The Open Gaming area is open 24-hours. You can stop by and play a pick-up game when you have some free time. Convention staff can provide you with a board game from our in-house supply. Currently available are Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot, Killer Bunnies and the Journey to Jupiter, KinderBunnies, Axis & Allies, Zombies!!!, Walking Dead, NCIS the Board Game, Star Wars Trivia Pursuit, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Chess, SPANC and Backgamon with more to come.
Due to limited seats, sign-up sheets are posted in the main Open Gaming area to register for specific scheduled gaming sessions. Registered players must be prompt. If they are more than 10 minutes late for a start time they will be replaced with an alternate if the session was full. Sorry, but our referees have to stay on a schedule too!
Timeslots have been scheduled for several classic boardgames, as well as some newcomers. Killer Bunnies is returning and Zombies!!! will appear after dark, of course. We also will have Munchkin available. Sessions are scheduled for Champions (HERO System), GURPS 4th Ed, GURPS 3rd Ed, Pathfinder, and Traveller. We also have a Magic tournament and learning session scheduled. In what has become a tradition, we will be beta testing games with their developers and giving feedback again this year. The Gaming Schedule has been released, but it is still subject to change.
The Super Hero LARP (SHLARP) is returning with a twist. This year is a new start, with the story and characters having nothing to do with previous years. Don’t miss issue #1. Strange Aeons Live Action Role Playing Game presents a LARP for Vampires, Humans and more. This LARP is designed for Vampire veterans as well as rookies interested in a dark, spooky, and rather exciting weekend. The plot of this year’s story it now available, and entitled “Eulogy“. And for thoses that like the mystery of the orient, there is a Legend of the Five Rings LARP with samurai, katanas and politics to keep your interest.
Each of these LARPs will be running all weekend. They have their own Headquarters in the hotel, and designated areas of play. All encourage costumes and props, within reason.
We have a special room that is just for video gamers. It has computers, video gaming consoles and a library of games you won’t believe. Even better, you can touch them – actually play those old games like Mario Bros 3, Eco the Dolphin and Sonic. Starting with the XBox 360 and PS3 we work backwards through the generations to classics like the Sega Dreamcast and Genesis, Nintendo 64 and SNES, and the PS2 and PSOne. But before those came the Atari 2600… and hundreds of block graphic games. Stop by and try Adventure or Yar’s Revenge on the Atari!
The Video Gaming Room is available all weekend. It is closed at night.
You can meet our gaming guests throughout the weekend by attending panel discussions. Our panels (like Designing Games, Gaming and Fiction Crossovers, Building Strange New Worlds, and How to Run a LARP from 2012) will let you interact with published and practiced game designers.
We also hold special tournaments and sanctioned games throughout the weekend.
We’re happy to welcome The Pathfinder Society to MystiCon. The Pathfinder Society will have tables running games almost continuously throughout the weekend. Be sure to sign up in the Open Gaming area to reserve your spot. And remember your Pathfinder Society ID number to report your play times. If you aren’t a member, getting an ID is easy and free.
This year we have a Magic the Gathering event – Friday Night-like Magic!
Want to run a game?
Time slots are getting tight for scheduled games, but we still can fit a few. . If you are interesting in running a game, please contact the Gaming Department Head, George Minter at firstname.lastname@example.org. We require basic information like a description of the game, the game system, the number of players, and how often you want to run it