We Want to Hear From You!

Hello KantCon-ers (present and future)!

We’re always interested in making KantCon as good as it can possibly be and to do that we’d like to hear from you!  Some of you may have gotten an email from us about a survey that we put together.  If you didn’t respond to the email or if you didn’t get the email (if that’s you, sorry, we probably didn’t have your email…), check out the this link to our KantCon survey.

It’s quick to fill out and it will tell us what games, activities, and areas of improvement you’d like to see.  Believe me, we do look at the results of the survey and we do use it to shape the con each year.

Looking forward to July!

Thanks!

KantCon 2014 Early Bird Registration is now Open!

KantCon2014 LogoEarly Bird Registration for KantCon

Good news, KantCon, three of the most amazing days in tabletop, board, and card gaming, is coming back in July!  Even better, if you were wondering how you could sign up and get involved, we’ve got great news!  Early Bird is now open for KantCon 2014.

What that means is that right now you can click the tab that reads “Early Bird Registration” and

  1. Get signed up for a Very Import Gamer (VIG) game, although there’s only a few of those left
  2. Buy your 2014 one or three day badge now
  3. Buy lots of extra raffle tickets
  4. Buy the special edition 2014 dice, mugs, minis, or PDF game supplements

Why it’s important to be an early bird for KantCon 2014?

There’s two reasons why we’d love it if you pre-pre-registered.  One, we want to know you’re coming so we can make sure we’ve got space, snacks, and stuff.

More importantly, this year, we need to make down payment to reserve the venue.  It’s one of those good news/bad news.  The good news is that we’ve gotten so large we’ve outgrown our previous venues.  The bad news is that we’re now looking at much larger spaces that require down payments.

When you pre-pre-register, you’re giving us the funds we need to make sure we can secure a space large enough to seat everyone who wants to come and have fun.  Even better, you’re getting your tickets and raffle tickets cheaper than if you were to pre-register or buy them at the con and you’re securing it before your friends.  (That’s bragging rights right there!)  Plus, KantCon SWAG!  Need we say more?

KantCon 2014…It’s going to be Massive

Seriously, Massive Defender is coming out for this one, so you know it’s huge.  So, please, click the tab above and get your KantCon journey started today.  You can also click the donation button to the side and help up out.

We really appreciate your involvement with the con.  We’re looking forward to making KantCon 2014 the best KantCon yet.

Daddy Needs a New Set of Magic Items: Talking the Luck of the Dice

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Ask any tabletop gamer what their favourite gaming moment of all time happens to be and 9 times out of 10, you’ll find that the story revolves heavily on how they were pinned down but managed to save the day because of that one lucky roll. Continuous 20’s, multiple exploding 10’s, or just the DM staring at that hilariously anti-climactic natural 1 the big bad rolled at the final junction while the players shout for joy as they obtain a second chance.

But when it comes to marketing their games, bigger companies know that they need more than luck to make sure their brand succeeds. Even gaming giant Wizards of the Coast won’t coast on the good faith of a single target market and why it’s not a surprising thing to see Dungeons & Dragons as part of the games list at Betfair Arcade. It would be an inefficient move, if outright dangerous, for the company to not leverage their most popular IP outside of the world of tabletop and general geekery.

This holds especially true now that the lines between geekiness and “mainstream” material are beginning to blur. With television hits like Game of Thrones and silver screen successes like The Avengers, numerous forms of popular media have been tapping series that geeks have been enjoying for years. Instead of being overprotective and this injection of new blood has revitalized and brought more people into a hobby they might have never gotten into ten years ago.

And it’s this injection of new blood that might just be the biggest wild card the industry has ever experienced. It’s a factor that very few gaming groups might be prepared for but it just might be what makes all the difference to shaking up all-too-familiar routines.
After all, there’s no loot table with better treasure than discovering new friends and party members to craft brand new stories with.

KantCon Event Highlight: Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game: The Battle of Yavin IV

Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game: The Battle of Yavin IV (aka De

Time: Saturday 2pm – 6pm

GM: Matt Harrop

The stolen plans were analyzed and a weakness was found. The X and Y-wings lifted off, S-foils in attack position. The Rebel base was located. The Death Star entered orbit around the gas giant Yavin, on approach to the fourth moon. Will the Rebels destroy the Empire’s new technological terror? Can the Empire fight off the attack by determined Rebel snub fighters? Now is your chance to determine the fate of the Galaxy! Beginners welcome.

Pre-Registration is Now Closed

Pre-Registration is now closed, you can now register on-site (July 5-7 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel) at the following costs:

  • Friday Badge $15
  • Saturday Badge $20
  • Sunday Badge $15
  • 3-Day Badge $40
  • Friday & Saturday or Saturday & Sunday Badge $30
  • Kids 12 and under get in at half-price

Important Information

  • All attendees must purchase a badge.
  • We do not offer parent badges, shopper badges or other types of limited-access, discounted badges.
  • For information regarding cancellations and refunding badges, please see our Refund Policy.
  • Children ages 12 and under get admission at half price.
  • Any child below the age of 15 MUST be accompanied by a adult or legal guardian and must be supervised by said parent or legal guardian at ALL TIMES WITHOUT EXCEPTION.
  • KantCon, its agents and/or assigns are not responsible for supervising or keeping track of your children.
  • Day care will NOT be available from convention organizers.
  • If your child is disruptive, you may be asked to leave.

