Save the Date! Big Bad Online—Oct 23rd!

Big Bad Online will be a one day (24 hour) event focusing on giving our community a place to gather and share. We’ll be hosting panels and seminars featuring a diverse mix of game designers and other creatives in the extended community.

Big Bad Online will be free! Panels and seminars will be streamed on Twitch and we will have an open “lobby con” on a special one day only Big Bad Online Discord. We will not be scheduling games at Big Bad Online though folks will of course be free to start their own impromptu games in Discord rooms.

To cover the costs of paying our speakers and cover our upkeep costs we’ll be running a fundraising campaign, starting in mid August. More about the fundraiser and our panels will be forthcoming in mid August so stay tuned by following our twitter @bigbadcon or signing up on our site so you can be added to our mailing list!


  • Date: October 23 12PM PT to October 24 12PM PT
  • Cost to attend: Free!
  • Format: Panels and seminars hosted on Twitch. Hangouts in Discord.
  • More coming in August!

POC Programming at Big Bad Con

In 2019, in collaboration with the Babble On Equity Project, individual, and industry sponsors, Big Bad Con hosted three groundbreaking events, that are now cemented in our vision going forward:

POC Scholarship

Working with the Babble On Equity Project we raised over $26,000 to aid people of color in attending the con by paying for travel, boarding, admission, and related expenses. This program complimented the Big Bad Con 2019 Kickstarter and Big Bad Con Scholarship program, we gave financial assistance to over 50 POCs to attend the con.

Our recipients were not only invited to attend, but also to host panels, stream eventsrun games, and showcase their products.

POC Dinner

Ajit George, Whitney Beltrán, and Banana Chan spearheaded a POC Dinner at the start of the convention, providing an opportunity to meet and mingle with other amazing people of color. All POC scholarship recipients, staff, and volunteers were given free admission to the dinner, and thanks to the funds raised, we reduced the ticket prices for all other attendees from $45 to $20 per person.

We bought out a restaurant near the convention and broke bread with over 90 attendees!

POC Meet & Greet

On the Saturday night of the contention we hosted the POC Meet & Greet, a mixer specifically designed to connect POC writers, artists, editors, and creators to their fellow piers and industry contacts. Non-POC industry attendees were invited as well, with the directive to offer mentorship, publishing, or employment opportunities to the POC attendees.

Thanks to the incredible dedication of Ajit George, Whitney Beltrán, Victoria Caña, John Stavropoulos, and Stephanie Nudelman each attendee was given a custom program that included five other attendees that they might benefit from talking to based on the interests they expressed when signing up for the event. Over 100 attendees showed up. New contacts were made and after the convention we got multiple reports of freelance and career connections!

Would you like to contribute?

Going forward, Big Bad Con will continue to host POC events including the Scholarship, Dinner, and Meet & Greet. If you would like to support out efforts, please consider donating below. All funds sent to this link will go directly to our POC programing. For more information about our charity status, click here.


Big Bad Con 2019 POC Dinner

This year we’re excited to host our first POC dinner at Big Bad Con. In the tradition of WisCon, this dinner will be an opportunity to meet and mingle with other amazing people of color.


Several generous sponsors have made individual contributions to ensure that all of the people of color coming to Big Bad Con as stretch goal guests, BOEP recipients, or staff will have free admission to the dinner. They’ve also helped subsidize the cost for our other attendees of color, bringing the dinner price down from $45 to $20 a seat. We want to thank all of these folks for their generous donations: Ajit George, Whitney “Strix” Beltrán, Shervyn von Hoerl, John Stavropoulos, James Stuart, Sara Williamson, Monte Cook Games, Doug Levandowski, Nathan Weisman, Aljernon Bolden, Ryan Schapals, Kitty Stoholski, Shane Liebling, Pandasaurus Games, Banana Chan, and contributors to the Babble On Equity Project.

Dinner Information

Location: Creek House Dim Sum (1291 Parkside Drive, Walnut Creek)
Date and Time: Friday October 11 from 6-8PM
Fare: Chinese/Dim Sum including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
Attendees must be 18 or older.

Update 10/1: More space available

Due to a last minute closure of the original venue we changed venues to a larger location, which means we have 10 more spots available, but we have to confirm them in the next few days. If you’d like to attend the POC dinner, sign up before 10/4.

Update 10/3: Sold out

That went fast! The last few spots are full. It should be a great time!

Schedule Published – Verify your Badge today!

Schedule and Sign ups

Today we published the Big Bad Con event schedule. You can see it here: Events

The first round of event registration goes live September 7th at 12:00 PM PST!

Verify your badge

If you have a badge head over here to verify your badge.That way you know it’s working when signups go live!


If don’t have a badge yet and would like to come to Big Bad Con this year, you can get a badge by doing any of these:

More info you might want to know

Media Room at Big Bad Con

Thanks to the incredible efforts of Sythana Winterthorn, Ross Cowman, Orion Canning, and Eric Vulgaris, this year Big Bad Con will feature a media room where you can stream or record your lives games, interviews, and shows.

Interested? Great. Go submit an event (RPG or Media) at and we’ll work with you to get your event on the schedule.

Here’s a few things to know:

  • We’re asking event hosts to provide their own external storage (flash drive or external hard drive) to store the recordings on.
  • We have six microphones, so all events in the media room must be for six people or fewer.
  • Our gracious media room managers Sythana, Orion, and Eric will manage the equipment and the recording or streaming, but they’ll need you to show up 20 minutes before your event to make sure they have everything ready when the game or show begins.
  • To prevent damage to the recording equipment only drinks with lids (no food or open drinks) are allowed in the media room.
  • We ask that each host to wrap up 10 minutes before the end of their slot to help clean up the media room and prepare it for the next event.