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  1. GottaCon Proud to Introduce Area Managers at 2012 Show As GottaCon entered its fourth show year it was decided that help was needed to handle the ever growing workload associated in running and improving a gaming convention. We just wanted to take a moment and introduce the individuals that will be helping to deliver our biggest and best show ever. We are very excited to have these individuals onboard this year and we hope you are too!! Bonnie Beyea, Volunteer Manager Though it has been more than a couple years since Bonnie worked at a game store she has lost none of her love for gaming. Bonnie is a long standing GottaCon volunteer and has experience in many of our key positions. Last year Bonnie really stepped up and took on a leadership role which put her on our radar for this position. This year she has taken on the role of volunteer manager and will be working hard with all our volunteers to make sure we have another successful year. Contact Bonnie regarding volunteering and related questions at: volunteers@gottacon.com Corey Burger, Role Playing Games Manager Corey has been part of the Victoria RPG community for many years, both in organization and running events. This is only one of the many ways that he gets involved in the local community. Corey is experienced with many systems and has a passion to help others have fun. Corey has been running the on-site RPG event coordinator duties for the last two years and is now stepping up and taking on a management roll. Contact Corey regarding role playing games related questions and events at: rpgs@gottacon.com Dan Erickson, Board Games Manager Dan has a passion for board games and when we approached him about the position of managing the board games area he jumped right in to our delight. Dan has past experience working in game stores, is versed in a long list of board games, has shown great leadership, and teaching skills as well as he is a very personable guy which will come in handy as he oversees all things board games at GottaCon 2012. Contact Dan regarding board game related questions and events at: boardgames@gottacon.com Julia (Jules) Sherred, Special Events Manager Jules has been a part of the Geek Community for many years. She runs a successful blog and radio show Geeky Pleasures. She has experience working with celebrities as she has interviewed some well known geeks on her radio show, including: Wil Wheaton and Jonathan Coulton. She has attended and volunteered at the last two GottaCon conventions and now brings her experience to help organize and run panels, workshops and special events at the 2012 show. Contact Jules regarding special events related questions and events at: specialevents@gottacon.com Paul Puhallo, Miniatures Manager Paul has been with GottaCon since the beginning back in 2009. Paul’s continued dedication to GottaCon and Miniature based events and communities as a whole made him one of our most wanted. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have him come on as our Miniatures Manager for GottaCon 2012. Paul is very outgoing, kind, considerate and dedicated individual that strives to make our events the most well presented, fun and fair that they can be. We look forward to what he will bring to our 2012 show. Contact Paul regarding miniature games related questions and events at: ppuhallo@gottacon.com Once again we are proud to present our 2012 show managers and we look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our 2012 event.
  2. After a third successful year, GottaCon 2012 is set to take place on February 3rd to 5th, 2012 at the Pearkes Recreation centre in Victoria, BC. The 2011 show saw an increase in attendance which exceeded 1,100 attendees and attendance for the 2012 show is expected to continue to grow. GottaCon is a three-day broad spectrum gaming convention that is held annually on the first weekend in February in Victoria, British Columbia. GottaCon celebrates the science fiction and fantasy genres, covers many related hobbies and offers a one stop experience for the fans and enthusiasts of those genres. The vision of GottaCon is to host something for everyone including free-play and tournaments in board games, collectible/non-collectible miniatures, collectible trading cards, role-playing games, and electronic gaming as well as demonstrations, contests, information sessions, workshops, a variety of exhibitors. Our goal is to deliver a high quality and exciting environment that will establish GottaCon as an annual destination that participants will return to for years to come. Our 2012 event is called GottaCon 2012. The convention doors open at 5:00pm Friday and do not close until 7:00pm Sunday (around the clock gaming for an entire weekend). GottaCon will take place at Pearkes Recreation Centre at 3100 Tillicum Rd. with over 24,000 square feet of floor space (for facility details, visit: http://www.saanich.ca/parkrec/recreation/pearkes.html). History of GottaCon Attendance First show (GottaCon 2009) attendance: 600 Second show (GottaCon 2010) attendance: 900 Third show (GottaCon 2011) attendance: 1100 