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Conpulsion 2020

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ScaledCon!

I said watch this space, and here’s why: Conpulsion Underworld director Tiggs has decided to take the pandemic on head first and is proud to bring you ScaledCon!

“The Year is 2020 and a pandemic is sweeping the globe. Amidst the turmoil a few brave Cyberpunks based in Edinburgh decide they are going to replace their cancelled local games convention with a free online version. Will they succeed? Stay tuned to www.scaledevents.co.uk/scaledcon between now and Saturday April 4th 2020 to find out.

Unfortunately Conpulsion Flame has been cancelled. In its place we are going to run an online virtual convention called ScaledCon. Will this work? Who knows but feel free to have an adventure with us finding out.

The basic plan is to use Discord as a large public space to hang out, socialise and chat. We will use Webex and Rolz to run role playing games. We plan to use Vassal or Tabletopia to run board games. We also hope to have a charity auction, donations are welcome. The convention and all the technologies we plan to use to run the convention will be free, though donations to charity if you find yourself having fun are welcome.”

Conpulsion 2020 cancellation

I have bad, but probably not unexpected news. Last night, our Committee voted, without opposition to cancel Conpulsion Flame. This was an incredibly difficult decision to make as many of us have put a great deal of time, effort and, in some cases, money into preparing for this convention and it hurts us all deeply to see something that we have spent so much time and effort working on go up in flames. Personally, Conpulsion has been a steady constant that’s helped me through one of the most difficult years of my life and to see all the time and love that I and our Committee have put into it come to this is very difficult.

All attendees who have already bought their tickets should expect refunds as soon as possible.

Why we’re shutting down the con should probably not be hard to guess. The outbreak of Covid-19 has drastically changed the social landscape of pretty much the entire world and it alone has given us a number of reasons to cancel the con. There is, of course, is the ethical argument, that we simply cannot justify running a convention during this health crisis. With most of the world’s scientists and governments advising social isolation, we simply could not have it on our conscience if our convention were to lead to an increase in the spread of the virus (as well as the potential deaths that this could lead to).
As if ethics weren’t enough, there are also a number of practical reasons for cancelling the convention. The legal situation surrounding the running of Conpulsion is highly unclear and there is no certainty that the convention will even be legal in three weeks time. Further, the University of Edinburgh has closed down all face-to-face classes and cancelled most exams. We feel that its student association, which manages this year’s venue, will not be far behind in closing down, which would leave us stranded without a venue and therefore unable to run the con. Further to that even, we have already had a steady stream of GMs, guests and traders cancelling their attendance of this year’s convention. If the rate that they have been dropping out were to remain stable (which is unlikely, as realistically it would actually increase), we would be left with so little in the way of events that Conpulsion would hardly qualify as a convention at all.

I hope you can all understand why we feel that we had no other choice than to cancel.

With that said, there are now many people who deserve thanks whom I will not now have the chance to recognise in a more conventional way.
My committee: Angus McEwing, Josh Shanks, Angus Barr, Calum Freeman, Vivek Santayana, Ben McCallum, Aiden Hurst, Sophie Hine, Harvey Newman, Yves Hurley, Oktay Sen, Finn Chisholm, Zain Khawar and Stella Segar.
I would also like to thank the GEAS committee, especially the wonderful GEAS president Emily Booth who has done a very good job listening to me rant on top of all the things she’s done in her official capacity.
I would like to thank Kate Evans, Richard Denning and all the wonderful people at the UK Game Expo. They took a young, inexperienced little con director under their wing and taught him a great deal about con directing. They really didn’t have to be so kind and generous, but they were.
I would also like to thank Dave Wright, for being similarly patient and helpful. I’d also like to apologise for his promotional material not making it into our program, so I’ll say here that you should all go to Tabletop Scotland, and the UK Games Expo as well of course! Both events are truly great.
Talking of the program, I would like to thank Jon Hodgson, who on top of just being a lovely human (and deserving winner of last year’s Banquo award) offered to complete our program for us this year.
I would like to thank Fiona Campbell, who had offered to again run Conpulsion’s Bring and Buy.
I would like to thank Cameron Cairney for all the advice (and a wonderful hot chocolate).
I would like to thank Angus Barker, for the iconic flame logo.
I would like to thank Caitlin Fooks, for the front flyer design (as well as for a great deal of personal support).
I would like to thank all of the wonderful guests, GMs, traders, guests, demo-ers and blueshirts for signing up and offering their time and effort to help make Conpulsion what it could have been.
But last of all, I would like to thank all of you, for your support and belief in us through this process. It breaks my heart to let you all down.

It has been an absolute honour to be the Director of Conpulsion 2020: the con that never was.

Milo van Mesdag
Conpulsion 2020 Director

16/03/2020

Pre-booking games

Good news folks!

