Big Bad Con 2020 Canceled

Ranger Emmett, ready for BBC 2021

This is not the post we wanted to make about Big Bad Con 2020. We wanted to talk about our Kickstarter stretch goal guests, the Babble on Equity Project, and all the amazing events we have planned. COVID-19 however, changed all of that.

So, probably not surprising anyone, we’ve decided to cancel Big Bad Con 2020.

How did we come to make this decision? In some ways it was a hard decision to make and in others it was an easy one, as we knew it was the right decision. To host Big Bad Con in October, we’d have to launch a Kickstarter campaign in May. It would not be in the service of our mission or our values to ask for commitments of time and money when so many in our community are hurting.

The health of our community was also a large factor. Since our last statement, we have been keeping abreast of the coronavirus pandemic, following updates from the CA gov, SF Public Health Dept., UCSF, and others. Most likely this pandemic will still be with us in some capacity in October. Hosting a large convention would be a health risk and we care too much about everyone in our community to make that risk.

What about doing an online con? We discussed this but decided it wasn’t right. Although we could host a schedule and help set up online games, that’s not Big Bad Con. Big Bad Con is of course about amazing games but it is also about the community and camaraderie, the “Lobby Con,” the PoC Dinner, the Thursday social events, mixing people of all stripes and sharing experiences—all of which would be near impossible to replicate online.

We do have some ideas for 2020 that are more in line with our mission—possibly converting our annual Kickstarter into a fundraiser for charity. All of this is all rough right now, so we don’t have any additional info at this time.

We hope that all of you stay safe and healthy out there. Keep playing games, keep expressing your creativity, and if all goes right we should see you in 2021!

10 comments to Big Bad Con 2020 Canceled

  • Antonio Morton

    Cancell Big Bad Con? Nooooo…!!!. Damn, another Covid 19 casualty. I understand the decision though. Just don’t let skipping a year result in losing momentum to hold BBC 2021. Well the the bright side is I’ll have more time to develop 2-4 new LARPS for BBC 2021.

  • Edmund

    Sorry to hear this. I know it was a tough decision.

    The newest installment of “League of Extraordinary Felines” awaits 2021.

  • Russell Borogove

    Bummed, but this makes sense. See you in 2021!

  • Jon Robertson

    Thank you for treating seriously. It’s really disappointing to think of not having the con highlight of the year, but the alternative’s to cross fingers and hope and take a bigger disappointment later, with peoples’ time and money possibly wasted when it needs to be cancelled after all. Random suggestion — still do BBC 2020 t-shirts, with Red and Wolf holed up safe somewhere!

  • Chris Angelini

    This is sad news indeed, but the reasoning makes total sense. Thanks a lot for making the decision that was necessary.

    I’m going to miss you all this year.

  • Walter German

    Thank you for making this decision and for the right reasons. I also appreciate your statement about the community and how going online would not be the same experience. If you decide to fundraise for charity, I would feel great about helping through this community. Stay well.

  • Steven

    Really sad to hear this, but I completely understand and support your decision.
    We were looking at submitting a Ghostbuster LARP and this just gives us more time to plan (silver lining).
    Thank you again for all of your hard work and focus on community building.

  • Daniel Zenon Klein

    I will miss the con and all of you this year, but this was absolutely the right choice. Thank you!

  • Right decision. I actually suspect we won’t be out of the woods of Covid-19 until August. Then the new flu season starts in Oct with maybe a new version of Covid-20. And maybe no vaccine until 2021-2022. Thanks for making this hard decision and keeping everyone safe.

  • Rayven Reid-Murray

    Saddened, but health and safety are always a priority. Thanks for making the thought process clear and answering the questions I was about to ask. Hope everyone involved stays safe and well!

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