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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
- 1 2019 Schedule
- 2 Frequently Asked Questions
- 2.1 How much does Simucon cost?
- 2.2 Where do I sign up?
- 2.3 Who organizes Simucon?
- 2.4 What is it like to attend a Simucon?
- 2.5 How many people attend Simucon and when do they show up?
- 2.6 What equipment should I bring?
- 2.7 Will I need a car?
- 2.8 Is Simucon family friendly?
- 2.9 What is the weather typically like?
- 2.10 Do I need to bring food or beverages?
- 2.11 What should I wear?
- 2.12 Is there a pool?
- 3 Visitor Information
- 4 Attendee List
- 5 Indiegogo Campaign
- 6 See Also
|3:00 Pm||Lend a hand with setup and Hang Out (Con actually starts on Thursday)||ALL|
|ALL DAY||Check-in and Socalize||ALL|
|8:00 AM||Breakfast Snacks||ALL|
|11:30 AM||Lunch (On your own)|
|1:00 PM||Live Alteration Sessions||ALL|
|8:00 PM||Tacky Tourist Pool Party & Murder Mystery||Pool Party|
|8:00 PM||Tacky Tourist Costume Contest||ALL|
|9:00 PM||Shaving for Charity||Side Quest|
|9:30 PM||Bourbon Social||Must be 21+ to participate (Side Quest)|
|ALL DAY||Check-in and Socialize||ALL|
|8:00 AM||Breakfast Snacks||ALL|
|10:00 AM||Story Telling Contest||ALL|
|11:30 AM||Lunch on your own|
|1:00 PM||Munchkin Tournament||ALL|
|3:00 PM||POKER Tournament (no buy ins)||ALL|
|6:30 PM||Alchemy Contest||Side Quest|
|8:00 PM||State of Elanthia||TBD|
|9:00||Radio Free SimuCon||ALL|
|ALL DAY||Check-in and Socialize||ALL|
|8:00 AM||Breakfast Snacks||ALL|
|11:30 AM||Lunch on your own|
|7:00 PM||Ultimate Werewolf||ALL|
- All event schedules subject to change without notice.
Shaving for Charity
Thursday at 9:00 p.m.
DragonRealms player Majorly has been growing a mighty beard for an extensive period of time. But before his wife divorces him, it's time to shave it all off! He will do so live, for your entertainment. The purpose of this event is to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Family Foundation. Your donations to this charity will be gratefully accepted.
Critical Update: Majorly has agreed to swim in a Borat-style mankini if he raises $2,000 or more during the event!
Thursday at 9:30 p.m.
Good day one and all, we will be having Evician's Annual Bourbon Social! All are welcome (as long as you are over 21). If you can bring something, you are welcome to do so. If not, come share a taste of Kentucky at our table. We look forward to seeing you there. We also encourage you to bring snacks to fortify your liver. See you there!
Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Alchemy Masters: Gemstone player Maags and DragonRealms player Shenney
Unlock the secrets of transmutation as you concoct exotic alchemical creations in this mixed drink contest! You are tasked with creating a fantasy-themed beverage for a panel of judges, as they imbibe live on Radio Free Simucon. Back stories and elaborate presentations are encouraged. May the tastiest beverage win!
- All entries must be safe to drink.
- All ingredients must be disclosed in the recipe, and the recipe may be published.
- Each entry must contain two or more ingredients.
- The Alchemy Masters, in their sole discretion, will select the winning drink and honorable mentions, if any.
- Alchemy Masters shall use, but not be limited, to the following scoring criteria in descending order: taste, creativity, presentation, and incorporation of fantasy or Elanthian elements.
- The Grand Alchemist shall vote as a tiebreaker if needed.
- Alchemy Masters' scoring tabulations shall be available at the conclusion of the event.
- Non-alcoholic beverages are allowed. You must be 21 or older to present an entry containing alcohol.
Scoring Criteria: The Alchemy Masters, in their sole discretion, shall use the following scoring criteria (listed in order from most to least important):
- Incorporation of fantasy or Elanthian elements
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Simucon cost?
Simucon is free! However, Simucon operates entirely on donations from attendees via the annual Indiegogo Campaign. This campaign is optional, but it allows attendees to select from several fun perks that may enhance their Simucon experience.
Where do I sign up?
By now you should have received an email from the Indiegogo Campaign asking you for additional registration details. If you did not receive this email, please reach out to GM Palvella.
If you did not select an Indiegogo perk, you do not need to complete the registration form. You can register for Simucon on-site when you arrive.
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. In general, however, attendees come in casual / comfortable attire.
Is there a pool?
YES! Pack your bathing suits because the official Simucon hotel has an outdoor pool! There is even a poolside bar with snacks and beverages, and towel service is available. It is recommended that you pack sunscreen ahead of time, because the hotel and nearby shops do not stock any! It is also recommended that you bring pool noodles, because pool noodles are wicked cool.
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|
|Dino's Deli||Mediterranean||onsite||314 West Port Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146||http://dinosdeli.us/|
|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.
|DD Mau||Vietnamese / Bao||1.3 mi||11982 Dorsett Rd, Maryland Heights, MO 63043||http://www.ddmaustl.com/|
|Guerilla Street Food||Filipino||1.6 mi||11658 Dorsett Rd., Maryland Heights, MO 63043||https://www.guerrillastreetfood.com/menu-dorsett/|
|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|
|ALDI||2.6 mi||11745 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141||website|
|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
The annual Indiegogo Campaign's purpose is to fund expenses for SimuCon, and all funds raised are used for the direct support of the convention. Any funds raised beyond the original goal are used for additional perks such as extra snacks and prizes for attendees.
Note: Some perks are for DragonRealms players only. Please ensure you select a Gemstone perk for Gemstone-related content.
Goodie bags this year are broken up into two different selections.
Non-Attendee Goodie Bags
This item is limited to one per account.
Attendee Goodie Bags
Requires attendance at Simucon in order to be eligible to purchase & redeem.
- Same Rewards As Non-Attendee
- Unique Title
- Live alteration to be performed at Simucon
- Attendee Goodie Bags are limited to one per person. You must physically attend Simucon to receive this perk.
- Non-Attendee Goodie Bags are limited to one per account. You may purchase multiple Non-Attendee Goodie Bags if you have multiple accounts.
- You may purchase one Attendee Goodie Bag and one Non-Attendee Goodie Bag on the same account.
- Apparel: SimuCon 2019 branded tank top, t-shirt, and hoodies.
- SimuCon 2019 branded travel mug
- Lunch with a GameMaster