Kantcon 2012 on July 6-8 in Overland Park, Kansas

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Nathaniel Tolbert
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Hello everyone, I'm not entirely certain where to put this, so if I've put this in the wrong place, please let me know. I run a tabletop role playing game podcast with two of my friends called Gamer's Haven Podcast and every year for the past 3 years we have run a con here in Kansas. Kantcon stemmed from the fact that in 2009 none of us were going to be able to go to Gencon as we had for the past 14 years, so since we couldn't con we decided we would run our own con. Kantcon was born. Since 2009 with a humble beginning of 20 some odd people, we have bloomed to 200 attendants last year. For the past two years, we have funded the con through kickstarter, and this year is no different, as can be seen here - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/terrestrialboy/kantcon-2012-pre-pre-...

I am not normally into shameless self promoting, but I would like to share the con with as many people as possible. I know that some of the members on this forum like roleplaying games, so I felt it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to share. A little information about Kantcon.

Kantcon is a convention run by Gamer's Haven, which is a non-profit group. The convention is currently for tabletop gaming, including, but not limited to Role playing games, miniature battle games, family board games, hobbyist board games and more. The convention is a straight gaming convention and as of current there are not any seminars. After the pre-pre registration people whom are interested in running events may sign up to do so. We are also always looking for volunteers. This year will mark the first year that we may have a guest of honor, Shane Hensley, creator of the Savage Worlds system. That is, if we meet our over run mark on the pre-pre registration. We also give away prizes based on a raffle ticket system run by the prize mistress, or my wife. We get donated products from various companies specifically for the purpose of giving back to the attendees of the convention. More information about Kantcon can be found at the specific webpage for the con here - http://kantcon.com/

I understand that Kansas is a long way for anyone to travel, but anyone interested should definitely check it out. If information is needed, such as hotel information I will gladly provide that information. Please take a moment and check it out. Also... I would very much like to meet as many members of Armchair Arcade in person as I can. I very much enjoy conversing via forums with you and would very much enjoy being able to sit down and maybe play a game of Red Dragon Inn, or maybe Call of Cthulhu, or Savage Worlds, or even D&D with any one of you.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post, and I hope that I haven't offended anyone with my post. Have a great day!

Regards,

Nathan

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Nathaniel Tolbert
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Just a small update about Kantcon 2012

Hello everyone, I know I posted about this a while ago, but as we are nearing the actual date of the convention (July 6-8) I thought I would talk a little more about how things are progressing.

Most events that are to be run have been finalized! We currently have 83 events running over the three days of the convention. There are three time slots per day by three days which gives you approximately 9 events per time slot per day. These events include, but are not limited to - Dungeons and Dragons 1st Editions, AD&D 2nd Edition, D&D 3.5, 4th Ed, Savage Worlds system games, Deadlands, Trail of Cthulhu, Call of Cthulhu, Pathfinder and many more! Also included in these events are board games such as, Thunder Hamsters and the temple of cheese, Last Night on Earth, Run for your Life Candyman!, and many more. There are also dedicated tables for pick up games that do happen quite regularly. This year we have a guest of honor, Shane Hensley creator of Deadlands, who is graciously running two Deadlands games during the convention. We have several local and national companies coming this year including Secret Skeleton Minatures, Sentinels of the Multiverse, and others. We also for the first time have a venue called Kid's Track for events that are designed for parents to play with their children! And last but not least, we have a Costume contest this year as well for the first time! So if you are floating through Kansas City (Like you do..:)) on July 6-8th, come by and say hello! We are located at the Johnson County Community College Campus in the Regneir Center and play some games with everyone!

Now I have done my due dilligence and feel like a media whore. But seriously, if you are in the area, please feel free to stop by. We hope to continue expanding year on year. Maybe some day (30-40 years from now when I'm dead and gone :-)) we'll be an incredibly large Midwest Gaming convention.

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Nathaniel Tolbert
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We do have several cons here

We do have several cons here throughout the year, but Kantcon is the only RPG con in the summer here. I just learned about Kansasfest just a couple months ago, and I may see if I can check that out. Normally we offer floor space or the guest bedroom for people visiting from out of state, but this year I have a friend who is moving in from New Jersey and my wife and I offered him our guest room as he gets situated and finds a place to stay.

One thing I would love to do in the future (and I have talked with Ethan about it) is set up and run a convention for retro video game and computer systems. I would love to see the different kind of machines that people still have to this day, like my crazy wacky collection. (Every amiga system except a cd32, a bunch of old macs, a MegaST 2, c64 and 128, atari 800, and some other machines.) A couple problems include finding a location that has enough power outlets and such. And the insurance is a bit of a nightmare considering all items are classified as collectibles and insuring them gets very expensive very quick. To give an idea, out of the money needed for Kantcon insurance factors for 60% and that's not dealing with collectibles. The other thing to do with that would be to get people still making software and hardware for retro machines there as well, and that can be very very difficult, especially if, like me you don't know them very well. I'm sure there are plenty of people here who do though. Maybe some sort of collaboration?

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Very cool, Nathan, thanks for

Very cool, Nathan, thanks for sharing. Between that and Kansasfest (an annual Apple II event), that part of the country is certainly more hopping than one would expect for interesting stuff!

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