Looking for Replacement GMs

ReplacementGMsThanks to a series on unfortunate events, some of our game masters and hosts have had to cancel their plans for attending Big Bad Con. As a result, we have a number of orphaned players.

If you think you could run a game in the following time slots, please contacts us at events [AT] bigbadcon [DOT] com to tell us which slot you can fill and provide us with a description for the replacement game. It’s OK to offer a shorter game than the original time slot, for example, 8PM to midnight instead of 6PM to midnight.

We included the system information for games that were cancelled, but we are not asking you to running the same system; they’re just for your information. We will reach out to the stranded players for any slot you can fill.

Date Time System Status
Friday 8PM-midnight The Quiet Year  Replaced!
Saturday 9AM-5PM At the Hands of an Angry God
Saturday 2PM-6PM BASH!  Replaced!
Saturday 6PM-midnight Dogs in the Vineyard  Replaced!
Saturday 8PM-midnight BASH!  Replaced!
Sunday 2PM-8PM The Breaking Point  Replaced!

Thank you in advance for any brave Replacement GMs!

Roleplay Workshop at Big Bad Con

Logo-2016-09-06Last year Becky and Steve ran a few games for us, which were awesome. This year they are coming back and running a full track of events! But this is just the tip of the iceberg, Roleplay Workshop offers great games and classes all year long:

Workshops by The Roleplay Workshop

Amaze your players and bring your games to life! The experienced and talented team at Roleplay Workshop present these workshops to help step up your game as a GM and level up the fun for you and your players. With our 30 years of professional gaming and teaching experience, we’ll work to make your game what you want it to be. Our expertise covers models and terrain, world creation, story and campaign design, incorporating player input, and mediating player conflict.
Learn more about the RolePlay Workshop and what we can offer to hone your GMing skills at: www.roleplayworkshop.com/programs/workshops-14/

Games from The Roleplay Workshop

We currently offer groups in five different game worlds that span the fantasy and sci-fi spectrum. Each world has a rich and vivid atmosphere all its own, meticulously crafted over the last 30 years by both the Game Master and their players. The accompanying game systems range from simple to complex, and we have offerings for players new or experienced in any of these systems.

If you want to take a closer look at any of our programs, consider stopping by for a site visit to see our games in action!
Contact us to setup a visit!

Games and Events at Big Bad Con

The Long Way Home – Set in the Firefly universe before the Unification War, the crew of the Distant Shore is totally broke. Your captain has accepted the job of transporting the body of Darius Dawson from Higgins’ Moon to his family on Haven.

Game Master Clinic – The heart of the Game Master experience is creating a good canvas and implementing a good game so that the players’ stories can unfold. Join us for a Q&A to help you with your game world, your game scenario, and / or your gaming group.

Rise up ECCC! – *Shemp Pirrudy’s Freedom Network**CALL TO ACTION!**Children abducted for Corporate experimentation!**RESIST! ECCCY Free Clinic is a front!**Do you have what it takes?**Click here for details!*

Building Terrain and Models: Cardboarding, Greebling, and Kitbashing – In this four hour demo and lab, you’ll learn a few basic skills to help you on your way to crafting and detailing 3-D terrain and models. There will be an opportunity to try some of the techniques demonstrated. Materials provided.

Big Bad Threads – Available for a limited pre-order!

The t-shirt and hoodie pre-order is now closed while we have the shirts screened. Still want some Big Bad Threads? Swing by the reg desk at the con and see what sizes and cuts we have in stock!

New World Magischola House Rivalry

soledad longNew World Magischola is four-day, three-night premiere wizarding larp on the East Coast. The universe of Magimundi is packed full of wizards, mages, magical creatures, and unique traditions.

How can Little Red and The Wolf get a chance to play in this magical world? Glad you asked…

New World Magischola at Big Bad Con

Interested in getting a taste of NWM and a chance to get an exclusive promo card for NWM’s new card game, House Rivalry? Check out the NWM games we’ve got on the roster:


A Wolf By Any Other Name (Saturday 2pm – 6pm)

The Search for Snow Dragon (Sunday 9am – 1pm)

Board Games:

New World Magischola House Rivalry (Saturday 9am – 11am)

New World Magischola House Rivalry (Sunday 2pm – 4pm)

New World Magischola House Rivalry (Sunday 4pm – 6pm)

New World Magischola in Kickstarter

The House Rivalry Kickstarter just launched and it’s already blazing away! House Rivalry is a competitive card game for 2-5 players that transports you to the start of the semester at New World Magischola, North America’s premier college of wizardry. Start your journey by selecting a unique character, and choose your House. Then set out to complete your studies by attending class, casting spells, fighting monsters, and competing against rival students for the glory of the First House Cup!