Anticipated attendance at GottaCon 2012 show: 1300 to 1500 If you still haven’t experienced what GottaCon has to offer then you definitely check out our 2012 show. For more information, please visit our web site at www.gottacon.com or e-mail one of the owners or our staff at the following addresses: Owners Carson Upton, Partner: cupton@gottacon.com Evan Hatch, Partner: ehatch@gottacon.com Staff Bonnie Beyea, Volunteer Manager: volunteers@gottacon.com Corey Burger, Role Playing Game Manager: rpgs@gottacon.com Dan Erickson, Board Games Manager: boardgames@gottacon.com Julia Sherred, Special Events Manager: specialevents@gottacon.com Paul Puhallo, Miniatures Manager: ppuhallo@gottacon.com We will also be making numerous announcements over the next few weeks around sponsors, events and developments so please keep an eye on our website, facebook group and twitter account to stay up to date. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our convention
  3. GottaCon 2011 Wrap-up GottaCon 2011 saw over 20% growth from last year, with more than 1100 people coming through the doors. There were more vendors and sponsors, which meant more prizes and giveaways. That said, GottaCon 2012 is now on the radar and planning will commence shortly!! GC 2012 dates are February 3 to 5, 2012. GottaCon would like to thank all the fantastic volunteers and event coordinators who came out and made the event great. Also thanks too Paul Puhallo, EVO Games, Lower MainLAN, Rida Vanderkam, Starlit Citadel, Anime Evolution, IRL Events, VicLUG, VIGG and Interactivity Games for coming out and organizing some great tournaments. Check out photos from the event on our Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=53735751473&v=photos. Add your own and tag your friends. If you have any feedback please send a email to Carson Upton cupton@gottacon.com Look for more information on GottaCon 2012, Feb 3 to 5, soon!
  4. GottaCon 2011 is in Three Days GottaCon 2011 is only three days away, starting at 5pm on February 4th, 2011 which will bring 50 straight hours of non-stop gaming goodness. Whether you like video games, trading card games, role playing games, miniatures, or board games we will have something for you. GottaCon also features a variety of exhibitors, face painting, full body painting demonstrations, a Lego kids build for the young and old, a costume contest as well as our ever popular silent gamer’s auction. GottaCon is also happy to have added a board game library this year that includes games from; Fantasy Flight, Days of Wonder, Rio Grande, Steve Jackson Games, Mayfair Games, AEG, Zman Games and others. We are also pleased to release a link to our web version (PDF, 7MB) of the GottaCon 2011 Program. We hope you enjoy it!! All the ads are linked to their respective sites where possible. Link: http://www.gottacon.com/components/images/gottacon_2011_program_web.pdf For a complete list of all our events please visit our website Link: http://www.gottacon.com/?page_id=225 We are expecting a great turn out this year. If you are part of the line-up on Friday to get through the doors please be patient as we work as hard as we can to get you in as fast as possible.
  5. GottaCon Advance Ticket Price Ends this Monday If you plan on attending GottaCon 2011 and the massively huge and impressive amount of games available this year you should buy your ticket while they are still on sale and save yourself some cash. Full weekend tickets can now be bought for $30, but after January 24th you will have to buy your ticket at the door and it will cost you $40. Buying your ticket now also lets you sign up in advance for any events that you really want to get into on our Warhorn site. It just makes sense to buy them now. There are multiple ways to get tickets! 1) Paypal – Pay from the comfort of your own home via our website. 2) Purchase a ticket at a local participating retail location – Listed below. The Connection Games located at: 8136 Cambie St. Vancouver, BC Phone: 604-261-4588 and 2945 Renfrew St. Vancouver, BC Phone 604-327-4585 Dice Bag Games Located at: 60 Queens Road Duncan, BC Phone: 250-597-1992 Dragon Impact Located at: 764-B Yates Street Victoria, BC Phone: 250-590-8880 EVO Games Located at: 1089 – 105 Langford Parkway Victoria B.C Business Phone: 250-590-8803 Skyhaven Games Located at: 3458 Tillicum Rd Victoria, BC Phone: (250) 477-1519 Yellow Jacket Comics Located at: 649 Johnson St. Victoria, BC Phone: (250) 480-0049 IMPORTANT! It is very important to remember that when you purchase your ticket that you include your first and last name and the full name of the individual(s) that the ticket(s) are for as well as a phone number and/or email address we can contact you at to confirm your purchase was received. Once you have purchased your ticket we will update our records, then all you have to do is sign up for events and show up on February 4th to 6th and enjoy the show. If you don’t get your tickets in time, don’t worry tickets will be available at the door. Event preregistration via Warhorn will remain open for those that pre-purchased tickets until January 31, 2011. Thank you and see you at GottaCon!!
