Virtuacon is an all-virtual worldwide RPG gaming convention utilizing free online tools to bring gamers together for The Best 3 Days in Virtual Gaming. Virtuacon is the convention you attend from the comfort of your own home - but run much like a traditional convention with slotted game events, industry guest speakers and contests galore. With numerous games being offered by world-class GMs, you can be sure to find something great to play! We especially welcome new players to the hobby - come and experience the rich world of role-playing with a community who would love to count you among our friends!
Virtuacon runs from 16:00 (UTC) October 23rd until 22:00 (UTC) October 25th, 2015. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are our days of operation and we'll be slotting in games and events around the clock.
All games are coordinated via RPG Geek. The primary point of execution for the games (Hangouts, training, etc) will be on our Virtuacon G+ Community
UTC is Universal Time Code. It's the same time as GMT. You can find a bunch of converters on the web (like this one). Don't let the fancy timezones scare you! When Virtuacon '15 starts it will be about 7:00 pm in Eastern Europe, 6:00 pm in Western Europe, 5:00 pm in the UK, and about noon in the eastern US.
How Does it Work?
These days, technology has gotten to the point where we can easily play Role-Playing games, live, with people all across the globe. This is generally done via Google Hangouts which turns your webcam (most laptops have them built in) and microphone into vehicles to "sit", virtually, at the table with other gamers. While Google Hangouts provides the video and audio, add-on programs such as DiceStream or Roll20 provide die rollers and virtual tabletops. All of these tools are free - and Game Masters have leveraged these tools to great effect in the last few years. Virtuacon '15 will use these same tried-and-true online tools to bring a full convention lineup beamed directly into your house! Cool. Seriously.
Several of last year's games were recorded (with player consent of course). You can check out some of the results on this list: Games on Air: Actual Play videos by the RPGGeek community
This year's prize pool will be for the gamemasters. They work very hard to ensure each attendee that sits at their virtual table has an enjoyable time. The prize pool (PDF coupons, gift certificates, etc) will be presented to all the GMs; each will be free to pick one prize per session they ran. Selection will be on a first come, first served basis.
Need help setting up Google Hangouts? Want to try out your Webcam? Don't know how to use Roll20 for mapping? We can teach you - stay tuned for a schedule of teaching times which will get you up to speed quickly. If you're a GM but unsure of how to use the technology - rest assured; it's really easy! Most computers these days have a built in webcam and microphone and it's easier than ever to leverage this into virtual tabletop gaming.
Dates and Times here
Technical Support Page
Schedule of Events Information
The full schedule has yet to be determined, but you can be sure there will be games and panels. Several of 2013's panels were recorded so if you'd like to see some examples, check out this list: VirtuaCon '13 - "On-Air" Panels
Though the real reward is in playing great games with great people from around the world... we've also got some virtual swag for those who frequent the Geek:
- Virtuacon '15 - Oct 23rd-25th, 2015 at RPG Geek!
Player and GM Etiquette
Don't be a jerk. If you feel you need more instruction that this, please see our Virtuacon15 Etiquette page for full details.
Can I promote Virtuacon?
Oh yes! If you are involved with other RPG, gaming or geeky communities, please let them know that we would love to have be part of this event! You can point them to this wiki page which we will keep updated. Feel free to use one of the official banners below:
Larger (high resolution) versions of these and more can be found on our Virtuacon '15 Promo Images Page.
You can email the staff anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org