Matt Rowles of Gamers for Veterans on Geek Street Society

Matt Rowles of Gamers for Veterans on Geek Street Society

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 in Blog, Organizer Interview | 0 comments

Matt Rowles, president of Gamers for Veterans was on Geek Street Society to talk about GenghisCon and the future of the Denver Gamer Association. You can fast forward to about 10 minutes for the...

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Denver Gamers Association

Denver Gamers Association

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 in Organizer Interview | 0 comments

With Tacticon coming up at the end of this month Rocky Mountain Geeks thought it’d be a good time to interview Bill Stilson from the Denver Gamers Association, the group that puts on GenghisCon and Tacticon. What is the Denver Gamers Association? Denver Gamers Association (DGA) has been running local gaming conventions, beginning with GenghisCon in 1979. TactiCon (formerly Son of Genghis) began in 1986. Our mission is to promote the design, development, study, and play of simulation games, including boardgames, wargames, fantasy and science-fiction role-playing games, sports games, and miniatures as an educational, recreational, and social activity; and to coordinate with groups and persons in the region having similar interests. In our ConJr program, we aim to help parents of the next generation of gamers promote and foster a love of gaming, good-sportsmanship, and creativity as well as enhancing critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and learning to be a team player. As we are a not-for-profit organization, we hold an auction at every Convention. It’s the perfect opportunity to recycle your well-loved games to other players, find a new interest, or pick up a copy of an out of print game. Proceeds from each auction are donated to local and national charities. How are you involved with the DGA? I am the president of the DGA board which consists of 7 total members, including myself. I am also the Tacticon Convention Manager and the Genghis con Security coordinator. How long has the DGA been around? It all started back in 1979 with Genghis con and in 1986 Tacticon was started (original named Son of Genghis con) Can anyone become a member of the Denver Gamers Association? If so, what are the benefits? As the DGA is only a board of directors you have to be asked to replace a member moving off the board. Really there are no benefits for being on the board. As far as conventions go, anyone can volunteer to help. Depending on what they request to help with determines if they can be used. For example if someone wanted to help with registration but we already had full staff they would not be able to help. As far a judges, people who RUN games, we are always looking for them. Your two major events are Genghis Con in February and Tacticon at the end of August, are there others? Those are it. Well those are the 2 conventions that we run. We did, and plan to, have a booth a Denver Comic Con. We do try and support other shows if we can by offering up badges, events and shirts as prize support. How would you describe Genghis Con? Both Genghis and Tacticon are gaming conventions that focus on social gaming. Board games, Role Playing, & Miniature gaming is the most popular games. We do have LARPs (live action roleplaying)...

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Organizer Interview: Greg Richardson of Animeland Wasabi and Colorado Cutthroat Connection

Organizer Interview: Greg Richardson of Animeland Wasabi and Colorado Cutthroat Connection

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 in Blog, Organizer Interview | 0 comments

