How Do Game Signups Work?

We want you to have maximum access to games at Big Bad Con. Here’s how we do it:

  • Event submissions are open from early April through mid-August.
  • Events are posted to the site as soon as they’re approved, so attendees have plenty of time to see all their options.
  • Game signups for Big Bad Con will 9/8 at noon PST, using our Signup Phase System, detailed below. Note that this year to accommodate people’s different work schedules phases II and III will not be on later Saturdays.
  • To sign up for an event, go to the event page, for example Verify your 2018 Big Bad Con badge, and if there are spaces left, click Book Now at the bottom.

Not enough games? Too many games?

  • We’re proactive during signups! If a game fills up quickly, we’ll try to add additional sessions. If a game isn’t filling up, we’ll promote it through social media.
  • If you have open slots on your schedule, never fear! Swing by the reg desk at the con to see what games still have open slots. We also have Games on Demand—just stop by for new games starting every two hours! And we’ve got open gaming running all con long!

Our Signup Phase System

Not everyone is available the moment signups open. So we’ve instituted Signup Phases, approximately one week apart:

  • Phase I (Saturday 9/8 12PM PST) — Everyone can sign up for a maximum of 2 events.
  • Phase II (Monday 9/17 7PM PST) — Everyone can sign up for a maximum of 4 events.
  • Phase III (Sunday 9/23 7PM PST) — Event signups have no maximum limit.

A few things to note:

  • Games held in the Teen Room are open only to teens for the first two weeks of registration. After which, they are open to everyone.
  • Events marked All Ages are available to all attendees, including teens, but they do not get priority.
  • Events you’re running don’t count against your limit.
  • Some specific events (Wolf Chase, panels, workshops, large larps) don’t count against your limit either. They are listed below.

Quota Exempt Events

These do not count towards your event maximum.