Play games, shop geeky vendors and eat pizza at WittCon

WittCon vendor “This Nerdy Home” sells handmade, pop culture-inspired gifts and dolls. Other  vendors at this year’s con include authors, game accessory sellers, and jewelry makers. CONTRIBUTED

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WittCon vendor “This Nerdy Home” sells handmade, pop culture-inspired gifts and dolls. Other vendors at this year’s con include authors, game accessory sellers, and jewelry makers. CONTRIBUTED

Grab your dice and make some friends at WittCon XVI, a tabletop gaming convention held at Wittenberg University this Saturday.

One of the coolest things about tabletop gaming is going to conventions. At these events, like-minded individuals gather around the table to chuck dice and relish in cardboard delights. Whether your gaming poison is of the board, role-playing, or card variety, you are certain to find something fun to play this Saturday at WittCon.

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A history of adventure 

Held at Wittenberg University in Springfield, the Wittenberg Roleplaying Guild has hosted this gaming convention for the last 16 years.

“At our first Wittcon, there were only around 25 of us,” remembers Andy Klosky, a founding member the of the Guild. “The next year, we rocketed to 125 attendees and set the template for all future cons.”

WittCon has been going strong ever since. Whether you’re a gaming veteran or somebody who's always wanted to try hobby gaming, WittCon is a warm, welcoming event where you can be yourself.

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Gamers of all ages will gather at WittCon XVI to play D&D and other role-playing games. Head to Wittenberg University on Saturday, March 23 and throw some dice. CONTRIBUTED

Gamers of all ages will gather at WittCon XVI to play D&D and other role-playing games. Head to Wittenberg University on Saturday, March 23 and throw some dice. CONTRIBUTED

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Gamers of all ages will gather at WittCon XVI to play D&D and other role-playing games. Head to Wittenberg University on Saturday, March 23 and throw some dice. CONTRIBUTED

Games, games, games 

This year’s event will include a full day of games. Most of the scheduled events at WittCon are role-playing games, where players immerse themselves in an unfolding story curated by a Game Master. There are also some scheduled board game events, as well as a full board game library.

In UnPub Protozone area at WittCon, convention-goers can meet board game designers and try out brand new games in various stages of development. Game developers use the valuable feedback they get from players to make changes that will improve their games.

“The region is just full of great game designers, and it's fantastic to see all those new designs long before they hit Kickstarter or start appearing on store shelves,” says Klosky.

Orc and Pie is another fun event where players will participate in a live-action dungeon experience. Those who beat the orc will get a sweet pastry treat: pie.

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A large group gathers to play a Dungeons & Dragons adventure at WittCon. Game Masters will have pre-generated characters ready so attendees can sit right down and play. Whether you’re a seasoned gamer, or you’ve never played at all, WiitCon will be a welcoming and friendly place to game. CONTRIBUTED

A large group gathers to play a Dungeons & Dragons adventure at WittCon. Game Masters will have pre-generated characters ready so attendees can sit right down and play. Whether you’re a seasoned gamer, or you’ve never played at all, WiitCon will be a welcoming and friendly place to game. CONTRIBUTED

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A large group gathers to play a Dungeons & Dragons adventure at WittCon. Game Masters will have pre-generated characters ready so attendees can sit right down and play. Whether you’re a seasoned gamer, or you’ve never played at all, WiitCon will be a welcoming and friendly place to game. CONTRIBUTED

More than just games 

If you need a break from all the gaming, WittCon will be hosting a few super interesting panel discussion events.

Aspiring authors will learn a lot from the Genre Writing and Publishing Q&A session, where local authors will take questions about getting into the business. In another discussion, Larry Wickman, designer of the Shuffling Horror card games, will host a panel on game design and creation.

If all that isn’t enough, there will also be a costume contest, a bunch of vendors, and a dinner from Beavercreek Pizza Dive included in the price of admission to WittCon XVI. You can even win WittCon swag by accomplishing the various “Achievements” on the back of the convention program.

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All the tabletop gaming is bound to make you hungry! Fortunately, a pizza and pop dinner from Beavercreek Pizza Dive is included with the price of admission to WittCon WVI, this Saturday, March 23 at Wittenberg University in Springfield. CONTRIBUTED

All the tabletop gaming is bound to make you hungry! Fortunately, a pizza and pop dinner from Beavercreek Pizza Dive is included with the price of admission to WittCon WVI, this Saturday, March 23 at Wittenberg University in Springfield. CONTRIBUTED

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All the tabletop gaming is bound to make you hungry! Fortunately, a pizza and pop dinner from Beavercreek Pizza Dive is included with the price of admission to WittCon WVI, this Saturday, March 23 at Wittenberg University in Springfield. CONTRIBUTED

On tabletop of the world 

Andy Klosky says tabletop gaming is in a golden age right now.

“With so much of our lives wrapped up in electronics, people are wanting to get in face time with friends.” Klosky says. “With new games coming out every week, it's easier than ever to find a game that you enjoy."

You’ll be sure to find that game this Saturday at WittCon, where Klosky says it’ll be easy to make new friends to game with. “Meet some new people,” he says, ”go on an adventure, and conquer the world! We can't wait to have you!"

WANT TO GO? 

What: WittCon XVI

When: Saturday, March 23, 9:00 a.m.- 12 a.m.

Where: Shouvlin Center, Wittenberg University, Springfield

More Info: Facebookwebsite

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