KantCon Badges

Everyone attending KantCon must purchase a badge. A badge allows the individual entrance to the show and any events happening at KantCon which do not require an event ticket.

Contact Information

If you have any inquiries regarding Badge Registration, please email us.

During the convention, all inquiries can be made at the Registration Desk.

Final List of Vendors at KantCon

We’ve just finalized what vendors will be at KantCon this year!

Returning Vendors:

Gamer Ground - Gamer Ground is a friendly small game retailer from St. Louis, MO. They specialize in board games, RPG’s, Magic cards, minis, dice, gaming supplies, and more. Started as an actual store, this mom and pop shop(literally) had to close its doors a couple years ago for more time to raise their 2 kids. They now focus solely on dealing at midwest conventions.

Silver Gryphon Games - Silver Gryphon Games is the creative exploration of Ben Overmyer and Kevin Rohan. These two company founders have a total of nearly 30 years of gaming experience with an amazing array of systems, styles, and rules. With experiences ranging from war gaming to diceless systems to traditional board games and CCGs, Ben and Kevin possess incredible background and familiarity with the industry.

Black Blade Publishing - Black Blade Publishing are the current publishers of OSRIC, the Old School Roleplaying and Index Compilation. Allan J. Grohe Jr., co-founder of Black Blade Publishing, LLC – Allan has been playing D&D and other rpgs since 1977. Allan’s first professional gaming publication (“More for the Shadow Master”) appeared in White Wolf Magazine #11 in 1987; he has also contributed to The Unspeakable Oath, Pyramid, Polyhedron, and Dragon Magazine, among others. Allan was a co-founder of Event Horizon Productions, and has worked extensively with Biohazard Games (Blue Planet), Pagan Publishing (Call of Cthulhu publisher of Delta Green), Different Worlds Publications (Tadashi Ehara), and Pied Piper Publishing (Robert J. Kuntz). More-recent projects include editing OSRIC version 1.0 as well as Mythmere Games’ Tomb of the Iron God. Allan’s editorial and development work has contributed to winning one Origins Award, securing four Origins Award nominations, and two ENnie Award nominations.

Greater Than Games - Greater Than Games is all about making the games that we have always wanted to play. We love playing games, and we love our ridiculous process of game creation. The most important thing to us is making the sorts of games we want to play available to everyone. Our first product here at >G is Sentinels of the Multiverse, a cooperative card game in which 3 to 5 players control a team of super powered heroes battling a dastardly villain. Sentinels of the Multiverse, or SotM, provides players with an innovative, streamlined game play experience that is easy to learn but requires strategic, team-based thinking. The game comes with ten different heroes, allowing players to build myriad hero teams and find new ways to challenge the villains. There are four different villains, each with unique mechanics and challenges, and four dynamic environments in which the battles take place. This flexibility adds enormous replay value and ensures that no two SotM games will play the same.

New Vendors:

Basement Games & Hobbies - We are your one stop shop for all your table top gaming needs. From cards to board games to miniature accessories. Or if you are just looking for a place to hang out for a few hours and play a game with your friends. Come on in and see what a game shop really is.  Basement Games & Hobbies is a local retailer supporter of KantCon.  Their brick-and-mortar storefront is located at 5908 NW 63rd Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64151.

Costume Wrangler’s Closet - The Costume Wrangler specializes in Geek Chic with fun, custom-made, comic book themed corsets, and other one-of-a-kind costumes and jewelry. Check out my website at http://costumewrangler.com for more information on designs and upcoming projects, including more comic-book inspired corsets and even men’s ties!

First Mate Productions - First Mate Productions is an eclectic, home-based business providing individualized, artistic creations. The artistic endeavors involve custom assembled and/or created jewelry, traditional art creations and costuming. Specific product lines have been developed to address the dominant themes within the gaming community (role-playing as well as board gaming). These will be displayed as ready-made and accessible items for purchase, along with expert consultation on more individualized creations, with special orders being taken.

Midwest Monster Lab - The Monster Lab offers a full range of custom paint services! To place an order for a painting commission, email midwestmonsterlab@gmail.com with your name, address, models to be painted/modeled, and what level of detail you desire (if commissioning a paint).

Project Shiro - A rampant sci-fi geek with a BA in physics, artist Sara Ruse loves slick robots and the oddities of the universe. Making unique and interesting characters has always been a thrill for her. Since the age of 13 she has been sketching and drawing, and nearly everything she knows is self-taught.

KantCon Event Highlight: RoboRally

RoboRallyTime: Saturday 2:30pm – 4:30pm

GM: Nick Seal

Robot Racing to the Extreme! As one of several supercomputers in a fully automated widget factory, you have it made. You are brilliant. Your are powerful. You are sophisticated. You are BORED. Time to enjoy a little fun at the factory’s expense! With the other computers, program factory robots and pit them against each other in frantic, destructive races across the factory floors. Be the first to touch the flags, in order, and you win it all: the honor, the glory, the grudging respect of the other computers. But first you have to get your robot past obstacles like gaping pits, industrial lasers, moving conveyor belts and, of course, the other robots! This will be a quick game of RoboRally, designed to teach the basics of the game to inexperienced players. Programmers ages 13+, please.