Vancouver, Canada

Nothing But Games – Open Alpha

  June 17/18, 2017
Sheraton Vancouver Guildford


Nothing But Games (NBG) is a NEW, 2-Day, Digital and Analog Gamers Convention for the Vancouver, BC Metropolitan area. The convention will promote the interests of fans of all types of games and gaming culture, offering 32-hours of non-stop board, card, miniature, roleplaying, computer, console and arcade gaming.

 

General InfoFloor PlansBook a Room!Games!Vendors!Volunteer!Promote!FAQ

General Information

On June 17/18, 2017, we are hosting a brand new, 2-day spin-off event with 32 solid hours with nothing but games!

Those who come out can expect content like the following:

  • The Artemis Bridge Simulator (x2 full setups!)
  • Modern Console Gaming
  • Retro Console Gaming
  • Handheld Gaming
  • Retro PC LAN Gaming
  • Board Gaming
  • Miniature Gaming
  • Tabletop RPGs
  • Popular CCGs
  • Vendors selling Games and Game-Related merchandise

There will also be two hours set aside mid-day Sunday to hold WCSFA’s Annual General Meeting.

If you love games of any or all kinds, we invite you to become a member and come get your game on!

 

Membership Type WCSFA Rate
Membership Rates for Nothing But Games
Discounts of up to 75% are available for those who sign up to volunteer at the event. See the Volunteer! section for details.
General Non-Member $40
Member $35
One Day
May be upgraded to General at the event.
Non-Member $25
Member $20
One Day Spectator
Can watch games and visit vendor hall. May not play games.
May be upgraded to One Day or General at the event.
$10
Child (ages 0-6) FREE

Floor Plans

NBG Open Alpha will be happening in several rooms on the second floor of the venue (Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel). The general layout of this floor is shown below – the event will be using all of the “Tynehead” section (Ballroom & Foyer) and the first two rooms in the “Green Timbers” section (GT1 & GT2)

Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel Second Level Floor Plan

Activities and Layouts

The activities found in each of the rooms the event is in are noted below. This information is followed by detailed table layouts for each room; you may click on any room layout image to open a full-size version in a new browser tab or window.

  • Tynehead Foyer
    • Registration Desk
    • Arcade Game Cabinets
    • Retro LAN Games
    • Handheld Device Game Meetup, Indie Game Demos & Free Play Tables
  • Tynehead Ballroom
    • 1: Console Gaming (Console Games, Live Streaming, and also featuring Microsoft Vancouver)
    • 2 (top): Artemis Bridge Simulator (presented by Fired Up Events)
    • 2 (bottom): Miniature Gaming Tables
    • 3: Board and Card Gaming (Game Demos and Free Play Tables)
  • Green Timbers
    • GT1 = Roleplaying Game Tables
    • GT2 = Vendor Hall

 

Tynehead Foyer Room Plan

Tynehead Ballroom Room Plan

Green Timbers 1 Room Plan

Green Timbers 2 Room Plan

Book a Room!

Book a room at the convention hotel before 5 PM on May 25 28 31 and save 15%-20% versus the hotel’s regular rates.

Even if you live locally, booking a room makes a lot of sense. NBG starts at 10 am on Saturday, so a room on Friday night allows you to avoid having to get up super early to be at registration to pick up you badge right when it opens. It’s also running a solid, 32, non-stop hours (until 6 pm Sunday), so a room on Saturday helps you keep the 3-2-1 rule: by giving you a place to get three hours of sleep and take one shower before hitting the breakfast buffet (also at reduced rates for convention attendees) for the first of your two daily meals.

Also, as the first time we’re running this con, getting a room at the hotel helps the event A LOT; it helps us negotiate our discounts with the hotels for future events. If you want this event to succeed, let’s pack this place. Encourage all your friends to get rooms so they can enjoy the overnight fun.

NOTE: Cut-off Date for reserving rooms at the convention rate is 5:00 PM on 23 28 31-May-2017.
Rooms can, of course, still be booked after the above deadline, just at regular room rates. If you end up doing this, please let the hotel know that you are an NBG attendee so that your room booking will be included in the numbers for the event. 

Room Rates (up to double occupancy) are as follows:

  • $165 – Traditional Room with 2 Queens or 1 King + Pullout
  • $185 – Traditional Corner Room with 1 King
  • $214 – Club Room with 1 King + Pullout
    A Club room has the same layout as a traditional room but includes access to the Sheraton Club Lounge which provides a free continental breakfast and afternoon snacks.

For triple and quad occupancy, add an $20 per additional person.

