Attending Big Bad Con 2015: Everything you need to know!

Oct 13, 2015

extra-life-logoYou're coming to Big Bad Con! Awesome. Here are some important Con 101 reminders:

Before you head out

Bring non-perishable food for donation!

Big Bad Con will have a food barrel for the Alameda County Community Food Bank 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 (PDF)


  • Driving: Here is a link to the hotel on¬†Google Maps.
  • Flying into OAK: Call the hotel at 510-635-5000¬†for a complimentary shuttle
  • Flying into SFO: Take the Fremont or Dublin/Pleasanton train to Oakland Coliseum and then call the hotel at 510-635-5000¬†for a complimentary shuttle
  • Public Transit: BART to¬†Oakland Coliseum and then call the hotel at 510-635-5000¬†for a complimentary shuttle

Contact Information:

In a bind and need to contact us? You can tweet @bigbadcon or send an email to 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.

At the con


The program has a list of nearby food. Food Truck hours:

  • Friday 4PM-10PM (Benedict Arnolds and King Knish)
  • Saturday 8AM - 10PM (Ultra Crepes,¬†El Porte√Īo Empa√Īadas, Siam Loco Wraps, and Opie Burger)
  • Sunday 8AM - 4PM (Ultra Crepes, Gogo Gyro, and King Knish)

You can also access a Google Map of nearby eating here.

Where to go?

Hotel check-in is in Building 1. The convention is in Building 5 and Building 3. You can find a map of the building on the hotel page.


Parking is complimentary for all attendees. If you are staying at the hotel, your room key will get you in and out of the lot. If you're commuting to the con, we have passes at the registration desk, just ask for one when you get your badge

Internet Access

Wireless access is available for $12.95/day. Both AT&T and Verizon have good service in the con buildings as well.


If you signed up before 10/13 (either paid admission or volunteered) your badge will be ready for you at the door. If not weekend passes are $50 and one day passes are $25. You can purchase these at the con registration desk.


Sign-ups:  To get into any games at the con put your name down on the game sheet at the registration desk. 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 the Empire Room and to jump into a game. More information about games offered and times games start here.

Open Gaming: All the game slots full and nothing to? Head over to Open Gaming in the Empire Room, where we'll have awesome games running all weekend!

Community Standards

Policy: Everyone at the con (attendees, volunteers, vendors, staff, and GMs) must adhere to the Community Standards.

Content Policy: The con is 18 and over; we expect games to cover the gamut of gonzo silly to very mature themes. More detail is on our content policy page.


If you have an accessibility concern or question let us know. Email us at We’ll also include this in the program, so if you notice anything while you’re there, you can let us know!

If you’re running a game and accessibility needs come up, contact any of our staff and they will get in touch with Elsa Henry (our accessibility consultant) immediately to work towards a solution.

Surviving at the Con

Sleep, eat and shower. In the excitement of gaming it is easy to forget some of the basics. The 3-2-1 con rule is a good one. Every day you need at least 3 hours of sleep, 2 meals, and 1 shower.

Up for little exercise? The Wolf Chase 2015 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!

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