What is the date for RinCon '16?
RinCon '16 will happen September 30 to October 2, 2016, at the Sheraton Hotel and Suites, at 5151 E. Grant Road in Tucson, AZ..
What will happen when I get there?
First, there will be a RinCon check-in/registration desk in the hotel lobby where you will get a cool badge on a lanyard to identify yourself as a RinCon participant. Wear this around your neck so everyone knows you belong :) You will also receive a raffle ticket. Throughout the weekend various games or other items will be raffled off. Just drop your ticket in when there is something you are interested in winning. More tickets are available for purchase if desired. Next, we suggest a quick wander around to see what is available -- just take a few minutes to get familiar with the vendor and gaming areas. You will notice areas for RPG’s, board games, miniatures, vendors, and open gaming. Also take a look through the listings at Games HQ, right next to the registration desk -- this will be used throughout the convention to find out exactly where the scheduled events will take place and is a great place to go if you ever have any questions.
Do I need to sign up for games?
No. The scheduled events are a very easy way to plan out your weekend, but are completely optional. If there’s a specific game you’ve been wanting to try, or you are new to the game convention environment, scheduled games are generally a good place to start. Unless otherwise specified in the description, all scheduled events should be open to new players and include a rules overview. However, it’s also entirely possible to have a great time without focusing on the scheduled events, and many attendees prefer this approach. There will be open gaming all weekend long with plenty of games to choose from in the game library and plenty of open tables.
Should I bring my own games to play?
A library of a few hundred games which you can borrow will be an available during the con (a driver’s license will be required to borrow games). However, if there’s a specific game you want to make sure you play, you are absolutely welcome to bring your own games. In fact, even if you’re new to RinCon, feel free to add an event to the gaming schedule so others can sign up ahead of time to play with you or just grab a “Players Wanted” sign and sit down. Just keep in mind, like any convention, all attendees are responsible for their own belongings during the convention.
How do I find a game to play in?
The easiest way to find games before the con starts is to sign up for scheduled events. During the convention, check the Games HQ desk to see exactly which table the scheduled games are at. And even if you didn’t sign up ahead of time, feel free to stop by these events if you’re interested -- it’s very possible there will be open seats available. In the open gaming areas (both in the main halls and also in the designated open gaming room with the game library), there will be various groups of players more than willing to let you join them. Definitely keep an eye out for the “Players Wanted” signs indicating a game is getting ready to start and more players are needed. Even without the sign, if you see a group setting up a game you’re interested in, feel free to ask if they need another player. You could also visit the game library and see who else is looking at games to play -- this is a great way to find other gamers looking to start something and you could even help decide on a game. Signing up for one or two scheduled games early in the con can also be a good way to meet a few other gamers to hang out with during the weekend. Finally, if all else fails, set up something you’re interested in playing and grab a “Players Wanted” sign. More than likely, there are many others walking around looking to get into a game.
What if I’m interested in a game but don’t know how to play?
All scheduled events should begin with an introduction and rules overview. It’s incredibly rare that everyone at a table will already know how to play a game, so you won’t be alone. This being the case, please try to make it to your scheduled events on time so the teacher can begin explaining the rules. In the open gaming area, the folks running the game library are very willing and able to walk you through the rules, although they do a lot of teaching during the con so their availability might be a bit limited. Finally, there will be “Teachers Wanted” signs available. Feel free to grab one of these and set it on a table with the game (or multiple games) you’re interested in learning. There’s no guarantee that someone will know how to play, but chances are pretty good that someone will be able to help.
What types of games can I expect?
The convention has a wide variety of Board Games (Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Scythe, Castles of Mad King Ludwig), Role Playing Games (7th Sea, Pathfinder, Savage Worlds, D&D, Fiasco), Collectible Card Games (Magic the Gathering, Netrunner), and Miniatures Games (Warhammer, Malifaux, Dust Tactics, X-Wing). Even if you don’t sign up for scheduled events, looking through the schedule will give you a good idea of what types of games you can expect to see. Most of the RPG’s and miniatures will be scheduled events, while board games and CCG’s will be split between scheduled and open gaming. The available game library is specific to board and card games, so if you’re interested in RPG’s, CCG’s, or miniatures, you will usually need to bring your own items or join one of the scheduled events. Also keep in mind that conventions are a popular place for designers to show prototypes of games still in development, so you may have the chance to play and provide feedback on a brand new design.
When are the convention hours?
The official hours for the convention are Friday, September 30th at noon through Sunday, October 2nd at 6pm. The main gaming room does not close during the evening, so while sleep is highly recommended, there will likely be some late night or even all night events. The vendor area in the main room will be open from noon - 6pm on Friday, 9am - 6pm on Saturday, and 9am - 6pm on Sunday.
Where can I eat during the con?
There is a restaurant in the hotel (Fire + Spice), as well as a small snack cart with some sandwiches, wraps, chips etc. for a quick meal, a cash bar with specialty drinks on Friday and Saturday evenings, and a 24-hour Starbuck’s in the hotel lobby. Nearby fast food restaurants include Chipotle, Jimmy John’s, Panda Express, Smashburger, Wendy’s, Subway, and Whataburger. The hotel also provides cups and water throughout the weekend and vending machines are available for other drinks and snacks.
Will games be available for sale or trade?
A few of the local retail game stores will have booths set up in the vendor area selling a variety of games and accessories throughout the weekend. Definitely try to support them by spending some time (and money) there. We are still deciding what format, if any, a Flea Market or other forum for selling used games would take. Keep an eye out for this programming.
Where do I park and where is the convention in the hotel?
Plenty of free parking is available at the hotel, both near the front entrance and along the southeast and northeast sides. The convention will occupy all of the conference rooms along the west end of the hotel. Please enter through the conference center entrance on the west edge of the building. A registration booth will be set up in the conference center lobby when you first arrive. Or, just look around for someone carrying a pile of games and follow them.
Are there any additional fees for any of the events at the con?
Participation in all games, panels, tournaments, and special programming is included with the purchase price! For certain make-and-take events, there may be a nominal extra fee to cover materials. You have the opportunity to buy additional raffle tickets and are welcome to buy merchandise from the vendors, of course.