All rooms include:

  • Free guestroom internet
  • Parking for one (1) vehicle.

Reservations can be made in the following ways:

  • Call the Hotel directly at (604)-582-9288 or (1-888)-627-8063 and mention that you are booking rooms for the WCSFA’s Nothing But Games event
  • Going through the Online Reservation Site

Games!

Whatever your gaming passion is, be it analog (e.g., board games, card games, collectable card games, roleplaying games, miniature war games) or digital (e.g., console games, PC games, handheld device games, retro arcade games) or both, Nothing But Games has got you covered.

So, read on to find out what games you could partake of during Nothing But Games’ 32 hours of gaming.

Scheduled Gaming

Scheduled Gaming

Most scheduled RPG sessions, tabletop game demos, tabletop and digital game tournaments will occur during one of the three four-hour blocks on Saturday (11am-3pm, 3pm-7pm, 8pm-12am), the two four-hour blocks on Sunday (10am-2pm, 2pm-6pm) or even after-hours (12am-10am Sunday morning).

We also invite you to join us on our Discord Chat Server at http://NBGBCNPC.ca, which is where all the planning for the event is being discussed and tracked.

Tabletop Game Hosts Wanted

NBG is seeking individuals interested in hosting tabletop games at the event.

Anyone who commits to teaching, running or demoing one or more tabletop games during the weekend qualify as event volunteers and may be eligible for discounted memberships based on how many hours of games they agree to host. (See the Volunteers! section for details.)

XBox One S

XBox One S

Nothing But Games has made arrangements with the Microsoft Store at Metrotown to bring out a few XBox One S consoles for our attendees to try out. Each console will have the following games available to play:

  • FIFA17
  • Gears of War 4
  • Halo 5
  • Killer Instinct
  • Rocket League.

HOURS

Saturday, June 17 ONLY  — 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Retro PC LAN Gaming

For those with a fondness for Retro PC LAN Games, Nothing But Games will have a Windows 95 LAN in place with seats for up to four people at a time and a collection of classic PC LAN Games available to play that includes:

  • Command and Conquer
  • Duke Nukem 3D
  • Gun Metal
  • Unreal
  • QuakeDoom
  • plus several more!

Hours

  • Saturday, 10:00 – 23:59, Regular Hours
  • Sunday, 00:00 to 10:00, After Hours
  • Sunday, 10:00 – 18:00, Regular Hours

Game Sign Up and Play

  • During Regular hours, players may sign up for one-hour or two-hour time blocks
  • After hours is a first come, first served, free-for-all.
  • A player must complete their one or two hours of play before they may sign up again.
  • Each hour, current players choose what to play from among the available games.

Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator

Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator

Nothing But Games has a real treat for all space battle aficionados: we’ll have two (2) physical setups for the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator on site, each including a captain’s chair, 8′ screen and projectors, and individual bridge stations for five.

The Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator allows you to feel like you’re on the bridge of a spaceship. Six players assume the jobs of Captain, Helm, Science, Communication, Engineering, and Weapon Control. Together you operate your ship and defend the sector from evil aliens.

Hours:

  • Saturday, 10:00 – 23:59, Regular Hours
  • Sunday, 00:00 to 10:00, After Hours
  • Sunday, 10:00 – 18:00, Regular Hours

Team Registration

  • During Regular hours, teams may sign up for one-hour or two-hour time blocks
  • After hours is a first come, first served, free-for-all.
  • A team must complete their one or two hours of play before they may sign up again on the same day.
More about Artemis

Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator is a Windows PC game. Basically, any Windows XP computer, or any newer OS version, should run the game. There are also IOS and Android versions of the game. For additional information, visit the game’s website: http://artemis.eochu.com/

Assembling an Artemis Bridge Crew

To assemble a full bridge crew, a team needs 6 people who will fill the following roles. Multiple stations can be controlled per player, but each ship NEEDS at least 2 players – Helm and Weapons.

The Captain

The Captain is simultaneously the most important member of the crew and the least involved in terms of physical gameplay. In an ideal setup with a full crew, the Captain doesn’t manage any of the bridge stations, instead focusing his/her efforts on monitoring the main screen, prioritizing targets, and timing the interactions of the crew. The Captain needs to maintain order among the crew members so the whole affair doesn’t become a shouty mess where you go warping into some bad guy’s grill just to immediately eat a dozen photon torpedoes. Helms Officer The helms officer

Helms Officer

The Helms Officer flies the ship, manoeuvring in the battle for optimal positioning, going to warp/jump when it’s time to haul ass, and managing the displays for the main screen. Careful Helms play is essential for successful battle, helping to get the drop on enemies, avoid fire, and gain target lock. Helms officers also share control of the main screen display and shields.