  6. Board Games Line-Up at GottaCon 2011 Today we announce our board games line-up planned for GottaCon 2011. We have a great line up of events this year as well as numerous tournaments in popular board games. To see the list of games available by day and time please visit our website announcement here: http://www.gottacon.com/?p=595 If you want to secure your seat at one of these awesome games simply do the following: How to Pre-Register for Events: 1) Pre-purchase a ticket via our website, warhorn site or store location 2) go here - http://www.warhorn.net/gottacon-2011/attendee/new.php 3) Create a user account 4) Wait for GottaCon Staff to clear you (remember only people who have purchased tickets can pre register for events). You will receive an email letting you know you have been cleared. 5) Once you have been cleared, you browse the event listing (while logged in) by going here - http://www.warhorn.net/gottacon-2011/schedule/day.php 6) Then you sign up for the events you want. GottaCon would like to thank all the event coordinators for making these events possible and a special thanks to the VCON, Skyhaven Games and Interactivity Games and Stuff crews for their efforts to bring out a huge team of board game masters. For complete details on the above events including descriptions please download our event listing here http://www.gottacon.com/components/gottaconeventlisting.pdf or view the events on the Warhorn site here http://www.warhorn.net/gottacon-2011/schedule/day.php. We hope you find a few games above to your liking and will come out to GottaCon 2011!
  7. Role Playing Games Line-Up at GottaCon 2011 Today we announce our role playing games line-up planned for GottaCon 2011. Below please find a list of the vast variety of modules and game systems planned for GottaCon 2011, which will be held February 4th to 6th, 2011 at Pearkes Arena in Victoria BC (3100 Tillicum Road). If you want to secure your seat at one of these awesome games simply do the following: How to Pre-Register for Events: 1) Pre-purchase a ticket via our website, warhorn site or store location 2) go here - http://www.warhorn.net/gottacon-2011/attendee/new.php 3) Create a user account 4) Wait for GottaCon Staff to clear you (remember only people who have purchased tickets can pre register for events). You will receive an email letting you know you have been cleared. 5) Once you have been cleared, you browse the event listing (while logged in) by going here - http://www.warhorn.net/gottacon-2011/schedule/day.php 6) Then you sign up for the events you want. A Selection of RPGs from the Line-up for GottaCon 2011 (by day and time) Friday Evening (7pm to 11pm) FantasyCraft - The Darkest Hour By Nathan Smela Start Time: 7:00pm # of participants: 4 - 6 (Characters will be provided) Grimm RPG - Escape from Witch Tower By Scott Hamerton. Start Time: 7:00pm # of participants: 3 – 6 (Characters will be provided) Friday Night at Midnight D&D 3.5 - GottaCon Midnight Madness: Elemental Skeins (D&D) By Ryan Downing. Start Time: 12:00am (midnight) # of participants: 12 - 24 (Characters will be provided) Saturday Morning (9am to 1pm) D&D 4th Edition - Path of the Nomad: Welcome to the Carnival By Path of the Nomad. Start Time: 9:00am # of participants: 3 – 6 (Pregen characters can be provided) Gore! RPG - Secret Cross: Hollenhaus By Steve Saunders. Start Time: 9:00am # of participants: 2 - 6 (Characters will be provided) Saturday Afternoon (2pm to 6pm) Dynamic Gaming System - It Came From Beyond EPA Standards! By Third Eye Games. Start Time: 2:00pm # of participants: 2 - 6 (Characters will be provided) Over the Edge - The Island of Director Morose By Chris Slater. Start Time: 2:00pm # of participants: 3 - 6 (Characters will be provided) West End Games D6 - Mass Effect : The Steepest Step By Nathan Patten. Start Time: 2:00pm # of participants: 3 – 5 Saturday Evening (7pm to 11pm) D&D 4th Edition - Living Forgotten Realms: CORM1-7 Patronage and Pestilence Start Time: 7:00pm # of participants: 3 – 6 (Please have a character ready to play) Pathfinder Society #2-13: Murder on the Throaty Mermaid By Vancouver Island Gaming Guild. Start Time: 7:00pm # of participants: 3 – 6 (Please have a character ready to play) Savage Worlds - F(l)ight for Survival By Takeda Mataroshi. Start Time: 7:00pm # of participants: 2 - 6 (Characters will be provided) Saturday Night at Midnight Ubiquity - Zombie Island: Celebrity Edition By Mike Sansregret . Start Time: 12:00am (midnight) # of participants: 4 - 6 (characters will be provided) Sunday Morning (9am to 1pm) DEMO - Axes of the Heavens Playtest By Crosstime Games - Eric Seaton Time: 9:00am # of Participants: 1 - 6 (characters will be provided) DEMO - D&D 3rd Edition - Intro to Dungeons and Dragons By Todd Glawson. Start Time: 9:00am # of participants: 1 – 6 Sunday Afternoon (2pm to 6pm) ??? - I’m Not Telling You What You’re Playing By Steve Saunders. Start Time: 2:00pm # of