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SimuCon is a yearly gathering in St. Louis near Simutronics headquarters usually taking place near the end of the summer.
OFFICIAL dates for 2019 are Wednesday, July 10 through Sunday, July 14, 2019 at the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel. We have a room block reserved at the Chalet at $109/night + taxes/fees. You can do so by creating a reservation using the following link: Hotel Booking Link
|8:00 PM||Tacky Tourist Pool Party & Murder Mystery||Pool Party|
- All event schedules subject to change without notice.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How much does Simucon cost?
As we near the event, an Indiegogo or similar campaign will be made available by convention organizers. Purchasing a badge is the typical way of granting entrance, and usually costs as little as $5. Other perks and options will be available for an additional fee. All funds raised are used to cover the costs of the convention.
- Where do I sign up?
We'll let you know as soon as we know.
- Who organizes Simucon?
Typically GameMasters from Gemstone IV and DragonRealms are the official organizers. However, many players pitch in to plan unofficial events or to offer support. All work is strictly volunteer, so please be sure to thank your organizer team!
- What is it like to attend a Simucon?
Simucon is a gathering of players and GameMasters for Simutronics games, including Gemstone IV and DragonRealms. The convention includes several events, as listed in the 2019 Schedule, that are planned by both players and staff. In-between events, attendees typically gather at conference tables similar to a large LAN party to play. Board games and other activities are frequently available as well.
- How many people attend Simucon and when do they show up?
Simucon has experienced a growth spurt over the past three years or so. A current rough estimate would be 100 attendees (GS and DR combined) over the course of the weekend. The main convention days are Thursday through Sunday, although several people arrive on Wednesday and stay through Monday. The convention room is typically setup by Wednesday evening.
- What equipment should I bring?
Bring your laptop/computer so that you can play Gemstone during the convention. Internet access and power strips are typically provided. Note: It is not recommended that you leave your equipment unattended in the conference room.
- Will I need a car?
Many attendees never leave the hotel. However if you are planning to explore St. Louis, a car is recommended as public transportation options are slim. Lyft and Uber are both operational in St. Louis and are ideal for single trips. For any excursions listed in the schedule, carpool options may be available. A shuttle may be available to and from your hotel for airport travel, but don't forget to bring cash for a tip!
- Is Simucon family friendly?
In general, yes. Some attendees do bring children but activities in the convention room may be of limited interest to them. Note the Attractions section listed below for additional kid-friendly activities available in St. Louis. Please expect to encounter explicit language and consumption of alcoholic beverages, which will increase in the late night hours.
- What is the weather typically like?
Missouri is nicknamed "Misery" for its hot and humid summers. For a current local forecast, click here: https://www.ksdk.com/weather
- Do I need to bring food or beverages?
Depending on funds available, basic snacks will be provided. You are generally on your own for meals and can purchase food at the grocery or restaurant options listed in the Dining/Eating section. Simucon is strictly BYOB.
- What should I wear?
Family friendly costumes are encouraged, and there is often a costume event included in the schedule. The official hotel also offers a swimming pool, and it is recommended that you bring a bathing suit. In general, however, attendees come in casual / comfortable attire.
The convention is typically held at the Sheraton Westport Chalet, located at 191 W Port Plaza Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146. Below are some nearby shops and other information for visitors. All distances calculated from the host hotel.
|Sheraton Westport Chalet (Official Hotel, Discounted Rate)||onsite||191 Westport Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146||Booking Link|
|Sheraton Westport Plaza (Sister Hotel next to the Chalet)||onsite||900 Westport Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146||Booking Link|
|Staybridge Suites||0.3 miles||25 Progress Pkwy, St. Louis, MO 63146||Booking Link|
|Comfort Inn Suites||0.7 miles||12031 Lackland Rd., Saint Louis, MO, 63146||Booking Link|
|Residence Inn St. Louis Westport||0.6 miles||11918 Westline Industrial Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146||Booking Link|
|Farfield Inn and Suites St. Louis Westport||0.6 miles||11918 Westline Industrial Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146||Booking Link|
|Courtyard by Marriott St. Louis Westport||0.7 miles||11888 Westline Industrial Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146||Booking Link|
|Drunken Fish||Sushi||onsite||639 West Port Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146||https://www.westportstl.com/drinkdine|
|Fuzzy's Taco Shop||Baja Tacos||onsite||302 West Port Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146||https://www.westportstl.com/drinkdine|
|IMO's Pizza||Pizza||onsite||318 West Port Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146||http://www.westportstl.com/drinkdine|
|Kobe Japanese Grill||Japanese/Hibachi||onsite||645 West Port Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146||http://www.westportstl.com/drinkdine|
|McDonald's||Fast Food||onsite||25 West Port Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146||http://www.westportstl.com/drinkdine|
|Paul Mineo's Trattoria||Italian||onsite||333 West Port Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146||http://www.westportstl.com/drinkdine|
|St. Louis Bread Company||Coffee/Sandwich/Soup||onsite||147 West Port Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146||http://www.westportstl.com/drinkdine|
|Smoothie King||Smoothies||onsite||324 West Port Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146||http://www.westportstl.com/drinkdine|
|Starbucks||Coffee||onsite||111 West Port Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146||http://www.westportstl.com/drinkdine|
|Trainwreck Saloon||American/Grill||onsite||314 West Port Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146||http://www.westportstl.com/drinkdine|
|O'Fallon Brewery||Beer/American Food||0.3 mi||45 Progress Pkwy, Maryland Heights, MO 63043||http://www.ofallonbrewery.com/|
|Companion Bakery||Bakery/Sandwich||1.2 mi||2331 Schuetz Rd, St. Louis, MO 63146||http://www.companionbaking.com/|
For attendees who want to explore St. Louis cuisine, local players recommend the following restaurants.