Weapons Officer

The weapons officer manages the beams, torpedoes, nukes, mines, and shields for the ship, locking onto targets and blowing them to heck when the Captain commands it. Weapons officers have to prioritize which sort of torpedoes to load into the tubes, with a selection of Mines, Homing Torpedoes, Nukes, and ECM. Weapons requires a good deal of coordination with Helms and Engineering to be successful, setting up the shot and then giving the Weapons systems the power necessary to make it count.

Engineering

Engineering controls the very beating heart of the Artemis, managing the power systems and usage for the entire ship. If a given system has no power dedicated to it, it doesn’t work. Engineering can add more power to something to make it work better, e.g. make the ship turn faster, beams fire faster, etc. Doing this will cause that system to overheat, so engineering manages cooling systems. Engineering also manages the damage control systems, prioritizing ship’s repairs when damage is taken in battle. The interaction between Engineering, Helms, and Weapons will make or break any given combat, as a sudden loss of power to steering, weapons, or shields can have drastic consequences, and an extra boost can give you a big advantage over a more powerful ship.

Communications Officer

The Comms Officer can transmit orders to friendly vessels, request a space station build a type of ordnance, and snoop on enemy communications. Comms can also taunt enemy ships, getting them to attack your ship instead of a space station or friendly vessel. Comms can also order them to surrender. Finally, comms can signal RED ALERT (which doesn’t do much aside from blasting a really annoying sound from everyone’s console, and making the radar reticle turn red). Comms should hit RED ALERT a lot.

Science Officer

The science officer runs the advanced sensors of the Artemis, detecting and assessing enemy ships as well as finding space anomalies for the Artemis to investigate. Science’s ability to scan the shields of enemy ships provides Weapons with vital information need to prioritize targeting, and its ability to find anomalies can grant your ship a much-needed power-up when you don’t have time to dock with a space station.

Console Game Library

Console Game Library

Nothing But Games has made arrangements with Save Point Gaming to provide our attendees with access to their consoles and a lending library of great games to play. To whet your appetite, here are some of the games that will be available for borrowing:

Nintendo Sony Microsoft
Switch
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, The
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Super Bomberman RWiiU
Adventure Time: Explore This Dungeon
Assassin’s Creed III
Mario Kart 8
New Super Mario Bros U
Pikmin 3
Splatoon
Super Smash Bros WiiU
+ 10 more

Wii
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Lego Batman
Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7
Mario Kart Wii
Mario Party 8
No More Heroes
Okami
Rampage Total Destruction
Super Paper Mario
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
+16 more

Plus
OVER 50 MORE
Games For

Game Cube
Nintendo 64
Super NES
&
NES

PS4
Assassin’s Creed Unity
Back to the Future: The Game
Batman: Arkham Knight
Doom
Fallout 4
Lego The Movie: Video Game
Madden 25
Resident Evil VII
Street Fighter V
+7 morePS3
Avatar
Batman: Arkham City
Bioshock Infinite
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Dead Space
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
God of War Saga (1-3)
Gran Turismo 5
Grand Theft Auto IV
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix
Minecraft
Mortal Kombat
NHL 2012
Portal 2
Resident Evil 6
Soul Caliber V
Starhawk
Tekken 6
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
+46 more

Plus
OVER 70 MORE
Games For

PS2
&
PS3

XBox 360
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Bioshock
Bioshock 2
Blur
Call of Duty Black Ops
Call of Duty Black Ops II
Condemned 2: Bloodshot
Dance Central
Darkness, The
Dead or Alive Xtreme 2
Dead Rising
Deadpool
Diablo III
Fable II
Forza Motorsport 4
Gears of War 3
Liberty City
Halo 3
Halo 4
Halo Reach
L.A. Noire
Lego Batman
Lego Indiana Jones
Marvel Ultimate Alliance
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
Mass Effect
Mass Effect 3
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja: Storm 2
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja: Storm Generations
Prince of Persia
Red Dead Redemption
Resident Evil 5
Soul Calibur IV
Super Street Fighter IV
Tekken 6
Tomb Raider: Underworld
Ultra Street Fighter IV
XBox Live Arcade Unplugged
+34 more
Tabletop Game Library

Tabletop Game Library

Nothing But Games will have a huge number of board and card games for attendees to borrow and play. The SFU Student Society ARC club has stepped up to run the library and will be adding the games in their library to WCSFA’s own collection; some members of the ConCom are lending their personal game collections; and we’re making arrangements with Starlit Citidel and Craving For A Game to have at least part of their libraries on site as well.