participants: 2 – 8 Custom System- To Jupiter and Beyond By Scott Hamerton. Start Time: 2:00pm # of participants: 3 – 6 There are more than 57 events over three days. WOW that is a lot of events!!!! GottaCon would like to thank all the event coordinators for making these events possible and a special thanks to the crew at the Vancouver Island Gaming Guild for their efforts to bring out a huge team of GMs and modules. For complete details on the above events including descriptions please download our event listing here http://www.gottacon.com/components/gottaconeventlisting.pdf or view the events on the Warhorn site here http://www.warhorn.net/gottacon-2011/schedule/day.php. We hope you find a few games above to your liking and will come out to GottaCon 2010!
  8. GottaCon 2011 Gamers Silent Auction – It’s Back! On Saturday February 5th only between 9:00am and 6:30pm, come out and take part in the GottaCon gamers silent auction brought to you by GottaCon Conventions. Convention goers are welcome to bring out their own items for sale as well as bid on the wide variety of items that will be available. We stress patience with convention staff as it takes time to enter all the information of submitted items and when the auction is complete to record all the results. What is a silent auction? In this type of auction, items are put on display. To place a bid, bidders write on a piece of paper located near the item. The bidder will be able to see the bids made already and must bid at least the minimum amount specified higher than the current bid. The minimum increase over the current bid will be $1.00 unless otherwise indicated. Bidding closes after a pre-set period of time. The highest bidder at the end of the auction wins the item and pays the price submitted. The GottaCon silent auction will run from 9:00am until 6:30pm. At 6:30pm all bidding will stop. Winners may pay for the items they won starting at 7:30pm. If you cannot be present at 7:30pm winners may purchase their item any time between 8:00pm and 9:00pm. If you cannot pick up your items by 9:00pm Saturday night and you have not made arrangements with the GottaCon Conventions staff for an alternate time the item in question will then go to the next highest bidder. Please be patient with our staff at the end of the auction as they have to collect the items and record the winning bids before they can be released to the winners. Cash is the only form of payment accepted. During the auction all items will be monitored. GottaCon Conventions is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. Submitting an item for sale Please bring your item to the GottaCon auction booth in area 16 on the map and be prepared to fill out a quick info sheet on your item. This info sheet will help others identify and understand your sale items as well as allow us to keep track of whose item is whose. All items will be put on display with a bid sheet. We recommend assigning a minimum bid to each item you submit. There is a small non-refundable charge of $1.00 (HST included) for each item submitted for sale. Items for sale may be submitted at the GottaCon auction Booth between 9:00am and 5:30pm Saturday February 5th. Please check in with the GottaCon auction booth between 7:30pm and 9:00pm Saturday evening to find out if your item(s) sold or not. If your item sold you will be reimbursed the amount it sold for once payment is received. If you are not able to be present during the time indicated above please make arrangements with the GottaCon staff. Please be patient with our staff at the end of the auction as they have to collect the items, cash and record the winning bids before they can pay the owners for their items that sold. If your item does not sell your item will be returned to you. Please check in with the GottaCon auction booth between 7:30pm and 9:00pm to find out if your item sold or not. Any items that do not sell and are not collected by 7:00pm Sunday February 6th will become the property of GottaCon Conventions. If you are not able to collect your items during the time indicated above please make arrangements with the GottaCon staff. Some items that will be up for bid are: • Board games new and used • Tradable card games, singles and boosters • Previously owned video games • Video game systems • Collectible/non-collectible miniatures and accessories • Role-playing games old and new • Books, comic books and animé • Movies • Many other gaming and hobby related items The GottaCon auction provides a great opportunity to buy and sell all of your gaming and hobby related items at great prices. The previous two years have been hugely successful so make sure you check out the auction on Saturday!! Please note that GottaCon Conventions reserves the right to refuse any items submitted for sale in the auction. All items must be registered with GottaCon staff at the special events area and a fee of $1.00 per item must be paid.
