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Call for Gaming Proposals

WisCon is now accepting proposals for games!

You can submit games here. The deadline for proposing games is February 28th.

We have a slots available all day in a dedicated gaming room every day of the con, so don’t be shy about proposing games. We’re excited to see your game submissions, be they tabletop roleplaying, larp, board games, or, if you’ve got a way to make it work, video games! We also encourage you to submit games to the Teen Program at teenprograms@wiscon.net and Kids Program at kidsprograms@wiscon.net.

This year WisCon has a theme to help organize our focus. This year’s theme is: What Does Justice Demand?

Although the words “social justice” are bandied about within the WisCon community, geek/nerd spaces, as well as the mainstream, and many talk about and endeavor to work within this framework, what does it actually mean. How is social justice lived/embodied without becoming a buzzword? And how does this shape feminism and genre work (scifi, fantasy, horror, and others) both past and present?

If you’d like to propose a game but are out of ideas, or want help finding ways to address the theme, please reach out to gaming@wiscon.net, and we’d love to work with you to find something you’d be excited about running. You can also peruse these places for justice related games.

If you have a game idea that you’re excited about but you’re not sure if it fits the theme, don’t worry! The theme is meant as a tool for inspiration, not as a limit on creativity, and we will be happy to accept your submissions that explore ideas other than justice.

You can submit games here.

Once you have submitted your game proposal you can expect an email from gaming@wiscon.net within the next couple days confirming that we received your submission and asking any follow up questions. After submissions close on February 28th a schedule will be created and sent out by early March so you will know your commitments when the call for panelists goes out.

WisCon 41 Gaming Update

SarahTops & Phredd
Gaming

WisCon’s Gaming Department is gearing up for an awesome con!  Here’s what we have in store for gamers and the gaming-curious.

pile of board games
The Gaming table at the WisCon 40 Gathering.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, WisCon will offer role-playing, storytelling, and board gaming.

Our Open Gaming Space will be open each evening from 8pm to 12am in the second floor lobby in front of the Dealers’ Room doors. We will teach and play a variety of modern games open to casual drop-in players. Most games will be suitable in theme and content for players of a variety of ages from children on up. New players are welcome and encouraged to join us! This year, we are excited to share new additions of Braille-marked accessibility kits to our collection, for the popular Pandemic and 7 Wonders board games, as well as a Braille RPG dice set that can be loaned out for scheduled (or impromptu) role-playing games.  We welcome you to bring games to share with fellow attendees, or to choose a game from our collection to play.

Reserving Seats

WisCon 40 Gaming sign
The Gaming sign-up / notice board at WisCon 40.

Reserve a seat to ensure a spot in one of our scheduled games! Reservations are not required, but they are recommended, especially for role-playing and storytelling games. New this year, we have more than one schedule LARP (Live Action Role-Playing game), and spaces for those may fill quickly! Reserve a seat today by emailing us at gaming@wiscon.net. At the con, a board outside of the Dealers’ Room will feature that evening’s featured games along with sign-up space, or you can sign up at the Gaming table at the Gathering on Friday. Throughout the weekend, we will advertise games that are looking for players, so stay alert for posters, tweets, and whispers.

Scheduled Games at WC41

Support

  • RPG
  • Friday, 8pm-12am
  • Conference 3

Support is a role-playing game about breasts and the roles they play in our lives! This game is designed for anyone whose breasts have ever impacted their lives. It is suitable for all genders and gender expressions. It is not a sexual game by nature, although it may include sex. The game focuses on the inner lives of people who find that their breasts impact them in myriad ways.

Strange Gravity

  • LARP
  • Friday, 8pm-12am
  • Conference 4

Strange Gravity is a live-action role-playing game (LARP) about a crew of daring spacefarers hurtling through the infinite void, searching for something more. This game is Star Trek meets Firefly, where YOU play the stoic pilot or kindly engineer. In Strange Gravity, players work together to tell a compelling story about the lives, loves, and tragedies aboard one small starship. Play starts with a workshop to learn how to improvise and work as a team, followed by acting out a thrilling episode of our own original dramatic sci-fi TV show. No experience with LARP is necessary to play, and newcomers are enthusiastically welcome!

