TengaiCon

September 27, 2014

News

  1. TengaiCon 2014 is Almost Here!

    Press release:

    Almost two-thirds of all Americans play video and computer games for an hour or more every day, board game sales have increased by 10% to 20% every year for the last decade, and collectible card games are still earning hundreds of millions of dollars. 

    The 8th annual TengaiCon gaming convention will be Saturday, September 27th in Manhattan KS.  Various activities and games will occur throughout the day including newly released game demonstrations, open tables with a lending library of board games, miniature strategy and collectable card game tournaments, and guided role-playing games at scheduled times with sign-ups after doors open at 9:30am.  There will be booths with the sponsors, as well as area vendors and artists, a silent auction for the charity Child’s Play, and in a fundraising partnership with a local gaming group, Riley County Humane Society representatives will be there with small exotic animals.  This year will also see the continuation of favorite family activities  such as The Dice Table and the miniatures paint-and-take table.

    For only $5.00 admission at the door, attendees can enjoy the unique and friendly atmosphere with a mix of like-minded people including college students, young families, Fort Riley soldiers, and long-time gaming enthusiasts from 10:00am until 10:00pm.  Local resident, Erica Miller, shares why she never misses this event after first attending in 2007, “I think TengaiCon is a great way to meet people from all the different parts of our blended community here in Manhattan. It’s like family game night, all day, hanging out with friends and strangers, eating and laughing.”

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    After travelling for years to major metro areas to attend comic book and gaming conventions, several Manhattan area game loving residents saw a need to have a convention event closer to home and so have been working to make TengaiCon a fun local event every year since 2006.  The name TengaiCon, pronounced ten-guy-con, is a combination of Japanese kanji meaning horizon and skyline with convention, chosen for the location – the Konza Prairie in the beautiful Flint Hills of Manhattan, KS.  This year marks a rebranding to increase community awareness and should be the biggest turn-out in the event’s eight year history. The TengaiCon Board of Directors is also working towards hosting several smaller follow-up game days throughout the next year. More information can be found on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TengaiCon

    Spread the word and make plans to walk, drive, or take the ATA Bus to Pottorf Hall in CiCo Park on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 for a unique local scene of “gamers gathering where the open prairie meets the endless sky.”

     

     

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  2. Help Us Spread the Word

    Last year’s con was a success. We had a great turnout, received positive feedback, and learned a few lessons on how to improve future events.   The past few months saw a few changes for the committee, but we’re back in action and planning for 2014.

    This year’s convention will be held on Saturday, September 27th at Pottorf Hall in Manhattan , KS. The event will run from 10am to 10pm and will include tabletop RPGs, miniatures games, tradeable card games, and a board games library.

    We’ll also have our annual dice game and silent auction to benefit Child’s Play.

    Last year was a blast and we’re hoping to continue that success this year, so we’re reaching out to our fans and followers for help. Spread the word! Share our status updates, retweet us, and post the link to this page. Hang a flyer (they’ll be available soon). Mention us to your gaming group. Plan to have your gaming friends and family visit that week.

    I’ve heard too many people say “I’ve never heard of TengaiCon.” Let’s make this a well known event in Manhattan and continue to grow our following.

    In the next few weeks, we’ll be sending the call out for volunteers. In the meantime, Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or email us at tengaicon@gmail.com.com.

    Game on, gamers!

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  3. Five Days Until TengaiCon!

    TengaiCon is almost here! Check out our events page to see a listing of our scheduled events.  We’ll have RPGs, collectible card games, and miniatures games, as well as our dice table where you can try your luck to win an awesome prize.

    We’ll also be holding our annual Silent Auction to benefit Child’s Play, hosting some great local artists, and will have board games available for any and all.

    Don’t forget, admission is $5 per person for a full day of gaming. Dice Table, food, and some tournament game events will have separate costs.

    PLEASE BRING CASH ONLY!  Unfortunately, we can’t take credit cards at this time.

    Hope to see you all there!

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  4. Upcoming Events – May 2013

    Hi all!

    We have two events coming up in May, so mark your calendars.

    On May 7, we’ll host another game night at the Junction City library. We’ll play some games, talk about gaming, and see what you guys want to see at TengaiCon this year and in the future.  The fun starts at 7pm.

     

    On May 16th, we’ll be hosting open gaming at Varsity Donuts from 6 to 9pm.  We’ll have games, but feel free to bring your own and get a round going with other local gamers. Join us at the big table for a few hours of fun and donuts.

    If you have any questions, please email us at tengaicon@gmail.com.

    Game on!

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  5. Upcoming Events and Still Looking for Volunteers

    Today is Tabletop RPG day, and though we didn’t get an event scheduled, we hope all the gamers out there got their game on with friends.

    Next weekend is the Kansas City Kotei for L5R players. If you haven’t signed up, go to their Facebook page and check it out.

    May 7, we’ll be heading to Junction City for another game night at the Bramalage Library. More details to come, but we hope our local and JC gamers will come out and see us! We had fun last time and would love to see more of you there!