  9. Video Gaming at GottaCon 2011 Today we announce our electronic gaming line-up planned for GottaCon 2011. Below please find our list of game systems, games and tournaments planned for GottaCon 2011, which will be held February 4th to 6th, 2011 at Pearkes arena in Victoria BC (3100 Tillicum Road). This year casual play on all GottaCon provided computers and consoles will be free with purchase to the convention. All tournaments will have a small entry fee. Entry fees will be listed in gamer tickets. Gamer tickets cost $1.00 +HST each and can be purchased in the video games area from GottaCon Staff. This year we are pleased to announce that we have numerous major sponsors for our video games area including: Silver City Theatre, Future Shop – Uptown Mall location, Sneakers Computers, DTI Computers, Boomers Computers, Island Collateral, LowerMainLAN, Stain Internet Cafe and Sideshow Collectibles. All of these fantastic companies have provided substantial support in the way of prizes and technology. Events sponsored by these companies are noted below. First let’s start with the Local Area Network (LAN) we have planned and the tournaments available. GottaCon will host a LAN that will be able to connect up to 50 computers. Sixteen computer systems with games will be provided by LowerMainLAN, Sneakers Computers and Stain Internet Café. These stations will be considered public stations and attendees will be able to use them for casual play at no charge. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own systems and hook up to our LAN at no extra cost. On the LAN we will be hosting the following scheduled tournaments: PC - Starcraft 2: 1 vs. 1 Tournament Day: Friday Time: 7:00PM PC - Left 4 Dead: 2 Team survival Challenge Day: Friday Time: Midnight PC - Starcraft 2: 2 vs. 2 Tournament Day: Saturday Time: 1:00PM PC - Call of Duty: Black Ops Free for All Tournament Day: Saturday Time: 5:00PM PC - Counter-Strike Source 5 vs. 5 Tournament Day: Saturday Time: 9:00PM PC - Midtown Madness 2: 4 vs. 4 Tournament Day: Saturday Time: Midnight PC - Unreal Tournament GotY Edition: Deathmatch Tournament Day: Saturday Time: Midnight PC - Team Fortress 2: 5 vs. 5 Tournament Day: Sunday Time: 11:00AM PC - Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 vs. 4 Tournament Day: Sunday Time: 2:00PM For full details and prizes please visit our website: http://www.gottacon.com/?p=517 If interest levels are high enough in other games, tournaments may be scheduled with prize pools provided by GottaCon. When tournaments are not underway you can play your favourite games using our public systems or use your own system at no cost. Console games will be provided and run by Evo Games (http://gamingevolved.webs.com/). Evo Games, a new gaming centre based out of Langford, will be teaming up with GottaCon to provide a MASSIVE selection of video games and tournaments at their booth. Evo will be setting up gaming stations which will consist of 20 Xbox 360’s. In addition to Evo Games, Sony PlayStation will be back and setting up a booth on Saturday where they will show off their PlayStation 3 and PSPs. Check them out as there may be some swag in it for you! Also Island Collateral, most likely Vancouver Island’s largest retailer of used video games will be onsite and will have a booth setup where you can try out games before you buy them. They will have everything you can imagine from Atari all the way up to today’s powerhouse consoles. On our Xbox 360 LAN we will be hosting the following scheduled tournaments: Xbox 360 Call of Duty: Black Ops Free for All Tournament Day: Friday Time: 7:00PM Xbox 360 Super Street Fighter IV Tournament Day: Friday Time: 11:00PM Xbox 360 Rainbow Six Vegas II 4 vs. 4 Tournament Day: Saturday Time: 11:00AM Xbox 360 Halo Reach Free for All Tournament Day: Saturday Time: 3:00PM Xbox 360 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 vs. 4 Tournament Day: Saturday Time: 7:00PM Xbox 360 Gears of War 2: 2vs.2 Tournament Day: Sunday Time: 10:00AM Xbox 360 Halo Reach 4 vs. 4 Tournament Day: Sunday Time: 1:00PM For full details and prizes please visit our website: http://www.gottacon.com/?p=517 Other Video Gaming Events: NBA Jam Challenge – beat Tony Humphrey, game play engineer, at a match of NBA Jam on Wii and walk away with a prize. This event will take place at the