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Big Bad World is a meta-game that we ran throughout Big Bad Con 2016. To play, attendees selected from the basic playbooks (Ambassador, Mage, Rogue, or Explorer) and slid the playbooks behind their badge. On the front of the playbooks are our principles of play:
- Think about the well-being of those around you.
- Address yourself to the other attendees.
- Make room for others at the table.
- Shine the spotlight on your fellow players.
- Learn everyone’s name, let them be human.
On the back are each playbooks moves which are all in the format of:
Mark XP when you…
…introduce someone to a group of people.
…play a game you’ve never played before.
…pull up a chair for someone at your table.
After the players have marked their fifth XP, they could turn in their playbook, get a shiny pin showing the playbook was completed, and get a new playbook! Once all four basic playbooks were completed, some of our attendees moved onto the Advanced Playbooks…
- Here are the playbooks.
- This is the initial planning document.
- If you want to order pins, here are the print ready .psd files.
- If you’d like to modify the playbooks for your own use, email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch with us.
The goal is to gamify a way to promote the behaviors we want to see at the con. Something that won’t feel like a list of “Thou shalt…” and instead feel like a fun way to invite, encourage, and for some people permit good behavior (i.e. someone might be too shy to introduce themselves to a stranger, but of the game tells you that you get XP for doing it, they may feel more comfortable trying it).
Big Bad World, Powered by the Apocalypse.
The Big Bad Con 2016 program is ready! Want to take a peek at all we have to offer? Check it out!
Before you head out
Bring non-perishable food for donation. Big Bad Con will have a food barrel for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County at the registration desk. Please bring a can of something tasty for all the hungry folks in the Bay and we’ll give you a pin! Here is a list of food they are looking for.
Getting to the Hotel
Driving: The Marriott in downtown Walnut Creek is off Interstate 680. Here are driving directions.
Flying: Both the Oakland International Airport (OAK) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) are attached to BART (our subway system), so you can hop on a train and go to the Walnut Creek Station.
Public Transportation: We recommend taking BART to get to the Hotel. The Walnut Creek Station is a 12-minute walk, or you can call the hotel shuttle service (at 925-934-2000) for a pickup.
At the con
Hungry? The hotel resturant and bar are quite good, but there are also plenty of good eats nearby. See the map.
Where to go? The convention registration desk is downstairs at level B2. You can take an an elevator from the main lobby or walk down the steps near the bar. There is a map of the building on the hotel page.
Parking. Parking is valet only. The normal rate is $23/day but we have it reduced to $10/day for convention guests. Make sure the let the valet know that you’re with the con when you arrive.
Internet. There are two WiFi Networks available (one works better in the hotel lobby and guest rooms, another is stronger in the convention area), both of which are free to use.
Registration: If you signed up before Oct 5 your badge will be ready for you at the door. If not weekend passes are $50 and one day passes are $25. Teen weekend passes are $30 and $15 respectively. You can purchase these at the con registration desk.
Sign-ups: Online game sign-ups are closed. To get into any games at the con, check out the game sheet at the registration desk (Under the “Wolf Den” Banner) and put your name down in an open slot. Like we did it on the website, all open games will be first come, first served. The current day’s games will be posted on the wall, and updated for the next day at 8PM.
Games on Demand: Stop by California Ballroom Salon B and play in any of the Games on Demand Games as they open up. The organizers will post available game times, systems, and GMs inside the boardroom. Start times are here, but remember to show up about 10 minutes early to get in a game.
Open Gaming: All the game slots full and nothing to? Head over to Open Gaming, where we’ll have awesome pick-up games available all weekend!
Policy: Everyone at the con (attendees, volunteers, vendors, staff, and GMs) must adhere to the Community Standards policy.
Age Policy: The con is open to all attendees 13 and older. Guests 13-17 will need waiver signed by a parent or guardian when they pick up their badge. More information here.
Surviving at the Con
3-2-1. In the excitement of gaming it is easy to forget some of the basics. The 3-2-1 con rule is a reminder to get a minimum of 3 hours of sleep, 2 meals, and 1 shower each day.
Up for little exercise? The Wolf Chase 2016 is open to all who can stumble out of bed by 7AM. It’s our opportunity to not only get in some exercise, but also bring a little more aid to Doctors Without Boarders, via the Crowdrise fundraiser!
In a bind and need to contact us? You can tweet @bigbadcon, call (510) 646-0073, or send an email to email@example.com. Once you’re on site there will be staff members and volunteers in the registration area and open gaming. Just stop by and we’ll be happy to help.