GameCon is 4 days relaxation summer event for people who like any kind of non-computer games: board games, PnP or tabletop roleplaying games, larps, wargaming, unconventional active games or social, fun and party games or any other games which focus non-digital world, no matter if the real one or the imaginary ones. This year, we are arranging several activities which are going to run in English. You can check out one of our videos to get a picture.
It doesn’t matter if you are hard-core game geek or just occasional gamer- GameCon is kinda both festival (open for the public with program open for everyone) and convention (social event for regular visitors who want to meet both each other and new people) and we actively support both of these aspects.
GameCon takes place 21-24th of July (Thu – Sun) 2016 in city Pardubice, Czech Republic.
This part of GameCon is experimental this year, so the offered program has limited extend and some parts are being solved on individual basis. Below you will find all important information, but if you have any question or need for clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us (directly via e-mail, on our FB page or just call us).
GameCon international visitors are being supported by our „English officers“:
For further information, if you have any questions or you if you need to arrange something, do not hesitate to contact us.
As was mentioned above, this year we are arranging several activities which are going to run purely in English. Besides of that, we also do have program which is not primarily English, but which may be accessible to English speaking visitors.
First, please take into account, that not all players are going to be completely fluent speakers with Oxford English accent – this is not the requirement since we want to be open to people from all around and we believe that people can understand and play with each other even if they are not language masters. For that reason we’d like to ask all English activities participants for appropriate level of mutual tolerance in this matter.
Playing with explosives is a lot of fun. You can blow up a bridge, enemy gang headquarters … but what if you are alone with a bomb in a room? And the bomb is ticking…
Fortunately, there is a team of experienced experts who may be able to help you defuse the bomb in time. So pray they won't make a mistake and that you are not going to cut a blue wire instead of a red one.Show me more
This is a social game with one computer and a lot of fun you will definitely enjoy. You will rotate on the place of pyrotechnic and experts and you will deal with even very complicated explosives.
It's August 1945. The war in Europe ended three months ago, but ferocious battles continue to rage in the Pacific. A plane with 6 men lands at the American Johnston Island Army Air Force Base. These men represent several nations; they are ambassadors and secret service agents but also clergymen. This top secret meeting has one item on the agenda – a new weapon, never used before – the atomic bomb. Before they use it for the first time, Americans want the majority of the representatives from the countries involved in the ending war to give their consent. However, each of the participants has their own goals, and the only question is how far they are willing to go to achieve them. Show me more
Pika-Don is a diplomatic larp about decision-making, asserting one’s interests, on responsibility and the meaning of ethics and morality. Character development does not rely on players themselves, but on the decisions they make in the game. The larp demonstrates how varying information on which we base both small and big decisions as well as our opinions on crucial events (e.g. dropping the atomic bomb) impact our perspective.
The King grows old. The Kingdom grows weary. Uncertainty is rife, and people grow restless. Rumours have spread regarding the Prince and Heir, and you have been summoned to the palace.
This RPG takes place in a fantasy kingdom, and has strong elements of intrigue, action, and potential for intra-party conflict. Characters are provided, and a brief rundown of the system will precede the game. There will be a mixture of politics, mystery, and combat – not an all-out combat game.
The system used is GURPS, which is a universal system allowing for almost anything. Don’t worry about complexity though, as the only mechanic to worry about is ‘roll 3d6, get lower than X’.
An apocalyptic ice storm has crippled Lafontaine, Missouri. The Agents must secure a forgotten storage facility packed with artifacts of past Delta Green operations. They soon confront a horror that gruesomely invades and mutilates its victims. What is preying on the citizens of Lafontaine besides the weather? Can the Agents overcome the threat with decisive action, or will they doom everyone in the horror's path?