Dr. Suess

This board game (on Saturday’s gaming schedule) has, sadly, been cancelled.  We’re so sorry!

Fizzbin

  • Card Game
  • Saturday, 10pm-12am

Trekkies, welcome! Fizzbin is the game Captain Kirk was playing in the original Star Trek series. The game is played with a single deck of cards, and the rules change with each hand. Fizzbin can get loud and silly, so be on Yellow Alert!

The Last Seder

  • LARP
  • Saturday, 8pm-12am
  • Room 629

The world is in turmoil. The waters are rising. Food is scarce. But still the traditions live on. At the home of a controversial figure, thirteen friends gather to share a meal, to drink some wine, and to recall the story of the Exodus. Expecting the police at any time, the friends will spend their last few hours of freedom together, retelling the past and discussing the future. A science fiction parable set in a dark version of the present day, The Last Seder is an interactive storytelling game with echoes to the tales of the Exodus and the Last Supper. Live the myth as it is made by playing out a series of scenes across the ages.

OPEN CALL FOR GAMES, Game Masters, and Gaming volunteers! Deadline — April 1!

SarahTops & Phredd
Gaming

WisCon Gaming is looking for board and card games, game facilitators, and gaming volunteers for WisCon 41! On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, from 8pm to midnight, we will host board, storytelling, and role-playing games open to attendees. We are enthused to offer an alternative way to enjoy WisCon evenings in a (sometimes) quieter, more intimate setting… over dice and cards! Interested in playing with us? Read on.

Board and Card Games

WisCon provides several board and card games for attendees, but we also welcome attendees to bring new games to share!

Are you bringing a game you’d like to keep with you, but run at WisCon? Please fill out our online form with details of your proposal. If you’d like your game to be advertised on WisCon’s published schedule, submit the form before our April 1st deadline. Alternately, you are welcome to hang out in our board gaming space and run pick-up games at your leisure. The board gaming space will be located in the Dealers’ Room Lobby on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from 8pm to midnight.

Are you bringing a game you’re offering to leave with Gaming through the course of the convention, for others to play at the public Gaming Space? Please email us at gaming@wiscon.net and provide a description of the game. We will take the best care we can with your game, but there is always risk in loaning games to a public gathering. We will be in touch to arrange logistics for the lending process.

Do you have a game you’d like to donate to WisCon? Please email us at gaming@wiscon.net. To make sure we have the storage space to accept your offering, please provide dimensions of the box or book, as well as the game’s condition. We are especially interested in family-friendly, kid-friendly games to round out our collection!

Do you have a game you’d like to see at WisCon? Please email us at gaming@wiscon.net and share a description of the game, how to find it, and if you’d like to play or run it should a copy be found. We are happy to put a call out for specific games attendees request.

Popular games tend to be those with simpler mechanics or rules and those that take one hour or less. Especially popular are family-friendly games, and we highly encourage all-ages game-playing in our public gaming space. Get in touch to share your ideas!

Game Masters and RPGs

WisCon is looking for people who want to run storytelling and role-playing games! Please fill out our online form if you’d like to run a tabletop RPG or LARP. To help us reserve space for your game, please submit your proposal before our April 1st deadline. (But do feel free to get in touch after; we may be able to cast a Location Spell.) Most games would run in 1-, 2-, and 4-hour time slots between the hours of 8pm and midnight on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, and we are open to discussing alternatives.

WisCon is especially interested in games that fit well within the convention’s themes (e.g., feminism, identity politics, and social and cultural theory). Rules that are familiar or easy for new players to learn tend to be the most successful. We look forward to hearing more about your adventures!

Gaming Volunteers

WisCon needs Gaming volunteers! If you’d like to volunteer in the public Gaming Space greeting attendees and/or running games, or help with Gaming before the convention, please get in touch with gaming@wiscon.net.

Stay tuned for games we will be offering at WisCon 41, to be announced in April!

Gaming Proposals

This is where you describe just what your game is about and what makes it awesome.
Please list at least 3 times that would work for you to run your game below. To assist with scheduling, the chart below shows the panel times for the morning and afternoon panels. If your game is not taking place in the evening, syncing your game with panel times will make scheduling easier. For example, if you have a game that takes just over 2 hours you might write Friday 1:00-3:45, Saturday 1:00-3:45, Sunday 2:30-5:15.

