekend Dan and I are visiting Die Con in Collinsville, Il. Dan, of course, is gaming and I'm wandering through the dealer's room making contact with vendors and gamers alike. I've given Dan instructions to mention Noble Con at least once every fifteen minutes. I doubt he'll do it, but it is the plan.
I met several gamers who expressed an interest and asked questions - such as the hotel cost - that I need to find the answers to. I have a new project to add to my list - discover the answer to the questions asked. One of the vendors I spoke to and who is interested was Mythica Gaming. They had some beautiful art work and a wonderful card game they'd created called the Legends of Draxia. I don't mind giving them a plug since their work was so beautiful. Even if they don't make Noble Con, you should check out their game. Head over to: http://mythicagaming.com/ and see what their game is all about.
I also spoke to the game library - Atomic Squash - and the great Librarians manning the tables about how they put together their game library. They were very helpful and had some great suggestions. Some of the suggestions are things I've already done, but there were two that really grabbed my attention. The first was the name of a company to contact that is very helpful in getting games - sadly, the moment I walked out of the room - I had already forgotten the name of the company. I will have to use my vast ninja-like abilities to slip past Die Con security to get the company name again. The second was to start a gaming club where members lend the library some games for conventions. Guess what I'll be doing once I get back home?
Dan has introduced me to his friends who come to Die Con every year. All of them have been very nice to me as I tell them all about Noble Con and the benefits of coming to our convention. We're having fun and would love to see you here. Come on over and get in a game or two.
See you at Noble Con!
When Dan and I first discussed having a gaming convention - we ended up reminiscing about how it was GM's were treated better in the old days of gaming. Their ideas and comments were an important part of any convention and GM's were listened to. We decided we wanted to give back to the gaming community and re-establish some of the experiences we’d had from thirty years ago.
Conventions of today - for the most part - treat GM's more as an afterthought or look at them as replaceable. Sure - there are a lot of GM's out there in the gaming world, but to have a good one - one who is experienced and loves running the game for the player's enjoyment - is a rarity. That GM is pure gold. He or She is the equivalent of the mystic unicorn. Someone who should be sought after and wooed with care. We all know that a good game ref transports a player to another realm…the player is no longer seated at a table with four other players – but is now Robar the warrior fighting a long side his friends and fellow warriors as they battle the orcs that have been pillaging a local village –
You are why we began this convention.
We wanted to show our appreciation to the men and women who spend hours preparing for that one game session. This convention is a 'tip of the hat' to you, the Game Master.
That's why our GM's get a portion of their entrance fee back at the end of Noble Con for each registered game they run. Run two games and you end up getting in free - run a third and get a $5.00 certificate for a meal at the Convention Concession Grill. These have to be registered games, not off the cuff games. We want time to advertise your fantastic adventure.
Plus, stick around for Sunday afternoon's GM Award Ceremony and you could win a prize for running a registered game. The more registered games you run, the better your chances for winning some great prizes. We know that GM’s are the bread and butter of any gaming convention. Without you – the GM’s – conventions wouldn’t be any fun. Join us and let’s show everyone what a legion of GM’s can do!
We had a moment where all of us here at Noble Con were wondering "What next?!" Panic ensued and then like the spring rains we've been having lately - it passed. The college had double booked the dates of Noble Con and we nearly drew the short end of the stick - but thanks to the quick work of Terry Bruce, the CEO at IECC, we were able to sit down and come to an agreement pretty darn quick. He understood just how important it is to have community events just like this one and between the two of us we were able to come up with a new agreement that satisfied everyone.
We may have lost a day, but we still get to hold the convention in our original location at the West Richland Center. Those of us hosting Noble Con tip our collective hats to Mr. Bruce. We'd all like to thank him for his timely intervention and willingness to work with our fledgling organization.
So, now it is off to finish organizing our game play.
We hope to see you there!
I've finally found the time to update the 'Sponsors' page and add the links to their various web sites. Noble Con sends out a big 'thank you' to the companies that have send us games and game supplies. Some of the games will go into the Noble Con Game Library, part of it will be auctioned off at the Charity Auction on Saturday the 15th and the rest will go into prize support for gamers.
Gale Force Nine was especially generous to us and I can't thank them enough for donating so much to our fledgling convention. If you get a chance - stop by their website and look around. they have a ton of great games that I know you'll have fun with. They donated a treasure trove of games and magazines.
Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem
Homeland the Game
Firefly the Game (my husband - Dan - was very excited about this particular one)
Dungeons & Dragons Collector's Series - Beneath Baldur's Gate miniature set
Dungeons & Dragons Collector's Series - Murder in Baldur's Gate miniature set
Dungeons & Dragons Collector's Series - Kessell's Band miniature set
D&D Collector's Series Heroes of Neverwinter miniature set
D&D Collector's Series - Behir miniature set
And a box full of Wargamers Illustrated magazines
Fantasy Flight Games has donated to the Noble Con Game Library demo copies of:
Again, we can't thank them enough.
I'll keep you updated on what we have going on and let you in on convention secrets as they come up -
Noble Con is one of the first gaming conventions to hit southeastern Illinois, featuring games of all types – pen and paper Role Playing Games, Board games Miniature war games and collectible card games. Our main goals are for attendees to have fun, learn about and try out new games, and to promote a positive gaming image to the community. This is a family-oriented three day gaming convention. We will have single game events along with tournaments and competitive play.
Be sure to check out our Dealer’s room and the Artist’s Alley - featuring comic book artist Joseph Morris from Torc Press. Keep an eye out for our special events.
We are holding a silent charity auction on Saturday to benefit Gaitway to Motion – a local non-profit organization to help special needs children. On Saturday evening we will have a live My Little Pony band: The Shake Ups in Ponyville!
Noble Con is excited to announce the first ever Drone Wars Competition. The competition will consist of two separate events: The Drone Wars Obstacle Course and the Drone Wars Scavenger Hunt. Each event will have its own entry fees separate from the gaming convention. Winners will receive trophies.
Our Sponsor is Galactic Games and Things located in Olney, Illinois
GM Reward Program
This is a convention for playing games - and the most important part of that are the judges and GMs (Game Masters). To thank you for joining us and running games at Noble Con we will refund $5.00 for each scheduled game you run - up to the full cost of your registration. If we're lucky enough to have you run a third game - we will give you a coupon for a free meal at our on-site concession stand (value of $5.00).
How can you help spread the word?
Contact Dan at Noblecongamerefs@mail.com
and he can help you get set up as a Noble Con ref.
More will be posted as it becomes available.
This is the home of NobleCon, Noble, IL's first and only gaming convention. Come visit us at our first con this October, and bring your dice, because it will be be a full weekend of gaming and adventure.
Interested in running a game? Put in a request thru the GM/Volunteer page!
Coming for just one day or the whole weekend? Get your tickets today on our Buy Tickets page.
Noble, IL first and only all-gaming convention.
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