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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!
Virtuacon runs from 16:00 (UTC) October 18th until 22:00 (UTC) October 20th. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are our days of operation and we'll be slotting games and events around the clock.
The event is being run and coordinated by RPG Geek. So the focus is squarely on Role-Playing gaming with a few boardgames (think Werewolf and similar games) thrown in for good measure. We're lining up more than 60 Game Masters who will run everything including Pathfinder, Old School D&D, Eclipse Phase, Fiasco, FATE and Dungeon World. We'll see a bit of everything during these three days and there will be ample opportunity to get into a game.
None. This is a free event coordinated at RPG Geek and run by volunteers. Consider being part of The Experience!
You will need to have a 'Google+' account to run Google Hangouts. Having a Roll20 account is helpful if you are the Game Master and using those mapping tools, but not strictly needed. You will need to have an RPG or BGG Geek account (free) to sign up for the event - you can get your free Geek account here: http://www.rpggeek.com/register (if you already have a BoardGameGeek account, it works fine as-is on RPG Geek as well).
To participate, you need a computer connected to the internet capable of running Google Hangouts. Hangouts is our online platform which allows players and the Game Master to be seated around a "Virtual Tabletop". In addition, some games will feature an add-in for Hangouts called Roll20. This provides the mapping tools and die-roller needed for some tactical games. We've been experimenting (which really means playing lots of RPGs!) and have determined that you can connect with almost any computer that has voice (microphone) input. It works well with IE, Firefox and Chrome and we've run games on a Mac (using Safari), PC/Windows, Linux and via mobile tablets such as an iPad.
Please see our Technical Support Page for Google Hangouts
You can see what a typical Roll20 session inside Google Hangouts looks like:
It's the next best thing to being at the table with your friends!
Game / Panel Slots
Each game slot is 4 hours and panel slot 1 hour. You will notice that the 11 time-slots are spaced out by 5 hours - leaving 1 hour between games and panels (in case one game or panel runs a little long or you need a break between two successive slots, etc). The panel slots also have X.5 slots which are two hours in.
We are having multiple games running during each of the 11 time-slots. Each game has a number of virtual seats - willing players are taking a 'virtual ticket' to a seat for a given table. This reserves you a spot at the table - the Game Master is counting on people who take a ticket for their game to show up. We are not using a 'generic tickets' concept which you may have seen at other conventions.
All games are specified in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC). Go here for the current UTC: http://time.is/UTC
Here are the available time-slots (with local time in some common worldwide cities in 24-hour format ... subtract 12 to get PM times)
We have 85 games spread across the weekend. We sort them by time-slot and provide enough information that you should be able to find something to suit your mood! Our list of games where you can signup to play is located here:
Here are the confirmed panels with the panelists.
Contests at VC13
In addition to a full slate of gaming, we will have a number of contests going on throughout the weekend.
You don't need previous Google Hangout or Roll20 experience. Technical Assistance is standing by to help!
Be sure to read our rules and adhere to them: Virtuacon13_etiquette
We've got some cool RPG Geek virtual swag for being involved with Virtuacon.
- Virtuacon '13 - Oct 18-20th, 2013 at RPG Geek! (Given to all participants)
And be sure to check out our wall-paper (1920x1080) sized promo image which you can download here.
How do I sign up?!
Player signups will take place starting August 26th, 2013 and the signups will take place on RPG Geek (so you will need an account). There will be a post made to RPG Geek and will be tweeted out by @rpggeek, posted on the RPG Geek Facebook Page, G+ page and generally be visible to the world. On the 26th, it shouldn't be hard to find us. This wiki page will also be updated with the signup link so you can always check back here.
More Google Hangout RPG Goodness
Mostly to wet your appetite (these are all from RPG Geek regulars):
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 players and GMs!
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 take PDF credit 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 email@example.com to discuss.
Can I Help?
Absolutely! Slots for Game Mastering are now closed, but we are still looking for last minute Industry Speakers and contest creators. If you have any prizes you would like to donate, we'll take those right up until con-time. You can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, if you want to help with the planning and running of the event, you can join our Virtuacon Guild where we are organizing various aspects of the convention: http://rpggeek.com/guild/1631
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.
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