WCSFA ARC Private Game Stores
Settlers of Catan
Sailors of Catan (Expansion)
Miskatonic School for Girls
Robowars
Tsuro
Harry Potter Card Game
Beanboozled
Chez Guevara
Carcassonne
War of the Ring
Lord of the Ring Trivia
Cranium
Werewolves
Lords of Waterdeep
Citadels
Castellan Green/Yellow edition
Avalon
+20 more
Sid Meiers’ Civilization
Jamaica
The Grizzled
Cash ‘n Guns
Pandemic:
State of Emergency

XCOM
Kingdom Builder Batman
Love Letter
A Game of Thrones
Dominant Species
Bloodborne
Welcome to the Dungeon
King of New York 
Coup: Rebellion
BANG!
Galaxy Trucker
Kingsburg
Puerto Rico
Flash Point
+15 more
Lorenzo P.
Doom
Castellan Red/Blue edition
Battle’ochaos
Terra Mystica
Broom Service
Oregon Trail
Kingdom Builder
Are you a cultist
Zombie Survival
Halo Risk
+5 moreJenni M.
Pairs Card Game
Apples to Apples
Quelf
Blokus
LEGO Minotarus
LEGO Ramses Pyramid
LEGO Lava Dragon
Edition Wars
Sorry
Star Wars Risk
+4 more

Deanna K.
Tzolk’in The Mayan Calendar
Shadows over Camelot with Merlin’s Company Expansion
Formula D
Forbidden Island
Belfort
Castle Panic
The Golden City
Castles of Mad King Ludwig
Cosmic Encounter
Fresco
+7 more

Starlit Citidel
Full Game Library

Vendors!

Nothing But Games will have a small number of vendors available who will be selling game and geek/nerd related items. Even those who purchase $10 spectator passes can visit the vendor room and buy stuff.

Confirmed Vendors

Vendor Description
Cat’s Knitting Cat’s Knitting is a Vancouver BC based small operation that deals mostly in Fandom Knitting. Cat also is an excellent knitter of sweaters, blankets & such.
Darkside Games Darkside Games is a locally owned-and-operated electronic & board games business located in downtown Chilliwack, BC. With over 5,000 games in stock From Atari to Xbox 1, we have games for almost all consoles (view our console list below)!
Game Point Games Game Point is a game development company focused on bringing you creative new games that entertain, educate and enlighten! Our base of operations is on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, Canada
Geek Crossing Come on over to Geek Crossing Studio. A bright and inspiring craft-space for the nerdy community to be creative and celebrate their love for whatever gets their geek on. We think geek means passion and you can be passionate about anything. Come turn that passion into a craft at Geek Crossing.
Pixelific Games Pixelific Games publishes Taoex (Pronounced [dow]+[icks]), a multi-player, multi-directional, board game requiring observation, memory and strategy, where you can capture your opponent’s pieces (hex shaped tiles) and prove your superior intelligence. Or they may surprise you with a ‘coup de grace’ tactic and eliminate you – all in the name fun!
Pastime Sports & Games With stores in Langley, Surrey, and Tsawwassen, Pastime Sports and Games carries tabletop games, sports and autographed memorabilia, autograph meet & greets, and more. Everything to decorate a fan cave or bar.
Placebo Art & Cards Placebo Art & Cards is run by Tobias Durose, an enthusiastic artist who loves games of all kinds.

Volunteer!

Nothing But Games is a fan-oriented and fan-run convention. All of the work that is necessary to make a successful con happen is done by volunteers. Done by the few, the proud, the elite. Join us, and help to make the Nothing But Games – Open Alpha event a success!

What needs to be done? Everything! From planning the event to setting up before the event starts to taking things down after the event ends and especially all the things that happen during the event, it’s all done by volunteers. NBG is particularly on the hunt for volunteers interested in running/teaching board and card games, hosting tabletop RPGs as well as helping to run the event.

But value is given, and value is returned. There are lots of good reasons to be a Nothing But Games volunteer. Here are five (5) benefits that you might get in exchange for volunteering. We promise that you will receive all of the following things when you volunteer for Nothing But Games.