Born of the U.S. government’s 1928 raid on the degenerate coastal town of Innsmouth, Massachusetts, the covert agency known as Delta Green spent four decades opposing the forces of darkness with honor, but without glory. Stripped of sanction after a disastrous 1969 operation in Cambodia, Delta Green’s leaders made a secret pact: to continue their work without authority, without support, and without fear. Delta Green agents slip through the system, manipulating the federal bureaucracy while pushing the darkness back for another day—but often at a shattering personal cost.
Fate Core is a flexible system that can support whatever worlds you dream up. Have you always wanted to play a post-apocalyptic spaghetti western with tentacle monsters? Swords and sorcery in space? Wish there was a game based on your favorite series of books, film, or television, but it never happened? Fate Core is your answer. Player charecters will be premade..
You are on your way to find untold riches in the desert of Desolation. Your last stop in civilisation is crusader's keep of Martyr's Point and the village around it. Butwhen you approach it, you see that there is something seriously wrong in that place: you saw several ghouls, there is black smoke hanging above the village and the place looks almost empty. What the hell happened here?
Sometimes the world needs heroes. But in the desperation of these last days, the world will take all those it can get: heroes, blackguards, madmen, and whoever else is willing to stand against the coming darkness. Will you fight the demons or will you burn it all down and dance among the ashes? Who will you become when the world dies? Shadow of the Demon Lord opens a door to an imaginary world held in the grip of a cosmic destroyer. Enter a land steeped in the chaos and madness unleashed by the end times, with whole realms overrun by howling herds of beastmen, warped spirits freed from the Underworld, and unspeakable horrors stirred awaken by the Demon Lord’s imminent arrival.
Shadow of the Demon Lord runs on very simple d20 system, inspired by old school gaming. Player characters will be premade at level 4.
The King is dead, the world of Mantica is engulfed in chaos and new kings arise to fight for their place under the Sun. Will you also lead your people into a battle against your enemies. The army is ready for you and so is your opponent's; with him you will compare your skills and abilities in a battle under a supervision of an experienced instructor. Show me more
Kings of War is a fantasy game played with miniatures in which large armies engage in epic combats. The armies are composed of units of warriors accompanied by powerful monsters and heroes. The gameplay is based on simple and elegant rules that are easy to remember and still offer broad strategic and tactical possibilities.
The days are growing darker in the East. Some say orcs have returned to old, long abandoned fortresses of Dol Guldur and Angmar. And some even claim they have seen strange creatures on the borders of the Shire or Rivendell. But these must be voices of fools. Dark Lord and the One Ring, after all, are but long forgotten legends. Or are they not? Show me more
Will you lead the Fellowship of the Ring to success in its quest to destroy the One Ring, or will you gather the hordes of Shadow and cover the whole of Middle-Earth in darkness? Will you convince the non-beligerent Free Peoples of Middle-Earth to stand up and fight, or will they succumb to dark spell? Will Minas Tirith survive another day in siege, or will it fall?
War of the Ring is a grand strategy board game for 2 players, re-enacting events of the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. One player shall lead the Fellowship of the Ring in its quest to keep hidden from the powers of the Dark Lord and destroy the One Ring. The other player shall lead the armies of the Shadow, aiming at conquering Middle-Earth before Fellowship can reach its goal. We are running two sessions at once so that 4 players can attend.
The game seems to be unbalanced from its beginning – while the heroes of the Free Peoples are few and die one by one, the forces of Darkness are endless. But each side has its own objective, and no victory is ever easy.
Gameplay time can differ and the session might not end up in time.
The Ascent of Ouranos is a larp depicting the voyage of five souls through time, through key events of human lives, from completely intimate moments to great, historical ones. The play is strictly divided into scenes and each of them has different events and characters appear. However, they are interconnected by the same player, representing a soul and a certain elementary human form which remains the same all the time. Show me more
The larp looks for answers to the question to know what impression the souls and their thoughts will make in completely different scenes; it induces dilemmas, and thanks to the diversity of characters it examines them from different points of view. We tried to have enough content prepared by organizers for players, so that they are going to be able to act out the scenes without their own input. The game aims at opening a discussion, though, so it is possible and even very welcome for the players to enlarge the characters and introduce new ideas and views of their own.