This week we talk to Greg Richardson of Animeland Wasabi and Colorado Cutthroat Connection. Greg, tell our readers who you are and what your involvement with Animeland and Colorado Cutthroat Connection. Hello, my name is Gregory Richardson, owner of Colorado Cutthroat Connection (C3) and the National Video Game Association (NVGA). We are marketing and event management group for large gaming events across the nation. In terms of our involvement with Animeland, C3 has provided the ultimate gaming experience over the last 6 years. Going into its 7th year C3 was asked to take a large role in the convention with operations and the overall functionality of the show. I accepted the role as Director of Operations for Animeland and looking to grow the C3 and Animeland brand together. What conventions do you put on in Colorado? Currently C3 supports the following shows: • Denver Comic Con • Animeland Wasabi • CutthroatCon • Rocky Mountain CollectorCon What kind of con is Animeland Wasabi? Animeland Wasabi is a pop-culture show with an emphasis on anime. Anime has been influential in all of pop culture and Animeland showcases this influence by providing great programming surrounding all things anime. Based on the idea of “New Way to Anime”, Animeland tries to bring a new approach of experience anime. What kind of con is Cutthroat Con? CutthroatCon is gaming convention showcasing all gaming in Colorado. CutthroatCon is also the championship for our national program SuperCon 2K Series. Overall the show is made to showcases all gaming in Colorado and beyond through panels and workshops, competitive and casual play, showcasing new gaming products and more. What are the dates for each con? Animeland Wasabi 2014 is February 28th – March 2nd 2014. CutthroatCon is slated for the end of the year How long has each con been going? Animeland Wasabi is a going on it’s 7th year while CutthroatCon is going on its 4th year How many attendees did you have for each con last year? How many attendees do you expect to have for each con this year? Animeland Wasabi capped at 4000 attendees last year but is looking to grow to 15,000+ in 2014. CutthroatCon brought in 500 players from the southwest area What kind of vendors will you have for each con? Both cons provides a variety of vendors from different industries. From game development, anime vendors, sword vendors, comicbook vendors and more each con provides a variety of opportunities for to find anything and everything they desire in anime, comicbook and gaming. Do you have special guests? Who are your guests for each con? Both Animeland Wasabi and CutthroatCon present a variety of guest. From the gaming side of the fence we bring in guest such as Justin Wong and Jacob Davis. From the anime and pop culture side of things we bring in guest such:...

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Organizer Interview: Conclave of Gamers

Organizer Interview: Conclave of Gamers

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 in Blog, Organizer Interview | 0 comments

This week we interview Chad Uecker, organizer of the Conclave of Gamers. CoG is in the process of raising money to expand Conclave 2014 on Kickstarter. What is the Conclave of Gamers? The Conclave of Gamers is a gaming convention in the Denver area that focuses on table-top gaming of all kinds: board and card games, role-playing games and miniature games. We have scheduled games, events and tournaments, but we also encourage open gaming. So, everyone who comes is encouraged to bring some of their favorite games to share and teach. You are welcome to ask to join any game that isn’t full and start any game as long as there is an available table. We’re also a convention that wants to expand the gaming hobby. Therefore, we are open to all level of gamers. We can help you find a great game to play whether you are new to the hobby or a veteran. Except for a couple of tournaments, all of our games will have the rules explained before play begins, so this is a great opportunity to give gaming a try! How long has CoG been running? This will be our 3rd year. How many attendees do you had in the past and how many expect to have this year? The first year we had 80 people, the second year we had 100 and for our third we’re expecting 250 – 400+ attendees. We’ve added RPG’s and miniatures for next year, a sanctioned Puffy Billy tournament and have moved to a great venue. What kind of events will you have? We’re still at the beginning of scheduling events but we already have: * a game developer’s area for beta/play testing – we already have 5 developers who are on board and two others that are tentative. * a Puffing Billy tournament (train games) * Flames of War and De Bellis Antiquitatis tournaments (miniatures games) * plans for a variety of board game tournaments * plans for a variety of scheduled RPG’s including the standards along with a new RPG: Shaintar. In addition, as an open gaming convention, there will be hundreds of other games played throughout the weekend as our attendees can start any of their own games or check out a game from our board game library. Any specific con events you would like to highlight? As always we’ll have a table-top gaming auction, for people to buy and sell used games. Anything else you’d like to mention? Our Kickstarter is going now and the more pre-registrations we get now, the more events and possible special guests we can add for 2014. Where can we find Conclave of Gamers online? Kickstarter ConclaveOfGamers.org Faceook: https://www.facebook.com/conclaveofgamers Twitter: @conclaveofgamer G+: gplus.to/ConClave...