Island Collateral booth. PlayStation Representatives – Come out Saturday and check out the PlayStation booth where you can test out their latest games and products. Lego Universe Demos – Come out and meet some of the people involved in Lego Universe, a MMORPG created in a world of lego, as well as test out the game. Free Play – In addition to the tournaments mentioned above their will be tons of other titles available for free game play. There is a one hour limit on a console station (must move to another station), general gaming stations will be limited during tournament times. If you plan to bring your own computer and hook up to our LAN here is a list of games we recommend you have on your system to maximize your experience: Call of Duty Black Ops Starcraft II Starcraft Counter-Strike: Source Team Fortress 2 Left 4 Dead 2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Warcraft III Heroes of Newerth Battlefield Bad Company 2 Medal of Honor
  10. Event Listing and Pre-Registration of Events Now Available The event listing is now available on our website in Excel and PDF format as well as on our warhorn site located at www.warhorn.net/gottacon-2011. Please keep in mind that the event listing will have events added to it over the weeks to come and we will provide updates on what was added on the sites listed above. In order to pre-register for events you must first purchase an advance ticket to our convention. To do this please visit our website at www.gottacon.com or see the Pricing and Payment section of our Warhorn site or visit one of the seven retail locations selling our tickets (details on websites mentioned). How to Pre-Register for Events: 1) Pre-purchase a ticket via our website, warhorn site or store location 2) go here - http://www.warhorn.net/gottacon-2011/attendee/new.php 3) Create a user account 4) Wait for GottaCon Staff to clear you (remember only people who have purchased tickets can pre register for events). You will receive an email letting you know you have been cleared. 5) Once you have been cleared, you browse the event listing (while logged in) by going here - http://www.warhorn.net/gottacon-2011/schedule/day.php 6) Then you sign up for the events you want. If you are organizing an event or are a vendor at our show please let us know which event or which vendor and we will clear your account. If you don't get a chance to pre-register for events, there will be a registration desk at GottaCon where you can sign up for the event you want. But why wait when you can sign up now, get through the doors faster and secure your seat at the games you want to play! Request for Event Coordinators We are putting out the call for event submissions for GottaCon 2011. If you would like to run an event at GottaCon 2011 (become an event coordinator) please contact Evan Hatch at ehatch@gottacon.com letting him know. He will send you an email containing information on what to do next. Benefits for event coordinators will be the same as last year which was get $10 off the $30 entry fee for each slot of events you run. Run three or more get in free. If you are attending for the full weekend you will also receive a swag bag and be granted early access to the convention Friday if you show up between 4:00pm and 5:00pm. This is in an effort to get you in before the rush which will allow you time to check out the vendors and the rest of the convention. This year we will continue to award draw tickets to those people that participate in events labeled as a demonstration in an effort to get people trying out a variety of games. These draws will happen at the end of each slot (from 9am to 11pm each day) on top of the door prize draws and other giveaways. Thank you and if you have further questions please contact Evan Hatch at ehatch@gottacon.com.
  11. Miniatures Tournament and Vendor Booth Update Tickets for our miniature tournaments are selling well. WarHammer 40K is 40% sold out and Warmachine is 25% sold out. So if you want to play in these tournaments please buy our tickets soon! If you have any questions regarding either the WarHammer 40K or Fantasy tournaments please contact ppuhallo@gottacon.com. Our vendor booths are also selling well. We have sold more than 85% of our booths. If you are interested in getting a booth this year please contact ehatch@gottacon.com.