Game sign ups go live on Saturday – all the info here!

Game signups open Saturday (Sept 16) at noon PST. Here’s everything you need to know about it:

Verify Your Badge Now

Super important. If you haven’t already, head over to Verify your 2017 Badge and click the Book Now button. If you have any trouble email events@bigbadcon.com to let us know ASAP.

Need to get a badge?

No problem, head over here to sign up!

Signing up for Events

To get in a game or other event, go to the event page itself and if you’re eligible to get in, click the Book Now button.

Beware the dreaded Overbooking: Year after year we work on improving our sign ups through server upgrades and code revisions, but overbooking still happens. As our servers get bogged down, sometimes two (or more) people click the book now button while there is still one spot open and before any of the bookings have gone through. The result is that everyone thinks they got into the game. We, the forest gnomes, vigilantly watch for these overbookings and as soon as we catch them we’ll let the folks know with a polite, but sad “sorry, this game was overbooked” email. We’ll leave the person with the earliest timestamp in the slot and ask others to pick another game. If this happens to you, we apologize in advance.


  • Teens (13-17) can sign up for events marked Teens and All Ages
  • Adult attendees (18+) can sign up for all events except those marked Teens. Adults will be able to sign up for all events on Sept 30 at noon PST.

Event Phases

Signups are in three phases:

  • Phase I (Sept 16 at noon PST) — everyone can sign up for a maximum of 2 events.
  • Phase II (Sept 23 at noon PST) — everyone can sign up for a maximum of 4 events.
  • Phase III (Sept 30 at noon PST) — event signups have no maximum limit.

Exempt Events

Some events will be exempt from your maximum number, which means you can sign up for them without it counting against your limit during Phases I or II.

Exempt events include:

  • Any event that you are running
  • Panels and workshops
  • Larps for 10 or more players
  • Special events

A full list of exempt events are here:


Designing for Player Energy (2:00 PM – 3:00 PM)
Here Is My Power Button (2:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
Thank You Kindly (3:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
How to Be Ava White (4:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
Action Castle (4:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
How to Be Ava White (5:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
Big Talk Conversation Party (5:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
Always/Never/Now – Part 2 (8:00 PM – 12:00 AM)
Dangertown Beatdown (8:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
The Association for the Advancement of Fairy Tale Creatures (8:00 PM – 12:00 AM)
Mangaka [Wolf and Red Special] (8:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
Red Dragon Inn (8:00 PM – 12:00 AM)
You Don’t Look Like a Geek (8:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
Improv for Role-Players (9:00 PM – 11:00 PM)
Improv Jenga (10:00 PM – 12:00 AM)


Improv for GMs (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
White Death (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Game Master Clinic (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Event Horizon: Stowaways (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
The Importance of Being Alien (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Open session: Mindfulness (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
The Unwomanly Face of War (2:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
Red Dragon Inn (2:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
A Wolf By Any Other Name (2:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
Make Better Games with Science! (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
Action Castle II: Return to Action Castle (4:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
Gaming and Emotional Safety (4:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
Gaming with the Next Generation (5:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
Grimm by Gaslight (7:00 PM – 12:00 AM)
Sarabande (7:00 PM – 12:00 AM)
Big Bad Game Show (8:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
Superheroes Fight the Third Reich – Part 2 (8:00 PM – 12:00 AM)
Beyond the Barricades (8:00 PM – 12:00 AM)
Parsely Games: CATALOG (8:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
GM-ing Advice (8:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
Adult Themes in Gaming: Adult versus “Adult” (9:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
Action Castle III: Beneath Action Castle (10:00 PM – 12:00 AM)
Ghost Court (10:00 PM – 12:00 AM)


Wolf Run 2017 (7:00 AM – 8:00 AM)
Life on Mars (9:00 AM – 2:00 PM)
Building Terrain and Models: Cardboarding, Greebling, and Kitbashing (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Adventure Time: ELEMENTALS! (9:00 AM – 11:00 AM)
LarpJam: Newbie-Friendly Larp Design (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
The Search for Snow Dragon (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Morning (9:00 AM – 11:00 AM)
Adventure Time: ELEMENTALS! (11:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Here Is My Power Button (2:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
Event Horizon: Silent Conversation (2:00 PM – 6:00 PM)