  1. Discounted entry to the convention. Anywhere from 60% off a one-day membership to 75% off a weekend membership, based on how many hours of work you do. There may also be other perks available, such as free t-shirts or volunteer-only raffle tickets.
  2. Cred. Do not discount this effect. Your peers will look upon you with awe.
  3. A warm, fuzzy feeling inside. You done good, so you feel good!
  4. Good karma. Notwithstanding any of the other benefits, when you participate in a worthy cause, you get good karma. Anyway, that’s what we heard (to paraphrase Jackie Chan, playing the Drunken Monk in The Forbidden Kingdom).

If you’d like to get involved, start off by joining our Discord Chat Server at http://NBGBCNPC.ca which is where all the planning for the event is being discussed, tasks are tracked, and jobs that need doing are assigned to those helping out before the event. (If you’ve never used Discord before, not to worry! Just register with Discord when you connect to the link, and you’ll be directed to the browser version of the chat app. There is also desktop and phone versions of the application available.)

If you’d like to volunteer before or at the event, we also request that you enroll in the WCSFA Volunteer Corps. The Volunteer Corps exists for anyone with interest in helping out at WCSFA events and at other times when we need a few extra bodies to get something done. Enrolling lets us know who you are and what kind of work you’d be willing to do. Members of the Volunteer Corps will always be the first to hear about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

 

Another way to volunteer at Nothing But Games is to host a tabletop game – e.g., a boardgame, card game or roleplaying game (RPG). See the Games! section for details.

Help Promote The Event!

Anyone who is excited about the event and would like to help make it a success (so we can do it again next year) can assist us by promoting the event to friends, family and neighbours, in person and on social media. Another method to help promote the event is by downloading, printing and distributing our full page and quarter page flyers at friendly, local game, comic or related shops; community centres; and other places that seem appropriate.

If you contact us and let us know all the places you dropped off flyers we will even give you some time credit towards earning a discounted volunteer membership (see the Volunteer! tab for more details).

The flyers are black and white and are sized for standard letter size paper.  We recommend using a brightly coloured paper if you have it available, but plain white is more than sufficient if that’s what you have on hand.

Download Full Page Flyer (PDF document)

Download Full Page Flyer (PNG Image)

Download Quarter Page Flyer, 4-up (PDF document)

FAQs

What’s all this about becoming a member?

WCSFA, as a 100% volunteer run organization, sells memberships to its major events (such as Nothing But Games) rather than tickets. Each event membership purchased represents a support commitment towards the operational costs that must be met for the association to host that event successfully. Approximately 80% of the income for each event comes directly from these membership fees.

Every member of one of WCSFA’s major events is also a member of WCSFA itself, with $5 of the event membership fee going to support WCSFA directly. Every WCSFA member age 13 or older is a Voting Member, eligible to attend and vote at WCSFA General Meetings. Every member age 18 or older are also eligible to run for election to the WCSFA Board of Directors. WCSFA memberships expire a year after the last day of the event for or at which it was purchased.

Current WCSFA members are also eligible for a $5 discount on memberships for other member-supported events like Nothing But Games or Northwest Fan Fest.

Is my registration transferrable?

Yes, NBG registration (and the memberships associated with them) are transferable (that is, you can give or sell them to someone else if you are not able to attend).

To transfer your registration to another person before the end of online membership sales (noon, June 16, 2017), send an email to the NBG Registrar at registration [at] nothingbutgames [dot] ca with the full name and email address of both the person who originally registered and the person it should be transferred to. The Secretary will follow up with both of you to update the registration record with other information.

After online registration has closed, to transfer your registration you must provide the person you want to transfer it to with a signed note that includes the full name and email address of both yourself and the person it should be transferred to. This note must be brought, along with valid ID, to the NBG registration desk where the registration information will be updated, and a badge will be created for them.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes. Send an email to the WCSFA Secretary at registration [at] nothingbutgames [dot] ca with your full name and the email address used to register the membership to request changes.

Do I have to bring a printed ticket to the event?

No, physical tickets are not issued and are not required for this event. Instead, just show up at the Pre-Registration Pickup desk and present valid photo ID to claim your membership badge.

The Pre-Registration Pickup desk should be open during the following hours:

SAT: 9:30A – 8:00P
SUN: 9:30A – 2:00P

Outside of these hours, you will be able to pick up your membership badge from the convention’s Operations Room. (Directions to its location will be provided at the venue.)

What is the refund policy?

Because each purchased membership represents a commitment to support the operation of the event, memberships are not refundable. However, they are transferable (that is, you can give or sell your membership to someone else if you can’t attend the event). See the answer to the “Is my registration transferrable?” FAQ for details of how to transfer a membership.

Question still unanswered?

Contact us at info [at] nothingbutgames [dot] ca.