Starship Combat in Original Series Star Trek. Take command of a Federation cruiser, aKlingon battlecruiser, and many more ships that were never seen on screen.
Federation Commander is a Hex and Counter wargame where players control from 1 to 6 (or so, depending on how brave you are) ships, and attempt to complete objectives such as ‘blow up all enemy ships’. In this game you will battle under the supervision of an instructor in an intensifying scenario.
Following activities may be accessible to English speaking visitors, if you are brave enough to go for it. Conditions and accessibility may vary – some of these might be available for anyone who wants to go, other might require prior notice about participation of English speaking player and some might be accessible only for those English speaking players, who come in a group or with a Czech speaking friend. Please see the conditions in the description:
Do you have some spare time? Just stop by in the board game hall which is the largest gaming place and it is usually full of players. There are hundreds of boardgames from all Czech board game publishers. You can just find the one closest to your heart, ask some players around and start playing. Show me more
Besides of that, there are also game tutors (most of them speak English) who will help you and explain the game to you in case you need (you will recognize them by orange t-shirt). The board game hall is opened every day from 9am until 3am of next day.
GameCon is festival „for gamers from gamers“ – although our program and activity leaders are really good, most of them are our faithful long-term visitors and/or friends – meaning people like you, not „professionals“. If you want to prepare some program for others as well, you are welcome to!
Just contact our program dramaturge (and one of our English officers) Sirien and he will help you to arrange it.
Program organizers are rewarded symbolically by some nominal discount on activities, t-shirts and some other minor stuff.
We are offering the international registration form to all of our foreign visitors. Filling and sending it is the easiest way to go, because we will handle for you everything what is needed, so we recommend it.
Please expect that after filling and sending the form you will be contacted by one of our English officers regarding details of your registration.
When you want to attend the program on GC, you need to sign up for individual activities (these are paid separately, see below). We recommend you to sign up in advance, especially for low-capacity activities (notably RPGs, LARPs and Wargamings).
As a foreign visitor, you have right for prior sign-up for English activities (after 10th of May anyone can sign up for English program). If you are interested, please write it into the international registration form (or you can contact our English officers - see above).
Of course, if you are brave enough (or you have Czech friend at hand) and you don't want our help, you can go through standard way – unfortunately for technical reasons, our standard registration is still in Czech only.
All information you provide us are confidential and they are used for legal and internal-analysis purposes only with no exceptions. There are no third parties involved and we will never pass them on.
Signing-up for activities: Once you have your registration and you are signed for the given year, you may sign-up for our program. If you are handling your registration alone, please be careful to sign only for English-accessible activities (see above). Please pay attention to annotations and labels of all program items. You can still contact our English officers in case of need.
Entry to GameCon is free (there is voluntary admission if you want to support us). Accommodation, purchases and program/activities are payed separately (well, at once, but they are calculated separately).
Prices differ for individual activities due to their different costs, exclusivity and demand. We are trying to keep GC accessible to everyone, so the usual range is between 60 and 250 Czech Crowns (approx. 2 – 10 EUR) – this is the base price, but there are three main possible sources of discounts (applicable for activities only):
After you send us the international registration form, one of our English officers will send you details regarding the payment.
Every time you make a change – when you decide to buy one more of our nice t-shirts or when you sign-in (or out) on some activity – GC web automatically recalculates your total price for the festival.
From the money you send us we deduct your current cost and we leave the surplus on your GC account – you may:
Our website will provide you with the account number and all other necessarily details. Please do not forget to write us your Variable symbol (we can’t pair the payment with your account without it).
If you are paying from foreign account, you should check your banking fees. If you agree with one of our „english officers“, you may also pay on place without the standard penalizations (like automatic sign-out of those who didn’t payed until June 30th).