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
8:30-9:45am 8:30-9:45 8:30-9:45 8:30-9:45
10:00-11:15am 10:00-11:15am 10:00-11:15am 10:00-11:15am
11:15-noon 11:15-noon 11:15-noon 11:15-noon
       
1:00-2:15pm 1:00-2:15pm 1:00-2:15pm  
2:30-3:45pm 2:30-3:45pm 2:30-3:45pm  
4:00-5:15pm 4:00-5:15pm 4:00-5:15pm  
Prior to submitting your game proposal, please become familiar with WisCon's policies. Policies can be found as a menu item on this website.

We also ask that you read and agree to our Code of Conduct, which you can access via the Policies menu or directly via this link: WisCon Code of Conduct.

WisCon 40 — Gaming update!

SarahTops
Gaming

WisCon is weeks away! Are you ready to get your game on?

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, WisCon will offer role-playing, storytelling, and board gaming.

Board games will run each evening from 8pm to 12am in the second floor lobby in front of the Dealers’ Room doors. We will teach and play a variety of modern board games open to casual drop-in players. Most games will be suitable in theme and content for players of a variety of ages from teens and up, although they may not hold the attention of those 12 and younger. New players are welcome!  We are especially excited to welcome a team of volunteers from Madison’s own Pegasus Games, who are bringing an onslaught of new and popular board games.

Reserving Seats

Reserve a seat to ensure a spot in one of our games! Reservations are not required, but they are recommended, especially for role-playing and storytelling games. A board outside of the Dealers’ Room will feature that evening’s featured board games, along with board game sign-up space.

For role-playing and storytelling games, please sign up by contacting us at gaming@wiscon.net, or visit the Gaming table at the Gathering on Friday. Throughout the con, we will advertise games that are looking for players, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for posters, tweets, and whispers.

Game Scheduling

For board games, please refer to the board in front of the Dealers’ Room each afternoon for a list of proposed featured games for the evening.  We still have room for more!  If you would like to add a game you’re prepared to facilitate, please contact us at gaming@wiscon.net. Our board gaming space lends itself to multiple concurrent games, so the more, the merrier!  Please stop by any time between 8pm and 12am to see if new games are starting up soon, or start one yourself; board gaming is open to casual drop-ins.

For role-playing and storytelling games, please see below. If you’re planning to participate in a role-playing game, please arrive on time and consider reserving a spot by emailing us at gaming@wiscon.net.

Please note that more games may be added between now and the convention; visit the Gaming table at the Gathering or check the board in the Dealers’ Room Lobby for each evening’s offerings!

Board Games Available at WisCon 40

  • Bullfrogs
  • Chess
  • Chez Geek
  • Codenames
  • Coup
  • Cribbage
  • Dominoes
  • Galaxy Truckers
  • Knit Wit
  • Mansions of Madness
  • Pandemic
  • Playing Cards (jumbo face)
  • Resistance
  • Settlers of Catan
  • Sheriff of Nottingham
  • Telestrations
  • Ticket To Ride
  • … and many more!

Role-Playing Games at WisCon 40

Laser Kittens

  • facilitated by Megan Condis
  • Friday, 8pm-11pm
  • Conference 3

Welcome to the Knoll St School for Wayward Kittens! KSSWK is a big house where orphaned kittens are fostered until they are big enough to be adopted by their forever homes. To the humans, KSSWK is just an ordinary home where they take in kittens who need some love — but to the kittens, it’s like a school where you learn to be a real cat. As a student at KSSWK, you’ll go on exciting kitty adventures and learn important lessons about how to grow up into an awesome cat. Your most important lesson will be how to control your laser — a unique and powerful supernatural ability that the humans don’t know about!

Shemesh

  • facilitated by Jon Cole
  • Friday, 8pm-12am
  • Conference 4

Welcome to Shemesh — the city of light! Built over the remains of an old, rusted city, Shemesh is a utopia of innovation, sustainability, and peace. This diverse city draws most of its power from the sun. Rooftop gardens, solar panels, and luminescent moss provide a colorful and serene backdrop for city life. The most beautiful gems of Shemesh, however, are its inhabitants — the caring, beautiful, flawed people who live within its walls.

