Big Bad Con 2014 Report

This was the fourth year of this Bay Area gaming convention, organized by Sean Nittner, located at the Oakland Airport Hilton. All of the scheduled games were RPGs (including larps), but there were a number of of card games and board games being played in the open gaming area - though no miniature games that I saw. There was a dealer's area that consisted only of End Game Oakland with space to play their games. Signups were handled in advance over the web on a first-come first-served basis.

         Some scheduled RPGs were in conference rooms, while many were in private rooms.

Fires of Emsi

Fri: 7PM - 1AM
GM: J Li
System: Caldera (freeform LARP)

The Play's the Thing

Sat: 9AM - 3PM
GM: John Kim
System: The Play's the Thing
Description: Play this storytelling game about actors who rewrite the Shakespearean roles they've been given. We will collectively create actors (with types like the Lead, the Ham, or the Ingenue); then bid on the parts for a play we choose in a play like Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, or a Midsummer Night's Dream. Everyone plays their parts, while dealing with everyone's changes made to the story. There is an economy of story points, along with Parts, Plots, and Props that actors collect - and dice to roll if we disagree over an edit.






Imperial Lockup

Sat: 4PM - 10PM
GM: Jarys Maragopoulos, Ken Smith, Melissa Devlin
System: "GM Fiat" / Custom Larp
Description: It is our duty to inform you that Local Imperial Authority has reviewed your case and has determined your guilt/further compliance. Your property will be confiscated and you will be given a cell you will be housed in an overcrowded cell block with other criminals. Your further processing will be as prompt as local bureaucratic conditions allow. Prisoners caught with secrets or contraband will be punished severely.

My Life With Master

Sun: 10AM - 2PM
GM: John Kim
System: My Life With Master

Pixie Peacekeepers

Sun: 3PM - 5PM
GM: Tess Aquarium and Colin Fahrion
System: Manic Pixie Dream Girl/Guy LARP
Description: A war has broken out between the Cats and the Bunnies! Boffer swords in hand and full of adorable rage they boff and bap each other senseless! The battle has gotten so intense as of late that they are even allowing head shots to pass without penalty! There is only one force that can put an end to this violence — a Sparkling! It’s up to the Manic Pixies to come together and summon their Sparkle magic so that the Cats and Bunnies can once again become friends!

Prophecy of the Starry Skies

Sun: 6PM - 8PM
GM: Isabel Malonzo, Li-Chi Young, Greer Hauptman, and Zeb Dezern of Truth Sans Justice
System: (Custom Larp)
Description: Prophecy of the Starry Skies is a comedy of manners based loosely on Meiji and Edo era period dramas with a heavy dash of alchemical elemental magic and theocratic rule. Written for and placed 3rd in the Intercon 2014 Iron GM contest.


In all, a terrific con and one that I will continue to attend in the future.