  12. Howard Johnson Hotel Victoria Official Accommodation Provider of GottaCon 2011 GottaCon Conventions is pleased to announce that Howard Johnson Hotel Victoria (www.hojovictoria.com) is once again our official accommodations provider for GottaCon 2011. The Howard Johnson has provided our convention goers with special rates on their rooms as well as at their restaurant and pub. When you call to book your room please mention you are attending the GottaCon convention and quote the reservation code CGOTTA to benefit from our special room rates. The GottaCon 2011 room rates are as follows: Standard Room - $55/Night (plus taxes) Two Double Beds or One King TV Voice Mail Hairdryer Iron & Ironing Board In room complimentary coffee Work Desk High Speed Internet (Wi-Fi) Complimentary Newspaper Air Conditioning ]Mini Suite with Kitchen - $65/Night (plus taxes) Two Double Beds or One King/Queen TV Voice Mail Hairdryer Iron & Ironing Board In room complimentary coffee Work Desk High Speed Internet (Wi-Fi) Complimentary Newspaper Air Conditioning Full Kitchen with Dining Area Deluxe Suite - $75/Night (plus taxes, limited availability) Semi-private Bedroom with TV Living Room with Two Double Beds or One King/Queen TV Voice Mail Hairdryer Iron & Ironing Board In room complimentary coffee Work Desk High Speed Internet (Wi-Fi) Complimentary Newspaper Air Conditioning Full Kitchen with Dining Area In addition the hotel offers the following amenities: Heated Indoor Pool Restaurant Sports Lounge Fitness Room & Sauna Free Wireless Internet Complimentary Parking Free Lobby Internet Use Guest Laundry Mini-Fridges, Microwaves-limited availability The Howard Johnson Hotel Victoria is located at 310 Gorge Road East along the Galloping Goose Trail and across from the Gorge Waterway, only minutes from the GottaCon 2011 convention, Victoria’s Inner Harbour, major attractions, shopping, dining and sports arena. Howard Johnson Hotel Victoria offers and comfortable rooms with attentive staff. The Howard Johnson Hotel Victoria is the winner of the Howard Johnson franchise GOLD AWARD for service and quality from 2006 - 2010. They take pride in their hotel, their services and provide excellent service to all their guests. To contact the Howard Johnson Victoria to book your room call 250-382-2151 or 1-800-952-2151. Remember to mention you are attending the GottaCon convention and quote the reservation code CGOTTA to benefit from our special room rates. Once again, we are pleased to have Howard Johnson Hotel Victoria sponsoring our convention on the weekend of February 4th to 6th, 2011.
  13. GottaCon 2011 Ticket Packages On Sale October 27, 2010 GottaCon tickets will be available for purchase from our www.gottacon.com website as well as at numerous retail locations (see link below) starting Wednesday October 27, 2010. There are different prices for each day as well as a full weekend pass price, family package prices, special packages which include entry into some of the major events as well as the option to add on a GottaCon 2011 t-shirt and dice set (more on this later). There are a number of reasons why you should get your tickets in advance of the big show. - If you purchase your ticket in advance you receive a 25% discount on your full weekend cost (you pay $30 instead of $40). - Once you have purchased a ticket and our warhorn site goes live in late November you will be able to sign up to our http://warhorn.net/gottacon-2011 site where, once we approve your account, you can start to preregister for events in advance. You will also be able to change your events at anytime up until preregistration is closed. Preregistration helps to ensure your seat at the events you want as seating at most events is limited. It also avoids you having to stand in the event registration lines the days of the convention to sign up for the events you want. - Pre-paying for your ticket also gets you past the lines at the door as we will have an advance tickets line especially for you. Once you arrive just look for this line to get your convention pass, swag bag, program and get directly into the action of the vendors and events. Here are the ticket pricing and special packages available (all pricing in Canadian dollars, HST not included): GottaCon 2011 T-Shirt and Dice Set: $31.25 (only available online or at Skyhaven Games) *Full weekend preregistration: $30.00 *Full weekend registration at the door: $40.00 *Friday admission only: $15.00 *Saturday admission only: $20.00 *Sunday admission only: $15.00 **Single Day Family Pass: $50 **Full Weekend Family Pass: $100 *Package 1 - Full Weekend Pass + VIMC Magic: The Gathering Open Tournament: $55 *Package 2 - Full Weekend Pass + World of Warcraft TCG Realm Qualifier + GottaCon WoW TCG Sealed Champs: $65 *Package 3 - Full Weekend Pass + Warhammer 40K North American Championships Qualifier: $40 *Package 4 - Full Weekend Pass + Warhammer Fantasy North American Championships Qualifier: $40 *Package 5 - Full Weekend Pass + Warhammer LOTR North American Championships Qualifier: See Note Below *Package 6 - Full Weekend