In Shemesh, players will work together to create and explore a Solarpunk utopia. Play will involve creating locations, characters, and examining how conflicts are resolved in utopia.

HeroQuest Glorantha

  • facilitated by Edgar “Gar” Francis
  • Sunday, 8pm-12am
  • Conference 3

Pavis is a city of a thousand stories. Your story begins with questions like: “Who killed your employer?,” “How can you stay one step ahead of the most feared swordswomen in the city?”, and “Who or what is the mysterious Purple Troll?”

“The Purple Troll” is an adventure for HeroQuest in Glorantha. No prior experience with HeroQuest or the world of Glorantha is necessary.

Open call for games, game masters, and gaming volunteers!

SarahTops
Gaming

WisCon Gaming is looking for tabletop games, game masters, and gaming volunteers for WisCon 40! On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, from 8pm to midnight, we will host board, storytelling, and role-playing games open to convention members. We are enthused to offer an alternative way to enjoy WisCon evenings in a (sometimes) quieter, more intimate setting… over dice and cards! Interested in playing with us? Read on.

Games

WisCon needs games! Please email us at gaming@wiscon.net if you have a game or are interested in seeing a particular game at the table this year. Please answer the following questions as relevant to your offering or request:

Are you bringing a game you’d like to keep with you, but run in the public Gaming Space? Please share a description of the game and what night(s) you’d like to run it.

Are you bringing a game you’re offering to leave with Gaming through the course of the convention, for others to play at the public Gaming Space? Please provide a description of the game. We will take the best care we can with your game, but there is always risk in loaning games to a public gathering.

Do you have a game you’d like to donate to WisCon? To make sure we have the storage space to accept your offering, please provide dimensions of the box or book, as well as the game’s condition. We are also accepting dice, pencils, and other gaming supplies.

Do you have a game you’d like to see at WisCon? Please share a description of the game, how to find it, and if you’d like to play or run it should a copy be found. We are happy to put a call out for specific games attendees request!

Popular board games tend to be those with simpler mechanics or rules and those that take two hours or less. Get in touch to share your ideas!

Game Masters

WisCon is looking for people who want to run storytelling and role-playing games! Please email us at gaming@wiscon.net if you’d like to run a tabletop RPG or LARP. To help us reserve space for your game, please email us before our March 18 deadline. (But do feel free to get in touch after; we may be able to cast a Location Spell.) Some of the information we’d like from you includes:

  • a description of the game
  • how long the game will take
  • how many players you’ll need
  • evening(s) you’d like to run the game (Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday)
  • any other logistics we should keep in mind to make the game happen

WisCon is especially interested in games that fit well within the convention’s themes (e.g., feminism, identity politics, and social and cultural theory). Rules that are familiar or easy for new players to learn tend to be the most successful. We look forward to hearing more about your adventures!

Gaming Volunteers

WisCon needs Gaming volunteers! If you’d like to volunteer in the public Gaming Space, and/or help with Gaming before the convention, please get in touch with gaming@wiscon.net. Let us know if there’s a particular game you’d like to play or help teach on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday evenings.

Stay tuned for games we will be offering at WisCon 40, to be announced in April!

Gaming

Get your dice and character sheets ready — WisCon has gaming! Throughout the convention, WisCon offers role-playing, storytelling, and board gaming.

Run a Game at WisCon

Would you like to host or run a game at WisCon? We welcome RPGs, LARPs, board and other tabletop games, giving preference to games that explore feminism, gender, race, class, disability, identity, and issues of social justice in keeping with WisCon’s ideals.

We’re expanding the times we can offer gaming in order to make games more accessible to all.

Please propose a game for the upcoming convention using our Gaming Proposal Form.

We announce our gaming line-up in April prior to the con.  Watch the blog for details!

Reserving seats

Reserve a seat to ensure a spot in one of our games! Reservations are not required, but they are recommended, especially for role-playing and storytelling games. A board outside of the Dealers’ Room will feature that evening’s featured board games, along with board game sign-up space.