We call it „infopult“ (in Czech); it is something like reception or info-center and during the festival itself, it is the organizational brain and nerve system for both visitors and organizers – and it is the first place you need to find and visit. There is always going to be someone who speaks English.
After your arrival, Infodesk will handle your registration, they give you the ticket, room keys and all important materials and information.
Anytime you need something, you can come to Infodesk – people there know who is who, who is where, how is what and all the other combinations of such words and they are there to help.
As GC main organizers we have red bracelet-tickets on our hands and usually we also wear red GameCon t-shirts. People from Infodesk and board-games tutors in board-game hall do have orange t-shirts.
People in blue GameCon t-shirts are program and activities organizers. (some of them actually wear them).
All activities start on one place under so-called „avatars“ („maskot“ in Czech, see bwlow) – every program section (RPGs, LARPs, boardgames…) has its own avatar and you are supposed to be there cca 15 minutes before the activity starts. Please be on time. Leader / organizer of the activity will pick you there together with other players and show you to the location the game or activity takes place. (Even if you know, where it takes place, come to the avatar first – we need to check the presence – in case somebody is missing, we offer the place to somebody else!)
GameCon offers several different options for accommodation – you can have a room with 2 beds, room with 3 beds or you can sleep in sleeping bag in dedicated area (usually some gym). Capacities for 3 bed rooms are unfortunately quite limited this year due to reconstruction of their building, so if you want them, hurry. (Of course you can find different accommodation on your own if you wish so.)
Rooms we offer are standard Czech high-school boarding house rooms, so you can picture it as rooms in some very good (and a little bit more private) hostel or as a rooms in lets say 2* hotel (without the service). For rooms with 3 beds, kitchens and bathrooms with showers are common for the corridor, but rooms with 2 beds have their own bathroom, shower and small kitchen (one bathroom, shower and kitchen for 2 rooms).
If you decide to sleep in sleeping bag in common sleeping area, we can promise you that the room is going to be clean and we will try to ensure some quiet through the night, but you should take into account, that GameCon is also a festival and people are usually having fun into quite late evening or into the night (also several dozens of people are sleeping on one place - for many people this is ok, but we are rather writing it here for you to know it for sure).
This year we offer breakfast, lunch and dinner – and it can be ordered in registration form. There will be always vegetarian option but it cannot be ordered in advance (rule „first comes, first gets“ is applied). Also, volunteers organize a vegan meal option - just write to our English officers if you are interested.
Let’s be honest about one thing – although there are lots of good things in Czech Republic, general knowledge of English is not really one of them. Although our visitors are above the national average, it might take a few minutes for you to find somebody with whom you could have a proper fluent conversation. We hope that it is something you manage to overcome during first few hours after your arrival.
Those who like parties are not going to have problems finding them. The Saturday one - or the one which is written in the program on Saturday - is actually official (with live music and stuff). Remaining "unofficial" parties differ - some of them are quite quiet (watterpipes, wine and talking), others are wilder.
If you do not like parties, don't worry - you are not alone and there is still something to do in the evening
Medic is present throughout the whole festival. He has shiny yellow vest with red cross, he is available on the phone (+420 777 802 579) or through the Infodesk (see above How it works and goes). Please contact him in case of any need as well as if you get sick (reporting duty). If it happens that it is necessarily to call the ambulance, call him immediately.
Your possession: Czech Republic is one of the 10 safest countries in the world - yet it is not completely free of misbehavior; there is no significant history of thefts on our festival, bud please keep your valuable possessions safe so it can stay that way. Do not forget to lock your rooms or keep your valuable possession safely with you in case you sleep in the common sleeping back area.
Speaking of misbehavior - we do not want to lecture people about how they should treat each other when it comes to language, arguments, any kind of harassment and so on, so please do not make us. If you see (or experience) something what seems inappropriate, let us know immediately (on the infopult or just tell it to nearest person who wears red GameCon t-shirt).