Pass + Warmachine/Hordes GottaCon Championships: $40 Notes: Children 10 and under get in free (must be accompanied by an adult, provide proof of age if asked, maximum two free child admissions per adult) Entry to the Warhammer Lord of the Rings North American Championships Qualifier is complementary with purchase of the Warhammer 40K or Fantasy tournament package. Otherwise it is $40. If you plan to take advantage of the complementary offer you must let us know at the time of ticket purchase either by email, at the store you buy your ticket from or by a note on your paypal purchase. *These prices include entry to GottaCon 2011 the "Event". Some designated activities require preregistration and/or payment of a separate, additional fee. More information on this will be contained in the event listing which can be found at http://warhorn.net/gottacon-2011. **Offer for families only, ID may be requested, maximum four people per family, maximum 2 adults 18+ For how and where to get tickets, and information on the GottaCon T-shirt and dice package please visit our website. GottaCon 2011 T-shirt - simulation ] GottaCon 2011 Dice – dice set colour
  14. GottaCon 2011 Costume Contest Whether you're a beginner or a veteran, you're welcome to strut your stuff at the GottaCon Costume Contest, sponsored by Anime Evolution (www.animeevolution.com) and Dragon Impact (www.dragonimpact.com). Compete with others to win a prize in one of several categories. Judging will be based on individual costumes. Skits will not be performed (sorry). On Saturday February 5th, from noon to 5pm, convention attendees can stop by the Anime Evolution booth and fill out a contest entry form. At that time their photo will be taken and each contestant will be assigned an entry number. Contestants will be eligible for all categories in their age group. Judge deliberation will begin at 6pm (contestants do not need to be present). The winners will be announced at 6:45pm at the Anime Evolution booth. Prizes will be handed out following the announcements also at the Anime Evolution booth. Entry into this contest constitutes an agreement by the contestants to allow their photo to be taken by the contest organizers. Your photo may be used by GottaCon Conventions and Anime Evolution for promotional purposes at their discretion. This will be the second annual GottaCon costume contest and we are very excited to host this annual event with the help of Anime Evolution!! For rules and categories please visit our website.
  15. UPDATE - GottaCon 2011 Warmachine/Hordes Lineup Due to an overwhelming show of interest in our Warmachine events lineup and lots of great feedback from the players that love this game a major scheduling change is being made to these events. Issues that prevented ideal scheduling of these events in the past were strictly floor space and table space but we have taken steps to find the room and bring in extra tables so the main event can take place during the day on Saturday and Sunday with side events Friday and Saturday night. Please see below for our new Warmachine event details. Starting Saturday morning at 10am our feature Steamroller Warmachine/Hordes GottaCon Championship tournament begins. A two day Warmachine/Hordes Steamroller tournament will run both Saturday and Sunday starting at 10am each day. Day one will see three rounds of play and day two will see the final two rounds of play. Army point limit is 50. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories; first, second, and third overall score as well as best painted army. Rules and restrictions as per the official Steamroller tournament format. There is a seating limit of 32 players. Tickets will go on sale in October and will be sold on a first come first served basis. Starting Friday night at 7:30pm our Mega Battle event begins. Players will keep track of the number of VPs they kill and prizes will be awarded to the player with most kills and second most kills. The player limit is as seating is available and the point limit is 15. Saturday night will see a doubles tournament starting at 7pm. Teams of two will face off against other teams battling it out for first overall in this three round event. Rules and restrictions as per the official doubles tournament format. The player limit is as seating is available and the point limit is 25 per team member. Prizes for events will consist of Privateer Press promotional items, coin kits, Warmachine/Hordes related product and a first place trophy for the Steamroller tournament. These events are being brought to you by GottaCon Conventions, Connection Games and Privateer Press. The price to gain access to GottaCon all weekend long and enter into any of our Warmachine/Hordes events is only $40 +HST. Stay tuned to our website as we will announce when tickets for GottaCon go on sale and where you can get them. If you have any questions please send them to ehatch@gottacon.com. Thank you. Link to poster: http://www.gottacon.com/components/images/warmachine-2011adupdate.png
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