For role-playing and storytelling games, please sign up by contacting us at the email address at the top of this page, or visit the Gaming table at the Gathering on Friday. We advertise games that are looking for players throughout the con, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for posters, tweets, and whispers.

Game scheduling

For games taking place in the dedicated gaming room, refer to the programming grid in the Pocket Program Book for which games are running and where. If you’re planning to participate please arrive on time, and consider reserving a spot by emailing us at the address at the top of the page.

The area outside the Dealers’ Room is also available for drop in gaming in the evening. Please refer to the board in front of the Dealers’ Room each afternoon for a list of proposed featured games for the evening and add games you’re prepared to facilitate. This space lends itself to multiple concurrent board games, so the more, the merrier! Please stop by any time between 8pm and 12am to see if new games are starting up soon, or start one yourself; board gaming in this space is open to casual drop-ins.

Board games available at-con (an incomplete list)

  • Table Top Games 7-in-1 Game Set: Chess, Checkers, Dominoes, Cribbage, Poker Dice, Backgammon, and Playing Cards
  • Telestrations 12-Player Party Pack
  • Standard Size Jumbo Face Playing Cards (4 decks)
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Settlers of Catan, Portable Edition

Open call for RPG participants!

Beth & Mathew
Gaming

We’re about a week away, so we’re opening up online signup for our RPG offerings. We have a very diverse lineup this year, including a workshop! Take a look and see if anything interests you.

  • If you see something you want to play, send gaming@wiscon.net an email with the subject “RPG signup request” and include in the body:
    • Your name as it appears on your WisCon badge
    • An email address (whether the same or different than the one you’re contacting us from) that we can pass along to the person in charge of the game, in case they need to contact you about anything
    • The specific game or game that you’re signing up for
  • We will reply to let you know whether you’re guaranteed a seat or on standby. If you’re on a standby list, drop by at game time to see if you can get a seat.
  • If you’re interested, but not certain if you’ll be able to play, please consider requesting a spot on the standby list, to start. This helps us gauge interest, but lets people who can commit to playing for sure get first chance at a spot at the table and reduces setup and confusion at game time.
  • We will end email registration Wednesday, May 20, at 11:59PM CDT. We’ll have a chance to sign up in-person at The Gathering and you can always just drop by at the beginning of the session to see if there are chairs available.

The games!

Friday

>  Friday 8:00PM-midnight
Bluebeard’s Bride (RPG Horror) – GM: Ajit George | 3-4 players | 18 and older only

Bluebeard’s Bride is a table-top horror RPG based on the original fairy tale. It is a one-shot game with replay value that uses modified Apocalypse World rules, is beginner friendly and easy to learn.

You play different aspects of Bluebeard’s wife; the Virgin, the Witch, the Mother, and many others as the bride attempts to resist the pull to enter Bluebeard’s secret room. The castle tests her sanity, and not every part of her will survive—if any part of her does at all. This game is dark, erotic, ethereal, and filled with creeping terror. It’s about the intricacies of feminine horror, and agency in the face of powerlessness. All materials will be provided by the GM.

>  Friday 8:00PM-midnight
LarpJam (Larp design) – Facilitator: Jon Cole | 5-16 Players | All ages

LarpJam is a workshop where participants create their very own larps (live action role-playing games) in a round-robin format. In a matter of hours people with no larp experience can create awesome, fully-playable larps or the seeds that future larps can spring from! This process folds creative invocation, constructive constraints, and peer feedback into one lightning-fast process. LarpJam is fun for anyone who can read and write, no experience is necessary. All materials are provided for 5-16 players.

Saturday

> Saturday 8:00PM-midnight
*Microscope – Facilitator: Tom Fendt | 3-4 players | All ages

A game of epic histories where you can zoom in and out on the bits you find most interesting. Microscope finds a way to make all players collaborate, even as it prevents players from directly coordinating. Your individual additions add up to a whole greater than the sum of the parts.

*Atlas – Facilitator: Tom Fendt | 3-4 players | All ages
A mapmaking game created by yours truly. This game treads the line between world building tool and roleplaying game. Atlas is a game where you collaboratively create a map with its own story to go along with it. What strange and interesting places will your group come up with? Play to find out!