Next week we will be creating the first draft of our schedule for the games at conpulsion! After this we will be opening pre-booking game slots, so keep on the look-out
for that, we’ll let you know more details on how the pre-booking system will work closer to the time. We will still be accepting game submissions for a while after then, however, none of these games will be available to pre-book.

Keep glowing,
The conpulsion team

Announcing our Charity for Conpulsion Flame 2020: The Empower Project

The Conpulsion organisers are delighted to announce The Empower Project as our chosen charity to support for Conpulsion Flame 2020.

The Empower Project is an Edinburgh-based feminist organisation that support communities to lead the change against gender-based violence in the digital age.

Founded in 2017, they are a small organisation with a national mandate. They are an Edinburgh-based charity that work to support local communities. Their recent work on tech abuse has covered problems that are very widespread, such as harassment and cyberbullying, as well as issues that legislation and law enforcement are still getting to grips with, such as cyber flashing, doxxing, and revenge porn. We acknowledge that these are serious issues which women and non-binary folx in particular face, especially within the gaming community. We hope our contribution can help the organisation grow and have a larger impact, and we can learn from the example they set how to make our community more inclusive and fair.

We contacted Emily Beever, the Chair of The Empower Project, who said, “We are delighted to be working with GEAS and Conpulsion, combining forces to address discrimination within the gaming community. We work with young people across Scotland, listening to their experiences of tech and online abuse and how this has a real impact on their daily lives. GEAS and Conpulsion are dedicated to making positive change for its members and we are excited to start this journey with them.” 

We look forward to supporting the outstanding work that they do at the 2020 edition of Conpulsion.

The spark ignites

The fire begins to take hold. It is small now, little more than a dream, a vision, but it will grow. Will you help it? If you are an artist, trader, game maker/publisher, tournament organiser, mega game organiser or anyone related to tabletop gaming who think you would make a good pannelist and if you are at all interested in being a guest at Conpulsion from the 3rd – 5th of April 2020, then email Conpulsion@gmail.com

If not? Then wait here around this spark and watch it grow. More updates will follow soon.

News

ScaledCon!

I said watch this space, and here’s why: Conpulsion Underworld director Tiggs has decided to take the pandemic on head first and is proud to bring you ScaledCon! “The Year is 2020 and a pandemic is sweeping the globe. Amidst the turmoil a few brave Cyberpunks based in Edinburgh decideContinue readingScaledCon!

Conpulsion 2020 cancellation

I have bad, but probably not unexpected news. Last night, our Committee voted, without opposition to cancel Conpulsion Flame. This was an incredibly difficult decision to make as many of us have put a great deal of time, effort and, in some cases, money into preparing for this convention andContinue readingConpulsion 2020 cancellation

Pre-booking games

Good news folks! Next week we will be creating the first draft of our schedule for the games at conpulsion! After this we will be opening pre-booking game slots, so keep on the look-out for that, we’ll let you know more details on how the pre-booking system will work closerContinue readingPre-booking games

James Sutter

View this post on Instagram We are absolutely thrilled to announce our second #conpulsion2020 guest: James Sutter. We hope you’re excited as we are to have him! James L. Sutter is a co-creator of the Pathfinder and Starfinder Roleplaying Games. For thirteen years, he worked as a game designer andContinue readingJames Sutter

Ticket Sales!

View this post on Instagram Hey folks, hope you’re all as excited as we are for Conpulsion next year. We’re very pleased to announce that tickets will be going on sale from 02/01/20. Be sure to make a note in your diaries! #conpulsion2020 #ttrpg #scottishgaming #edinburghgaming #tabletop A post sharedContinue readingTicket Sales!

Trader announcement: Murphy’s Vault will be joining us at Conpulsion 2020!

View this post on Instagram We’re excited to announce that our friends @murphys_vault will be joining us at #conpulsion2020 in April! Murphy’s Vault is a tabletop gaming store in Edinburgh, Scotland which focus on a community-driven gaming experience for TCGs, RPGs, Wargaming and Board Games. We’ve hosted some of theContinue readingTrader announcement: Murphy’s Vault will be joining us at Conpulsion 2020!

Announcing our Charity for Conpulsion Flame 2020: The Empower Project

The Conpulsion organisers are delighted to announce The Empower Project as our chosen charity to support for Conpulsion Flame 2020. The Empower Project is an Edinburgh-based feminist organisation that support communities to lead the change against gender-based violence in the digital age. Founded in 2017, they are a small organisationContinue readingAnnouncing our Charity for Conpulsion Flame 2020: The Empower Project

The spark ignites

The fire begins to take hold. It is small now, little more than a dream, a vision, but it will grow. Will you help it? If you are an artist, trader, game maker/publisher, tournament organiser, mega game organiser or anyone related to tabletop gaming who think you would make aContinue readingThe spark ignites