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Revision as of 09:29, 21 April 2019

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

2019 Schedule

SimuCon 2019 Schedule
ALL TIMES CST
(CENTRAL TIME)
Day Time Activity Game
Wednesday
TBD TBD TBD
Thursday
8:00 PM Tacky Tourist Pool Party & Murder Mystery Pool Party
Friday
TBD TBD TBD
Saturday
TBD TBD TBD
Sunday TBD TBD TBD

Notes:

  • 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.

Visitor Information

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.

Accommodations

Name Distance Address Link
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

Dining/Eating

Name Type Distance Address 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/

Off-Site Dining

For attendees who want to explore St. Louis cuisine, local players recommend the following restaurants.

Name Type Distance Address Link
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/

Shopping/Groceries

Name Distance Address Link
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

Attractions

Most attractions are a 15-30 minute drive from the hotel. For tourism information, click here: https://explorestlouis.com/

Name Description Address Link
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/
Casinos Gambling Various https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g44881-Activities-c53-Saint_Louis_Missouri.html

Attendee List

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.

Prime Players

  • Achernar
  • Beldannon
  • Balley
  • Clown
  • Darcena
  • Dergoatean
  • Fromer
  • Hoodtralfeck
  • Iseo
  • Katze
  • Kragdruk
  • Laeech
  • Maylan
  • Naamit
  • Naimon
  • Nodyre
  • Obsalyn
  • Raelee
  • Rhayveign
  • Sentral
  • Tool
  • Ysharra
  • Zangow
  • Clunk

Platinum Players

  • Athias
  • The Josh
  • Whick & Nehor
  • Qualeric
  • Tanai
  • Jaynon

Shattered Players

  • Tykus
  • Ponbiki
  • Rak

Game Staff

  • Avaluka
  • Estild
  • Haxus
  • Palvella

See Also