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Rocky Mountain Con Organizer Interview

Rocky Mountain Con Organizer Interview

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 in Blog, Organizer Interview | 0 comments

The beginning of next month will bring Coloradans a new geek convention. Rocky Mountain Con will debut on November 9th & 10th at the DIA Crowne Plaza hotel. For more information on the con, see the Rocky Mountain Con event listing.   We interviewed Tim, the convention organizer and this is what he had to say. What kind of con is Rocky Mountain Con? Rocky Mountain Con really is about all things geek. We are working hard to bring in something for everyone. How long has Rocky Mountain Con been running? This is the first of what we hope to be many Rocky Mountain Con’s. We have been wanting to do this for years and thought now is the time. How did you get connected with Aurora Rise? To be honest I have been on the Board of Directors for Aurora Rise since day one. Many of the others helping with this convention also help with Aurora Rise. How many attendees do you expect to have? By our numbers we are looking to have between 2-5 thousand people attend. Since this really is about charity we hope we have even more so we are trying to get the word out as much as we can. What kind of vendors will you have? We have worked very hard to get all kinds of vendors in from comics, games, anime, cosplay, toys and scifi. How many vendors? We just opened up more vendor space by moving the gaming area to its own room so we are looking to add a lot more to our list and in Artist Alley. Right now we have over 20 and adding everyday. Any specific con events you would like to highlight? We are really excited that are panels are going to be more on the learning side. We are calling it Comics U but it is so much more then that. We want people to really learn how to get into comics and hoe to make things for their costumes and more. What kind of game events will you have? We will feature sanctioned Yu-Gi-Oh, HeroClix and Magic The Gathering tournaments in the gaming area and are looking to add more as we speak. Where can we find out more information? http://www.RockyMountainCon.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rocky-Mountain-Con/442800775816898 Thanks...

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ThanksGaming Charity Event Organizer Interview

ThanksGaming Charity Event Organizer Interview

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 in Blog, Organizer Interview | 0 comments

This week we talk to Justin Suzuki (@JustinSuzuki), the organizer for the ThanksGaming charity event. This event is held at Total Escape Games in Broomfield Colorado on Sunday November 2nd,  for more information, prices, location, & how to register see the calendar event. What is Thanksgaming? ThanksGaming is a tabletop gaming day that is held for charity. How did you choose Broomfield FISH to benefit? What do they do? Total Escape Games and those who help organize ThanksGaming wanted the Autumn event to help out food banks. We also wanted to pick a local charity to help out. Last year we picked Broomfield FISH because they provide holiday meals to families in need. FISH is a local food bank and charity. How much of the proceeds go to Broomfield FISH? 100% of the money goes to charity. Right now we are lucky in the fact that TEG gives us the space for free and we have zero overhead. It will be my goal to keep it that way if at all possible, but as the event has grown I can see the possibility of needing a larger space. How long has Thanksgaming been running? ThanksGaming has been running for a three years now. It started out being called, Rise of the Wombat. How many attendees do you expect to have? We expect to have at least 80 attendees. 80 attendees is quite a lot, can the TEG store handle that many or do you have additional space? TEG is able to handle 8 game tables going at once. So six players at each table. Plus the landlord of the shopping center has agreed to let us use an empty storefront to allow us to run more tables. Plus all 80 don’t play at once. We have three game slots throughout the day (9-1, 2-6, 7-11). What kind of events will you have?  For the first time we will have board gaming. [Organized by the Conclave of Gamers] Other than that we have a ton of fun games that still have spaces available. Any specific con events you would like to highlight? We’ll be having several drawings for additional donations to Broomfield FISH. Tell us more about the drawings What we will have is multiple prizes and spots in front of every prize for people to put tickets into. In a sense they are bidding on the prizes they want to win. If they get 20 tickets they can put all 20 into one prize draw to increase the chances of winning. Tickets are given out to everyone who plays in a game, plus you can buy more tickets and help us raise more money for FISH. Who are your sponsors for the drawings? The prize sponsors so far: Andy’s Movie Minute, Conclave of Gamers, Denver Gamers Association, Dune Trader Games, Front Range Games, Margaret Weis...

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