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
XBox One S
Retro PC LAN Gaming
Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator
Console Game Library
Tabletop 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.

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