|Gobble STOP Smokehouse||BBQ||2.8 mi||1227 Castillon Arcade Plaza, Creve Coeur, MO 63141||http://gobblestopsmokehouse.net/|
|Nudo House STL||Ramen / Japanese||3.0 mi||11423 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63141||http://nudohousestl.com/|
|Dave & Tony's||Premium Burgers||3.2 mi||12766 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63146||http://www.daveandtonys.com/|
|Sugarfire Smokehouse||BBQ||6.0 mi||9200 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63132||https://sugarfiresmokehouse.com/locations/mo-olivette/|
|Salt + Smoke||BBQ||9.8 mi||6525 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130||https://saltandsmokestl.com/|
|Midwestern Meat & Drink||BBQ||20.4 mi||900 Spruce St, St. Louis, MO 63102||https://facebook.com/midwesternstl|
|Broadway Oyster Bar||Cajun||23.7 mi||736 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102||http://www.broadwayoysterbar.com/|
|Ted Drewes||Famous local ice cream||21.6 mi||6726 Chippewa, St. Louis, MO 63109||http://teddrewes.com/|
|Bombay Food Junkies||Vegan Options||5.2 mi||3580 Adie Rd, St Ann, MO 63074||https://www.bombayfoodjunkies.com/|
|Target||5.9 mi||12275 St Charles Rock Rd, Bridgeton, MO 63044||website|
|Costco||13.3 mi||200 Costco Way, St Peters, MO 63376||website|
|Schnucks Dorsett (Grocery Store)||1.5 mi||2030 Dorsett Rd, Maryland Heights, MO 63043||website|
|Gateway Newstands||onsite||519 W Port Plaza Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146||https://www.westportstl.com/specialty|
|Walgreens||1.6 mi||12509 Dorsett Rd, Maryland Heights, MO 63043||website|
|BP Gas Station||0.3 mi||11988 Westline Industrial Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146|
|Trader Joe's||2.4 mi||11505 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141||website|
Most attractions are a 15-30 minute drive from the hotel. For tourism information, click here: https://explorestlouis.com/
|The Gateway Arch||Oh look, it's the Arch||200 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63102||https://www.gatewayarch.com/|
|Busch Stadium||Cardinals Baseball Stadium||700 Clark Ave, St. Louis, MO 63102||https://www.mlb.com/cardinals/ballpark|
|Forest Park||Large public park, home to several free attractions||5595 Grand Dr, St. Louis, MO 63112||https://forestparkmap.org/|
|St. Louis Zoo||Free zoo, located inside Forest Park||Government Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110||https://www.stlzoo.org/|
|St. Louis Art Museum||Free art museum, located inside Forest Park||1 Fine Arts Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110||https://www.slam.org/|
|Creve Coeur Lake Park||3.4 mi from the hotel. Trails, kayak rentals, Go Ape||13725 Marine Ave, St. Louis, MO 63146||website|
|The Muny||Outdoor theater, located inside Forest Park||1 Theatre Dr, St. Louis, MO 63112||https://muny.org/|
|Missouri Botanical Gardens||Outdoor garden||4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110||http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/|
|Anheuser-Busch St. Louis Brewery||Main brewery, offers tours||1200 Lynch St, St. Louis, MO 63118||https://www.budweisertours.com/locations/st-louis-missouri.html|
|City Museum||Architectural Anomaly/Interactive Art/Climbing Museum||750 N 16th St, St. Louis, MO 63103||https://www.citymuseum.org/|
|Grants Farm||Free wildlife park with tram tours and free beer||10501 Gravois Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123||https://www.grantsfarm.com/home.html|
|The Butterfly House||Indoor butterfly pavilion||15193 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017||http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/visit/family-of-attractions/butterfly-house.aspx|
|Science Center||Kid-friendly interactive museum, includes IMAX and planetarium||5050 Oakland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110||https://www.slsc.org/|
|Magic House||Kid-friendly interactive museum, includes magic||516 S Kirkwood Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122||https://www.magichouse.org/|
|Fox Theatre||Historic theater, offers tours||527 NORTH GRAND BLVD., St. Louis, MO 63103||https://www.fabulousfox.com/visit/tours|
|St. Louis Neighborhoods||Shopping/Nightlife/Exploring||Various||https://explorestlouis.com/things-to-do/neighborhoods/|
|Live Music Venues||St. Louis is known for its blues and jazz scene||Various||https://explorestlouis.com/discover/st-louis-music-lovers/st-louis-live-music-venues/|
The below lists are of those people that have made mention that they are attempting to attend the 2019 conference. You may edit this page to add your character to the list.
- The Josh
- Whick & Nehor