*note that both of these games will be played in the same room and there may be multiple sessions.

> Saturday 8:00PM-10:30PM
Dream Apart: a storygame of the fantastic shtetl – Facilitator: Benjamin Rosenbaum | 3-5 players | 16+

A GM-less, collaborative, rules-light, historical fantasy storygame of sorcerers and scholars, midwives and matchmakers, soldiers and klezmers, dybbuks, gossip, pogroms, trolls, rebels, betrothals, demons, angels, blood libel, lusts, and secrets in an Eastern European Jewish shtetl, circa 1850. Dream Apart is inspired by Avery Mcdaldno’s Dream Askew. Where Dream Askew queers the post-apocalyptic genre, Dream Apart jews historical fantasy, reimagining fantastical Europe from the perspective of European history’s underdogs; like Askew it’s about otherness, resistance, strife, and survival, beyond the borders of a brutal dominant society.

Sunday

> Sunday 7:00PM-11:00PM
The Dooms that Came to Chaegrae – GM: Rachel Kronick | 3-5 players

The Tomb of Gemenos has loomed over the middle of Chaegrae for generations. All who have dared to enter, or even to approach too closely, have had horrible fates. But now, you and your motley friends have come to plumb the depths of the tomb. You are unafraid of the Tomb’s strange fates, because you already know how you will die. The Tomb is but the next step in your destiny.

A tabletop roleplaying game, using the Blade & Crown system (which I wrote). Themes of fate, destiny and the wrongs of history. No more than five players. No rules knowledge or materials required, though you may want to bring your lucky D10s!

Open call for games, GMs, and game-players!

Beth, Sarah, Mathew
Gaming

WisCon Gaming is looking for games and game-players for WisCon 39! We will be offering board games and storytelling games/RPGs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from 8 p.m. to midnight, as well as a fun activity at The Gathering. If you’re interested in playing board games or tabletop RPGs with other people, read on.

Games

We need games! Please email us at gaming@wiscon.info if you have a game or are interested in seeing a particular game this year. Let us know:

“I have a game I’m bringing with me! I’ll keep it with me, but I’d like to run it at least once in the public gaming arena.”

Great! Please make sure to let us know what game you’re bringing and check out the information in the section on GMs and Gaming Volunteers to see what other information we need.

“I have a game I’m bringing with me! I’ll leave it with you and people are free to check it out and play it over the course of the convention.”

Please don’t leave the game with us if this is a limited edition game, not easily replaceable, or you are concerned about keeping it in a particular condition. We will do our best to take care of your property, but accidents do happen.

“I have a game I’d like to donate! [The game] is about [dimensions] in the box, is in [descriptor] condition and I’d like to donate it to WisCon gaming for this and future conventions to enjoy.”

Please note that we appreciate your generosity, but may not be able to accept all donations; we would like to know ahead of time what you want to donate so we can make sure we can take it.

“I have a game I’d like to see at the table! Here’s some more information about the game: [brief description, how to find it, etc.]. I’d like to [play/run] it if a copy can be found.”

Even if you don’t have a copy of a particular game you’d like to introduce people to, tell us! We can put out a call to see if anyone has it and wants to bring it.

GMs and Gaming Volunteers

We need people who want to run games! Please email us at gaming@wiscon.info if you’d like to run an RPG or help out in the board gaming space.

If you would like to run a tabletop RPG or LARP, let us know what it is, how long it takes, how many players you need, and what you might need to make it happen. In the past, successful RPGs fit well within popular WisCon themes (e.g., feminism, identity politics, and social and cultural theory) and have rules that are familiar or easy to pick up by new players.

If you would like to volunteer in the board game arena, let us know if there’s a game you’d like to play/help teach and when you have time to assist (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday evening). In the past, popular board games are those that that take two hours or less and have simpler mechanics or rules.

Players

We will open up advanced signup closer to convention time. Watch this space for more information, or email us at gaming@wiscon.info and we’ll send you a note when we open things up. If you want to play, but don’t really care what game, we’ll have pick-up board games and walk-ins will be welcome throughout the convention as space is available in both areas.

We look forward to playing with you!