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April 22-24, 2016 Kansas City

Pure Gaming Satisfaction

Gray Havens

A Seed Planted

So there was this guy named Bob. Bob was friendly, outgoing, and loved to play games. Board games, role-playing games, card games, you name it. Being smart, and fun to be around, and a very likable sort, Bob became a nexus of several otherwise unconnected groups of tabletop hobby gamers. Times were good and Bob found himself in possession of a large house with lots and lots of space. He decided to throw a big weekend-long party where his gamer friends could come and leave as they liked, playing and sharing games, and enjoying each others' food and company. And so the first BobCon was held at Bob's house in 2004. Everyone had a great time, and couldn't wait until the next one. There was talk of holding two a year.

Organic Growth

The event outgrew Bob's house and moved to a housing association clubhouse. There was talk of finding a larger venue and becoming a proper convention, but costs and the historically casual nature of the event always kept this from becoming a reality. With each successive year, Bob's work on the convention grew and grew, and in 2009 the burden of organizing it himself became too much. Bob decided to be done with it. But because the event had been so beloved by those who attended, he sought to gather those resources together into an organizing committee that might continue the fun in his stead. And so the BobCon Council was formed from ten of the staunchest supporters of the event. BobCon continued.

Complexity Emerges

BobCon developed its own event registration system and explored ways to bring in revenue throughout the year. Operations became more complex and time-consuming. Over the next few years, the Council dwindled as long-time supporters found their attentions elsewhere. And so the burdens again rested on the shoulders of a few. In 2014 a crowd-funding campaign was conceived to bring in new energy and revenues, and indeed it was a great success. For the first time, BobCon didn't' have to borrow money to pay for the event space. There were more events, prizes, and attendees than ever before; still mostly friends of friends, but with some new faces as well. In many ways, 2014 was the pinnacle of the BobCon experience. But it was also its nadir. Air conditioning problems at the clubhouse plagued the event during an unseasonably warm October. A guest was sexually assaulted by a friend someone brought along, requiring the police to be involved.

Change Comes

Then a serious personal injury caused one of the main organizers to take time off. The future of the event was uncertain, and 2015 came and went without a BobCon. The remaining BobCon Council members took this opportunity to soul search regarding the event and the time commitment it required. 2016 came around to find the Council had largely disbanded, its members drawn to their own interests. But the remaining few decided to give it a go, at least one last time. The event was moved to the Oak Tree Inn where an annex provided lots of space, a kitchen, and its own tables and chairs. Costs increased. A date was picked, but there were only a couple months lead time to promote the event. Some long-time attendees were unable to attend. Revenues and costs were a wash. The event was again a success, but attendance was lower than hoped, and throughout the weekend there was a sense that perhaps BobCon had run its course. One last hurrah. A farewell, of sorts.

A Page Turns

And so it is with no small measure of sadness that we put to a close, at least for now, the story of BobCon. A story that we, our friends, and our children will always look back upon with fond memories.


Supporters are encouraged to attend the much larger events that former BobCon staffers are now involved with:

  • KantCon, held each summer. KantCon has a similar origin story to BobCon, having its roots in a weekend-long gamer retreat at a house in Merriam.
  • Midwest GameFest, held each fall. Some BobCon organizers now lead this effort.

 

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LPS on Castle

Well another BobCon has come and gone. What a great (and exhausting) time! Check out some photos from the event over at our Facebook page!

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Games and Food!

Bring Some Games and Food to Share with Others

BobCon has long been a casual potluck of games and food. Folks bring a favored game to play with others and often bring along some food to share as well.

Games
Make sure and bring one or more games to share. There will be lots of board and card games, but that's because folks bring them to share. The BobCon core library consists of some old chestnuts like Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, Dixit, etc. The great variety of game selection comes from attendees like you! 

Food
There will be some con-funded lunchmeat, PB&J, bread, snacks and drinks for sale via our storied "BobCon Honor Jar" and there will be some paper plates, forks, etc. There is a microwave, sink, and full fridge for our use, and we will also have at least one large cooler for ice. But anything you'd like to contribute is appreciated (more staples, condiments, napkins, forks, etc). And if you have a special dish, we'd love to try it out!

Restaurants
There are also a ton of great restaurants nearby, including the famous Rosedale BBQ, and about a hundred fantastic Mexican restaurants nearby on Southwest Boulevard. There is also an Applebee's attached to the venue.

Note: BobCon is a labor of love run by volunteers. Please consider supporting BobCon with a SponsorPatron, or even King of the Con reward level.

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Save Time at the Door

Head on over and get your passes and check out the event chart for scheduled events.

Other Details

When: April 22-24; doors open at 11am Fri, and 9am Sat and Sun.

Where: Oak Tree Inn, Kansas City

Questions: 816-529-3096 or bcstaff@bobcon.org

Head on over and get your passes and check out the event chart for scheduled events.

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Online Payment is Live!

Now Accepting PayPal Payments

At long last our online payment system is now up and operational! Select from a number of different reward levels, from a one-day pass like Saturday Only to the extravagant King of the Con. Don't waste time at the door, head over and get your passes paid for in advance!

Note: BobCon is a labor of love run by volunteers. Please consider supporting BobCon with a SponsorPatron, or even King of the Con reward level.

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Event Submission Deadline Extended!

New Deadline: April 20

There isn't a deadline for the many, many pickup games found at BobCon, but it you want a game scheduled in advance, make sure and get it submitted! Don't see your favorite game on our event chart? Run it yourself and share with others!

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Event Signups Now Online!

Event Chart Filling Up

Many games are already on the event chart and can be signed-up for via our Warhorn page!

» SIGNUP AT WARHORN


More Details Coming Soon

When: April 22-24

Where: Oak Tree Inn, Kansas City

Our online payment system is coming online soon. Put us on your calendar, pack your meeples, and get ready to game! Watch for announcements here, Facebook, and Twitter, and please forward this email to anyone who might be interested!

Volunteering

We're always looking for folks to help out. The workload isn't big, especially compared to larger events link KantCon, Midwest GameFest, and TsunamiCon, so if you'd like to get involved just let us know at bcstaff@bobcon.org.

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Event Submission Deadline: April 19

We are pleased to announce that BobCon 2016 event submission is now open! Come, play games, and share with others! We'll post event on our Warhorn site as soon as we get them, so don't delay!

» Submit Your Events


BobCon 2016 Merchandise

Merchandise Now Available!

Order Soon to Receive by the Event

You can show your BobCon 2016 spirit with commemorative glassware, mugs, bags, t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and more! There's even something for your pet. =) A few bucks from each order goes to support BobCon, so get some great gear and help fund the fun!

» Order Merchandise


More Details Coming Soon

When: April 22-24

Where: Oak Tree Inn, Kansas City

Our online payment system is coming online soon. Put us on your calendar, pack your meeples, and get ready to game! Watch for announcements here, Facebook, and Twitter, and please forward this email to anyone who might be interested!

Volunteering

We're always looking for folks to help out. The workload isn't big, especially compared to larger events link KantCon, Midwest GameFest, and TsunamiCon, so if you'd like to get involved just let us know at bcstaff@bobcon.org.

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