    Volunteers Wanted! We’re still looking for some people to help staff the event. The normal cost to get in is $5.00, but volunteers will get a discount and pay only $3.00 to get in. Okay, so it’s not a huge difference, but you’ll also get to help out with a great convention for two hours and then be able to game the rest of the time. We’re currently looking for the following:

    Registration

    Dice Table

    Paint and Take

    Set up and Take Down (times will vary, contact us for details)

    Concessions

    Runners and Backup (help keep the Con running smoothly and fill in if needed)

    If you’re interested in signing on, please email us at tengaicon@gmail.com and let us know! We’ll schedule a time and a role and welcome you happily to the team!

     

    Game on, gamers!

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  6. Sharing the Joys of Gaming

    Besides planning TengaiCon, our committee has also been doing its part to assist in bringing gaming to the community. Besides taking part in our own individual gaming events, we recently hosted a gaming presentation at the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library in Junction City, KS.

    The weather was not working with us that night, but we still had two players come out. With such a small group, we talked gaming, traded information about TengaiCon and even played a couple short RPGs.

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    We hope to work with the library and hold another one in May, so if you didn’t make it due to weather, we hope to see you then.

    Don’t forget, we’ll also be at Analog Game Day on May 9 from 10am to 6pm at the Hale Library.  Check out their new link and register if you haven’t already done so.

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    Gaming will be held in the great room and there will be plenty of games to keep everyone busy for the full day.

    Game on, gamers!

     

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  7. Update for Analog Game Day

    It’s been a busy week for TengaiCon planners…who knew 2013 was going to throw so much at us?

    This past week, many of you may have seen that the event for Analog Game Day on Facebook was cancelled. Don’t worry, the event is still happening! The guys are just doing some website restructuring and needed to take down the old to put up some new.

    So Analog Game Day WILL be happening on March 9 from 10am to 6pm in the Great Room aka Harry Potter Room of Hale Library.

    We hope to see you there and will post new sites and information when it’s available!

    Game on!

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  8. Mark Your Calendars for Analog Game Day

     Analog Game Day  is happening March 9th at Hale Library. This day event will feature tourneys and board games for people to play and try out, and attendees are invited to bring their own games to play with friends. The Great Room houses more than enough space to accommodate a large crowd, and Marc and Dan, the fellows heading up this awesome event,  are hoping to fill the room.

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    Mark your calendars and tell your friends, and while you’re there, stop by and say hi at the TengaiCon table. We’ll have information about the convention, volunteer opportunities, and upcoming events.

    For more information and to register, make sure to visit the Analog Game Day page and the Facebook event page.

    Game on!

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  9. Upcoming Events

    Just a heads up on some of the things we have planned in the next few months and some of the games already confirmed for TengaiCon.  We’ll have our pages for these up soon, so please keep checking back for updates.

    Upcoming Events

    Calling All Gamers: A Presentation and Discussion on Gaming – February 26th, 2013, 7pm – Dorothy Bramlage Public Library, Junction City, KS

    Analog Game Day – March 9th, 2013, 10am to 6pm - Hale Library on the K-State campus, Great Room, Manhattan, KS

    Kansas Kotei 2013 – April 6, 2013, Doors open at 10, Registration begins at 10:45 –   Kansas City, MO

    Planned TengaiCon Events

    RPGs
    Pathfinder with Pathfinder Society of Kansas City (modules to be determined)
    AD&D 1st Edition – Village of Homlet
    Toon
    Cookies and Doom: Zombies

    Demos
    Monty Python Fluxx
    Axis and Allies

    Live Action Role Playing
    Werewolf

    Miniatures Games
    Warhammer 40K

    If you’re interested in running a game or demo, please contact us at tengaicon@gmail.com.

     

    Game on!

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  10. TengaiCon 2013 – Welcome to Our World!

    Hello, gamers!

    If you’ve liked our Facebook page, followed us on Twitter, or are already on our mailing list, you’ve no doubt already heard from me, possibly more than you’d like. I’m Amanda and I have the pleasure of heading up this year’s TengaiCon committee. TengaiCon is our local gaming convention, started several years ago by a group of local gamers who wanted to have a convention, much the same way other conventions start. Things have changed a bit over the past few years in the wake of some ups and downs. This past year especially brought with a series of unexpected challenges, but we’re back on track and ready to roll.

    Well, maybe not ready to roll yet, but ready to get ready to roll.

    Our goal and vision for TengaiCon is twofold. First, we want to have a gathering where gamers can come and enjoy their favorites as well as learn some new games. I don’t mean just those gropus who have been playing Dungeons and Dragons for years. I mean ALL gamers: card players, board gamers, trading card players, families who play Monopoly, couples who play chess, teenagers who love video games….anyone who enjoys playing games.

    Second, we want to recruit new gamers and show them what the gaming world has to offer. The reason I’m a gamer today is because of the enthusiasm others had in sharing something they enjoyed. As someone who’s also been able to bring others onboard in much the same way, it’s a great feeling to help someone find a new hobby.

    And I suppose you can say there’s a third aspect to this, because we want to bring all these gamers together to encourage and foster a gaming community, not just locally, but among players in general. We’re located in Central Kansas, but we have internet, we have media, we have reach. Having a local convention helps bring people together to game, but we hope that what they take away from the experience goes beyond our one day event.

    If you want to get involved, you can email us at tengaicon@gmail.com. You can also Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter @Tengaicon.

    Let’s do this! Game on, gamers!

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